You go, Girl!

Dancing Nun Sister Nobili in Rome

I just caught a headline about the Pope closing down an “irregular monastery” in Rome. It appears that the monk/sisters there might have been celebrating their love for Christ in ways that the Pope and the Vatican were not overly comfortable.

According to the article there was “evidence of liturgical and financial irregularities” in addition to conduct not acceptable for monastic life.

Among other transgressions, one of the nuns there used to be a lap dancerand then fell in love with Jesus and converted to serving Jesus. Part of her transformation was to dance for Jesus with some of the other nuns.

According to Sister Anna Nobili,  “Jesus is a God who dances, not one who stands still.”
Amen to that, sister!

So, now the Pope has closed down the monastery which was quite historic.

Clearly there is far more to the story than this short news clip can share. And perhaps there were some financial irregularities at the monastery too.

But how sad that the Vatican cannot embrace that someone has so much love for the Divine that they wish to dance about it? There is something very deeply flawed about this. Must a person completely shut themselves down to feeling any joy in their body to be a lover of Jesus Christ? How sad this is!

I walked away from the Catholic Church in my mid-twenties, for many reasons. One of the greatest reasons was that I did not feel any spirituality there, any connection with the Divine that helped me cultivate a love for the Sacredness of all.

Reading this piece about the Pope closing down a monastery that was being creative in drawing people to God and the Catholic Church just further confirms how much the Church needs to wake up and join the 21st century.

Sigh… I guess the good news is that many of us have found a spirituality that is alive, and kicking and helps us truly Celebrate life… in it’s fullest… far away from the suppressed ways of the Old Church.

Yay for that!

I just hope that the Dancing Nun can continue her dancing wherever she is sent. I’m tempted to write her a letter and let her know that anytime she wants to come and dance with me or any of my spiritual sisters, she is really welcome! I’d love to learn from her and her joy for the Divine!

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home. www.marecromwell.com
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2 Responses to You go, Girl!

  1. Kerry Whalen says:

    How sad that religion is used to STOP us being free!! I believe Christ taught the opposite! I hope the ructions surrounding the closing of the monastery don’t dim this sister’s abandoned love for God!! How precious that is!

  2. Yeah, Kerry…
    What is it about these organized religions and how they are so afraid of people really experiencing the Divine in their own personal ways? And to me, this Divine Love is a powerful energy that when you’re really in touch with it, it does make you want to sing and dance and feel love toward all around you. The good news is that many of us are learning this in our own ways and not experiencing the suppression that so many women and men have felt for eons (ah… at least hundreds of years!). I’d really like to follow this sister’s next steps to see if she can stay with her love for the Christ but not be bound by the Vatican’s politics and fears.

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