Why nuns wear the habit?

Why nuns wear the habit?

black-narcissus1Have you ever encountered this question? or you yourself has thought about it. Sr. Mary Christa of the Sisters of Mercy of Alma would clarify your doubts.

The nun said that the habit would appear as a visible sign of God’s love. The religious habit would speak a number of things to those who see it and to herself. This might prompt people to ask for prayers to them when they see a nun. “It’s a sign of the love of God and that this life is not all there is: that God exists and loves them,” the nun said.

“There is a long tradition in religious life of wearing a habit as a visible sign that we are consecrated to God and to the service of the Church in a special way,” she said. “It’s also part of poverty. Our habit is simple, so we don’t buy a big wardrobe.”