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October 12, 2009

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October 12, 2009   


Joyful Mysteries



                Luke 1: 26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, you who enjoy God’s favour! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. And I tell you this too: your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ Mary said, ‘You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as you have said.’ And the angel left her.


                (1) We are so focused on the things of the
                        world —
                        God is calling us to stop and pray for
                        the world —
                        To tell Him we are sorry for the sins of
                        the human race.

                (2) Mary was the perfect handmaid of the
                        Lord —

                (3) Mary was sinless from the first moment
                        of conception —

                (4) Mary kept her focus on the will of the Father.

                (5) Mary teaches us to be a handmaid of
                        the Lord.

                (6) Adam and Eve committed the first sin
                        of the human race — they did it freely —
                        they disobeyed God —

                (7) This started the miseries for us
                        We misuse God's gifts.

                (8) Many today say "no" to God's will —
                        The angels said "no" to serving God.

                (9) We have a free will — we can choose to
                        disobey God —

                (10) We can say "no" to God —
                        outright "no" like a toddler saying
                            "no" to a command given by
                            their parents

                        We say "no" to God by passively
                            refusing to give Him what He
                            wants —
                            by saying no to His will — acting
                                passively and becoming
                                better and better at games
                                deceptively not doing His will

                        We know God wants us to do something
                            we can say "yes" — this is
                            holy, this is like Jesus, the New Adam
                            Mary, the New Eve

                        We can passively, slothfully, delay —
                            do everything but give God
                            what His will is —
                            this is passive disobedience to
                                God's will —

                        Where we should have said "yes" —
                        We force our dysfunctional ways on others —
                            if we can using God's work as power
                            to force our bad behavior on others —

                        What is your bait?

                        How do you passively refuse God —

                        Or actively — delaying, but trying to
                            look like we did a lot — when
                            in fact we did other things,
                            lied, deceived, delayed and
                            cared only about saving face
                            and getting our way opposed
                            to God's —

                        We can be "can-do- people"
                            doing what God wants with
                            all our heart —

                        Or "can't do-people" blocking what
                            He wants and saying no to building His Kingdom

                        We have a free will —

                        but how vast is that freedom —?
                        provoking others to cause hatred,


                            how grave is our evil?
                            how many souls do we effect?


Jonah 4: 1-11

This made Jonah very indignant; he fell into a rage. He prayed to Yahweh and said, ‘Please, Yahweh, isn’t this what I said would happen when I was still in my own country? That was why I first tried to flee to Tarshish, since I knew you were a tender, compassionate God, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, who relents about inflicting disaster. So now, Yahweh, please take my life, for I might as well be dead as go on living.’ Yahweh replied, ‘Are you right to be angry?’ 

    Jonah then left the city and sat down to the east of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, to see what would happen to the city. Yahweh God then ordained that a castor–oil plant should grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head and soothe his ill–humour; Jonah was delighted with the castor–oil plant. But at dawn the next day, God ordained that a worm should attack the castor–oil plant–and it withered. Next, when the sun rose, God ordained that there should be a scorching east wind; the sun beat down so hard on Jonah’s head that he was overcome and begged for death, saying, ‘I might as well be dead as go on living.’ God said to Jonah, ‘Are you right to be angry about the castor–oil plant?’ He replied, ‘I have every right to be angry, mortally angry!’ Yahweh replied, ‘You are concerned for the castor–oil plant which has not cost you any effort and which you did not grow, which came up in a night and has perished in a night. So why should I not be concerned for Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, to say nothing of all the animals?’


                        Sing: Take Lord Receive

                        meditated evil

                        prolonging giving a work needed —
                            only to push another
                            trying to do God's will

                        — secrets hurting the Church, by
                            wearing religious wear and
                            scandalizing others with our sins

                        — Deception — acting like we are right when
                            in fact we are saying
                            we won't serve — when souls are
                            at stake that could be changed
                            if we were living our vocation
                            as we should —

                        Testing others for affection for ourselves,
                            power, when a job is simple
                            and is needed for the work of
                            helping souls

                        Look at the purity of Mary's heart
                        Look at the pure and holy Heart of Jesus —

                        Why do religious wear clothes
                            that say to others — we are
                            holy if they are hurting
                            others by their job in their
                            vocation —


Matthew 22: 36-40

'Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?' Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets too.'


                        Either we grow in virtue —
                        or if we continue in bad habits —
                            evilness —
                            our vision toward God, others and
                                ourselves becomes — more and
                                more distorted

                            We become blind to sin —

                        Freedom is given by God — so we choose

                        How is the freedom abused —

                        Some murder —
                        Some abuse others
                        Some vices become worse and worse —

                        Those living virtuous lives —
                            live in virtue —

                        We can see others forgiving us for
                            wrong doing and abuse our
                            vocation because of mercy superiors

                        Jesus gives to us forgiveness for our
                            sins, but we are to admit them
                            and ask for forgiveness —

                        If we lie to ourselves about
                            our sins and hurt others — deceive
                            ourselves and others we can
                            store up guilt —

                        We could see the good others say
                            about us and
                            abuse their praise and gifts —
                            "I am the only one — so I can
                                test them and block the

                        How vast is freedom?

                        Jesus is our friend!!

                        Jesus gives us the Blue Books —

                        Jesus died for us —

                        When we are truly grateful to God
                            and others we are less likely
                            to sin — rather than try to
                            manipulate others for power
                            and affection —

                        God gives gifts —

                        Do we abuse these gifts with


                Quote to St. Margaret Mary — Jesus says:

                    "Behold the heart which has so much
                    loved men that it has spared nothing,
                    even exhausting and consuming itself
                    in testimony of its love.
                    Instead of gratitude I receive from
                    most only indifference, by
                    irreverence and sacrilege and
                    the coldness and scorn that
                    men have for Me in the
                    sacrament of love."

                        We are to recognize our sins to help
                            us not to give into our weaknesses
                            regarding sin — temptations —
                            deception about ourselves —

                        When we recognize our sins damage
                            our relationship with our beloved,
                            God, and we don't give into the
                            temptation — we are advancing
                            in greater purity.

                        We say "I don't want to hurt my
                            relationship with God and others"
                            we don't give into temptation
                            to be hurtful and unloving to others —

                        God loved us first —

                        It is our response in love to God —
                            doing His will, serving Him — God wants.

                        Sin is ugly —

                        Look at the consequences of sin —

                        How we are rebelling against God's will —
                                            rebelling against what God wants

                        Giving thanks and wanting to change
                            is major —

                        Mary asked for conversion at Fatima

                        See people in prison
                        See people in chains

                        Look at the enslavement of the
                            slaves at the time of Moses —

                        Now see ourselves
                            enslaved to sin —
                            seeking inordinate attachments —
                            acting from impurities
                                (1) control
                                (2) pride
                                (3) jealousies
                                (4) lust
                                (5) revenge
                                (6) greed
                                (7) anger
                                (8) seeking dominance for dominance
                                        sake etc.

                        We seek knowledge of our sins —

                        We see our sins as a society and
                            beg God's mercy and forgiveness.

                        We pray for grace for purity —
                        We pray for grace to not give into temptation —

                        We discern the spirits —

                        We pray through the intercession of
                            Mary and the saints

                        We meditate on our love for God the Father —
                        We meditate on our love of Jesus —
                        We meditate on our love of the Holy Spirit —

                        We see hell and people in hell because
                            of mortal sin —


Excerpt from The Spirituality of Fatima

by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

July 13, 1917

    "During her appearance in July, Our Lady, in answer to Lucia's plea, promised that in October she would work a great miracle so that all might believe and know who she was. Again, the Mother of God told the children to sacrifice themselves for sinners and to say many times, especially when making a sacrifice, this prayer: "O my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of poor sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary." (11)

    "During this same July apparition, Mary showed the three children a vision of Hell. She told them:

    "You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish, in the world, devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.

    "The war (World War I, then raging) is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI. When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light [January 2, 1938], know that this is the great sign that God gives you that He is going to punish the world for its many crimes by means of war, hunger, and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. (12)

    "To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the five first Saturdays. If my requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed....

    "But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, Russia will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world." (13)

 11. For background material on Fatima, I am particularly indebted to 
    Our Lady of Fatima's Peace Plan from Heaven
(Rockford: TAN 
    Books and Publishers, Inc., 1983). pp.3-4.
12. Ibid., pp.4-5.
13. Ibid., p.5.




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

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

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.

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.  




                (1) Luke 1: 39-45

Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’


Prayer from St. Ignatius

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not to ask for any reward,
Save that of knowing
                    that I am doing your will.


 Prayer of St Ignatius

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Permit me not to be separated from Thee
From the wicked foe defend me
at the hour of my death call me
and bid me come to Thee
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee
For ever and ever. Amen.


                (4) The Magnificat

Luke 1: 46-55

And Mary said:

My soul proclaims
    the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit rejoices
    in God my Saviour;
because he has looked upon
    the humiliation of his servant.
Yes, from now onwards
    all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty
    has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his faithful love extends age after age
    to those who fear him.
He has used the power of his arm,
he has routed the arrogant of heart.
He has pulled down princes
    from their thrones
        and raised high the lowly.
He has filled the starving with good things,
    sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the help
    of Israel his servant,
        mindful of his faithful love
—according to the promise
    he made to our ancestors—
of his mercy to Abraham
    and to his descendants for ever.

                (5) Sing: Holy, Holy, Holy Is His Name

                (6) Human embryos at the earliest weeks of pregnancy
                        are human lives.

                (7) How can somebody kill a child in
                        the womb —

Isaiah 49: 15

Can a woman forget her baby at the breast,
feel no pity for the child she has borne?
Even if these were to forget,
I shall not forget you.


                (8) We must focus on Divine Love
                        Don't forget pains of hell —

                (9) Eucharist means thanksgiving

                (10) Gratitude —
                        If we see our sins — we are grateful
                            to be more holy — advance in
                            the spiritual life



                Birth of Jesus

Luke 2: 1-20

Now it happened that at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be made of the whole inhabited world. This census—the first—took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee for Judaea, to David’s town called Bethlehem, since he was of David’s House and line, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. Now it happened that, while they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first–born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the living–space. In the countryside close by there were shepherds out in the fields keeping guard over their sheep during the watches of the night. An angel of the Lord stood over them and the glory of the Lord shone round them. They were terrified, but the angel said, ‘Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’ And all at once with the angel there was a great throng of the hosts of heaven, praising God with the words: 

    Glory to God in the highest heaven, 
    and on earth peace for those he favours. 

    Now it happened that when the angels had gone from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go to Bethlehem and see this event which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds said to them. As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as they had been told.


                (1)  Jesus was conceived in the womb of
                        Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit —                      

                (2) When we sin — we choose evil
                        over good — we have a free will —
                        sin hurts our intimacy with Jesus

                (3) We are to follow and imitate Jesus —
                        Jesus came as a baby —
                        We are to grow in the spiritual life —
                        We came as babies and grow in our
                            bodies —
                        We are to grow in the spiritual life —

                (4) When we choose sin and evil — we make
                        that evil around us in our lives —
                        disobedience to God's wishes —

                (5) We are now surrounded by the mess
                        we chose  a chain of evil

2 Samuel 11: 1 - 12: 7

At the turn of the year, at the time when kings go campaigning, David sent Joab and with him his guards and all Israel. They massacred the Ammonites and laid siege to Rabbah-of-the-Ammonites. David, however, remained in Jerusalem. It happened towards evening when David had got up from resting and was strolling on the palace roof, that from the roof he saw a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. David made enquiries about this woman and was told, 'Why, that is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite.' David then sent messengers to fetch her. She came to him, and he lay with her, just after she had purified herself from her period. She then went home again. The woman conceived and sent word to David, 'I am pregnant.'

    David then sent word to Joab, 'Send me Uriah the Hittite,' whereupon Joab sent Uriah to David.When Uriah reached him, David asked how Joab was and how the army was and how the war was going.David then said to Uriah, 'Go down to your house and wash your feet.' Uriah left the palace and was followed by a present from the king's table. Uriah, however, slept at the palace gate with all his master's bodyguard and did not go down to his house.

    This was reported to David; 'Uriah', they said 'has not gone down to his house.' So David asked Uriah, 'Haven't you just arrived from the journey? Why didn't you go down to your house?' To which Uriah replied, 'The ark, Israel and Judah are lodged in huts; my master Joab and my lord's guards are camping in the open. Am I to go to my house, then, and eat and drink and sleep with my wife? As Yahweh lives, and as you yourself live, I shall do no such thing!' David then said to Uriah, 'Stay on here today; tomorrow I shall send you off.' So Uriah stayed that day in Jerusalem. The next day, David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk. In the evening, Uriah went out and bedded down with his master's bodyguard, but did not go down to his house.

    Next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by Uriah. In the letter he wrote, 'Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest and then fall back, so that he gets wounded and killed.' Joab, then besieging the city, stationed Uriah at a point where he knew that there would be tough fighters. The people of the city sallied out and engaged Joab; there were casualties in the army, among David's guards, and Uriah the Hittite was killed as well.

    Joab sent David a full account of the battle. To the messenger he gave this order: 'When you have finished telling the king all about the battle, if the king's anger is aroused and he says, "Why did you go near the town to give battle? Didn't you know that they would shoot from the ramparts? Who killed Abimelech son of Jerubbaal? Wasn't it a woman who dropped a millstone on him from the ramparts, causing his death at Thebez? Why did you go near the ramparts?" you are to say, "Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead too." '

    So the messenger set off and, on his arrival, told David everything that Joab had instructed him to say. David flew into a rage with Joab and said to the messenger, 'Why did you go near the ramparts? Who killed Abimelech son of Jerubbaal? Wasn't it a woman who dropped a millstone on him from the ramparts, causing his death at Thebez? Why did you go near the ramparts?' The messenger replied to David, 'Their men had won an initial advantage and then came out to engage us in the open. We then drove them back into the gateway, but the archers shot at your retainers from the ramparts; some of the king's retainers lost their lives, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead too.'

    David then said to the messenger, 'Say this to Joab, "Do not take the matter to heart; the sword devours now one and now another. Attack the town in greater force and destroy it." That will encourage him.' When Uriah's wife heard that her husband Uriah was dead, she mourned for her husband.When the period of mourning was over, David sent to have her brought to his house; she became his wife and bore him a son. But what David had done displeased Yahweh.

David is rebuked by Nathan
His repentance

Yahweh sent the prophet Nathan to David. He came to him and said:

    In the same town were two men,
    one rich, the other poor.
    The rich man had flocks and herds
    in great abundance;
    the poor man had nothing but a ewe lamb,
    only a single little one
        which he had bought.
    He fostered it and it grew up with him
        and his children,
    eating his bread, drinking from his cup,
    sleeping in his arms;
        it was like a daughter to him.
    When a traveller came to stay,
        the rich man
    would not take anything
        from his own flock or herd
    to provide for the wayfarer
        who had come to him.
    Instead, he stole the poor man's lamb
    and prepared that for his guest.

    David flew into a great rage with the man. 'As Yahweh lives,' he said to Nathan 'the man who did this deserves to die. For doing such a thing and for having shown no pity, he shall make fourfold restitution for the lamb.'

    Nathan then said to David, 'You are the man! Yahweh, God of Israel, says this, 'I anointed you king of Israel, I saved you from Saul's clutches,


                        Sin affects us the most —
                        Sin affects others around us —

                        There is not a private sin —

                (6) We praise God and thank God for His

                (7) December 17, 1991

His Burning HeartPicture of Jesus' Heart on fire.

R. I was alone in All Saints Church after Mass and Communion, in front of the tabernacle, when I saw the Sacred Heart. It was red around the outside, then a layer of yellow and then the brightest light in the center. I felt heat and it looked like an open furnace.

    I thought about it all day and it instantly gave me peace and warmth in my heart. This is the purpose of these lettersto draw hearts to the ardent on-fire love of Jesus. I received the following message that day:

    "Open your heart to the fire of God's love. He is ablaze in your heart. He wants to dwell in you and love you and others through you. Love God, yourself and one another and experience the fire set aglow in your heart and experience the warmth of His love."

end of writing


                (8) Patterns of sin, can become
                        traps, habits —
                        How does this pattern start —
                        What am I doing when I give into
                            sin "full steam ahead"

                (9) To seek to know about our evilness —
                        To know our buttons —
                        To know what leads us to sin —

                (10) Small sins reveal things to us —
                        No sin is good.
                        Pray for grace to have knowledge of
                            our sins —



                The Presentation

                (1) Luke 2: 22-28

And when the day came for them to be purified in keeping with the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord—observing what is written in the Law of the Lord: Every first–born male must be consecrated to the Lord—and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is prescribed in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to the restoration of Israel and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:

    Now, Master, you are letting 
        your servant go in peace 
    as you promised; 
    for my eyes have seen the salvation 
    which you have made ready 
        in the sight of the nations; 
    a light of revelation for the gentiles 
    and glory for your people Israel.


                (2) Christ wore wounds for our sins —

                (3) Hell exists —

                        What about a garbage can of little
                            embryos — yanked from the
                            mother's womb —

                        Today our oppression is caused by
                            evil in the world —
                            murdering babies —
                            innocent babies

                        They worry about deaths from
                            swine flu — what about
                            deaths daily from healthy embryos        



                (4) We are to love —
                        Draw a picture of hatred —
                        Watch the movies —

                (5) Excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, by Louis J. Puhl, S.J. P.60-61



The one of Christ, our supreme leader and lord,
the other of Lucifer, the deadly enemy of our
human nature

PRAYER.   The usual preparatory prayer.

window at a former Jesuit Seminary

137. FIRST PRELUDE.   This is the history. Here it will be that Christ calls and wants all beneath His standard, and Lucifer, on the other hand, wants all under his.

138. SECOND PRELUDE.   This is a mental representation of the place. It will be here to see a great plain, comprising the whole region about Jerusalem, where the sovereign Commander-in-Chief of all the good is Christ our Lord; and another plain about the region of Babylon, where the chief of the enemy is Lucifer.

139. THIRD PRELUDE.   This is to ask for what I desire. Here it will be to ask for a knowledge of the deceits of the rebel chief and help to guard myself against them; and also to ask for a knowledge of the true life exemplified in the sovereign and true Commander, and the grace to imitate Him.



140. FIRST POINT.   Imagine you see the chief of all the enemy in the vast plain about Babylon, seated on a great throne of fire and smoke, his appearance inspiring horror and terror.

141. SECOND POINT.   Consider how he summons innumerable demons, and scatters them, some to one city and some to another, throughout the whole world, so that no province, no place, no state of life, no individual is overlooked.

142. THIRD POINT.   Consider the address he makes to them, how he goads them on to lay snares for men and bind them with chains. First they are to tempt them to covet riches (as Satan himself is accustomed to do in most cases) that they may the more easily attain the empty honors of this world, and then come to overweening pride.

   The first step, then, will be riches, the second honor, the third pride. From these three steps the evil one leads to all other vices.



143.   In a similar way, we are to picture to ourselves the sovereign and true Commander, Christ our Lord.

144. FIRST POINT.   Consider Christ our Lord, standing in a lowly place in a great plain about the region of Jerusalem, His appearance beautiful and attractive.

145. SECOND POINT.   Consider how the Lord of all the world chooses so many persons, apostles, disciples, etc., and sends them throughout the whole world to spread His sacred doctrine among all men, no matter what their state or condition.

146. THIRD POINT.   . . .

end of excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius


                (6) Wounds —
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                        etc. — etc. —

(7) Sing: A Song from Jesus

                (8) We are here to look at our sins —
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                (9) Beg for God's mercy and grace

                (10) God is Perfect love —




                The Finding in the Temple

                (1)  God made us beautiful —

                        Song: God's Love

                (2) Sing: A Song from Jesus



 Luke 2: 41-50

Every year his parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When the days of the feast were over and they set off home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They assumed he was somewhere in the party, and it was only after a day’s journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances. When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere. 

    It happened that, three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies. They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, ‘My child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.’ He replied, ‘Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’ But they did not understand what he meant.



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.

                (5) Who is on our throne?

                (6) God is not like our imperfect
                        parents —

                (7) We should no longer want to
                        sin that hurts our
                        relationship with God

                (8) Song: I Love You Jesus

                (9) 2 Corinthians 1: 19

The Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, that is, by me and by Silvanus and Timothy, was never Yes-and-No; his nature is all Yes.

                (10) John 1: 35

The next day as John stood there again with two of his disciples, Jesus went past,


  Matthew 3: 1-12

 In due course John the Baptist appeared; he proclaimed this message in the desert of Judaea, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.’ This was the man spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said:

    A voice of one that cries in the desert,
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This man John wore a garment made of camel–hair with a leather loin–cloth round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said to them, ‘Brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming retribution?  Produce fruit in keeping with repentance, and do not presume to tell yourselves, "We have Abraham as our father," because, I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. Even now the axe is being laid to the root of the trees, so that any tree failing to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire. I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who comes after me is more powerful than I, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing–fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing–floor and gather his wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.’









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