Resilience is a word which has much meaning for me. It is defined as strength, flexibility, spirit, hardiness; and its antonym is defeatism.
When I see the crocuses coming out of the earth amid the still lingering snow and the cold winds off Lake Superior, I am in awe of them. How do they do it? How do they survive? I am bundled up with my heavy jacket, hat, and gloves. There they are with their colorful smiling faces informing me that yes, despite all appearances, spring is on its way.
Crocuses remind me of Christ’s resurrection. After his death, all seemed lost and hopeless. All dreams were shattered. Then Christ rose from the dead and gave new hope, new life, and new dreams to his disciples and to us! Let us rejoice, Alleluia!
Sister Jeanne Ann Weber
Sister Jeanne Ann Weber is Director of Liturgy. She has experience as a teacher, advocate for women and children, giving retreats and spiritual direction. She is a member of the Shalom Spiritual Direction Training Program at the Monastery. See all of Sister Jeanne Ann’s posts.