Wednesday, November 10, 2010

St. Ada (7th century)

    "Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train."                      (John Milton)

   When people make of fun Roman Catholics, nuns are always a favorite subject. Even last night, when I went to see "The Town," starring Ben Affleck, in one of the biggest car chase scenes, the robbers were dressed like nuns. The masks were scary and the guys wore the traditional habits and robes.
  If the actors dressed up like Hitler, it certainly wouldn't be okay and the movie would probably be banned from theaters.  But, I like that many nuns have a sense of humor and the ones who did see "The Town" probably got a kick out of the costumes.
  One of the world's most beautiful nuns is one of my favorite saints, St. Clare of Assisi. It's more than the fact that I visited her basilica in Italy. I love her teachings. However, this entry is about St. Ada, the patron saint of nuns.
  She was born in 7th century France, working first as a nun at Soissons and later becoming the abbess of  St. Julien de Pres Abbey in Le Mans. St. Ada remained a virgin devouted to her faith. She is also the patron saint of all religious woman. Her feast day is Dec. 4.

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