All Reflect God Who is Good

The feast day of Francis of Assisi, long known as the patron saint of animals and ecology, will be celebrated this week (October 4). He recognized the sacredness of all creation and issued an invitation to hold sacred everything and everyone as a reflection of God.

Respect for the beauty and goodness of creation as a sacrament of God is one of the hallmarks of Benedictine monasticism. Recently, the elders among the Benedictine Sisters of Erie had the opportunity to show this respect first hand. A trip to the Erie Zoo, organized by Sister Rita Zattosky for the *This and That Club, gave the sisters from the Infirmary and Assisted Living wings of the monastery the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in the creatures of the earth and to take the invitation of St. Francis to heart. Words of Albert Einstein capture the experience well: “Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

Take a minute to enjoy some pictures from the Zoo Adventure. It was a fun time for the sisters and infirmary staff alike.

*The This and That Club is a weekly gathering organized by Sister Rita Zattosky with the help of Sister Helen Heher, Director of Wellness Services at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. Sisters from the Infirmary and Assisted Living wings come together for movement activities, book discussions, movies, outreach projects or information sessions, and always conversation and refreshments. With the first year anniversary of the This and That Club quickly approaching it has become clear that there is no end to the variety of activities that can bring the elders together, give them the opportunity to share with one another, and provide for interesting bits of “this and that” —all of which contribute to wholeness and well-being.