Disclaimer: The series of letters entitled “Correspondence on the Monastic Vocation”, while based on the real questions of a number of men in various places and states of life, is entirely fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, institutions, or places is purely coincidental.
Letter XXI: Wilburt
The more I think about my own life and the life that, I think, lies ahead of me in the monastery, the more do I come to see that it is all about mercy. I have been hearing a lot of talk about mercy lately. There are posters on every door of my parish church showing an image of Christ, arms open wide, with the text: “Mercy is waiting for you inside. Come in”. I suppose that the same poster could be put on the door of the monastery.
I remember hearing you explain on one of my visits to Silverstream (I think it was in the Chapter that you allowed me to attend) that mercy is what happens when God takes a man’s misery to His Heart. Your explanation stayed with me. God