The White Nun’s Burden


The White Nun’s Burden

Illustration: Akshita Monga


ho do you think you are? Mother Teresa?” This rhetorical question was frequently used as a dithering put-down in my household while I was growing up. Whenever I stepped up on the soap box to plead piety, for the friend who wanted to crash on the couch for a week, or a baby animal who needed a home, one of the parents would put an end to the conversation with it.