The Peace of the Lord be with you all!
Yes, it is I, the former reprobate, fool, and drunk from Blind River, Ontario. As you may remember, I entered the Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae, or Trappists, a couple of years ago and had many misadventures. Finally, I ended up in a mental hospital in Saskatchewan, where the good doctors were able to treat me and, some eight months ago, move me to a half-way house.
Now I am again able to return to Society, but I have decided instead to follow my religious calling. I will be first at the monastery in Clairvaux, France, and then I shall go where my Superiors send me. I hope the visit with my Big Brother, Don, before entering the monastery for the rest of my life, but if I cannot do so I hope that he remembers how much I love him and will pray for him.
And I will be praying for all here, especially that poor soul in Blind River who has deluded himself into believing he is me. Seeing his posts are a constant reminder of what I was and would, but for the grace of God, still be.
Bro. Dismas, OCSO
(born in the world as Shane McBride)