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January 1, 2010

January 2nd Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 5 Period I.

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              January 1, 2010


Picture of the Sacred Heart of JesusNovember 5, 1993 5:30a.m. (excerpt)

I Am the Doctor

Jesus: ...I want you to care for yourself because you are indeed so precious to Me. I am here to help you with your lives. Turn to Me and ask Me to show you your shortcomings. I will instruct you in all you need to know about you. Come and be entirely open and tell Me that you want to hear from Me. I want you to beg to do My will. I want you to open yourself in your little heart and let Me in to do the work you and I know you need. Surrender to Me, little babies. No matter what your cares, your solution lies in Me and how you take Me seriously. You need to spend time and you need to be so open to Me. You must learn to let Me do it My way, not yours. All your trials are gifts from Me to do My work. The teachings I give you may help all know how to get closer to Me.

I am indeed here every day in your life. It is you who miss My whispers because you do not come or do not come in silence and spend time with Me. If your life isn't working, it is because you have turned yourself into caring for your needs. I am the Doctor. I cure your sickness. I care about your getting better. I am not like other doctors. I do not have to listen to you and then guess about your case. I know exactly how to fix you. I am waiting to do it. You need only come to the real Doctor and ask for My healing cure. You would go to the doctor if you were really ill, but My sick brothers do not come to Me in their sickness. They keep doing much of the same thing which made them sick to start with and is making them sicker today. Encourage your friends with diseased souls to come to Me. I heal like no doctor ever knew possible. I know your problem more than you and I know exactly what you need to be cured. Tell them to come and sit with Me alone in church. Just as you go to the doctor, come to Me with your burdens and I will make them light. All this "stuff" is so insignificant and so unimportant. Most of your sickness is yourself. You're making yourselves doctor, turning to your own sick minds for your answers, or going to other human beings who tell you to do different things that sometimes make you sicker or things in which you stay just as sick.

Would you go to a trucker for a sick body? Why do you go to humans for a sick soul? The soul is a creation of God. It can only be cared for by Him. Go to God to care for your spirit. Go to the Holy Spirit for care of the spirit. Go to Jesus for your life. Come to The Father Who loves you. Pour out your heart's laments. Don't go to a trucker for the care of your soul! What foolishness! I wait and watch and wonder at such stupidity.

Listen, little babies, I am here night and day. You need no appointment. You come to Me and I fill you. I am giving to you when you come. I ponder your hearts and know you better than yourselves. Come in your humbleness and quit acting as if you know it all. You know little. When you hurt, you get on the phone for one or two hours and wail at your brothers who are no smarter than you.

You have a choice. You should have a place of prayer in your house, somewhere you can go and turn to Me during the day so I can give you what you need. It is so simple. You are making it all so complicated. I watch and wait. I have the cure. Come to Me. Don't go anywhere else when your heart aches and you feel doubt. Come close to Me, run to your altar, empty your cares to Me. Let Me caress your little bodies and give you My love, love only I can give! God's love! Don't go anywhere else. I would pull your phones from the walls and plug the cords into My heart. I have what you need, My scared little children. Quit this waste of time. TV and telephones. What enemies to your families and to Me! Watch your time. Write it down-how you spent it in useless ways! Give your children their due. Don't rob Me of My time. I am telling you, you will be accountable for your time and how you use it. I lent it to you to do My work. I lent it to you to serve Me. Am I the center of your life or are others gods? I want My time and I want you to minister to your families. You don't owe others your time. Anyone who calls on the phone in your home should expect you to say, "I am busy now." If they get upset then they are being very selfish. Your time is My time to be tending to those things I need you to do. Tell your friends you are busy now, and come to be with Me. Such useless time spent while people's children are ignored. Oh, you are so blind. Don't squander My time. It is valuable. You waste My time on idle talk. Every moment should be spent in service of Me. Give to Me My due and you will know in your heart how to live. You are such children. You need to listen to Me and quit acting as if you know it all. This is your downfall-your big egos. I have a plan for you. I want you to cover My earth. You must come and let Me work in your hearts.

I love you so, little ones. Come and listen to Me.

end of excerpt


                R. Seeing through the eyes of the Father —
                who loves us so much and sent His Son to
                show us how to live —

                    God is love — Loving our vocation
                and knowing God will give us all we need
                to do it - if we love — pray for His grace —
                Learn we are here to learn to be together —
                we don't know how to get along — not
                be self-conscience — see through
                scared - self-focused — self-conscience —
                eyes — see through the Father's eyes —
                doing what he wants —
                not patterned behavior out of
                self-consciousness — doing
                God's will — knowing Jesus is
                with us — sitting with us —
                helping us be a family —
                united in love — learning to
                get along

                    When people get self-conscience they
                see through their eyes —

                    They must see God with them —
                    Loving them
                    Not get nervous

                    Learn to be with others and not
                        be anxious and get too
                        talkative proving they are
                        okay to others

                Or being shy — afraid — wanting
                    to run — creating walls
                    by doing the opposite of
                    what they should do

                That is be harmonious

                Working together —

                Not seeing through selfish eyes or
                    self-focused eyes —
                    self-conscious eyes —

                But doing God's will
                    fighting any thing involving

                    Be as Jesus calls us in our
                        vocation —
                    See Jesus using us as His

                See through the eyes of the Father —
                    be actors
                    not reactors

                Not crippled with fear
                learning to work IN ORDER
                    together —
                    in harmony

                We must learn —
                    like learning to share —
                    like learning to ride a bike —
                    like learning to tie our shoes —

                Learning to work in
                    families in love
                    families in order —

                    Wanting Peace

                Some are addicted to excitement —
                    have to have confusion —
                    tension - anxiety they create —

                We want to let go of those
                    defects of character that
                    are in us

                Sometimes getting mad
                    we get a rush and
                    energy when we get angry sometimes
                    we don't want that kind
                    of nervous energy —

                    the devil can press on us to
                feel tired —

                    We don't want anxiety in
                being in the company of others —
                we want peace —

                    pray not to be nervous around others
                    pray not to want isolation around others
                    pray these urges go away
                    pray we want to work together as the Father wants

                So we can be a powerful
                    unit — in
                    one mind and one heart —
                    in peace —

                Working as the Father's family —
                    in one accord —
                    in love —
                    UNITY —
                    Productiveness —
                    PEACE —
                    Harmony —
                    ORDER —

                Pray for healing of old emotional —
                    wounds, unfinished business
                    that is hidden anger —
                    that can rage
                    seek control

                Want peace —
                Pray every hour or 1/2 hour for grace

                Don't give into
                    addictions to misery
                    addictions to conflict

                Be peaceful and have fun
                Be rooted in God

                See through the Father's eyes

                Discern the spirits
                    Don't just act
                    Don't act in old habits
                        that are anxious,
                        nervous, destructive

                    Pray to change them —
                    Look at oneself—
                    Know ourselves and destructive

                    Listen and be taught

                The rewards are happiness


                Let go of control

                Let go to God

                Both feet off the ground

                Surrender to God's will 


                Peace means sacrifice
                We can be different  and be at peace
                Peace comes in having
                    a relationship with our
                    heavenly Father

                Jesus is with us
                Jesus is the Prince of Peace

                Jesus called His Father
                Abba Father.
                Jesus called the Father — Abba

                Jesus wants us to have
                    peace in our families
                    peace in our hearts
                    being instruments of peace

                We thank God for suffering
                Pray each day for peace
                We are to be witnesses to the Gospel of love —

                Sing: Jesus, Jesus the Light of the world

                The Father's family is dysfunctional —
                    Jesus prayed to His Father
                    We need to see things through the Father's eyes
                    Pray for the council of the Holy Spirit

                Praying always and realizing how ardently
                    God loves us —

                The devil is the father of lies — he wants hate —

                God is love —

                God gives us a free will — to love or be unloving —
                    to be harmonious or disharmonious —
                    to be like Jesus and tell the truth —
                    to listen to the father of lies and
                        hate and lie —

                Are we more perfected as Our heavenly Father —


Matthew 5: 48

    And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Do not even the gentiles do as much? You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’


                Mary is the perfect handmaid of the Lord —

                Jesus: And I feed you with My Word, Myself in the Eucharist
                    I am the Bread of Life —


John 6: 48-58

I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate manna in the desert
and they are dead;
but this is the bread
    which comes down from heaven,
so that a person may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread
    which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread 
    will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give
is my flesh, for the life of the world.’

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.


                R. Come Lord Jesus — fill us with Your life —
                    Oh Jesus we love you —
                    Outpour Your grace

                Dying You destroyed our death — rising You restored our life —
                    Lord Jesus, come in glory —

                The Mass is a Mass praying to the Father —


Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. * Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.


                Sing: Glory, Glory, Glory Lord


Excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, by Louis J. Puhl, S.J. P.60-61



The one of Christ, our supreme leader and lord,
the other of Lucifer, the deadly enemy of our
human nature

PRAYER.   The usual preparatory prayer.

window at a former Jesuit Seminary

137. FIRST PRELUDE.   This is the history. Here it will be that Christ calls and wants all beneath His standard, and Lucifer, on the other hand, wants all under his.

138. SECOND PRELUDE.   This is a mental representation of the place. It will be here to see a great plain, comprising the whole region about Jerusalem, where the sovereign Commander-in-Chief of all the good is Christ our Lord; and another plain about the region of Babylon, where the chief of the enemy is Lucifer.

139. THIRD PRELUDE.   This is to ask for what I desire. Here it will be to ask for a knowledge of the deceits of the rebel chief and help to guard myself against them; and also to ask for a knowledge of the true life exemplified in the sovereign and true Commander, and the grace to imitate Him.




140. FIRST POINT.   Imagine you see the chief of all the enemy in the vast plain about Babylon, seated on a great throne of fire and smoke, his appearance inspiring horror and terror.

141. SECOND POINT.   Consider how he summons innumerable demons, and scatters them, some to one city and some to another, throughout the whole world, so that no province, no place, no state of life, no individual is overlooked.

142. THIRD POINT.   Consider the address he makes to them, how he goads them on to lay snares for men and bind them with chains. First they are to tempt them to covet riches (as Satan himself is accustomed to do in most cases) that they may the more easily attain the empty honors of this world, and then come to overweening pride.

   The first step, then, will be riches, the second honor, the third pride. From these three steps the evil one leads to all other vices.



143.   In a similar way, we are to picture to ourselves the sovereign and true Commander, Christ our Lord.

144. FIRST POINT.   Consider Christ our Lord, standing in a lowly place in a great plain about the region of Jerusalem, His appearance beautiful and attractive.

145. SECOND POINT.   Consider how the Lord of all the world chooses so many persons, apostles, disciples, etc., and sends them throughout the whole world to spread His sacred doctrine among all men, no matter what their state or condition.

146. THIRD POINT.   . . .

end of excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius


Prayer from St. Ignatius

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not to ask for any reward,
Save that of knowing
                    that I am doing your will.


                There must be obedience
                The devil attacks authority —
                Then there is no order —
                The devil is disorder —

                People in religious communities need spiritual

                Children in families have parents —
                The Pope is the Vicar of the Church


Romans 8: 5-9

Those who are living by their natural inclinations have their minds on the things human nature desires; those who live in the Spirit have their minds on spiritual things. And human nature has nothing to look forward to but death, while the Spirit looks forward to life and peace, because the outlook of disordered human nature is opposed to God, since it does not submit to God's Law, and indeed it cannot, and those who live by their natural inclinations can never be pleasing to God. You, however, live not by your natural inclinations, but by the Spirit, since the Spirit of God has made a home in you. Indeed, anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.


                Sing: Of the Father's Love Begotten

                We are to be trained

                Disciples are learning —

                If we think we know it all we
                    are not a disciple —

                People learn when 'little children' how to
                    be in a community

                People can marry and be in another

                Jesus calls religious to serve the
                    Church —
                    He calls some in communities —
                    We learn how to work in
                        mature Christian unity
                        in a new way —
                        as religious
                        as priest
                        as one in community life

                When one is to bring young men and
                    women into religious life —
                    they need to be people who
                        can work in community —
                        one who isolated a lot in
                        intimate relationships,
                        stayed thinking in the family
                            system and not working
                            with different
                            people from different
                            family systems —
                            may think they know how
                            to bring others together —

                    We need to be trained in dealing
                        with others and different families and
                        the candidates for religious life
                        wanting to learn
                            how to live in a community
                                of adults
                            they aren't children —
                            old brother, sister, mother, father
                                problems can be acted out
                                as unfinished business
                                from wounded emotions

                A person who marries another if
                    they want intimacy with
                    their spouse has to learn
                    to work with the 4 systems
                    coming together 


                A & B get married (2 systems)
                But A's mom and dad came from
                    different systems

                and B's mom and dad came from
                    different systems

                Really 4 different systems
                    are involved
                People's order of birth in the
                    family —

                How mom taught the daughter to
                    be a woman

                How his mom (the groom) taught
                    him the role of women

                How the groom's dad taught
                    him to be a man

                How she viewed her dad as
                    a man —

                How much they worked with
                    other men and women
                    teaching them about
                    roles as men and women

                Men and women differences

                From the garden
                    men wanting dominance over women
                    or visa versa — a strong-willed woman
                    from what she believes or wants

                4 to get married

                Now put single, unrelated, adults
                    together who may or may not
                    have worked much with others

                I like what the priest said at Mass.

                We can be different and have peace

                We are the child of the past —
                    That little child is still in there —
                    We must parent that little child —

                In intimate relationships we must
                    learn how to get along —

                In religious communities we learn
                    the rules of living —
                    to bring in more people to be
                        witnesses of hope to help
                        souls to get to heaven —

                If we stayed to ourselves a lot
                    of our life — we must
                    adapt to the religious
                    order —
                    We are there to be witnesses —
                        to help growth —

                Sisters, brothers, priests must learn
                    to be other centered —
                    bring in new candidates
                    not see through the same eyes as
                        when they were single
                    Look through the eyes of God first
                        want to please Him

                    There is a lot to learn of people
                        from different families
                        to work with each other

                    But our love for God —
                        wanting to be like Mary and Jesus —
                        loving the souls Jesus died for

                Helps us to see through the eyes
                    of God FIRST
                    not selfish, self-conscious
                    eyes —

                But just loving God and others
                    wanting to learn to
                    help all the souls we
                    can and

                Live to please God as adults
                    in our vocation

                Heaven is for lovers

                We will be possessed by God —
                    Father, Son and Holy Spirit

                The Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the most
                    perfect community —

                I die to my selfish ways to
                    live more the resurrected

                In suffering with Jesus even
                    in relationships —
                    I can learn great
                        lessons to help
                        build the Kingdom —


Twelve Steps of AA 

                Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:

                    1.  We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had
                            become unmanageable.

                    2.  Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

                    3.  Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God
                         as we understood Him.

                    4.  Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

                    5.  Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact
                        nature of our wrongs.

                    6.  Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

                    7.  Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

                    8.  Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to
                        make amends to them all.

                    9.  Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to
                        do so would injure them or others.

                  10.  Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong
                        promptly admitted it.

                  11.  Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious
                        contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge
                        of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

                  12.  Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps,
                        we tried to carry this message to alcoholics,
                         and to practice these principles in all our affairs.


                A person's life can become unmanageable
                    to them or seem to be unmanageable —

                They must go inside of themselves
                    and tell the truth about
                    their past

                Lying to oneself about emotional
                    wounds and projecting the
                    pain on others does not work —

                Jesus is the way, the truth and the life —
                We are here to embrace the truth
                We are here to be pure like Jesus —
                The more we look at the painful,
                    past and work through the layers
                    of hidden pain —

                The more we come to union with God
                    and intimacy with others —

                People who have lied about the past
                    hurts and are walking in pain
                    go to addictions to numb
                    the pain — they do not live —

                Really LIVE life as they can — they can be
                    addicted to drugs, food, misery,

                The rules we want to follow are the rules of
                    God the Father —

                People may not like these rules —

                God wants us to be happy —

                Happiness comes in a clear conscience
                    rooted in the truth —

                Happiness is different than

                A person can have joy inside
                    because of union with God,
                    but still be suffering because
                    of others, the way they give into
                    their wounded human nature —

                Christ was stripped

                He was born in poverty

                He was stripped in His passion —

                Stripping ourselves of addictions
                    is necessary for mastery
                    of self —

                When people see through God the
                    Father's eyes —
                    they see the whole world —
                    the plan of salvation
                    They are a witness to hope

                They are not thwarted by layers and
                    layers of emotional wounds
                    that keep them stuck and then,
                    they become more dysfunctional
                    and act out their past on
                    others — trying to seek a
                    resolve for their unfinished

                They surrender to God's guidance
                They do not try to control those
                    around them and every
                    thing around them

                They realize God is in control and
                    He is mighty and
                    They want God's will for
                        all men

                    They realize God put us here
                        to tell the truth —

                    To work in greater perfection
                        inside of oneself

                People are responsible for their
                    actions —


                We are never satisfied with ourselves
                    and we want to change to be
                    better —

                We look at the person we are and
                    the person God wants us to be —
                    the ideal self — as Fr. Carter calls it and
                    we are working to be more and more
                        in that image and likeness
                        of God

                We know that only God can help us
                    to do this and we develop a
                    deep dependency on Him

                We pray for God's will and to
                    carry it out as He desires —

                Stripping ourselves of falsities we have
                    told ourselves — to be bare


January 5, 1997


Bare, Bare Baby, Laid Bare

Open yourself, Oh Jerusalem, your time is come you will be a light to the people in darkness, many will walk whence you come and the earth will be shakened and the light will come across a dark sky and enlighten their minds.

Oh stiff-necked people, you are so stiff in your ways, let the Spirit envelope you and lead you on your way.

A country of stiffs, a people of planning and prodding, of deliberating and wondering—you lack faith, Jerusalem, you lack faith in God.

Oh walk naked into the cold night, you are cold in your hearts and naked in your clothing—I clothe you with glory, I light your face with light, but you turn your cheeks to the darkness and stay stiff-necked in your hearts. Oh cold and dark hearts, reach for the light that you may know the glory that awaits the sinners and enlightens their minds.

end of January 5, 1997


                They see themselves put in place
                    with others and they work with
                    others in love —
                    Seeking oneness and

                They don't have stored up hatred
                    they wish to act out —

                They want to let go of the defects
                    of character they have —
                    They seek to recognize them —
                    They seek the truth —

                They don't live in this merry-go-
                    round called denial about
                    their hidden anger and pain and
                    faults —

                They realize we are here to love God
                    to love one another — to walk

                We live in the Spirit (the Holy Spirit)
                We listen to His council —

                We aren't caught up in layers and
                    layers of pain, where we
                    suppressed our feelings
                    and do not feel —
                    like an ice cube

                We are living to peel off the
                    layers of the onion — to be
                    more sensitive —
                    to live —
                    to be in touch with the core person
                        inside of us
                    to be the person God wants us to

                We don't look down on other men —
                    we realize


From the Priestly Newsletter 1998 - Issue 4

A Scriptural Reflection

In this work of ongoing redemption, each of us has a special mission, a special role to fulfill. No one can fulfill another's mission. Each of us, being a unique person, has a unique mission to carry out. John Cardinal Newman reminds us: "...everyone who breathes, high and low, educated and ignorant, young and old, man and woman, has a mission, has a work. We are not sent into this world for nothing; we are not born at random...God sees everyone of us; He creates every soul, He lodges it in the body, one by one, for a purpose. He needs, He deigns to need, every one of us. He has an end for each of us; we are all equal in His sight, and we are placed in our different ranks and stations, not to get what we can out of them for ourselves, but to labor in them for Him. As Christ has His work, we too have ours; as He rejoiced to do His work, we must rejoice in ours also."15


                We are looking at the truth about
                    ourselves — trying to find it —
                    finish - unfinished business and
                    be actors loving others and
                    working with them in the world —


Serenity Prayer

                  "God grant me the serenity to accept
                        the things I cannot change and
                        the courage to change the things
                        I can and the wisdom to know
                        the difference."


                Look at our own misdeeds
                Be truthful — in this lies our peace —

                Make restitution for all I have

                Let your weight be light —

                Others who are untruthful hurt
                    themselves, the others, the
                    whole world —

                Being a member of the body of
                    Christ means being more and more
                    likened to Christ

                So His life is abundantly in us

                We are united in the body of Christ.
                    We seek greater purity and truth —
                    We live as God commands
                        loving God and one another.

                We have forgiven men who
                    offend us

                We don't give into destructive
                    patterns that hurt ourselves
                    and hurt others —

                Lying to ourselves about our past
                    is what hurts us and others

                God is truth —
                God wants us to live in the truth

                Living in Him
                Living to love God and others

                I don't escape the hurtful past —
                    I resolve to forgive —
                    To deal with it —
                    To finish the unfinished
                        business in loving God and
                        others — so the wounds heal
                        in my heart —

                Not a gaping wound
                Draining me of life
                And pinning my hatred on
                    innocent others

                I live to love
                I live to be like Christ
                I live to build the Kingdom of God


Open Anywhere

                God has called us in our vocation to
                    love others — to help them to get to

                But to be pure in my efforts of loving
                    and helping others
                    not attached
                    not punishing
                    helping as Mary would do —
                    as the perfect disciple of the Lord

                Listening to God's counsel —
                    being a disciple means
                    we are ready to learn

                Jesus came and died to teach
                    us how to follow Him —

                    Being a disciple means we are
                listening like Mary

                    Mary is the perfect handmaid
                of the Lord


Luke 1:46-55

    And Mary said:
    My soul proclaims
          the greatness of the Lord
     and my spirit rejoices
          in God my Saviour;
     because he has looked upon
          the humiliation of his servant.

     Yes, from now onwards
          all generations will call me blessed,
     for the Almighty
          has done great things for me.
     Holy is his name,
     and his faithful love extends age after age
          to those who fear him.
     He has used the power of his arm,
     he has routed the arrogant of heart.
     He has pulled down princes
          from their thrones
              and raised high the lowly.
     He has filled the starving with good things,
          sent the rich away empty.
     He has come to the help
          of Israel his servant,
              mindful of his faithful love

     —according to the promise
          he made to our ancestors—
     of his mercy to Abraham
          and to his descendants for ever.  


From The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.

21.                     SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

    Which have as their purpose the conquest of self
    and the regulation of one's life in such a way that
    no decision is made under the influence of any
    inordinate attachment


                I ask God to help me live more
                    fully in Him —
                    To be a witness of truth —
                    to be a real Christian —
                        Christ - like

                To be free of old baggage I lug
                    around —
                    so I am empty and I can be
                    filled by Him
                    so I am full of His love

                With God's help we can change to be
                    more like Jesus —
                    be His instrument

                We can stop run-on-thinking about
                    things that will never happen —
                    go and be united where God wants
                    us — not put up walls because
                    of fear and insecurity and nervousness —

                But who cares if we look scared —
                    go and do what God wants and it will
                    go away

                I am living to be more the self —
                    God wants me to be —
                    united to Him
                    loving Him and others

                We humbly ask God to remove our
                    shortcomings and
                    we are willing to let them go —
                    we want to be changed —

                God help me to be ready to
                    take my faults away —

                I have admitted my shortcomings and I
                    want to change

                Holy Spirit help me to see where I need
                    to change to be more like Jesus

                Sing song: Give Me Your Heart oh Jesus

                I want to receive light on my

                We blame others and
                    miss big things about
                    ourselves that need to
                    change —

                Fr. Carter did his examination
                    of conscience twice a day —

                When we ask God's help for something
                    we must give Him a chance
                    to work and
                    surrender to His timing and
                        His way

                Have an attitude of gratitude

                Don't work alone —
                    ask for God's help

                Do it His way

                Give Me Your Heart oh Jesus
                    give me a heart like yours —


Twelve Steps of AA 

                Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:

                    1.  We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had
                            become unmanageable.

                    2.  Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

                    3.  Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God
                         as we understood Him.

                    4.  Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

                    5.  Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact
                        nature of our wrongs.

                    6.  Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

                    7.  Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

                    8.  Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to
                        make amends to them all.

                    9.  Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to
                        do so would injure them or others.

                  10.  Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong
                        promptly admitted it.

                  11.  Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious
                        contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge
                        of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

                  12.  Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps,
                        we tried to carry this message to alcoholics,
                         and to practice these principles in all our affairs.



Words of Surrender of a Soul

Words of Consecration to God

Today Lord, (today's date), I give You my entire will-

I give You all my liberties, I want to love and serve You as You desire.

I surrender myself to You.

I ask You to run my life.

I ask You to help me act like You, Jesus, and like Your Mother Mary.

God, this day I consecrate myself to You.

I am  (name) , Your beloved child, guide me on my way now as I go about my day (or if in Church) as I leave Your Eucharistic presence.  


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




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