VISION URSULINE CONVOCATION Friday Morning Prayer July2, 2010 EXCERPTS FROM MAZZONIS’ WORK “ Angela gave the Ursulines the responsibility for their own lives…” pp.47-48 “The Ursuline was encouraged to take full responsibility for her relationship to God…” p. 58 “Merici’s proposal, which associated physical virginity with the religious life, was new…” p. 62 “The association between virginity and membership in the company was thus original…” p. 61 MORE EXCERPTS “ A virgin was a powerful type of woman because virginity freed women from male dominance and secular links…” p. 62 “Angela’s choice of physical virginity handled by women themselves finds its meaning…(as) a symbol of detachment from the world and of women’s empowerment.” p. 62 “At a symbolic level the virgin…represented a middle course between the male and the female— a powerful figure able to mediate between the divine and the human.” p. 62 ANGELA EXHORTATION “My very dear daughters and sisters, since God has granted you this grace, be full of thanksgiving. To each of you, God has given this special gift. Make the greatest effort to live in the state to which you have been called by God.” (Chapter One, Prologue) REFLECTIVE QUESTION How are we, in our culture today, challenged to “mediate” between the divine and the human? “GOD IS HERE,” DAVID HAAS. © GIA PUBLICATIONS, 2006. USED WITH PERMISSION Why do you stare at the skies up above, while your hearts are broken, looking for love? Don’t get lost in the things of the past, but believe in the promise of a truth that will last. God is here, God is here, one thing I know, God is here. Why do you dwell on what’s happened before? Release all that burdens you, open the door. The future we reach for is not found in the sky For the reign of God’s glory will never die. God is here, God is here, one thing I know, God is here. “GOD IS HERE,” DAVID HAAS, CONT’D. ©GIA PUBLICATIONS, 2006. USED WITH PERMISSION Here in this place with the gifts that we bring, the Body of Christ has found a reason to sing, In a coming and going in every day, God’s presence is stirring here, proclaiming the way. God is here, God is here, one thing I know, God is here. With our strength and our talents, in our weakness and fear, in joy and in sorrow God’s healing is near. In growth and in faith, in the darkness of sin A new hope is present here where love can begin. God is here, God is here, one thing I know, God is here. “GOD IS HERE,” DAVID HAAS, CONT’D. ©GIA PUBLICATIONS, 2006. USED WITH PERMISSION The church that we ache for can be found in this place In our working for justice, in the presence of grace, for we are God’s people, holy and strong, to serve in our mission, with Christ as our song. God is here, God is here, one thing I know, God is here. Why do you seek the living among the dead Jesus is risen, friends, just as he said. All things are made new, true to God’s word, it’s beginning right there, right now, haven’t you heard? God is here, God is here, one thing I know, God is here.