SAINT OF THE DAY: 27 JANUARY, 2014

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SAINT ANGELA MERICI
VIRGIN
(C. 1470-1540)

St. Angela Merici was born at Desenzano, near Brescia, about 1470. Her parents had died when she was ten and she had gone to live with an uncle.

When her uncle died, she returned to her hometown and began to notice how little education the girls had; so Angela saw her task as the formation of Christian women.

In 1535 she founded the institute of the Ursulines, who were devoted to the education of poor girls as Christians, and to the missions.

It was the first group of women religious to work outside the cloister and the first teaching order of women.

She died in 1540.

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READING OF THE DAY: 27 JANUARY, 2014

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“The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”

Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan?

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him.

But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man.

Then he can plunder his house.

Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them.

But whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”

For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” -Mark 3:22-30.