Lenten Therapy

by Melodius Monk  

I try to pay attention to those unexpected moments in a day where a word, a sound, or an image grab my attention. Today at Vespers a Latin hymn verse for Lent caught my attention. The English translation reads, “Grant that the body be so worn away on the outside by abstinence, that the sober soul might fast wholly from the stain of sin.”

Any addiction is strong-willed, often difficult to admit and face, and especially difficult to overcome. Sin is no different. Maybe Lent is like a rehab clinic for the soul (and by extension, the whole body as well). It’s a yearly time for the soul to specifically practice being “sober.”

Isn’t this why we take on specific actions for Lent?  Small or large as my chosen abstinence’s may be, I need to allow myself to ask God this question; What does my soul need to be sober from this year?


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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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