Resurrection changes everything

Resurrection changes everything

Resurrection: the act of rising from the dead.

Resurrection changes everything.

As I look around the monastery grounds I see the winter landscape coming to life. Daffodils are rising up in golden splendor, crocuses are peeking through the dark earth, trees are budding, grass is greening, birds are singing. Creation is infused with new life. Resurrection changes everything.

If resurrection changes everything, can it change me, can it change you?

Easter is an invitation to open our eyes to new life, to see what is and to envision what can be. Jesus, the human life of God, is let loose in the world to empower us to be resurrection, to “be the change we want to see.” (Gandhi)

Resurrection can energize us to be the ones who will change unkindness to care, condemnation to compassion, anxiety to hope, despair to joy, fear to love, darkness to light . . . .

Resurrection changes everything.

My Easter prayer for you and for me is that we will open ourselves to the transformation that Resurrection promises, that we will embrace the profound potential it offers—that we will believe that resurrection changes everything and it begins with you and me.

May resurrection joy and energy abound for you and yours!

Sister Anne Wambach

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.