As you can imagine, the reaction people have seeing a nun in full habit runs the gamut from gratitude to surprise to disbelief. Once, a person vehemently declared we must be fake because one sister had her sleeves rolled up too high. (It was pretty hot outside). People often think we are in costumes, especially around Halloween. But, really, have you ever seen a costume this good?
The other day was a new one though – someone thought we were criminals! We stopped by a local bank branch, which happens to be on the outside of a mall, and rather than parking in the very crowded lot, we just drove around while one sister took care of the bank business. After she was done we picked her up and started to drive off, but as we drove through the parking lot we realized we were being followed by the mall security guard. This went on for a few minutes, until he turned on his lights and pulled us over. We thought maybe he was trying to tell us our cords were hanging out of the car door, as sometimes happens. But when he walked up to our window to “see if we were okay” he said someone had called to report “scary looking people” at the bank. Apparently the movie The Town was enough to make people suspicious of habited nuns lingering around banks. Having seen the posters for that movie we must say our veils look much more convincing than Ben Affleck’s.