A Box With Four Walls

The brothers joyfully welcomed a new refrigerator this week.  Our decades-old one gave up the ghost.  Someone I trust, recently compared our life to a box with four walls.  It’s not an elegant image, but it is eloquent in that we all have the same spiritual construction, and God lets us work with him and others to make our “box” beautiful, functional, integrated, expressive.  So whether we consider the grand cubic dimensions of Paradise described at the end of Revelation or a lovely new fridge, we can take hope for our own journey.

 

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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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