I see that we disagree on this issue, and that’s ok.
I have no problem disagreeing either. I appreciate every person’s input and point of view. It’s only through dialogue with others that we expand our minds and deepen our level of understanding of anything. I come to forums because my husband won’t indulge me in debates about important issues – so you’re doing me a favor!
I voted no for the reasons below, which I’ve restated here from the thread “Are there any religious callings here?” at forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=8025
I thought we were supposed to be humble and ‘quiet’ and unassuming in our works and not single ourselves out for attention for our works? Isn’t wearing habits like standing on the street corner going “look at me”?
Originally Posted by lily628
Furthermore, it is a type of uniform, a sign of her consecration to God. Military, FedEx drivers, UPS drivers, and many others wear uniforms. Are you saying that the role of a member of a religious order is less important than these jobs?
No, it’s more important. FedEx and UPS wear uniforms to advertise an earthly product. God is not a product.
Originally Posted by lily628
A woman in religious habit no more “singles herself out” than one who wears a cross necklace, a WWJD bracelet, Christian t-shirts, a head covering, a Jewish man who wears the yamaka, those who bear ashes on their forehead on Ash Wednesday, etc. These are all outward signs of an inward commitment to God. Wearing these things takes a humble courage, especially when society around us considers it strange. It opens one up to persecution and provides opportunities to stand up for one’s faith.
I do wear a small cross neclace usually under my shirt, but otherwise I try not to be pretentious in my faith. As a matter of fact, I don’t use offering envelopes because God knows how much I put in the offering plate; no one else needs to know. I don’t need to get “my reward on earth,” I’d rather get it in Heaven. Plus, it’s God’s money anyway; why should I put my name on it?
**Matthew 6 **
*16. *"Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
*17. **"But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face *
*18. *so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
I don’t think “outward signs of an inward commitment to God” are earthly, man-made, material things at all. Anyone can buy jewelry, t-shirts, or special clothes, it doesn’t mean you have an inward commitment to God. Expressing an inward commitment to God would be loving others and all that entails.
Also, I don’t need to “open myself up to persecution” for opportunities to defend my faith. I try not to be defensive, but proactive.