Pope Francis

By Melodious Monk

Last week the Pope was on the cover of Time magazine as Person of the Year. After reading Time’s lengthy article along with a few others on the internet including the Boston Globe, I am more and more inspired by this man. He seems to make everything so simple, and so full of love. He leads by example, living out what he preaches in his actions. It’s fascinating to me to see how many more people are talking about the church universal because of this Pope. “We belong to the same human family,”  he often says. It’s so easy to get stuck in the small grit of our daily lives, and Pope Francis is reminding the world to lift our eyes on high, and to care for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. For we all come from, and are destined to return to the same loving creator. 



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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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