When we use the word remember, we imagine going back in time to recall someone who is no longer with us. But the true Judeo-Christian origin of the word means “bringing the past into the present,” or literally re-membering someone who was a member of our family or community.
People of the Old Testament did not hold a strong belief in an afterlife. The only way to be truly immortal was to be “re-membered” by having someone tell your story. This understanding gives us deeper insight into the Last Supper, when Jesus shared the bread and wine with his disciples and said, “From now on, whenever you do this, re-member me.” Each time we celebrate the Eucharist, we make Jesus alive and present to us once again.
With this same understanding, we share the stories of our sisters who have gone home to God, “re-membering” them to our Salvatorian Family.
Adapted from a reflection by Father Michael Hoffman, SDS, Archivist for the Society of the Divine Savior
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