Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

To give thanks seems such a simple thing to do. In fact, the German mystic Meister Eckhart is believed to have said, “If the only prayer you make is ‘thank you’ that will suffice.” What could be easier than that? Surely, if we were to realize that the rhythm of life is a rhythm of giving and receiving then we would likewise realize that gratitude is the melody that gives that rhythm meaning and depth.

Relationships with God, self, and others sustain us. They help us to enjoy the parts of life that are easy; they help us to endure the parts of life that are difficult. Being grateful is what strengthens relationships and allows us to be blessing to our families, our friends, our neighbors, our very world. Our Thanksgiving Slide Show gives testament to this.

Thank you—a simple prayer that strengthens relationships, a simple prayer that enriches life, a simple prayer that turns us to the Source of our blessings and allows us to delight in the gifts of life and love.

May the celebration of Thanksgiving provide many opportunities for all of us to utter the simple prayer of “thank you.” These two words have the potential to touch hearts and free spirits to dance with joy for the goodness that is ours through the abundant generosity of a faithful God.

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, and the Benedictine Sisters of Erie

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, the twenty-first prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania is a native of Philadelphia. She moved to Mount St. Benedict Monastery in 1992 to respond to a desire to experience the monastic way of life. Previously a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Chestnut Hill, Sister Anne began the formal transfer process to the Erie Benedictines in 1993 and made her monastic profession in 1997.

Sister Anne has served the people of the Diocese of Erie as a teacher at St. Gregory's School in North East, Pa., from 1992-1995, and at the Neighborhood Art House in Erie, beginning as program director in 1995 and as executive director since 2005. She served on the Monastic Council from 2006-2010.