What's a day in the life of a Catholic sister or nun? This is a tough question to answer because Catholic sisters and nuns have such a variety of lifestyles, ministries, and callings! Each community has its own distinctive personality and flavor. No two communities -- indeed no two nuns -- are the same!
Last week we celebrated the life and mourned the death of our dear Sister Mary Ellen, affectionately known as Mel.... At her wake we had a "remembering" prayer service during which Sister Barbara reflected on Mel's life, ministry, loves, and adventures. I loved hearing about Mel, especially the stories of adventures I never knew she had! But what struck me most was when Barbara said these words.
At long last the third and final book of Sister Sandra Schneiders's series "Religious Life in a New Millennium" is in my hands! ... I haven't even gotten to the Introduction yet and I'm already enthralled with these images of Scripture and red-slippered virgins!
Is our popular image of what nuns look like taking a turn? I read an article in the Mail Online, a UK news outlet, about Kelly Osbourne, in which writer Leah Simpson comments on in a recent sighting of Kelly and her boyfriend and the goings-on of the Osbourne family.
When you hear or read the word "nun", what visual immediately springs to your mind? Do you see a person, outfit, location, activity? Do you see something more abstract like a scene of simplicity, complexity, gentleness, or motion?
I am always amazed at the variety of things sisters and nuns today do because sometimes we've got this "nun job decription" in our imagination that rarely encompasses all that sisters and nuns actually do.