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Reflective Moments Moments Reflective Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph

November 2011

The purpose of Reflective Moments is to offer you a way to incorporate the spirit of Saint Angela Merici into your own lives. We hope that it enriches you spiritually.

Associates

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Sisters

By Sister Marie William Blyth, OSU

A S S O C I A T E S

ssembled together, or apart, anyone can readily ense Saint Angela’s spirit in our Associates and isters. All support one another which helps to vercome and offset daily problems. Imitating the onfidence Angela had, we aim for that very same deal. In spirit we hear her call to us to be bsolutely faithful on our spiritual journey. aking our cue from the whole Ursuline family nergizes us to spread her charism everywhere and hapes a whole new future for all God’s people.

A mazing things can happen. Positive actions replace N egative ones as Angela’s children we work to bring D ignity, equality, and love to the less fortunate. It S I S T E R S

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ignals to all the clarion call for Gospel living. Just magine the change in our surroundings as we rehape ourselves in prayerful, active modes. It’s a estimony that Angela is indeed leading us along, mpowering us to become effective forces for good. emember her influence in unsettled times and be ensitive to her presence leading us ever forward.

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What is an Associate? By Sister Amelia Stenger, OSU Director of Development

I love to look up words. As a teacher, I was always trying to get children to learn about the beginnings of words by studying their etymology or history. This week, I looked up the word “associate” to see what I could find. The word “associate” was first used in the 14th century. The Latin word is “associatus” and is derived from ad+sociare which means to join or companion. Our dictionary says that it means to come together, or to bring together in relationship. It is a noun and also a verb depending where you put the accent. You might be thinking, “Where is she going with this?” Sometimes people ask us what our associate program is and why we have one. It is so wonderful to be able to say that our associates are companions on our journey to God. We come together to pray, to work and to share our faith. We build relationships based on our love of God and Saint Angela. We depend on each other for prayer and support. We give of ourselves. We share our time. We share our treasure. Giving is a special gift. A wise Chinese proverb says: “A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.” Joined together and sharing what we have is the best way to change the world. Let us associates join together, build relationships, serve others and pray for God’s blessings for all of us.

An Intentional Minute...

Stop and focus your attention for one INTENTIONAL MINUTE.

Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give peace and joy. – Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata

Join us as we pray for one another!

Send your prayer requests for friends and loved ones to the Email Prayer Network. Write the Ursuline Partnerships office, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356 Call 270-229-2006 • Email associates.msj@maplemount.org • www.ursulinesmsj.org

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