AM FORTUNATE ENOUGH to have a steady stream of university students
through my office, and the day I heard from VISION about this article was
no different. “Can your body be sacred in the age of twerking?” the editors
asked. So I asked the students. I was not ready for their response: silence, an ex-
change of glances between them, and then a giggling shy look in my direction.
That was not normal. There is often a buzz of chatter in my office, usually accompanied by laughter and on some days with an equal balance of tears;
some conversations have both! I am a campus minister, hired by the Catholic
Church to work on a secular university campus. The people through my office
vary from day to day and include students, staff, and faculty. This day, this question caused the audience to pause. But it shouldn’t have.
We were created to care for creation
I am here to tell you that the answer to the question is a clear and resounding
“yes!” Despite the relentless media messages that leave us with the impression
that there are no boundaries, protections, or sense of sanctity left when it comes
to our bodies, the reality is that we feel whole and true to ourselves when we
care for our bodies. That is because we are created in God’s image and likeness. We are blessed with duties and responsibilities to be good stewards of all
BY SISTER SUSAN KIDD, C.N.D.
Can your body be sacred
in the age of twerking?
Despite media messages to the contrary, we feel
whole and true to ourselves when we care for our bodies.
(second from left),
enjoying time with
her family, knows
from others is an
important part of
living her vows.
Kidd, C.N.D. is
of Notre Dame
Sister. She has
served as vocation director for
was a missionary in Cameroon,
and now works
at the University
of Prince Edward
Island in Atlantic
Canada as a campus minister.