Suddenly, nuns are everywhere, and it’s a beautiful thing.
When I was growing up, I was terrified of them. They seemed awfully stern, and there was always that ruler they all seemed to carry. I had a habit (don’t even start) of putting my hands in my pockets whenever passing them.
But somewhere along the way to adulthood, I developed a deep admiration for them. I remember dining at a Steak & Shake a few years ago, and a nun in a Dominican habit sat down at the next table. I wanted to say something to her, but didn’t. But I couldn’t help smiling.
So all of a sudden, nuns are in the news, on TV, and seemingly everywhere, and it’s always in the context of something wonderful, Deo gratias. Oprah Winfrey, who’s not known for her kind treatment of Christians on her show, featured the cloistered nuns of the Dominican Sisters of Mary a month ago. She was nothing but sweet to them, asking questions most non-Catholics probably wonder about, all very tastefully.
Today we have the The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery, featured in a “Heroes” segment of the local news in Phoenix, AZ. The Anchoress has the story; check it out!