I was out with friends on New Year’s Eve and they joked saying, “you are like the most interesting nun in the world”, a shout-out of course to the clever Dos Equis commercials featuring Jonathan Goldsmith as the Most Interesting Man in the World. I had to laugh because there is some truth in that! Not that I’m particularly interesting (after all, I was in bed by 11 p.m. that night), but there is something about NUN-NESS that is infinitely intriguing and captivating.
It has nothing to do with what we wear, although I did once wear an Easter hat that caused quite a stir. And it has nothing to do with what we do (I have ministered in bicycle stores and bars). I think it has much to do with seeing things and making choices that our society deems crazy and turning them into a blessing.
Even as a nun of 10+ years now, I am still wholly compelled by all that is NUN. It is truly an adventure that engages all aspects of my being — mind, body, spirit, memory, hopes, dreams — and is crazy goodness! What is cool is that I find that so many nuns are like this. Just listen to their stories of how they have lived. Read the histories and foundation stories of congregations. What’s not to love?!
As we head into the new year, I encourage you to tap into your inner nun and allow this new year to take on all sorts of awesome adventures that thoroughly engage you.
And in this spirit, “Stay thirsty, my friends!”
P.S. Some advice for the new year …
marla January 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm
i sure wish i’d gotten that advice thirty years ago!! great post, jules.
Joyce January 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm
Cool, mysterious, surprising, compelling, exciting, engaging, liberating, etc. etc. that’s us and that’s the God-quest too! Thanks, Sr. Julie.
Sister Julie January 3, 2012 at 9:20 am
Here’s to you, Sister Joyce, one of my guiding lights!
Melba January 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm
Great post! Here’s to 2012 with some interesting journeys! XX
Barbara January 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm
Great post SJ! And after 50 yrs, it’s still a blast!
Zeke January 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm
Marsha West January 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm
Dynamite bullet list, Sr. Julie – and so counter to what anyone would think would motivate a religious vocation! You do have a unique way of making your vocation seem highly desirable!! And an adventure.
joyceelaine January 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm
absolutely awesome post!