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November 14, 2010
November 14th Holy Spirit Novena
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November 14, 2010
Christ wants to be so loved by
men — in showing us His Sacred
Heart He reminds us of how
He took flesh, out of love
for us and His Heart is the
symbol of His undaunted love
for us — His love is infinite —
beyond our comprehension, but
because of baptism our loving
and knowing capacity is elevated
so we can, with His grace, learn
to love Him and others more and
more deeply —
Jesus is truly present in the
Eucharist — in China, where we
have the Eucharist exposed —
the Sacred Heart statue stands to the side of
the altar — His Heart exposed
so we can focus on this precious
Heart of love —
God is love — to have this
devotion to the Sacred Eucharistic
Heart of Christ is to bring to
home more and more the reality
of His Divine Love given to
us mere creatures, But He raises
us up by His gifts to us, His love
shown to us, His mercy for us
when we walk in truth and
humility and confess our sins
and tell God of our sorrow for
offending Him and hurting
Jesus is the way, the truth
and the life — to be likened to
Him — we must be great lovers —
this means we rely on His
grace — we seek to be sheltered
in His Heart of love —
We are thirsting and longing to
serve Him for in this lies our
happiness and peace
Song: Give Me your Heart oh Jesus —
We want to go to the Eucharist
and receive Jesus, truly present,
we want to bask before Him
in the Blessed Sacrament —
Jesus heals our wounds —
Jesus outpours His grace —
This is reality
He is truly present in His
Divinity and humanity in
the Eucharist —
Nothing but God's love
can satisfy the stalking
Reach out to Me and do not
fear — I want to be so close
Song: Little Child
Jesus, Jesus —
So little loved by ungrateful
Only in seeking truth can
we be close to Jesus
Deception, sends us away
and this makes us angry to be
separated even a little from the
love for which we were
created — sadness for
sending ourselves a distance
from God, so good, by lies and
We must seek the absolute
truth — pray for faith to see the
truth with the eyes of the
Live ardently with
enthusiasm to do God's
will — Running to please
Our beloved Father who
created us and loves us
so much —
Sickness tears at the body and
slows it down —
Deception in our heart —
impurities I practice
drive me from the treasury
for why I was created —
The treasury of love and
truth and nothing is
missing in His Heart —
Yes we were meant to be
great lovers — created in
the image and likeness of God —
We were created to love
We were created to be humble
We were created to walk in the
We were created to be pure —
To be more and more in
the image of Jesus —
Genesis 1: 26-27
God said, ‘Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground.’
God created man in the image of himself,
in the image of God he created him,
male and female he created them.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us (repeat after each invocation).
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, one God,
Heart of Jesus, Son of the eternal Father,
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty,
Heart of Jesus, sacred temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven,
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke You,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, obedient even to death,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim of sin,
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in You,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in You,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints,
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Yours.
Let us pray: O almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Your dearly beloved Son and upon the praise and satisfaction He offers You in behalf of sinners and, being appeased, grant pardon to those who seek Your mercy, in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.
Promises of Our Lord to those devoted to His Sacred Heart
1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their homes.
3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
4. I will be their refuge during life and above all in death.
5. I will bestow a large blessing on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall grow fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
9. I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored.
10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the first Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
Malachi 3: 19-20
‘For look, the Day is coming, glowing like a furnace. All the proud and all the evil–doers will be the stubble, and the Day, when it comes, will set them ablaze, says Yahweh Sabaoth, leaving them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name, the Sun of justice will rise with healing in his rays, and you will come out leaping like calves from the stall,
Play to Yahweh on the harp,
to the sound of instruments;
to the sound of trumpet and horn,
acclaim the presence of the King.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
and the mountains shout for joy together,
at Yahweh’s approach, for he is coming
to judge the earth;
he will judge the world with saving justice
and the nations with fairness.
2 Thessalonians 3: 7-12
You know how you should take us as your model: we were not undisciplined when we were with you, nor did we ever accept food from anyone without paying for it; no, we worked with unsparing energy, night and day, so as not to be a burden on any of you. This was not because we had no right to be, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to imitate.
We urged you when we were with you not to let anyone eat who refused to work. Now we hear that there are some of you who are living lives without any discipline, doing no work themselves but interfering with other people’s. In the Lord Jesus Christ, we urge and call on people of this kind to go on quietly working and earning the food that they eat.
When some were talkng about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, he said, 'All these things you are staring at now—the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another; everything will be destroyed.' And they put to him this question, 'Master,' they said, 'when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that it is about to take place?'
But he said, 'Take care not to be deceived, because many will come using my name and saying, "I am the one" and "The time is near at hand." Refuse to join them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be terrified, for this is something that must happen first, but the end will not come at once.' Then he said to them, 'Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines in various places; there will be terrifying events and great signs from heaven.
But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you will be handed over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name —and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Make up your minds not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated universally on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your perseverance will win you your lives.
The fire is used to show for those
not obeying God it will be scorching —
to them who are faithful it will be
From Fr. Joe
An atheist was driving down the road
A priest and Rabbi was by the road —
They put up a sign —
Turn around the end is near —
The atheist got angry and called out to
Priest and Rabbi
"Don't preach to me you religious nuts!"
Then they heard some tires screech and
then there was a big splash —
and then the Rabbi said to the Priest —
I told you we should have put
"Bridge Out Ahead"
instead Turn around the end is near
John the Baptist preached repentance —
Jesus said the Kingdom of God was near
Jesus taught in parables —
Jesus showed His power
Jesus cast out demons —
Jesus preached the joy
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 18, 2007
INTRODUCTION: In our first reading today we hear from the prophet Malachi who lived about 470 years before Christ. Many Jews at that time were apathetic about their religious duties and about keeping the Commandments. He warns his listeners that the day of reward and punishment is coming. Fire is the symbol that represents both the reward and the punishment. It will be scorching heat for those who have not followed God’s ways, and will bring warmth and healing to those who have been faithful.
HOMILY: I’m always feeling nervous around this time of the year. It’s the season when they shoot turkeys!
In case you are wondering why the church is decorated in this fashion, we had our children’s Mass on Friday and the theme was Thanksgiving. The tail feathers on the turkey on the altar each mention something that each kindergarten child is thankful for (their family, their teacher, their parents, their dog, their brother!) And the trees have fruit hanging on them, with lists of things the children in other grades are grateful for. As we all know, true gratitude not only inspires us to say “thank you” but also moves us to share our blessings. So the children brought in cans of food for our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. By the way, about 85 to 90 percent of our school children come from families whose income is below the poverty line. One does not have to be rich to be generous and to share.
Life has its ups and downs. We have happy times and we have tragic times. And the Scripture readings this week remind us of both, the good times and bad. Today’s gospel is about difficult times. It reminds us that some day this world, which we love, (most of the time) will come to an end. The destruction of the Temple was just a prelude to the end of all things that we treasure. We need to remember that this will happen, so we keep our priorities straight and make God’s Kingdom our greatest treasure for that will never end.
On Thursday of this week, we think of the blessings we have received and we give thanks. We need to know, however, that gratitude is an attitude and not just something that takes place once a year. I’ve always preached that thankfulness is the key to joy. This is supported now by objective psychological research. Two psychologists from the University of Miami took three groups and randomly assigned them to take time once a week to focus on one of three things: hassles, things for which they were grateful, and ordinary things. The results were that people who focused on things for which they were grateful saw their lives in favorable terms. They had fewer headaches or colds, and they took better care of themselves . Their energy and joy and their willingness to help others was noticed by those who knew them. This did not happen with the other two groups. Further studies have confirmed those results. That’s fantastic. If you want to live happier, healthier, more optimistic lives, practice being more grateful. Psychology is just confirming what we’ve always been taught. St. Paul, two millennia ago, said “Dedicate yourselves to thankfulness…Sing gratefully to God from your hearts in psalms, hymns and inspired songs. Whatever you do, whether in speech or in action, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus. Give thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3, 15-17) The Church tries to help us to become grateful if we’re not, or to remain grateful if we are, by telling us to come to Mass every week. Another word for Mass is Eucharist, a Greek word meaning Thanksgiving. Too many people think Thanksgiving is all about lots of food and lots of football. That will not do the job for our spirits that real gratitude will do.
The biggest obstacle to a grateful spirit is our own negativism. We tend to dwell on our problems, on what we don’t have, on what’s wrong with our lives. Certainly we have to try to deal with problems when they arise, but some things we just have to live with. If we are always focused on problems, that’s a path that leads to depression. To develop an attitude of gratitude, we have to consciously focus on what’s right with our lives, what cheers us up, what we have, not what we wish we had. It takes a conscious effort and discipline to do this sometimes. When we begin seeing how blessed we are, it’s like opening the shade and letting in the sunshine, or as Malachi says it, “there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.”
Gratitude expressed to others almost always comes back around. One study, for example, showed that waitresses who wrote “thank you” on the check they presented at the end of a meal received on average 11% more tips than those who didn’t. Gratitude does have a boomerang effect.
We are reminded in Mass today how blessed we are. Sure there will be difficult times in life, but God will not abandon us. He will help us through. If we follow the wisdom and the way of life he has revealed to us we can, with gratitude, look forward to eternal joy. “Not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” Amen.
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