Ancient Paths

 by Melodius Monk

On Mondays over the lunch hour I help with a carving project of saints being created for our community’s cloister. This week St. Augustine is being translated from drawing to cypress wood panel.  I knew St. Augustine wrote his “Confessions” a long time ago, (over 1,600 years ago!)  but that’s about all I knew of him.  With a little research, it’s staggering to learn how much God used this one saint for the development of western Christianity and philosophy. As I carve away some of the background detail on Augustine’s figure, I wonder what God may be trying to teach me today.

The word “confess” can be defined a few ways: to tell or make known, to acknowledge, to declare faith in. Perhaps Augustine’s honest conversation with God is at the heart of why his books and philosophy have helped so many pilgrims over the centuries. I struggle to be honest with God.  It’s difficult to sort out and to admit to myself (and to God) my true, honest feelings about life, what I want out of it, and what I really believe or don’t believe. St. Augustine was persistent to keep the conversation going.


“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee ”

~ Saint Augustine of Hippo


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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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