This past week I attended a funeral for a friend who had passed away. In attendance were about a dozen Sisters in full traditional habit, from the nursing home where this woman had been living. About 9 of the 12 were under 40 years of age. There were also 6 or 7 postualnts (or novices) from this same order at the service.
Also in attendance were two Sisters from the parish, who like the vast majority of “modern sisters” wear no habit at all and no visible attire or accessory which would identify them as Sisters.
At the post burial reception, I made a comment to one of the parish Sisters about the habited Sisters from the nursing home and how it almost seemed “foreign” to see Sisters in full habit as well as so many “in training” Sisters. This was the response I got : “Foreign, indeed. They’re behind the times. But they do good work.” and she walked away.
I found that to be a very odd statement, as well as the fact that she just walked away immediately after making it. I wasn’t trying to start a debate, but she evidently figured I was. I’m wondering if this type of discussion “hits a nerve” with the more “modern minded” sisters of today. My mentioning the subject was in no way meant to discredit her or her order, but she obviously did.
What would you have made of this ?