I can’t believe my transformation experiment is working! The lilac branch I cut off and placed in a bucket of water is springing to life!
As the only piece of decoration in the sanctuary at the Church of St. Lawrence (the parish at which serve as the Pastoral Associate), it was my hope that the seemingly dead, dry, and barren branch would slowly and dramatically come to life. This branch in plain view of all is to be an outward and visible sign of what, by the Grace of God, is happening on the inside during our Lenten Journey.The small, delicate, and bright green leaves that are slowly pushing forth are to mimic the fresh life that is coming to rise in each of us. I purposely chose a branch that showed dead remnants of last spring’s leaves and flowers as a way to represent the old parts of us, the sinful and harmful parts of us, which need to die and give way to the fresh life that Jesus is offering us. It is inspiring to witness the old dried-up elements take a back seat to the new evolution and bright colors of spring!Like the growth of this branch, our Lenten Transformation come in stages. In these Forty Days we see that our transformation is a series of changes – hopefully changes that last! I pray that our Lenten Transformation is more than an experiment….
Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, before entering the Monastery, Sister Lisa taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa made her first Monastic Profession in August 2009. She currently ministers at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth.See all of Sister Lisa’s posts.