With Angela, do not be afraid of the future. What can I do differently today according to times and circumstances?
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"And moreover I assure you that every grace you ask from God will infallibly be granted to you. And I shall always be in your midst, helping your prayers."
~ St. Angela Merici, Ninth Counsel
Today we celebrate the Feast of Saints Timothy and Titus. It’s fitting that their feast day is today, the day after we celebrated The Conversion of Saint Paul. Saints Timothy and Titus were apostles and close friends of Saint Paul and two of the first Bishops of the Church.
Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle. St. Paul is best known for writing most of the New Testament, and for his dedication to evangelization. St. Paul, pray for us!
Today, contemplate Angela's joy and how God's will became Angela's will
This Sunday, the gospel details the Call of the Disciples. St. Peter (then called Simon) and St. Andrew were out doing what they always did--as fishermen, they were out fishing on the Sea of Galilee. Sts. James and John were doing the same, along with their father, Zebedee. What began for these men as just an ordinary day becomes the day that the rest of their lives began.
Today, take time to think about being simpler in your life. Like Angela, turn your eyes inward and listen to the voice of the Beloved.
Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Agnes. Like much of the early Church, the details of her life live in story and legend. But we can say with confidence that her life held (and still holds) great meaning for the Church. She is one of the seven female saints mentioned in the Eucharistic Prayer and devotion to her can be traced back to at least the 4th Century.
Today, consider Angela's spousal relationship with Christ and her perseverance.
Today, President-Elect Joe Biden will be elected as the 46th President of the United States of America. Across the country, there are varied feelings as his presidency begins--some of joy and hope, and others of disappointment and trepidation. No matter where on the spectrum of emotion we find ourselves, as we begin our day in prayer today, let’s take a moment to pray for our country.
Leading up to the Feast of St. Angela next Wednesday, we will be praying the Novena to St. Angela and asking her intercession.