|Yseult, who was working on a teacloth in exquisitely-done broderie anglaise, had sniffed loudly - not to say snorted. She now remarked, "What a life to lead! What possessed her to become a nun? Perhaps she's ugly, though?"
"She's not, then," Len flashed. "Everyone who's seen her says she's lovely."
"Oh? Then why did she do it?"
"Because she couldn't help it," Margot said slowly, her charming, impish face suddenly very grave.
"Couldn't help it? What on earth do you mean?"
Margot flushed, but she stood her ground sturdily. "If you have a - a Call from God you just can't help answering it. Auntie Rob did and she had to go."
"She tried not to for ages," Len took up the story. "She did social work and things like that and got wet and was ill for ages. When she was well again, she knew she'd have to give in - she told me so the night before she flew to Canada. Now she's most frightfully happy and she was miserable before."
Yseult looked her most superior. "Oh, that's a lot of rot! What is there about it that's so wonderful? According to you three, she can't call her soul her own and she has to spend her days teaching - and saying her prayers and all that sort of thing. I call it -" She checked suddenly as she realised what it was she had been going to say.
Margot and Emerence were down on her at once. "Well? What do you call it?"
"Well, unnecessary, anyhow." Yseult softened down what her first thought had been. Inter V help a good many Catholic girls and she guessed that there would be an outcry if she voiced her real ideas. "She could teach anywhere and say her prayers, too, without shutting herself up like that and being bossed about all over the place by someone else."
Con spoke up. "But it's more thatn that, Yseult. It's giving yourself and all your time and thoughts and everything to God. If He's called you to do that and you know it, I don't see how you can back out of it decently."
Joan Baker had been listening to all this with some impatience. Now she intervened to recall them to the first subject of conversation. "What's the use of arguing about it? Yseult doesn't understand, any more that I do and it's no business of ours anyway. What I want to know is have any of you got any ideas about celebrating next term besides those the Head gave us?"
They left Robin in far-off Toronto and came back to the Chalet School on the Gornetz Platz at this reminder, much to the relief of Jo Scott who had been about to remind them that religion was not supposed to be discussed among them.
|This leaves me with quite a lot of questions. Firstly, why are they not allowed to discuss religion? They're allowed to talk about praying for people and the CS seems to be quite open about faith.|
|Why is religious vocation such a Catholic idea ?|
|much to the relief of Jo Scott who had been about to remind them that religion was not supposed to be discussed among them.|
| So what Katherine said, really. (And she said it much more eloquently!)
|It was also the case in the past where families owned the right to appoint clergy that the eldest son got the land, the next son went into the army or navy and the third son went into the church and got the family living!|
Why is religious vocation such a Catholic idea.... As a Catholic I suppose I have been exposed to the idea of vocations in general, and religious vocation in particular, since I was very young. I have friends who are priests, nuns and consecrated lay people and the concept seems completely normal to me. But is it just me, or do other Catholics think the same? And what do non-Catholic Christians think?
|I always used to wonder about Malory Towers Mary Lou and her vocation for nursing|
|I do think it's interesting Margot's reaction to the conversation and wonder if she was considering her vocation to be a nun at the time.|
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