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25 January 2002
"Religious life is about love and love is about risk."
I went out to dinner with some friends last night. As we talked about what I had been doing with the Order, one of my friends suggested that I read "Through the Narrow Gate" by Karen Armstrong. She said that it was an amazing look at one woman's journey through the Sisterhood. I think I'll have to pick up a copy.
recorded in the Book of Marginalia :: testify, Sister!
21 January 2002
"I thought it was just a big purple mumu."
I now know more about religious garments, or vestments than I ever knew was possible. You see, Sister Betty has let me borrow her purple chasuble and matching stole during my Postulancy.

I've also found out all about the symbolism behind the colours of the vestments. It turns out that purple is for penance. Personally, I think it's a fabulous colour. And how ironic that royal purple is used by the church for penance.

Now I just need to get a cope and a cassock or two.
recorded in the Book of Training :: testify, Sister!
18 January 2002
"I have a dream…"
"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's "Theory of Relativity" to serve. You don't have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love, and you can be that servant." — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
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16 January 2002
Stories of inspiration and devotion
Another pair of amazing and relevant articles. The first talks about the dwindling number of nuns in the United States. The article is a beautiful exploration of what it means to be a nun and the many different ways in which we are all moved to Work. I found a great deal of affirmation for my own calling and motivations for wanting to be Sister.

Touching and highly revealing, this article examines the beliefs of homeless children throughout the United States. "Captured on South Beach, Satan later escaped. His demons and the horrible Bloody Mary are now killing people. God has fled. Avenging angels hide out in the Everglades." The stories resonate so loudly with many, many other mythic stories.
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14 January 2002
"What's my name?"
It's official. Katie Klysm is no more, may she rest in peace. My soon to be Big Sister — Sister Lily White — has given me my new name, Edith Myflesh. I think it's a good name with a lot of room to grow into it. I am also really happy with the levels of meaning that lie within it. There's the vulgar meaning behind it, but there's also the biblical symbol: let my body sustain you. And the even deeper act of Jesus passing on his divinity to those who partook.

Some famous Ediths include Edith Flanigen, Edith Head, Dame Edith Evans, Edith Cavell, Edith Piaf, 'Little' Edie Beale, Edith Wharton, Edith Sitwell, Edith Hamilton, Edith Ann, Edith Massey and, of course, Edie Sedgwick .

"Whoso eateth my flesh … hath eternal life"

recorded in the Book of Training :: testify, Sister!
03 January 2002
One hundred bucks to paddle Sister Betty
Traditionally, the Sisters haven't done bingo in January. Because it is so close to the New Year, a lot of people are still on vacation, are all spent out from Christmas or are all partied out from New Year's Eve. But we decided to do it this year. read further…

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