Please please tell me that it is a joke. Will send laundry detergent, fabric softner and quarters if needed....
Please say it isn't so.
Perhaps wearing a habit for such a long time is a form of mortification us ordinary people haven't taken up yet!!! :)
I have found that in the Eastern church...it is unfortunately not a joke.
Didn't Francis have to beat his to get the vermin out? We're gettin' lax guys. I think the rule should be 'when it stands up on its own then it needs a wash'.
Br Tom - can I just say...eeeek. : )There is definitely the correlation between humility and cleanliness (or lack thereof) in the early church. St Simeon Sytlites was famous (notorious) for his lack of hygiene. There are many stories of him being so pungeant that the other monks of his order couldn't eat around him, hence his finding a nice solitary pillar to camp out on. Another story which makes me furrow my brow is that he was fond of pulling maggots out of his beard to give as gifts to people, which would "miraculously" turn into pearls. To me, there is vanity and there is hygiene. I can see banning hair products or mustache wax but keep them soapy suds a comin.
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