Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The Hidden Lives of Nuns?
She highlighted those who supported abortion, contraception or same-sex marriage & praised their humanitarian efforts. Some nuns incorporated principles from other religions, but I was surprised to discover that others weren't even really sure what they believed! Reed wrote little about the sisters' devotional lives, but duly noted what kind of habit they did (or didn't wear) & why, how much time they sacrificed to their work, the kind of food they ate & booze they drank.
The book left me asking which is more important- obedience to authority or love? Did these women, many of whom all but thumbed their noses at authority & tradition, actually succeed in obeying the gospel simply by showing love to their neighbors? Did what they believe (or didn't), abstained from (or didn't), supported (or didn't) matter if they were somehow heeding the higher call? And if these things didn't really matter as the author seems to imply, then why take the vows? Why yoke oneself with a community when any average joe can show "love" & essentially fulfill the gospel without even having to call himself a Christian? I guess I want to know what sets these nuns (or any religious for that matter) apart from the world when they seem so much like the world? Why bother?
Posted by T. Ann