Salvific Power of Laughter

by Melodius Monk

To borrow from Madeleine L’Engle, isn’t this a wonderful phrase — “the salvific power of joyful laughter”? I’m sure you’ve experienced those times when a bad mood or circumstance is transformed by a good bout of laughter.  If you’re anything like me, it’s much easier to be worried, to be skeptical, and to shy away from the vulnerable fun parts of life. It feels safer to lock my heart away from joy, from laughing.  But this is a mistake. It’s a risk, no doubt, to laugh, to not take my every action so seriously, to let go of my demands, my hurt feelings.  As George McDonald said, “It is the Heart that is not yet sure of its God that is afraid to laugh in His presence.”  Trying to control our lives too seriously is to deny the boundless love of God. My emotions may run contrary to this loving joy, but they also run false.  Sometimes allowing a good bought of laughter is also taking a good step of faith.

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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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