Kevin - "pax tecum" said...
Sister...? It has been a few days since you've posted...Is everything ok?
The pews are extra dusty from all the smoke. We've had our work cut out for us. Good thing I have my fire fighter habit handy in the closet.
Sister, this nun in plain clothes thing baffles me. Do you guys always wear habits, to grocery stores and baseball games and in your drivers license photos and stuff? As you said, there's no rule against it... but is it frowned upon to wear regular old clothes to these things? Just curious.
I don't have a firefighter habit in the closet.
To answer your question, it depends on what the Sister wears in the first place. Wearing a full habit like this, a Sister would have three or four 'outfits', the everyday, the 'dress blues' and the pew duster. It's all the same looking habit, it's just in various states of perfection. Today's dress blues are tomorrow's everydays and next year's pew dusters.
I do have a sort of 'gardening' outfit with a big hat. No one ever glimpses me in that. Maybe the meter reader.
But if a Sister is wearing more secular clothes to begin with, the sky's the limit.
Okay, not exactly. But think of it this way, if you were a business woman and wore a business suit all the time, you're not going to just suddenly jump out in front of the clients in a bikini or a disco dress and stiletto heels. You're going to wear conservative looking clothes even if you're attending the office picnic. Unless you have a screw loose.
We are never not with our clients.
Another reader writes:
Personally, I feel about nuns without habits the same way I do about teachers wearing miniskirts and priests without collars. (And I have to admit that I once flirted with a priest out of uniform; then he had the nerve to tell me as if it were MY fault.)
It was your fault. Just who was doing the flirting?
Here's what I have to say to people who want nuns wearing full habits:
GET OVER IT.
Stop asking people who have chosen the religious life to dress in medieval garb so that you know how to act around them. Behave yourself all the time and you won't have a problem. What nuns wear is their business and the business of their orders. It's all about them. It's not about you.
I wonder how orders decide what color their habits will be.
I'd like to know the color to order thing too. I think the teaching sisters in Lincoln wear blue. Some are in gray, why?
I suppose we could have all stuck with black or brown. But then our hats would have had to get ever more elaborate so as to tell us apart. Again, we are talking about medieval garb here. The simplest most inexpensive fabric is going to be brown. We're definitely going to throw in some white for purity and voila, you've got you're basic habit colors.
Then along comes the order that is dedicated to the Blessed Mother. They are going to go with Mary blue, for sure. Why does Mary wear blue? Did Mary wear only blue all her life? She probably never ever wore blue even once. Mary is always depicted in blue because there was a time when to legally adopt someone, you put your cloak around them. The sky is blue.
Hold on, it will all makes sense in a moment.
Mary wears blue, because like the sky, which is blue, that covers us all, Mary has adopted us all.
I'm sure the gray orders just wanted to stay humble in a drab unassuming color.
How do they decide? I don't know. I'm sure they had a meeting and discussed it. Obviously these girls had cake at their meeting.
I'm kidding. Although everyone refers to these cloistered sisters as "The Pink Nuns", they themselves call their habits 'rose colored'.
I call it hot pink. Maybe it's my monitor.