Rebuilding the Walls

Over the past months I’ve had the pleasure of watching from my office as a major renovation of the “Jerusalem” house has taken place.  Jerusalem was one of the earliest Community households, and one where many members have lived over the years, so there is anticipation as its “renewal” nears completion, and also grateful memories of life lived there over time.  Privately I’ve dubbed the project “rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem” which of course summons biblical references to Jesus’ return and to prophecy of the final days.  There is clearly an element of joy tinged with waiting, watching, remembering. 
 
 
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About Faithful Friar

I am a 20+ year member of the Community of Jesus Brotherhood, so I live in the Friary with the other vowed brothers along with any novices or combination of guest/ resident men – young or old – who may be with us at any given time. Our vows are the same as any simple or solemnly professed Community member, with the addition of consecrated celibacy and poverty. I moved here shortly out of high school to study music for a summer. At the end of that summer I chose to stay here as a CJ member. Shortly thereafter I knew another change was needed, and asked to be accepted into the brotherhood first as a postulant, later as a novice. My life in the Brotherhood involves a variety of occupations, but they are centered on the continual service of prayer and praise in our church and on the outreach ministries springing from that service. This means manual labor as well as ongoing study and training: theological, musical, technical/ scientific, artistic, historical, philosophical, etc. Sometimes this involves teaching others, so that is part of our life too. It’s a life of poverty and yet full of hidden riches.

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