Why August 6 is Significant

The church calendar marks August 6 as the feast of the Transfiguration, the day on which the disciples of Jesus encountered who Jesus really is when he was transformed in their midst. The shining glory of the Transfiguration (Luke 9: 28-36) draws attention to the identity of Jesus as God’s chosen and beloved one.

The civil calendar marks August 6 as the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The year 2013 marks the 68th anniversary of this bombing, the world’s first atomic bomb attack.

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie recall the Transfiguration of Jesus as well as the anniversary of the nuclear bombings in light of the Corporate Commitment the community has promoted for over 30 years: As Benedictine Sisters of Erie we commit ourselves to be a healing presence and prophetic witness for peace by working for sustainability and justice, especially for women and children.

Please join us in our quest for a less violent world by praying a mantra for peace. Doing so is one way that the radiance of God’s transforming presence can be reflected in today’s world:

May my mind think no harm.
May my lips speak no harm.
May my hands do no harm.
May the children of tomorrow
bless the work I offer.

—Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB