Thursday, April 06, 2017

I could have been a 17th century nun

Another find: a small plaque entitled 17th Century Nun's Prayer.
My first thought was: that's never a prayer from the 17th century; it's much too modern. But then I realised that it's only the words and style that have changed over the centuries; the sentiments and attitudes described are probably just as applicable to women in every century. And men come to that.

I can relate to some of her words and I can certainly think of at least one person who would benefit from being kept from 'the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.' And who could do with learning 'the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.'

And who would probably think the same about me.

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