Two Part Harmony


Herman loves to visit the median nuns in the Pauline Books and Media Center on King Street in Charleston. There’s never a dull moment, and the journey from the Cathedral, where he lives, to the store is always worth the effort it requires of him to get there.

On a recent visit, he learned that it takes effort for nuns to live harmoniously together in community too. It’s not automatic!

Herman has been learning a lot about living in peace with other people by watching the media nuns. Of course, he knows that a person can learn these lessons from any religious group that lives in community, but Herman prefers the media nuns because he loves to read their books.


The Bible informs and instructs us to live at peace in harmony with each other. (Mt 5; Rom 12:16-18). That’s not easy!

Each of us is unique, and all of us are different from every one else. Often our individual priorities collide with the priorities of the people around us. Sadly, sometimes there is no room for compromise. Peace demands that one give into the other.

When one person surrenders his or her will to another, it can seem unfair and be hurtful. It can also leave “ill will” (bad feelings) between the people for a very long time.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus advises His followers to pray for each other. If you’ve ever tried that, you know it is hard to pray for a person who has hurt your feelings. But if you’ve endured in your prayer for that person long enough, you probably also learned that it’s impossible to continue to hold a grudge against them too.

When you pray for another person long enough, something miraculous happens to you. You will find yourself at peace.

Living together in community, in a family, or even as part of a team means you will end up sharing a history with those other people. You will experience each other’s joys and sufferings.


Herman made it back to the Cathedral after visiting the media nuns. He thought about that guitar and the nun who carried it. It reminded him of Jesus carrying His cross. That nun couldn’t sing or play, but Herman could see she was good at loving people — just like Jesus.

You can learn a lot about life hanging around with nuns. Give it a try some time!


This is another real and true story — except maybe for those parts we added to make the tale “suitable for telling” (interesting).

That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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