Sister Mary Robert was quiet and timid. Avoiding conflict or drawing attention to herself, she has hid behind her spiritual vocation and her Mother Superior.
Influenced by the loud, outgoing club singer Deloris Van Cartier, she is inspired to become a stronger person and pursue her dreams. In the musical ‘Sister Act’ she sings:
I want to be brave, I want to be strong.
I want to believe I’m where I belong.
To stand up and say “I’m seizing the day”
To not just obey, but to choose…
Sister Mary Robert chooses – and changes.
Amos, the country boy, did not plan to be a prophet. His god called him and he obeyed. Amaziah the official priest said that Amos was the wrong person in the wrong place saying the wrong things. Amos responded:
‘I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go prophesy to my people Israel.’’
Amos’ message had an impact both on people then and throughout the centuries.
Martin reflects: ‘For a conscientious but timid child I could be surprisingly unshakeable in my views.’
Refusing to be confirmed ‘…because I wasn’t prepared to commit to something I didn’t believe in.’
Refusing to join the Combined Cadet Force ‘because I had no wish to learn how to kill people’.
Martin did Community Service ‘which, in my case, meant a weekly visit to an old lady… to do her gardening (and eat her biscuits!).
Mrs Hubbard, who I visited, was a member of Brentwood Baptist Church… She was a part of my journey to faith, and I still visited her in the school holidays … I went to her funeral when I was in my second year at college.’
Glenn Slater and Alan Menken “The life I never led” from “Sister Act” the musical (2006)
My friend Martin responded to my comment last week about my Dad being a conscientious objector: ‘I had decided in my teens that if we had another war and there was National Service that I would have been a conscientious objector, so I can identify with your father.’