“Honey, you don’t have to stick up for the nuns. They can take care of themselves.”, my husband said it to me as we walked to the snack bar.
It was our anniversary and we went out for dinner and a movie: Father Stu.
The small group of sisters who were in line ahead of us were waiting for one more and one asked, “If you see another woman dressed like this (pointing to her habit) please point her this way.”
They left and we walked up to buy our tickets.
I was all gussied up for this special anniversary night complete with heels and a pretty white lace dress, which was a bit shorter and more fitted than I usually rock, but I was dressed to impress my date.
The kid behind the counter stared at the nuns, scoffed and said to us, “Oh man, I hope they’ll be okay in there. Its a comedy, right? Isn’t this movie supposed to be a joke?”
I said of the nuns “Don’t worry about them, they’re probably tougher than any of us.” We explained that the movie was a biography and based off of a real person’s life and the kid behind the counter said,
“Oh….Is this what your going to see?”
Admit two please!
The confused look on his face was priceless.
Just us and the nuns off to see an R rated movie about a Catholic priest.
Nothing unusual here
I know there are lots of opinions about the film and though I would have changed a few moments, it wasn’t my story!
Overall I found it raw and real, moving and inspiring. The whole audience laughed and cringed and cried.
It showed the that you don’t have to be perfect to start your journey of faith, or stay perfect to continue it.
Its not like a typical faith based film which means it can reach a not necessarily faith based audience.
The truth us that holiness often looks more like the cha cha than a straight ascent, try as we may, and our mistakes don’t disqualify us, hence Confession.
Though not to be abused since a contrite heart is a prerequisite to recieving God’s pardon through the sacrament.
But God can and will forgive us when we fall. He wants to put us upright and back on track.
Like the film illustrates, God can call us when we least expect it. He meets us where we are.
Just look at the heroes of the Bible, read the lives of the Saints. All He ever has to work with are imperfect people.
He loves us despite.
We don’t do anyone any favors pretending we are better than we are. We need to bring more realness to faith by being open about our struggles and failures, in order to meet others in their own.
If we compare our walk with a projected image that doesn’t tell the whole story, when things get real we may think we’re doing it wrong.
But life is messy and faith is a battle.
We just have to keep on fighting.
If God has a sense of humor, so should we. Its healthy to be able to poke fun at the human and struggle we live each day.
And my husband was right, the nuns don’t need me to stick up for them. But I always will.
Because who the world may see as only docile and meek, I know are also mighty champions of virtue, heroic brides of Christ and warriors of prayer who chose a life of constant battle.
Looks can be deceiving but Catholic means universal. Faith is for everyone.
A Saint is just a sinner who never gives up.
We are all a thread in God’s great, living tapestry.
How bland it would be if we were all the same!
Did you see the movie? What did you think of it? What did you like about it? What would you have changed? Share your take in the comments!