The Nun’s Story

Nun story.jpgOn September 4, 2016 Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa as a Saint. In her lifetime Mother Teresa devoted her life to helping the poor through creating homes in third world countries. A heroine to many Catholics, she is well deserving of this reward. In honor of her canonization, I have decided to do the 1959 film The Nun’s Story.

After meeting with a nun, Gabrielle is inspired to become one of the sisters. She sets off with her father to the local convent in the morning to start her training. After she says good-bye, she is given the name of Sister Luke and takes the vow of obedience. With taking courses in tropical medicine she hopes to head to the Congo. But, she is first sent to an asylum where she encounters violent and difficult cases. Even though she is struggling with her placement, Sister Luke is able to find faith in God knowing that there is a reason for everything. After her time at the asylum, she is sent to the Congo. There she is able to flourish in her medical duties as a nurse. Creating a difference in those around her, the time she has is cut short when a fellow nun is murdered by a townsman. Even though she hopes to stay a little longer, she finds out that she possibly has tuberculosis. Promising she will return, Sister Luke returns to her home in Belgium where World War II is on the brink of breaking out. With the nuns taking a promise to not be involved, Sister Luke finds herself stuck because her father has decided to join the resistance against the Nazis. One night, she receives word that her father has been killed by the Nazis in a raid, distraught she decides to leave the convent. On her final day, she takes off her habit for the first time years and leaves behind her ring. She exits into the streets of Belgium for her next adventure.

Even though Mother Teresa never left the convent, I still think of her when I watch The Nun’s Story. To me, I see her in the character of Sister Luke as she tries to make a difference in those around her. On September 4 ,2016, yesterday in fact, Mother Teresa became a Saint when Pope Francis canonized her.

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