Sounds From the Barn

It’s not everyday that you have a cow rubbing her nose on the window next to you!  About three months ago I got a new job doing some chores down at the barn.  Most everything is somewhat of a new experience.  We have two cows and several chickens — I mainly look after the chickens.  The other day I was collecting the chicken eggs and quietly scrubbing them off in the sink, when suddenly I was aware of a huge eye in the window.   I stopped and she just stared, her face slowly filling the window. I took a long pause, wondering what the cow was thinking, what she might be seeing through that rather large unblinking eye.  My first thought was, I bet she could smash right through that window pretty easily!  But she didn’t smash the window, she just watched for five minutes or so and then moved on quietly.

Sounds From The Barn

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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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