For those interested in questions of clerical haberdashery, I wear an Anglican style cassock as a reminder of my former incarnation in that most venerable, but now faded and jaded denomination. With that I wear a Roman style cincture and over it all, the Benedictine scapular. I am an oblate of Downside Abbey in England, and oblates who are entitled to wear clerical dress may, with the permission of their abbot, wear the Benedictine scapular. Of course, since I’m not a professed monk, I don’t wear the full cowl.
In case you are wondering about the context of this shot, it was taken as I emerged from the woods after a forty day retreat where I lived in a wooden shack and fasted and kept total silence in preparation for my upcoming ordination…
In fact, I’d just got home from church and was chasing my son around the yard.