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November 1, 2008 - All Saints Day

November 2nd Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 2 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for November 2nd are Sorrowful.

 

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November 1, 2008 - All Saints Day

by Rita Ring

  

 

                Make reparation for our sins

                Holy Spirit help us to see

                Cleanse us of our sin

                Help us to do what we need to, to tell God we are sorry —

                Pray to make repentance

                Ask for Conversion

                Fatima mission is making reparation —
                    asking for conversion —

                Changing us

                Most people don't think they need conversion —

                We all must admit our sin

                We all must say we are sorry for offending God —

                God we are sorry

                Help America to change

                Help us not to give into our wounded human
                    nature

                Sing: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

   

Prayer of St. Ignatius Loyola

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.

 

Prayer for Union with Jesus   

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

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

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

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

-God's Blue Book, January 17, 1994

  

                (2) Sing: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

                (3) Help me to live a virtuous life
                    (a) prudence        (c) temperate
                    (b) justice            (d) fortitude

                Sing: Ashes

 

Matthew 17: 1-9

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as dazzling as light. And suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you want me to, I will make three shelters here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and suddenly from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them, saying, ‘Stand up, do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but Jesus.

   

                We put on Christ —

                Christ behind us, Christ before us, Christ in us

                Sing: In Beauty We Walk

                CALL — RESPONSE

                Prophets role

                (1) renewal — call to renewal
                (2) repentance
                (3) conversion
                (4) faithfulness to - God's Law
                                           - God's Commandments

    

Luke 11: 47-54

'Alas for you because you build tombs for the prophets, the people your ancestors killed! In this way you both witness to what your ancestors did and approve it; they did the killing, you do the building.' And that is why the Wisdom of God said, "I will send them prophets and apostles; some they will slaughter and persecute, so that this generation will have to answer for every prophet's blood that has been shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the Temple." Yes, I tell you, this generation will have to answer for it all.' Alas for you lawyers who have taken away the key of knowledge! You have not gone in yourselves and have prevented others from going in who wanted to.' When he left there, the scribes and the Pharisees began a furious attack on him and tried to force answers from him on innumerable questions, lying in wait to catch him out in something he might say.

   

                We must reform

                We must beg for God's grace

                Jesus took them up to Mt. Tabor at the Transfiguration

 

Matthew 17: 1-9

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as dazzling as light. And suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you want me to, I will make three shelters here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and suddenly from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them, saying, ‘Stand up, do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but Jesus.

 

                    (1) Moses gave us the 10 Commandments from God

                    (2) Elisha shows us the prophets — the
                            work of the prophets

                Jesus is transfigured before them

                From the heavens

...‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ Matthew 17: 5

                Our eyes are always on Jesus

                I saw Jesus

 

                January 21 - He came forth on the cross in such light
                    Black to left behind Him kept getting darker

                I knew this was Jesus —

                Jesus is the Son of God

                We follow Jesus

                Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets

                Jesus is perfection

                Jesus is the Son of God

                Father Pasquini tells us in his new book of homilies
                    "Living Portrait of the Gospel"

                    It is all homilies Cycle B

                    We need funds to begin printing to bring it
                        to our priests and us —

                    It is awesome

                When we see an artist painting a picture we
                    watch as he paints

                Jesus Christ comes to paint a picture of the Father, the Son
                    and the Holy Spirit

                Listen to Fr. Carter

 

Excerpt from Response to God's Love

The Mystery of Christ and

Christian Existence

    ...God himself is the ultimate mystery. Radically, God is completely other and transcendent, hidden from man in his inner life, unless he chooses to reveal himself. Let us briefly look at this inner life of God.

    The Father, in a perfect act of self-expression, in a perfect act of knowing, generates his son. The Son, the Word, is, then, the immanent expression of God's fullness, the reflection of the Father. Likewise, from all eternity, the Father and the Son bring forth the Holy Spirit in a perfect act of loving.

    At the destined moment in human history, God's self-expression, the Word, immersed himself into man's world. God's inner self-expression now had also become God's outer self-expression. Consequently, the mystery of God becomes the mystery of Christ. In Christ, God tells us about himself, about his inner life, about his plan of creation and redemption. He tells us how Father, Son, and Holy Spirit desire to dwell within us in the most intimate fashion, how they wish to share with us their own life through grace. All this he has accomplished and does accomplish through Christ.
St. Paul tells us: "I became a minister of this Church through the commission God gave me to preach among you his word in its fullness, that mystery hidden from ages and generations past but now revealed to his holy ones. God has willed to make known to them the glory beyond price which this mystery brings to the Gentiles—the mystery of Christ in you, your hope of glory. This is the Christ we proclaim while we admonish all men and teach them in the full measure of wisdom, hoping to make every man complete in Christ". (Col 1:25-28)

   excerpt from Response to God's Love

   

                God is the Ultimate Mystery

                The mystery of God becomes the mystery of
                    Christ —

                To not know the scriptures is to not know
                    Jesus Christ —  

    

...‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ Matthew 17: 5

 

 

   

                Cleanse us God

                Help us to be pure

                Mary appeared Our Lady of Clearwater

                Mary appeared Our Lady of Life

  

  

                Time of Noah —

                    World was corrupt

                    Jesus flooded the earth

                    Jesus gave us — the sign of the rainbow

    

Genesis 9: 8-17

    God spoke as follows to Noah and his sons, ‘I am now establishing my covenant with you and with your descendants to come, and with every living creature that was with you: birds, cattle and every wild animal with you; everything that came out of the ark, every living thing on earth. And I shall maintain my covenant with you: that never again shall all living things be destroyed by the waters of a flood, nor shall there ever again be a flood to devastate the earth.’ 

    ‘And this’, God said, ‘is the sign of the covenant which I now make between myself and you and every living creature with you for all ages to come: I now set my bow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I shall recall the covenant between myself and you and every living creature, in a word all living things, and never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all living things. When the bow is in the clouds I shall see it and call to mind the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth, that is, all living things.’ 

    ‘That’, God told Noah, ‘is the sign of the covenant I have established between myself and all living things on earth.’

 

  

 

  

                Jesus came to me

                    said we must reform

                    we must believe

                    beg for forgiveness of sins

 

...‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ Matthew 17: 5

 

                Real love

                    being faithful to God

                    Changing — Conversion

                    Recognizing our sins — how we have offended
                        God

                    Not be prideful (devil works in this)

                    Let Holy Spirit paint the picture for us to see ourselves
                        now and what God wants of us —
                        our core person as God created us to love

                Look at the Lepers

                We have sins on ourselves

                The devil is real
   

                Death
                Killing babies
                    for selfishness —
                    against the commandments

 

 

Life
    Baptism
    Living in God
    In the state of grace
    Going to Eucharist and
    Reading the Word
    to be fed

  

John 3: 16

For this is how God loved the world:
he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him 
    may not perish
but may have eternal life.

     

                Serpent — Moses put serpent on the pole
                    whoever saw it would not be bitten —

                God the Father put His Son on the cross —

 

John 3: 16

For this is how God loved the world:
he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him 
    may not perish
but may have eternal life.

    

John 19: 34

one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediately there came out blood and water.
 

   

 

  


                Clear - Water

                Need to be cleansed

                Changed Converted

                Make reparation

                Make repentance

                Conversion

                Say we are sorry

                Mary model — Mother of God

                Mary's womb

                Jesus is the fruit of Mary's womb

                Mary gives us her Immaculate Heart

   

 

 

 

                Christ is the Physician

                We change — conversion —

                We are more like Christ

                More perfected as Our Heavenly Father
                    is perfect

                Priests and religious
                    married to Jesus
                    celibate

                    Being faithful to Jesus our Spouse
                        (1) not being mean to others - we are married to Jesus
                        (2) not being lustful or romantic to others
                                when married to Jesus

                Real LOVE

                The Book of Fr. Pasquini's homilies - Cycle B —
                    starts with ADVENT
                    waiting
                    Christmas — Birth of Jesus

                This shows me how Sacred to God is the womb
                    where life begins for the infant, the person

                Jesus came in Mary's womb
                Jesus came a baby
                How can we kill a baby
                How can we kill a baby born alive

                How can someone say they won't bend
                    on the issue if the mother and
                    doctor already decided on an abortion
                    and the baby is born alive —
                    then they can withhold assistance
                        for the life of the baby

                This is against God's law.

   

                The Fifth Commandment

Thou shalt not kill.

 

                Reform and Believe

                We are to die to self —
                    to be more like Jesus

                Jesus died on the cross — so we could
                    share in His life through baptism

                Jesus has given us the Mary and Jesus well —

                Jesus gives us the sacrament of Penance
                    where by we are made clean

                Think of Jesus healing the Lepers

                We must die to the old self to put on the new
                    self — like Christ

                We pray

 

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, life.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

 

  

                Jesus is strong we are weak.

                We go to Jesus to be healed.

                We are dependent on God.

                The sun comes up every day.

                The moon is in the sky.

                The earth does not annihilate itself.

                God is with us.

                We must pray.

                We must believe.

     

John 12: 24

In all truth I tell you,
unless a wheat grain falls into the earth
     and dies,
it remains only a single grain;
but if it dies
it yields a rich harvest.

     

                The Church is the Bride of Christ

                    He loves His bride

                Christ loves us so much He died for us
                    that we could live in Him.

                We must beg the Holy Spirit to have the courage to
                    stand up for what is right —

                Jesus died on the cross for us

                Jesus withstood death so we could share
                    in His life

                It is like a cancer that things have gotten as
                    they have with secularism and abortion —

                We must take a stand

                Jesus took a stand

                They put Him to death

                Some people won't even pray the Shepherds of Christ
                    prayers Jesus gave Fr. Carter

                Or help donate to the Priestly Newsletter
                    or help us keep this building
                    where Mary appeared for
                    7 1/2 years to the world
                    THEY WON'T TAKE A STAND

  

Mary by day
July 5, 2000

by night
July 5, 2000

    

                When we remain silent —
                    we take a big stand

                Help us get Fr. Pasquini's homily book to the priest

                He says these things

                Solid Catholic teaching

                Rooted in wisdom to help us see our
                    wounded human nature

                And live a new life in Him —

                A holy life rooted in the Scriptures

                Fr. Joe's homily B Book is for the priests and
                    us and solid teaching of the Word
                    alive in our hearts —
                    the history

                We need your funds to send these two
                    books to the hierarchy and priests

                Please help ustake a stand

 

 

 

January 2, 1997

"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen."

"The grace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."

God pours out His grace in this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is the greatest gift when God gives Himself to us.

We share with God His life, given to us abundantly in the Mass.

He gives Himself to us and we give ourselves to Him. The great love affair between God and man: His Holy Mass.

The priest is another Christ to us. It is Christ present, through the priest, celebrating the Mass. We must see Christ in the priest, see Him celebrate the Mass, see His beautiful brown hair, His gentle face, see Him, our Savior. This Jesus Christ that came was born an infant and gave Himself to His death on the cross that we would share His life. See Him now in the Mass, giving Himself in the greatest gift of all. He gives us His divine love and His divine life.

Oh, we thank You for Your life. We know Jesus died and rose and gave us a sharing in His holy life. His life is now abundantly poured, as a fountain to us, especially in the Mass.

Then we hear His word. Let the word of God penetrate our being. Let us feel this Living Word of God. As a two-edged sword, it comes forth with such conviction and love and it penetrates the souls of the faithful with such love. It is food indeed, food for our soul.

He is the Good Shepherd. He speaks to us. He gives us all we want. "Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack nothing." (Ps. 23:1)

He gives us green pastures, and His water pours out and refreshes us. He outpours His grace as a fountain to feed us with His life.

He is a just God, good and kind, all loving, for He is Love. We want for nothing for He outpours His love and His life to us in the Mass. We feast on His Body and Blood and are fed with His Word. We become one in Him and He shares Himself with us.

It is through the Mass celebrated by the hands of a holy priest that we will experience the Mass the way Christ intends. These writings are insights which hopefully will help lead you to the spring of life-giving water, the fountain of love and life He outpours in the Mass.

There will be a new earth when men will see with the light of seven suns. They will know God. A people walking in darkness will see a great light. They will no longer be blind, they will be enlightened, they will love God with the greatest love in the Mass. They will feast on His Body and Blood and will be united as one body in His holy Church through His life given to us in the Eucharist.

We will drink copiously from the fountain of grace which He pours out in the Mass. We will be filled with His love, absorbed with the love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and feasting on His divine life.

We see with the vision of God. We partake in such a union with God. We see with the light the Spirit gives to us. The priest celebrates the Mass and we know God with such an intense knowing in this union. We are saturated with His life flowing from the hands of His consecrated priest.

And I look at Him, the priest, and I see Jesus there. I see Him giving Himself to Me. I see the new and Holy City. I see with such clarity the great gift that God gives to us in the Mass!

We learn how to love in the Mass, for we unite to God. He gives us such an intimate sharing in His divine love that we carry His love out to the world. In this union we know His loving to an intense degree and we carry this love out to others. We share in an intense way in His divine act of loving. He, Who is love, gives Himself to us and we are absorbed in His love and we know intensely how God loves. We are filled with love for God and for each other, for, in the oneness He is loving through us. He gives us lights into His loving capacity and we know His loving power in an intensity we did not know before.

We then pray. We offer up our intentions for this Mass. It is now we who intercede to Him to outpour His grace on us and help us with these intentions.

We pray for this reign of peace when the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph and men will fervently love and adore God with burning love. We pray for all souls and the Church and we beg for His help, His love, His grace.

We offer ourselves as a sacrifice. We offer the bread that will become the bread of life.

The priest mixes the water and the wine and we realize how His Divinity mixes with our humanity.

We offer the wine that will become our spiritual drink-His blood.

I give myself to Him and I beg to be cleansed of my sins with the washing of the hands.

"May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of all His Church."

We ask Him to accept the gifts we want to give Him, we give Him thanks, we lift up our hearts in thanks and praise and we sing out:

"Holy, Holy God, of power and might…" we sing Him praise and thank Him-oh, God we love Thee so much."

My heart is so filled with such awe. I cry because I love Him so much.

Every word in the Mass, I love. The priest consecrates the host and changes it into the Body and Blood of Christ.

Oh, it makes me cry for I am so struck with awe at what happens at the Consecration. I unite in the oneness with the priest, with Christ and with all present, with heaven and earth. I am one in that moment, united in the sacrifice of Christ giving Himself to the Father.

This is the moment when I unite in such oneness with Christ in the purity of Mary's heart. I give myself as a sacrifice. I offer myself to the Father.

The Father looks down and He sees us united to His Son's Sacrifice. It is in this oneness that His grace is outpoured on us, that we die to that which is not like Him and that the Holy Spirit works in the heart of Mary and fills us with His life.

I am in ecstasy as I realize more and more the great gift of love that God gives us in His holy Mass. I am taken to such heights, being wrapped in the presence of God. It is rapture, this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

It is a great gift, experiencing this intense presence of the Almighty God: Through Him, With Him, and In Him.

We pray to the Father the prayer as Jesus taught us and beg, "thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

We pray: "For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever."

We beg for peace in our hearts. We share this peace with one another. Then we beg of the Lamb of God. I want to get down to the ground and beg for His grace, mercy and forgiveness for our sins.

Please, God, I see us as a sinful people. I want the grace and mercy to flow abundantly.

He raises the Host and says: "This is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world, happy are those who are called to His supper."

We respond: "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed."

I receive the Almighty God in Communion. All I want is Him. Oh, God, I want you, I adore you, I worship you, I love you.

Oh, for this moment when God gives Himself to me. Oh, God, words do not express this time-this intense presence of You within my being. Oh, sweet Savior, I love You!

You share Yourself so intimately with me. You imprint on my soul a knowing of Your Divine Being that is so intimate in this Communion when You give Yourself to me.

Oh, let our hearts be open to His grace that we may know this great gift more, that we will partake more fully in this greatest act of love with Divinity.

He shares Himself with us, the Almighty God, in such oneness. This is the greatest way to bind us with each other, to unite with each other in the Mass and Communion.

And so I sing the love of God, the love of His Mass. I beg you to pray for the grace that He can teach you in these writings about His most intimate love affair with man, the gift of Himself-the gift He gives us in the Mass.

The Holy Sacrifice, the sacrifice of Calvary, sacramentally-made-present in the Mass when He gives Himself to us with the greatest love!

And what does He ask in return? He asks that we love one another, that we give Him the glory, the thanksgiving, the adoration that is His due as the Almighty God.

He sends us forth with His blessing to share His most intimate love with all. We go forth as other Christs in the world. For He is alive this day and He lives in us and He gives His love to others through us. We act as channels of His life to one another.

The Mass is the richest source of His life. His life flows through the body, the Church, especially through the Sacraments and the Mass.

Oh Jesus, from the fountain of life that pours forth from Your pierced Heart, give us holy priests whose hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary to celebrate the Mass-that there is such oneness between the priest and Christ that His grace will flow copiously.

We thirst for the fountain of life pouring forth from the pierced Heart of Christ. It is His life we seek and find in the Church. It is His love we want and we experience the greatest love affair with God in the Mass.

These books on the Mass are accounts of my intimate love affair with our Almighty God. Many experiences were enlightenments I received in the Mass.

I strongly advise all to pray, to say the Holy Spirit Prayer, the Consecration Prayers, and the Prayer before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, before Mass. (These prayers follow this message).

This book is the journey into the red room, the inner chamber of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the gateway, the pure and Immaculate Heart of His Mother.

It is in the Mass we give ourselves in such love to our Holy God. He gives Himself to us and we give ourselves to Him.

 

PRAYER BEFORE THE
HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS

Let me be a holy sacrifice and unite with God in the sacrament of His greatest love.

I want to be one in Him in this act of love, where He gives Himself to me and I give myself as a sacrifice to Him. Let me be a holy sacrifice as I become one with Him in this my act of greatest love to Him.

Let me unite with Him more, that I may more deeply love Him. May I help make reparation to His adorable Heart and the heart of His Mother, Mary. With greatest love, I offer myself to You and pray that You will accept my sacrifice of greatest love. I give myself to You and unite in Your gift of Yourself to me. Come and possess my soul.

Cleanse me, strengthen me, heal me. Dear Holy Spirit act in the heart of Mary to make me more and more like Jesus.

Father, I offer this my sacrifice, myself united to Jesus in the Holy Spirit to You. Help me to love God more deeply in this act of my greatest love.

Give me the grace to grow in my knowledge, love and service of You and for this to be my greatest participation in the Mass. Give me the greatest graces to love You so deeply in this Mass, You who are so worthy of my love.

 

 

 

 

MEDICINE OF IMMORTALITY

Here are some quotes for Fr. John J.Pasquini’s book Medicine of Immortality. This book can be ordered from Shepherds of Christ Ministries.

Fr. John Pasquini’s Medicine of Immortality is a wonderful source of inspiration for priests, and all who read it, to gain a deeper appreciation of the healing power of the Eucharist. His clear, succinct presentation of the Mass offers a pastorally insightful explanation of the mystery we believe, we celebrate and which we are called to live out in our lives. The prayers and meditations compiled in his book offer opportunities for spiritual reflection which will assist the reader in growth toward a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Eucharist.

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua,
Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia

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

The work of Father John Pasquini in writing the book Medicine of Immortality is evidence of his own great love for Christ in the Holy Eucharist, and of his determination to teach what Christ has taught and the Church has reiterated since her beginning.

The Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz,
Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska
,
author of
The Catholic Church: Jesus Christ Present in the World.

The Apostolic Exhortation of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis, is a great gift to the Church presenting a true compendium on the sublime Sacrament of the Eucharist. In accord with the spirit of Eucharistic reverence which the Pope’s words inspire, Father Pasquini’s work, Medicine of Immortality, is a reflection of the writer’s personal devotion to this Sacrament of Sacraments. By sharing his compilation of prayers and meditations, Father Pasquini speaks to the mystery that the awesome depths of the Eucharist are unfathomable.

Most Reverent Gerald M. Barbarito,
Bishop of Palm Beach

I pray that Fr. Pasquini's book will inspire great devotion to the Eucharist among the faithful on a very wide scale. He has provided us with all the resources we need both for correct understanding of this greatest of Gifts and for fervent devotion. I will remain forever grateful to him for this truly wonderful priestly and apostolic work. In pointing people directly to the source of all healing and immortality, he is just doing what priests do best: witness Christ!

Rev. Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer, Exorcist,
President, Human Life International,
EWTN Contributor & Columnist

 

OTHER GREAT BOOKS PUBLISHED UNDER SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST

 Authenticity

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.”

Monsignor – Malaysia
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Authenticity, of Fr. Pasquini really good and thought to get copies for some of our priests. May I place an order of 20 copies of this book.”

Bishop – Argentina
“I received for the second time your letter. The first time it was accompanied with the yellow book
Authenticity, which I read during the last month of September (with prayers and meditations). I found it very convenient for priests. It did me a lot of good, thanks God.”

Bishop – Arlington - USA
“I thank you for the copy of
Authenticity, which was written by Fr. John J. Pasquini. I look forward to using this book of Prayer and I appreciate your thoughtfulness in sending it to me.”

Bishop – Ethiopia
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Authenticity, Prayers and Meditations by Fr. John J. Pasquini is an invaluable source of inspiration for all circumstances of life.”

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In Imitation of Two Hearts

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

Pastoral Care - Cardinal - Vatican City
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The purple book Light, Happiness and Peace by Fr. John J. Pasquini is a gift and a very strong companion to the prayers Authenticity a book of prayers by Fr. John. 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
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Bishop – India
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Archbishop – Uganda
“With many thanks, I acknowledge receipt of the special book
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Light, Happiness and Peace by Fr. John Pasquini – which was a sequel to the Authenticity book you sent me last August. I am pleased to note that the focus in both those works is on the power of the Eucharist and on devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.”

 

  

 

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From Fr. John's Homily Book

Sixth Sunday of Easter (John 15:9-17)

Cycle B

LAYING ONE’S LIFE FOR ANOTHER 

“The Knight of the Immaculate does not confine his heart to himself, nor his family, relatives, neighbors, friends, or countrymen, but embraces the whole world, each and every soul, because, without exception, they have all been redeemed by the blood of Jesus.  They are all our brothers.   He desires true happiness for everyone, enlightenment in faith, cleansing from sin, inflaming their hearts with love toward God and love toward neighbor, without restriction.”                                                                    St. Maximilian Kolbe 

    Jesus loves us and laid down his life out of love for us so that we might have life.  Jesus taught us to love one another and reminded us that there is no greater love than laying down one’s life for others.

    Saint Maximilian Kolbe lived this reality in a radical manner.  Saint Maximilian Kolbe was arrested by the Nazis in 1941 and sent to the concentration camp in Auschwitz.  On July 31, 1941, in reprisal for a prisoner’s escape, ten prisoners were chosen to die.  When a young husband and father, Francis Gajowniczek, was chosen, he begged the Nazi commander for mercy.  Maximilian Kolbe realizing that Francis’ wife needed a husband and his children needed a father stood forward and pleaded that he take the place of this young man. 

    Maximilian Kolbe died on August 14, 1941 by lethal carbonic acid injection.  His body was then placed in a furnace and burned.  Saint Maximilian Kolbe lived radically the message of Jesus.  Maximilian Kolbe gave his life for Francis Gajowniczek and his family.  He gave his life so that another could live!

    Laying one’s life down for another is a unique call for the Christian.  This may be done in many ways.  Whenever we love authentically as we were created to love, then we are laying down our lives for others.  Every time we are humble, generous, kind, mild, temperate, friendly, chaste, modest, patient, temperate, diligent, prudent, just, and courageous we are dying to self and giving life to others.  Every time we are self-giving, forgiving, and forgetting of ourselves we are dying to self so others may live.  Every time that we are faithful, hopeful, and loving we are dying to self and giving life to others.  Every time we say “thy will be done” as opposed to “my will be done” we are dying to self and giving life to others.

    Every time we embrace suffering, the sweetness of the cross, and mortification we lay down our lives for others, so that others may have life and have it abundantly!           

    The author Mark Link writes about a political dignitary who was invited to King Edward VII coronation in England in 1901.  He saw the crown placed upon the head of the king; he mingled with royalty, talked with celebrities, and danced at the great coronation ball.

    When asked by his friends what was his most vivid image of that night, he surprised his friends by describing an event he saw on his way to his hotel suite.

    On his way home from the great gala event, he saw two street children huddled together in the bitter cold.   The boy was twelve and his little sister was four.  The boy had given his coat and wool cap to his sister to keep warm.  He gently rubbed her freezing feet.

    Love is so powerful because it is about self-giving and forgiving, and this is at the heart of what it means to give one’s life for another!  It is about forgetting oneself and responding to someone in need.

    Love is the quintessential supernatural virtue that makes us a sign of contradiction in this world where hatred, selfishness and egotism reign.  Supernatural love makes friends out of enemies, unity out of conflict, peace out of war.

    We were born to love; we live to love; and we will die to love still more.  That is our calling; that is our vocation; that is our way to salvation.  When we meet our maker we will fear less hell than having failed to love enough!

    May they know we are Christians by our love, by our love!

Without love any deed is worthless.
Without love any deed is done through self-love,
self-seeking, personal advantage, envy, vanity,
and for the honor and glory of self.
Yet with love any deed, no matter how small
and insignificant to the world is precious and life-giving.
With love all deeds are done for the honor and glory of God.
Father of Love, help me to be less concerned with what I do
and more concerned with how much love I do it with.

 

 

  

 

Homily from Fr. Joe, my brother
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 28, 2005

INTRODUCTION: (Jeremiah 20, 7-9) Our first reading goes back about 600 B.C. The author of our passage is the prophet Jeremiah. Apparently he thought that people would be grateful to him for speaking God’s word to them. But his job of telling them to change their ways and get right with God only made them hate him. The people ridiculed him, threw him in jail and even tried to kill him. We hear him complaining to God “You duped me! You tricked me, God!” I’m sure it wasn’t the first time God heard the complaint that life is not fair. Jesus’ faithfulness to his mission would bring him suffering too, but Jesus was well aware of what was going to happen to him as we hear him warn his disciples in today’s gospel. In last Sunday’s gospel Jesus praised Peter for acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus even promised Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven. But Peter wasn’t ready for all this talk about suffering and when Peter tried to talk Jesus out of the idea Jesus called him Satan. That’s because Peter was trying to tempt Jesus away from being faithful to his calling.

HOMILY: (Matthew 16, 21-27) Jesus tells us “whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” At the time St. Matthew was writing, this was literally true for many Christians. It still happens in some parts of the world that those who believe in Christ and follow him end up paying for it with their lives. Do not misunderstand Jesus’ statement. When Jesus said “whoever wishes to come after me must take up his cross and follow me,” that does not mean that if we decide not to follow him we’re not going to have any problems or crosses. If we choose not to follow him in order to avoid the difficulties that might be demanded of us, problems will find us anyway. Problems and crosses are part of everyone’s life, whether they believe in Christ or not. And since Christ came to show us the way to peace and joy, avoiding the hardships involved with following him will only cost us more dearly in the long run.

Religion and philosophy have always tried to understand the mystery of suffering, especially the difficult problem of why good people suffer. So many different explanations are out there. None of them can take all the mystery out of suffering. For me, the best answer is found in the gospel. Jesus through his cross and resurrection has given us hope in our pain and hopelessness and has shown us suffering can lead to glory, if we will accept our crosses along with him. That requires total faith in him.

Now Peter, whom we heard in today’s gospel, had faith in Jesus. If you recall last week’s gospel he said of Jesus: “you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” That profession of faith was made just minutes before the scene in today’s gospel. When Jesus began talking about suffering Peter objected. Peter professed that he believed in Jesus as the Messiah, the Christ, but Peter didn’t think the Messiah should have to suffer. Peter had Jesus’ career path all figured out. Peter’s faith in Jesus was way too limited. He couldn’t see what Jesus was seeing and was trying to tell them. He couldn’t see that if Jesus was determined to be faithful to his mission of teaching and healing, which he was, being faithful would cost him his life. Jesus scolded Peter and called him Satan because he was trying to tempt Jesus away from faithfully staying with his calling. Jesus told him: “you are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

That sounds almost unfair of Jesus to say: “You’re thinking not as God does!” How are we expected to think like God thinks? If we tried really hard, do you suppose we could? With only our human brains to think with, we can only think like human beings do. But there is something that helps us think like God does. It’s faith! Faith enables us to go beyond our own limited human capabilities. It’s just like learning from any great teacher, when God tells us something and we truly believe it, we’re seeing things and knowing things God sees and knows, even if we can’t fully grasp everything at once. We’re beginning to think like God does. Now I interrupt this homily for a brief commercial.

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