Tampa Bless: 2021: A Year in Review
This year, Tampa Bless has had the opportunity to celebrate and honor ten additional members of Team Do Good, positive forces in your...
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I'm going to speak in the 3rd person here because I like to haha and it sounds better. Thomas S. Reynolds is the founder and creative force behind Tampa Bless. He is an Irish Catholic, Hudson Valley New York native and Navy veteran that is into many things ranging from art to religion, food, family, philosophy, fashion, sports (mma heavy), working out, travel, crypto, comics, tattoos, trading cards, cigars, nature, dogs (Olde English a fav), and much more. Although not always the case, Mr. Reynolds has a tendency to gravitate towards things outside of the mainstream. He currently resides with his wife Fon and their trusty dog Hemmy Loc in Tampa, Florida. After teaching for 15 yrs and coaching for 16 seasons over 10 yrs, both of which became extremely toxic in the last 5 yrs or so due to a cultural climate which lacked properly placed priorities, gratitude, appreciation, and respect among other things, he realized that creating a brand where helping others and uplifting humanity is celebrated and revered was not only needed but necessary. That said, there is no better place to start than right where you live. Enter Tampa Bless and Team Do Good: Positive Forces In Your Neighborhood.
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Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
-Pope John XXIII
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.
-Corrie ten Boom
The very purpose of Christ's coming into the world was that He might offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of men. He came to die. This is the heart of Christmas.
-Rev. Billy Graham
To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.
The coward calls the brave man rash, the rash man calls him a coward.
-Aristotle: Nichomachean Ethics
It is not daily increase but daily decrease, hack away the unessential.
Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
-St. Teresa of Avila
Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance.
-St. Vincent de Paul
More men discover their souls in darkness than they do in light. This is not to invite darkness; it is only to be reminded that darkness need not go to waste when it is thrust upon us.
-Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
In a higher world it is otherwise, but here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
-St. John Henry Newman
Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered. God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed.
-Pope Benedict XVI
Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary.
When you think you can’t take any more… guess what? You can – It’s PROVEN by the stories of ORDINARY PEOPLE in war.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Commitment is doing what you said you would do, after the feeling you said it in has passed.
-St. Camillus de Lellis
For myself, I find I become less cynical rather than more--remembering my own sins and follies; and realize that men's hearts are not often as bad as their acts, and very seldom as bad as their words.
The saints did not all begin well, but they ended well.
-St. John Vianney
I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.
Men spoke much in my boyhood about restricted or ruined men of genius: and it was common to say that many a man was a Great Might-Have-Been. To me it’s a more solid and startling fact that any man in the street is a Great Might-Not-Have-Been.
-G.K. Chesterton (Orthodoxy, 1908)
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
-St. Augustine of Hippo
My past, O Lord, to your Mercy; my present, to your Love; my future, to your Providence!
-St. Pio of Pietrelcina
To be a person of conscience means to be demanding of oneself, to get back up after falling, to be ever converted anew.
-St. John Paul II
I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.
-St. Teresa of Calcutta