Like St. Angela, Ursulines hold present in our prayer all humanity.
In some ways this phrase from our Ursuline Constitutions sounds like a no-brainer. We’re nuns, right? Of course we pray for people!
Our foundress, St. Angela Merici [1474-1535], was an active woman. She spent her days engaged in all manner of good works, actively seeking to bring about peace and reconciliation to the people of her day. Angela rubbed shoulders with people—or, as Pope Francis recommends, wore the smell of the sheep. She spent her nights in prayer before the crucifix, raising their needs to the God of mercy and compassion. Angela kept vigil there, at the foot of the cross.
Like her, Ursulines today wear the smell of the sheep. We serve in countries all over the world, actively seeking to bring about peace and reconciliation among peoples, with a special eye for women and children in poverty. The needs of our world today are great. We “hold present in our prayer all humanity.” We keep vigil with the people crossing our border, of Ferguson, MO., the Ukraine, and the Middle East, just to name a few. We keep vigil with friends and family members who are in need. We keep vigil with those we haven’t met personally, but who’ve been recommended to our prayer. We keep vigil with our co-workers, colleagues, staffs, students and their families. In short, our life of prayer takes us around the world as we hold present the needs of all humanity as well as the needs of our planet Earth. We invite you to join us at the foot of the cross . . .