Bad Habits


Herman reflected on how much he had learned from the nuns. They lived together in community without ever “creating a scene” when disagreements occur, as surely they must arise. They prayed a lot and stopped what they were doing often to visit with people who entered the bookstore. Basically, they were real and normal people except they dressed a little odd and always seemed to be nice.

Herman wanted to be just like the nuns. Well, if the truth were told, he really didn’t want to dress like them, but most of the time, he wanted to be nice too.

As he thought about the nuns, he remembered how they tried to adjust to these masks when word first got out about the pandemic. As usual, they approached it with prayer and humor.


The Bible talks about habits a lot. Jesus was in the habit of getting up early in the morning to pray. The Daily Office of the Church is based largely upon the customs of prayer Jesus taught His disciples.

The Apostle St. Paul also had some customs or habits. Though he was known as the apostle to the Gentiles, wherever he went, he first met with the Jews and took time to reason with them in the synagogues (Acts 17:2).

When it comes to practicing our faith and growing in holiness, customs and habits have been part of the Church from the beginning.


Nevertheless, Herman would only go so far when it came to trying to be like his favorite nuns. Though God had no limits, Herman did. And he prided himself on knowing where to draw the line. Still, he always enjoyed a little silly, nun humor!


This is another Porch Story from out there somewhere on Catholic Roads. It‘s a real and true tale, for sure, happening exactly the way we told it here — except maybe for a few parts we might’ve adjusted a little to make it more interesting.

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

In Christ!

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