Something to Share (with a Smile): International Buy a Nun a Book Day

Today, the anniversary of 9/11, with the world holding its breath about Syria and in the sad knowledge that many other parts of the globe are experiencing tragic wars, I thought I would delay writing a more sombre post and give you something to smile about instead β€” not because I’m being insensitive, but because I know others will provide better reflections on the day than I can. So,

International Buy a Nun a Book Day
International Buy a Nun a Book Day: design by Endre Kormos

Yes, 17 September, the feast of St Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church and polymath, who, among other things, devised an alternative alphabet, is International Buy a Nun a Book Day, when you are encouraged to search out a nun or sister and give her that most precious gift, a good book (preferably asking her first what she’d like). It doesn’t matter whether it’s printed or an electronic download or a voucher to spend in a bookshop. Hopefully, you’ll get to meet some nice people and maybe find a few of your ideas about nuns need revising. We ourselves will be posting a Wish List on FB and here on the blog, which is rather angling of us, but then, did you know that the first book in English on fly fishing was written by a Benedictine nun? Or that one of Britain’s finest Private Presses was run by Benedictine nuns? Books and nuns (especially Benedictine nuns) go together.
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11 thoughts on “Something to Share (with a Smile): International Buy a Nun a Book Day”

  1. When will the list be published?

    I was thinking of donating Words of Spirituality (Exploring the Inner Life) by Enzo Bianchi.

    A powerful book, which I’m reading a chapter a day. Now on Chapter 23 – Prayer and the Image of God.

    Lots of reflective learning going on here.

  2. I’m hoping our list will go up tonight/tomorrow morning, but first I have a couple of work deadlines to meet . . . It’s part of the reality of being a small community with a living to earn.

  3. I look forward to reading your list. I have decided to also buy at least one book on your list for myself, since I am very sure that what a nun can benefit from reading, I myself can benefit from reading too.
    A great idea with this book-day – it provides an opportunity for people to feel more closely connected to your community. That you chose the feast of Hildegard of Bingen means a lot to me.
    When I should find a name for my Oblation, I first thought about Hildegard – she was a fascinating and very interesting woman. In the end I chose my name after Julian of Norwich.

    • I’m sorry, you will have to ask Sr Sarah for her address as I don’t know where she lives. (We’re not acting as a clearing house for the event, merely trying to encourage people to participate.)

  4. Would it be possible to create an Amazon wish list? This would make it extremely easy for anyone who wants to contribute.

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