Credo

by Melodius Monk  

Credo, the Latin for “I believe,” is a powerful word. It seems so basic to my faith, yet this fundamental starting block gets jumped over many times a day. When I wake up, do I believe God has a purpose for my day? Do I choose to believe this every morning, regardless of how I feel — that there is a loving, powerful God helping my every move? My whole self, physically and emotionally, can change if I take a second and choose “credo.”  To remember that a good, just, and amazing God, full of all the wonderfully powerful, amazing and mysterious things he tells us about in scripture is in charge of my life. Before I pray, I can believe that God will speak to me, and he will hear my requests. Before starting work, “I believe”…that with God all things are possible. Before ending my day, I can believe that God has my very best interest in his heart.

Teach me to seek you,
for I cannot seek you unless you teach me,
or find you unless you show yourself to me.
Let me seek you in my desire,
Let me desire you in my seeking.
Let me find you by loving you,
let me love you when I find you. -St. Anselm

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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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