During a recent volunteer stint at the local drop-in center for people who are homeless, I overheard a conversation between two of the guests. A man gestured toward me and said, “Don’t talk like that here, especially with her around — she’s a nun.” I don’t know what they were talking about or what words they were using, but I noticed the woman he was talking to squirm in disbelief and embarrassment.
She turned to check me out, to see if he was telling the truth. I introduced myself and explained that yes, I am a sister, but that they shouldn’t worry or try to be any different around me. I asked her to be herself and said I would be myself too. I said that I am an ordinary person who just lives a different type of lifestyle. After commenting on my simple outfit of leggings and a sundress, she relaxed and said…[[This is the beginning of my latest column for the online newspaper, Global Sisters Report. Continue reading here.]
Sister Julia, love this reflection, simple and profound… “let your light shine”. Thank you!
Thank you so much Suzanne!!!
It is your honesty that makes you so accessible. I love this about you. Good nun. Good sister. Good human. Beer. Bike rides. And a mind that sometimes wanders at mass. Thank you Sister Julia. You make gospel living accessible!
Awwww, wow Tenneson!! You’re support is such a blessing to me! And, yes, Let’s live it!!! 🙂
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