And, living off and on in Malta, one see color and wants to wear color. In addition, the second-hand stores do not have black skirts.
I have been looking for more black skirts, but none of the second-hand stores, (and I have been to these many times in the past five months) seem to have these.
- The two I have are shorter than I want to wear, but wear them I shall until I can find long ones.
The reasons for going back into black and white have to do with three things, which are traditional reasons why some orders, and some lay people, like St. Catherine of Siena, chose in the past, wearing a sort of habit, or a full habit.
- Penance and mortification. One most likely is not attractive in black and white. The simplicity of the colors refer to death to the world, literally reminding others and one's self of the transient nature of this life.
- Simplicity for the sake of simplicity. Not having to think about cloths or what matches relieves one of certain preoccupations, and frees one up even more.
- Identification with a life which is a "sign of contradiction" in the world.
- The hideous colors on the White House not only angered me, but brought me real sadness, even grief. Black and white remind me of Gandalf's saying in The Lord of the Rings:
'I looked then and saw that his robes, which had seemed white, were not so, but were woven of all colours. and if he moved they shimmered and changed hue so that the eye was bewildered.
' "I liked white better," I said.
' "White! " he sneered. "It serves as a beginning. White cloth may be dyed. The white page can be overwritten; and the white light can be broken."
' "In which case it is no longer white," said I. "And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom."
I thank those who helped me with my Tyburn cloths and ask all to pray that I can find long, black skirts. The ones I found at that time are too short for my liking.
I repost my old thoughts on black and white.....now modified as I am in the world. But, the sentiments are similar.