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On wearing the habit


BarbaraTherese

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I was the laundress.  Once I turned a dominican habit to a carmelite brown in the wash.  We had hard iron in our water all our whites turned brown if we didn’t use a special chemical wash.  So.. there I was trouncing upstairs to let mother know I made a terrible mistake.  She calmed me down and asked who’s habit was it? I didn’t even think to look so I ran back downstairs and looked at the tag and ran back upstairs to her office.  I was out of breath, she waited patiently for me to say whose habit it was.  I looked at her and blurted out... “it’s mine!” 

“Divine Justice” Mother said, as she gave me permission to rewash it in special chemicals to turn it white again... 

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I was a Franciscan, and many of the Sisters still wore the 'old habit' then. One of the Sisters had an utter obsession with showing she observed poverty most of all. I was doing laundry, and I noticed that her underwear (the sort I believe most people wore in the 19th century and earlier) and nightdress were in absolute tatters. (The community, indeed, could stress poverty, but no-one was kept from asking for knickers if need be.) I mended the enormous holes - and she was enraged with me! I don't know whether it gave her a lift, knowing that she was poorest of us all, or whether she felt she'd be violating poverty unless the waited until her knickers completely disintegrated before asking for others.

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