Welcome to
Live Jesus! Communities
A Practical Path to Living the Gospel

"Walk humbly

Relate gently

Live justly

Love generously"

St. Francis de Sales

Spreading the Love of Jesus Through Ordinary Acts of Love

About Us

Live Jesus! Communities strives to live each day well and to communicate the joy of Jesus by focusing on building healthy relationships and doing ordinary acts of love. We base our deeds on St. Francis de Sales’ practical counsel, which states that each of us should be a good example to others instead of preaching, challenging, and confronting them. St. Francis calls us to do the ordinary, extraordinarily well.

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Communities

Our organization consists of small peer groups or communities with up to eight members. There is a facilitator or group leader assigned to each community. Everything needed to facilitate the study and faith share sessions is provided by the Live Jesus! Communities’ administrator. These items include:

  • Agendas
  • Opening Prayers
  • Discussion Guides
  • Service Project Options
  • Study Pamphlets

Each member is expected to study, serve, and share their faith. They also need to commit to the following:

  • Participation during study and faith sharing meeting, Open and Honest Communication, and Confidentiality.
  • Active Support of Service Projects
  • Attendance at the Large Group Meetings

The Live Jesus! Communities Year

In our organization, each year is segmented into three cycles of four months each. The grouping of each segment or unit is as follows:

  • Unit One (May–August): This unit’s focus is on personal development.
  • Unit Two (September–December): This unit’s focus is on relationships.
  • Unit Three (January–April): This unit’s focus is on the impact we can have on society.

The communities meet all year round and base their activities on the theme presented at the annual March Live Jesus! Event held in Northern Virginia. For example, in 2017, when the motif was Salesian GPS (Gentleness, Patience, and Simplicity), each member explored this theme by focusing on the mandate to live with these values.

Each cycle begins with a service project. Participants may choose to do the project individually of their community members. Every second and fourth month of each unit, communities gather to pray, study, and share their faith in a member’s house or a public space such as a restaurant or coffee shop. On the other hand, every third month, they participate in a large group gathering such as the annual Live Jesus! Event and the annual November, Salesian retreat.

The making of sun-catchers, ornaments, nightlights, pendants and paperweights was inspired by this quote from Saint Francis DeSales: “Imperfect as we are, the light of God’s love implanted in us is not meant to be hidden – it is meant to be shared.” So, let your light shine for and with others!

All items are handmade, one-of-a-kind reminders of the many blessings we share in the Saint John Neumann Catholic Community, Reston, Virginia. Items are embedded with stained glass salvaged from the church’s entrance doors replaced during a building expansion project.

Proceeds are donated to the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales to care for retired priests and to educate seminarians. Limited quantity. Order now!

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Our History


  • Begun in 2004, Catholics from the Arlington Diocese and the Washington Archdiocese interested in exploring Salesian Spirituality gathered during Lent for a morning of fellowship, prayer and reflection at a gathering called Live Jesus!. Over the years, attendance has grown and now, nearly 1,000 gather each March for this event.

  • Salesian Spirituality bears the name of St. Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622); but it is more than simply the vision of one man who lived in the late 16th/early 17th century. Often called the spirituality of the laity, Salesian spirituality is easily incorporated into daily life.

  • The secret of the Salesian tradition’s unique contribution to spirituality is it’s a practical, down-to-earth way of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ; it can be lived in the state and stage of life in which you find yourself. St. Francis deSales offered this advice, “Bloom where you are planted.” Stated another way, “Be who you are and be that well.”

  • As an outgrowth of the annual meeting and in response to participants' desire to learn more about Salesian spirituality, a new ministry was formed in 2013 - Live Jesus! Communities.

What is Salesian Spirituality

“Salesian Spirituality is a way of living the Gospel as learned, lived and shared by St. Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622) and St. Jane de Chantal (1572 – 1641). Their vision continues today, lived by people of all walks, states, and stages of life.

One cannot hope to adequately plumb the depths of this spirituality in a single page. What follows are some of the more salient features of Salesian spirituality.”

God is love, and all creation is an outpouring of that love.

All creation has been made for Christ, with Christ, and through Christ.

All creation should be treated with respect and care.

Jesus is the model for all fully human living.

You possess divine dignity and are thus worthy of profound respect.

God has testified that you are good, worthy of divine love and mercy.

Living each moment to the fullest with an eye to loving God must lead you to show compassion for others.

The challenge of each moment is discerning God’s will, that is, the particular, unique way that God may be calling you to love God, yourself, and others. God’s will is frequently communicated through the events, circumstances, and relationships in which you find yourself.

God seldom requires you to perform great or extraordinary feats, but God always challenges you to perform everyday actions with extraordinary attention and enthusiasm.

The “little virtues” of patience, humility, gentleness, simplicity, honesty, and hospitality are powerful means for growing holy.

Relationships are essential to living a fully human, that is, a holy life.

Despite your weakness and sinfulness, God loves you so much that God sent his only son to become human.

You are called to be holy, that is, to grow in union with God.

Pursuing a holy life is called “devotion,” that is, doing what is both commanded and counseled by God promptly, actively and diligently.

The pursuit of holiness must be practical. It must transform your attitudes, attributes, and actions.

Acknowledge your sins and failings, learn from them, but do not dwell on them.

God gives you talents and abilities, gifts that should be discovered, developed and used for the good of others.

Each moment of each day comes from the hand of a loving God and is graced for your salvation. The only time you have is each present moment. Don’t live in the past; don’t dwell on the future.

All prayer and meditation must lead to action.

The motivation with which you perform some action may be far more important and powerful than the action itself.

Freedom is one of the most precious and powerful gifts that God gives you. You are to use that freedom to grow in conformity to God’s will.

Intellectual learning, prayerful reflection, social interaction, work, play and all things creative should be valued as graced by God and viewed as a means for growing into a fully human person.

Each new day is a new beginning, a new opportunity for growing in holiness.

Let your passion be disciplined. Let your discipline be passionate.

Keep things in perspective.

Develop a sense of humor.

God is love, and all creation is an outpouring of that love.

All creation has been made for Christ, with Christ, and through Christ.

All creation should be treated with respect and care.

Jesus is the model for all fully human living.

You possess divine dignity and are thus worthy of profound respect.

God has testified that you are good, worthy of divine love and mercy.

Relationships are essential to living a fully human, that is, a holy life.

Despite your weakness and sinfulness, God loves you so much that God sent his only son to become human.

You are called to be holy, that is, to grow in union with God.

Pursuing a holy life is called “devotion,” that is, doing what is both commanded and counseled by God promptly, actively and diligently.

The pursuit of holiness must be practical. It must transform your attitudes, attributes, and actions.

Acknowledge your sins and failings, learn from them, but do not dwell on them.

God gives you talents and abilities, gifts that should be discovered, developed and used for the good of others.

Each moment of each day comes from the hand of a loving God and is graced for your salvation. The only time you have is each present moment. Don’t live in the past; don’t dwell on the future.

Living each moment to the fullest with an eye to loving God must lead you to show compassion for others.

The challenge of each moment is discerning God’s will, that is, the particular, unique way that God may be calling you to love God, yourself, and others. God’s will is frequently communicated through the events, circumstances, and relationships in which you find yourself.

God seldom requires you to perform great or extraordinary feats, but God always challenges you to perform everyday actions with extraordinary attention and enthusiasm.

The “little virtues” of patience, humility, gentleness, simplicity, honesty, and hospitality are powerful means for growing holy.

All prayer and meditation must lead to action.

The motivation with which you perform some action may be far more important and powerful than the action itself.

Freedom is one of the most precious and powerful gifts that God gives you. You are to use that freedom to grow in conformity to God’s will.

Intellectual learning, prayerful reflection, social interaction, work, play and all things creative should be valued as graced by God and viewed as a means for growing into a fully human person.

Each new day is a new beginning, a new opportunity for growing in holiness.

Let your passion be disciplined. Let your discipline be passionate.

Keep things in perspective.

Develop a sense of humor.

God is love, and all creation is an outpouring of that love.

God is love, and all creation is an outpouring of that love.

All creation has been made for Christ, with Christ, and through Christ.

All creation should be treated with respect and care.

Jesus is the model for all fully human living.

You possess divine dignity and are thus worthy of profound respect.

God has testified that you are good, worthy of divine love and mercy.

Relationships are essential to living a fully human, that is, a holy life.

Despite your weakness and sinfulness, God loves you so much that God sent his only son to become human.

You are called to be holy, that is, to grow in union with God.

Pursuing a holy life is called “devotion,” that is, doing what is both commanded and counseled by God promptly, actively and diligently.

The pursuit of holiness must be practical. It must transform your attitudes, attributes, and actions.

Acknowledge your sins and failings, learn from them, but do not dwell on them.

God gives you talents and abilities, gifts that should be discovered, developed and used for the good of others.

Each moment of each day comes from the hand of a loving God and is graced for your salvation. The only time you have is each present moment. Don’t live in the past; don’t dwell on the future.

Living each moment to the fullest with an eye to loving God must lead you to show compassion for others.

The challenge of each moment is discerning God’s will, that is, the particular, unique way that God may be calling you to love God, yourself, and others. God’s will is frequently communicated through the events, circumstances, and relationships in which you find yourself.

God seldom requires you to perform great or extraordinary feats, but God always challenges you to perform everyday actions with extraordinary attention and enthusiasm.

The “little virtues” of patience, humility, gentleness, simplicity, honesty, and hospitality are powerful means for growing holy.

All prayer and meditation must lead to action.

The motivation with which you perform some action may be far more important and powerful than the action itself.

Freedom is one of the most precious and powerful gifts that God gives you. You are to use that freedom to grow in conformity to God’s will.

Intellectual learning, prayerful reflection, social interaction, work, play and all things creative should be valued as graced by God and viewed as a means for growing into a fully human person.

Each new day is a new beginning, a new opportunity for growing in holiness.

Let your passion be disciplined. Let your discipline be passionate.

Keep things in perspective.

Develop a sense of humor.

May it help you to become a holy, whole, human person. May it enable you to “Live Jesus,” to allow Jesus to live in you and to love through you.