The Lilies of the Field

by William E. Barrett

Start Free Trial

Where did the nuns go to church in The Lilies of the Field?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In chapter 3 of The Lilies of the Field, Homer takes the German nuns to a Catholic church in a shabby little town called Piedras. Homer still hasn't built the nuns their new church, so in the meantime, the best he can do is to take them to an existing place of worship.

After the Mass has ended, a priest by the name of Father Gomez shows Homer around the church; this is the first time that this staunch Baptist ever been inside such a place. Though still repelled by Catholic ritual, Homer does at least find the church interesting from an architectural standpoint. There's a certain ramshackle quality about the place, a simplicity one doesn't often associate with Catholic churches, that attracts Homer. He understands poverty, and this simple little church in a one-horse town positively screams it.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team