Un-Mindful Prayer

 by Melodius Monk  

In the Gospel of Luke chapter 8, Jesus is in the country of the Gerasenes, healing many people. Near the end of the chapter, Jesus heals the leader’s daughter who had been proclaimed dead. St. Luke writes that Jesus called to the girl, “Child, get up!” and “Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up.”  It was the spirit that returned, giving her body life.

Many years ago I was taught this simple prayer, Come Holy Spirit, clear out my mind so that I can pray.” I have a mind that races, meaning it doesn’t turn off easily, like a pinball rocketing to and fro through its game board, bouncing from one idea to the next, and coincidentally from one emotion to the next. This prayer helps calm me down and sometimes gets myself out of the way so I can hear God.

I wonder how frequently each day I let the clattering thoughts in my mind push the Holy Spirit awayAs with the young girl in the gospel, it isn’t our minds or physicality that make us able to walk with God each day; rather clear minds and ears to hear God’s voice calling each of us to “get up!” and a heart and spirit that are willing to do so.


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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.

One thought on “Un-Mindful Prayer

  1. Love the prayer and your Blog thoughts for today. I have trouble hearing our Lord because of the stuff running around in my mind. This will help me, I think.
    Thank you.

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