A woman has spoken out about what it’s really like to be a nun after being inundated with questions from the public.
After one person asked her how her hair looked and if she could keep it long or cut it, she decided to answer a few questions on her social media.
Dressed in a white shirt and habit, she shared, “I find it hilarious how often I get asked this question in real life and on the internet, so I’ll keep it simple.”
Then she raised her hands to just above her shoulders and explained that her hair was so long.
“Our only requirement for hair in our community is that it be simple and easy to maintain, so it’s not…so you don’t spend a lot of time on it.”
“That’s it, that’s the whole answer.”
But that’s not the only topic she covers on her TikTok page, where she goes by the username @srbethanyfsp.
In another clip, she opened up about allowing nuns to wear makeup, saying, “In an effort to live poor and simple… No, we don’t wear makeup.”
In a third video, she commented on the use of the Internet.
One person asked, “Are you allowed unrestricted internet/telephone access?” Is that common in most monasteries?”
She replied, “So this question is kind of fun because it varies from church to church. As a result, some communities do not have internet or technology at all.
“But my community does because we work with the media and the technology.”
Sister Bethany added that they produce videos and books among other things they use media for.
“But at the same time, we sisters always ask ourselves, ‘Okay, is this a good use of my time?’ Am I posting things that are good, true, and beautiful?’” she continued.
“I think those are things we can all ask ourselves and that’s how we can moderate and limit our use of social media and the internet.”
And when asked if she’s allowed to visit friends and family often, she revealed she is.
“Yes, we do,” she said. “I just got back from visiting my house and visiting family in Maryland, which is really fun.”
She said they get to see their friends and family for three to four weeks, which is a “blessing.”
If she is stationed near her family, they can come visit her as well.