Dear Sisters, Associates, Ministry Collaborators and Friends of our Congregation,
What does our celebration of Easter mean in the face of a global health crisis?
How does our Easter faith speak to the suffering in our human family?
We have celebrated the holiest days of our Christian faith with the disciples, afraid and inside. We know we cannot breakthrough that darkness alone. We need the power of Resurrection to do so!
Words elude us today, so we borrow the words of the poet shared in the LCWR Waiting Together in Holy Darkness reflection:
O dark dark dark. They all go into the dark…
I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you
Which shall be the darkness of God. As in a theatre,
The lights are extinguished, for the scene to be changed
With a hollow rumble of wings, with a movement of darkness on darkness,
And we know that the hills and the trees, the distant panorama
And the bold imposing facade are all being rolled away–
… Or when, under ether, the mind is conscious but conscious of nothing–
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
— TS Eliot, “The Four Quartets”
May we know all know how to wait,
General Leadership Team