May 29, St Ursula (Urszula) Ledóchowska

May 29
SAINT URSULA LEDÓCHOWSKA, VIRGIN
Obligatory memorial
In the Archdiocese of Poznań: patron of the archdiocese – Obligatory memorial

Saint Ursula was born Julia Maria Ledóchowska in 1865 in a fervent Catholic family. At 21 she entered the Congregation of Ursulines in Kraków. In 1907 she went to Russia to work with adolescents. In 1920 she returned to Poland and founded the Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonising Heart of Jesus, whose main objective is educational work. During her whole life she was known for her apostolic zeal and serenity. She died in Rome on 29 May 1939. Her beatification in 1983 was followed by the canonisation in 2003.

Common of Virgins.

OFFICE OF READINGS

SECOND READING

From the works by Saint Ursula Ledóchowska
Rejoice in the Lord

I hereby give you a kind of apostolate that does not require hard work, great mortification or toil, but that is, especially nowadays, in our times, desired, needed and efficient. I speak of the apostolate of the smile.

Smile disperses clouds that gather in our soul. Smile on a serene face speaks of internal happiness of a soul united with God; it speaks of the peace of clear conscience, of a carefree commitment in the heavenly Father’s hands, who feeds the birds in the sky and clothes wild flowers, never forgetting those who boundlessly trust him. Smile on your face makes people approach you without fear to ask you anything, because your smile promises eager fulfillment of the request. Many a time your smile may pour a new life and hope for better times into a disheartened soul, reassuring it that not everything is lost, that God watches. Smile is frequently a star that shines high and directs up there where the paternal heart beats and is always ready to show mercy on human misery.

Today’s life is hard, filled with bitterness, and God alone reserved the right to sanctify people by the cross. He left us the task of helping others in a painful journey along the stations of the cross, spreading little rays of happiness and joy. We can do it often, very often, showing others the smile of love and goodness, the smile that speaks of God’s love and goodness.

Having constant smile on your face – always – when the sun shines or the rain pours, when we are healthy or ill, when we are lucky or when everything goes awry – is not easy! The smile shows that your soul derives from God’s Heart this constant serenity of the soul, that you can forget yourself, wishing to be a ray of light for others. [1]

RESPONSORY 2 Corinthians 13:11; Nehemiah 8:10

Rejoice, mend your ways, encourage one another, live in peace,
And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Do not be saddened, for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength.
And the God of love and peace will be with you.

MORNING PRAYER

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. The one who is merciful teaches and leads his disciples, as a good shepherd his sheep.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God, merciful Father,
you called upon Saint Ursula to follow your Son, whom you sent to the world to proclaim the Good News and give life to all,
grant that we, following her example and through her intercession,
may contribute to our brothers’ salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

EVENING PRAYER

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. Let the children come to me, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

[1] Translated by DChojnacki (2014).

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