Monday, July 02, 2007

The convent, a habit, and sacred silence

Sister, the habit is far better fitting your state-of-life as a consecrated religious rather than a polyester pantsuit or a cotton summer dress. The convent awaits your return.

9 Comments:

Blogger ks said...

Oooohhh boy, you are stirring the pot!

Of course, I agree with you (my great aunt was a Mother Superior).

Would you like me to share my thoughts about the vocation of motherhood? Bwahahahaha! I do NOT have a wordly view, that's for sure.

8:39 PM  
Blogger MMajor Fan said...

How true! I can't wait. Sometimes I'm tempted to start to wear a religious habit to compensate for those who won't. They forget that their presence in the habit is a source of enormous comfort, witness, and evangelization to the community they move through without their yet saying a word or a prayer.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous ks said...

Wordly view? Ooops...WORLDLY. :-)

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not against religious being in habits but make sure the habit is a reasonable one. One of our Benedictine sisters told me about all the boils and rashes they used to have under their wimples or how long it took to starch and crimp the "bib" section. Valuable time that could have been spent doing something else.
Our Holy Name sisters had to have special veils if they wanted to drive a car. Their regular veils had the human equilvlant to a horses blinders on them.

I have to wonder how many of us would do if we tried to wear the old version habits.

Sorka

12:44 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Hey - I've got Mary Mother of the Eucharist Dominicans in my backyard, among other habited orders. I think the average age within their fairly new order is 27. Their vocation weekends are jam packed with people sleeping on the floor.


It is indeed springtime. Traditional convents with recognizable sisters are in.

3:43 AM  
Blogger Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Great post! Our nuns look like an ad from M & S..don't know what the american equivalent is!

6:32 AM  
Blogger mashcity said...

So true, the habit is missed, but so is the collar-

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us not forget all of those polyesters who gave of their lives for those pantsuits...

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of our Benedictine sisters told me about all the boils and rashes they used to have under their wimples or how long it took to starch and crimp the "bib" section. Valuable time that could have been spent doing something else.

I've visited a community which wears the traditional Benedictine habit and believe me, these women of God are healthy, happy, and certainly not complaining about the habit. Many young people discerning a vocation these days find that communities who wear the habit tend to be more orthodox and have a deeper understanding of their spousal relationship with the eternal Bridegroom. Obviously, there are exceptions.

3:41 PM  

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