Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean and southern Florida only days ago, and several states are still feeling the storm's wrath. There are still flood warnings, and the death toll continues to rise. But a video of a nun cleaning Hurricane Irma debris with a chainsaw is giving people hope in an otherwise dismal situation. No, you don't need to go back and read that again. You understood it the first time: a nun with a chainsaw. A nun. With. A. Chainsaw.
Sister Margaret Ann, the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami, saw that there was debris to be cleaned up as the storm cleared from the southern Florida city, according to The Washington Post. So she grabbed a chainsaw from her school, and got to work -- all while dressed in her habit.
Miami-Dade Police Department posted a video of the nun hard at work dismantling the branches of a fallen tree. Full habit and everything. Sister Margaret Ann reportedly said that there were chainsaws in the closet at the school just begging to be used, and there was a fallen tree blocking the street.
So, hey, why not?
Most people -- especially non-Catholics -- probably think of nuns as quiet women cloistered away in an abbey in some far-off mountains or, alternately, horrifying, cruel teachers at parochial schools. But Sister Margaret Ann is more akin to the nuns I knew growing up than any of the singing, well-behaved Sound of Music sort you see in so many movies. So seeing a nun roll up her sleeves and use dangerous power tools is a sight to behold.
MDPD then thanked her again, this time posting a photo of her smiling, in all of her glory, chainsaw in hand.
Unsurprisingly, the video and photo went viral.
The optics of a woman of the cloth wielding a dangerous piece of power equipment is delightful in and of itself -- but it also speaks to the ability of people to overcome the hardships which hurricanes bring upon coastal communities. Photos and videos of Floridians using humor to deal with Hurricane Irma have gone viral in the last few days, too. People are just ready to laugh after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana and Irma in Florida and the Caribbean.
So, you know, people are here. for. it.
She is the one who the Church turns to when everything goes wrong.
And, man, wouldn't a chainsaw-wielding nun just make the best action movie? Jesus could be her sidekick.
She is out here.
She's making others who can help but are instead sitting on their butts look like fools.
Just kidding. But she is definitely an inspiration to people who are wondering what the hell they could even do to help.
Others feel like "nun with a chainsaw" is reminiscent of something else.
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Some are even trying to claim the band name, à la Andy Dwyer.
NEW BAND NAME, I CALL IT.
Others are having Catholic school flashbacks, which... fair.
My father told me more than his fair share of horror stories about his parochial school in the 1950s, so this is one I distantly relate to. *shudders*
Some are even convinced there's already a horror movie with a chainsaw-wielding psycho nun.
Depending on the director, I would fully watch that.
Others are waiting with bated breath to see how Chainsaw Nun's legacy turns out.
I think it's safe to say she'll maintain her beloved badass rep well after clean-up is done.
It's just a heartwarming story, and it's giving us a much-needed break from all the bad news.
Thanks, Chainsaw-Wielding Nun. We love you.