Let Mercy transform your Heart

Let Mercy transform your Heart

Lent, the annual 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving marked by Christians before the celebration of Easter, is upon us.

If you were to enter the monastery chapel you would know it is the season of Lent. The cross stands strong and central as a visible reminder; the color purple, recognized as the color of people seeking spiritual fulfillment, invites contemplation.

For the monastic Lent is a time to contemplate change—a time for transformation that results from conversion.

Pope Francis, in his annual Lenten message, has asked Christians everywhere to “live the season of Lent more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17).

In this holy season may we allow God’s mercy to transform our hearts and “through the experience of faithful love, to become merciful in turn.” (Pope Francis)

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.