by Melodius Monk  

Over the Christmas season our church was decorated with almost life-size banners of saints.  I know of at least one little girl who waves to and says hello to each of these saints, just as if she was talking to you or me.  Watching her, I was reminded of a wonderful book I’d read by Madeleine L’Engle about faith in art. 

In a chapter titled Probable Impossibles, L’Engle writes, “for we are called on to believe what to many people is impossible. Instead of rejoicing in this glorious “impossible” which gives meaning and dignity to our lives, we try to domesticate God, to make his mighty actions comprehensible to our finite minds.”

Isn’t this true? All things are possible with God, yet I rarely live expecting glorious impossibilities to happen. I forget that in the realm of faith, there are saints and angels to say hi to, and impossibilities and miracles to be grateful for every day.

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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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