It is evident that the congregation passionately adores and reveres the abbot Ambrosio. He eloquently delivers intense sermons that inspire the masses. On the surface, Ambrosio is good at his job; however, if one digs a little deeper, it is apparent that his actions are less pure than they appear. Ambrosio is not called to be an abbot because he is self-serving, overly confident, vain, and cold. Unlike the teachings of Jesus that stress the importance of putting others first, loving unconditionally, and exercising humility, Ambrosio’s characteristics do not align. To be an abbot is to be a mouthpiece for the lord. On the other hand, Ambrosio continually takes center stage and greedily feeds off the attention. This i...
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...s of Ambrosio, Agnes, and Matilda, it has been shown that some people are better off doing something else. It is imperative to realize that although these three characters do not possess the right characteristics for monastic life, they have traits that would bring them to success in other facets of life. Ambrosio a man who is able to make quick decisions and separate his head and heart would be a great general. Agnes a woman who tenderly loves Raymond would make a lovely wife. One cannot forget the fiery Matilda. During this time period her options are limited;however, she could be a leader in women’s suffrage movement, a ruthless CEO of a company, or a realization to men that women are not the submissive puppets. There are powerful characteristics in each human being. It is necessary that people recognize them and use them to the best of their abilities.
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