Oil Dedicated to St Angela Merici 9 (Patron for Courage)
St Angela Merici 9 (Patron for Courage) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Angela Merici, known as the patron saint for courage, was a devout Italian religious educator and foundress. She was born in Desenzano del Garda, Italy, in 1474. From a young age, Angela displayed a deep spirituality and an unwavering commitment to her faith.
Angela dedicated her life to the education and spiritual development of young girls and women. In the early 16th century, she founded the Company of St. Ursula, also known as the Ursuline Sisters. This was a groundbreaking religious order focused on providing education to girls and offering them guidance in their spiritual lives.
St. Angela recognized the importance of education for women at a time when their opportunities for learning were limited. She believed that by educating young girls, they would not only grow intellectually but also develop a strong faith and become influential in society. St. Angela’s innovative approach to education laid the foundation for future advancements in women’s education.
Despite facing numerous challenges and opposition from some within the Church, St. Angela remained steadfast in her mission. Her unwavering strength and determination allowed her to overcome obstacles and establish a network of Ursuline schools throughout Italy and beyond.
St. Angela Merici’s legacy extends beyond her lifetime. The Ursuline Sisters continue to serve as educators and spiritual guides, carrying on her vision of empowering women through education. Today, the Ursuline Sisters run schools, colleges, and universities in many countries, making a profound impact on the lives of countless women.