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Jesus Christ is risen! Alleluia!

O God, we pray for what needs to rise in us.

May stillness rise in us.

The stillness of Mary of Magdala

who came to the tomb while it was dark

and heard the voice within telling her

to spread the word.

May gratitude rise in us.

The gratitude of Thomas

who came to believe

and uttered his prayer for all ages,

“My Lord and my God!”

May joy rise in us.

The joy of the disciples

on their way to Emmaus

who recognized him in bread broken

and Scriptures fulfilled.

May peace rise in us.

The peace lavished on the disciples

when receiving the Holy Spirit and

being sent to spread forgiveness

and life in Jesus’ name.

May love rise in us.

The love of the Good Shepherd

who knows each of us by name,

who calls us, who leads us

in the ways of love and compassion.

Amen. Alleluia!

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Sister Ann Casper

Sister Ann Casper, SP, retired as the executive director for Mission Advancement for the Sisters of Providence in 2018 and currently serves as minister of Providence Community Cemetery at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Sister Ann has ministered in various scholastic and administrative positions in Indiana and North Carolina. She also was a member of the Sisters of Providence leadership team, serving as General Secretary.

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14 Comments

  1. Marsha Speth on April 2, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful! Amen!

  2. Kathleen Desautels, SP on April 2, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Thanks, Ann. Needs to be on a prayer card.

  3. Janet Tosick, PA on April 2, 2021 at 11:52 am

    This is lovely, Sister Ann! I agree with Sister Kathleen. Thank you for sharing your beautiful poetry. ♥️Janet and Michael Tosick
    Love

  4. Will HINE on April 2, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    A. Blessing .
    Thank you.

  5. Marilyn Schaaf Rausch on April 2, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Amen and amen! So beautiful!! Thank you!!

  6. bill hughes on April 2, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you, Ann! A wonderful portrait of the way we fit into the story.

  7. Ken Siarkiewicz on April 3, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you, Sister Ann.

    The prayer is blessed, and the graphic is magnificent!

    A Blessed Easter Season to you and all the Sisters of Providence.

  8. Jane Fischer on April 3, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Amen and Amen!

  9. Steve Modde on April 4, 2021 at 9:08 am

    You pull the Easter experiences all together for us. I will save this one! May the Easter-Spirit enable love to rise in all of us — in our country!!!

  10. Mary Tomlinson on April 4, 2021 at 10:11 am

    A meaningful call. Thank you, Ann.

  11. Connie SP on April 4, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Peace-filled prayer that touched my heart and soul deeply.

  12. Donna Butler on April 5, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Ann,
    Your writing skills are as superb as ever! Thank you.

  13. Dorothy Gartland on April 5, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Beautiful,Ann! Thanks! (Hope you are feeling better!) Dorothy

  14. Claire Hanson on April 7, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Beautiful prayer we can all relate to. Thanks Ann.

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