Br. William reminisces about the challenges and joys of perseverance: “When I arrived in Vina on December 21st 2011, it was a cold wintry night but I was filled with hope and great expectation and truly excited to be “home” at last, after years of wandering and wondering.
From the beginning, I believe this is my family and the brothers in Vina are like my siblings back home.
I determined that I will persevere as a monk here, taking to heart Fr. Bob Martin who told me “this a beautiful life and vocation, never quit and leave.”
Life goes on, and what are the things that I have learnt after 10 years as a monk?
There are many moments of joy and peace as well sweat and tears and the traumatic experiences, and being a person of impulsive nature and fiery temper is not helpful either.
In the Rule of Benedict the eighth step of humility is that a monk does only what is endorsed by the common rule and the example set by his superiors.
So I go about following the rules, observe the monastic practices and be obedient and respectful to superiors and brothers.
Things I learnt include not interfering or infringe into others brothers’ department, less comments, criticisms or being judgemental in order to avoid misunderstandings.
I have to stay on my integrity and be myself, for I was born from the love of God and have to live up to God’s expectation.
To quote St. Pope John XXIII: See everything, overlook a great deal and correct a little.