Why does a woman give up her life to enter a world that many of us cannot comprehend, the closed order of the Carmelites?
Outgoing, attractive Aunty Janny knew 42 years ago, at the age of twenty, that she had a special calling, to lock herself away from the modern world and leave all that she knew behind. She entered the closed order of the Catholic Carmelite nuns where she swore herself to three vows, Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, and never to live in the outside world again. Janny has physically hugged her brothers once in 42 years and her sister on only a couple of occasions.
Aunty Janny or Sister Johanna of the Cross, as she is formally known, has chosen a world that many of us cannot comprehend, a world totally devoted to God in which she prays for the salvation of us all.
Her brother Denver struggles with his sister's decision and feels she could have been the head of any corporation had she, in his eyes, not wasted her life behind those walls. However, her younger sister Maryanne understands the faith that drove her sister to do what she has done and believes the power of prayer could be the salvation of us all.
God Knows Why was produced by Julie Kimberly of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, with technical production by Roy Huberman. Special thanks to Claudia Taranto, and the Carmelite nuns of Lismore. This program airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.
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