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. This is the final part. We hope you enjoyed it!
Resurrection will be now. Every moment, a new beauty. – Rumi
Resurrection – the moment when we rise, all new – is the life to which we are called.
Not once, as we give up our corporal bodies, but always.
It requires that we give up our sometimes-cherished “old stories,” though; the old wounds that we have kept alive and well-fed.
It’s a boulder-strewn path.
And it’s never over.
As the Gospel resurrection stories show us, Jesus himself faces unrecognition and doubt.
Like Jesus, then, we may well face doubt from our loved ones who wonder, Who is this person who is no longer nursing her wounds? Who is this person who claims to have moved on?
As Jesus models patience, perseverance, forgiveness and compassion, he teaches us how to live our resurrection. Our renewal.
Practicing resurrection is about allowing ourselves to be changed, to grow, to become.
It’s about getting back up, holding our experiences – those daily deaths – in hand, but not allowing them to be in charge.
It’s about trying again, as Sister Mary Jane Wallace says. “Every morning the sun comes up. That’s God saying, Try again. Try again.”