Mary has requested that the daily message be given each day to the world. It is read nightly at the prayer service from her Image Building in Clearwater, Florida, U.S.A. This is according to her request. All attempts will be made to publish this daily message to the world at 11p.m. Eastern time, U.S.A.

We acknowledge that the final authority regarding these messages rests
with the Holy See of Rome.

I appear my children on this former bank building in Florida, Our Lady Clothed with the Sun.

January 10, 2004

January 11th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 9 Period II.
The Novena Rosary Mysteries for
January 11th are Luminous.


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.



Schedule for January 11, 2004


4:00 a.m. - Mass

4:37 a.m. - Nursing Home #3

5:20 a.m. - Daily Message from June 15, 2003

5:54 a.m. - Mary's Message

6:00 a.m. - Morning Offering & Prayer for Union with Jesus

6:05 a.m. - Songs

6:20 a.m. - 6:20 prayers led by Father Carter
                 Holy Spirit Novena
                 Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual

7:24 a.m. - Handbook read by Rita Ring

8:39 a.m. - April 17, 1994 Interview with Rita Ring

10:09 a.m. - Special Messages from Jesus as given 
                     to Father Carter and Songs from Jesus

11:27 a.m. - Mary's Message

11:33 a.m. - Morning Offering & Prayer for Union

11:38 a.m. - Live Rosary February 13, 1997

1:01 p.m. - Father Carter's talk February 13, 1997

1:35 p.m. - The Spirituality of Fatima read by Father Carter & Rita Ring

2:17 p.m. - About Shepherds of Christ - talk given June 29, 2003

3:37 p.m. - Songs

4:00 p.m. - Mass

4:37 p.m. - Christmas Songs

6:20 p.m. - 6:20 prayers led by Father Carter
                 Holy Spirit Novena
                 Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual

7:24 p.m. - Newsletter 2001 Issue 1 (The Sacraments and the Mass)

10:02 p.m. - Consecration - July 31, 1999

11:34 p.m. - Live Rosary November 13, 1996

12:54 a.m. - Tell My People read by Father Carter

2:25 a.m. - A Blue Book Reading or Two and a Tribute
                    to Mary on Mother's Day - May 11, 2003

3:44 a.m. - Mary's Message

3:50 a.m. - Morning Offering

3:54 a.m. - Songs from Jesus

4:00 a.m. - Mass



January 10, 2004

Messenger:        Let the Spirit of God fill us and bring
                                us new life


Ezekiel 37: 7-28

I prophesied as I had been ordered. While I was prophesying, there was a noise, a clattering sound; it was the bones coming together. And as I looked, they were covered with sinews; flesh was growing on them and skin was covering them, yet there was no breath in them. He said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man. Say to the breath, "The Lord Yahweh says this: Come from the four winds, breath; breathe on these dead, so that they come to life!" ’ I prophesied as he had ordered me, and the breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet, a great, an immense army.

    Then he said, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole House of Israel. They keep saying, "Our bones are dry, our hope has gone; we are done for." So, prophesy. Say to them, "The Lord Yahweh says this: I am now going to open your graves; I shall raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel. And you will know that I am Yahweh, when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people, and put my spirit in you, and you revive, and I resettle you on your own soil. Then you will know that I, Yahweh, have spoken and done this–declares the Lord Yahweh." ’

The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows, ‘Son of man, take a stick and write on it, "Judah and those Israelites loyal to him." Take another stick and write on it, "Joseph (Ephraim’s wood) and all the House of Israel loyal to him."

    ‘Join one to the other to make a single piece of wood, a single stick in your hand. And when the members of your nation say, "Will you not tell us what you mean?" say, "The Lord Yahweh says this: I am taking the stick of Joseph (now in Ephraim’s hand) and those tribes of Israel loyal to him and shall join them to the stick of Judah. I shall make one stick out of the two, a single stick in my hand."

    ‘When the pieces of wood you have written on are in your hand in full sight of them, say, "The Lord Yahweh says this: I shall take the Israelites from the nations where they have gone. I shall gather them to– gether from everywhere and bring them home to their own soil. I shall make them into one nation in the country, on the mountains of Israel, and one king is to be king of them all; they will no longer form two nations, nor be two separate kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their foul idols, their horrors and any of their crimes. I shall save them from the acts of infidelity which they have committed and shall cleanse them; they will be my people and I shall be their God. My servant David will reign over them, one shepherd for all; they will follow my judgements, respect my laws and practise them. They will live in the country which I gave to my servant Jacob, the country in which your ancestors lived. They will live in it, they, their children, their children’s children, for ever. David my servant is to be their prince for ever. I shall make a covenant of peace with them, an eternal covenant with them. I shall resettle them and make them grow; I shall set my sanctuary among them for ever. I shall make my home above them; I shall be their God, and they will be my people. And the nations will know that I am Yahweh the sanctifier of Israel, when my sanctuary is with them for ever." ’


Ascension Thursday May 21, 1998

Jesus speaks:  (with great emotion)  COME OUT OF YOUR TOMBS, COME OUT I CALL YOU!!!!  I have imparted to you knowledge of myself, transforming your heart and soul to be more likened to mine.

I give you messages after the reception of the Eucharist for it is then I am most one with you. Put aside the thoughts of burgers and what have you in your minds and listen to Me you earthly beings.

Come out of your tombs, come out I call to you who slumber and sleep and do not hear the voice of the Mighty One. Your are like the dead that need to be raised. A trumpet horn blaring would not waken a man who is blind from birth. Only the Lord will unlock the minds of the senseless men, so foolish, but oh how I do indeed love them so.

Come out I tell you, I call you, in your sleepy state with scales in your eyes you do not see. If these scales were removed and a fresh lense graphed on the already existing eye, the men may see then clearly that I speak in these messages to bring about the Reign of My Heart and the triumph of the wailing woman's Heart on the earth.

I came, I gave the gifts and the world slept. My little ones, the apostles slept in the garden when my hour was at hand.

Oh my shanty little town, you are stuck indeed, in your ways. You walk the streets as blindmen and I shout to you.

My earth, come out of your tombs, come out and live a life rooted deeply in My Heart.

Messenger: I was in the cage, it was a prison held on all sides by bars, I cried, I screamed, I felt no way to escape and low and behold I turned and where I had thought I was totally enclosed, a whole wall was not even there and I gaily walked into the free night and the sun followed me as I walked.

Jesus speaks: Your earth is enclosed in a wall of their own making. They have put up walls to enclose themselves. They have traveled around in their little boxes and spit at the freedom that I wished to give them.

Freedom is in living according to God's will. Freedom is in Me.

Talk of chains, for you have some. You have bars and are enclosed in your stone or brick houses. A mighty fortress is your dwelling, you think. A mighty fortress is in the walls of My Heart. I am the gateway that leads to freedom. I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy One of the Virgin Israel. I am the gateway to heaven. I am God!

Messenger: As I unite with Him in the most intimate experiences in the Eucharist, I become one in His desires and what He wants, I become more as He is. He is the life, He is the resurrection, He is God.

I become more in Him, His desires are my desires, the Father's Plan is imprinted in my soul during the Mass and the reception of the Eucharist and before the tabernacle. I am transformed immensely in those moments after Communion to being alive in Him.

God the Father: I am God, you are man, I have given My Son Jesus to you to unite your soul to Me. I am the Father, He is the First Born from the dead. Life will abound in heaven and on earth.

God has visited His people and now He Reigns. He has ransomed them with the Blood of the Lamb.

Messenger: Some time between Ascension Thursday, May 21, 1998 and Pentecost, May 31, 1998.

goldlamb.gif (63854 bytes)I saw a vision of an open door, the light within it resembled the light of the vision of March 26, 1996 that can be found in the Apostles Manual (p. 34-36).

The open door was glistening with this reflective golden color mirror-like light. I cannot describe, as I could not describe concerning the 3 main visions, the first being March 26, 1996.

The closest light I can describe to this is the sun reflecting on the water at Tom's Farm but this too leaves an emptiness to its description.

There was a little white sheep at the bottom of the open, glistening door and the little sheep hobbled over a small threshold and went in.

The door was rounded on the top, no corners, like a semi-circle on the top, and the wall surrounding this door was black. The light I describe was within this door and peered out to me in the vision.

I heard our Lord over and over again cry out during this period, "Come out of your tombs, dead, dead, dead, you are dead."

I heard the words similar to the message of May 21, 1998.

I was walled in on all sides – BARS – a prison of my own making. I turned and there was a wall missing and I gaily walked into the free night and the sun followed me as I walked.

I hear Jesus speak: "I am the gateway that leads to freedom."

I know the sea of glass from the vision of March 26, 1996. I know the open door from the vision.

I know the Power, I know the Intimate Burning Heart of Jesus in the Mass.

Jesus speaks: (Ascension Day May 21, 1998)

Your earth is enclosed in a wall of their own making. They have put up walls to enclose themselves. They have traveled around in their little boxes and spit at the freedom that I wish to give them.

Freedom is in living according to God's will, Freedom is in Me.

Talk of chains, for you have some. Your have bars and are enclosed in your stone or brick houses. A mighty fortress is your dwelling, you think. A mighty fortress is in the walls of My Heart.

I am the gateway that leads to Freedom. I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy One of the Virgin Israel. I am the gateway to heaven. I am God.

Come out of your tombs, I am alive, I am treated as a dead object.

Sing a new song, the dead shall be raised.

They conquered the devil with the Blood of the Lamb.

Pray to the Holy Spirit to come mightily on you.

end of May 21, 1998 message


January 10, 2004 message continues

Messenger:        Sing the Spirit Song

                                Oh God I love You —
                                fill our hearts with Your joy


Excerpt from October 8, 1997 Message

Jesus speaks:  I did not put you on the earth and then leave you to yourselves. I dwelt amongst you to guide you in all your ways and the people today spit on Me as they did 2,000 years before. For all these years I waited for the likes of you, My people, and why should you have more time for false joy? Joy is not in the molten calf. It is in the words of the Savior.

end of excerpt from October 8, 1997 message


January 10, 2004 message continues

Jesus speaks:     Rise up Jerusalem, your light has

                            My Mother comes the Lady Clothed
                                with the sun.


From the January 4, 2004

feast of the Epiphany, 

Nursing Home Video


January 4, 2004


Mary speaks:      My little ones, 
                                I am Mary, your Mother 
                                and I have called you here this day 
                                that you will help me to circulate 
                                the beautiful image pictures 
                                that I have given to you. 

                            Let them reach to the far ends of the earth 
                                and let men know 
                                that Jesus 
                                is the Son of God.

                            O star so bright, 
                                shine on the children of the earth

Song: What Child Is This

Mary speaks:      O my children of this earth, 
                                that you would open up your eyes 
                                and your hearts 
                                and tell your God 
                                how much you love him. 

                            Jesus is the Son of God. 

                            Pray to your Father. 
                            Pray to Jesus, my Son. 
                            Pray to the Holy Spirit 
                                for the priests, 
                                and for the Church 
                                and for the world. 

                            Let your hearts be soft and supple. 

                            Let go of the bitterness within. 

                            Pray for the grace to be more holy.

Song: What Child Is This

Mary speaks:     My dear children, 
                                I come to talk to you this day 
                                that you will know how much my Son Jesus 
                                loves you. 

                            I ask you to begin the prayer chapters 
                                my Son has asked you to begin around the world 
                                in the red Prayer Manual 
                                praying for the priests, the Church and the world.

                            O my beloved Nursing Home ones, 
                                offer up all of your sufferings and joys 
                                all day 
                                united to the Mass 
                                for my children of this earth 
                                and pray, my children,
                                for God's mercy.

Piano: Ave Maria


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Jesus speaks:     My beloved ones, 
                                I love you, 
                                I love you, 
                                I love you. 

                            Come to my Heart. 

                            I want to lavishly 
                                outpour My love to you. 

                            On this feast of the Epiphany, 
                                I ask you to pray for greater holiness 
                                that My light will shine in your hearts 
                                    and in your faces, 
                                that you will live in the truth, 
                                that you will obey the Commandments, 
                                that you will study My Word, 
                                that you will ask to be humble servants of the Lord, 
                                that you will live to spread 
                                    devotion to My Sacred Heart 
                                    and to My Mother's Immaculate Heart 
                                    around the world, 
                                that you display Our images 
                                    of My Sacred Heart and My Mother's Immaculate Heart 
                                    in your homes 
                                    and carry them in your purses, 
                                that you will tell the world 
                                    how much I love them. 


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Mary speaks:      I am Mary, your Mother 
                                and I ask you to please offer up 
                                everything that you do 
                                all through the day 
                                in trying to live according to God's will, 
                                united to the Mass 
                                for the souls of this earth, 
                                for the priests 
                                and for the Church. 

                            I love you, 
                                my little children.


January 4, 2004


Jesus speaks and He says 
to the Nursing Home Ones:   

                            That He loves them with such love 
                                and that He wants them to know 
                                that He is with them all day, 
                                that they should talk to Him 
                                and think about Him being with them 
                                and know how much He loves them. 

                            And He says, "I love you, I love you, I love you."

End of January 4, 2004 feast of the Epiphany Nursing Home video


Excerpt from January 5, 1999

Messenger:  On January 5, 1997, I was wakened by Our Lord and He was mumbling as He was around my bed as He did on October 8, 1997, when He delivered the "Seedless, Barren, No Fruit on the Vine" message.

    I heard Him and He repeated the words over and over again. I had a copy of the all-night message on the floor, I jumped from the bed and began to write around the message, for it was the only paper available and He was speaking very plainly and direct. I wrote this message in the margins of the paper. He kept repeating "BABY, BARE BABY, LAID BARE".


Message of January 5, 1997

Jesus speaks:  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 wonderingyou 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 clothingI cloth 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 excerpt from January 5, 1997 / 1999  message


January 5, 1999

God the Father speaks:  It is because of your fervor to pray here that you have held back the hand of My Son from punishing the earth with just punishment for the crimes committed against your God.

end of January 5, 1999 message


January 10, 2004 message continues

Messenger:     On January 9, 1996 I saw Jesus transfigured
                             in Holy Cross-Immaculata


Excerpt from December 22, 1998

Messenger:    On January 9, 1996, I went to pray. The snow was so bad the street was blocked to Holy Cross-Immaculata. I finally managed to find a place to park and trudged through the snow, panting with joy to be with Our Lord in the tabernacle there. When I arrived all I could do was kneel before the Sacred Heart statue and pour out myself to Him.

Please show a picture of the tabernacle and the Sacred Heart statue.

From my writings of January 9, 1996, I write:

"I was engulfed again in my love of God and cried so hard because I love Him so much. In this intimate act of giving myself totally to Him, my whole act was in emptying myself, wanting only to be lost in Him and united forever to Him in this most blissful moment. I turned myself over and was lost in Him, knowing His presence with me and knowing His deep love. The world stopped and I existed in Him, longing to forever stay there, so this moment would never end."

"I touched you, God and in this embrace I knew your unending love. I saw Your Body as if it was transfigured and glowing in light and I was lost in Thee."

This is how it began. I would see a great reflective light, as if from a mirror, on the eaves of the church in the front of Holy Cross-Immaculata and His Body was changed in the most brilliant light before my eyes. I cannot describe what I saw, nor have I ever seen it except in this vision and two that would follow the next two days. Jesus was transfigured before my eyes.

The date of January 9, 1996, when it first happened, was the same date January 9, 1994, when I genuflected before the crucifix and the altar at St. Gertrude's and the Father spoke; Blue Book II-page 18, January 9, 1994: "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."

On January 9, 1996, I would see Jesus transfigured before me in the statue.

At the end of December, on the 5th of the month, 1996, I would see Him in the back of the church on the crucifix at the point of death.

On August 20, 1997, I would see the glorified Lord as He appeared in magnificent light transfigured on the crucifix at St. Gertrude's church in Madeira, Cincinnati, Ohio.

end of excerpt from December 22, 1998


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.


January 10, 2004 message continues

Messenger:        Our mission is directed by Our Lord.
                            Our Lady appears as a messenger of the Father.

Jesus speaks:     

                            Rise up Jerusalem and come —
                            Open your portals —
                            Listen to My Voice —
                            Do not give into satan who wants
                                to stop you from reaching out to the world.


                            And His light shines in the darkness.

Jesus speaks:    

                            Oh men of Isreal, harken to the sound
                                of My Voice —
                            I send these messages to rouse you from
                                your places —
                            I send these messages to reach the holy
                                ones with My Words of wisdom —
                            Oh blind you are, for the devil wants you
                                to get so focused in details —
                            My light is upon you —
                                My Mother appears


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January 10, 2004 message continues

Messenger:         Sing: Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts.

                            Oh Holy Spirit fill me —
                                let the people of the earth unite —
                                please give them wisdom and vision
                                to know the truth —

                            Oh that the truth would be in us, that we
                                would speak the truth, not from our tainted
                                Oh God let us see Your vision —
                                    we want to live in the truth

                            Holy Spirit flood us with Your grace —
                            Holy Spirit give us light

God the Father speaks:

                            Mary appears the Lady of Light


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January 10, 2004 message continues

God the Father speaks:

                            Men must beg for grace to be purified —
                            You pray the prayers given to you from
                                My Son Jesus —



Eucharist in China


January 10, 2004 message continues

God the Father speaks:

                            Prayer in China is important to the world.



China, Indiana


Revelation 22: 1-2

Then the angel showed me the river of life, rising from the throne of God and of the Lamb and flowing crystal–clear. Down the middle of the city street, on either bank of the river were the trees of life, which bear twelve crops of fruit in a year, one in each month, and the leaves of which are the cure for the nations.


January 10, 2004 message continues

Jesus speaks:     

                            Pray for grace —

                            People who have life long imperfections can
                                be changed by constantly praying for
                                grace to change and cooperating
                                with that grace

                            On January 13 at 6:20 there will be the healing
                                Sidney Rosary from China
                                Special graces will be granted

                            Grace for you My chosen ones, you must pray
                                for special graces

                            Pray the Red Prayer Manual I have given you —
                                very special graces are granted for the
                                priests, the Church and the world when
                                you pray.



A message for the Earth from Jesus

January 22, 1998

    I am the Good Shepherd, these are My prayers, the prayers I give to help renew the Church and the world, all prayer chapters are asked to include these prayers (found in the Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual). As My Apostles and Shepherds I ask you to encourage all existing Chapters to try to encourage all existing prayer groups to pray the Shepherds of Christ prayers. Encourage all Churches to pray these prayers. It is most urgent that the people of this earth concur with the Father's wishes to begin Prayer Chapters. This is an urgent request from the Good Shepherd. The flock will become one when they have given their hearts to Jesus and Mary. Encourage all priests to pray the Shepherds of Christ prayers. Your world will be lighted with great light as the people of this earth pray these prayers.

    My promise is this to you My beloved earth: When you give your heart to Me and spread the devotion to My Sacred Heart, I will write your name In My Heart. I promise to give the greatest graces when you pray these prayers for renewal of the Church and the world and take all who pray them deeply into My Heart. The prayers I give will bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. I am Jesus Christ, this is My message of January 22, 1998, Please circulate this message to your world. I am the Good Shepherd, I know Mine and Mine know Me and they follow Me. Grace My Shepherds, I will give you the greatest graces for spreading these words to this earth and to your Church. I love you, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, it is the Plan of the Father that Prayer Chapters are begun immediately and the Priestly Newsletter is given to all priests. The Voice of the Good Shepherd speaks through it.

end of January 22, 1998


From The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.  p. 25

46. PRAYER.  In the preparatory prayer I will beg God
our Lord for grace that all my intentions, actions, 
and operations may be directed purely to the 
praise and serve of His Divine Majesty.  


January 10, 2004 message continues


                            We thank His Divine Majesty for the gifts
                                we have been given

Jesus speaks:     I want you to be thankful for the
                                gifts I have given you and that
                                I have called you to such an honor —
                                why do you give into satan and
                                focus on yourself.

                            Out of all the people in the world I have
                                called you to My Image site in
                                Clearwater, Florida and asked you to
                                serve Me.

                            This is an honor I have given to you.

                            Thank Me for My gifts to you.
                            Thank Me for forgiving you when you
                                have sinned and I have forgiven
                                you and given you grace and
                                treated you kindly and outpoured
                                My mercy.

                            Think of all the times you have offended
                                Me, your God, and think of all
                                the love I have given to you.

                            I have chosen you for this special mission.
                                Some have become so selfish it
                                wounds My Heart.

                            ARE YOU GRATEFUL TO YOUR GOD?

                            Do you live all for My honor and glory? 


From The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.  p. 12                     



Picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Cling to Me

May 13, 1993 

Jesus speaks: My dear child, if you stay close to Me, then I live in you and you live in Me. I am He Who created you and I love you with such an intensity that you will never know. My words are your truth. You must abide in My heart in all things. There is no room for doubt. My ways are steadfast, direct, and without error.

    You must stay rooted in Me to ward off the power of the evil one. His grip is paralyzing and crippling. His power is stronger every day.

    When you live in Me, I am in your heart and he has no power over Me. I am your God. I am your true lover. I want to protect you. I want to guard you from this force. Stay rooted firmly in Me and he will have no power.

    I am He Who comforts you. My hand is upon you. Hold tight to Me, My child. My eyes are fixed right on you. You are My most precious child. I love you as no other can. My arms are about you. My tenderness surrounds you. My love is in your heart. You go not alone. I walk with you.

    I share every aspect of your life with you. Cling to Me, feel My presence. It is warm and secure within your chest. There is no room for fear, for I cast out fear and bring you comfort and joy.

end of May 13, 1993 message


Excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, by Louis J. Puhl, S.J. pp. 141-146



Rules for understanding to some extent the different movements produced in the soul and for recognizing those that are good to admit them, and those that are bad, to reject them. These rules are more suited to the first week

314.  I.  In the case of those who go from one mortal sin to another, the enemy is ordinarily accustomed to propose apparent pleasures. He fills their imagination with sensual delights and gratifications, the more readily to keep them in their vices and increase the number of their sins.

    With such persons the good spirit uses a method which is the reverse of the above. Making use of the light of reason, he will rouse the sting of conscience and fill them with remorse.

315.  2.  In the case of those who go on earnestly striving to cleanse their souls from sin and who seek to rise in the service of God our Lord to greater perfection, the method pursued is the opposite of that mentioned in the first rule.

    Then it is characteristic of the evil spirit to harass with anxiety, to afflict with sadness, to raise obstacles backed by fallacious reasonings that disturb the soul. Thus he seeks to prevent the soul from advancing.

    It is characteristic of the good spirit, however, to give courage and strength, consolations, tears, inspirations, and peace. This He does by making all easy, by removing all obstacles so that the soul goes forward in doing good.

316.  3.  SPIRITUAL CONSOLATION.  I call it consolation when an interior movement is aroused in the soul, by which it is inflamed with love of its Creator and Lord, and as a consequence, can love no creature on the face of the earth for its own sake, but only in the Creator of them all. It is likewise consolation when one sheds tears that move to the love of God, whether it be because of sorrow for sins, or because of the sufferings of Christ our Lord, or for any other reason that is immediately directed to the praise and service of God. Finally, I call consolation every increase of faith, hope, and love, and all interior joy that invites and attracts to what is heavenly and to the salvation of one's soul by filling it with peace and quiet in its Creator and Lord.

317.  4.  SPIRITUAL DESOLATION.  I call desolation what is entirely the opposite of what is described in the third rule, as darkness of soul, turmoil of spirit, inclination to what is low and earthly, restlessness rising from many disturbances and temptations which lead to want of faith, want of hope, want of love. The soul is wholly slothful, tepid, sad, and separated, as it were, from its Creator and Lord. For just as consolation is the opposite of desolation, so the thoughts that spring from consolation are the opposite of those that spring from desolation.

318.  5.  In time of desolation we should never make any change, but remain firm and constant in the resolution and decision which guided us the day before the desolation, or in the decision to which we adhered in the preceding consolation. For just as in consolation the good spirit guides and counsels us, so in desolation the evil spirit guides and counsels. Following his counsels we can never find the way to a right decision.

319.  6.  Though in desolation we must never change our former resolutions, it will be very advantageous to intensify our activity against the desolation. We can insist more upon prayer, upon meditation, and on much examination of ourselves. We can make an effort in a suitable way to do some penance.

320.  7.  When one is in desolation, he should be mindful that God has left him to his natural powers to resist the different agitations and temptations of the enemy in order to try him. He can resist with the help of God, which always remains, though he may not clearly perceive it. For though God has taken from him the abundance of fervor and overflowing love and the intensity of His favors, nevertheless, he has sufficient grace for eternal salvation.

321.  8.  When one is in desolation, he should strive to persevere in patience. This reacts against the vexations that have overtaken him. Let him consider, too, that consolation will soon return, and in the meantime, he must diligently use the means against desolation which have been given in the sixth rule.

322.  9.  The principal reasons why we suffer from desolation are three:

    The first is because we have been tepid and slothful or negligent in our exercises of piety, and so through our own fault spiritual consolation has been taken away from us.

    The second reason is because God wishes to try us, to see how much we are worth, and how much we will advance in His service and praise when left without the generous reward of consolations and signal favors.

    The third reason is because God wishes to give us a true knowledge and understanding of ourselves, so that we may have an intimate perception of the fact that it is not within our power to acquire and attain great devotion, intense love, tears, or any other spiritual consolation; but that all this is the gift and grace of God our Lord. God does not wish us to build on the property of another, to rise up in spirit in a certain pride and vainglory and attribute to ourselves the devotion and other effects of spiritual consolation.

323.  10.  When one enjoys consolation, let him consider how he will conduct himself during the time of ensuing desolation, and store up a supply of strength as defense against that day.

324.  11.  He who enjoys consolation should take care to humble himself and lower himself as much as possible. Let him recall how little he is able to do in time of desolation, when he is left without such grace or consolation.

    On the other hand, one who suffers desolation should remember that by making use of the sufficient grace offered him, he can do much to withstand all his enemies. Let him find his strength in his Creator and Lord.

325.  12.  The enemy conducts himself as a woman. He is a weakling before a show of strength, and a tyrant if he has his will. It is characteristic of a woman in a quarrel with a man to lose courage and take to flight if the man shows that he is determined and fearless. However, if the man loses courage and begins to flee, the anger, vindictiveness, and rage of the woman surge up and know no bounds. In the same way, the enemy becomes weak, loses courage, and turns to flight with his seductions as soon as one leading a spiritual life faces his temptations boldly, and does exactly the opposite of what he suggests. However, if one begins to be afraid and to lose courage in temptations, no wild animal on earth can be more fierce than the enemy of our human nature. He will carry out his perverse intentions with consummate malice.

326.  13.  Our enemy may also be compared in his manner of acting to a false lover. He seeks to remain hidden and does not want to be discovered. If such a lover speaks with evil intention to the daughter of a good father, or to the wife of a good husband, and seeks to seduce them, he wants his words and solicitations kept secret. He is greatly displeased if his evil suggestions and depraved intentions are revealed by the daughter to her father, or by the wife to her husband. Then he readily sees he will not succeed in what he has begun. In the same way, when the enemy of our human nature tempts a just soul with his wiles and seductions, he earnestly desires that they be received secretly and kept secret. But if one manifests them to a confessor, or to some other spiritual person who understands his deceits and malicious designs, the evil one is very much vexed. For he knows that he cannot succeed in his evil undertaking, once his evident deceits have been revealed.

327.  14.  The conduct of our enemy may also be compared to the tactics of a leader intent upon seizing and plundering a position he desires. A commander and leader of an army will encamp, explore the fortifications and defenses of the stronghold, and attack at the weakest point. In the same way, the enemy of our human nature investigates from every side all our virtues, theological, cardinal, and moral. Where he finds the defenses of eternal salvation weakest and most deficient, there he attacks and tries to take us by storm.

end of excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius


January 10, 2004 message continues

Messenger:         We must do these things to be holy

                                1) Thank God for our gifts
                                2) Ask for grace to know our sins
                                        and stop sinning.
                                3) Examine our conscience all through the
                                        day to see how we have acted against
                                        God's will in dealing with others, thoughts
                                        words, actions etc.
                                4) To ask God for forgiveness for our faults
                                5) To ask God for help not to sin anymore

                            Pray the Our Father

                            Our purpose for living is to love —
                                not for our own vain glory, but
                                to genuinely love God and others
                                because God wills it.
                                We are acting most like God when
                                    we love and live to promote
                                    His Kingdom.

                            Those who serve falsely for their own power
                                and glory are not happy when their
                                little plan is interrupted.

                            In marriages Father Carter said many married
                                to get love for themselves rather than
                                give love.

                            At the bottom of every action we perform, it
                                must be to give honor and glory to
                                God — to give God love and to be thankful.

                            If we operate without love we are a sounding
                                gong, because God is love and to
                                be part of a religious organization
                                we must live to love, not to sacrifice
                                purity, but to love and do it according
                                to God's will.

                                Loving can be hard when someone is
                                    doing things wrong and we need to
                                    correct them for the good of the
                                    family, institution etc.

                            Love is serving according to God's will —
                            Love is telling the truth —
                            Love is helping to promote God's Kingdom —
                            Love is being wise —
                            Love is thanking God and others and
                                forgiving —
                            Say the Our Father —

Jesus speaks:     If you want Me to forgive you, you must
                                forgive one another
                                resentments is poison for your soul.

                            I want docile hearts —
                                hearts of love —
                                hearts living by God's will.





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