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Take Root Publishing
Jacksonville, FL
Owner Take Root Publishing LLC
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. . Everywhere a great joy is preceded by a greater suffering. St. Augustine Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Take Root Devotions
My baby, God’s kid, has a crack cocaine smoking mother who occasionally resorts to crime (including blue-light special sexual favors on dangerous corners and strip club parking lots) to stave off homelessness and support her drug habit. Her daddy has been jailed several times this year. Once for beating his landlady for demanding rent and once for beating the child’s mother. However, when Mom and Dad were sober you couldn’t help hoping. . . . Hoping for the best, however, getting a consensus on the definition of “the best” is not easy. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Take Root Devotions
"The nothingness of me is strangely loved; Sustaining ever -- The all of love, my need, is strangely here -- Departing never." St. Therese Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"I long for no other treasure but love, for it alone can make us pleasing to God." St. Therese Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"You must not set yourself up as a judge-that is God's right alone-your only mission is to be an angel of peace." St. Therese, The Little Flower Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
I always felt very disappointed that I had to drop out of school. After Sam and I secretly married in Kentucky the preacher did exactly opposite of what we asked of him. He published the news of the marriage in our home town newspaper and that was like a blanket bombing of my life. Sam had been accepted into Ohio State on the GI Bill and we planned on living in the married person’s quarters on the campus. I had also hoped to go to school myself. But, Mother had such a fit and had everybody believing I was pregnant that even Daddy was carried away with the news. He told Sam, “You married her. You keep her.” Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"We practice charity much better when we are helping a person who is less appealing to us." St. Therese of Lisieux Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
When I am hopeful I am open to time and events as they unfold. Open without fear. Nothing is required of me. I am hopeful or full of hope. I do not have to be strong or clever. I am content to do nothing. Or free to take on a challenge. Hope has energized the present and cleansed me of fear that anything other than God’s love makes me OK. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
“God does not ask all souls to show their love by the same works, to climb to heaven by the same ladder, to achieve goodness in the same way of life. What sort of work, then, must I do? Which is my road to heaven? In what kind of life am I to sanctify myself?”–Charles de Foucauld Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Walking out of my credit union earlier today with $500.00 in my wallet something triggered in my brain. I was met with a euphoric moment of gratitude. I lived for 8 1/2 years and never touched a penny or any coin or dollar bill or check. I wasn’t allowed to choose what clothes I’d wear. I had no options of where I’d eat. And what I would eat had to be consumed in less than ten minutes. And, the only things I sat on had no backs: bunks, stools, metal benches – my bad, the pews in the chapel had backs. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
“To pray and actually mean ‘thy Kingdom come,’ we must also be able to say ‘my kingdoms go.’ Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Dan Rather: What do you say when you pray? Mother Theresa: I listen. Dan Rather: What does God say to you when you pray? Mother Theresa: He listens. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
The first service that one owes to the fellowship begins in listening to them; just as love of God begins in listening to his word sot eh beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that he not only gives us his word but also lends us his ear. Christians especially ministers so often think they must contribute something when they are in the presence of others. This is the one service they have to render. They forget that listening can be a greater service to others than speaking. Many are searching for an ear that will listen. He that can no longer listen to his brother will soon no longer be listening to God either. This is the beginning of the death of spiritual life. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
“Pray for Walter,” my mother said. “Marcella had to take him back to the hospital." She paused. Looked worried. And, then smiled. "Know what she said?” My mother looked happy as she quoted her sister, “Patty, will you pray for Walter? Your prayers always work.” This made me curious and so I asked her about her experiences of religion and faith as she was growing up. “As kids, Daddy went to church…I went with him. Marcella, sometimes, but not always. I never remember Mother in church.” Then she told me of when she professed faith in Christ. “I almost got a whipping. I had walked down the aisle in Sciotoville Christian Church (Sciotoville, Ohio) in great conviction and tears. But, when Daddy and I got home and Marcella found out I had beat her to it she nearly had a fit. She began screaming and carrying on something awful. It was like I had beaten her to it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"I leave myself in the Arms of Our Lord. He teaches me to draw profit from everything, from the good and from the bad which He finds in me." St. Therese Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"I understand very well why St. Peter fell. Poor Peter, he was relying upon himself. Before ruling the Church that is filled with sinners, he had to experience for himself what a person is capable of without God's help." St. Therese of Lisieux Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
As I drove home I wondered if what I experienced was an exorcism. Earlier, prior to the group meeting I had made a point of asking my angel to be with me in the therapy session. Perhaps he was. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
The repetitious nature of profanity is steady and mind numbing in its lack of imagination. What are there? Seven profane words? Seven or so root words to all basic profanity. And, yet, I swear if some of these men (staff or inmate) lost their ability to speak these seven words they’d lose their ability to communicate. Training in remedial speech would be required, or Teaching English as a Second Language. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Eternal Father, it is your will that all should be saved. Great is your mercy. Your Son Jesus Christ died for all. Teach all people to recognize you and love you. With deep faith in Christ's death and resurrection we pray: Send forth, O Lord, laborers into your vineyard and spare your people. O Holy Spirit, through the infinite merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, enkindle in all hearts your ardent love that can do all things, that all may be one fold and one shepherd, and that all may arrive in heaven to sing your divine mercy. Amen. - St. Vincent Pallotti Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
From the cowardice that dare not face new truth, from the laziness that is contented with half truth, from the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth, Good Lord, deliver us. - Kenyan Prayer Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Before Pig could get his plan in place the rapists returned for a second helping. The young boy had a sharpened pencil and managed to place it into the necks of one of the perps while he was being violated. In time the man died of an infection from the wound. The boy was eventually charged with murder. Twenty-five years mandatory. At the time he was six-months from the gate. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
You who are over us, You who are one of us, You who are also within us, May all see you-in me also. May I prepare the way for you, May I thank you for all that shall fall to my lot, May I also not forget the needs of others. Give me a pure heart-that I may see you. A humble heart-that I may hear you, A heart of love-that I may serve you, A heart of faith-that I may abide in you. Amen. - Dag Hammarskjøld Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Time is relevant and important everywhere. But, in prison it is everything. There is so little to do. So few options. So few choices on how to spend your time. Prison is the state’s mandate to boredom. Enforced idleness. Men who never exercised, read, wrote, gambled played cards, dominos or chess easily get obsessed in such as that just to mark time. Religion is another diversion that lubricates the flow of time. It helps us become aware of our sense of self and offers meaning in life that allows time to slide by without such abrasive resistance. Old convicts say, “You learn to do time or time will do you.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
O eternal Trinity, O Divinity, O unfathomable abyss, O deepest sea, what greater gift could you give me than your very self? You are a fire that burns eternally yet is never consumed, a fire that consumes with your heat my self-love. Again and again you are the fire who takes away all cold heartedness and illuminates the mind by your light, the light with which you have made me to know your truth. - St. Catherine of Siena Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Canticle: A Song of True Motherhood by Julian of Norwich God chose to be our mother in all things * and so made the foundation of his work, most humbly and most pure, in the Virgin’s womb. God, the perfect wisdom of all, * arrayed himself in this humble place. Christ came in our poor flesh * to share a mother’s care. Our mothers bear us for pain and for death; * our true mother, Jesus, bears us for joy and endless life. Christ carried us within him in love and travail, * until the full time of his passion. And when all was completed and he had carried us so for joy, * still all this could not satisfy the power of his wonderful love. All that we owe is redeemed in truly loving God, * for the love of Christ works in us; Christ is the one whom we love. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Take Root Devotions