What Does Christmas Bring?

by Melodius Monk

One thing it brings is a lot of expectations — and this isn’t either good or bad, rather a strong mix of emotions. But for me, the best part of the Christmas season is just starting — now that we are a few days past all the build up. Since the presents are sent and  holiday plans already made, we are left with a few quietly beautiful days before the holiday is officially over. I look forward to these days, the simple unexpected moments, and the time to reflect on what I desire for the new year. Noticing the clear, crisp and still winter sky, it’s in these moments that I think of New Year’s resolutions. Before we head back to our hectic 21st-Century schedules, this year I need to remember to set aside more simple quiet moments with Him who will bring my most fulfilling light.

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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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