Part 1: Rising Up, Again and Again

mary on bench looking at field

There’s lots of talk about resurrection this time of year, from the good news of the Easter story to what we witness outdoors in every new flower. But what does it really mean to us, in a practical way? The Catholic Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery collaborated on this 10-part answer to the question of How to Practice Resurrection Every Day. We will publish it in installments over the next couple of weeks!

Ove was deeply wounded. His cherished wife was dead. His job was eliminated. All love, purpose and hope now gone, the irascible 59-year-old decided to do the only logical thing: kill himself.

But despite his repeated, well-planned attempts, Ove remained foiled: Someone barged in on him. The rope broke. A half-frozen, starving cat needed help.

Life itself – and Ove’s willingness to say Yes to it – stood in the way of his plans. He began to heal.

This story comes from Fredrik Backman’s lovely novel, A Man Called Ove. Following the daily life of a gruff and cranky retiree, it explores questions of life, purpose and death. It also stalks the idea of resurrection, and of what it can mean to us on a daily, practical level.

Because we don’t just die physically, one time, at the end of our lives. We die daily. Sometimes many times a day. And resurrection is part of the plan.

Right?

Think back on yesterday, or last week. What small deaths have you experienced in a fight with a friend, a mistake at work, or a more profound loss?

How did you get back up?

Part 2: We fall down, we get up

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