Part 5: Roll your stone out of the way

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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!

See, I am doing a new thing. Do you not perceive it? – Isaiah 43:19

Alone in our mini-graves, we emulate Jesus’ time in the tomb.

There, we must open ourselves to healing, so that we can be reborn as the stronger and more compassionate people we will become.

But we have to let God in.

“We must open ourselves to God’s grace enough for God to do a new thing in us,” Sister Mary Core, OSB says.

“It requires that we get out of the way so God can act. When we are doing things our own way, we are the stone in front of the tomb.”

In other words, we have to roll the heavy, lifeless stone of our old story – our old identity – out of the way to let the light in.

“When we allow God in, we gain the courage to do what we didn’t know we could do. We gain insights and new perspective.”

“It’s about becoming. It’s a new way of being. It’s a restoration of life.”

Part 6: Recognize the Risen One

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