Horizon of Hope…


“This journey is never finished. ..

Just as in the life of each one of us, there is always a need to start again

to get back up, to rediscover the meaning of our existence.

So for the great human family it is necessary always to redirect ourselves toward the common horizon that is the goal of our journey.

  It is the horizon of hope!

The season of Advent that today we begin once again, restores the horizon of hope for us,

a hope that does not disappoint because it is founded on the Word of God.

It is a hope that does not disappoint simply because the Lord never disappoints!

He is Faithful! He does not disappoint!

+ Pope Francis…12/1/13

Everything to Give…


Where is your greatest poverty?

To give from your poverty is true generosity of faith. To give from your nothingness or barrenness is to give with God’s hands in yours.

So, when you have nothing left to give…give anyway…you are just beginning to truly learn the art of giving.

For if you have nothing to give…you have everything to give!


Hard Hatted, Steel Booted Disciples…


People of faith shatter the horizons of those whose feet are grounded in the world…

Forever exploring and living out the newness of the day with all its accompanying grace, they rock the world of those holding on to earthly ways.

They are the front loaders, the bulldozers, the tractor trailer work trucks building the kingdom of God bit by bit.

They are the hard hatted, steel booted, fearless of dirt and sweat disciples of today work crew.

“…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven…” Matt6:10

A Shout Out to the Balcony People…


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“We have to go out and talk to people in the city whom we’ve seen on their balconies.  We have to come out of our shell and tell them that Jesus lives…to say it with joy…even though it seems a little crazy sometimes.”  Pope Francis

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10

A Strange Balance…

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“Lord, you have chosen me to be in a strange balance.  It is a balance that one can only accomplish and hold on to while moving, in a dash.  It is a little like a bicycle that cannot stand straight without rolling…Balance is not found riding it in place; it is found in lives lived out and sometimes eventful.”  Madeleine Delbrel

“Make known to me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths.” Ps 25: 4

Taking it to the Streets and Beyond…

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“It is the Paraclete Spirit, the Comforter, who grants us the courage to take to the streets of the world bringing the Gospel! The Holy Spirit makes us to look to the horizon and drives us to the very outskirts of existence in order to proclaim life in Jesus Christ.  Let us ask ourselves:  do we tend to stay closed in on ourselves, on our group, or do we let the Holy Spirit open us to mission?” (Pope Francis)

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love!

Blessed Pentecost to all of you,


How Beautiful the Feet….

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“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, “Your God is King.” is 52:7

The deeds you do may be the only sermon some hear today! (St. Francis of Assisi)

Blessings on your weekend, fromtheheartofj

The Power of A Voice…

One voice crying out in the desert led many to “prepare the way of the Lord”

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One voice speaking “Yes” brought the Christ child into the world and allowed countless souls to give their lives to Christ.

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The combined voices of the shepherds,  normally disregarded by society, brought many to their knees to praise and adore the newborn King.

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The voice of one woman of questionable reputation was the first to announce the news of the Ressurection to the Apostles.

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We all have a voice and a message to speak and live.

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A voice as unique as the image of God we are created in.

A voice, infused by God’s grace, used to connect others divided by the spirit of the world.

Have you discovered your voice?  Have you discovered what your words spoken and written should truly say?

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Have you allowed God to transform your voice to be used as an instrument to unite souls?

May we be given the grace to see and believe like the shepherds and use our voices to praise and glorify God leading others to unite in belief.

Eric Whitacre, a composer, was struck by the power of one voice and this one voice led to the creation of what he calls a “happy accident”.  A young woman sent a recording via the internet of her singing one of Eric’s composed songs.  Eric was struck by the beauty of it and wondered what it would be like to unite other voices in this way.  He sent out a request over the web and was flooded with responses.  From these responses he chose 185 voice from 12 countries and created the first virtual choir.  The video below will  move you.  The power of one voice that led to the creation of many voices all in angelic harmony praising God.  All miles apart uniting in cyberspace to give glory to God.  The song “Lux Aurumque” is Latin for gold and light. The song, a poem writted by Edward Esch, is sung in Latin.  The English translation is:


Warm and heavy as pure gold

And angels sing softly

to the newborn babe.


Let us end 2011 with voices of thanksgiving for all the blessings received.  Let us welcome 2012 with voices of praise for all that is to come. And may we use our voices always for the praise of God’s glory in that unique way only we can speak.







Born Within Us…

“Because there was no room in the Inn, Jesus had to be born elsewhere …

that is, in each one of us.

We may be simple and humble, like a stable…

But with Christ within us we can be magnificent and change the world.” (Michael Moran)

Live + Jesus.

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