What’s Hidden Behind Such Beauty?

This week, one of the bulbs in the lighting system for the apse was out, so I had to get a ladder and swap out the dead bulb.   Above the Jerusalem stone and hidden to the eye while standing on the ground is a set of track lighting  which gives light to the apse mosaic above. Also hidden in this void are other unseen and rather plain items, such as: metal lath and metal fasteners, lots of concrete, screws, wires, shims, track for the lighting, and light fixtures. What I also “see”, are lots of hard work, sweat, faith and sacrifice that may never be seen on the outside.  But it can’t be discounted.  It provides strength to what is seen, and allows the beauty that comes through to be possible.

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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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