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Merry CHRISTmas

BrotherWord - Merry Christmas

Here’s a little Christmas cheer courtesy of Pentatonix.  An amazing a capella group and the season 3 winners of NBC’s Sing Off, @PTXOfficial has ridden the wave of newfound stardom to great heights and continue to make amazing music for every season.  Their new holiday album, That’s Christmas to Me, is a top charter and beautiful testament to their vocal abilities.  Enjoy a few selections form their new album and please support this phenomenal group.

Remember the true reason for the season is not about presents and gifts, but the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives daily!  The season is everyday and what you do with the blessings you have and the blessings you give to others.

Stay Blessed and have a very Merry CHRISTmas!



He is Risen

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.” – Luke 24:5-6

BrotherWord - He Is Risen

What a glorious day it is!  Jesus died so that I may live, making the ultimate sacrifice to cleanse the world of sin… but that’s not where the story ends.  As GWMA sings, “three days later He rose again, that’s love.”  How wonderful that God loved a wretch like me, an undeserving soul, to cover me with His blood so that I could also rise from my sinful ways and live a life befitting such a sacrifice.

It is never too late for any of us to resurrect our lives.  Some things are meant to die and stay buried, but that does not mean you can not rise above them.  That relationship that has continued to pull you down, build decay within, and is burying you alive, let it die.  It is not the relationship that is sustaining your life, but in fact, sapping the life from you.  You are stronger than you believe and you will rise from it.  Your spirit and belief in love will be resurrected once you stop fixating on what is already dead!

The past is the past and there is nothing you can do about it but learn from it.  Tomorrow will take care of itself.  Fear, doubt, and regret is trying to steal your joy.  The mistakes you made in the past helped to forge the building blocks of your future.  Don’t let past transgressions fool you into thinking you are unworthy or undeserving; let that mindset die!  You are as deserving as anyone else and it is about time you acknowledge and accept that and begin resurrecting your confidence and eagerness to strive for greatness.

So what if you didn’t get the promotion, not able to drive the car you want, or live in the house you dreamed of.  What you have is sufficient and where you are in life is where you are meant to be.  Enjoy it and embrace it!  Bury the mentality of greed and over-indulgence and resurrect the notion of the “the more I think, the more I thank!”  If you truly think about your life, you will quickly realize how great the life you have really is, how far you have come, and how exciting whatever the future holds in store for you.

Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb, meaning He knew it would only be temporary and this too would pass.  Trust and believe that no matter the circumstance or situation, it will pass.  Many times it’s now what you go through, but how you go through it and the better you go through it, the quicker the lesson is learned and the shorter the duration of suffering.  They thought they had broken Jesus mentally and physically.  They ridiculed Him, degraded Him, crucified Him on Mount Calvary, displaying His battered body for all to see.  A crown of thorns, beatings, nailed him to the cross where he suffered excruciating pain.  How many times have you wanted to give up, roll over, succumb to the circumstances?  DON’T!  No matter what the situation, you are stronger than the situation and just like the borrowed tomb, it is only temporary.  No matter how much it hurts, how painful or difficult, it cannot and will not break you if you do not allow it to.  Just like Jesus, you may feel you have been forsaken, but remember, the price has already been paid on your behalf!

Stop seeking life in dead situations and rise to your rightful place.

It’s All Good

BrotherWord - Good Friday

Good Friday is typically viewed as the commemoration of Jesus’ Passion story – His betrayal, trial, and crucifixion.  It is a vivid indication of how those closest to you may let you down, turn on you, and lead you down a path of destruction and death.  But it also demonstrates that even when faced with the most dire of situations, each and everyone of us still possesses the attributes to overcome and prosper in the midst of total madness and complete chaos.

I will never pretend that anyone walking this earth is Jesus, or even close for that matter, but we all can be Jesus-like in how we deal with trials and tribulations.  As life happens, not everything will be pleasant nor will it be easy.  People – relatives, friends, colleagues, and strangers alike – will lie on you, deceive you, turn their backs on, betray you, and try to orchestrate your downfall.  It is very easy to retaliate and stoop to their level, to attempt to gain retribution, but what would that accomplish?  Would that not make you as diabolical as them?  And please don’t take me as a pacifist or someone who does not believe in standing up for themselves, but I do strongly believe that some battles are best not fought.  Jesus knew He would be betrayed and put to death, unrightfully so, and He accepted His fate.

It’s the hardest thing in the world to accept the actions of others, especially when they have wronged you.  Trials teach us patience and perseverance; betrayal fortifies our faith, confirms our beliefs and strengthens discernment; and being crucified only shows that sometimes we have to go through the fire and allow things to be put to rest so that we may rise again, stronger, wiser, and purified.  Today is indeed a good day!


Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursdays!

I am so THANKFUL that in 3 days many of us will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! As a Christian, Resurrection Sunday symbolizes not only hope, but that there is life even in death.  When Christ rose from the grave, He dispelled every notion that mankind was doomed and paid the ultimate sacrifice to restore humanity. (more…)

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursdays

I saw a sign recently that read, “A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart.”  How àpropos.  The more we think, the more we thank©.  The brighter our spirits become, the more the burdens dissolve and the faster our hearts and souls fill with joy.  Proverbs 23:7 reads, “For as one thinks in his heart, so is he.”  The mind is the most powerful tool God gave man and mere thoughts can change a person’s outlook on life and transform the world around them.  Today I am so THANKFUL for peace of mind and a happy heart!  To have calmness despite being in the midst of storms, to know that in every trial there is a lesson to be learned, and realize that despite any setbacks, tomorrow presents an opportunity to improve and grow, is a purposeful choice to choose happiness and gratefulness and not succumb to life’s heartaches and tragedies.  What a blissful and THANKFUL thought!  Let today start the transformation of your thoughts and life.  Life will present you with many moments of despair, but that’s just it, they are ONLY moments.  Choose to minimize the moment and maximize the potential to gain self-actualization and self-improvement.  Think about all the blessings you have, look at how far you’ve come and imagine how far you’ve yet to go, envision happiness and greatness let it be the catalyst of THANKFULNESS.  As cliché as it may be, we truly are what we think.  When you begin to think, began to thank, and watch your world morph and take a paradigm shift turning into a masterpiece of beauty, joy, and unparalleled happiness.  #Think2Thank

 We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.     ~ Buddha

BrotherWord - Rev. Michael P. Jacques

  ~ Dedicated to the memory and legacy of Rev. Michael P. Jacques, S.S.E., a priest and pillar of a community and city, an activist and advocate for Jesus Christ and his fellow man, a father, uncle, brother, and friend, who showed love to whomever crossed his path, who smiled through life’s worst times, taught others how to not only overcome, but to reach new heights, who fought for the downtrodden and less fortunate, who cared for the elderly and indigent, and who lived a life that exemplified  Jesus’ love, grace, mercy, and mission of servitude.  He will be missed by many, but the life he led taught us all what life is truly about and how to make the most out of the lives we’ve been given.  Love you Fr. Mike
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