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October 4, 2016

October 5th Holy Spirit Novena
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                October 4, 2016

Please Pray this.

Prayer for Grace for Election and our Country

Dear Father united to Jesus in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacrifice of Calvary sacramentally made present, celebrated around the world, in the Holy Spirit. We offer up all we do united to the Mass. We unite in one mind and one heart as members of the mystical body of Christ, with Christ our head in the pure and holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary, through the powerful intercession of Mary with all the angels and saints and souls in purgatory, and we beg for the saving grace for this election, for our country, the United States. Please help us. We further pray for unity to always do the will of God in love. We spread the Blood of Jesus on the leaders and people of the United States and cast the devil into hell. We consecrate our country to the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart and all our dioceses, and beg for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God help us. We pray for our families, the priests, the Church and the world. In the Name of Jesus please hear us, we pray.




                Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S. J.

Chapter 11 - Other Christian Virtues

    ...If religious superiors have an obligation to govern according to the signs of the times, religious subjects have a corresponding duty to obey according to the same signs. The renewal in the Church is calling for a greater maturity on the part of Christians. Religious, then, have to realize they are called to a greater maturity in the practice of their obedience. For instance, they have to be willing to develop their initiative as much as possible, while at the same time having the disposition to bear with the suffering involved if obedience leads away from the particular line of action which initiative had taken.

    The mature religious realizes also that as the external rules and structure of his life become less detailed and rigid, his sense of obedience will lead him to assume a greater personal responsibility for growth in Christ. For authority relaxes external structure in order to promote greater individual freedom and responsibility in spiritual growth. One is not therefore being truly obedient if he does not assume this responsibility.

    The mature religious also realizes that the contemporary practice of obedience involves a certain tension. On the one hand religious superiors are allowing for increased initiative, freedom and responsibility on the part of subjects. On the other hand, the individual religious must realize that he is to assimilate these new dimensions according to the framework of community. This is not always easy. Increased opportunities for the exercise of freedom, responsibility and initiative can be abused, and the individual can come to prefer his misconceived self-fulfillment to the good of the religious community and to the good of the Church. After all, renewal in the concepts of authority and obedience is aimed at making a more Christ-like Christian, and therefore a more selfless one, one who thinks less and less of himself and his self-fulfillment, and, consequently, one who truly finds his life and fulfillment in a greater service of love rendered in Christ to God and man.

6. Sociableness

Because the Christian life is expressed socially within the Church and within the wider community of mankind, sociableness is a very necessary attitude. Sociableness is a characteristic which makes our Christianity acceptable and pleasing to others. It allows the various Christian virtues, especially love, to be projected attractively in one's dealings with others. The necessity of this is immediately evident. Each of us, according to his unique person, is a continuation and expression of Christ. Christ is the supremely acceptable one. In our loyalty to Christ, Who reincarnates Himself in us, we have the responsibility of making ourselves pleasing and acceptable to others as far as possible. We do this sincerely, authentically, without presenting a facade, and without sacrificing principle, with Christ as the Model.

    There are various attitudes connected with sociableness. Perhaps the most important is kindness. Without kindness, how can I ever really make myself present to another and open myself to that other's presence? Kindness is closely akin to respect for another, and for all that the other is and can become. "Kindness means that one is well disposed toward life. Wherever he encounters a living being, the kind man's first reaction is not to mistrust and criticize but to respect, to value, and to promote development."7 A logical consequence of kindness is approachability. Who is afraid to approach a kind person? Contrariwise, even the bold and the daring hesitate to confront one who is unkind.

    Joyousness is another aspect of sociableness. We all do not have the same type of temperament. Some are much more effervescent than others, and their expression of Christian joy will obviously posses a greater ebullience. The more subdued will radiate joy through a form which closely resembles serenity. Whatever the case may be, we are not fully Christians unless we contribute our share of joy to our social encounters with another, several, or many. Closely allied with joy is the ability to jest and see the humorous side of life. He who never jests is a bore, and he who cannot observe the humorous aspect of the human condition does not see life in its completeness.

    Politeness and gratitude are other characteristics which should obviously mark our encounter with others. And the necessity of truthfulness as a basic ingredient of man's social relationships is succinctly pointed out by Guardini: ". . . our whole existence depends upon truth. . . The relations of people to each other, social institutions, government – all that we call civilization and man's work in its countless forms – depend on a respect for truth."8

    There is another Christian attitude which is of obvious importance in our dealings with others. We speak of empathy. To a great degree others experience our love for them through their observation of our ability to share their feelings and ideas. Of course, this sharing can extend over the entire gamut of emotions and ideas. Often, however, it is at those times when a person is experiencing sorrow or some other burden that he seeks the empathy of another. As we respond to a person in this particular need, we are truly imitating Christ Jesus: "Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.' " (Mt 11:28). 

7. Prudence 

a)  Prudence in General 

Prudence is that virtue which governs us in making the proper choices and decisions in the exercise of our Christ-life. It aims at using the proper means to express our love of God and man. Prudence governs the seeking of God's will in all the areas of one's Christian existence. Prudence is the guiding virtue of the entire Christian life. Its importance is obvious, and it rightfully holds first place among all the moral virtues. Although not as important as the theological virtues of faith, hope and love, its direction also extends to these virtues. Prudence tells us how to exercise faith, hope and love.

    Prudence is to influence every aspect of our participation in Christ's death-resurrection. It guides me as how best to avoid sin. Among other means, it bids me to learn from the past. What were the circumstances which led me to fail in love through this or that sin? Even when it has not been a question of sin, prudence still leads me to learn from those past mistakes which have hindered me from making a greater contribution to Church and world.

    Prudence is always our guide as we also strive to put on Christ more perfectly through positive action. What state of lifes does God wish me to enter?  What kind of work does He desire of me within that vocation? Here and now should I pray or engage in some external service for my neighbor? Among the various forms of expressing love, how am I to love God and others at this particular time? Am I working too much or too little? Am I too concerned for my health or not sufficiently concerned? Prudence helps answer these and all other questions concerning our Christ-life.

    Some people have a misconceived idea of what prudence is. They think it is merely an attitude of caution, an instinct which always leads us to take the safer path. True, prudence can lead me to choices of this nature if God’s will seems to indicate this type of action. But prudence is also concerned with the bold and the daring, with taking risks, with magnanimous action. Again, the guiding principle is God's will. The prudent Christian will also act in this latter manner if, after taking the proper means to discern the divine will, he decides God is leading him in this direction.

b) Prudence and the New Morality

Christian prudence is always obviously necessary for proper growth in Christ, but it is especially essential for the present age of life within the Church. This is true because of the significant changes in the approach to Christian moral living which we are presently witnessing.

    What are some of the chief characteristics of the new morality?  First of all, it is more interior, very explicity rooted in the transformation which is achieved through incorporation into Christ. Long before the coming of Christ, Jeremiah spoke of this interiority of life within the new convenant: "See, the days are coming – it is Yahweh who speaks – when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel (and the House of Judah), but not a covenant like the one I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. . . No, this is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel when those days arrive – it is Yahweh who speaks. Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I will be their God and they shall be my people. There will be no further need for neighbor to try to teach neighbor, or brother to say to brother, 'Learn to know Yahweh! ' No, they will all know me. . ." (Jr 31:31-34).

    As the words of Jeremiah indicate, the life of the new covenant established by and in Christ achieves a significant growth in the interiorization of religion. The life of the new covenant, consequently, is to be characterized by much less external law in comparison to life under the old covenant.

    Among the New Testament writers, St. Paul time and again develops the interiorization theme. Throughout the epistles to the Romans and Galatians, Paul stresses that we are justified through the interior law of the Spirit. External law cannot itself justify, that is, give the life of grace, although it has its role to play in the exercise and growth of the Christ-life. In Second Corinthians, St. Paul succinctly refers to the interiority of our life in Christ: "That is why there is no weakening on our part, and instead, though this outer man of ours may be falling into decay, the inner man is renewed day by day." (2 Co 4:16).

    The new approach to Christian morality, then, builds solidly upon what scripture tells us concerning our life in Christ. Christian morality is the expression of this life, and external actions have their intended value only when they are the incarnation of our Christ-life, the life of grace which transforms us. This Christ-life is essentially a life of love. Contemporary moral teaching greatly emphasizes the primacy of love, and continually reminds us that we must strive to be constantly aware that all our exterior conformity – indeed, all our moral actions – be seen in relationship to love of God and man. The new morality, then, strongly rejects legalism, that is, a belief that mere external conformity to law or a mode of life has a power to sanctify.

                            7. Guardini, Op. cit., p. 89.
                            8. Ibid., p. 9.


Excerpts from Mother at Our Side by Rev. Edward Carter, S.J.  


Consecration To Christ And Mary

"If, in the strict sense in question here, consecration makes one belong to God—how is it possible to speak of consecrating oneself to Mary? It is possible because by God's will Mary has something to do with our Christian life, with our sanctification. She is certainly not, like Christ, the source of salvation but she is maternally ordered to our life as children of God—always, however, in perfect union with her Son and subordinate to Him. . . Hence, in the full sense of the word a consecration to Mary includes. . . a real and essential reference to Christ and to the Baptism that binds us to Him." (A. Bossard). 8

Before we can intelligently discuss consecration to Christ and Mary we must understand the basic concept of consecration in the overall context of the Christian life.

To consecrate means to make sacred, to make holy. Only God can make a being holy. So to speak of our consecration is to speak of God's activity in making us holy—His activity of giving us a share in His own holiness. At Baptism—we receive a share in God's life—a share in His holiness. Christ is the mediator of this grace-life. We are baptized into Christ, into His death and resurrection. In Baptism we become holy by sharing in the holiness of Christ. We become consecrated, sealed with the divine holiness. We belong to the Father, through Christ in the Holy Spirit.

On our part, we must respond to God's consecration of us. We must live out the consecration of Baptism. We must realize what God has done for us in Christ and live according to this awareness. We need to live the life of holiness and grow in it. In other words, we must develop the life of grace, the Christ-life. We are given the gift, but we must respond.

What God has done for us in Christ involves Mary. God has given us a Christ-life, our life of grace, and Mary is the Mother of this Christ-life. Consequently, living out our life of consecration to God—living out the Christ-life—includes allowing Mary to increasingly be the Mother of our Christ-life.

Consecration to Mary, therefore, is an aspect of our consecration to God in Christ. It is entrusting ourselves entirely to her maternal love so that she can bring us closer to Jesus—so that we can increasingly live out our consecration to God in Christ.

At Fatima, Our Lady asked that we consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart. Mary shows us her heart as symbol of her love for God and us. She asks us to make a return of love to her—to consecrate ourselves to her. She wants us to entrust ourselves to her completely so that she may help us love God and neighbor. Her heart, symbol of her own great love of God and the human race, is a model for us in our own strivings to love God and neighbor.

As stated above, consecration to Mary is an aspect of our consecration to God in Christ and she has asked for consecration to her Immaculate Heart so that she may assist us. Christ, in turn, invites us to live out this consecration to Him through consecration to His Heart. We see the divine symmetry—consecration to the Immaculate Heart helps us live out our consecration to Christ Who reveals His Heart to us as symbol of His love. His heart also asks for our own return of love. We see, then, the most intimate link between consecration to the Immaculate Heart and consecration to the Sacred Heart.

Pope Pius XII reminds us of this union: "That grace for the Christian family and for the whole human race may flow more abundantly from devotion to the Sacred Heart, let the faithful strive to join it closely with devotion to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God."9

    Archbishop R. Arulappa, one very much interested in devotion to Mary's Immaculate Heart, reminds us that Our Lord Himself has let it be known that He wishes devotion to the Immaculate Heart to be united with devotion to His Sacred Heart.

    The Archbishop says:

"In connection with the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Sister Lucia, one of the seers, still alive, has been saying that on the 13th June 1929, Our Lady requested (as sister herself records in 'Memoirs and Letters of Sister Lucia', published in 1973), as follows: "The Good Lord promises to end the persecution in Russia, if the Holy Father will himself make a solemn act of reparation and consecration of Russia... as well as ordering all the Bishops of the Catholic world to do the same.'

"On March 21, 1982, Sister Lucia further explained to the Apostolic Nuncio, and two other witnesses, that the Pope must select a date on which to order the bishops of the whole world to make a solemn act of reparation and consecration of Russia to the most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, each in his own cathedral and at the same time as the act effected by the Pope.

"There are actually two versions of the vision of Our Lady on 13th June 1929, but they are essentially the same. In the better known version, Our Lady says: 'The moment has come for God to ask the Holy Father to make, in union with all the Bishops of the world, the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart. He promises to save Russia by these means.' The special mention of 'Russia' in this Act of Consecration is to be noted.

"When Sister Lucia asked Our Lord why He would not convert Russia without such an act of consecration, He replied: 'Because I want my whole Church to recognize this consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so as to extend its cult later on, and to place devotion to this Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart.'" 10

Pope John Paul II himself evidently realized, after inviting all the bishops to make the 1984 consecration with him, that the specific act of consecration requested by Mary was still to be fulfilled. After his own act of consecration of the world to Mary, and in words addressed to Our Lady of Fatima in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father said: "We wished to choose this Sunday for the act of entrusting and consecration of the world. . .of all peoples especially those who have a very great need of this consecration and entrustment, of those peoples for whom You Yourself are awaiting our act of consecration."12

When will this specific act of consecration requested by Our Lady and Christ occur? Sr. Lucia gives us the answer: According to Sr. Lucy, God will permit the grace of the collegial consecration only "when a sufficient number are complying with the message of Fatima."13

We see, then, how extremely important it is for each of us to live the message of Fatima. If we are consecrated to her Immaculate Heart, we certainly want to do what Mary asks of us, and Mary's Fatima requests include: 1) penance 2) the daily recitation of the Rosary, 3) the five First Saturdays, 4) consecration to the Immaculate Heart.14 Following is a brief commentary on each of these:

. . .Penance is the turning away from sin, asking pardon for sin—which, of course, includes sorrow for sin—and making reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary for the offenses committed against them. The spirit of reparation should be present in all we do in Christ—including performance of daily duties. We should include in our activities the practice of fasting, a practice requested by Our Lady at Medjugorje. As we perform our activities in union with Christ and Mary, we are encouraged to say the Fatima 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."

. . .Our Lady of Fatima also requested daily recitation of the Rosary. The rosary is one of Mary's favorite forms of prayer. The power of the rosary has been proven countless times over the centuries. The promises Mary gave to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan concerning those who say the rosary are truly remarkable. The Fatima prayer to be said after each decade of the rosary is: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of Thy mercy."15

. . .The practice of the five first Saturdays involves: 1) Going to confession, which may be done from 8 days before to 8 days after the first Saturday. Of course, if a person is in the state of serious sin, the confession must be made before receiving communion. 2) Receiving Holy Communion. 3) Recitation of 5 decades of the rosary. 4) Meditating for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the rosary. All of the above (except confession) must be done on the first Saturday of 5 consecutive months with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart. For those who make the five first Saturdays, Our Lady of Fatima has promised to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for salvation.

. . .Another request of Our Lady of Fatima—one which includes all the others—is that we consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart. What this consecration means we have stated earlier. Simply put, we can say that in consecrating ourselves to Mary we give and entrust ourselves to her so that she may bring us ever closer to the Heart of Christ, this Christ Who brings us to the Father in the Holy Spirit. This act of consecration obviously includes our willingness to observe the other requests of Our Lady of Fatima.

A great sign of our consecration to the Immaculate Heart is the wearing of the Brown Scapular. Sister Lucia has said that all Catholics should wear the Brown Scapular as part of the Fatima message. She said, The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable... In 1251, when she gave the Scapular to St. Simon Stock and thereby to the world, the Queen of Heaven stated: Whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire. Wearing the Scapular serves as a constant reminder of one's personal consecration to Mary and of the necessity of imitating her virtues and heeding her requests."16 Only priests properly authorized can validly enroll one in the Brown Scapular.

... Mary, then, tells us that consecration to her Immaculate Heart leads us to an even greater assimilation to Christ, to a deeper living out of our consecration to Christ. In the Immaculate Heart we are increasingly formed into the likeness of Christ. We are increasingly drawn into the Heart of Christ and more and more transformed in Him.

St. Louis de Montfort in his own way tells us of the connection between our life in Mary and our life in Christ: "The Holy Spirit espoused Mary and produced His greatest work, the Incarnate Word, in her, by her, and through her. He has never disowned her and so He continues to produce everyday, in a mysterious but real manner, the souls of the elect in her and through her. . . Since Mary produced the head of the elect, Jesus Christ, she must also produce the members of that head, that is, all true Christians."17

...Karl Rahner, one of the greater theologians of our times, speaks to us about this association with Christ's life: "We can only get a complete picture of Christian existence, such as it is given by God and such as we should make it, if we take a good look at the whole life of Christ." Further on, Rahner reminds us that Jesus still retains the mysteries or events of His past existence: "Jesus has not lost a thing. He has not only saved His physical being intact, but everything has remained present, as it were, in its hidden, sublime essence." Finally, Rahner tells us that through our union with Christ we relive His mysteries: "In other words, just as His cross and the totality of His life have become part of our life, so also is His Resurrection a factor in our present existence."18

To end our reflection on consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we might consider what Our Lady of Fatima said to Jacinta:

Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her.19


8. A. Bossard, in Dictionary of Mary (New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1985), p.55.
9. Pope Pius XII,
Haurietis Aquas (New York: Paulist Press), No.139.

10. Archbishop R. Arulappa, The Two Hearts, in The Fatima Crusader, Summer, 1992, p.3.

12. Pope John Paul II as quoted by Fr. Paul Leonard in The Fatima Crusader, Summer, 1992, p.18.
13. Our Lady's Peace Plan from Heaven, (Rockford: TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., 1983), p.14.
14. Ibid., p. 30.
15. Ibid., p. 31.

16. Ibid., p. 23.

17. St. Louis de Montfort
, God Alone: The Collected Writings of St. Louis de Montfort (Bay Shore: Montfort Publications, 1987), p.266.

18. Karl Rahner,
Spiritual Exercises (New York: Herder and Herder, 1965), pp. 244-47.

19.  Our Lady of Fatima’s Peace Plan from Heaven (Rockford: TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., 1983). p.10.



Fatima: Call of The Immaculate Heart

God wishes you to remain in the world for some time because He wants to use you to establish in the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those who embrace it, and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by myself to adorn His throne. (Our Lady of Fatima to Lucia.)1

    In the previous chapter we made numerous references to Fatima. Let's review the events that happened there.

    Fatima is situated in Portugal, not too far from the city of Lisbon. The terrain of Fatima is hilly with numerous cedar trees lining the valleys and the hills.

    In 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three small shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. She appeared to them on six occasions from May to October. With one exception, Mary always appeared on the 13th of the month above an oak tree in the Cova da Iria. The lone exception occurred in August. During this particular month Mary appeared to the children on the 19th near Valinhos. The three had been imprisoned by the civil authorities and were thus prevented from being in the Cova da Iria for the customary apparition on the 13th.

    The message which Mary gave to the children has been called her peace plan. We have given a brief description of Mary's Fatima message in the previous chapter.

    Among the requests of Our Lady of Fatima is the call for consecration to her Immaculate Heart. This is her key request—all her other requests are contained in this central one. This is obvious from a reflection on what consecration to the Immaculate Heart means. It means that we completely entrust ourselves to Mary so that we may completely belong to Christ. If we thus give ourselves completely to Mary, it is obvious we are willing to fulfill the other requests she has made at Fatima.

    It is extremely important that we live the Fatima message through consecration to the Immaculate Heart. As stated earlier, Sr. Lucia has said that the particular act of consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart which Mary has requested—with the conversion of Russia and world peace to follow—will not occur until a sufficient number of people are living the Fatima message. Since the Fatima message is centered in consecration to the Immaculate Heart, we see the overwhelming importance of making this consecration. (Contrary to what some believe, Russia has not realized complete conversion).

    The Immaculate Heart has drawn millions and millions of pilgrims to Fatima. To be there, especially on the 13th of the above mentioned months, is a very special experience. I was privileged to be at Fatima on October 13th, 1992, for the 75th anniversary of Mary's last apparition to the three children—the apparition attested to by the great miracle of the sun.

    On this occasion there was the usual candlelight rosary procession on the eve of the 13th. On this crisp, cool October night there were hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in the great square in front of the Basilica. Their reverence and devotion was most obvious and most inspiring.

    The next day was a bright, sunny day with clear blue sky—a gift of Mary, the Woman clothed with the sun: A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Rev. 12:1). There were even more pilgrims present for the morning outdoor Mass than had been on hand the previous evening. One estimate placed the crowd at one million. Whatever the actual number, the devotion of the pilgrims was even more impressive than their numbers. For over three hours the services continued. Throughout there was reverence and deep devotion evident. Although many of the pilgrims were Portuguese, there were also people present from numerous other countries. Despite the length of the services, despite the hundreds of thousands filling the square, there was this ongoing and pervasive silence. It was one of the most extraordinary events I have ever witnessed.

    One of the highlights of the services was the procession—before Mass—of the Our Lady of Fatima statue from the Apparitions Chapel to the outdoor altar in front of the Basilica, and the statue's return procession after Mass. The pilgrims' deep devotion to Our Lady of Fatima was very evident during these processions.

    While I was at Fatima, whenever I would visit the Apparitions Chapel—built on the site of Mary's apparitions to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco—there were numerous pilgrims praying. Often there would be a Mass taking place. At other times the pilgrims would simply be praying with deep devotion before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima which is enclosed in glass within the sanctuary. Leading down to the Chapel of Apparitions from the far end of the square—a distance of about 100 yards—lies a special pathway. Along this path certain pilgrims, in an act of sacrifice, walk on their knees until they arrive at the Chapel.

    Pilgrims also flock to the Basilica to attend Masses, to engage in private prayer, and to visit the crypts of Jacinta and Francisco. Their remains lie in the front of the Church. Those of Jacinta, to the left; those of Francisco, to the right. As one observes the pilgrims praying at the crypt sites, one can speculate on what goes through their minds. Certainly some must be in awe at the wonders God has worked through these two small shepherd children: "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike."(Mt. 11:25).

    Fatima is an attraction for millions. The Heart of a mother, the loving Heart of your mother and my mother is what attracts. Yet, the attraction of Fatima does not stop at Mary. At Fatima—as she always does—Mary points to her Son, Jesus. The center of attention at Fatima is the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and all devotions lead to the Mass. Symbolizing all this is the statue of the Sacred Heart which stands high upon its pedestal in the center of the great square. The figure of Christ stands with outstretched arms, welcoming all to come closer to His Heart. Our Lady of Fatima, in her motherly love for us, is ever so eager to lead us to this Heart of her Son. At Fatima, then, we are drawn to two Hearts.


20. Michael Gasnier, O.P., Joseph the Silent (New York: Kennedy & Sons, 1962), p.9.

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                R. Being led by Jesus and Mary

                Song: Little Child


Excerpt from Mother at Our Side, by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.


Being Led By Jesus and Mary

One of the most difficult tasks in the spiritual life is to engage in the process of letting go. There is something in us which wants to remain in control. We must remember, however, that growth in the spiritual life means increased abandonment to God in Christ.

God has given us Mary as our spiritual mother to help us grow in abandonment. As we more and more entrust ourselves to the Immaculate Heart, Mary increasingly aids in leading us to closer union with the Heart of Christ—to an increased abandonment to Christ.

We have to have goals in the spiritual life. We have to schedule our spiritual exercises. We have to make plans for our ministry—for our services to others in the Lord. We must plan to try to make the best use of our time.

But we must do these things with the overall attitude of allowing Christ and Mary to guide us in the Spirit. We make plans with the understanding that Christian prudence asks this of us. We do not map things out in order to be in control in a way which goes against entrusting ourselves to Christ and Mary. When it becomes clear that Christ and our Mother want us to make changes in what we have planned, we must ask for the grace to be spiritually free—to once again abandon ourselves to Jesus and Mary and allow Them to lead us anew in the Holy Spirit.

Our consecration to Christ and Mary means that we always strive to entrust ourselves totally to Them. And as we grow in this spirit of entrustment, we grow in the realization of what it means to be led by Jesus and Mary in the Spirit. We also grow in the desire to be so led.

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                R. We need to let go of control –

                Mary tells us –

                You must let go of the control
                You see and abandon
                yourself to the will of God.
                God has taught you about
                relationships - by giving
                you His commandments you
                know you are to love –

                God is to be loved by you with your
                whole heart, your whole soul,
                your whole being and you are
                to love your neighbor as yourself.
                You see that the commandments tell
                you about relationship between
                you and God and you and others.
                God is above you. God is first in
                your life – you are to seek God's
                will in all things, love the
                Father's will and abandon yourself
                to God's will.

                You are to love God this way
                because it is just. God deserves
                your love – God created you
                in His image and likeness.

                God has given you such beauty to
                be His creation – You are created
                by God – uniquely special –

                I am Mary, your heavenly Mother,
                abandon your will to the heavenly
                Father, live your life according
                to His Plan for you –

                You are His little precious
                creation –

                I am Mary, Mother at your side.


                Mary: I spread my mantle on you.

                Man is the creature and God
                is the Creator and over man –
                Man must recognize his place
                in relationship to God and give
                to God what is His due.

                    There must be order in men's
                lives in order for things to work.
                God has placed men over other
                men in just authority and this
                is order and structure that
                things are to work.

                    Only a fool would disobey
                the order God puts before you
                and tell others under the authority
                to disobey the authority – This
                is DISORDER and that house
                will fall and satan knows it.
                God operates in structure and
                order and satan tries to tear down
                God - given order – so there is
                willfulness and disorder by
                human beings seeking authority
                that is not theirs.

                    Disobedience to God's will has
                a high price as is seen from
                the Garden. The devil tempts
                people to disobey and oppose
                God's will. It becomes a habit,
                for some, to oppose others, oppose
                God and to not work under

                    People who were abused as children
                sexually do not understand that
                many times the actions were
                more a dominance, power - over act,
                than for the sexual gratification.
                It is indeed so sad that a person
                wishes such a way to seek dominance
                to use helpless, innocent children
                as victims and seek dominance
                at all costs to anyone for their
                evil ways.

                    The repercussions of offenses
                against another's sacred body,
                especially a child are a wounding
                that must be addressed so the
                injured child can heal. Many times
                the secrets are kept because of
                fear, guilt and confusion on the
                part of the child.

                    You can understand how horrific it
                is for any person to use power to
                dominate others for their own
                sick ways. Subjecting power and
                force on the innocent is satan's
                ways, but the individual wounded
                must recognize that they are the
                creation of God and they are
                uniquely special despite the
                horrible offense. The secrets must
                be validated for the terrible offense
                done to the innocent and the person
                seeking healing – not continue themselves,
                some inflicting on innocent others
                because of their festering rage and
                anger from the unhealed offense.

                    Abuse physical and sexual performed
                on innocent children by others larger
                than them can hurt their issues to
                learn to trust God and others they
                need to live with others in a healthy

                    The biggest offense against the
                innocent is what is being done
                to the unborn child in the Mother's
                womb today. The secret cries of
                abortion and the blood of these
                little babies cries in the offense
                you are committing against your
                heavenly Father without reparation
                or sorrow for this horrific crime –

                    The blood of these slaughtered children
                is on your country. The abuse of the
                innocent to small children sexually
                is a problem and the offenders
                keep doing this many times for the
                power in it they need and the
                adrenalin rush they have to get
                away with it on the innocent child.
                Children must learn to trust and
                parents listen to children when
                they try to talk to them. Too many
                times the parents are busy with
                their own lives and they can be
                angry and severely wounded themselves,
                and will not be sensitive to
                children. People abusing children very
                often know the perpetrators and the
                perpetrators (often relatives) are
                trusted by the parents so the offenders
                are not suspected and can continue
                to offend a child or other children.

                    People abused in childhood do
                not want to trust many times and
                do not want anyone over them.
                They can live their lives guarding
                their anger and secret and being
                a problem to others and never
                really live at all – They need
                to bring this secret out in the open
                under careful observation and
                seek healing and eventually forgiveness
                of the one who violated them.

                Punishing innocent others themselves
                leads them to deeper darkness.
                This takes serious help to deal with
                this – it is not a little matter –

                Jesus gives you His letters of love
                so you can know how very precious
                you are to Him –

                Abandon yourselves to God's will
                to live in peace.

                Know in baptism the Father, Son and Holy
                Spirit dwell in the graced, baptized

                    There are many secrets in this
                world that need to be brought out
                and healed and people need to
                learn to trust and work in unity
                and love with others.


Wisdom 11: 25

And how could a thing subsist, had you not willed it? Or how be preserved, if not called forth by you?


                Mary: God intends a man to return to
                God his love. A person wounded
                and locked in secrets that needs
                to be healed has issues usually
                with trust, authority, seeking
                power over others and are
                paralyzed many times that they
                will not budge to give love to
                others, to God or love themselves
                as they need to love –

                    God intends men to love Him and
                give Him what is His due. God
                is all powerful – He created the
                universe from nothing – He created
                the babies in the womb – God
                is to be loved and obeyed. A
                person cannot really live as God
                desires – locked in secrets and
                anger and fear.

                    God has given the Blue Books –
                People who use these letters of love
                and believe them can be more
                and more holy as God intends
                His creation to be. The truth
                must be always in a man's
                heart – He must recognize
                his sins before God and seek
                his forgiveness and repent for
                these sins.

                    People wounded by abuse must
                seek to be healed – to let go of
                life long secrets in a secure
                place of counseling or with
                religious counselors that
                can deal with their issues
                and help them to heal from
                the abuse.

                    God forgives the sinner.
                Jesus died for sinners. God
                hates the sin and loves the
                sinner. The messages given
                in God's Blue Book are the
                Mighty Medicine for the sick world.
                A man cannot live in sin and
                refuse the truth and continue
                in blindness sinning and feel

                You were created to grow in the
                spiritual life – under God –
                to obey Him and others He
                puts over you in just authority –
                to live - to learn deeper trust
                in God and trust in those
                God has put in your life to

                Opposing God's will, God's plan
                and living with the desire to
                have power - over others,
                power - over even God you
                may think – does not work
                and is not the truth –

                You must seek to live in
                God's plan –

                Spread the Blue Books to the
                sick world –

                Use them –
                Open them anywhere –
                They are God's letters of love –

                Give your hearts in surrender
                to the Sacred Heart of Jesus –

                Spread the Consecration to Our
                Two Hearts –

                I am Mary your Mother –
                I speak here to the wounded
                    souls – to the poor banished
                    children of Adam and Eve –

                Listen to my message and
                    the message of God the
                    Father –

                I appeared Our Lady of Clearwater
                    to a hurting world.


                Mary: Spread the Blue Books
                Spread the Consecration to Our Two Hearts.




November 4, 2013



 Give the gift that Counts
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18 Blue Books

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6A, 6B, 6C, 7, 8
9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

for $60 plus postage

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Shepherds of Christ Book Store
Books written by the cofounder of Shepherds of Christ Ministries
Rita Ring
Mass Book
A Journey Into the Heart of Jesus - Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J. Imprimatur
$ 12.00

  Mass Book, by Rita Ring: Many of the entries in the Priestly Newsletter Volume II from a spiritual journal came from this book. These entries
  are to help people to be more deeply united to God in the Mass. This book is available in English and Spanish with the Church’s


Rosary Meditations for Parents and Children
From the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J. Imprimatur
$ 10.00

  Rosary Meditations for Parents and Children, by Rita Ring, Short Meditations for both parents and children to be used when praying the
  rosary. These meditations will help all to know the lives of Jesus and Mary alive in their Hearts. Available in both English and Spanish with
  the Church’s

God's Blue Book I
Teachings to Lift You Up. Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 4.00

God's Blue Book I by Rita Ring. Open Anywhere    This book will change your life. These are beautiful love letters to us from Jesus. A million books have been printed and circulated. Jesus loves us so much    He wants a personal relationship with us    He wants us to go to the Eucharist and be with Him before the tabernacle. $10

God's Blue Book II
The Fire of His Love. Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S. J.
$ 4.00

God's Blue Book II by Rita Ring. Letters from Jesus about His on fire love    Jesus wants this great intimacy with us    On fire love    Personal love letters from Jesus about the love of His Heart    A book on surrender Fr. Carter said! $10

God's Blue Book III
Love God, Love One Another. Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 3.00

God's Blue Book III by Rita Ring. Fr. Carter's favorite book    It is about loving and forgiving each other    Being pure in heart    A book for unity in family, community, in life!! $10

God's Blue Book 4
The Love of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Author: Rita Ring
$ 5.00

God's Blue Book IV by Rita Ring. This book is about the love Jesus has for Mary and Mary has for Jesus and Jesus and Mary have for us    It is truly the Love of the Two Hearts. Mary appeared every day at the Holy Spirit Center    Fr. Carter was there. Mary's first apparition July 5, 1994. $5

God's Blue Book 5
So Deep Is the Love of His Heart. Author: Rita Ring.
$ 5.00

God's Blue Book V by Rita Ring. Jesus wants to be the bridegroom of our soul    He is our beloved    Jesus tells us about pure love    how we are to be pure of heart and love God and love others. It is a must, to hear about love from Jesus    Jesus is love    $5

God's Blue Book 6A
He Calls Us to Action Author: Rita Ring.
$ 5.00

God's Blue Book 6A by Rita Ring. Rosaries from Their Hearts during apparitions. Jesus and Mary appeared every day and I received rosaries from Them and They were transcribed from a tape. Also messages of love from Jesus on days of January, 1995    About Baptism    writings from Fr. Carter and the Scriptures. $10

God's Blue Book 6B
He Calls Us to Action - The Sixth Book, Part B Author: Rita Ring.
$ 5.00

God's Blue Book 6B by Rita Ring. Jesus and Mary appeared every day in February, 1995    So beautiful    transcribed from a tape    the Stations, 7 Sorrows, prayers in the Prayer Manual, the Holy Spirit Novena Book and the Song Book. Pure love    loving and forgiving    a book about Jesus' love, baptism, grace and Fr. Carter's Newsletter. $10

God's Blue Book 6C
He Calls Us to Action - The Sixth Book, Part C Author: Rita Ring.
$ 5.00
God's Blue Book 7
Intimacy with God by Rita Ring
$ 5.00
God's Blue Book 8
See thru the Eyes of Mary. Author: Rita Ring and Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 5.00
God's Blue Book 9
The Mass and the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
$ 5.00
God's Blue Book 10
God's Blue Book 10 - This is My Body
$ 5.00
God's Blue Book 11
God's Blue Book 11 - Showers of His Grace
$ 5.00
God's Blue Book 12
Solidarity In Chirst
$ 5.00
God's Blue Book 13
$ 5.00
God's Blue Book 14
God the Father Speaks After Clearwater
$ 5.00
God's Blue Book 15
$ 5.00
Blue Book 16
Mary Mother of the Eucharist
$ 5.00
Apostle's Manual
Shepherds of Christ Overview: Very carefully discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S. J.
$ 20.00

Apostles Manual. About the Movement — the structure of the Movement    All Ministries — from the time 3 months before Mary appeared in Clearwater and 3 months after. Rosaries of the 13ths, Fr. Carter's Newsletters. Messages from God the Father    Reaching the priests, the Church, the schools and the world. $20

Rosaries From the Hearts of Jesus and Mary - Volume I
Red Rosary Book - Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 10.00

Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Book 1. Mary appeared in Clearwater December 17, 1996 in rainbow color and these rosaries left the printer the same day from Apparitions of Jesus and Mary    transcribed from a tape. $10

Blue Rosary Book
Rosaries From the Hearts of Jesus and Mary - Volume II
$ 12.00

Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Book 2. This is a book of so many rosaries — transcribed from a tape. So many beautiful rosaries.   pages  $12

Messages From Jesus
Messages From Jesus for the Ederly, Ill, and Homebound Given by Jesus to His Messenger - Author: Rita Ring Discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 10.00

Messages for the Elderly, Ill and Homebound. This is a big book of loving messages for nursing home people and homebound from Jesus and Mary    Their lives are so important    united to the Mass offering up their suffering, their lives for the souls of this earth. $10

Short Rosary Meditations for the Ederly, Ill, and Homebound
From the Hearts of Jesus and Mary: Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J. Imprimatur
$ 10.00

Short Rosary Meditations for the Elderly, Ill and Homebound. This book is so important with pictures they can open it and lay it on their laps and pray the rosary. $10

Songs From Jesus
Given by Jesus to His Messenger Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 5.00

Songs from Jesus Songbook. These loving songs were given from Jesus. So beautiful    Love Songs from Jesus of His love — helping us have pure and loving hearts. $3

Daily Messages From Heaven
From the Florida Apparition Site Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 10.00
Rosary Meditations for Little People and Elderly
Short Meditations for the Rosary
$ 3.00
Color the Lives of Jesus and Mary, Book 1
A Coloring Book with Short Meditations on the 15 mysteries of the rosary. Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 5.00

Color the Lives of Jesus and Mary. Volumes 1 through 7. Coloring books and meditations for grade school children and others on the mysteries of the rosary — really good. $5 each.

Color the Lives of Jesus and Mary, Book 2
A Coloring Book with Short Meditations on the 15 mysteries of the rosary. Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 5.00
Color the Lives of Jesus and Mary, Book 3
A Coloring Book with Short Meditations on the 15 mysteries of the rosary. Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 5.00
Color the Lives of Jesus and Mary, Book 4
A Coloring Book with Short Meditations on the 15 mysteries of the rosary. Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 5.00
Color the Lives of Jesus and Mary, Book 5
A Coloring Book with Short Meditations on the 15 mysteries of the rosary. Author: Rita Ring. Discerned by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 5.00
Coloring the Lives of Jesus and Mary 6
Mysteries of Light
$ 5.00

Color the Lives of Jesus and Mary. Volumes 6 through 7. Coloring books and meditations for grade school children and others on the mysteries of the rosary — really good. $5 each.

Meditaciones del Rosario
para Pequenos y Ancianos
$ 10.00
Colorea 1
las vidas de Jesús y María (recibido el Imprimátur)
$ 5.00
Colorea 2
las vidas de Jesús y María (recibido el Imprimátur)
$ 5.00
Colorea 3
las vidas de Jesús y María (recibido el Imprimátur)
$ 5.00
Colorea 4
las vidas de Jesús y María (recibido el Imprimátur)
$ 5.00
Colorea 5
las vidas de Jesús y María (recibido el Imprimátur)
$ 5.00
Fr. Joe Robinson
Inspiring Homilist & Author
Fr. Joseph Robinson has dedicated his life to serving Christ and the Church for over 40 years.
Guiding Light - Trust and Transform
Guiding Light - Trust and Transform, Cycle C for 2015/2016
$ 10.00
Guiding Light - By God Through Me
Guiding Light - By God Through Me, Cycle B for 2014/2015
$ 10.00
Guiding Light - Inspired To Be Genuine
Guiding Light - Inspired To Be Genuine, Cycle A for 2013/2014
$ 10.00
Guiding Light - Centered In Christ
Fr. Joe Robinson's latest homilies for Cycle C for 2012/2013.
$ 10.00
Guiding Light - Reflect on the Word
Inspiring Homilies Covering Cycle B of the Litugical Year (2011/2012)
$ 10.00

Guiding Light homily series — Reflect on the Word — Cycle B     The Word leaves an impression on our souls. In my thoughts and reflections are born a more tangible understanding of these eternal concepts presented in the Gospels and the readings. Anyone can read a sentence, but not anyone can absorb it's true meaning. Truth, in this day and age, is almost a matter of opinion or individual entitlement. We believe that Christ's truth is our Roman Catholic Church. We, as priests, champion it's teachings; we are ambassadors for the Pope and Christ to those faces looking at us. We are the light by which our congregation reads to reflect upon real truth and we do it hand in hand. $15

Guiding Light - Steadfast to the Son
Inspiring Homilies Covering Cycle A of the Litugical Year
$ 10.00

Guiding Light homily series — Steadfast to the Son — Cycle A    The sunflower is a great example of how we should be steadfastly guided by light. What a powerful thought that this exceptional plant is not stuck in one pose day in and day out, yet adaptable and magnetized to the sun. We feel the same about our Son. Our heads turns to face Christ as each day presents its challenges to find light. We join together like plants in a field and soak up the Son through the pulpit. We are a warm circle of strength using the wind of our breath to carry our priests' words, Christ's words, to new rich soil. $15

Guiding Light - Focusing on the Word
Inspiring Homilies Covering Cycle B of the Litugical Year
$ 10.00

Guiding Light — Focusing on the Word — Cycle B    At times we may feel that our path to Christ is a bit "out of focus". Like the disciples in the Book of Mark, this ordinary life clouds our vision of Christ's Divinity. We may doubt the practicality or possibility of applying His teachings and example to our modern life. Cycle B's homilies are a "guiding light" to help us realize Jesus' Messianic greatness and His promise of better things to come. $15

Guiding Light - Feed My Soul
Inspiring Homilies Covering Cycle C of the Litugical Year
$ 10.00

Guiding Light — Feed My Soul — Cycle C    In a world rapidly advancing and encouraging personal gain, we are faced with modern problems. There is a challenge to find time in our busy schedules for Sunday Mass or a family meal. We are able to research, shop, bank and even work without hearing one human voice. It is no wonder that we may often feel disconnected and famished at our week's end. In Fr. Joe's third book of homilies from Cycle C, we are reminded of the charity that Christ intended us to show each other. We have a calling to turn the other cheek and be the Good Samaritan to others. We are rewarded with the Father's kingdom and love when we are not worthy. We are not left alone or hungry. $15

Guiding Light - The Word Alive in Our Hearts
Inspiring Homilies by Fr. Joe Robinson
$ 5.00

Guiding Light — The Word Alive in Our Hearts. Cycle A (partial)    Homilies by the Reverend Joe Robinson given at St. Boniface Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a tremendous honor Fr. Joe has allowed us to share these great gifts with you – for greater holiness and knowing more and more about God. $10


Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.

Here are all the products in this category:

Books written by the founder of Shepherds of Christ Ministries

Response in Christ
Fr. Edward J. Carter gives to the modern Christian a message that will sustain him.
$ 10.00
Response to God's Love
...God Himself is the Ultimate Mystery
$ 10.00

Response to God’s Love by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. In this book Fr. Carter speaks of God as the ultimate mystery. We can meditate on the interior life of the Trinity. 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. Imprimatur. $10

Shepherds of Christ Spirituality Newsletters 1
Selected Writings on Spirituality—for All People Editor: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J. Imprimatur
$ 10.00

Shepherds of Christ — Selected Writings on Spirituality for all People as Published in Shepherds of Christ Newsletter for Priests. Contains 12 issues of the newsletter from July/August 1994 to May/June 1996. $15

Spirituality Newsletters 2
Selected Writings on Spirituality — for All People Editor: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J. Imprimatur
$ 12.00

Shepherds of Christ — Volume 2: by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. Contains issues 13—29 of the newsletter (September/October 1996 — Issue 5, 1999) $15

Shepherds of Christ Spirituality Newsletters 3
Selected Writings on Spirituality — for All People Editor: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 10.00

Shepherds of Christ — Volume 3 by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. Contains Newsletter Issues 1 through 4 of 2000 including Fr. Carter’s tremendous Overview of the Spiritual Life $10

Tell My People
Messages from Jesus and Mary Author: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J. Imprimi Potest
$ 10.00

Tell My People. Messages from Jesus and Mary (As given to Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.)    One of Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.'s Synopsis of the Spiritual Life    From Jesus to Fr. Carter "On Holy Saturday, 1994, Jesus told me that on the following day, Easter, I would also begin to receive messages for others. Our Lord also told me that some of these were eventually to be published in a book  and here is that book." $10

Spirituality Handbook
Shepherds of Christ Associates Spirituality Handbook - A Way of Spiritual Life
Author: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J. Imprimi Potest

$ 3.00

Spirituality Handbook. Fr. Edward Carter, S.J. did 3 synopsis of the spiritual life. The Spirituality Handbook, the Priestly Newsletter 20he Tell My People book. The way of spiritual life proposed to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates is centered in consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. All aspects of the spiritual life discussed below should be viewed as means to help members develop their lives in consecration to Christ, the Sacred Heart, and to Mary, the Immaculate Heart. $3

The Spirituality of Fatima
Fatima: The Setting, The Message, The Spirituality of Consecration
$ 5.00

The Spirituality of Fatima by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. The Fatima apparitions and messages received official Church approval in 1930. In giving her official approval to the Fatima event, the Church tells us that what took place at Fatima involving the three young visionaries is worthy of our belief. $5

Shepherds of Christ 6:20 Prayers CD
Holy Spirit Novena, Associates Prayer Manual and the Rosary Led by: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.
$ 10.00
Priestly Newsletter 2000 Issue 1
Audio CD - Read by Father Edward J. Carter
$ 10.00

Priestly Newsletter — 2000 #1 — CD.Christ is Our Strength — Fr. Edward Carter, S.J. read it the year he died. It is so beautiful. "This brief passage contains one of the greatest lessons of the spiritual life. As we progress along our spiritual journey, we become increasingly aware of how weak we are in our—selves, but how strong we are in Christ. To experience our weakness involves suffering. The degree and kind of suffering can vary. The suffering can include the experience of the classical dark night of the spirit as described by St. John of the Cross. One of the main purposes of the dark night is to make a person keenly aware of his or her helplessness without God." quote by Fr. Carter from the newsletter $10


Shepherds of Christ Holy Spirit Novena
  Holy Spirit Novena by: Rita Ring
  $ 1.00
  plus postage

 Holy Spirit Novena Booklet. In four languages with the Imprimatur with 18 scripture readings for two complete novenas – this very powerful Holy Spirit Novena has prayers for prayers for Protection by the Blood of Jesus, Healing, Strength and Light, To Be One with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One with Jesus, To Dwell in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Prayer for the Holy Spirit and His Gifts, and the Word Alive in Our Hearts. All these prayers take about 10 minutes daily recited out loud. $1


  Shepherds of Christ Holy Spirit Novena CD
  Holy Spirit Novena Read by: Rita Ring
  $ 10.00 
plus postage

  Holy Spirit Novena CD. Prayers and scripture readings from the Holy Spirit Novena Booklet read by Rita Ring. $10

  Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual
  Shepherds of Christ Associates Prayers
  Author: Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.

  $ .50 
plus postage

Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual. The Shepherds of Christ has prayer chapters all over the world praying for the priests, the Church and the world. These prayers that Father Carter compiled in the summer of 1994 began this worldwide network of prayer. Currently the prayers are in eight languages with the Church’s Imprimatur. We have prayed daily for the priests, the Church, and the world since 1994. Associates are called to join prayer Chapters and help us circulate the newsletter centered on spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart and helping to renew the Church through greater holiness. Please form a Prayer Chapter & order a Prayer Manual.


Fr. John J. Pasquini

Light, Happiness, & Peace
Journeying Through Traditional Catholic Spirituality Author: Fr. John J. Pasquini
$ 10.00 plus postage

This book Light, Happiness and Peace is a journey into the spiritual life    an awakening of deeper life IN HIM. Here are some of the comments we received from bishops and cardinals about the book. Cardinal – Pontifical Council for Culture – Vatican City “I am sure that this book, Light, Happiness and Peace through a discussion on traditional Catholic Spirituality will contribute in bringing back prayer into the mainstream of life.” $10

In Imitation of Two Hearts
Prayers for Consolation, Renewal and Peace in Times of Suffering Author: Fr. John J. Pasquini
$ 10.00  plus postage

In Imitation of Two Hearts — Prayers for Consolation, Renewal and Peace in Times of Suffering Fr. John J. Pasquini leads a suffering soul to the gentle Hearts of Jesus and Mary. In these most loving Hearts — the prayers by Fr. John Pasquini — help the person suffering to know more deeply the pascal mystery of death/resurrection. President of the Pontifical Council for Health $10

Authenticity — Prayers and Meditations Author: Fr. John J. Pasquini
$ 10.00  plus postage

Authenticity, the Yellow Book of prayers by Fr. John Pasquini, can lead the soul into deeper intimacy with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, can lead to greater love of Mary which leads to the unitive life and greater holiness. The book of prayers Authenticity by Fr. John J. Pasquini is to help one grow ever deeper in the Unitive life. Apostolic Nuncio – Archbishop – Philippines “With Authenticity, much is gained in prayer, and much is accomplished through prayer. More especially if prayer is directed in behalf of the Church.” $10

Medicine of Immortality
Prayers and Meditations for Mass and Eucharistic Adoration Author: Fr. John J. Pasquini
$ 10.00  plus postage

“In Medicine of Immortality, Father John Pasquini offers his readers the richness of Catholic devotional prayer, the wisdom of the Fathers and, most of all, the fruits of his own prayer and meditation before the Blessed Sacrament. I recommend this book to all who wish to grow in their love for the Lord, who sustains the life of His Church through the precious gift of His Body and Blood.” Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago $10

Ecce Fides
Pillar of Truth — Dedicated to defending Catholic beliefs through reason, Scripture, and the life of the Holy Spirit Author: Fr. John J. Pasquini
$ 10.00  plus postage

Ecce Fides is a work dedicated to defending Catholic beliefs through reason, Scripture, and the life of the Holy Spirit. "It is important that we (as people of God) return to the source of life, our faith, which is usefully exposed in this volume, and take it out to our contemporaries, evangelizing them and their cultures and inculturating the Gospel." Cardinal – Pontifical Council for Culture – Vatican City $10


Shepherds of Christ Spirituality Newsletters
Author: Fr. John J. Pasquini

$ 35.00  plus postage

Shepherds of Christ, a book of Spirituality Newsletters, is a compilation of the first nine newsletters from Fr. John J. Pasquini begining in August 2006. The Newsletter has been circulated to the priests and hierarchy spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart, promoting love for the Eucharist, greater love for the Church, the Priesthood, Mary and the Holy Spirit, the Mass, Prayer, and greater intimate relationship with God. $35

Statues/Religious Items




 Statues, Crucifixes, and Religious Artwork
These items are very special additions to your home or place of worship.




Special 12" Holy Family Statue with Glass
 Ivory gowns with gold trim.
$ 200.00
plus shipping


Special 12" Our Lady of Guadalupe Statue with Glass
White or Ivory gown with gold trim.

$ 100.00
each plus shipping


Special 12" Sacred Heart or Immaculate Heart Statues with Glass
White gown with gold trim.
$ 100.00 each plus shipping


  Special 12" Sacred Heart or Immaculate Heart Statues with Glass
Ivory gown with gold trim.
  $ 100.00 each plus shipping

Special 11" Our Lady of Fatima/Clearwater Statue with Glass
White or Ivory gown with gold trim.
$ 60.00 each plus shipping

Blue Crystal Rosary
  Rosary with the Image of Our Lady of Clearwater
  8mm - $ 40.00
plus shipping


  Red Crystal Rosary
  Rosary with the Image of Our Lady of Clearwater
  8mm - $ 40.00 plus shipping



  Clear Crystal Rosary
  Rosary with the Image of Our Lady of Clearwater
8mm - $ 40.00 plus shipping





Give the gift that keeps giving.


Blue Book 1 & 2 – $4.00 each plus postage



Blue Books 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6A, B, C, 3 – 
$3.00 each plus postage


Blue Books 4 & 5 –$2.00 each plus postage


Blue Books 14, 15 & 16 –$5.00 each plus postage


The more you use the Blue Books and
    become one with Jesus – more
    intimate with Jesus –
    the more your lives are a blessing and
    everything you do in life can help
    to bring down great grace for the world
    because of your being so
    one with Jesus.


Guiding Light Homily Book Series

Fr. Joe’s Books

Cycle A –
Steadfast to the Son

Cycle B –
Focusing on the Word

Cycle C

Feed My Soul

Cycle A
Inspired to be Genuine

4 for $20 plus postage of $6.95 


These books can be given to:

1) All Priests

       2) Good for Music Ministers
       3) Good for DRE's
       4) Good for Deacons
       5) Good for Principals of Schools
       6) Good for Teachers
       7) Good for Mom and Dads



                Given March 21, 2014

                R. Pray for These Things

                1) Pray for the Pope & hierarchy to help us start prayer chapters.
                2) Pray for Dan, Sally Jo, Richard, Carol, Margaret, Sue,
                    Jack, Jean, Amanda, Matthew, Special intentions.
3) Pray for the priests, the Church and the world!
                4) Pray for the spread of prayer chapters,
                    also for the spread of priests doing prayer chapters.
                5) Pray for the spread of Blue Books.
                6) People going to Florida and China.
                7) Vocations to all 7 categories.
                8) Pray for spread of Consecration and Rosary.
                9) Pray for pope helping us.
               10) Pray for Jeff - sales & health. Pray for Nick.
               11) Blue Book 17 and cover and all involved.
                    For our Publisher and all involved
               12) All intentions on my list, Jerry's list.
               13) Priests getting Fr. Joe's book.
               14) Pray for Fr. Joe's new book, cover & funds for printing & postage.
               15) Donors and members and their families.
               16) Healing of the Family tree.
               17) Dan & Melanie, Catherine & mom, Gary, Mary Jo,
                    Jim & statues, Fr. Ken, Monsignor, Kerry, Tom & wife.
               18) All who asked us to pray for them.
               19) All we promised to pray for.
               20) Rita, John, Doris, Sheila, Jerry, Regina, Sanja,
                    Betty, Sophie, Lisa, Eileen, Fr. Mike, Louie, Laverne,
                    2 Dons, Mary Ellen, Fr. Joe, all priests helping us,
                    Ed, Jimmy, Steve, a special couple
, Rosie & all involved.
               21) 2 babies and moms.
               22) Funds and insurance.
               23) Jerry's garage.
               24) In thanksgiving for gifts, graces, & blessings received.
               25) Spread the Blood of Jesus on all of us here.
               26) Consecrate all hearts.
               27) Cast the devil out of all of us here and all in Movement.



 The Wedding Rosary 

Crystal Image Rosary

$40 plus shipping


Original Image Rosary

8mm glass beads
in a matching gift box

$40 plus shipping



Give the gift that counts.

                Give to your priests Fr. Carter's Books plus postage.

Tell My People                    $5.00
Response to God's Love    $8.00
Response in Christ              $8.00



Old Mass Books with the Imprimatur 
$2.00 plus postage


New Mass Book with Imprimatur   
$8.00 plus postage


New Parents & Children's Book with the Imprimatur
$8.00 plus postage


Fr. Joe's Cycle A – Steadfast to the Sun – Starts in Advent
$5.00 plus postage

Give the gift that keeps on giving!

Give to your priest.

Fr. Carter's Priestly Newsletters Book II
$6.00 plus postage


Get a canvas print of Mary's image
with a sliver of glass and a little
bottle of Jesus and Mary water.
The glass will be fixed behind the
back of the picture.
$200.00 plus postage



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