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Take Root Publishing
Jacksonville, FL
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one dark night, fired with love's urgent longings Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
I am learning that sorrows, struggles, and sufferings are often the doorbell that God rings to draw us to answer his call. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
ice water in hell, prison testimony, with Christ in prison Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
A silent man. A steady man. A holy man. Known only by his relationship to others. A son, a husband, a father who performed promptly and obediently as a soldier. One of the first to serve Christ honorably and whole heartedly with all he had. This was and is Saint Joseph. An obedient and prompt servant. Then and now. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
So, on this fifth return from Passover when Jesus went missing it raised no alarm. When evening came and they bedded down for the night it is certain he was troubled. When he did not make himself known in the morning Joseph made arrangements to turn around and go find him. It was his responsibility to care for the child and at that moment he did not even know where he was. They had made a day’s travel away and it took a day to return. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
With all this on his mind, Joseph went to sleep only to awaken to find the magi had changed their plans. They had been warned in a dream not to go back to the king. They spoke of a sense of danger. Was this some sort of cosmic comedy? Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Could Joseph have felt any greater anonymity than he did at the Temple that day? There was no feast to swell Jerusalem’s walls, but there was a census the entire population of the Roman Empire was responding to. Jerusalem may have been very crowded. Accidental pilgrims, taking advantage of their trip to Jerusalem or surrounding areas, were visiting the Temple and ancient sites, holy to Jews. Looking very ordinary and feeling rather common Joseph purchased the economy priced sacrificial animals and took his wife and son to the Temple. Even though Joseph knew (through his own dreams, Mary’s testimony and the strange story of the shepherds) he had something very special in Mary and Jesus he still was swallowed up in the goings-on in the Ancient city. Its history and tradition radiated a past and promised a future that dimmed the mundane lives of visitors. Perhaps, he thought; no, he knew somewhere deep inside that his son and perhaps even his wife would join the luminaries that shone forth in the celestial backdrop of Israel’s amazing history. Still, as he walked through the Temple and city recently rebuilt by King Herod, one of history’s most successful city-builders, his own sense of personal significance must have been overwhelmed. It is an all too human condition that allows the daily drudge of life to shadow over and lessen the impact of God’s words and acts in our lives. Joseph was participating in a walking miracle. Did he feel it at that moment as he entered the Temple with hundreds of other seekers? Doubtful. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Joseph walked through this period of testing, consternation and doubts with steady faithfulness. As he adhered to the laws and customs God used simple shepherds seeing angels and Temple prophets to providing the blazing that he needed to affirm he was on the right path. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Consciousness itself, being love itself, God's very self. What else . . . Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
lowly shepherds, who except for the fact that they were healthy and employed, were at the bottom of the food chain in terms of polite society, had come to adore the Christ child and announce all the angels had told them. They had all seen the angels. All of them had the same vision. And, these shepherds were not discrete. They told everyone. “All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.” Joseph was out-ed. Now everyone knew his child was born in a barn. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
It is when coming fresh from communication with God . . . . Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
His request was pitiful and frantic yet full of resolve, “I desperately need a room. My wife and I. We are from Galilee. She is pregnant. She is in labor!” He must have been turned away many times hearing such as: “Yeah, you and everyone else. . . . Those stupid Romans and their decrees, we cannot handle such crowds! . . . I’m sorry we have no room. . . . . Tough luck. Try down the road.” Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
my divine love, my love, please let us touch your face. st. francis of assisi Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Scripture does not indicate that he was instructed to have no relations with her. It is obvious that he simply chose not to. He was a righteous man. So righteous his sexuality and passion did not impinge on his sense of propriety. And, if he made the decision not to have sex with Mary prior to the birth of Jesus why is it odd to consider that this was a decision he made for a lifetime? He protected her purity and virginity. After all, she was God’s woman. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
“Today, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others.” Pope Francis Related articles I believe in angels, says Pope Francis and they help you make right decisions Pope Francis on ISIS persecution of Christians: 'We... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
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 Nov 26, 2014 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 Nov 22, 2014 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 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