Easter: Personal Emmaus/Resurrection Moments


Springtime is the perfect season for renewal! Here’s the final reflection from Sister Mary’s 15-part mini-retreat to refresh your soul throughout Lent and Easter. Here’s a list of all of the weeks’ posts.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

“Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” (Lk. 24:32-33)

On Wednesday of Easter Week the Gospel is from Luke 24: 13-35, the story of the 2 disciples on the Road to Emmaus. It is one of my favorite stories in the Gospels. Continue Reading

Beyond the Empty Tomb


By Sister Marianne Burkhard, OSB

The story of the disciples running to the empty tomb has often baffled me (John 20:1-9). This year it suddenly seemed clear:

Visiting the tomb of a loved one is  part of our grief process, as we still want to be close to the one who left.

Whether a loved one has died, an important relationship has ended,  or a job or ministry has come to an end, we face a tomb, a great emptiness in our lives, in our house, in our daily living. Continue Reading

Easter Sunday!

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

Easter Sunday at our home always meant we celebrated Eucharist together (or, as we said back then, “We went to Mass”).

What was special to us was that each of the 10 of us had something new to wear. Continue Reading

This is the Day the Lord has Made!

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.(Psalm 118:12)

lst Reading Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43;  Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9.

As I walked over to my office last week, I saw yellow crocuses and spiked green leaves heralding irises and tulips not yet in bloom. Patches of snow linger on the north slopes, but the ground seems to be unable to keep new life hidden any longer. What wonderful signs and reminders of the Lord’s resurrection: the earth, for so long encased only in snow and ice, now erupting with new life. It is as if the earth itself is resurrecting! Continue Reading