The Sanctity of Human Life

by Melodius Monk

During college, one of the best courses I took was “bio-medical ethics.” It was the most engaging, shocking, and morally challenging course I had. We debated issues of genetics, assisted suicide, patients’ rights, abortion, and the selling of human embryos — polarizing subjects, and quite prevalent in our current everyday news.
To me, these moral ethics all hinged on one’s beliefs about the concept of the “sanctity of human life.” Is all life from God? Is the core of humanity something Holy, something sanctified and therefore something full of spiritual powers beyond our understanding?
C.S. Lewis believed that the greatest weapon of the devil in the 20th century was to convince people that he did not exist. In watching the news, it is full of suicides, murders, and much disrespect for human life. I fear more and more that we as a people are losing the belief in the spiritual realm and its powers.
When we discuss to make choices about our lives, we should remember that as humans we are created Holy. We need Jesus’ help to recognize the devil and to defend the sanctity that we have been given.
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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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