The Nuns and The National Enquirer

Published in Sharing Ideas by Dottie Walters

Rita Emmett was so inspired by Mark Victor Hansen's practice of donating a portion of the profits of each of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books to different charities, that Rita decided to follow his example.

In the "Acknowledgement" section of her soon-to-be-published book, THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now, Rita thanks the two Loretto nuns who not only taught her English classes in high school, but also encouraged her writing ability. The nuns believed in her when she didn't believe in herself and Rita has always been grateful for the education, values and spiritual guidance she received from them, as well as the examples they set as "women of courage".

So, without hesitation, Rita and her husband Bruce decided to donate 10% of the profits of THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK to the Loretto Convent, which is also known as The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It was an exciting day when Rita received the book's advance, and when she sat down to write the check to the convent, she was thrilled to be able to send a token of her gratitude. Then, in an amazing coincidence, that same day's mail brought a check from The National Enquirer which will print a section of Rita's book in their September 9 issue.

Bruce said, "I'll bet not one nun in that convent ever even READ a copy of the National Enquirer." They laughed about what the nuns might say about the book being featured in the tabloid, but decided that since that check was part of the profits of the book, they would keep to their commitment and include the National Enquirer profit in the check Rita was writing to the convent.

A few days later, there was a delightful message on their voice mail from Rita's former English teacher, Sister Maria, who is now Mother General ("head honcho") of the order in North America. She happily expressed her appreciation and told Rita that the nuns would pray for the success of her book, and support her with her new literary adventure. Sister Maria laughingly said, "We're behind you every step of the way, even with your book being in The National Enquirer. You just tell us the publication date, and all across Canada and the United States, nuns wearing dark sunglasses and trench coats will rush out to the stores to buy a copy."

When Dottie Walters heard this story, she couldn't resist wondering what would be the Pope's reaction to a requisition from North America for huge amounts of trench coats and sunglasses. A "New Millennium liturgy", maybe?


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