Saturday, October 31, 2009

As ye have done to the Least

I understand that dressing up as nuns is popular particularly on Halloween. I am sure many little girls are excited today about dressing as The Little Flower for All Saints' parties tonight or tomorrow.

But many, male and female, will be dressing to mock the Christian religion. The Nun, or The Pregnant Nun is such a cliche in our culture that no thought is given to what is actually being mocked. Yes, there are and have been "bad nuns," but I can hardly think that gives license to mock the many, many women who over the centuries have dedicated their lives to healing the sick, teaching the young, and caring for the poor and abandoned.

They are persecuted and murdered under regimes all over the world. And what calls them forth? Do they choose this life for their own glory? Does the devil call them to serve the lowest among us and spread Christian charity throughout the world?

When you heedlessly dress as a nun, you are mocking Christian Charity.

For the non-Christian, perhaps this does not matter, but for the Christian, mocking these Brides of Christ is a grave mistake.

Do you realize that they have dedicated their lives to prayer? They gather to read scripture and pray together throughout the hours of the day and the night. At night, while you slumber, nuns all over the world are praying for those known and unknown to the them. A nun was asked why she would rise from her bed and pray in the dark and cold. She responded that in the middle of the night people are frightened, attacked, and murdered, and she offers prayers for all in need. These are the women you are mocking.

"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40



Jennifer said...

I agree. This good to get the message out about this.


Siobhan said...

Well said!

~Angela (mommylawyer) said...


Anonymous said...

When I was younger I wanted to be a nun. Being Baptist I was told it wasn't going to happen for me. I pursued the catholic religion and went to St. Francis De Sales church. I saw the pink nuns outside their convent in St. Louis, MO once. It was grand! I did not want to leave them. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has such respect & thinks so much of nuns. Thank you so much for posting this. I'm touched and appreciative to know there are others out there who feel the way I do about them. Being one who prays a lot in the night, but never thinking much about my being one of the many who are doing so. Thanks for opening my eyes on that one. Next time I'm praying in the night I will be thinking about how many others are also.

Catherine G. said...

Beautifully put.

'Tricia Weeks said...

I am Terri's Aunt (Dogwood Patch) and I agree completely with all the comments that have been posted here. It is sacreligious as far as I am concerned to mock someone in this manner.
As Jesus himself said - Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!!!!