For All The Saints

All Saints Day is a special day. It’s one of those days where I feel a “thinner veil,” so to speak, between us and heaven. This week at Eucharist, we concluded a litany in remembrance of the faithful departed by praying “may their souls and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.” For me personally, the departed souls I pray for are my grandparents, and a few older friends that were positive influences on me growing up. But I also trust that prayers go both ways. I like to think that all the saints, from all time, are praying for us too. Hopefully today, all of them will join us to pray mightily for our country, for the elections, and for all those suffering from this past week’s devastating storm.


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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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