Posted by: Jivani Lisa | April 1, 2013


I used to be unable to look at nuns without feeling either sad or envious.  My heart longed to give myself to the Lord as a nun, but no matter what I did, that desire continued to remain unfulfilled.

On Good Friday, I tuned into EWTN (on the laptop!) and saw Pope Francis – with thousands of people – at the Colosseum in Rome praying the traditional Catholic devotion known as the Way of the Cross (or Stations of the Cross).  There were many groups of nuns participating in the devotion.  I was surprised that I was able to look at them, dressed as beautiful brides of Christ, without feeling sad or envious.  Last night as I was about to fall asleep, the following poem came to me:


is beautiful,
holy and blessed.
So am I.

She doesn’t have the skills
to live the life I live.
I couldn’t live her life.

She serves God with her life.
And yes —
I serve God with mine.

Sisters, we are.


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