Pieces of Heaven

by Melodius Monk  

There’s a couple of weeks at the end of September and early October that can be simply magical. We have the official change from summer to fall — beautiful crisp days that call for a sweatshirt in the early morning, but warm enough by noon so you can work outside in a t-shirt and still think about swimming. The last few tomatoes and summer squash are being eaten, the apples and pears are harvested, and the grapes could be ready any day now. We again stop for school buses on the road, and we are reminded that a new school  year has just begun, reminders of hope, creativity, and investment in the future. The fall light is particularly beautiful, allowing deep contrast and rich hues to make the sky and landscapes sparkle with extra depth and majesty. All the while the trees are starting to join the party, displaying their best colors. With grateful hearts, we cherish these small moments that give us tiny glimpses of an unfathomable beauty that is to come.

fall marsh

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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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