What we know of young Brother Isidore …

“What we know of that young Brother Isidore comes mainly from the thirty-six letters that he wrote at regular intervals to his relatives, especially to his mother. These letters are a precious piece of monastic literature, revealing how true greatness may be hidden in an existence as simple, as ordinary, as earthly as possible can be. In the course of time, I came to read these letters for what they really are: expressions of authentic love for his relatives, especially for his mother, and of genuine gratitude for his call to religious life, gratitude that he translated into steady and generous service to his community and into radiant, exemplary goodness to the people showing up in great numbers at the monastery door in those days when the frontline and the battlefield were only a few miles away from the town where he lived.” [Father Harry Gielen, C.P.]


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