Angela Reflection

September 2022

“Act in such a way that they are all held dear and in high regard.”
st. angela, 3rd counsel

“The practice of giving an 'A' transports your relationships from the world of measurement into the universe of possibility.”
Zander and Zander, The Art of Possibility

If giving A’s to students before they even start their class work sounds a bit odd, it may well seem that way. 

To quote Zander and Zander, “When you give an A, you find yourself speaking to people not from a place of measuring how they stack up against your standards, but from a place of respect that gives them room to realize themselves. Your eye is on the statue within the roughness of the uncut stone.” (p. 26)

The school year is well on the way to great things happening! Parents, faculty and staff, coaches and guides, have a wonderful opportunity to get to know the students, their “treasures” and gifts in such a way that will bring forth the inner beauty of each person. 

When people know that they are respected they tend to act accordingly and will more likely work toward their true potential.  They are more inclined to work harder because they have a pre-conceived goal already in mind. “Yes, I have an ‘A’ and I want to keep it so I will work for it.”  It’s an attitude we can develop that will carry the individual forward in her well-being, but also ourselves. It is all about possibilities! It’s an attitude to live and work by.

Start by respecting one another, supporting one another, and treating each other as God’s loved one. Great things happen when a feeling of self-worth and feeling of being loved and accepted fill the heart. St. Angela asked us to treat each other in high regard. These thoughts are not just for students but can work for any walk in life. Try it!

Sister Donna Frey, OSU
Ursuline and Catholic Identity