Correllians and Wise Words from a Nun

Tonight, a Canadian TV news magazine called 21C reported on the story of the Correllian Tradition of Wicca’s attempt to open a “witch school” in Hoopeston, IL. (It was actually part of a larger story about changing adherence to religions, etc, which you can read about here.) I was happy that the Wiccans were presented in a good light, and didn’t look all that freaky. Even the obligatory ritual scenes weren’t so bad, relatively speaking. What bothered me was the way they were continually referred to as witches. Not all Wiccans are witches, nor do all Wiccans want to “reclaim” this label. Some of the reasons for this were obvious in this story, as the townspeople couldn’t get beyond that fact that witches cast spells. Wicca isn’t about spells. It is about spirituality; honouring nature and the divine. We do ourselves a disservice, I think, when we take on a label with so many negative connotations.

One part of this piece touched me a great deal. The words of a 22-year old novice nun named Sister Antoniana reflect a lot of what I feel:

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2 Responses to Correllians and Wise Words from a Nun

  1. Agreed 100% about tools, causes, etc. The focus on magick in modern Paganism causes people to use the Goddess as a wishing tree, rather than concentrating on developing an understanding, rapport and synthesis with Her. Trying to influence the outcome of future events won’t bring you spiritual peace – just a false sense of security and power.

    The nun’s quote reminds me of something Sri Ramakrishna said: People weep for spouses, children, parents, possessions – but who weeps for God?

  2. Cheryl says:

    Sister Antoniana is my cousin and I agree 100% with her because I am a Catholic as well. I think since I had a close relationship with her when she came back from New York…my life was changed in a matter of hours just talking to Athena. Usually I’m shy around people I haven’t seen for such a long time but with Athena, I spoke right away. She is my inspiration and what she says is true. People take in everything they SEE…they don’t take the time to sit and listen. It’s basic media and garbage that’s clogging up the heart and therefore we can’t hear God’s voice. We need to take the time to stop what we’re doing and to sacrifice some time to listen to God. Since talking with Athena last Sunday the 4th of July, she has changed me completely. I’m now beginning to hear God. I feel more comfortable talking to Him anywhere. Athena is my true inspiration and hopefully maybe I will become a Sister as well in my future. I can hear my voice being called but no message yet…I’m sure it will come soon.