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Congratulations on the choice of photo for the cover of your February issue which showed a group of four Dominican nuns, three professed and one a novice, belonging to the community in Ganmain, NSW.
The religious habit is, as it were, the uniform of a regiment of the Church Militant in her never-ending war against the world.
The law of the Church is clear, and peremptory. Canon 669 reads: "As a sign of their consecration and as a witness to poverty, religious are to wear the habit of their institute ...". If a female religious is wearing the habit, she is immediately recognisable as someome who is consecrated to God and one who has not had the expense of putting together a wardrobe of gowns and frocks.
Nor, one might add, of hairshirts. For a religious habit, even of light material is not the most comfortable garment to be wearing in Ganmain in the height of summer.
FR G.H. DUGGAN SM
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 3 (April 2005), p. 15
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