Make Some Noise…

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Let the weary world rejoice

in spite of threats of terrorism…in spite of financial instability and an unpredictable economy…in spite of violence and health crises…in spite of opposition against the dignity of human life and the war against families…in spite of a rise in the use of illegal drugs and human trafficking…in spite of the apathy of many.

Let the weary world rejoice

Let us lay down our burdens in surrender to God..

As we struggle to walk forward in the heaviness of our burdens…we soon find…

His Grace is weightless!

Let the weary world rejoice…

 For God’s Love is unwearied…

Let the weary world rejoice…

For Our Savior has been born.

Decisively on the Path…

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“This is the meaning of the first Sunday of Lent:  to place ourselves decisively on the path of Jesus, the road that leads to life.” Pope Francis

The Grace to Receive…the Courage to Give

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This season we each have received a gift…

The renewal of our salvation.

But you ask…how can I unwrap this gift? how can I live this gift? how can this gift, this year, make more of a difference in my life?

how can I receive this gift more deeply…with more conviction, more conscientiously, with more charity, with more celebration in my heart?

how can I be that convicted, conscientious, charitable, celebrative Christian that is leaven, light, salt in the world?

The answer is simple..

To receive the gift more deeply…we must give the gift away more freely.

For it is in the giving, that we receive.

For the grace to receive more deeply, may I have the courage to give more freely!

I Challenge You…

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Resolutions focus on changing something we perceive as wrong in our lives. Beginning with the negative often ends in the negative.  How about starting 2015 with the positive? With ONE WORD. ONE WORD that represents a new focus, a new outlook, a special quality that marks the way ahead.  Words are powerful…a single work can inspire, motivate, connect, build up and forge a path forward if that ONE WORD becomes a signpost on our journey.  I challenge each of you to prayerfully ask God to reveal to you ONE WORD, YOUR ONE WORD, for the path ahead this year. Then post this word somewhere you frequent, ponder it, chew on it, allow it to transform!

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language…And net year’s words await another voice.” T. S. Eliot

Happy New Year 2015

From the Heart of J

Unlocked doors and Opened Windows…

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Jesus Christ walks even through our locked doors…

to bring us Peace.

He throws open wide the windows…

and our hearts are enlarged with the Gift of the Holy Spirit…

Making us all brothers and sisters in Christ.

May the Holy Spirit pierce our hearts and may His love pour forth…

And may this Love become a wellspring for others.

Happy Pentecost to all…Come, Holy Spirit, Come and enkindle a fire in the hearts of the faithful!

In the Midst…

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Why wait until tomorrow…

to live the rising in the dying?

And how can we live the rising in the dying of (you fill in the blank: chronic illness, terminal illness, failed marriage, financial ruin, addictions, depression, the toxic stuff of life)?

By offering praise and thanksgiving…

IN THE MIDST.

For we exist to be the praise of His glory…

and we live the rising in the dying with a heart-knowing of the Resurrection.

Why wait until tomorrow…

to live the rising in the dying?

“We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.  For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.Rom 6:4-5

The Now of the Day…

Why dumpster dive in the past…

when you can wade in the streams of living water today?

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Why slow down the journey with suitcases of unnecessary…

when the Master has offered to carry your bags?

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Today, the present, the now… is the gift to live.

Enjoy the now of the day and relish the treasures within.

Robed but Invisible…

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Cloaked in your extravagant love…Robed in your magnificent mercy…

Child of God Royalty that I am in You…

Invisible to the common eye…stitched with threads eternal this Easter attire…

May I go forth this day…with thoughts, words, and deeds as acts of love

flowing forth from Your heart – my heart beating as One…

giving witness of You to all who cross my path.

“At dawn let me hear of your kindness, for in you I trust.  Show me the path I should walk, for to you I entrust my life.” Ps 143: 8