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January 12, 2007

January 13th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 9 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for January 13th are Glorious.

   

Retreat in January

is the 12th & 13th only

     

There will be a big Apostle Retreat in February

10th thru the 13th.

The Priestly Newsletter mailing 

will take place then.

   

 

January 12, 2007

Messenger:            A big boat went
                    out to sea —

                        It sought the
                    roughest water —
                        soon it was overturned.


                    Another boat went to the
                        peaceful waters and had
                        a great voyage.

                        Why sail against the
                    rivers of God's will —
                    It is a big rough
                        tempest —

                    The Church is a gift —

                    The waters of life a resting
                        place or a place
                        of turmoil as we
                        make our way against
                        God's current —

                    A calm sea of life — helps
                        us to be prudent on the
                        sea of life —

                    Let God be our captain —

                    Let He who commands the seas
                        and walked on water —
                        make our journey be
                        a journey home to heaven.

                    Let us see light — where
                        we may have walked our
                        own way in darkness —

                    Waters of heaven flow
                        like rain to the parched
                        land of this earth —

                    Where souls have given way
                        to secularism — let
                        their eyes be opened and
                        grace flow into their
                        hardened hearts.

                    Song:  Eye has not Seen

                    Song:  Harden not Your hearts

                    Song:  My Soul is thirsting for you O Lord

                    I see the barrenness of winter —
                        soon the corn stalks will
                        sway in the breeze —

                    Tomatoes red — like the heart
                        of Jesus will grown on
                        the vine —

                    Why does God let the grass so
                        green of summer and
                        spring turn like dried
                        brown fields?

                    Can God outpour His grace
                        to enlighten the withered
                        souls?

                    Oh yes — we must pray with
                        hope —

                    Always hope —
                    Always love —
                    Always faith in Him —

                    Night is rolled up like
                        the lid of a can of sardines
                        and we can waken from a
                        long sleep like a hibernating
                        bear —

                    We can taste the fruits of summer and
                        bath in the sun of the season —

                    We can say farewell, oh barren
                        heart — my heart is now
                        full of wisdom and love and truth.

                    Where I sought to be overcome
                        with control and manipulation —
                        I now yield to the plan of
                        God — God who ordered the earth —
                        I now seek a carpet of majesty
                        where before I wanted riches —
                            I want His way of peace and love.

                    Barrenness — hard rocks and clay —
                    Dainty flowers, wide oceans and
                        green grass of summer.

                    Harmony amongst God's creatures —
                        loving Mary, Mother of us all —
                            gift to the human race —
                            Mary — FULL of grace —
                            FULL of grace —

                    I go to the Eucharist the sacraments
                        and He refreshes my soul —
                        so I can be more saturated
                        with His life — more filled
                        with His grace.

                    Come Mary instruct me as you did
                        Jesus in His ways —

                    Hide me in your heart and let
                        me know the secrets of His love
                        let me see your purity —
                        let me know love —
                        oneness —
                        letting all serve God as He desires —
                        not being selfish and jealous and
                            envious, lustful — greedy —
                            slothful

                    Mary teach me the way of your
                        pure sinless heart —

                    Purity of Mary's Heart —

                    Why consecrate my heart to Mary and
                        Jesus —

                    In Their Hearts I know love —
                    In Mary's heart I know sinlessness —
                    In Mary's heart I know God's will as
                        the Holy Spirit counsels me —
                        for . . .

 

From Tell My People

The Holy Spirit  

Jesus: "My beloved friend, tell My people to pray daily to the Holy Spirit. They are to pray for an increase in His gifts. My people must realize that the Holy Spirit comes to transform them. The Spirit desires to transform you more and more according to My image. Those who are docile to His touch become increasingly shaped in My likeness. He performs this marvel within Mary's Immaculate Heart. The more one dwells in My Mother's Heart, the more active are the workings of the Spirit. The Spirit leads Mary to place you within My own Heart. In both Our Hearts, then, your transformation continues. The more you are formed after My own Heart, the more I lead you to the bosom of My Father. Tell My people all this. Tell them to pray daily for a greater appreciation of these wondrous gifts. I am Lord and Master. All who come to My Heart will be on fire to receive the gifts of the Spirit in ever greater measure! I love and bless My people!"

Reflection: The Holy Spirit is given to us to fashion us ever more according to the likeness of Jesus. And the more we are like Jesus, the more Jesus leads us to the Father. Do we, each day, pray to the Holy Spirit to be more open to His transforming influence? Do we strive each day to grow in union with Mary? The greater our union with our Mother, the spouse of the Holy Spirit, the greater is the transforming action of the Holy Spirit within us.

end of excerpt

 

January 12, 2007 message continues

Messenger:        Mary is a gift to the human race —
                        Her Motherhood
                        Her Virginity
                        Her Immaculate Conception

                            Mary is gift —
                            Pure love —

                        A Human person untainted by
                            sin

                        Mother of Divinity

 

January 12, 2007 message continues

Messenger:       And a sword too will pierce your
                        heart - Oh Mary

                    Concupiscence of the flesh —

                        7 Capital sins

Pride, Greed, Envy, Wrath,
Lust, Gluttony, Sloth

                    We need a little card to remind us
                        of our fallen human nature —

                    Fr. Carter always carried a picture
                        of Jesus with the Prayer for
                        Union with Jesus - next to his
                        heart - in his pocket.

 

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 in 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.

end of January 17, 1994 message

 

January 12, 2007 message continues

Messenger:        On January 22, 1998
                        Jesus gave me this message to
                        the earth.

  

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

 

January 12, 2007 message continues

Messenger:           Jesus wants unity —

                    Unity is greater when we
                        die to our imperfections.

                    A person that tells themselves they
                        are perfect and lies about their
                        imperfections can tie up
                        their children in passing
                        down their imperfections and
                        untruths.

                    Our strength lies in truth —
                        Knowing it —
                        The Holy Spirit is the Spouse of Mary

                    Dwelling in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
                        is dwelling in purity and truth.

                    Jesus is the way - the truth and
                        the life.

                    Song:  Glory, Glory, Glory Lord

                    Jesus paid for our sins of pride
                        with His crown of thorns —

                    Jesus' cross - reminds us we
                        are sinners —

                    He paid for our sins.

                    We need to pray for truth to
                        be in the hearts of men
                        between 12:00 and 3:00 on Friday —
                        Friday the day - Jesus hung on
                            the cross for our sins.

 


  
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January 12, 2007 message continues

Messenger:            An innocent one stopped to
                    rest by a beautiful river and
                    a man filled with darkness came
                    and whipped him, stealing his
                    car and wounding his body —

                        How do we treat Christ --
                    We are too busy
                    We don't want to give time to
                    Jesus. He gives us our minutes
                    and our days for His service.

                        The bottom line is there
                    is a purgatory and we will have
                    to be holy to get to heaven.

                        We cannot take our lives
                    and think that God has not called
                    us to do something.

                        It was a night richly blessed
                    and the river was quiet and dark.
                    One did not see the waters too
                    good, but soon - with the dawning
                    of a new day one would see with
                    clear vision — the waters once hidden
                    by the night and light would be
                    seen surrounding everything.

                        A person can hide wounds —
                    like dark nights projecting pain
                    on others, but some day soon
                    all our lives will be seen in
                    God's marvelous light —

                        Walking on water — Jesus
                    showed us that with His
                    strength behind our lives we
                    can accomplish even more than
                    we could ever imagine. Peter
                    had faith and he walked on the
                    water until he doubted.

                        Nobody is called to test their
                    faith by walking on the water,
                    but God gave us all these
                    gifts and moments of our lives
                    and He calls us to have faith and
                    trust in Him - and realize our
                    time here is given to love and
                    do His work. The Spirit counsels
                    us - unless we are too much in
                    control we seek to accomplish
                    only what we can rationalize
                    we can do.

                        God is a Divine Person — He
                    gives us a sharing in His life —
                    in baptism — In baptism our
                    knowing and loving
                    capacity is elevated —

                        Who ever thought the barren
                    trees lining the river in winter
                    would soon be filled with
                    foliage in spring and make
                    a green soft curtain — full
                    of shade for the hot summer
                    day.

                        In all my thoughts — if I did
                    not know God's creation — I
                    never would think barren trees
                    of winter make beautiful
                    shade trees in summer - would
                    you? Do you see that birds
                    fly right side up — do you
                    by your involvement in this
                    world have any affect on this —

                        Then why try to control as
                    much as you can in God's
                    world — like He isn't even
                    watching and needs you to open
                    the barren trunks of hibernating
                    trees to make the green foliage or
                    does God need you to turn wandering
                    birds in the right direction?

                        God came to set our hearts
                    on fire with love — with
                    wonder — with joy — with peace —
                    with heartfelt comfort —

                        A soft cushioned chair before
                    a warm fireplace, a silent
                    sleep above the ocean's breath —

                        And you are into controlling
                    so many things you want to go as
                    far as straightening the blades
                    of grass so they will not look
                    out of order —

                        Let go to God —

                        Song:  Little Child
                        Song:  Be Not Afraid

                        Codependence is a sickness —
                    When God made us dependent on
                    one another He gave us each a
                    calling to say yes to serving Him
                    like Mary on the flight in Egypt,
                    or walking on the way of the
                    cross to Calvary —

                        Mary is the perfect disciple —
                    she wanted God's will — she wanted
                    souls to go to heaven — Mary
                    loved — Mary was not jealous or
                    envious or greedy —

                        Whenever one tries to possess
                    another for selfishness it is
                    like turning the birds in your
                    direction to serve you.

                        Love is giving.
                        Love is other focused.
                        Love lets birds fly by
                            God's commands —

                    God tells the sun to shine.

                    God gives to us the life in the
                        baby in the womb —

                    God gives man and woman this
                        ability to co-create —

                    God gives us an "inch" and
                        we take over —

                        We can try to command the stars,
                    but who has the power — what
                    human being here below —

                        But so foolish to make things
                    our gods — to try to use the dependency
                    on each other to serve God to
                    fit our selfish possessive purpose.

                        Give to God what is God's.
                        We were created to do God's will.
                        We were created for His purpose.

                    One look at the crucifix reminds
                        us we are sinners and

                        Our time in prayer, before
                    the Blessed Sacrament is
                    pleasing to God.

                        Do you own the time God gave
                    you?

                        We have a free will —

                        How many moments do we fill
                    ourselves with poison from TV
                    and media, but say — "oh I
                    don't have time to pray, to
                    go before the Blessed Sacrament"
                    And Jesus the Son of God is truly
                    present in the consecrated host.

                        We have time to talk and talk
                    from our tainted hearts when we
                    forget we need to go to Him so He
                    can help us sort out the fragmented
                    pieces of our lives — so we know
                    God's will for us.

                        Controlling others is not our
                    game. God gives us each other
                    to love and serve Him. A person
                    with a vocation gives willingly —
                    that is the blessing to say "yes"
                    to God — not to try to control
                    someone by helping do God's
                    work —

                        God made us — so that we
                    must work together or the job
                    is not going to get done. He gives
                    us structure. He does not intend
                    us to manipulate others when we
                    are serving Him — He intends us
                    to live our vocation for Him
                    in love — obedience, in marriage,
                    or religious life — doing all things
                    for His honor and glory — He gives us
                    talents for His service — not to
                    "lorded" over others or manipulate.
                    God has given us our gifts we
                    have to do His holy work of
                    promoting His Kingdom and
                    helping ourselves and others to
                    get to heaven for all eternity.

                        We cannot command stones
                    be made loaves of bread —
                    God is in charge.

   

Seek True Treasures

February 17, 1994 5:30 a.m.

Jesus: My little ones, how are you doing? Are you getting bogged down in this weather? Do you know yet that you do not control the elements? You live every day and you think you have much to do to control your actions but you do not see the eyes of Him Who watches over you with loving care.

I give to you this earth and all you need to sustain your life here. Man worries about the earth and if this or that will happen. Man has become so independent that he thinks he controls all things and he needs to worry about his present and future.

You, My favored, chosen ones, know that life here lasts but a moment and like smoke it is gone without a trace. Look at your ancestors. So few people ever remember their ancestors, yet your ancestors thought that at every moment their actions were so crucial. Little ones, you hold on to life. You hold on to these little happenings here and you worry in vain! Look at the big picture, My little ones. Here today, gone tomorrow, and where are you going?

The days go by with such speed. "Oh," you say, "Where have the years gone?" You think every second is so important. You worry, you fret, you wander empty roads and I watch you. I see you with your emphasis on the moment. You are being deceived, My little ones. It is in seeing the moment as part of eternity that you really know what is going on. Each moment you live, you are the teacher about the God Who dwells in your breast. Each moment you live, you are My messenger to this cold, scared world. Nothing you do means anything except as you are serving Me.

Take off your glasses. Behold the life above. See every moment as a drop of the life to come. See every moment as part of eternity. All these drops together make up your pass into My kingdom.

You worry, you wonder, you fret, you hold on. I give you a toothache, I take it away. One second and a toothache is gone. Is that not how it is with life--one second and it is gone? Oh, how those little precious moments seem to die away and you scarce can remember what happened! Yet during people's lives those moments seem earth-shattering. Those moments are yesterday's forgotten memories. You hold on, you fret, you fume and I watch you let go of each moment, only to become forgotten by today.

Store up your moments as part of eternity. Every moment here is part of your pass to My kingdom. How are you living this moment? Is it used to give service to Me and preach My gospel? Are you making all your moments count towards your eternity? Each moment is but a breath and it is gone. Did you use the moment I gave you to do My work? This time is not yours. I can snatch your moments away in one breath. It matters, My children, only as you choose to serve Me and spread My love!

If everyone had God as their primary goal, what love you would possess. What power you would know, because God is the mightiest force. I have all the power. Other power is false power!

Do you get it yet? Do you think anything you hold on to is so precious here? Here today, gone tomorrow, and I snatch you from your seats and you never return to finish what you deemed so important.

Are you comprehending My words here? The body is but an instrument to get you around. Reach with the spirit within. Live from the soul. Communicate with Me in your soul. Look for the unseen world that surrounds you constantly. Die to yourself.

You have a soul at this very moment that is a vibrant spiritual force alive within you. Live from your soul, My little ones. Focus on your soul. Live from your heart. Do not fret and fume for the things of this world. Here today, gone tomorrow, and then forgotten. Today's moments, yesterday's forgotten treasures. Do they mean so much or do you forget what seemed so important?

Reach with the soul. Live for God. Each moment is your chance to store up treasures for eternity. They will never be forgotten. What you do to help others to know Me will never be forgotten. How you loved will never be forgotten. How you gave lives on in those you touched. Your love is like a bubbling brook. It bubbles and keeps on bubbling. Your selfishness dies the moment after you live it.

Love is the force. Love is the power that reflects the God above. Love is not selfish. Love does not demand its own way. Love gives and doesn't stop giving. On the day of judgment it will be found in the hearts of those you touched. Think of only yourself and watch your moments become yesterday's forgotten moments. Love your brothers and watch the world reflect the love you gave, from now to the end.

Love or selfishness? I call you to love. I call you to plant a seed that grows into a mighty oak. Plant My seeds of love. Ask not how you can attain your goal but how you can fulfill the goal of God. Love God, love one another. Too simple, too hard for many.

Love, children. Reflect the God Who dwells within your soul. Store up your moments forever lest they become yesterday's forgotten treasure.

Like ripples on a pond, your love never dies. It reaches on and on and goes into the moments of eternity. Love is lasting. Love never dies. Love God, love one another. Die to yourself and live.

end February 17, 1994

 

January 12, 2007 message continues

                      Rita:  I have begged for Your grace
                    I long for His life in me —
                    I want to be so filled with
                    His grace —

                        How do I get this grace —
                    frequent prayer during
                    the day — I cannot give in.

                        What is troubling you inside?
                    We see the bags of pain of some who
                    do not want to admit their problems.
                    I long for God's life in me — I do not want
                    others to put on me their ugliness
                    of how they can feel inside.

                        To all of us God gives us the
                    ability to be happy.

                        LOVE

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13  

Though I command languages both human and angelic—if I speak without love, I am no more than a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. And though I have the power of prophecy, to penetrate all mysteries and knowledge, and though I have all the faith necessary to move mountains—if I am without love, I am nothing. Though I should give away to the poor all that I possess, and even give up my body to be burned—if I am without love, it will do me no good whatever. 

    Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offence or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. 

    Love never comes to an end. But if there are prophecies, they will be done away with; if tongues, they will fall silent; and if knowledge, it will be done away with. For we know only imperfectly, and we prophesy imperfectly; but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will be done away with. When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and see things as a child does, and think like a child; but now that I have become an adult, I have finished with all childish ways. Now we see only reflections in a mirror, mere riddles, but then we shall be seeing face to face. Now I can know only imperfectly; but then I shall know just as fully as I am myself known. 

    As it is, these remain: faith, hope and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love.

 

January 12, 2007 message continues

Rita:            LOVE in all things —

                        I was tested to love —

                        I see Christ on the cross — what
                    is the message — LOVE

                        The night was dense - rainy and
                    a little frozen — a night sleeping —
                    within everyone who went down the
                    road - they carried a life inside
                    of them.

                        Mary traveled with Jesus in
                    her womb, in her arms,
                    older on the way to the Temple at
                    12. God was on a journey with
                    His mom.

                        Oh the quiet life of Jesus, the
                    30 some years when Christ dwelt
                    among us imperfect creatures.

                        His presence here those 30
                    years was nothing when compared
                    to all the years after Christ
                    to now.

                        He does not break the wounded
                    reed — He carried our sins on His
                    back — He wore the crown of thorns
                    for our pride —

                        I watch Mary in the 7 Sorrows

                        She said yes! !

  

                            Happiness is

                            Found in doing

                            God's will.

 

 

 

Given January 9, 2007

Messenger:               Cover ups —

                                When we were close and people left us
                            this can have a traumatic impact on us.

                            When I was five my mom died.

                            Relationships with boys or girls
                                 that ended without resolve should
                                 be looked at — the recognition
                                 of pain and loss and resolution —

                            Letting go of the person.

                            Forgiving when necessary.

                            Ending the relationship in peace
                                 in our hearts, forgiveness
                                 recognition of pain.

                                 Not say — oh I am "bigger" than this
                            it didn't bother me —

                                 We keep looking outside ourselves
                            to heal a wound inside.

                                We must walk in the truth,
                            let go of old painful relationships
                            so there is resolve and peace —

                                We keep holding on

                                Baggage can hurt us now —

                                Going in and out of doors in present
                            relationships can be a problem if we
                            don't address old painful ones and try
                            to resolve them to some degree.

                                Fr. Carter died — he is in heaven —
                            he is where God intended him to be —
                            I still cry, but I know he is still
                            united and helping us. Letting go of old
                            relationships can help bring us peace and
                            healing, bring us to new understanding
                            and strength, bring us to the truth.

                                Thinking we are finished with our
                            interior life can stop us from growing
                            in greater truth — life in Him.

                                God's gift to take a soul who is
                            serving Him to heaven is such a
                            reward.

                                Mary is full of grace — the more
                            we go to the Eucharist — the more we
                            become saturated with His grace —

                                The more we become one with Him,
                            having His life in us.

                                The more we become filled with
                            more and more grace when we go to the
                            Eucharist.

                                Jesus says
                                "I am the way, the truth and the
                            life."

                                We must know ourselves more and
                            more to grow in the spiritual life —
                            not become pompous and think we
                            are perfect.

                                We are always in the state of
                            becoming.

                                Life in Him —

                                I want to be more saturated with
                                    His grace.

                                A man had a direct path to where
                            he needed to go, but a big, big log
                            blocked the path. The log served
                            no purpose — it just blocked
                            his path.

                                What should he do? All other
                            roads took him away from his
                            mark —
 

 

               

 

 


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