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Let's hear it for the nuns!

Posted Mar 22 2010 11:00am
My grandfather was one of nine that survived to adulthood, six girls and three boys. Of his six sisters, four became Dominican nuns.

One of the nuns, my Aunt Tina was a real pistol.  Born in 1925 she was the baby of the family and joined the Sisters of St. Dominic when she was only 20 years old. (I don't know if she's in the picture, it's from the 1960's, likely before I was born.) She spent most of her time in the convent teaching school in the Bronx and teaching special education courses at the college level. She was more educated than you might assume a nun would be receiving an Ed.D. from Columbia.  She was a die hard baseball fan and could talk Yankees history with anyone. At a point in my life when I was studying Buddhism my mother told Aunt Tina who responded "As long as she is still seeking that's all that matters". I have to say that response was probably a surprise to everyone, including me.

Aunt Tina died in May 2008 but when I read that there were a group of nuns breaking with the church and endorsing health care reform I immediately thought of her. Let the bishops say what they want, it's the nuns who are out in the streets and know what is really going on. To the sisters who have endorsed reform who are now getting some heat, hang tough, there is at least one of your own cheering you on from heaven.

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