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!
God bless you!
Thank you for appreciating it! :)
Religious Sisters of Mercy (Alma, MI)