Can the veiled, silent existence of a cloistered nun be rewarding, let alone merry, to borrow Christ's whimsical word? Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C., recounts the hardships and delights of her cloistered life in the terse and insightful pages of A Right to Be Merry.
Margery Kempe, the anchoress of Lynn, was instructed by Our Lord that her contained life of unity with Him brought Him the greatest delight and gave her "as great a right to be cheerful as any lady in the world." (P.C.C. Mother Mary Francis)
Only those who have lived the cloistered life can completely understand how linked the lives of contemplative nuns are. Their hearts may be "as big as the cosmos and as deep as eternity," but in the practical aspects of everyday life, they must function and collaborate, work and pray, suffer and celebrate, all inside a rigid enclosure and all for the holiness of the world. They have "as much a right to be cheerful as any women in the world," even though they are removed from this world. "We are enveloped in the womb of Holy Church," Mother Mary Francis says, "hidden away from the glitter and bustle of worldly existence." As I stroll along the cloisters, my heart sings a single song: Lord, it is good.
Paperback: 204 pages.