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Take Root Publishing
Jacksonville, FL
Owner Take Root Publishing LLC
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I was directed to take a short walk down the hallway so the neurologist could point out to the intern the indicators in my halting gait. I didn’t know I had a halting gate. Evidently, I do. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Take Root Devotions
I entered my 65th birthday with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. For several years I have had symptoms which I easily and readily dismissed as something more benign and less threatening. By the time I saw the neurologist I was no longer denying the possibility. The resting tremor in my left arm was too pronounced, too regular and too irritating to pretend I had something else. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
Note: I have been sick for a couple of months. I've also been reeling from a diagnosis of Parkinson's. I have decided to journal my experiences as I tread through this unknown geography. L. T. Diagnosis Confirmed Yesterday, I went with my wife to see my neurologist, first time since... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
"Always keep lifting your foot to climb the ladder of holiness, and do not imagine that you can mount even the first step. All God asks of you is good will." St. Therese of Lisieux Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
Of the thirty inmates reviewed by the Florida Parole Board in May, 2006 Jack was the only one granted parole. Maybe he violated parole on a benign technicality, like getting home late from work due to a flat tire. Maybe it was something more serious. I don’t know. Jack was 46 at the time. His body was 46-years old. Jack is “state raised”. He “fell” when he was 17. For 29 years, he was raised in hate. Staying immature and tough is a learned survival skill in the prison culture Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Take Root Devotions
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