FJ 6

“The plain man is the basic clod
From which we grow the demigod;
And in the average man is curled
The hero stuff that rules the world.” —SAM W. FOSS, The Man from the Crowd

Take a look around you…YOU ARE UNIQUE!

There is NO ONE like you!

No one else on Earth has the same features, love capability (for we all are given a DIFFERENT SHARE of that!)

THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND….God made YOU an INDIVIDUAL…not some cookie cutter pre-fab! Oh sure, He gave you arms, legs, torso…a HEAD (yes, I will get to that in a second)


He gave you a head to THINK with…so, why is it I see so many people NOT using THEIR BRAINS?!?!?

Do you not know of what He went through just to give you His love? God lost a HOST of Angels, HIS SON (ref: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”) and, in my opinion, His SANITY….what have we done?!?!? We have taken a GIFT He has given us: LIFE! and IGNORED the sacrifice He has put HIMSELF through simply to ensure WE are the object of His love!

When you stand there in front of your mirror, what do you see? Do you see just a plain person…and ugly person….a person like any other? YOU SHOULDN’T!!!

“This Being of mine, whatever it really is, consists of a little flesh, a little breath, and the part which governs”.—MARCUS AURELIUS, Meditations

I want you to do an experiment for me…stand in front of the mirror…AND LOOK WITH GOD’S EYES…see how MAGNIFICENT you are in His creation!

See how He made you with such LOVE and GRACE!

Look at the eyes…those windows to the soul…do not look at the lids, or the brow..but the EYES ALONE…see how complex..how INTELLIGENT…how WONDROUS He made them? They take in EVERYTHING God has made in nanosecond shuttered pictures…and yet, somehow we have put on blinders about ourselves…

We pick at defects, notice flaws, search for signs of aging or change…STOP DOING THAT!


“Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman—a rope over an abyss.”—NIETZSCHE, Thus Spake Zarathustra

Your worth cannot be summed up in money…nor in goods..nor in property. YOU ARE WORTH THE UNIVERSE TO GOD!

“What a chimera, then, is man! what a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! A judge of all things, feeble worm of the earth, depository of the truth, cloaca of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe!” —PASCAL, Thoughts

The moment you realize how UNIQUE we are in the vast universe, the SECOND you SEE the Divine Spark inside your eyes, realize the simple truth: YOU ARE PART OF GOD’S PLAN…true, some are FLAWS in that plan…those who ignore others, those who destroy, those who deny He made them, or that He does not exist…but YOU
..YOU, the one who is AWARE of how wondrous you are in His gaze will in that very instant come to know the dedication and LOVE He put into you.

I hear people degrade themselves, decry their potential, latch onto something of their past and let it rule their present and future, and I say to myself: “WHAT ARE THEY THINKING!?!?”

Do you not know that EVERY SINGLE TIME you draw breath you are doing so THROUGH HIS GRACE?

Do you not know that it is by HIS LOVE FOR YOU that you WAKE UP every single day?

NOTHING in this life is promised!

From the time we first draw breath upon entering this world a clock starts..it ticks by the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, years..and at some point the alarm on that clock is going to say “TIME IS UP!”

In between that first and last breath ALL WE HAVE is what we FILL IT WITH..love, good works, laughter, friends, family, companions…

We can take NOTHING but what we have inside ourselves when we leave this rock. A heart, emotions, and what we did whilst in the body (for good or evil!)

All we LEAVE behind: Memories, love, family, friends, thoughts and emotions they felt of us…THAT is what our legacy IS.

People are fond of finding fault with others, but who is to say we need to listen to THEM?? IT IS YOUR LIFE! They CANNOT live YOUR life, just as they CANNOT JUDGE YOU! ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE YOU…

In the end it is WE as INDIVIDUALS who stand before His Throne to be judged…

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” – 2 Corinthians 5:10

NO ONE can live YOUR life BUT YOU…no one can walk in your shoes, or think your thoughts, or feel the way YOU feel…each person is a unique creation, and therefore PERFECTLY MADE…

“And your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord GOD.” – Ezekiel 16:14


“For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.” – Psalm 92:4

“What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god!” —SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

The next time you look in the mirror, look past the flaws, the errors, the pain, sorrow, sadness, and trouble…SEE HOW HE HAS GRACED YOU AND WITH WHAT HE HAS ENDOWED YOU!

You were worth Him sending His Son here to DIE FOR YOU…that alone should tell you to what lengths He is willing to go to show you His love!



“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region.

He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day.

He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.

He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.

He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.

They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” -Luke 4:14-22a.



Saint Julian and Saint Basilissa
(† 313)

Saint Julian and Saint Basilissa, though married, lived by mutual consent in perpetual chastity.

They sanctified themselves by the most perfect exercises of an ascetic life, and employed their revenues in relieving the poor and the sick.

For this purpose they converted their house into a kind of hospital, in which they sheltered up to a thousand poor people.

Basilissa attended those of her sex in separate lodgings, and Julian, who for his charity is known as the Hospitaler, cared for the men.

Egypt, where they lived, was in those days blessed with persons who, either in the cities or in the deserts, devoted themselves to the most perfect exercises of charity, penance, and mortification.

Conversions were numerous, and persecutions by furious pagans followed as the numbers of Christians increased.

Basilissa, after having survived seven of those, died in peace, foretelling to her husband that he would die a martyr.

Julian lived afterwards for a number of years, but eventually received the crown of a glorious martyrdom in 313.

His interrogation and his tortures were accompanied by astonishing prodigies and numerous conversions.

With him died thirty-one other persons, including a priest named Anthony, a new Christian named Anastasius, Celsus, the seven-year-old son of the judge who sentenced Julian, Marcianilla, the mother of Celsus, who when she came to visit her son was won over to the faith, and many other Christians.

Spared by fire and wild beasts, Saint Julian finally was decapitated.

His tomb became illustrious by many great miracles, including the cure of ten lepers on the same day.

Many churches and hospitals, in both the East and in the West, bear the name of one or another of these martyrs.

Four churches at Rome and three in Paris are dedicated to Saint Julian.

(SOURCE: Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 2)