“Take care that you do not grow lukewarm.”
Last Legacy, Verse 23
By the time St. Angela was dictating the above words to her secretary, Gabriele Cozzano, she knew that she was approaching the end of her life. Although the Company was almost five years old, St. Angela understood that it was still “young” and still in process of becoming her dream for women. She was only reminding her daughters (members) not to give up, but to persevere and remain faithful and joyful in their commitment to God.
St. Angela had confidence that her Company would live long beyond her and that its future would be in the hands of the present members and supporters of her vision. She was motivated by Christ’s love and desired her members to draw on their inner drive to move forward and fulfill her mission. “Take care, I say take care, that you do not lose your fervor.”
Isn’t it true that sometimes we work very hard to make something happen and once the task is completed we tend to pull back and give less of ourselves to the project? In reality what needs to be done is to keep moving forward, persevere through the next challenges, “stoke the flame” and make better what was begun. We must not back down or away or the vision will die.
St. Angela never gave up on her desire to help women develop their spiritualities and relationship with God. She encourages us to keep the flame alive and set the world on fire with the love of God.
Sister Donna Frey, OSU
Ursuline and Catholic Identity