Here are a few quotes from Unveiled: Nuns Talking by Mary Louden that I found worthwhile to share.
"When someone dies here the attitude is one of rejoicing: we have an
extra recreation day. Yes, really! There've been five old ones go since
I've been here, and they've been really beautiful moments, with the
whole community gathered around the person that's dying and the priest
there as well. It really is lovely, and I don't think I've ever seen
anybody shed a tear. They're all thinking, lucky thing!" (pg. 53) --
Angela Therese, Carmelite Community, Darlington, County Durham
I love this attitude about death!
Church, we're going to be faced with the question: do we really exist to
serve people, and to attend to them in their needs? Or do we exist to
impose ideologies?" (pg. 178) -- Lavinia, Institute of The Blessed
Virgin Mary, Hampstead, London
"Good does not exist without evil, and you can't have dark
without light, but in my own appreciation, if God's hadn't allowed evil,
then we would not know it,and we would almost be puppets. If good was
all that existed, then I could only choose good, and it wouldn't be a
proper choice. ... We search for the light, and it is an ongoing quest
of humanity to find answers to these questions. Yet ultimately I believe
we cannot find them here. In the end, I have to say, 'I believe this.
It doesn't hinder my reasoning, but it is beyond my reasoning.' I
have to be prepared all the time to accept that reason is great, but
that it isn't infinite. There is a limit to reason." (pg. 198) --
Renate, Community of The Holy Name, Derby
I love that she recognizes that reason has its limits! Tell me again why we expect to fully understand God as if saying our religion is logical means it's better somehow?
"And I believe that the Christian faith is not the faith of a
book or dogma: it is the acceptance of a personal invitation. It is
like someone saying to you, 'You are important to me, therefore come and
join my company.' It sounds very simplistic and very primitive, but I
believe that that is what it is." (pg. 204) -- Renate, Community of
The Holy Name, Derby
Relationship rather than dogma...yay.