Many entertainment junkies are looking for reviews of Honey Boy, which has a great rating in Rotten Tomatoes, an accomplishment on its own, and these entertainment fanatics might even be looking for some criticism about the latest Harrison Ford’s new movie “The Call of the Wind”. However, I have not watched any of those so I would be unable to provide any insights on them, but I can give faith of how remarkable “Mercy House” is!
Ash Wednesday was last week, Holy Week is approaching incredibly fast, and this book came at the exact and perfect moment to shake some sensibilities and alter some ideas of what the catholic church is! So buckle up!
Soul crushing and compulsively readable! Alena Dillon narrates the story of three nuns who run a house that protects women victims of all kinds of violence until the oppressing power of the patriarchal church attempts to strip them from their house and life work. – Inkish Kingdoms
A few words come to mind when describing this book, but one that resonates the loudest is: resilient. I have to say that I love the empowerment that the author gives to these women, who, through their life experiences, start divorcing slowly the archaic and judgmental beliefs of the higher institution that they are supposed to obey blindly. As we hear the nuns telling their stories of how they progressed through time, the story moves ravenously fast to the main and insufferable conflict.
In “Mercy House”, Alena Dillon creates this dichotomy of powerlessness and, funny enough, empowerment. For decades, the nuns have been bossed around and stepped on as if their vocation had no validity besides being the maids of the priests. While telling the stories of how these women give shelter to these victims, they also tell their own stories on how the institution that they bowed to has been violently attacking them as well.
In the last part of the book, while convulsively surviving the constant vicious attacks of the world, Sister Evelyn, the main character, gets to see her life change at a 180 degree. Beautifully enough, as her plans die slowly in her hands and a huge door closes behind her, she allows herself to throw a brutal punch in favor of all those women who are still fighting back, and she finally has the chance to live her life.
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