Ordinary Wonders

In the middle of the night, it was my turn to take a shift for a prayer vigil being held in our oratory.  Naturally I am not an early riser, but when I’m able to coerce myself awake and actually out of my bed, I very much enjoy the quiet loneliness of the early morning.  It was especially quiet and still until just after 4:00am, when I noticed the birds had begun to sing.  I didn’t hear them start. With an hour still to go before sunrise, I didn’t expect their chirping so early.  The birds gradually crescendoed their songs into the first morning light. 

I wonder how many ordinary wonders I miss passing by my eyes and ears each day?  Most of the time I’m so self aware, distracted by my mood, or preoccupied with the most efficient way to get the next task in front of me done, or some other unfortunate worry.  But I’m grateful for those wonderful moments when something unexpected jumps out of the ordinary and makes a lasting impression.
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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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