Advent Calendars

by Melodius Monk

I like advent calendars. They can feel silly and quirky with their little windows to open, and for kids they mostly act as a good countdown to Christmas, but they also help remind us that it is a liturgical season—Advent!

As we’ve begun advent, I’ve started writing down various phrases and quotes that catch my attention. In compiling them for myself, its a bit like the daily opening of a window on an advent calendar.

1) Walking by the mail area the other day, I notice a new picture with the quote “O Lord, deliver me from this lust of always vindicating myself.” -St Augustine

2) I hear the first chapter of John read aloud. I had memorized it in sixth grade but I feel like I’ve never heard these words before: “But to all who received me, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God”.

3) At church we sing a hymn with words by an author I don’t recognize. “He offers to the burdened the rest and grace they need. Gentle is he and humble! And light his yoke he shall be, For he would have us bear it so he can make us free!” – Frederico J. Pagura

Christmas comes anew each year, and Advent is a special time to prepare for growth in Christ. I hope I can quiet myself enough from all the business to make room for new growth.

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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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