It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it…

… I have tremendous respect for our religious. I mean, that lifestyle is not for wussies. Catholicism is punk rock, y’all. I stayed with a community for 2 weeks once and after the second day I was nothing more than a lazy presence floating about their halls, showing up for noon prayers and only reappearing hours later at Vespers. And bored. Lord, was I bored. But not those gals; up at 3:30 am praying and milking cows and doing chores and praying some more. I was exhausted just watching them hurry about.

Up at 3:30 am every day. Every. Day. Never sleeping in. Ever. I wonder if they have ever been known to fake an illness just to sneak in a few extra hours of sleep in the morning, like when I used to pretend to be constipated and hide in the bathroom so my ex-husband would have to change the baby’s diaper.

So yeah, I’m obviously not cut from the same cloth as members of the religious community. It only means, though, I am even more in awe of the commitment and love it takes to chose to live the life of serving God. My goodness, I don’t even think my parish priests ever rests! My son and were talking about this yesterday; how hard Father works. Again, exhausted at the mere thought.

I’m always thrilled to learn of areas that are seeing an increase in vocations. God bless them. The more people praying for the rest of us lazy schleps the better.

Hug all nuns. Pray for all priests.

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  • Christine M Morris

    To which congregation does the nun making her final profession belong to? Thank you for your blog.

  • Sister MM

    Not all nuns wake up at 3:30 AM. Some of us sleep in until 4:45, and 5:15 on Sundays and feasts!

  • Mamamayerle

    Our daughter is in an Aspirancy school.  They sent her schedule to me so I would know when to call.  I still haven’t figured out when she has any free time to chat on the phone.

  • Fr. Cory Sticha

    That’s why I became a diocesan priest instead of joining a monastic order. I can sleep in once in a while.

  • Johnkenny29

    is it just me or does the mere sight of those nuns in in deep prayer and full habit,s just inspire you to have  awe and reverence for god, it actually made the hairs on my arms stand up.

  • michelangelo3

    Any good priest is going to be as busy as he lets himself be. Priests don’t have to apply to jobs; jobs apply to them. Most of the jobs are people. I get exhausted just hearing about a typical priest’s day.

    With contemplative nuns, the busi-ness is different. People aren’t going to bang on their doors, so they get up during the wee hours and leave the rest of us exhausted just looking at them. But it comes to the same thing.

    Thank God for all of them. Where would the Church be if she were left to us shlubs?

  • Amanda

    They are the Victimes du Sacré-Coeur (Victims of the Sacred Heart) in France. A really good friend of mine is taking her temporal vows with them this summer. 

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Thanks, Amanda.


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