There are many reasons why I am not a nun. The main reason is that forgiveness is not my strong suit.
In the tragic wake of Sunday’s accident on Bristow Road, where 1 sister was killed and 2 more lie in a hospital bed, barely clinging to life, the sisters of the Benedictine Order magnanimously have requested that their tragedy be viewed in terms of alcoholism and drunk driving rather than used as a platform to rail against illegal immigration.
Politicians and news stations have flagrantly disregarded the sisters’ request. Sister Denise and the driver of the other car, Carlos Martinelly, have been plastered all over every TV screen and newspaper since the accident occurred early Sunday morning, as the 3 sisters were driving to Mass.
The Washington Post has attempted to honor the Order’s request in their front page story today. They have attached faces to this tragedy. It is impossible to discuss this accident without the illegal immigrant issue creeping in.
Nuns at Virginia monastery find room to forgive while mourning sister’s death
About 8:30 Monday night, the doorbell rang at St. Benedict Monastery in Prince William County, and Sister Andrea Verchuck, the sub-prioress, rose from her desk to see who was there. On the slate front porch stood a man and a woman
They looked contrite,” said Verchuck, 81, who has lived with other nuns in the wooded monastery for 66 years. The visitors’ hands were at their sides, their eyes cast down, as Verchuck greeted them.
“They said, ‘We’d like to talk with someone about the sister who was killed,’ ” she recalled.