“Be gentle and compassionate towards your dear daughters.”
As a new school year begins, St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline Sisters, reminds us to look out for our young ladies as they embark on another year of pursuing academic excellence.
As parents, guardians, faculty, staff, administrators, coaches, or mentors of these young women, much is expected of them and they need our support, assurance, encouragement and guidance. During August all kinds of directions and regulations are given to assist them in attaining their goals and achieving success.
Besides the academic piece the students are faced with developing new relationships, reacquainting themselves with a code of conduct and moral ethics. The students are renewing friendships, getting into the routine of practice for athletics, becoming aware of new surroundings and new rules.
Besides gentleness and compassion, we all must be patient as this month unfolds with newness and a fresh look at familiar, yet different, ways of doing things. Let us be supportive of one another and allow our hearts to be generous and understanding.
Above all, let us put our trust in our Lord, Jesus, and ask for the graces and blessings we need personally and also the gifts we may be able to give one another. Our foundation in our faith and our God will carry us through the challenges ahead and the joys that will be our rewards. May the school year be a blessed experience and one full of great joys, successes, and hopes knowing that our God and St. Angela will be our faithful companions on this journey.
Sister Donna Frey, OSU
Ursuline and Catholic Identity