Nun Offends Student Nurse

Photo: Migrant Mother, Dorothea Lange, 1936

Don’t criticize what you can’t understand. Bob Dylan

The student teacher introduced the guest speaker, Sister Grace to the afternoon nursing class. The sister didn’t wear traditional garb, but black slacks and a faded denim jacket with “guardian angel” stitched on the back. Though an older woman with knobby fingers and calloused hands, her way of dress, pink cheeks, and shoulder length blonde hair made her seem younger. She spoke candidly about her years of working with the destitute; those who lived among us in cardboard shelters and ate from dumpster pantries. Her presentation jarred some students, the plight of the homeless and her details of their situations didn’t go well with the afternoon cups of chai. Whoops. Sister Grace took out her bible and read from Matthew’s gospel:

Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me…Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive Mercy. 

Offensive.  Didn’t she realize you don’t just waltz in, pull out your bible and start shoving bible passages at unsuspecting college students? Nervy. A couple of students schooled her on such unacceptable, impertinent behavior before they stormed out.

Oh well, you win some, lose some. After nearly three decades of battling bureaucracy and setbacks, a couple of college students were but a minor nuisance to Sister Grace. Her unconventional ways has earned her a few enemies. I don’t think she cares. Love or hate her overzealous ways, she’s doing what she does with what she has to keep who she can off the streets.


6 thoughts on “Nun Offends Student Nurse

  1. Kathy that is a beautiful tribute to that wonderful guardian angel and written with a true heart of mercy. Thank you for writing this.

  2. Truth is hard to hear. I praise God for all who stayed to listen. His word does not come back void. It will accomplish its purpose! Thank you for sharing this inside look at Sister Grace, as I have heard of her often over the years here in Rochester.

    1. So true Sherry. Thank you for sharing. I never would have heard of Sister Grace had this not happened. Rom 8:28.

  3. Thank you Kathy for sharing this real-life study.

    Perhaps if Sister Grace had further opportunity to confront her ‘offenders,’ she may have quoted from John 6:60-61

    60 “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear [understand] it?
    61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured [grumbled] at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?” (King James Version, 1611).

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