Favorite Places

 By: Melodious Monk

We all have them.  You know, those places where we go when we need time to process, time to listen, maybe even time to wrestle out-loud with God, time to let go of our emotions.  One favorite place for me is our next door neighbors driveway!  Next to the driveway, just on the grass,  is an old rusty rimmed basketball hoop attached to a tall telephone pole.  I like to shoot baskets, always have. This driveway is off the main road, usually quiet, and I used to spend hours here in high school practicing. It’s especially on days when I’m restless inside, can’t find any peace, feel annoyed with everyone, feel so frustrated internally that I don’t know what else to do, or just need a few minutes alone; this is when I like to shoot baskets.  I used to think this was strange, like I should be doing something more “spiritual”.  But I’ve come to appreciate the gift of these unique moments and places where I can talk with God. They feel like they’ve been been created just for me.
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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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