How often have we longed for assurance that loved ones who have died are still with us?  We need their presence.  I sometimes “talk” to family and friends who I believe live on in a new way after death. Relationships with them are still real and very meaningful, though I can no longer see them.

Understand that now I am more alive than I was when I lived on earth. . . . and now, even more, I want and am able to help you. (Angela Merici)

When St. Angela, foundress of the Ursulines, said in the 1500’s that she would be “more alive” after her death, she certainly already knew God intimately.  It’s this faith and complete trust, her kindness and pleasantness (“piacevolezza” in Italian), her passion and courage to respond to God and lead other women in the process, that makes me love her and believe she is with us today.  For her feast which is Saturday, January 27, talk to her a bit about how you’d like her help.  She’s alive and wants to do good for us.

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