Traveling Prayers

 by Melodius Monk

For many years, one of my favorite prayers has been the Rosary. Recently I find I’m especially drawn to it when traveling. I’m not sure why, but when packing for a trip, I always remember to grab my Rosary. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to pray, and the rhythm and consistency of the Rosary puts me at ease. There’s also something about having the Rosary in my hand that helps me to pray. Sure it’s only a small bead rolling between my fingers, but I’m aware, and surprised at the security this gives me. It reminds me that there is something solid to put my hope in today, even if I feel shaky.
 

 

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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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