In thinking of Mary Angela, I am reminded of Gerard Manley Hopkins in his "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" poem: "What I do is me; for that I came." Like the images of the colorful kingfisher that "catches fire" as the light brings its plumage to a bright radiance and the iridescent wings of the dragonfly glint with a flame-like beauty," Mary Angela, too, knew her True Self and lived her own destiny to the full, doing what her nature dictated. She humbly and proudly returned the product that she had been given--herself--by love and service, acting to her highest capacity.
I was blessed by her brilliant beauty whenever I was in her presence (12th grade and reunions). Such a shining person is the goal of humanity and the delight of God! I join with her family and friends in celebrating the gifts she brought to this earth.