This morning NPR Weekend Edition Sunday host Liane Hansen interviewed Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving female senator in U.S. history. Mikulski talked inspirationally about her Catholic faith.
HANSEN: What of your personality and political savvy can be traced back to your Baltimore roots?
MIKULSKI: …. I went to Catholic schools and was educated by the nuns. Their emphasis on leadership, service, and also the values of our faith contained in the Beatitudes, Matthew 5, the Sermon on the Mount. To hunger and thirst after justice.
HANSEN: It is true that you almost became a nun, but the discipline might have been too much.
MIKULSKI: Well, you know … every one of my age who saw these wonderful women who taught us and dedicated their lives we all wanted to emulate them. But you know the nuns take these vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.The one for me: obedience. I think I would have had a hard time with that one. But so would Harry Reid or George Bush!