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Angela Reflection

June 2019

“Let the rest to God to work wonders at the time which God finds best.” 
8th Counsel

Parents, educators, coaches and other influential people in the lives of children can only do so much in helping them become their best selves. At some point the children grow away and apart and become more independent and self-sufficient. It is at this time that we hope our work has made a significant impact in their lives. Our work is on-going, maybe more intermittent, but it is never enough.

St. Angela advises us to “tend the vine which has been entrusted to us” and allow God to do the rest. What we need to remember is that God always works in God’s own time and when it pleases God. We, on the other hand, know that patience and humility are needed in any kind of formation. “Patience because God is not restricted by any time factor, humility because God is the only one ‘who can judge the heart and the innermost secret thoughts of any creature’ and who knows the individual plan for each one.” (Resource: Commentary on the Writings of Saint Angela Merici – M. Ignatius Stone, OSU)

God works with each person in ways unknown to most of us. God’s action in our lives mostly depends on how we open our hearts to listen to God’s voice. God walks the journey with us and God can do marvelous things. 

God works in mysterious ways. Be open to the possibilities!


Sister Donna Frey, OSU
Ursuline and Catholic Identity