God, Your dear, saintly, loyal, hardworking
Sisters have come a long way!
Within a relatively few recent years
most female religious orders have cast off their
traditional (and costly) religious garb
(some in styles dating back to the Middle Ages),
in favor of clothing similar to that
worn by those they serve.
2012, nine liberal nuns hired a bus
and took a two-week- nine-state journey across
the U.S., stopping along the way
to make clear their mission, their activities
and their political convictions.
the time, the Vatican and the bishops were launching
doctrinal investigations against orders of nuns,
in spite of the glaring moral failures of numerous
with regard to the criminal cover-ups of child
One cannot help but wonder if Rome
was trying to shift attention away
from the rampant, longstanding, criminal pedophilia
among male religious in the United States, Ireland,
Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and countries
Latin America, Africa and Asia.
You know, Lord, I received a solid
and disciplined elementary and high school education
under the Sisters of Charity
of Saint Vincent
de Paul, in Leavenworth, Kansas, at Sacred Heart
School and Immaculata High School.
sisters wore square black-over-white wimples,
with head crowns and high collars, all pristine
They were gowned in voluminous black,
down to their sturdy black shoes. They wore
thick black belts hung with extraordinarily
large rosary beads. They also wore a front cape,
under which they could fold their arms (or pin
notes to themselves, with black hat pins - a
sort of traveling bulletin board!). Their habits
were made of serge and must have been very hot
during Kansas summers. But they did not complain.
The nursing sisters,
who wore white, were a little luckier.
God, bless them all!
The Sisters of Saint Elizabeth wore square wimples
which made them look almost as if their faces
were pinched in picture frames. They, too, had
enormous rosary beads.
dramatic of all were "God's Geese,"
as The French Daughters of Charity were called,
with the largest and widest nun headpieces.
and even walking, could be a bit hazardous in
some of these elaborate nun's bonnets which
blocked side vision. Many,
if not most, religious orders have now discarded
these dark, expensive, hot
and cumbersome habits which, in the manner
of modern muslim women, revealed only their
faces and hands.
now, Lord, all the devout women who struggled
in these starchy coifs and heavy serge skirts
and full-length sleeves in all weathers. I envision
them now gowned elegantly in diaphanous white,
at rest from their labors and enjoying
the sweet manna and flowing wines
of Your heavenly home.
They certainly earned their entrance.
for me, my dear Sisters,
as I pray now for you!
please bless us all!
God, please save us all!