Monday, January 15, 2007
Penance for the Immodest

From Castle of the Immaculatae by St. Teresa of Avila:

"Then Sr. Mary Joseph, leaning back in the office chair, lifted the brown scapular of her brown woolen habit and explained to me that the summer habit weighed 20 pounds and the winter habit weighed 30 pounds. Then the front doorbell buzzed, when she stood up to answer the door, I noticed that she was very stooped over, I noticed the weight of the habit, and that the tunic with its long sleeves, the long black veil and brown scapular rustled as she answered the bell. This bride of Christ, a special daughter of the Blessed Virgin, returned to me and said: 'And I wear this 20 pounds of wool in the summer as penance for those in the world who dress immodestly.' It was amoment of grace for me. I remember this scene often."

3 comment(s):

del_button January 15, 2007 at 6:58 PM
FloridaWife said...

That was nice.

del_button January 15, 2007 at 8:20 PM
EC Gefroh said...

Wow! What an example.

del_button January 15, 2007 at 9:40 PM
Sharon said...

It is 39C (100 F) here in Melbourne today. I was only thinking of how hot the traditional habits must have been. Possibly the nuns and sisters offered up their discomfort.

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