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March 27, 2007

March 28th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 2 Period I.

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March 27, 2007  


Galatians 2: 19-20

...I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me.


                I want to focus on the contemplative in
                    action —

                Focus on our role as baptized Catholics
                    members of the body of Christ

                A smooth ride — many cars promise and

                    as the car gets older — the ride may
                    not be as nice

                In the spiritual life as the ride gets older

                    after being baptized and lots of
                    communions and penances — and knowing
                    God more deeply the road should be
                    even better.

                What a gift God gives to us to give us this
                    special sharing in His life in


1 Timothy 1: 12-17

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength. By calling me into his service he has judged me trustworthy, even though I used to be a blasphemer and a persecutor and contemptuous. Mercy, however, was shown me, because while I lacked faith I acted in ignorance; but the grace of our Lord filled me with faith and with the love that is in Christ Jesus. Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I myself am the greatest of them; and if mercy has been shown to me, it is because Jesus Christ meant to make me the leading example of his inexhaustible patience for all the other people who were later to trust in him for eternal life. To the eternal King, the undying, invisible and only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Exodus 32: 7-11, 13-14

Yahweh then said to Moses, ‘Go down at once, for your people whom you brought here from Egypt have become corrupt. They have quickly left the way which I ordered them to follow. They have cast themselves a metal calf, worshipped it and offered sacrifice to it, shouting, "Israel, here is your God who brought you here from Egypt!" ’ Yahweh then said to Moses, ‘I know these people; I know how obstinate they are! So leave me now, so that my anger can blaze at them and I can put an end to them! I shall make a great nation out of you instead.’

Moses tried to pacify Yahweh his God. ‘Yahweh,’ he said, ‘why should your anger blaze at your people, whom you have brought out of Egypt by your great power and mighty hand?

Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to whom you swore by your very self and made this promise: "I shall make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven, and this whole country of which I have spoken, I shall give to your descendants, and it will be their heritage for ever." ’ Yahweh then relented over the disaster which he had intended to inflict on his people.


                How about a smooth ride?

                Well we see Jesus born in a stable and
                    hanging on a tree at the end —
                    covered with Blood

                Jesus shows us by His life how the New
                    Adam obeyed the Father's will to
                    His death on the cross

                The struggle in the garden — sweating
                    Blood — while the Apostles slept —

                    do we sleep while Jesus keeps trying to
                        give us a tune-up and not
                        listen —

                    Are we sleeping when God wants to give
                        us big lessons that are hard
                        and miss the gift given

                I have this to say —
                    My life is lived to be more identified
                        with Christ —
                        to be as St. Paul says —

Galatians 2: 19-20

...I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me.


                Saying yes to God

                    Doing His will — not ours opposed to God
                    Following His plan

                    Loving His will for we want the
                        Father's Plan

                    Being transformed more and more into
                        the image and likeness of God —

                        Having the light in us — where
                            we live as Christ dwells
                            in us in the world

                        Being united to the Holy Sacrifice
                            of the Mass going on around
                            the world

                        Our life being an offering — a
                            more pure sacrifice as I
                            (the poor banished child of Adam and

                            dwell in the Pure Hearts of the
                                New Adam and New Eve —
                                the Hearts of greatest love —

                        Dwelling in Their Hearts where I taste
                            of the riches of greater purity

                        Sucking at the fountain of His
                            grace being outpoured to me
                            at the Mass —
                            being saturated with His grace
                            as I sit before the tabernacle
                            and the Divine God is truly
                            present in His Divinity and humanity


                    "Christ has no body now but yours"

                One in Him —

                Being one in Him in the Mass

               Being one in Him in our lives —
                    lived in this deep mystical
                    marriage to my precious God

                What does it mean to be one —

                    I have a smoother ride —

                    The more I fill my car with the
                        Father's will and ride in

                    Every moment of my life more

                        united in deep oneness with
                        the Trinity —

                    Coming through the Immaculate Heart
                        of my Mother

                    In union with all the angels and saints —
                        praying united with the souls in purgatory —

                    God has called us to live deeply united lives

                        as brothers and sisters in this mission
                        spreading the Good News to the
                        world —

                    You say —
                        oh there is so much pain and suffering

                    I say what Mary says —

                        Be good

                        Focus on the precious souls —
                        Be empowered dwelling in her Immaculate

                        Put your family in the Hearts of Jesus and

                        Spread the Blood of Jesus on them —
                            - on our human family

                        We are members of the human race

                        We must love as God intends us to love
                        We must forgive

                        We must be other-focused

                        But we don't take care of other's
                            jobs to be nice when it isn't
                            God's will —

                        We do what it is — His will for us —

                        Laying down our lives to promote
                            the Kingdom of God means

                        Being deeply one with God in all
                            our actions

                        One with God united to the Mass —
                            being deep intercessors —

                        If it is not God's will for me to go
                            to China, Indiana and
                                Florida now — I do what
                                God wants of me here —

                        being deeply one with Him in my
                            soul —

                        Offering my life and all I do as a
                            holy sacrifice — trying to
                            please the Father —
                            living according to His will

                        Saying no to others who have a plan for me
                            (not God's will) — when God wants me
                            doing something else —

                            I do God's will in love —

                            I can pray for situations and souls

                                All over the world —

                    In the Shepherds of Christ prayers we pray for
                        all the souls all over the world —
                        we are one — united to the Masses
                        going on around the world —

                        offering up our lives as a prayer
                        for the sake of souls —
                        what is Lent all about —

                    We die to the ways that are not what
                        God wants —

                    We live our vocation — God has called
                        us to - in love - serving to please

                    What ever hat we put on — we
                        are putting on the hat God
                        wants us to wear

                        But we are acting as Christ
                            wants us to — in the world

                        God lives in the graced baptized soul
                            in a special way

                        We have been called to service
                            of God's Kingdom
                            through baptism

                    Putting on a snarly, grouchy
                        selfish face is not spreading
                        God's light when we even go to
                        the grocery, or church or the store.

                    You say —

                        "well you will wear - me out —"

                    I say —

                        What wears us out is when we give
                            into our tainted human
                            natures —

                            like not doing God's will because
                                we are angry
                                we are jealous
                                we are envious
                                we are lustful
                                we are slothful
                                we are prideful

                    It is like hitting your head on a
                        concrete wall and saying why

                        "does my head hurt?"

                    So God gives us a path —
                        we get in the car —

                    Somebody wants us to clean their backyard —

                        and it isn't God's will for us —

                        We just say "no" we can't and

                        then keep on God's road for us

                            that day





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