| Shepherds of Christ
January 19, 2009
January 20th Holy
The Novena Rosary
TUESDAY JANUARY 20, 2009
January 19, 2009
We want to circulate this book to the hierarchy and priests.
It is a work of art by Fr. Carter.
Please help us with your donations.
In this book Fr. Carter speaks of God as the ultimate mystery. We can meditate on the interior life of the Trinity. The Trinity is the most perfect community.
Fr. Carter tells us about our uniqueness in the Father’s Plan for us, how the individual Christian, the Church and the world are in the state of becoming –
Our incorporation into the mystery of Christ at baptism, and the gradual maturing of that life in the process of becoming, is centered in the pattern of death-resurrection.
Hebrews 5: 1-10
Every high priest is taken from among human beings and is appointed to act on their behalf in relationships with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins; he can sympathise with those who are ignorant or who have gone astray, because he too is subject to the limitations of weakness. That is why he has to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honour on himself; it needs a call from God, as in Aaron’s case. And so it was not Christ who gave himself the glory of becoming high priest, but the one who said to him: You are my Son, today I have fathered you, and in another text: You are a priest for ever, of the order of Melchizedek. During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, with loud cries and with tears, to the one who had the power to save him from death, and, winning a hearing by his reverence, he learnt obedience, Son though he was, through his sufferings; when he had been perfected, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation and was acclaimed by God with the title of high priest of the order of Melchizedek.
The spiritual life, which is centered in the pattern of death-resurrection, variously expresses itself through the Christian virtues.
God calls us to live the Christian existence, the spiritual life, within the framework of the Church that Jesus has established.
The Christian life, then, is rooted in the great event of the Incarnation -- Christ came for a double purpose. He was radically to release us from the dominion of sin and elevate us to a new level of existence.
The Incarnation goes on in us. We are in the state of becoming –
Genesis 1: 26-27
God said, ‘Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground.’
God created man in the image of himself,
in the image of God he created him,
male and female he created them.
This book is a great gift. Father Carter, founder of the Shepherds of Christ with a doctorate in theology was always trying to put the essence of the spiritual life in a ‘nut shell’ so we could advance in understanding more and more as he knew the spiritual life.
The Church is the Body of Christ. The concept of the Church as Body of Christ certainly emphasizes the sense of corporateness that should permeate the consciousness of the Church's members.
God intends each of us to press on toward maturity in the spiritual life through a proper encounter with others.
The Shepherds of Christ Movement is rooted in living our lives as the bride of Christ – laying down our lives daily in the morning offering, offering our lives as a sacrifice, united to the Mass, praying for our needs and the priests, the Church and the world.
Besides circulating these spiritual materials from Fr. Carter, and other prominent theologians, scriptures and popes writings – we have had a network of prayer chapters praying for the priests for 14 ½ years in 7 languages, people all over the world praying the prayers in the prayer manual before the Blessed Sacrament at the end of this book –
For the spread of the devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary culminating in the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
For the Pope.
For all bishops of the world.
For all priests.
For all sisters and brothers in the religious life.
For all members of the Shepherds of Christ Movement, and for the spread of this movement to the world.
For all members of the Catholic Church.
For all members of the human family.
For all souls in purgatory.
We ourselves pray 24 hours a day for the priests, the Church and the world before the exposed Eucharist in our Church in China, Indiana. This church was given to us from the Archdiocese for this purpose 12 years ago.
Our mission to lead all into this deep oneness with God as St. Paul says