My turn: More to life than money, fame

Even in today’s power- and money-driven world, it’s not unheard of for people to give up lucrative jobs in order to reclaim families and lives.

In 2002, at age 22, Kirstin Holum, an Olympic silver medalist speed skater, turned in her skates for a religious habit.

I bring this up because I occasionally come across people in the habit of trying to down-grade “the habit.”

During a dinner conversation, someone said to another that they could join a convent, as if that was a place for unwanted people. I pointed out that the happiest person I know is a nun, Sister Margaret McTaggart of the Sisters of St. Casimir in Chicago, “the electric nun.” She makes me look bad, running three to five miles every morning.

In 2008, The Oprah Winfrey Show featured The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist nuns. It was one of her most highly-watched shows. By popular demand, the show re-aired.

What was it about these simple nuns who take vows of poverty and chastity?

I also recently saw an “America’s Top Model” finalist on TV who gave up a career in show biz and now travels, speaking about chastity. Sometimes people walk away from money and fame as a result of a tragedy. But sometimes, it’s a hunger for more in life.