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January 8, 2004

January 9th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 7 Period II.
The Novena Rosary Mysteries for
January 9th are Glorious.

                                   

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 9, 2004

     
4:00 a.m. - Mass

4:37 a.m. - Choose Life

5:40 a.m. - Christmas Songs

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

7:24 a.m. - Tell My People read by Father Carter

8:56 a.m. - Morning Offering & Prayers

9:06 a.m. - Mary's Message

9:13 a.m. - Live Rosary from December 13, 1996

10:37 a.m. - Christmas Songs

11:55 a.m. - Newsletter 1998 Issue 5 (Mother at Our Side)

1:14 p.m. - Children's Rosary December 25, 1994

1:48 p.m. - Christmas Songs

2:32 p.m. - Rosary March 21, 1995

3:19 p.m. - Songs from Jesus

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
                 Rosary

7:24 p.m. - Sidney Rosary from December 2, 2003

10:00 p.m. - Instrumental Christmas Songs

11:05 p.m. - Joyful Rosary Aves

11:36 p.m. - Songs to Mary

12:55 a.m. - Mysteries of Light from November 2, 2002

1:36 a.m. - Special Messages given by Jesus to Father Carter
                    and songs

2:55 a.m. - Christmas Songs

4:00 a.m. - Mass

 

    

January 8, 2004

Messenger:        Take Lord Receive All My Liberties

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 service of His Divine Majesty.  

   
                            I give you myself Lord.
 

Prayer for Union with Jesus

    Come to me, Lord, and possess my soul. Come into my heart and permeate my soul. Help me to sit in silence with You and let You work in my heart.

    I am Yours to possess. I am Yours to use. I want to be selfless and only exist in You. Help me to spoon out all that is me and be an empty vessel ready to be filled by You. Help me to die to myself and live only for You. Use me as You will. Let me never draw my attention back to myself. I only want to operate as You do, dwelling within me.

    I am Yours, Lord. I want to have my life in You. I want to do the will of the Father. Give me the strength to put aside the world and let You operate my very being. Help me to act as You desire. Strengthen me against the distractions of the devil to take me from Your work.

    When I worry, I have taken my focus off of You and placed it on myself. Help me not to give in to the promptings of others to change what in my heart You are making very clear to me. I worship You, I adore You and I love You. Come and dwell in me now.

   

                            Meditation 10 minutes

                            Dear Holy Spirit enlighten me to do Your
                                will.

                                Help me never to block your work.

                                I give myself to you, to do with
                                    as you so choose.

                                I am your servant Lord, come
                                    and possess my soul.

      

Words of Surrender of a Soul

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

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

I surrender myself to You.

I ask You to run my life.

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

God, this day I consecrate myself to You.

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

     

Act of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

"Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock, I consecrate myself to Your most Sacred Heart. From Your pierced Heart the Church was born, the Church You have called me, as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, to serve in a most special way. You reveal Your Heart as a symbol of Your love in all its aspects, including Your most special love for me, whom You have chosen as Your companion in this most important work. Help me to always love You in return. Help me to give myself entirely to You. Help me always to pour out my life in love of God and neighbor! Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You!

"Dear Blessed Virgin Mary, I consecrate myself to your maternal and Immaculate Heart, this Heart which is symbol of your life of love. You are the Mother of my Savior. You are also my Mother. You love me with a most special love as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, a movement created by your Son as a powerful instrument for the renewal of the Church and the world. In a return of love, I give myself entirely to your motherly love and protection. You followed Jesus perfectly. You are His first and perfect disciple. Teach me to imitate you in the putting on of Christ. Be my motherly intercessor so that, through your Immaculate Heart, I may be guided to an ever closer union with the pierced Heart of Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock."

       

Messenger:        Dear God, I want to be united to You deep
                                in my heart.
                                Let me be connected deeply to
                                    You and know Your will for me.
                                    Help me to dispose of myself
                                        to You and to give my all
                                        to the jobs You have given to
                                        me in the ministry.
                                    Help me not to be controlling and
                                        block your work.
                                    Help me to be selfless and unattached.

                                    I surrender myself to you.

  

 

Picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Freedom

March 2, 1994
At Cathedral After Communion

Jesus:  I want you to love Me as I love you. If I asked you to lay down your life for Me, you would give this freely of yourself. I need this surrender from you that you put Me above all things--not some things, all things. I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have any gods before Me--not your husband, your children, your life, your house. I want your total surrender! I am not asking you to give these things up. I am asking you to love Me more than any of these things, that you are willing to give them up for Me!

This is freedom. When your love is for Me and Me alone, no one has any control over you. You live for Me and I am Almighty. I love you with the most ardent love and you know all that comes from Me is from Him Who laid down His life for you.

Do you love Me? Would you lay your life down for Me? If you love, you give of yourself. Do you love each other? Do you give of yourself to one another or do you have relationships that give to you? This is not love. Love gives from the heart. Love is for the good of the other. I gave My life for you that you might live. Follow the Master. I did not die for any of My own gratifications, I died to show you how I loved you! I gave My only life for you. I love you this much!

I call you to love. Love is action from your heart. Do you love Me this way or do you just do busy work and call it love?

To learn about love you must come and be with Me. Sit and let Me teach you My ways. I sit with My red garb, covering My white tunic, you at My feet and I teach you ever so sweetly each day. You are My beloved ones. I died for you. I give you this same love today. Love gives to the other. Do you give this kind of love to Me and your brother or do you ask what others and I will give to you?

You do not know love if you do not come and you are not taught by Me. I am the author of love. I teach the mighty lessons of love. I died out of love for you.

You cannot love intimately if you hold back. To love Me, you must totally surrender, surrender all you hold on to. People do not love Me because they want to hold back. If you want intimacy with Me, you must be willing to surrender your all to Me.

Are you willing to do this? This is where the power is. When you give your all, I possess your soul and I am all powerful. I want your all, not little pieces you stingily let go of. I want your all. Then you will have an intimate union with God. Then you will live in His love and be powered by His might. Then you will be free. I will operate you and you will be united to Me as one. What power, God dwelling within your breast and acting from your soul! Become selfless and unattached to anything. I am God and you shall not have any gods before Me!

    

Messenger:        I beg for the grace to know your will and
                                to do it selflessly.
                            Please help the disposition of my heart
                                to be pure --
                                I do not want to put myself in a
                                    victim role.
                                I do not want to tell people about
                                    the movement for my own flattery.

                                Help me to want God's will in all
                                    I do as I serve You and serve
                                    others for your honor and glory
                                    and to help promote the Kingdom.

                                Sing: Come to Me Lord and Possess my soul

                                Dear God please help the world to live
                                    according to Your will.

                                Here is the 2nd part of the discernment
                                    of spirits as found in
                                    St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises.

  

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

328. RULES FOR DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS
II

Further rules for understanding the different movements produced in the soul. They serve for a more accurate discernment of spirits and are more suitable for the second week
  

329.  I.  It is characteristic of God and His Angels, when they act upon the soul, to give true happiness and spiritual joy, and to banish all the sadness and disturbances which are caused by the enemy.
   It is characteristic of the evil one to fight against such happiness and consolation by proposing fallacious reasonings, subtilties, and continual deceptions.

330.  2.  God alone can give consolation to the soul without any previous cause. It belongs solely to the Creator to come into a soul, to leave it, to act upon it, to draw it wholly to the love of His Divine Majesty. I said without previous cause, that is, without any preceding perception or knowledge of any subject by which a soul might be led to such a consolation through its own acts of intellect and will.

331.  3.  If a cause precedes, both the good angel and the evil spirit can give consolation to a soul, but for a quite different purpose. The good angel consoles for the progress of the soul, that it may advance and rise to what is more perfect. The evil spirit consoles for purposes that are the contrary, and that afterwards he might draw the soul to his own perverse intentions and wickedness.

332.  4.  It is a mark of the evil spirit to assume the appearance of an angel of light. He begins by suggesting thoughts that are suited to a devout soul, and ends by suggesting his own. For example, he will suggest holy and pious thoughts that are wholly in conformity with the sanctity of the soul. Afterwards, he will endeavor little by little to end by drawing the soul into his hidden snares and evil designs.

333.  5.  We must carefully observe the whole course of our thoughts. If the beginning and middle and end of the course of thoughts are wholly good and directed to what is entirely right, it is a sign that they are from the good angel. But the course of thoughts suggested to us may terminate in something evil, or distracting, or less good than the soul had formerly proposed to do. Again, it may end in what weakens the soul, or disquiets it; or by destroying the peace, tranquility, and quiet which it had before, it may cause disturbance to the soul. These things are a clear sign that the thoughts are proceeding from the evil spirit, the enemy of our progress and eternal salvation.

334.  6.  When the enemy of our human nature has been detected and recognized by the trail of evil marking his course and by the wicked end to which he leads us, it will be profitable for one who has been tempted to review immediately the whole course of the temptation. Let him consider the series of good thoughts, how they arose, how the evil one gradually attempted to make him step down from the state of spiritual delight and joy in which he was, till finally he drew him to his wicked designs. The purpose of this review is that once such an experience has been understood and carefully observed, we may guard ourselves for the future against the customary deceits of the enemy.

335.  7.  In souls that are progressing to greater perfection, the action of the good angel is delicate, gentle, delightful. It may be compared to a drop of water penetrating a sponge.
    The action of the evil spirit upon such souls is violent, noisy, and disturbing. It may be compared to a drop of water falling upon a stone.
    In souls that are going from bad to worse, the action of the spirits mentioned above is just the reverse. The reason for this is to be sought in the opposition or similarity of these souls to the different kinds of spirits. When the disposition is contrary to that of the spirits, they enter with noise and commotion that are easily perceived. When the disposition is similar to that of the spirits, they enter silently, as one coming into his own house when the doors are open.

336.  8.  When consolation is without previous cause, as was said, there can be no deception in it, since it can proceed from God our Lord only. But a spiritual person who has received such a consolation must consider it very attentively, and must cautiously distinguish the actual time of the consolation from the period which follows it. At such a time the soul is still fervent and favored with the grace and aftereffects of the consolation which has passed. In this second period the soul frequently forms various resolutions and plans which are not granted directly by God our Lord. They may come from our own reasoning on the relations of our concepts and on the consequences of our judgments, or they may come from the good or evil spirit. Hence, they must be carefully examined before they are given full approval and put into execution.

end of excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

 

From The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.  p. 11

21.                     SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

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

     

meditate for 30 minutes after reading

   

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

23. FIRST PRINCIPLE AND FOUNDATION

    Man is created to praise, reverence and serve God 
our Lord, and by this means to save his soul.

     
Messenger:
            We want to let go of inordinate attachments.
                                    We want to do God's will.
                                    All day we are making decisions about
                                        our will.
                                    The purity of the disposition of our actions
                                        will help us serve God more.
                                    We act for His honor and glory.
                                    Our decisions for acting are not tainted
                                        with pride and jealousy if we
                                        are acting as God wants.
                                    We want people to do God's will, we
                                        don't try to stop them to get
                                        their attention or to try to get
                                        ahead or because of jealousy.
                                    We want God's will.

                                God's directions given to us for the purpose
                                    of the building and our Movement is
                                    clear.
                                People make decisions about their will
                                    all day.
                                    How do we serve -- whole-heartily?
                                                                    with malice?
                                                                    with jealousy?
                                                                    with envy?
                                                                    with love?
                                    Do we want to promote God's Kingdom?
                                    Do we do it for vain glory?
                                    Do we act with any impurities in our
                                        heart to block God's plan --
                                        slothfully, pridefully, jealousy,
                                        envy, selfishness, anger,
                                        competition?

Jesus speaks:     I have given you the purpose of the Shepherds of Christ.
                            I want the pictures of My Heart and Mary's
                                Immaculate Heart circulated.
                            I want the individual consecrations spread.
                            I want homes consecrated to My Heart.
                            I want My Blue Book Messages to reach
                                the priests and the people.
                            I want My Rosary Meditations to reach
                                the children in the schools, the
                                little children at home and the
                                people.

Messenger:       Oh Jesus, I want to sit at your feet and be
                                taught by You --

    

    

Messenger:       Oh Jesus, I want you to help me to
                                do Your will.

                            Oh Jesus, you are My Savior.

  

  

January 8, 2004 

Jesus speaks:      

                                In the Reign of My Sacred Heart men
                            will act like pure little docile children
                            of My Father.

                                Mary lived to do the will of the Father.
                            Some will try to manipulate events to
                            be as they desire, they are willful and
                            have a world of their own in their
                            heads.

                                They can be so self-willed they can
                            block out community gatherings and
                            meetings while they willfully block
                            superiors out and pray inside themselves
                            to themselves ignoring everything around
                            them. They have given themselves an agenda
                            of prayers prayed daily and they really
                            fail to be part of the community or obey
                            the rules, they justify what they do by telling
                            themselves they don't have to listen to superiors,
                            but need to pray four rosaries. They completely
                            run their own program and want things
                            their way.

                                Grace is granted to those who follow
                            their superiors, ones who as the song says
                            can bend, though straight and tall.

                                I taught you about obedience.
                                I died on the cross.
                                I sweat Blood.
                                I did the will of My Father.

Messenger:

                            All day we make decisions about what we
                                will do.
                            Someone may direct us or help to direct us,
                                but our will is ours.
                            The purity of intention is in every
                                action we perform.
                            St. Ignatius talks about the 3 classes
                                of men.

                                I saw a person in a store ringing out
                            groceries. They were very present to the whole
                            situation loving, kind and doing their
                            job whole-heartedly serving the shopper.

                                Another checker in the grocery acted angrily
                            at the shopper, throwing the items being bought
                            around and never having eye contact with
                            the shopper.

                                How would Jesus and Mary serve if God
                            asked them to have this interaction with
                            the shopper? How would Mary serve to
                            do anything if she knew it was God's will.

                                I have seen some people pray when
                            we were having an important meeting and
                            later hurting things because they weren't
                            listening when the meeting took place.

                                A young novice must learn to listen and
                            follow directions. She doesn't ignore the
                            superior and pray the rosary when
                            directions are given to her.

                                Christ obeyed the Father.
                                He shows us about obedience.
                                Christ, the Son of God, washed the feet
                            of His servants.

                                What an awesome thought that God
                            the Son of God washes men's feet. St. Peter
                            said something like wash me all over
                            why didn't St. Peter just obey what
                            Jesus said first.

                                Some people have to have control.
                            Some use the opportunity of trying to
                            ask a question when someone is doing
                            something else surrounded with people.
                            It reminds me of children asking
                            their mom a question while she
                            is on the phone talking to someone
                            else.

                                The devil works in willfulness.
                            The devil wants a person to disobey their
                            superiors, argue with them, manipulate
                            things to get their own way.

                                One thing I have learned through the
                            messages, God tells me what to do and
                            I do it then as He has told me.

                                Another person may try to demand a
                            schedule which can block the messages
                            God gives me.

                                I am a messenger, I am available for
                            the message. I do not tell God when to
                            act on my soul and what to give me. He
                            is the initiator, I am the soul waiting His
                            favor.
  

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.

   

         

 

  

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