Trudelle Thomas lives in Cincinnati where she has been an Associate of the Brown County (Ohio) Ursulines since the 1970s (even before they had a formal associate program). She taught English at Xavier University for 30 years and is now a professor emerita. A lifelong writer, she is the author of Spirituality in the Mother Zone (Paulist Press, 2005) and has published many articles and columns on spiritual and literary topics. Now in her "wisdom years," she enjoys being a devoted grandmother and aunt as well as art-making, quilting, writing and volunteering through the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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The joy of the resurrection

It was during this time of deep grief (at age 24) that I first encountered St. Angela Merici. What did impress me was that Angela encountered terrible grief early in life. By the time she was 15, both her parents had died. A few years later, her beloved sister also died. How on Earth could Angela still trust God in the midst of so much loss?