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Club dancer swaps drugs for God
Irish Independent (via Daily Telegraph) ^
| 28 December 2002
| Bruce Johnston
Posted on 12/28/2002 12:27:01 PM PST by Happygal
A NIGHTCLUB dancer has exchanged the strobe lights of Milan's trendiest discos for the illumination of God and become a nun.
Anna Nobili (30) is now Sister Anna of the Holy Family Order of Nazareth in Rome. She is the latest in a growing number of Italian women to abandon the trappings of materialism for the serenity of a convent.
Having taken her vows, she will go into a cloister for six months to separate her from her old world, during which time she will see no one. She will then begin her new mission, helping the poor, the elderly and the sick.
Sr Anna said after taking her vows that she wanted to change "as a warning to other young women."
She took her decision after eight years of dancing and dissolute living created an emptiness inside, causing her, in her own words, to "hit rock bottom."
Early one morning she returned home, as usual, to find her mother in tears at the way her daughter was leading her life and heard an inner-voice telling her to mend her ways.
On her mother's advice, she consulted her parish priest, who suggested she enter a spiritual retreat. There she spent hours in prayer and slowly began to feel purified. Later, travelling home by train after a pilgrimage to Assisi, she received her vocation.
"Sex, music and alcohol were my drugs and I was reeling," she said.
"I was unhappy, I was not fulfilled. Something was missing, a desire that was inside me, in my heart, which I could not succeed in bringing out and to which I was unable to give either a name or an explanation."
Elsewhere, a book by Antonella Moccia, a supermodel who had abandoned the catwalk for the convent, also became a best-seller in Italy.
TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: dancer; nun; religion
Kicking one habit, and taking up another? :-)
posted on 12/28/2002 12:27:01 PM PST
Will her name be Zoot?
To: evolved_rage; MadIvan; dighton; aculeus; Incorrigible; Mudboy Slim; Landru; jla; ...
Who would have thought that the 'Road to Damascus' ran through Milan's red light district! ;-)
posted on 12/28/2002 12:34:41 PM PST
I have desired to go
Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail
And a few lilies blow.
And I have asked to be
Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,
And out of the swing of the sea.
-- Gerard Manley Hopkins.
posted on 12/28/2002 1:19:29 PM PST
Hey, HOW did you know Hopkins was my favourite poet ;-)
From 'That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire'
Enough! the Resurrection,
A heart's-clarion! Away grief's gasping, | joyless days, dejection.
Across my foundering deck shone
A beacon, an eternal beam. | Flesh fade, and mortal trash
Fall to the residuary worm; | world's wildfire, leave but ash:
In a flash, at a trumpet crash,
I am all at once what Christ is |, since he was what I am, and
This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, | patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,
Is immortal diamond.
posted on 12/28/2002 1:37:14 PM PST
More like one crutch for another.
posted on 12/28/2002 1:45:46 PM PST
What a wonderful article! How wonderful to see Salvation being accepted!
As the Hymn goes "Was blind but now I see..."
posted on 12/28/2002 1:50:23 PM PST
Everyone has a crutch. Some people are just more aware of it.
To: Happygal; MadIvan
Just to let you know, some straggler from the party just commandeered my keyboard and my screen name for that last post. It wasn't me.
Concepts like "Log Off and "Log On" are just so difficult to grasp after a few drinks...8^)
*LOL* I want to know who the culprit is!!! *LOL*
And as for self-flagelation...ummmm, I've too much Catholic guilt for that kinda carry on! *ROFL*
posted on 12/28/2002 3:25:29 PM PST
Remember Vanity, the sultry rock star who used to be Prince's squeeze ? She found Christ after blowing out both kidneys from all the coke she was using.
I wonder if a special sign of predestination is that people so chosen are fundamentally soul sick until they find Jesus. And they try medicating that soul-sickness one way or another. Their lives are car crashes until they find the road that God intended for them.
And then others who were strong believers, were so brow beaten by tragedy, that they became disillusioned by their God and sought solace in something tangible and immediate.
posted on 12/28/2002 4:20:23 PM PST
In the Eastern Orthodox Church there are two Saints who have similar backgrounds as this young woman in the Convent. Those Saints being St. Mary of Egypt and St. Eudosius, I believe that these two Saints may be Saints in the Roman Catholic Church as well. This story goes to prove that you just never know. Good post.
The Lord has led many alongst a similar path, my FRiend...MUD
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