When some people think of a nun, they envision a frumpy, middle-aged woman slapping the hands of unruly students with a ruler.
Angela Svec, a 27-year-old former Clinique employee preparing to spend her life as a nun, is well aware of this. She penned an article in The Huffington Post explaining how she responds to those shocked by her decision.
“When I tell people I'm going to be a nun, they are shocked,” she wrote. “Their eyebrows shoot up, their jaws drop, their beers spill onto the bar. ‘You're too normal to be a nun,’ they say. ‘You're too smart.’ ‘You're too pretty!’”
In Svec’s eyes, her looks are completely irrelevant to her desire to be a nun.
“People are baffled that my exterior — a 27-year-old who used to work at Clinique and peruses Pinterest for fashion inspiration — could reflect an interior longing for consecrated life and its seemingly antiquated vows of celibacy, poverty and obedience.
“Their questions have forced me to confront my self-image. Who do I see in the mirror? How do I appear in God's eyes? How does one affect the other?”
Svec, a self-described cosmetics junkie, also used to have a hard time reconciling her pious aspirations with her materialistic desires. That all changed after she spent time with the Poor Clare nuns in Belleville, Illinois.
“I discovered that their monastery has no mirrors,” she wrote. “At first, it was a shock for this cosmetics junkie, but it became incredibly liberating. I felt free to be who God designed me to be and more fully attuned to the people around me. I could pour the energy I used to invest in my appearance — fretting over the reflection in the mirror, trying to alter it — into my spiritual life.”
Now, the Illinois native says she has one simple answer for those who say she doesn’t look the type to be a nun.
"Thank you!" she tells people. "But there is no mold. God calls everybody! It doesn't matter what you look like, where you're from or who you know."
Source: The Huffington Post
Photo Credit: Courtesy Angela Svec