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Take Root Publishing
Jacksonville, FL
Owner Take Root Publishing LLC
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“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 6 hours ago 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 3 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
I can’t say I’ve successfully resisted all the gravitational pull of institutionalization. Sometimes it comes in handy. Walking off in that way was a chain-gang action – an indicator that I’ve been touched by the personality altering suck of prison. But, sometimes it comes in handy. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"Grant that I may rest in Thee above all things desired, and that my heart may be at peace in Thee." St. Therese Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"Grant that I may rest in Thee above all things desired, and that my heart may be at peace in Thee." St. Therese Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Prison is a place where a very stupid man can exercise personality and passion through the sheer effort of thespian boldness and presume intelligence and standing that is largely unearned. He assumes a standing among his peers and expects to be accepted according to the projection of his own imagination. If he carries himself with drama, projects confidence and has a quick wit about his lies he will be able to gather an audience for his stories, his complaints, his supposed experiences or his prowess on a variety of subjects whether it be automotive mechanics, wanton sexual experiences, world travel, scientific theories, Biblical theology, firearms, cooking or his life prior to prison. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
"I give thanks to my Jesus for making me walk in darkness, and in this darkness I enjoy profound peace. I only desire that my darkness may obtain light for sinners." St. Therese of Lisieux Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Prison is a place where a very stupid man can exercise personality and passion through the sheer effort of thespian boldness and presume intelligence and standing that is largely unearned. He assumes a standing among his peers and expects to be accepted according to the projection of his own imagination. If he carries himself with drama, projects confidence and has a quick wit about his lies he will be able to gather an audience for his stories, his complaints, his supposed experiences or his prowess on a variety of subjects whether it be automotive mechanics, wanton sexual experiences, world travel, scientific theories, Biblical theology, firearms, cooking or his life prior to prison. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) Speak to Him, Thou, for He hears, And Spirit with spirit can meet— Closer is He than breathing, And nearer than hands and feet. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Grant me grace, O merciful God, to desire ardently all that is pleasing to thee, to examine it prudently, to acknowledge it truthfully, and to accomplish perfectly, for the praise and glory of thy name. Amen Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Men choose to mark themselves like amateurish etchings for life from neck to ankle and increasingly many choose vulgar, elementary markings on the face. They mark themselves like clowns and speak in profane clichés like illiterate primitives just to fit in. To be different. To be alike. I suppose if you are reading their arm, or neck or back you are not noticing the scared, angry little boy they all do such a poor job of disguising. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
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Our occasional failures must not be mistaken for the desertion of God. Two attitudes are possible in sin. We can fall down and get up, or we can fall down and stay there. The fact of having fallen once should not discourage us; because a child falls, it does not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
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…on the cross, God took the worst thing, the killing of God, and made it into the best thing --- the redemption of the world! If you gaze upon the mystery of the cross long enough, your dualistic mind breaks down, and you become slow to call things totally good... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Deep passionate repetition of a shallow cache of curse words were inked in the air of his breath not unlike the way the tattoo Juanita in cursive shadowed the dark skin of his neck. Profanity. Tattoos. The mark of the man who has established himself among other men who present themselves as unafraid in a fearful environment where helplessness haunts their dreams and is only kept at bay through the illusory power of tattoos and profanity. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
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Isaiah 51:3 I will make your wilderness like Eden, your desert like a garden of delight. The desert is the threshold to the meeting ground of God and man. It is the scene of the exodus. You do not settle there, you pass through. One then ventures on to these... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Take Root Devotions