Inimitable Artist

by Melodius Monk      

In preparing for our Easter season choir concert, I’ve been reading poetry by 18th century English poet Christopher Smart. The poet seems to capture the all-encompassing awe, beauty and brilliance of the Almighty, which is being newly trumpeted again to the world through Easter celebrations.

From the universal…..

      We sing of God, the mighty source
      of all things; the stupendous force
      on which all strength depends;
      from whose right arm, beneath whose eyes,
      all period, power and enterprise
      commences, reigns and ends.

To the most intricate beauties…..
      For the flowers are great blessings.
      For the flowers have their angels,
      Even the words of God’s creation.
      For the flower glorifies God
      And the root parries the adversary.
      For there is a language of flowers.
      For the flowers are peculiarly
     The poetry of Christ.

Wishing a blessed and joyful Easter season to all! 

                      [Texts from Christopher Smart’s We sing of God, the mighty source & Jubilate Agno]

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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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