58. My Reply to Brother Luke (near identical)
August 17, 2017
Dear Brother Luke:
This is what God has led me to respond, which is both a quote from your Lord and Savior and from the Gospel for which you are named:
“Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: but yet not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42).
Meaning, even if we find a task, one which God desires of us, unpleasant, we are, nonetheless, to be empty vessels for His will. After all, He knows our best interests better than do we.
With that in mind, in your email, you wrote the following:
“When [the Prior] received copies of the emails that you had sent to Bishop Matano he brought the matter to the entire community in order to tap into the wisdom of the group on how to best proceed. The decision of the community was that there was no one here interested in pursuing the matter any further. That includes me as well.”
Notice, and taking your words at face value, you all seem to have relied upon your own human wisdom for your decisions—rather than abiding by the will of the Holy Spirit, which, beyond the brain capacity of all humans combined, emanates from omniscient God, Who knows all.
Dearest Brother Luke, who has taken sworn vows of obedience to God, you yourself witnessed a miraculous sign that you instantly agreed was a confirmation from the LORD about my statement regarding the need for God’s earlier-received message to me to come out publicly to the Church.
With that stated, considering what has happened, as I understand the correct behavior of all true servants of God, the only position that you or the prior or any of the monastery’s brothers may rightly take is one that does its best to determine whether the remarkable event that both you and I saw with our own eyes, and that we believed to be miraculous, truly was miraculous. After such an investigation by the prior and priest and brothers, if it is determined that the Holy Spirit truly spoke, well, there is nothing appropriate to do but to take the matter to the local bishop so to fulfill one’s duty to God as each of us are able.
Furthermore, considering very concerning world events—such as the mass-media talk of [potential] nuclear conflict with North Korea—that have transpired since the time of the miraculous sign, the very-concerning, divine message that I received, and which we had partly discussed, is more unfolding. There is, therefore, no time to delay the message’s delivery to the Church, a conveyance that God, from our mutual interpretation of the miraculous sign, clearly desires.
With the deepest love in Christ,