Monday, September 6, 2010

Life is Tough, Nuns are Tougher

I've long been a fan of kitsch.  Religious kitsch has its own special place in my heart since I grew up Catholic and my favorite aunt was a nun.

I found the perfect bracelet from Sister Mary Martha's Etsy shop Heaven Help Us.  You know, I'm pretty sure that Sister Mary Martha isn't really a nun.  I doubt that the Catholic church condones their nuns running a side business.  If they did, I'm sure we'd have far more common sights like nuns on the corner selling Holy Water Lemonade for 5 cents. I would buy that but the pope might frown.  But with a personal motto of "Life is tough.  Nuns are tougher." I don't think I can pass up the lure of the Jobs and Income Set of saints medallions bracelet. 

Sister Mary Martha specifically grouped these saints together for their beneficial effect on for finding a job and keeping a stable income.  Perhaps an unlikely grouping.  You wouldn't see these folks gathering after work for happy hour.  What would they talk about?  There's Pope John Paul II, who had the longest run in history for as a Pope (the stability factor;) St. Expeditus, the patron saint of things that need to get here in a hurry;  the Infant of Prague, the patron of financial stabilty; St. Martin de Caballero, who according to Sister Mary Martha "would give you the shirt off his back; and finally, St. Francis of Assisi, who made a close friend of Lady Poverty, just in case you need little help dealing with the fact that it's hard to make ends meet."

Perhaps an unlikely grouping.  You wouldn't see these folks gathering after work for happy hour.  What would they talk about?  But for a prayer bracelet, heck it just might work.

6 comments:

Arcadian said...

I remember as a youngster, some nuns weren't so sweet, but one who came to my older brother's and my bed at the orphanage and consoled us. As far as I'm concerned she was an angel in a habit.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

First of all, um, this shop sounds amazing. My buddy Anna, who runs a blog with her hubby (Everzalez - http://everzalez.com/) would be totally into the Catholic kitsch jewelry.

Secondly, you're a good writer! First time I've dropped by Musing at the Moon and I shall be back. Thanks for swinging by Austin Eavesdropper!

Sister Mary Martha said...

It's a sin to sell blessed objects, so nuns can't sell Holy Water Lemonade. They could only do the regular.

Moody Girl said...

Well Sister, I'd buy the regular as well. Support your local nuns! Buy lemonade! I'm totally buying that bracelet by the way.

Austin Eavesdropper, thank you very much!

Magpie said...

It's perfect! You are a riot K. :)

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