By Karla H. Marco
An inventive non-fiction, in line with the studies of a former member of a Christian monastic congregation. it's a close-up view of spiritual vocation, contemplative lifestyles, and clergy misbehavior.
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My anger became a device to keep threats away from my desperation. ” His parents, he said, were not really able to pay close attention to him anymore. They were always busy with necessities. Besides, they had their minds focused on the construction of a bigger home that was to be financed by his father’s retirement benefits and by the proceeds of the sale of a portion of their twenty-two hectare farmland. Their dream of constructing the house went on as Kari’s rage built up, supported and cemented unconsciously by the added mix of depression.
John of the Cross, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux as the Candlelights’s patron saints— unfamiliar names to Kari. He stayed in the library until the closing hours. He photocopied some pages about St. John of the Cross and read these at home. The next day, after work, Kari dropped by the Candlelights’s place and knocked on their door. A young studentlooking guy greeted him. Kari asked him for the vocation director. He was led to a small guest room. After a while, an American senior-looking priest came up to him.
Gabriel acted out his professional position. This positioning had hurt Kari who bitterly licked his wounds. 30 Candlelights But no matter how bad he felt about Fr. Gabriel’s opinion, Kari didn’t stop pursuing the monastic life. He was centered on something which he considered as the only thing that could satisfy him at that moment. He found something that answered his search of purpose in life. It fed his hunger for meaning that would, perhaps, endure. Kari was convinced about his newly-found goal.