Sunday, February 26, 2006

Continuing the Plug ...

Courtesy of WaywardCatholic ....

12 Ways to Remake Your Boring Old Self — New York Magazine
If you’re willing to take a vow of poverty, chastity, and obedience, your prayers may be answered in a convent. Some sisters live full time at a convent like the Corpus Christi Monastery in the Bronx, where the eighteen cloistered nuns spend all day praying in “perpetual adoration of the most blessed sacrament.” Brooklyn’s Sisters of Mercy get out more, if only to work in schools, hospitals, women’s shelters, and soup kitchens. Still more adventurous are the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, who get to go all the way to Hawaii, East Africa, and Peru. You have to be Catholic (though there are Buddhist and Orthodox Christian nuns) and neither married nor divorced (God frowns upon that, though being widowed is okay by Him). Go to to find the right order for you.
[The other eleven ways are: run for office, teach yoga, grow organic tomatoes, go RV-ing, learn to fly, go on reality TV, work with hedges, sue people, go to Indian spiritual retreat, teach, and disappear.]

Of course, the "facts" listed were disputed by a commenter (apparently the info on these communities are all way off), and I pointed out that there are at least some Anglican nuns out there; in fact, two Benedictine women's communities are ecumenical (Madison, WI, and Martin, KY).


Blogger see-through faith said...

laughing :)

2/27/2006 2:38 AM  
Anonymous jeana said...

And another correction: increasingly you can be a nun if you have been married before, as long as now you're officially not. These days, some nuns have grown kids and are grandmas.

2/27/2006 3:57 PM  
Blogger Lorem ipsum said...

The orchestration of #12 (Disappear Completely) kept me sane (and awake nights) for many years. Then it stopped.

By the way, my widowed aunt (70 this year) has toyed with the idea of being a nun for years, but doesn't want to give up her house or anything like that. She just got back from Guadalupe, though, so she's kind of a part-time religious.

2/27/2006 6:49 PM  

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