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Take Root Publishing
Jacksonville, FL
Owner Take Root Publishing LLC
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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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
In my morning prayers I stare at pictures. On my wall I have taped several small icons. They help me in concentrating, meditating and praying. One is a black and white print in which the icon-writer illustrates the text of Luke 13: 1-9 (NAS): Now on the same occasion there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. Luke 4: 1, 2 The story of the desert speaks of patterns of obedience which all are called to discover and make their... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
The walls haven’t been painted since the bunks were secured to the opposite walls. A yellowed band of white paint marks the place where the bunk used to be. The block wall is full of amateurish patching from decades old repairs. The floor is speckled with hundreds of spots and drips from every previous paint job that has been applied to the block walls and corrugated metal ceilings. Holes from once useful bold anchors and threaded ends of broken bolts softened by multiple layers of paint dot the walls. In the corners of the ceiling and in the cracks of the corrugation lurks spiders and ugly, dusty strands of old webs. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
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“Thy will be done,” in its full extent, must be the guideline for the Christian life. It must regulate the day from morning to evening, the course of the year, and the entire life. Only then will it be the sole concern of the Christian. All other concerns the Lord... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
If your interaction with a person who is promoter of a certain faith leaves you with admiration and devotion to him, then the person may be presenting himself or being received as an idol. If the thinking and meditation stops at his threshold, you probably have an idol. If the actions or words of an individual causes you to consider the divine, and leads you to a contemplation of God or works of love, you probably have an icon. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
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When you are joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Luke 15, The Message Translation The ascension celebrates the new creation, the bringing together of heaven and earth. When Jesus is seen no longer in the old way that doesn’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Quiet is something you don’t run into much in the chain-gang. It’s not that I want to stand out. Actually, what I want is to be ignored. But, ignored is hard to be. Especially if you are old and white and weak and rich. And all inmates - white black, Latino, etc. - assume you are weak and rich. Weak means kind. Rich means an excess of $10.00 in your canteen account. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. Luke 15, The Message Translation Jesus is the presence of promise in our world and the ascension through the power of resurrection means that we now share the same calling as Jesus, seeing in His light... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
Our first task is to dispel this vague, murky feeling of discontent and to look critically at how we are living our lives. This requires honesty, courage and trust. We must honestly unmask and courageously confront our many self-deceptive games. We must trust that our honesty and courage will lead us not to despair, but to a new heaven and a new earth. Henri J. M. Nouwen Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
I thought I was retarded, or at least, below average in intellect. I was a high school dropout. My mother and my husband always told me how stupid I was. And to prove how stupid I was, I believed them. I always felt very disappointed that I had to drop... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Take Root Devotions
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Softly, methodically with personal care He gathers and places my wood. Stick on stick over soft bed of kindling. He cuts my branches to size. Places them so. Wood on wood. Dry on dry. Some green. Arranged to breathe. A fire for his hearth. A circle of piled wood, a... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Take Root Devotions