Cleansing Fire

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AP Calculus – Who Would Have Guessed?

July 15th, 2009, Promulgated by Gen

“What went wrong?”

I was talking with a nun-friend of mine the other day, and she was telling me all about her days as a teacher, wearing the full habit, teaching the children how to use ink wells and chant the Mass. In talking with her, she brought up many nuns, some living, some deceased, who really changed after the habit was removed. One such case is one dear to all of our hearts. Below, see the photo of Sr. Kostka, a mathematically-inclined teacher at St. Agnes. Her non-habited name was, and is now, Sr. Joan Sobala.

(I must thank a devoted reader for supplying the photos.)



11 Responses to “AP Calculus – Who Would Have Guessed?”

  1. Gen says:

    I should just like to point out that, in the top-most photograph, Sr. Joan is given the title of "chairman" of the mathematics department. Not "chair-person" or "chair-womyn." Really, what went wrong? It's as if the habit was the only thing keeping these dear sisters in order. Let's pray that, as more gets reformed in a positive way, the habits will once again be in style.

  2. Dr. K says:

    I was just about to post a comment about that "chairman" title, until I saw it caught your eye as well. 🙂

    ~Dr. K

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am not entirely sympathetic to the constant harping on this site, but I do wonder when I see the beauty of a young nun in the full habit what has indeed gone wrong. The comparison between then and now is almost unbearable. As for the following entry, a more reasonable candidate than the hothouse types being promoted by others would be Fr. Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sr. Joan used to be hot. Well, 1940s hot.

  5. Gen says:

    I should like to spread the "fire" equally amongst all who may benefit by our prayers and His (i.e. Holy Spirit) intercession, but some just supply more concern than others.

    If only the final judgment were just to be mild "harping." lol Then again, we can always pray. That's the true "good old way."

  6. Anonymous says:


  7. Anonymous says:

    Progressivism turns holy young nuns into old manly priestesses.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Is this around the time she started getting in with the WOC crowd?

  9. Rob says:

    Oh dear. We'll probably never see Sr. Joan in a habit ever again.

  10. Sister Emily says:

    I once asked a Sister what she did with her habit and her response was,
    "oh it is probably with all the other sisters habits." We donated them to high schools and the likes for the musical nunsense"

    I would think they would want to be buried in them.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Do you notice she shares the same smile as Grosswirth? (sort oif like "Night of the Living Dead"-type smile

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