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January 14, 2009

January 15th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 4 Period II.

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January 14, 2009

Writing by Rita Ring

                God is with us

                God is with us to help us —

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

 

Hebrews 2: 14-18

    Since all the children share the same human nature, he too shared equally in it, so that by his death he could set aside him who held the power of death, namely the devil, and set free all those who had been held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it was not the angels that he took to himself; he took to himself the line of Abraham. It was essential that he should in this way be made completely like his brothers so that he could become a compassionate and trustworthy high priest for their relationship to God, able to expiate the sins of the people. For the suffering he himself passed through while being put to the test enables him to help others when they are being put to the test.

 

Psalm 105: 1-4, 6-9

Alleluia!

Give thanks to Yahweh, call on his name,
proclaim his deeds to the peoples!
Sing to him, make music for him,
recount all his wonders!
Glory in his holy name,
let the hearts that seek Yahweh rejoice!

Seek Yahweh and his strength,
tirelessly seek his presence!
Remember the marvels he has done,
his wonders, the judgements he has spoken.

Stock of Abraham, his servant,
children of Jacob whom he chose!
He is Yahweh our God,
his judgements touch the whole world.

He remembers his covenant for ever,
the promise he laid down for a thousand generations,
which he concluded with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac.

 

Mark 1: 29-39

And at once on leaving the synagogue, he went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed and feverish, and at once they told him about her. He went in to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to serve them.

That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were sick with diseases of one kind or another; he also drove out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was.

In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, 'Everybody is looking for you.' He answered, 'Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can proclaim the message there too, because that is why I came.' And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out devils.

   

                Communion

                Jesus prayed in oneness with the Father

                Strength for us is in this —

 

 

                One body

                Christ is the head

                must be love

                We do what we do for Jesus —

                Religious communities that
                    survive as united and loving and holy —
                    hospitals — schools — nursing homes

                have attitude of Mother Teresa
                    (1) they do what they do
                            for Jesus

                    (2) they see Jesus in the
                            person —
                            they love for Jesus —

                    Mother Teresa — saw Jesus
                        in the dying —

                    Jesus went up the mountain to
                        be alone and pray to the
                        Father

                        Our strength comes in
                            keeping our eyes on
                            God —

                        knowing oneness of Father,
                        Son and Holy Spirit

                Our strength is in God

                Those who marry — marry in love —
                    work with each other —

                Those who enter a religious community —
                    are not like a married couple —
                    those entering a religious
                        community — enter because
                        they believe it is
                        God's will

                If the others in the communities are
                    there because it is God's will —
                    those in the community must
                    choose to be united because it
                    is God's will —

                Living in obedience they cannot
                    keep giving into unloving
                    ways with those they
                    live with

                Kara and Joan entered 1995 in
                    a religious community —
                    they never made a decision
                    to work in unity —
                    they were unloving for 10
                        years
                    finally after 10 years it
                        turns to hate, competition,
                        working in discord —

                This in turn works against the reason
                    we were created to love —
                    If this is not addressed they
                    live in a very tense situation —
                    suppressing their reason for
                    living to love God and love
                    others as ourselves —

                Hearts that may be in this situation
                    choose unloving discord —
                    day by day, hour by hour

                They become angry in the community
                    living a life of self-made
                    discord of their own choosing —

                The devil can 'eat' at communities,
                    families, churches, schools,
                    nursing homes — neighborhoods,
                    countries — this way

                Praying to the HOLY SPIRIT who
                    is God helps us to be
                    HOLY — SANCTIFIED

                Praying to the Holy Spirit helps
                    us to love

                Praying to the Holy Spirit helps
                    us to unite

                The evil one wants division
                The evil one does not want us to
                    love God, serve God,
                    love and praise God

                The devil works to try to stop
                    us from loving and praising
                    God in Church

                The Holy Spirit helps us have fire
                    for love of God and others —

                The Holy Spirit helps us to know
                    Jesus more intimately and
                    thirst to go to the tabernacle —

                Jesus told me we should put the
                    Holy Spirit Novena in the
                    front of the Blue Books —

                We are here to spread the good news —
                    To be Apostles of the Sacred Heart
                    To be actors, not reactors —

                When we hate and ignore God
                    our hearts become more and
                    more hard and we become
                    more and more angry —

                    because we are depriving
                ourselves of love which is
                why we were created —

                    Then people can sit on a
                "pity-pot" and want someone
                to rescue them — make them
                feel better because they feel
                awful from being unloving,
                divided, depriving themselves
                of love and union with others because
                of anger, pride, possessiveness,
                envy, jealousy, lust etc. —

   

1 John 4: 20

Anyone who says 'I love God'
and hates his brother,
is a liar,
since whoever does not love the brother
    whom he can see
cannot love God whom he has not seen.

 

                We are happiest loving God and
                    others as ourselves —

                We are happiest doing God's
                    will in love

  

Jeremiah 1: 4-8

The word of Yahweh came to me, saying:

 ‘Before I formed you in the womb
     I knew you;
  before you came to birth 
     I consecrated you; 
  I appointed you as prophet to the nations.’

  I then said, ‘Ah, ah, ah, Lord Yahweh;
you see, I do not know how to speak: I am only a child!’

  But Yahweh replied,
‘Do not say, "I am only a child,"
 for you must go to all to whom I send you
 and say whatever I command you.
 Do not be afraid of confronting them,
 for I am with you to rescue you,
 Yahweh declares.’

 

1 Corinthians 2: 12

Now, the Spirit we have received is not the spirit of the world but God’s own Spirit, so that we may understand the lavish gifts God has given us. 

   

                We live the God-life to
                    a highly and developed degree.

                It is a profound realization
                    of what it means to participate
                    in God's life through grace.

                The Holy Spirit has been given to us
                    to teach us how to live
                    this God-life, this Christ-life.

                The Spirit perfectly understands
                    the life of God, and He
                    perfectly understands our
                    participation in that life.

                The Holy Spirit is the perfect teacher who
                    instructs us how to live and
                    develop this life, ideally to its
                    mystical heights.

                    The Holy Spirit is with us to guide us in
                our life in Christ.

                    The Holy Spirit continually desires to
                deepen the Christic, Trinitarian
                image within us.

              

 

 

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