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Take Root Publishing
Jacksonville, FL
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Therefore, he wished to dissolve his pledged union with Mary. Yet, he was merciful. Unwilling to expose her to shame. Deuteronomy 22: 21-23 required death by stoning. But as his son would later teach: mercy rejoices against judgment. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Take Root Devotions
At the heart of the City of God is permanent festivity. The church fathers attest to this: “Our whole lives are a feast day” (Clement of Alexandria); “We have unending holiday” (John Chrysostom); “Festivity is everlasting in the house of God” (Augustine); “Ours…is an eternal festival” (Jerome). God’s feast is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Take Root Devotions
Luke also refers to Joseph as “father of Jesus (as was supposed)” because it doubtlessly kept secret by Joseph and Mary that Jesus was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit and therefore Jesus was actually his foster son. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"Oh, Jesus, my love...my vocation, I finally found my vocation, it is LOVE." St. Therese, The Little Flower Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Prayer leads you to see new paths and to hear new melodies in the air. Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you freedom to go and to stay where you wish and to find the many signs which point out the way to a new land. Praying... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
your whole being to his will that you should be, that you should be you, that you should be united to him. Your prayer is God’s word of longing and love in you, God’s breathing of the Spirit in you, to make you want the union he wants. his love is loving through your heart when you try to pray. You are turning to , consenting to, something that is real, whether you know it or not. Maria Boulding Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14: 27 The world grows madder, more frightened, fuller of hatred and violence, . . . all steadily and secretly pushing civilization towards hell: and those most conscious of this tempest of insanity and lovelessness in which we live, are more and more tempted to despair and rage. The “peace which is from above” means a tranquil and selfless delight in God’s splendor, a share in his widely tolerant attitude, and trust in his ultimate triumph, which kills depression and fuss. Every soul in whom these dispositions are alive, who stands firm for charity, joy, and gentleness in every situation, is a check on the world’s descent towards destruction and thus an agent of the Divine saving power (of love). Evelyn Underhill Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
If you were a poet you would see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud there would be no rain, without rain the trees cannot grow and without trees we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. Thich Nhat Hanh Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
“I am giving you an new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” John 13: 34 Vulnerability means to be hurt over and over again without seeking to love less, but more. Divine love is sheer vulnerability - sheer openness to giving . . . . Being vulnerable means loving one another as Christ loved us. If we did not have to forgive people, we would have no way of manifesting God’s forgiveness toward us. People who injure us are doing us great favor because they are providing us with the opportunity of passing on the mercy that we have received. By showing mercy, we increase the mercy we receive. The best way to receive divine love is to give it away, and the more we pass it on, the more we increase our capacity to receive. Thomas Keating Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Certainly, most believers speak warmly and sincerely of the unity of the faith, but our works reveal more splitting and dissenting than building up. Something holy is missing. I submit that it is the fear of God, which, if possessed by us, would cause us to exhibit a tangible respect for authority and a reverence for the Church and her ministers. Sadly, that is largely lacking. It is the theology that can be reduced to a bumper sticker that should be questioned. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
The Lord is my light and salvation; whom should I fear? Psalm 27: 1 With the LORD, there is no fear. His perfect love casts out all fear. With the knowledge of His great salvation, living in His all pervading Light, secure in the comfort of His refuge, there is nothing that can come against us.s If our God is for us, who can be against us? Know the goodness of the LORD, His goodness that is for you. Meditate on His light, His salvation, and His stronghold and what these can really mean for you in your day to day life. And be blessed by the LORD of all the universe, who loves you more than you can imagine, and desires to be known and loved by you. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand - shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven” Anonymous Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
THE LIGHT OF GOD SURROUNDS US; THE LOVE OF GOD ENFOLDS US; THE POWER OF GOD PROTECTS US; THE PRESENCE OF GOD WATCHES OVER US. WHEREVER WE ARE, GOD IS! Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Blessed be the name of God from age to age, for wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons . . . He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who seek understanding. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness and light dwells with Him. Daniel 2: 20-22 Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"Even if the fire of love seemed to have gone out, I would keep on throwing fuel in it and Jesus would take care to light it up again." St. Therese Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Then prayer becomes truly co-creative. The person who learns to pray with the heart of God has no patience for injustice anywhere. They see with the prophet’s eye. They break down national boundaries. They transcend gender roles. They have no sense of color or caste, of wealthy or poor. They see only humanity in all its glory and pain. Joan Chittister Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Those who rebel, though they are possessed by a noble moral cause, are often themselves proud and self-important and want power. John Calvin, who had given up on Catholicism by age 24, believed himself to have “received from God more ample enlightenment than others.”3 After throwing off the Roman yoke, he devised his own. His rules and codes for religion and society were applied in Geneva, where elected councils, elders, and pastors enforced the moral code “to take care of the life of everyone . . . to apply brotherly correction.”4 Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
I speak of prayer, not words. It is the longing for God, love too deep for words, a gift given to us only by God’s grace. When the Lord gives this kind of prayer to us, He gives us riches that cannot be taken away, heavenly food that satisfies the spirit. One who tastes this food is set on fire with an eternal longing for the Lord: such a person’s spirit burns as in a fire of utmost intensity. St. John Chrysostom Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
We do not know how we are to pray but the Spirit pleads for us with inexpressible longings. Romans 8: 26 Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
“Question Authority”. That was a popular bumper sticker from a few years past. It summed up the bedrock of our culture. From 1776 until the present time, it has been one of the assumed rights of Americans; an attitude of suspicion toward authority. Yet, Christians are nurtured spiritually on doctrines of submission, humility and obedience. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
This is at once my own being, my own nature and the Gift of the Creator’s Thought and Art within me, speaking as my sister Wisdom. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
In this great river of life that flows behind us and before us let us know that we are carried by You. In this great river of life that flows around us and through us let us know that we carry You and can reverence You in all that has life . . . That Glory can be handled, seen and known in the matter of earth and human relationship and in the most ordinary matters of daily life, assure us again this day, O God. Sounds of the Eternal; A Celtic Psalter John PHilip Newell Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
The lit candle, of course symbolizes the person’s prayers. The fire on the candle, as fire usually does, represents the Holy Spirit. I tried to imagine myself as a candle for the Lord. Instead I thought of a charcoal briquette. A picture of a glowing pile of charcoal in a little grill flashed on the screen of my imagination. Hot glowing little bricks of charcoal like fire in an envelope of fine ash. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
The grass is vibrant,, the rocks pulsate, All is in flux; turn but a stone and an angel moves. “Mariah made to Rise” The Whole Earth George MacLeod Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Where can I go from Your spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of sea, even there Your hand shall lead me. Psalm 139 Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Take Root Devotions