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Re: what are you reading? to Fran in OKC

Fran: Then here is a book you probably enjoy... The Calling, A year in
the Life of an Order of Nuns, by Catherine Whitney, a woman who
describes growing up Catholic as: "We were the prototypical Catholic
family of the fifties and sixties. We could fill an entire row at Sunday
Mass. My brothers and sisters and I all wore the itchy brown uniforms of
Assumption grade school, and my brothers were altar boys..my parents
held the hope that they would be giving at least two of their children
to God--one to the priesthood and one to the convent...it seemed that I
was the daughter anointed to be the nun." Her book is an incredibly
moving account of the lives of sisters from inside, told to her after
many, many years of disenfranchisement from the Church and her attempts
to reconcile her own deep need for a spiritual life with her conflicts
with the church and how it was the sisters of this particular convent
who helped her to heal herself. A good read, for anyone, regardless of
their faith beliefs.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Thu 12/04, F M Ferrari < fm4re@swbell.net > wrote:
From: F M Ferrari [mailto: fm4re@swbell.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 17:29:19 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [CHAT] what are you reading?

Oh Daryl you forgot nuns! Always seemed like THE career for some of
the<br>smarter girls in Catholic school who didn't seem like the
marrying type<br>(me included). Oh how I would pray that God would
forgive me for hoping<br>that I would never get "THE CALL" to be a nun!
You must know the setting<br>when I grew up: born in 1955 to a typical,
even sterotypical<br>Italian-American family, bilinqual, loud, and
dysfunctional in its own<br>cultural niche! So to have a son or daughter
"in service" in the church<br>(ooops, Church), was a family's discounted
ticket to heaven!<br><br> <br>But I do remember one detail about the
nuns growing up and it's garden<br>related: It always seemed that the
only times nuns were permitted to<br>roam around the alter was to set
out the flowers. I do remember watching<br>them arrange the flowers with
such care and even seeing an inkling of<br>humanity in some.<br><br>
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