Can YouTube Save the Nuns?

Giv­en that we were talk­ing about the his­tor­i­cal Jesus yes­ter­day, this piece in the Utne Read­er caught my eye

What hap­pens when you’re run­ning a 14th cen­tu­ry con­vent in South­ern Spain that’s near­ly broke? You could call up Jake and Elwood. Or, if you’re Moth­er Isabel and you run the show, you put a video on YouTube enti­tled “Why not be a bare­foot Carmelite?” And then you let every­one see the nuns doing their thing — nuns read­ing, nuns pray­ing, nuns bak­ing and nuns sewing. So far the video has about 30,000 views, which is not huge by YouTube stan­dards and it may not be enough to save the nuns. But the way I fig­ure it, if we can bail out the Wall Street bun­glers, then why not the nuns?

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  • The last time I read about the Carmelites, which was a long time ago you, of course , had to read it in print. They did­n’t have a phone num­ber, and cer­tain­ly not a E‑mail address. I do not speak Span­ish, but from the con­text I under­stood the nar­rra­tive and could see that they were telling of a “day in the life” of a sis­ter. Bra­vo to them and to our inter­net and to open cul­ture for this epiphany.


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