Friday, May 29, 2009

nun gazing...

... the little old lady in the jogging suit sitting next to at mass may be a nun but you'd never know, now would you? Not very inspiring is it? Is it any wonder why the "progressive" orders are shriveling while their traditional counterparts thrive.

Book says young women attracted to orders whose members wear habits
DENVER (CNS) -- While the last 40 years have seen an overall drop in the numbers of women entering religious life, a new book released by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious says orders that are more visibly counter cultural seem to be flourishing. The council represents the superiors of more than 100 religious communities of sisters whose members wear an identifiable religious habit. A canonically approved organization founded in 1992 to promote religious life in the United States, the council notes that the average age of its member communities' sisters is under 35. The book, titled "The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision" and published by Ave Maria Press, is a project of the council. It explores why the orders represented by the council are gaining numbers and how they are living out the vision of consecrated life described by the Second Vatican Council. The book, released May 16, consists of essays written by six religious sisters representing five orders. The topics they address are: religious consecration, the spousal bond, the threefold response to vows, communion in community, and mission. [source]
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kired said...

wimple & veil WIN

Lola said...

So why shouldn't a habit be an attractive tool for a young woman.

Nice and tidy and it means business. Whatever the business the order is in. (I like the pink sisters.)

Adrienne said...

Why would any young woman aspire to wear ugly polyester stretch pants?(ugh)

We have a "progressive" bunch in Cottonwood, Idaho and I don't think there is anyone under 60 years old there.

Sarah said...

I stumbled across the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious national conference at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows last year. Hundreds of habits in about a dozen different designs - it was glorious!

(Until they all realized I was a young, single woman and started trying to recruit me, but that's another story.)

Coffee Catholic said...

I always want to say, "Well DUH!"

*Why* would a woman give up her secular lifestyle only to live a practically secular lifestyle as a nun?

It's been proven time and again that we human beings look for hard-core when we are looking to seriously live our faiths. Those that want to be lukewarm and picky-choosey head for the happy clappy places known as "Progressive" and "Modern."

Those that desire to be sanctified and thus die and go to heaven (we hope!) go for the REAL DEAL ~ none of this happy-clappy Catholicism and no nuns in pant suits! Or rediculously modified habits either!

I'm seeing nuns going BACK to the *traditional* habit. Warms my heart to no end!!

Leticia said...

I'll be reviewing this book and interviewing some of the authors at Catholic Media Review.
I can't wait to get my hands on a copy, sounds fascinating!

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

The important thing these wymmin forgot is romance. The religious life is all about romance. Judging that book by its cover, I'm guessing that it's something the CMSWR nuns for the most part have remembered.