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If you are an apostolic religious who works in a professional field - say nursing or education - showering is going to be important to save souls. People aren't going to go near you if you stink... u

So this morning I jumped in for a quick shower. I skipped a step in my face washing/exfoliating routine which I think gave me an extra 3 minutes. I stepped out about 18 minutes later and I was very

This is all really good to know about one's hair & the veil. Must take notes for future reference! And now...I'm off to Mass, the 5pm'er aka the "sinner's Mass". As in, what on God's green earth w

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In the Community I was part of in the 60's, we had to wear a "Chemise" while showering/bathing. It was a rectangular strip of fabric with a hole cut in the centre that went over your head and covered you front and back. It was for Chastity that we were required to wear it, but we all found it an absolute nightmare to try and wash properly, while contending with a sopping wet strip of clinging fabric.
Not to wear the 'chemise' in the shower was considered a fault which had to be confessed at the weekly Chapter of Faults.
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I think I would be confessing that at least once a week :saint2: .

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Oh yes! And not to freak anyone out here but when I was nursing one of the elderly nuns about something, and it came up that they didn't used to wear underwear in the 'old days' - the went commando!![/quote]

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There is a story that has gone doen on Q history that shortly after they began wearing undies, the laundress put a note up asking them to be more frugal and send no more than 3pairs a week to the wash!
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:rules: ;) Still....better than none

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[quote name='brandelynmarie' timestamp='1317257159' post='2311977']
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idkVgTPVIIA[/media]

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I kicked off the pre-WYD pilgrimage by joining the IVE-SSVM in Oviedo, the provincial capital of Asturias in Spain. For rec time, among various sports going on, we played Ultimate in the courtyard of the seminary in which we stayed.
- FAITH Magazine coverage of World Youth Day 2011

Not cloistered, but still fun to watch!
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Aww, thanks for making my day!! These are my sisters- both the community itself and the sisters playing frisbie (living with them now!).

We play sports about three times a week. Ultimate is one of the faves, for sure!

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[quote name='MaterMisericordiae' timestamp='1317245828' post='2311881']
This reminds me of the VERY old thread from 2009:

[url="http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/topic/93433-unusual-personal-hygiene-practices/"]Unusual Personal Hygiene Practices[/url]
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Ha! Okay, someone posted it!! :hehe: I was immediately thinking of this when this thread started, and was going to post it .. but after reading through it, I was reminded of how crazy it got with that one guy, lol :topsy:

I wouldn't consider this VERY old though .. 2009 seems like yesterday to me!

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Aww, thanks for making my day!! These are my sisters- both the community itself and the sisters playing frisbie (living with them now!).

We play sports about three times a week. Ultimate is one of the faves, for sure!
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I"m glad chica :) .

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[quote name='Chiquitunga' timestamp='1317310728' post='2312268']

Ha! Okay, someone posted it!! :hehe: I was immediately thinking of this when this thread started, and was going to post it .. but after reading through it, I was reminded of how crazy it got with that one guy, lol :topsy:

I wouldn't consider this VERY old though .. 2009 seems like yesterday to me!
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Yeah, that one poster got out of hand, but the rest of it is worthwhile to read again. :)

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I have just read a lovely exchange between the middle-aged Leonie Martin and the eldest sister, Marie, regarding tweezing and I just had to share - if only to illustrate that basic grooming is not a new thing in religious life! Its taken from the book 'Leonie Martin - A Difficult Life' by Marie Baudouin-Croix.

Leonie worried about the hairs on her chin - even in the cloister their is no need to be bearded! She was given a pair of tweezers, but as she confided to her sisters, she was not very skilled in their use. Marie replied 'Now dear little sister, a few words on how to use the famous tweezers without hurting yourself...With your left hand you must hold, very tightly, the part of the chin from which you wish to remove the famous beard. Even without following this method, you can stiffen the chin; the job becomes an easy one and doesn't hurt at all!'

She continues humourously - 'You will suspect that, to give such precise instructions, I must be well practised at the job, and so I am! But I never wait too long; as soon as a crop appears, I weed it out at once. I am not a gardener for nothing!'

:hehe2:

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I have just read a lovely exchange between the middle-aged Leonie Martin and the eldest sister, Marie, regarding tweezing and I just had to share - if only to illustrate that basic grooming is not a new thing in religious life! Its taken from the book 'Leonie Martin - A Difficult Life' by Marie Baudouin-Croix.

Leonie worried about the hairs on her chin - even in the cloister their is no need to be bearded! She was given a pair of tweezers, but as she confided to her sisters, she was not very skilled in their use. Marie replied 'Now dear little sister, a few words on how to use the famous tweezers without hurting yourself...With your left hand you must hold, very tightly, the part of the chin from which you wish to remove the famous beard. Even without following this method, you can stiffen the chin; the job becomes an easy one and doesn't hurt at all!'

She continues humourously - 'You will suspect that, to give such precise instructions, I must be well practised at the job, and so I am! But I never wait too long; as soon as a crop appears, I weed it out at once. I am not a gardener for nothing!'

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Oh. my. gosh! That is hysterical! rotfl

I MUST BUY THAT BOOK! I have been wanting to read it for a few years now ever since learning about Leonie. She's one of my many role models. ;)

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[quote name='brandelynmarie' timestamp='1317764944' post='2315346']
Famous beard? Eh, I call those my wild woman hairs! :hehe:
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Oh, no you didn't! rotfl

I'm going to keep remembering that! My family friend started getting those stray chin hairs in her old age (she's 88) and they get LONG. Long and white. It doesn't look good on someone with a fair complexion like hers. She calls them her "goat hairs" and used to ask the beautician when she went to get her hair washed and cut to shave them off. In her old age, she has forgotten about asking. She still calls them "goat hairs" though. :hehe2:

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I wear pettipants, too! I'm actually planning to wear some if I ever get clothed in the habit because I feel naked without them while I'm wearing a dress or skirt. Even if it is a jean skirt or jumper, I wear the pettipants. I hate regular slips. I find that pettipants are much better because they prevent chaffing. These are the kind I wear:

[img]http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.254814224.jpg[/img]

They are the Adonna Snip-It Pettipants. I wore them full-length for a long time, but recently cut about 2 inches off the bottom so they wouldn't be so hot. They are nylon. I'm hoping to buy some cotton ones, soon. ;)
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I have some sofe shorts I wear under all my skirts and dresses. After Catholic school, I never go anywhere in a skirt without something underneath other than undies. I will definitely see if I can wear them in the convent!

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