A Place of Enough…


Gratefulness eradicates fear…

Because gratefulness comes from a place of enough…not from scarcity.

“Indeed religion with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.” 1 Tim 6:6-7


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

Mission Impossible?….Not At All!

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“God has created me to do Him some definite service:  He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.  I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I will be told it in the next. “

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“I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.  He has not created me for naught.  I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it –if I do but keep His commandments.  Therefore I shall trust Him,  Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away.  If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him.  If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.  He does nothing in vain.  He knows what He is about.  He may take away my friends.  He may throw me among strangers.  He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me — still He knows what He is about. ”  Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

“Lord you have probed me,  you know me:  you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar.  My travels and my rest you mark;  with all my ways you are familiar.  Even before a word is on my tongue, Lord, you  know it all.  Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is beyond me, far too lofty for me to reach.” Ps 139:1-6

May you walk in your mission this day….grounded in the love of God.

My readers…you are in my prayers, fromtheheartof j