Remembering and Giving Thanks

Remembering and Giving Thanks

Giving thanks helps us to recognize, appreciate and be grateful for the people, things, blessings and challenges in our lives. When we express gratitude we open to love -- the love of God, the love of family, the love of friends, the love of neighbors. Saying thank you can unite us in what we share: the gifts of life, love, family, and friendship, and even sorrow and suffering.

This year I am especially mindful of the loved ones who have gone before us. Our Community of Life and Hope has received the names of hundreds of people for whom we have prayed throughout this month of November -- the month that the Church devotes to saints and souls who have touched our lives and given us reason to be grateful. Since last Thanksgiving six community members have passed from this world to the next along with four oblates; in addition, many community members have lost relatives and friends. I find myself being grateful for how those who have died lived and loved, shaped and challenged us. Click here to view our remembrance video which captures it well and reminds us of the beauty that surrounds and comforts us.

I wish you a Thanksgiving holiday full of memories, past and newly formed, that make your heart overflow with gratitude. I invite you to join us this Sunday, November 26, for 9:30 AM Eucharist at the monastery followed by coffee, breads and hospitality. We will remember all those enrolled in the Community of Life and Hope and continue the celebration of Thanksgiving that makes this week special. May we be one in love and gratitude for blessings received and life shared.

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB

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.