By Melodious Monk

“Be Joyful in Hope”  Romans12:12

Springtime is one of God’s many reminders of hope. You can smell it, almost taste the hope in the air, and visually it is everywhere: dried-up grass coming to life, plants you forgot are underground pop up, the air shifts, there’s more sun and people smile more! Hope is so many things. It’s everything positive. It’s the best of spring, the best of our desires. It’s the substance of things not seen. It’s dreams, ambitions, goals and longings all placed at the feet of Love. Being hopeful, especially joyfully hopeful, is another way to pray without ceasing. With God there is always the possibility for change. And in the limitlessness of His hope, no matter how crummy I may feel, there’s always something to be hopeful about.
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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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