Resurrection Season
By S. Monica Gundler
We are all in need of Resurrection this year. We are weary of quarantines, of the long journey of mystery and upheavals, of uncertainty and grief. Perhaps more than any other time collectively, we are aware of this journey of suffering and death and the meaning when all seems lost. The Easter story of hope, of dawning faith and understanding, is meant for all of us. We are each invited to run to the tomb, to encounter the living God in the garden and rejoice that all the pain and death we have witnessed can lead us back to a world where flowers bloom, and people smile, embrace and are filled with rejoicing. Our hearts are lighter, and as the psalmist says, “Joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). The rain is different; the sun shines in longer days. Green and growing things abound and we see new life all around us.  

However, we know that not all the questions are answered in those initial encounters. We still have to ponder what this new way will be. Remember the disciples in the upper room? They were huddled together, scared and uncertain. The disciples walking to Emmaus are puzzled and pondering. What is the meaning of all that has happened? We too can identify with both these groups. How do we come forth from this tomb of the pandemic with all its myriad complications? What is it we need to learn? We need to look again at the stories of this Resurrection season. Even to those closest to him, Christ was unrecognized as he returned. But then, He called Mary by name, He broke bread on the road, He invited Thomas to look closely at his wounds. He fed them breakfast on the shore. 

Today, let us be aware of how the risen Christ is calling to us. May we pay attention to our inner life even as our outer world begins to open up. Where might we hear our name? Be invited to a new way of seeing? Let us not miss the risen Christ in the ways He comes to us today.
Changing the World, Feeding the Hungry
In honor of Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14), the Sisters of Charity partnered with more than 80 other women’s religious congregations to bring awareness to a growing food insecurity issue in the United States. Throughout the week Sisters and their volunteer ministries at food pantries in their areas were featured, spotlighting the needs and how others can help. To read more:
Unanswered Prayers
S. Ginny Scherer has ministered as a Chemistry and Physics teacher at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, Ohio for more than 40 years. Read more at https://www.srcharitycinti.org/2021/03/10/unanswered-prayers/
April 25 is World Day of Prayer
for Vocations
In preparation of World Day of Prayer for Vocations, a day to publicly recognize vocations in all its forms, the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) has some resources to check out: https://nrvc.net/292/publication/11
 
To read Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations visit: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/vocations/documents/
Faith in Film
Based on a true story, All Saints is the inspiring story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock. When his tiny Episcopal (Anglican) church in Smyrna, Tennessee is ordered to shut down, he and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
E-Vōc is the electronic newsletter from the Vocations Team of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati for single women wondering what new thing God is calling forth in their lives. 
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