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November 13, 2007
We can presume God will not punish
us for our sins if we are guilty of presumption.
Many people have lied to themselves about
how they have treated others and then
expect that person to return this abuse
with love and support.
God is truth and we are imperfect.
In John 16 it states - the Spirit of
Truth will come. In the Word it
says the truth will be in you. God
reveals to us His truth — we are ever
growing to be more like God. We do
not give into untruths — telling ourselves
things are different than they are.
We do not give into presumption
thinking we can sin, lie and God
will not judge us justly. God is
just — He will separate the sheep
from the goats.
We cannot lie a little, cheat a little
and then say it is okay. We tell the
truth. Lying has consequences, if lying
to oneself or to others.
We are always realizing that we
are forming in a greater image of
Jesus. Jesus is the way, the truth and
A person that thinks God will not
recognize their sins is guilty of
pride. We recognize our sin, God
forgives our sin and we beg for
forgiveness and count on God's mercy.
At every Mass we begin thus in the
From the Missal
confess to Almighty God,
and to you, my brothers and
that I have sinned through my
we lightly strike our breast
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done,
and in what I have failed to do;
and I ask blessed Mary, ever
all the angels and saints,
and you, my brothers and
to pray for me to the Lord our
May almighty God have mercy on
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting
We hope for God's mercy — we want
to someday go to heaven — we recognize
heaven is a gift.
It is because of God's grace that
we are led to repentance. Our sins
lead us away from happiness because
they lead us away from God. Happiness
is found in union with God. Sins
of lust and inordinate attachments
against God's will lead us away
from happiness and hurt others —
sometimes many others —
There is much despair in the
world — the death/dark culture —
focus on the body as a play thing —
pleasures against God's will — that
can lead a person permitting themselves
to go as far as killing a baby for their
selfish desires —
Where are we when we despair?
Where are we with dark hearts
not focused on God.
We rob ourselves of happiness
when we are victims of sin.
Those addicted to drugs, alcohol,
food can become controlled by
its chemicals —
The Blue Books are the Mighty Medicine for
the sick world.
In a world where many have turned
to darkness, fallen away Catholics,
men see that Jesus is truly present
in the Blessed Sacrament this day —
if they use the Blue Book.
Jesus is no less present in the Blessed
Sacrament than when He walked
the earth. Jesus longs and waits
for us to come.
Jesus is the perfect lover.
Jesus longs — Jesus wants our love.
God is love.
What would you say to the despairing —
Come away with me
Believe in the Savior —
Look at the Scripture Hebrews Chapters 11
How so much happened because of
our Fathers of faith.
When we have faith our eyes
are opened to the vision of
God — we see clearly His
True happiness is found in
heaven — We have the
courage to do what we
must to attain eternal
happiness for ever.
We hope in this happiness
in heaven. For those who are not
rooted in this everlasting happiness
their lives must be filled with
unhappiness. Man was created for
God — in that lies His happiness.
Satan is the father of lies —
Lies to ourselves about the truth
are like filling ourselves with
mud. What happens when one
is stuck in the mud.
A man who mistreats another
human person cannot presume
God will overlook his actions —
God has called us to be holy —
Loving of each other —
Kind in heart and
Focused on our eternal reward in
God is love and
He can only act lovingly.
God is good.
God is merciful.
To have the vision of God we must
repent for our sins.
The devil wants to lead a man to
hate God — this is a grievous
God is truth.
In following God's will in love
we can attain happiness
and everlasting life —
Our life is to be lived loving and
serving God with our whole
heart, our whole soul and
our whole being and
loving our neighbors as ourselves.
In this lies
||We live to seek eternal
We live to be happy with God forever.
We hope for this.
We live to do God's will in love.
The more a despairing man sins —
the more misery he has.
We must seek greatness in serving
God — not greatness in the
things of the world or selfish pursuits
We let go to Him
We love Him
We pray to have insight into
the hidden mysteries
Heaven is a mystery to us
Hell is a mystery
God reveals more and more about
Himself and His Plan to us —
Man can have big problems
when he gives into
Look at Adam and Eve
Man has big problems if he gives
into inordinate attachments
in the world against God's will
Every relationship against God's will leads
to problems —
We must embrace God's will —
relationships must be as He desires
If we spend time in relationships
that are motivated by lust —
self pleasures —
seeking affections that fill
a need which is against
our vocation — we can
be unfaithful to God
God may want us in New York, but
we go to California — the
work in New York is not
done because we wanted
a selfish whim, done our way in California,
A man who is called to be a priest and
gets married and gives up his vocation
may have great unhappiness.
God created us.
God gave us talents.
God wants us to follow His Plan
We say — "Oh God - I have fun here
so I am planning my life —
forget what You want - even
if You intend to use me for
billions of souls — I want
this inordinate attachment"
The devil lures through inordinate
attachments — Vanity, pride
Wanting others to think we are
great for our own vain glory —
Not focused on God's plan — for
His honor and glory
We must embrace that we have
a tainted human nature —
we are inclined to the
weakness of the flesh —
When we act impurely —
God's will we can be
enslaved to satan.
Willfulness against God's will
is giving into satan
In heaven there is perfect obedience
to God's will
Truth can be found by obedience
to the commandments —
Living in the Word of God
The Medicine of Immortality (the Eucharist)
helps heal the wounded
Adam and Eve were put in the garden —
They were given the Garden
Because of pride they disobeyed
They lived in labor and
We must have sorrow for sin —
Sorrow for offending God
Sorrow for actions that
have hurt others
When we die we will not
be judged on the last
hour of our lives —
We are to know our life
and how we have grown on
this journey to God
Thank you for giving to the Lord
From the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
The subject matter for examination will be the Ten
Commandments, the laws of the Church, the
recommendations of superiors. All transgressions of
obligations arising from any of these three groups are more
or less grievous sins according to the gravity of the
By recommendations of superiors is meant crusade
indults and other indulgences, such as those for peace
on condition of confession and reception of Holy Communion.
For to be the cause of one acting against such
pious recommendations and regulations of superiors or
to do so oneself, is no small sin.
Exercises of St. Ignatius,
by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.
23. FIRST PRINCIPLE AND
Man is created to praise, reverence and serve God
our Lord, and by this means to
save his soul.
Which have as
their purpose the conquest of self
and the regulation of one's life in
such a way that
no decision is made under the
influence of any
We must understand that satan
has tried to block man's conscience
efforts to have an interior life
so one, so united to God as St. Paul
Galatians 2: 19-20
been crucified with Christ and yet I am
alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ
living in me.
In this world the outside clamor —
the stimulation — ever greater of
sin and the dark world — loud
music, cell phones — T.V. as
big as a wall — speakers that
made the floor vibrate under
my feet when I am not even
in the room with the
monster TV — have driven
man from the interior life —
The Shepherds of Christ is to deepen
the interior life — through deeper
consecration to the Hearts of
Jesus and Mary and frequency
of the Eucharist being
saturated with His life —
We become so one in Him —
We don't watch TV with
We don't have violins playing
The stimulus for the interior life is
as we become more deeply one in
Him — saturated with His
It is an interior transformation —
A life lived in Him
A mystical marriage to God —
A contemplative in action —
In a world where we have become
consumed with much
We are the light set on a lamp
stand to shine in the
house — Because God is
so deeply one in us
...though the light has come into the world...
Twelve Steps of AA
Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a
program of recovery:
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that
our lives had
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than
ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives
over to the care of God
as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another
human being the exact
nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these
defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and
became willing to
make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever
possible, except when to
do so would injure them or
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when
we were wrong
promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve
contact with God as we understood
Him, praying only for knowledge
of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result
of these steps,
we tried to carry this message to
and to practice these
principles in all our affairs.
Sirach 15: 17
A human being has
life and death before him:
whichever he prefers will be given him.
Sirach 15: 19-20
His eyes are on
those who fear him,
he notes every human action.
commanded anyone to be godless,
he has given no one permission to sin.
Sirach 10: 9-11
What has dust and
ashes to pride itself on?
Even in life its entrails are repellent.
A long illness makes a fool of the doctor;
a king today is a corpse tomorrow.
For in death the portion of all alike will be
insects, wild animals and worms.
He himself made
human beings in the beginning,
and then left them free to make their own
If you choose,
you will keep the commandments
and so be faithful to his will.
Do not resent
your neighbour's every offence,
and never act in a fit of passion.
Pride is hateful
to God and humanity,
and injustice is abhorrent to both.
In children of Alcoholics
these are the problems
CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS: These are the
characteristics we seem to have
due to having been brought up in an
1. We became isolated and afraid of people and authority
2. We became approval seekers and lost our identity in the
3. We either become alcoholics, marry them or both or find
compulsive personality such as a workaholic to
fulfill our sick
4. We are frightened by angry people and any personal criticism.
5. We live life from the viewpoint of helping and seeking
and are attracted by that weakness in our love and
6. We have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility, and it is
for us to be concerned with others rather than ourselves.
This enables us not to look closely at our faults, etc.
7. We get guilt feelings when we stand up for ourselves instead
give in to others.
8. We become addicted to excitement.
9. We confuse love with pity and tend to "love" people we can
pity and rescue.
10. We have stuffed back our feelings from our traumatic
childhoods and have
lost the ability to feel or express our
It hurts so much (denial).
11. We judge ourselves harshly and have a very low sense of
sometimes compensated for by trying to appear
12. We are dependent personalities who are terrified of
We will do anything to hold onto a relationship in
not to experience
the pain of abandonment. We are conditioned to
these types of relationships.
13. Alcoholism is a family disease and we became para-alcoholics.
We took on the characteristics of that disease even though
we did not pick up the drink.
14. Para-alcoholics are reactors rather than actors.
THE OPPOSITE OF "THE PROBLEM"
1. I feel comfortable and involved with people and authority
2. I have a strong identity and give myself approval.
3. I accept and use personal criticism in a positive way.
4. I am becoming free from trying to fulfill my sick abandonment
5. As I face my own victim role, I am attracted by strengths and
weaknesses in my love and friendship relationships.
6. I am getting well through loving and focusing on myself.
7. It feels great to stand up for myself.
8. I enjoy peaceful serenity.
9. I love people who love and take care of themselves.
10. I am free to feel and express my feelings even when painful.
11. I have a healthy sense of self-esteem.
12. I am freed from the fear of abandonment in relationships as
more and more on my Higher Power.
13. Through the ACA group, I examine and release para-alcoholic
I learned while living with the family disease of
14. I am an actor in this world.
1. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
2. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
3. We will comprehend the word serenity, and we will know peace.
4. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see
how our experience can benefit others.
5. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
6. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in
7. Self-seeking will slip away.
8. Our whole attitude and outlook will change.
9. Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave us.
10. We will know intuitively how to handle situations that used
to baffle us.
11. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we
could not do for ourselves.
Some people always want to be right —
They win arguments but
people dislike them.
Some people refuse to talk about
anger, feelings and
they fear conflict —
They are never enthusiastic
They take a person with
excitement and pour
water on their
Some don't express anger directly.
They have hurt looks,
They direct anger inward.
Person who throws tantrums
What is underneath anger
layers like an onion
Maybe a person is thwarted
only acts out anger
By this I mean that most of their emotions are angry ones.
They only act in some form of anger.
They do not even act joyously ever.
Some people that cry are expressing hidden repressed anger.
Some people can become like a stone with
a hardened heart and never show any tears.
Excerpt from September
Mary's birthday I had a vision
at 4:00 Mass of Mary and children on a
big stone hill and a grotto on the hill
she was — It looked just like Stone
Mountain in Atlanta by Conyers.
sent me to Atlanta this week
to switch things with Doris and go to
and Stone Mountain — I realized the big
wreck of 2003 was on the same route not
far from Conyers and the vision I had
on the Blessed Mother's Birthday was
Stone Mountain, but Mary appeared
where the guys were engraved in the
mountain with children.
Mary was like this
| baby was facing out
moved Him from left to right
then another woman came in the
picture, like dropped down, with
a child — then a total of 4 or 5
in pastel dresses with children —
a white dress —
there were then bigger children, tot
size at their feet — maybe an 8 year
old sitting down at their feet —
message on Mary's birthday I
said a stone hill, but when I
saw Stone Mountain it looked
to the vision and the vision was
engraved men were