A Priest, Nun, and Me
Next, when I was an undergraduate, I lived in a Baptist dormitory, called “The Baptist Student Center,” or, when vandals got their way, “The Baptist Stud Center.” The kids there were good moral folks but who had this addiction to telling people that they’re going to Hell. I was among them, as well as an elderly woman in her sixties, a graduate student, who was also a nun. In the cafeteria, the two of us, the condemned ones, often had meals together and spoke a lot about religion and her choice of life.
I have fond memories of Christains, even my Baptist friends. I learned much from them, was challenged to learn more myself, and have gained an insight into their thoughts and lives in a way that cannot be learned through pamphlets or college religion classes.
BTW: Somewhere down the priestly line, after years of seminary commitment and graduate school, Johnny, my childhood friend, made a difficult decision against taking the lifetime vows and shortly thereafter got married. I’m sure he applied rigor to the decision, though I wasn’t involved in his life when he made the lane change; by that time we had slowly grown apart. It started when we both went away for college. He became more serious about his religion and me my religion, Islam. We began to see less of each other, and our resolve to keep in touch during school breaks faded. I don’t think religion precipitated the chasm, since all of us of the neighborhood clique dispersed. It’s kinda sad when I think about it.