05 May 2010

Nun Sense

On his way to the mall, the panda chanced to sit in front a nun. The nun sat near the driver. She would not bother passing other pasajeros pamasahe. That was ok, maybe she was praying, but what was interesting about her was that she was fat - like the stout Buddha. She can barely fit in her habit.

"Why is she fat?" Aren't nuns supposed to practice the Vow of Poverty?

When he got home, he googled  "vow.... of.. poverty.." The answers to his question became clear:

xxx The vow of poverty is not to be interpreted as being for ever poor, but rather to sharing everything in common. Those who embrace a vow of poverty do not claim private ownership of any possessions: everything they have is used for the common good of the Religious Order xxx

Wow! The vow of poverty is a misnomer after all. That explains everything! The nuns' mall strollings, their air-con rooms, their maids, their healthy everyday meals complete with desserts, their new service vans, etc. Pretty much more or less a comfortable community life, one may say.

The new understanding of the "vow" still does not explain why some nuns are fat. Whatever happened to religious fasting? Are they not allowed to exercise? Maybe it is a hormonal thing that  comes with age. Who knows? Vow of poverty and being overweight is hard to reconcile.

11 comments:

chikletz said...

genes, perhaps?

Rah said...

but they should do something about their weight even if it is genetic, agree?

sweet pea said...

if its genetic, they have to go the extra means to stay healthy like exercise, pick proper food and all. Like u said, they have a vow of poverty, they cannot avail of these things. They must give their extra time to prayer and eat what's on the table.

Rah said...

well they can eat moderately. donate the extra food to the poor.

darklady said...

Dapat din magkaron sila ng exercise.

Random Student said...

true kasi marami akong kilalang squatter pero fat. sabagay being fat kasi is not just about the result of overeating or even having something to eat all the time. baka nakatoka lang syang mag-assemble ng rosary 12 hours a day.

Random Student said...

plus may mga food that one doesn't have to take in excess pero definitely factors in one's being fat

Rah said...

@darklady hindi lang puro work and prayer dapat. Kung may panahon sila mag mall diba dapat may panahon din sila magehersisyo?

@random student "magassemble ng rosary..." --- hahaha, baka para sa kanila, kung anong nilagay sa plato mo.

@sweet pea, boo turuan mo nga sila ng no carb diet :D hihihi

chikletz said...

ganun talaga ang mga modern nuns. nakiki uso kaya mataba sila. uso un ngayon eh. haha!

buhayprinsesa said...

This is sad, but if you think that's bad, you wouldn't believe how the priests are WORSE than the nuns. I won't say how i know this, but I know first hand how extravagant some priests are living right now..

Rah said...

@buhay prinsesa yes, priests are worse. haha. that's because "the vow of poverty" has nothing to do with poverty at all - it is a misnomer. I feel cheated.