specific policies regarding a plan forfair and just payment. (See the adon page 131 for the National Fundfor Catholic Religious Vocations,established by the National ReligiousVocation Conference, which helpswith student debt.) If someone has ahistory of excessive spending and accumulated personal debts, especiallycredit card-related, the person is usually asked to consider seriously hisor her ability to live a life of simplicity inherent to a religious vocation.
17. Why do some sisters,
brothers, and priests wear
religious clothes while others
Those of us who wear habits orclerical collars do so for variousreasons. One is that religious dress isa sign that may be instantly recognized as a symbol of faith in Godand commitment to Christianity.Another frequent rationale is that religious clothing is simple dress andtherefore a way to live out the vowof poverty. A sister, brother, or priestwho wears religious garb may own afew changes of clothing and be freeof the expense of a more contemporary wardrobe.
Some of us wear street clothes
and strive to make our lifestyle our
main outward sign of faith. Some of
us feel religious clothing creates a
barrier between ourselves and oth-
ers. Furthermore, those who have
discontinued wearing habits often
say the original reason for them was
to wear the dress of the common
people, and street clothes are now
the common people’s dress.
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