In today's Gospel reading we hear the familiar story from St. Luke when the angel Gabriel was sent by God to the virgin Mary who was betrothed to Joseph. The angel greeted Mary and shared with her that she was to be the mother of Jesus. Mary was naturally frightened by the greeting and the news. She was a woman of tremendous faith and this is what sustained her to give an affirmative response to the angel Gabriel. He also shared with her that "Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
Mary's "yes" changed her life and the lives of those who knew her. She had faith and trust that we are all called to embrace. As we live the remainder of the Advent days let us take time to reflect on Mary's response and see how we can live it out in our daily lives.
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We (Sr. Pat and Sr. Jeannie) are the main writers of this blog. Each of us loves our Ursuline life and wants to share it with others. We both were educated by Ursulines our whole lives, at St. Philip Neri School in the Bronx, the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula and the College of New Rochelle.
Currently we both are involved in education.
Sr. Pat is a teacher and campus minister at The Ursuline School in New Rochelle. She also serves part time as a member of our leadership team.
Sr. Jeannie is now principal of the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula in the Bronx.
We are both active members of our Ursuline community and are excited about the promise of the future.
Guest writers will sometimes be featured on this blog.
Ursulines are women grounded in faith, love for God, the people of God, the Church, and the earth. We strive to embody's Angela's spirit through prayerful living, attending to the needs of the people-especially women and children, promoting justice, peace and reconciliation. Inspired by the Gospel, we have committed our talents, indeed our very lives, to fostering change within the Church and society at large