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An inventive non-fiction, in keeping with the reviews 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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He tasted himself more than he saw himself in fear. It was too horrible to bear. He was seized by himself; overwhelmed and overpowered by his dissociated forces. He felt engulfed by a threatening power but which he couldn’t identify. , and his brain went numb. No reasonable thought could come out from his head. The darkness, the stillness, the quiet, the nocturnal humming of the wind, and the variety of night creatures’ sounds further exacerbated the advance of fear. It was the repertoire of nocturnal silence and natural vibrations around the area that made him more aware of fierce interior movements.

He decided to go outside to pay a more attentive survey to his surroundings. an initial journey 47 The shadows were already long. The cool and moderately swift air was blowing into the whole monastery area. Kari noticed the almost-deserted look of the place. The monks’ nearest neighbors were a couple of small huts across the main road which was about 600 meters away. Their main property overlooked a low and wide slope large enough not to include the view of other neighbors nearby. The monastery was perched on a high place and separated from the rest of Iloilo, or the Philippines, or the world.

Bro. ” “Thanks, Brod. ” Kari’s voice tried to project energy, but his exhaustion was very transparent. His eyes projected a gloomy feeling already bothering him. “O, Kari, magpahinga ka muna. Mukhang ubos na ang dugo mo sa kulay mong ‘yan. ” (“Kari, you take your rest, you look pale. ”) He went inside his room, a small one with walls of bamboo slats full of slits. One could not only see through the gaps but also feel and hear the wind blowing through them. His bed was also made of bamboo. A mat crafted from local reeds covered the top of the bed and it felt good enough for a cool rest.

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