So, since Jesus has all his wives, do you think he tells all his wives to have orgies and stuff? Like crazy nun orgies for Jesus? Or is that what good Friday is?
Please, don’t insult my religion and these holy women like that. I don’t know if you think you’re funny, but that’s just not cool.
Anyway. The bridal imagery of religious life is not physical, but spiritual. Just as married people commit themselves and their lives completely to their spouse, so does a nun to Christ. It is not marriage in the sense that we think of.
A sister or a nun is someone who commits herself wholly to Christ and enters into a unique and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Her vows and her life draw her into a special union with Christ. In a marriage, the spouses give to each other everything they have—their lives, everything. So does a nun give everything to Jesus.
Christ is the Bridgeroom of our souls. That doesn’t mean Jesus is a polygamist or anything like that. Jesus loves us as if we are the only person on the earth. God loves you (and me) SO completely, wholly, and singularly as if you are the only person that ever existed. Our souls are made for God, He is the spouse of our souls and they long for Him. This longing will continue until we reach heaven where our souls will be forever united with God alone in the most perfect union. Consecrated life is a prefigurement of this perfect union we will experience in heaven. So in a way, nuns start their heaven here on earth. :)
This spousal imagery is an analogy, not a teaching of the Church. You don’t have to accept it to be Catholic, it’s just a beautiful way of speaking of the religious life.
P.S. Nuns are virgins..
P.P.S. Uh, Good Friday is the day Jesus Christ died for your sins, so that your could have eternal life. It’s pretty serious. So please don’t mock my religion. Thanks!
“Friends, I again ask you, what about today? What are you seeking? What is God whispering to you? The hope which never disappoints is Jesus Christ. The Saints show us the selfless love of his way. As disciples of Christ, their extraordinary journeys unfolded within the community of hope, which is the Church. It is from within the Church that you too will find courage and support to walk the way of the Lord. Nourished by personal prayer, prompted in silence, shaped by the Church’s liturgy you will discover the particular vocation God has for you. Embrace it with joy. You are Christ’s disciples today.”—Pope Benedict XVI
“And so, today, with great strength and great conviction, on the basis of long personal experience of life, I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life.”—Pope Benedict XVI