Who Is St. Angela Merici?
Angela was born in Venice in 1474. She was orphaned at the very young age of 10. Then her sister died suddenly without receiving Last Rites. This distressed Angela and she often prayed for her sister’s soul.
Legend has it that while on a trip to the Holy Land she became blind. She continued her journey. On the return trip, while praying before a crucifix at the same location where the blindness struck, she regained her vision.
St. Angela Merici is the founder of the Ursuline order of religious sisters. The order is named after St. Ursula, the patron saint of female students. The order dedicated themselves to the education of girls and young women.
Her feast day is January 27 annually. It is an optional memorial.
Patron Saint of…
St. Angela Merici is the patron saint of the sick, the disabled, and all those grieving the loss of parents.
Mass Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Angela Merici
- First Reading – 1 Peter 4:7b-11: “let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 148: “Young men and women, praise the name of the Lord.”
- Gospel – Mark 9:34b-37: “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Grieving the loss of a loved one can be a long process. It is natural for many to turn to God in these times. Although it can also be normal to experience anger, disappointment in God, or a general lack of faith. Don’t despair! God is still there. He is waiting for you and patiently allows each of us to grieve in our own way.
This article from Life Teen explores different aspects of grief from a Catholic perspective. What is grief? How do you grieve? How can you be a friend to someone who is grieving? How do you overcome grief?