Reflective Moments with Angela for May 2024

By Sister Michele Morek She reunited families, facilitated relationships, was a model matriarch and source of strength for women, and is a powerful figure of knowledge and wisdom. Did you think I was talking about Saint Angela Merici? You could be forgiven for thinking that unless I added a little more information: She also participated…

Reflective Moments with Angela for April 2024

In a recent webinar on contemplative prayer, I heard Islamic scholar Omid Safi talk about the spirituality of Sufism. In describing spirituality, he used the image of a bird, which needs two wings to fly. (I had an interesting moment in which I imagined how one would fly with one wing!) One wing could be…

Reflective Moments with Angela March 2024

By Sister Michele Morek Visiting New Mexico about five years ago, Sister Angela Fitzpatrick and I were attending Mass in the Saint Joseph chapel of the Santa Fe cathedral, where we were approached by an elderly little man who said he was a retired janitor. His retirement project was making crosses out of barbed wire,…

Reflective Moments with Angela

By Sister Michele Morek Sister Angela Fitzpatrick, the Sister with whom I live, and I both received Ancestry DNA kits as gifts for Christmas. (That’s the kit that lets you spit in a collection tube and send it off to learn more about your family history by analyzing your DNA.) We are anxious to get…

Reflective Moments with Angela

By Sister Michele Morek December 2023 I was mulling over what the theme of this reflection should be: gratitude, for Thanksgiving season? Awe for the upcoming Advent and our celebration of the Incarnation? But when I read through some of Saint Angela’s writings I found a quote I had never noticed before: Receive my every…

Reflective Moments with Angela

By Sister Michele Morek November 2023 Am I writing “backward” reflections?  It just occurred to me that – in contrast to other Reflections with Angela that I remember reading – I may be coming in the back door. Most of the other reflections seem to start with a quote or a historical incident in the…

Reflective Moments with Angela: True treasures

By Sister Michele Morek “Let them have Jesus Christ for their only treasure, for there also will be love.”  Saint Angela Merici, 5th Counsel I was reflecting on what it would be like to have a treasure chest full of gems. This was not hard for me to imagine because I used to be a…

Reflective Moments with Angela: Encountering in three dimensions

By Sister Michele Morek The day I am writing this, August 14, is the anniversary of the date in 1962 that my Ursuline class made our “investment” into the community: that is, received the habit and began our formal canonical novitiate. How appropriate that the quote for the day on my little Saint Angela desk…

Reflective Moments with Angela: United in heart like the Joad family

By Sister Michele Morek Ah, summer! Time to work on our summer reading lists. For years, when anyone asked me the name of my favorite book, I have always said it was John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”  But wait, I read that about 50 years ago – was it really as wonderful as I…

Reflective Moments with Angela

By Sister Michele Morek Saint Angela is famous for founding her “Third Way” – not traditional religious, not exactly lay. I have always liked exploring “in between” places, the cracks, the Twilight Zone. I taught some fun courses at Brescia University – Marine Biology, Genetics, Embryology. But one of my favorite courses surprised me –…