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April 23, 2010

April 24th Holy Spirit Novena
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                April 23, 2010

                Song: A Priest is a Gift from God

 

 

                For love of us — the people to come — Jesus said
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Excerpt from Priestly Newsletter

Humility

Humility is a very important virtue given to us for the spiritual journey.

Humility is both the realization of what we are as creatures of God and the concrete implementation of this realization in our Christian lives. Humility, therefore, is not an exercise in self-depreciation; it is not telling yourself that you are no good, that you really have nothing of any significance to contribute to the service of God. Humility is based on truth. It is compatible with the recognition that God has given a person certain gifts, even great gifts, of nature and grace. If we do not recognize our God-given gifts, we do not thank God for them as we should, nor properly develop these gifts according to His will. God wants us not only to recognize the good that is in us, but also to realize the source of this goodness. Although we have a responsibility to cooperate with His graces, God is the One Who is chiefly responsible for what we are. If one person has advanced to a level in the Christian life that is beyond the level of another, it is ultimately because God has given that person greater graces.

If humility is based on truth and, consequently, allows us to properly recognize our gifts, it also necessitates that we admit to the evil within us, which is also part of the truth and must be acted upon. Humility not only bids us to admit that there is evil in us, but also tells us that, as creatures of God, we should conform to His will and work against this evil side of our persons. In summary, humility allows us to properly evaluate both the good and evil within ourselves.

Here is a quotation from St. Paul which helps us to preserve, and grow in, humility: Who made you so important? What have you got that was not given to you? And if it was given to you, why are you boasting as though it were your own? (1 Cor 4:7).

And in the Letter of James we read: Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up. (Jm 4:10)

 

 

John 6: 52-59

    Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus replied to them: 

  In all truth I tell you, 
  if you do not eat 
      the flesh of the Son of man 
  and drink his blood, 
  you have no life in you. 
  Anyone who does eat my flesh 
      and drink my blood 
  has eternal life, 
  and I shall raise that person up 
      on the last day. 
  For my flesh is real food 
  and my blood is real drink. 
  Whoever eats my flesh 
      and drinks my blood 
  lives in me 
  and I live in that person. 
  As the living Father sent me 
  and I draw life from the Father, 
  so whoever eats me 
      will also draw life from me. 
  This is the bread 
      which has come down from heaven; 
  it is not like the bread our ancestors ate: 
  they are dead, 
  but anyone who eats this bread 
      will live for ever. 

    This is what he taught at Capernaum in the synagogue.

 

John 17: 20-23

    I pray not only for these
    but also for those
    who through their teaching
    will come to believe in me.
    May they all be one,
    just as, Father, you are in me
       and I am in you,
    so that they also may be in us,
    so that the world may believe
    it was you who sent me.
    I have given them the glory
       you gave to me,
    that they may be one as we are one.
    With me in them and you in me,
    may they be so perfected in unity
    that the world will recognise
       that it was you who sent me
    and that you have loved them
    as you have loved me.

    

                    Jesus tells us Himself
                    In this communion we are made more one in
                        Him
                    We live in Him —

    

Acts 9: 1-20

Meanwhile Saul was still breathing threats to slaughter the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest and asked for letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, that would authorise him to arrest and take to Jerusalem any followers of the Way, men or women, that he might find.

It happened that while he was travelling to Damascus and approaching the city, suddenly a light from heaven shone all round him. He fell to the ground, and then he heard a voice saying, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?' 'Who are you, Lord?' he asked, and the answer came, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you are to do.' The men travelling with Saul stood there speechless, for though they heard the voice they could see no one. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing at all, and they had to lead him into Damascus by the hand. For three days he was without his sight and took neither food nor drink.

There was a disciple in Damascus called Ananias, and he had a vision in which the Lord said to him, 'Ananias!' When he replied, 'Here I am, Lord,' the Lord said, 'Get up and go to Straight Street and ask at the house of Judas for someone called Saul, who comes from Tarsus. At this moment he is praying, and has seen a man called Ananias coming in and laying hands on him to give him back his sight.'

But in response, Ananias said, 'Lord, I have heard from many people about this man and all the harm he has been doing to your holy people in Jerusalem. He has come here with a warrant from the chief priests to arrest everybody who invokes your name.' The Lord replied, 'Go, for this man is my chosen instrument to bring my name before gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for my name.' Then Ananias went. He entered the house, and laid his hands on Saul and said, 'Brother Saul, I have been sent by the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, so that you may recover your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.' It was as though scales fell away from his eyes and immediately he was able to see again. So he got up and was baptised, and after taking some food he regained his strength.

After he had spent only a few days with the disciples in Damascus, he began preaching in the synagogues, 'Jesus is the Son of God.' 

      

Psalm 117: 1, 2

Alleluia!
Praise Yahweh, all nations,
    extol him, all peoples,
for his faithful love is strong
    and his constancy never*ending.

 

Holy Spirit Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, almighty Sanctifier, God of love, who filled the Virgin Mary with grace, who wonderfully changed the hearts of the apostles, who endowed all Your martyrs with miraculous courage, come and sanctify us. Enlighten our minds, strengthen our wills, purify our consciences, rectify our judgment, set our hearts on fire, and preserve us from the misfortunes of resisting Your inspirations. Amen. 

   

                Our Church is a Eucharistic Church

                We receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion —

                Jesus fills us with His life —

   

Colossians 2: 12

You have been buried with him by your baptism; by which, too, you have been raised up with him through your belief in the power of God who raised him from the dead.  

    

                We are to be truly followers of Christ — filled with the Holy Spirit —
                Ready to witness the Good News

                Come Holy Spirit fill us with the fire of God's love

                Putting ourselves on the throne is spiritual death —

                See through the eyes of God — the Father's plan —

                Let go of control that keeps us stuck in the mud —

                Let the Spirit lead us into following Christ and
                    living by the Father's will

                To be a Christian truly — in my ways — not a dead name
                    I call myself — But to truly LIVE IN CHRIST —

                Be one in Christ, Put on Christ, live the Christ-life —
                Life in the Spirit, to be courageous for Christ —
                filled with joy and energy for our Beloved — not
                growing weary for our love of Christ —

                We imitate Christ
                Christ lives in us — Jesus who lived and rose —
                now lives in us — we carry out His work —

                He is our Master — our all — to follow His
                patterns He taught us — as a child who
                loves and follows their Father — we love
                and follow in the footsteps of Jesus —
                we eat His Body, we drink His Blood —
                we are one in Him

    

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.

   

                To live our faith filled with the Holy Spirit —
                Not to be tied down by control where we limit
                ourselves and block God's Plan for us

                Jesus tells us in the Bread of Life Discourse we must eat
                His Body and drink His Blood —

    

Revelation 5: 12

  1.     loudly chanting:

Worthy is the Lamb that was sacrificed
to receive power, riches, wisdom,
strength, honour, glory and blessing.

    

                Saul persecuted Jesus — He was called by God to do
                this marvelous work — Praise God

                The early Christians lived simply and lived and followed Christ —
                They loved — they were holy, selfless —

 

Prayer for Union with Jesus

Come to me, Lord, and possess my soul. Come into my heart and permeate my soul. Help me to sit in silence with You and let You work in my heart.

    I am Yours to possess. I am Yours to use. I want to be selfless and only exist in You. Help me to spoon out all that is me and be an empty vessel ready to be filled by You. Help me to die to myself and live only for You. Use me as You will. Let me never draw my attention back to myself. I only want to operate as You do, dwelling within me.

    I am Yours, Lord. I want to have my life in You. I want to do the will of the Father. Give me the strength to put aside the world and let You operate my very being. Help me to act as You desire. Strengthen me against the distractions of the devil to take me from Your work.

    When I worry, I have taken my focus off of You and placed it on myself. Help me not to give in to the promptings of others to change what in my heart You are making very clear to me. I worship You, I adore You and I love You. Come and dwell in me now.

-God's Blue Book, January 17, 1994

     

 

A Prayer for Intimacy with the Lamb, the Bridegroom of the Soul

     Oh Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, come and act on my soul most intimately. I surrender myself, as I ask for the grace to let go, to just be as I exist in You and You act most intimately on my soul. You are the Initiator. I am the soul waiting Your favors as You act in me. I love You. I adore You. I worship You. Come and possess my soul with Your Divine Grace, as I experience You most intimately.

 

                            

   

 

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Words of Jesus to Members of
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"My beloved priest-companion, I intend to use the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, and the movement, Shepherds of Christ Associates, in a powerful way for the renewal of My Church and the world.

"I will use the newsletter and the chapters of Shepherds of Christ Associates as a powerful instrument for spreading devotion to My Heart and My Mother's Heart.

"I am calling many to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. To all of them I will give great blessings. I will use them as instruments to help bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. I will give great graces to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. I will call them to be deeply united to My Heart and to Mary's Heart as I lead them ever closer to My Father in the Holy Spirit."

- Message from Jesus to Father Edward J. Carter, S.J., Founder, as given on July 31, 1994,
feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits)

 

  

 

  


 

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