As St Teresa would say, “this is very useful to read.” From the Christmas letter of the Cistercian Abbot General, Dom Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori:
For me, this is one of the more extraordinary aspects of the Christian event: that Christ chooses what we would like to eliminate, what disturbs and disgusts us more, as the place where the encounter with Him becomes for us the clear and safe path of our lives. Why does our community always seem to us to be full of defects and not up to the greatness of its vocation? Why do the superior, the brothers and sisters with whom we must closely share life, seem to us to be the least fit to ensure our happiness and are often the people with whom we have more problems in living together? In fact, the community of Damascus was like this for Saul of Tarsus. This is the place where Christ sends us in order to give fulfillment to our encounter with Him, with Him who is persecuted, crucified, not loved, and first of all, by ourselves.