Resurrection happened; Resurrection happens.

Resurrection happened; Resurrection happens.

I have always loved Gandhi’s quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This year I find myself saying: “Be the resurrection the world needs now.” Why? Because resurrection changes everything.

Easter is upon us and we need to be reminded that the Easter story is true: resurrection happened then; resurrection happens now.

We have all experienced the realities of Holy Week in our lives in new and different ways. We remain embroiled in a pandemic that is wreaking havoc throughout our world. There are ever so many reasons why we need resurrection to be true; perhaps now more than ever.

God did not leave Jesus in the darkness of the tomb; God will not leave us in the darkness of the tombs in which we may find ourselves. The light of Christ breaks through the darkness, no matter what the darkness is. Resurrection changes everything. Joy can be found despite fear that threatens to overwhelm.

We need to remember that resurrection is not a one day event. Resurrection is a way of life in which faith prevails and love overcomes. What seemed to be an end was really a beginning—the beginning of knowing that in Jesus new life abounds.

Let our alleluias be loud and clear as we embrace resurrection reality. Let us be the Christ light to others and show them that darkness and death do not have the last word. Resurrection changes everything.

May we all be strengthened in our hope as we celebrate the truth of resurrection now and in the days to come.

Easter blessings be yours!
Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress

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.