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November 16, 2009

November 17th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 4 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for November 17th are Sorrowful.


Sidney Rosary, Tuesday

November 17, 2009, 6:20pm

Please tune in!


We really need funds

for the priestly mailing.




Please pray for an
urgent intention.



November 16, 2009



July 13, 2006

Homily by Fr. Mike

    Hey, Rita. The building down in Clearwater - You got it free, right? You don't have to pay a dime for it, is that correct? No way, right? No way, it's not correct.

    I look out and - what about the houses and homes that you all own. They were all given to you, right? You don't have to pay a dime for them? No way, right?

    Are there any cars amongst us? Do any of us own cars? We all got them free, right? Yeah, right.

    What about, what about the shoes on your feet? Were they free? I mean, okay, even if they were a gift some Christmas, were they free to the person who gave them to you then?

    All things in life, then, are things we have to pay for to get them? I think that our lives kind of teach us that. And I think, sometimes, that idea then spills over into our spirituality, and our concept of faith.

    That there's a startling proclamation, a tremendous bit of good news that is given to us today in the Gospel, which of course means Good News.

    "Without cost, you have received."

    Let's think about that for a second. I want to ask a question. Without cost, you have received. What is it that Jesus is referring to? I think that He is referring to what the disciples have received. They have received the Good News. They have received Christ in their life. They have received salvation.

     "Without cost, you have received."

    So, this is the question. How much does it cost to get salvation? How much does it cost to be a member of the Church? How much does it cost to receive?

    What do you think?

    You know, it's interesting. When I have asked a similar question of people who are away from the Church, or people who are struggling being in the Church because of an issue akin to this, these are some of the answers I get.

    "Well, the Church wants, well, 10% of everything I make or maybe even more, because they talk about a sacrificial gift. It's too costly." They don't need that. Ever heard someone say that to you before, or heard other people talk about that?

    Or here's another one. "You know what? They just want all of my time up there at church. It costs too much to be a member of the Church."

    Or if you have people that have incredible talents, you know like builders or plumbers. It's true, they get tapped on a lot. "Hey, do you think you could fix this?" And so they will say, the cost is too much. The cost is too much.

    Or here's another one I hear: "The cost for salvation is my life! I gotta give my life! It's too much." Or here's a great gripe I hear: "You know, in order to be a Catholic, in order to be a disciple of Jesus, I gotta give up my freedom. Costs too much!"

    But Jesus says, "Without cost, you have received."

    It's very important that we ponder these words, and allow them to take deep root in our hearts and in the depths of our souls, and to capture our minds. Because it will transform our lives as God wants them to be transformed.

    "Without cost, you have received."

    All that we have, all that we are, even the salvation and its completeness that we long for in the glories of heaven, all of it is gift. We have done nothing to merit it, nor is there anything we can do to merit it. It is pure gift given to us. No payment needed. Without cost, we have received.

    I'm going to ask you a couple of questions, then. What did you do, how much did you pay for your life, and how much do you continue to pay to have it now? Nothing. It's a gift, a gift from God.

    Did you eat today? Will you eat later today? What did you pay, in order for the seed and the animal to grow, which will nourish you? Nothing. You can't do it, God does it. It's a gift from God to us.

    Salvation. What did you do to merit salvation?

    It's not true, what you're thinking, it's not true. Jesus says, in describing this He says, "You know what, there was a servant. And the servant does exactly what the master wants him to do."

    You know what Jesus says about that servant? He's useless. He's useless, he's only done what he's supposed to do. And so when we do what God wants us to do, what are we doing? We're only doing what we're supposed to do! We're not doing anything extra!

    When do you normally give someone a merit, a reward? Or as we used to call it when I was working as an engineer, an "Atta boy" or an "Atta girl", "Keep up the good work." Are they not normally given, and indeed, are given when we have done something over and beyond what we're supposed to be doing? That's what merit is about. That's what reward is about.

    But when we do what God wants us to do, all we're doing is what we're supposed to be doing, nothing more! We can't go around, "Waaah! Look at me! I did such great things today for God! And now, you know what, God owes me." Wrong, it's not true. We've only done what we're supposed to do.

    So we're not useless in the sense of, well you know, we didn't do good. But we're useless in the sense, that we haven't done anything more than we are supposed to do, and need to do.

    And so salvation, also, is a wondrous gift from God. "Without cost, you have received." It's been given, and it has been accepted. And all of that, in the giving, and in the accepting, it is done without cost. In the giving and in the accepting, it has been done without cost. What you have received, you have received without cost.

    Now think about this along the terms of our human relationships. Think of those people in your life, and I'll think about the people in my life, that really are incredible givers, if you will, in your life - in my life. You know the kind of people I'm talking about. Those people where it's like, wow, if that person wasn't in my life, my life would not be rich, it wouldn't be full. It wouldn't be complete.

    And when we think about those people in our lives, what we recognize is they're giving to us and we're receiving those gifts from them, right? It's true, isn't it? And it's not just the matter that they're giving us gifts like material gifts, it's the matter of sharing life, and enriching our life with their presence, most of all. And that's what salvation ultimately is, it's God's presence in our lives.

    So when we think about our human relationships, about those people who enrich our lives like that, what is our normal response in those relationships? Don't we want to reciprocate as best we can? Aren't we pulled into the relationship in such a way that we give back, in the way that we can give back, out of gratitude? I think that's what happens, and we do it not expecting anything back. Because we have recognized how incredibly enriched we have been by that person's life, in our lives.

    "Without cost, you have received. Without cost you are to give." This, my dear friends, is what stewardship is about in our lives.

    Many times we get the proverbial cart before the horse. We think stewardship is about funding projects, like paying for a building in Clearwater. We think that stewardship is about putting in our time, so that the Newsletter gets out. We think stewardship is about using our talents, so the grotto gets built and the plumbing gets put in. That's not what stewardship's about.

    Stewardship is a way of living. It's a matter of recognizing that without cost we have received, that everything that we are, we have, everything that we hope to have, is gift from God. And that our God loves us so much, that God will continually, always and forever uphold us and provide for us - through the gift of, yes, material goods, but also through the gift of friends. And most of all through the gift of spiritual goods that are poured into our lives, like this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - the gift beyond price, so we can't pay for it.

    And when we realize, indeed, that without cost we have received, and that means everything, that it moves us to that point of gratitude so we do things out of thanksgiving. We do things to express how much we are grateful to God.

    We live our lives in accord to God's Word, according to God's plan, according to the commandments of God - not because we're fearful of condemnation, and not because we're earning our salvation, but because we are grateful to God and we want to live in accord with the God Who loves us and saves us, out of thanksgiving.

    And the reason why we reach into our pocketbooks, and give of our time, and give of our talents, is for the same reason - out of gratitude.

    And yes, for some of us it takes on another dimension. It's a matter of giving of our time and our lives in such a way, that they are dedicated in a unique way, in religious life and priesthood. But still lived out of thanksgiving to God, Who has given us all that we have, including life and breath, and salvation, as gift.

    And so on this day, let us take some time to ponder more deeply, so that our lives might be transformed more completely. Let us then ponder the fact - without cost we have received, so that we might be invigorated to live our faith-lives in every aspect of our living, in a way that without cost, we give.

end of homily




A Letter from a Cardinal at the Vatican


 September 9, 2008

Dear Ms. Ring,

    Thank you for your beautiful letter and accompanying material on the Shepherds of Christ. Your invitation that I consider becoming an Associate member was also welcome.

    I read with attention the material enclosed. Fr. Edward Carter, S.J., and yourself were specially set aside by the Holy Spirit to pray for those who serve the various ministries of the Church. Your work has given birth to many graces and spiritual fruit. I am certain that your prayer and counsel have saved many priests from an overly pessimistic evaluation of the present state of the presbyterate in the USA.

    You began this work in 1993; this was well before the breaking forth of the sexual abuse crisis within the Church in 2002. The strength and consolation that your members are offering to priests through their prayers have been of immense importance in sustaining priests in their ministry.

    My own life and ministry have been greatly enhanced through personal membership in a priestly fraternity. It has its own spirituality and goals, some of which would be coincident with those of the Shepherds of Christ. For that reason, I must decline your kind offer to become a formal Associate member of the Shepherds of Christ. However, I will continue to pray for the intentions of your association and deepen my own prayer for the life and ministry of priests in the USA and through the world. Please extend my thanks to John Weickert for the material he sent me.

    With best wishes, I remain

                                                                    Sincerely yours in Christ,

                                                                    Cardinal from the Vatican





Jesus gave to Fr. Carter a mission May 31, 1994 to send the Priestly Newsletter to all the priests in the world.



July 31, 1994

Words of Jesus to Members of
Shepherds of Christ Associates:

"My beloved priest-companion, I intend to use the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, and the movement, Shepherds of Christ Associates, in a powerful way for the renewal of My Church and the world.

"I will use the newsletter and the chapters of Shepherds of Christ Associates as a powerful instrument for spreading devotion to My Heart and My Mother's Heart.

"I am calling many to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. To all of them I will give great blessings. I will use them as instruments to help bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. I will give great graces to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. I will call them to be deeply united to My Heart and to Mary's Heart as I lead them ever closer to My Father in the Holy Spirit."

- Message from Jesus to Father Edward J. Carter, S.J., Founder, as given on July 31, 1994,
feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits)



We began sending the first Priestly Newsletter
to all the priests in the United States July 31, 1994 -
first issue. 

Soon we were sending the Newsletter to so
many countries and 75,000 priests in English
and Spanish - edited by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.
This was sent every other month until
his death December 18, 2000. 

The image of Mary appeared on the building


December 17, 1996 and immediately we began circulating
the prayer manual from Clearwater, Florida
praying for the priests, the Church, and the world.
We have circulated the Priestly Newsletter now
for 15 years in some form yearly - 

The prayers of the prayer manual were
immediately translated in 6 languages, now 8 languages,
with the Church's Imprimatur and we have had these
prayer chapters - praying for the priests,
the Church and the world for 15 years now. 

Our primary purpose in the Shepherds of Christ is
to circulate the Priestly Newsletter, our co-equal purpose to begin prayer
chapters praying for the priests, the Church, and the world. 

Fr. Carter circulated 33 Priestly Newsletters to his death
December 18, 2000 - about 1/2 of these
were translated in Spanish. 

After his death I circulated two 20 page Priestly Newsletters to about 95,000 priests in 2001 with his writing on grace and Fr. Carter's writing about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (several more Priestly Newsletters)

In 2002 we had compiled 3 years 1996-1999 Priestly Newsletters as Fr. Carter directed before his death into the Priestly Newsletter Book 2 and we circulated it with the prayer manual to 95,000 priests in the world. 

We then continued circulating the
writings of Fr. Carter in the Priestly Newsletter with the booklet
Fr. Carter's synopsis on the spiritual life in the Spirituality Handbook he compiled when living and we sent the prayer manual and Spiritual Bouquets for their Priestly Ministry. 

We then sent a large Newsletter from another Jesuit before and after Pope John Paul II's death to about 85,000 priests and heirarchy. 

Jesus told me to go to Fr. Pasquini we circulated 9 Priestly Newsletters and about 250,000 books to 85,000 priests for most of the newsletters in that course of three years selling the properties before the bottom fell out of the real estate.

Next we believe from the stacks of letters from hierarchy about 3 feet high we help to encourage the hierarchy and strengthen the Church by sending this before this latest crisis in the world, in telling them of all of our prayer chapters for 15 years and other prayers. 

We then sent Fr. Joe's homilies and Fr. Carter's Priestly Newsletter Book 3 to hierarchy and my Mass Book 2 times, Fr. Pasquini's Ecce Fides book - now sending Fr. Joe's homily Cycle C Book which Cardinal George told us to do, when I sent out the Cycle A of Fr. Joe's book. 

We need funds about 75 cents a book postage to send out these homily books to priests. 

The building payment where Mary appeared comes due every month on the 19th and is so hard to pay. 

I beg for prayers and funds - this book is a big strength to the priests.

A priest in Florida said he used it for his spiritual reading, every Sunday, and it helped his whole parish.

With all the Negative things in this world we carry out the mission Jesus told Fr. Carter to do in this message 15 years ago. 

With all the Priestly Newsletters in books, we circulated singularly, and in books, about 15,000,000 Priestly Newsletters in over 15 years.

How do you measure a direction like this given by Jesus to Fr. Carter and all the prayer of the prayers in 8 languages with the Church's Imprimatur

After Fr. Carter sent 2 and 1/2 years of Newsletters Our Lady appeared on the building in Clearwater, Florida.

Published December 17, 1996 with rainbow
same day Mary appeared on the building  December 17, 1996. 

We did not obey the Fatima message and there was World War II as Mary said if we did not listen. 


Excerpt from The Spirituality of Fatima

by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

July 13, 1917

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Mary said when she appeared on December 19, 1996 on a former bank building "You have made money your god!"

Someone knocked the image head off. 

Please pray with me.

So many babies are killed daily with abortion.

We are immensely offending God.

Help me send these mailings to the priests as Jesus asked Fr. Carter and say the prayers in the prayer manual at 6:20 or when ever you can in your parishes and homes.


March 3, 2004




Mary's face was shot out with little pellets.



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Our Lady of Clearwater Florida

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Jesus instructed the prayer service
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November 13, 2009


Dear Donor, 

    I give my heart to Jesus and Mary with you in love –         

         Jesus asked for prayer and support for our mailing to the priests in a message to Fr. Carter in 1994. 

         We need your help.  $1.00 in postage can send Fr. Joe’s book to a priest – Here is a letter from a priest we received last week:  

Dear Friends,                                                                               


          Greetings! Last year you sent me the book – Guiding Light: Focusing on the Word. It is a series of homilies by Fr. Joe Robinson. What a wonderful gift. I have used it for all my homilies and spiritual reading. It has been a blessing for me and even more – a blessing for my parish. I am very grateful for this gift.


A Florida Parish Priest 

     We love our priests and have dedicated our lives these past 15 years spreading the Priestly Newsletter and praying these prayers in prayer chapters all over the world in 8 languages with the Church’s Imprimatur

     I am Rita Ring, co-founder of the Shepherds of Christ – Fr. Edward Carter, S.J., doctorate the founder – with John Weickert the President and our officers, servants and handmaids of the Good Shepherd, Fr. Carter named. We pray 24 hours a day before the Blessed Sacrament in our church in China, Indiana given to us for a small price by the archdiocese for this purpose 13 years ago. We have Mass 4 days with a retreat in China, Indiana monthly in which we pray and sing the scriptures, follow St. Ignatius’ format and the rosary. A priest comes 4 days for Mass except Sunday. We have had prayers in the China Church where Fr. Carter used to say Mass and expose the Eucharist since 1997. Now we have perpetual adoration praying for you with thanks and love – praying to make reparation for the sins of the human race. We are so very grateful for you and the Church – our lives are centered in thanking God in these prayer chapters.

    My brother, Fr. Joseph Robinson, has allowed us to publish again, his homilies, Cycle C – We have received so much thanks from priests who use his books of homilies. He is the dean of the Cathedral Deanery, but we are so thankful to God for Fr. Carter, S.J. and the Jesuits and my brother and Fr. Pasquini and Fr. Mike who helps us since before Fr. Carter died, my cousin Fr. Don McCarthy. 

    Many wonderful priests say Mass at the China retreat during our days of prayer – the 10th – 13th every month. 

    And in Florida at the Clearwater building we pray the 2nd to the 5th each month and have been for years. We acquired the Florida building July 5, 1998 and the China Church June, 1997. We have prayed with these prayer chapters now in 8 languages for over 15 years. There is a network of prayer at 6:20 daily for many, many years. 

    We live to be ever more one in Him, our beloved bridegroom of our soul – We believe there will be an era of peace as Mary promised at Fatima and we spread this devotion to the Two Hearts and our donors help us spread these books to you to help the priests – 

    We love our priests and the souls and thank God for His gifts – with God’s grace all things are possible – We unite to the Mass – and try to get people (tiny tots to elderly, priests and sisters) praying in their Morning Offering – offering up all they do for you, the Church and the world united to the Mass for great grace to be outpoured.  

    Thank You,



Rita Ring, co founder                    John Weickert,
Shepherds of Christ                       President




From the Your Inner Child of the Past

                    "It takes four to make a marriage. If
                you work toward understanding and
                respecting all four, you will lessen
                the differences and misunderstandings
                that wreck many marriages. This can
                help you find greater harmony within
                yourself and within your marriage."

                Greatest commandment

                    Living in Harmony with Yourself

                    "Mutual respect is the principle
                which can help you live in harmony
                with yourself. This means that, as
                a good parent to yourself, you
                respect the feelings of your childhood,
                your "inner child of the past." This also
                means that you require your "child of
                the past" to accept limits which keep
                him from infringing on your life as an
                adult and on the rights of others."

                    However, if the feelings from your
                childhood are permitted free expression,
                they may interfere with your adult life
                or the rights of others. To use a broad,
                perhaps ridiculous example, if your
                "child of the past" doesn't want to
                get up in the morning and go to work,
                and you indulge this feeling, you are
                letting these childhood feelings
                interfere with your adult life.
                You may lose your job — and be
                unable to do the things that you,
                the adult, really want to do. In a
                similar fashion you may have
                trouble limiting your anger
                because your temper tantrums were
                indulged by your parents. You may
                eat too much or 'want what you want
                when you want it' regardless of
                others because someone indulged
                your whims in childhood."



Mysticism and Love

    As we previously stated, the mystical process focuses on love. Mysticism entails an evolving realization of how much God loves us, a realization which prompts the mystic to deepen his or her response to this love. Here then, are the aspects of love which increasingly consume the mystic's attention—God's love for us, our love for God, our love for God's creation—including, of course, love of neighbor and love of self. Let us now elaborate upon certain of these aspects of love.

    It sounds so obvious to say God loves us; however, to voice this fundamental truth is not the same as allowing it to influence our existence as it should. On the other hand, the more we allow this truth to penetrate into our inner core and more dynamically direct our thinking and acting, the more we allow the words, "God loves us," to become truly life-promoting, and not merely an intellectual assent to an obvious truth. With God's grace, then, we must keep striving for a deeper comprehension of God's love. This love has brought us into existence, has redeemed us, has given us a mission in life. As we give ourselves over to the mystical process, the realization of these truths grips us with an enthusiasm which formerly eluded us. If acted upon, this realization truly transforms us.

    God is ever with us. In his desire to take deeper possession of us, he asks us to be more receptive to his presence. God loves us, and he is our supporting rock, the one who will never fail us, the only one who can be our complete fulfillment. We must be determined to allow God in his love for us to be our life, our strength, our source of growth, our happiness. We must say with St. Paul, "What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? . . . No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom 8:35-39).

    Why are we sometimes afraid of God's love? We can shy away from the white heat of this love, foolishly thinking God will ask too much of us. When has God ever asked anything of us without giving us the grace to accomplish this? When has our heavenly Father ever asked that which has not brought us closer to him and thereby increased our happiness?

    The mystics have marvelled at this love of God for his children. Embraced by this love, their fear has diminished and their trust increased. Made secure in this love, they have possessed the courage to undertake the ordinary with uncommon devotion and the heroic with dominant determination. Consumed with this love, they have continually pushed forward to accomplish more for Christ and his kingdom. Transformed by this love, the mystics have said with the most penetrating realization, "I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me" (Gal 2:19-20).

    Obviously, we can never fully fathom the depth of God's love for us. We can, however, grow in what will always be a finite comprehension of this awesome reality. Christ has shown us his heart as a constant reminder that we should strive for a greater realization of what it means to say God loves us. The heart of Christ is indeed the symbol of God's fathomless love for us, a love which requests our own response of love.

    Some of the mystics have explicitly told us about the treasures found in the heart of Christ. St. Bonaventure, a doctor of the Church, is one of these. In his The Tree Of Life he tells us how the Church and her sacraments have come forth from the heart of Christ: "Then, in order that the Church might be formed out of the side of Christ sleeping on the cross . . . the divine plan permitted that one of the soldiers should pierce open his sacred side with a lance. While blood mixed with water flowed, the price of our salvation was poured forth, which gushing from the secret fountain of the heart gave power to the sacraments of the Church. . . ."1

    Christ's heart, then, is a vivid symbol of God's salvific love for us, a love which calls for our own response of love. What does our response include? As Jesus himself has told us, it includes love of God, love of neighbor, love of self. Let us further consider these aspects of Christian love.

    Our love for God includes our attachment to him in all his infinite perfections—his goodness, love, mercy, justice, and so forth. Our love for him also includes his will for us as manifested in many different ways. This can be the difficult part of loving God. It is very easy for us to say we love the all-good God, but when God's will shows us how we are to live, we do not always give a ready response in love.

    As we strive to love God by fulfilling his will in our lives, Jesus is our example and our inspiration. Christ's life was supremely successful because he perfectly loved his Father's will. In like manner must the life of each  of us be judged—this life which is our response of love. At times we tend to judge the value of our lives not by first looking to God's will, but rather by primarily considering whether our work is enjoying success, whether we are being loved and accepted by others, whether we are feeling particularly worthwhile. Let us make ourselves very clearly understood here. We are not saying that an existence which possesses the above qualities cannot be one deeply conformed in love to God's will, and , therefore, a highly successful and valuable life. This, however, is not always the case. Sometimes our lives could possess the above characteristics and yet be considerably lacking in conformity to God's will; and to the extent that God's will does not influence us, our lives lack real value despite all the appearances to the contrary.

    We can, on the other hand, be tempted to think our lives are useless, or, even worse, a nuisance to ourselves and others because of what appears to be unsuccessful living. We may presently be feeling the weight of a continual sense of frustration, or we may be experiencing a painful period of being misunderstood by others or having our work go unnoticed, or a particular trial seems to keep nagging at us—and the list could go on and on. Even though the suffering may be cutting very deeply, and our lives seem to lack success and value, we must realize through reflective faith that our own existence in the distressing here and now is greatly worthwhile provided we are reaching out to embrace God's will with love—yes, even though our love at the time may seem so weak, and frustrated, and almost shattered.

    One of the greatest mystical teachers, Teresa of Avila, reminds us of the central position this loving conformity to God's will holds in the mystical journey. It is, she says, the key issue for the beginner in the spiritual life as well as for the most advanced: "All that the beginner in prayer has to do—and you must not forget this, for it is very important—is to labour and to be resolute and prepare himself with all possible diligence to bring his will in conformity with the will of God. As I shall say later, you may be quite sure that this comprises the very greatest perfection which can be attained on the spiritual road."2 And, again, ". . . love consists . . . in the firmness of our determination to try to please God in everything."3

    If we become aware of the varied manner in which God manifests his will, and if we act upon the realization that our love for God dictates that we assimilate his will, then the seeds of mysticism given at baptism come more and more into bloom. Our lives will continue to rest upon solid ground and not upon sand. We will be implementing the teaching of Jesus: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven" (Mt 7:21).

    As we grow in loving conformity to God's will, we increasingly live by the mutual sharing of gifts between God and ourselves. This concept is extremely important for understanding the mystical life. Progress in the mystical life, then, is centered in the increasingly lived realization of this basic fact: as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have in love given themselves to us, together with a created participation in their life (our life of grace), we too make a love gift of ourselves to them. As this process takes deeper hold of us, God increasingly possesses our persons with all their faculties, and more and more is reflected through our persons. We are indeed finite expressions of the infinite God.

    St. John of the Cross tells us how this mutual exchange of gifts between God and the Christian reaches its culminating point in the spiritual marriage—mysticism's highest stage: "It now remains for the said Spiritual Marriage to be made between the soul aforementioned and the Son of God. This is without comparison far geater than the Spiritual Bethrothal because it is a total transformation in the Beloved, wherein on either side there is made surrender by total possession of the one to the other with a certain consummation of union of love . . . ."4

    Although the spiritual marriage marks the highest exchange between God and the mystic, it is very important to realize that a lesser exchange occurs in the lower realms of the spiritual life. God in his love is always calling the spiritual pilgrim, inviting her or him to receive his greater self-communication, inviting the person to make a greater gift of self to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    We have briefly discussed God's love for us and ours for him. As we progress in our treatment of Christian love, we remind ourselves that much of God's will for us pertains to our relationship with our neighbor. Love of God and love of neighbor are, indeed, inseparably linked. St. John, in a well-known Scriptural passage, vividly reminds us of this: "If anyone says, 'I love God,' but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen" (1 Jn 4:20).

    The mystical process involves a maturing realization of why John's statement is true. Growth in the mystical journey includes an increased awareness that one is made in God's image. Increased awareness of this regarding oneself gives a proportionate consciousness of one's neighbor as also being in the divine image. To love God, then, necessarily means to love one's neighbor whose existence possess the divine imprint.

    Although we must, then, necessarily love all, this does not mean we must like everyone. There is a difference. There are certain personalities which do not appeal to us—we do not like them. We must, however, love them. Furthermore, regarding the wrong actions of anyone, I can and must reject such actions, yet I can and must love the core person who is in God's image.

    The contemporary Christian has a special responsibility and privilege as bearer of love for one's neighbor. A Christian of any age certainly has a duty of love towards the human race, but our present-day world has special need of people who deeply love their brothers and sisters within the human family. We live in critical times. Enormous problems confront the human race, and many of these occur because there is insufficient love in the hearts of many. As we sweep our gaze across the world and observe what happens when there is this failure of love, we are aware of the special danger this lack of love produces in contemporary times. We live in a nuclear age. We must counterbalance the awesome threat of holocaust with increased effort to love our fellow human beings. Responding to God's grace, you and I must decide what this means for each of us.

    Some today doubtlessly think that to talk of mysticism is to distract us from attending to the overwhelming needs of contemporary society. This attitude is nothing new. There have always been those who have thought that mysticism hinders a practical love and social concern for one's neighbor. Such an attitude is far from the truth. Growth in the authentic mystical process—as opposed to false mysticism—means growth in union with God. Greater union with God, in turn, means a greater capacity to be and to do for one's sisters and brothers. The lives of the mystics are outstanding witnesses to this statement. What they have accomplished for others comprises a remarkable story of loving concern for one's neighbor. They achieved all this, moreover, precisely because of their mysticism. As Dom Cuthbert Butler succinctly observes, ". . . the mystics were what they were, not in spite of their mysticism, but because of it."5 William James, in speaking of one of these mystics, St. Ignatius Loyola, says, "Saint Ignatius was a mystic, but his mysticism made him assuredly one of the most powerfully practical human engines that ever lived."6

    We have briefly discussed God's love for us, our love for God, and our love for neighbor. Finally, let us discuss love for oneself. This is an extremely important concept, one that has not always received proper attention throughout the history of Christian spiritual writing and teaching. The situation, happily, is changing today. Indeed, we must love ourselves, since we are in the image of God. As we cooperate with God in developing our Christic, Trinitarian image, we grow in the capacity to see our worth and loveableness. What John of the Cross says concerning the worth and loveableness of one who has achieved the spiritual marriage is proportionately true of those still walking in the lower regions of the spiritual journey: "When, therefore, the soul feels itself very near to going forth to possess its kingdom completely and perfectly, in the abundance wherewith it sees itself enriched (for it knows itself to be pure and rich and full of virtues and prepared for this . . .)."7

    We are loveable, then, because God has clothed us with his beauty. Proper self-love, consequently, is a virtue. In love for the self we rejoice at how we have thus far participated through grace in the greatness of God; in love for the self we also determine to develop further this divine image.

    True self-love, therefore, is far removed from the narcissistic self-love, the selfish love of self, which is so prevalent in today's culture. Narcissistic love has no concern for God and others. Such love focuses one's attention solely on the selfish interests of a person. It is interested only in the so-called personal fulfillment and satisfaction of the narcissistic individual. Because this falsely conceived fulfillment is based on selfishness, however, real fulfillment for the narcissist is impossible. Narcissistic love of self is really hatred of self, since it is totally opposed to the true good of the individual—life according to God.

    Authentic love of self, then, is the love of the true self, the self possessing the Christic, Trinitarian image. This self desires to live according to God's plan. Part of this plan is the same for all human beings—God has a basic will according to which all must live in order to achieve happiness here and hereafter. In addition, God also has a special plan for each individual, since he has created each a unique person.

    Love of self, consequently, involves growth in achieving self-identity—achieving an ever greater self-knowledge, an ever greater awareness of who I am as this unique, Christic, individual, an ever greater awareness of what God wants me to do with my life. Love of self also involves acting according to this awareness.

    Getting to know myself would seem to be a simple process. After all, do I not consistently live on a very intimate basis with myself? I can tell myself, therefore, that self-knowledge comes with little effort. In fact, it is not all that easy. There are indications that in certain respects I do not know myself nearly as well as I had thought. At times people tell me something about myself of which I was hardly aware, and the number of persons concurring in this observation excludes the probability that they all are in error regarding their assessment. There is also the possibility that I may really think I have the talent for a certain occupation whereas in reality I possess very little potential for it. On the other hand, the talents I actually possess for some other work or profession I may only slightly recognize or recognize not at all. The significant number of people who have actually mistakenly assessed themselves should make me realize that erroneous self-evaluation in some regards is not an unrealistic possibility. To be unaware of the various possibilities of incorrect self-evaluation is to hinder growth in self-knowledge.

    We also hinder growth in self-knowledge if we over-identify with the various personalities we assume. In Jungian terminology, these are called various personas or masks we assume in coping with the demands of a necessarily varied existence amid the complex human condition. A Jungian commentator, James Welch, observes regarding the persona, "A persona is a mask, or a number of masks, through which the individual relates to the world around. Masks are means of adaptation to society and a protection for the psyche. A raw psyche, without the mediation of a persona would be a jarring experience for the individual as well as society. . . . I have different masks for different occasions, and, consequently, different views of myself will be highlighted."8 As necessary as the different personas are in the life of an individual, equally necessary is the ability not to equate my total self-identity with the personas. For example, if a person over-identifies with his or her work persona, failure in that work can occasion devastating loss of self-esteem, a sense of worthlessness, and concomitant depression.

    Achieving adequate self-knowledge can be both painful and joyful. Coming to the realization that I have this bad trait, or that weakness, can be disturbing, frustrating, or humiliating—especially when others point out these negative characteristics. Growth in self-knowledge, however, can also be encouraging and joy-producing as I realize I can do something about these negative aspects, as I achieve a deeper insight into certain positive qualities or become aware of others that I hardly knew existed. The quest for self-knowledge can, then, be exciting. As I obtain better knowledge of both my limitations and my capabilities, I see interesting possibilities for more advanced Christian living which I have not yet implemented.

    Growth in self-identity does not take place in a vacuum—the vacuum of the isolated self. Rather, I achieve self-knowledge through the proper relationship with reality. Through the interaction of myself with various facets of created reality—persons, places, things, happenings—I can come to know much about my strengths and weaknesses, my talents and limitations, my personality and temperament. It is, however, especially through my relationship with God that I grow in achieving self-identity. God, the ultimate source of all knowledge, is, consequently, the ultimate source of self-knowledge. God continually wants to remind me of the fundamental fact concerning myself—that he overwhelmingly loves me and that I am uniquely precious to him. Upon this rock-bottom fact rests all other facets of self-knowledge. Regarding all aspects of knowing myself, God is most anxious to help me grasp these with greater clarity. My task is to allow him to do so. If I open myself to him in prayer, he will continue to reveal himself to me, and also he will reveal myself to me. The more I fathom the mystical depths of my being—the more I allow God to lead me to the center of my being—the more God will tell me about himself and myself, this self which is in his image. Deeper insights concerning himself and myself come to light—and here again we meet up with the hidden aspect of mysticism. The more, in turn, I know of myself under God's guidance, the more I can truly love myself.

    The ongoing assimilation of the various dimensions of love which we have been discussing is not without its pain. Some have learned this lesson well, others have not. Indeed, the real tragedy concerning human suffering is not that there is so much of it, but that apparently so much of it is wasted.

    There are two basic responses to suffering—one correct, one incorrect. Let us consider a simple example. Two persons have been partially paralyzed because of an accident. One becomes embittered by his fate, and becomes an enclosed-type person, one who refuses to go out in love to God and others. The second person, despite the frustration and disappointment, resolves to strive to continue to grow as a person, and determines to utilize this physical tragedy as a means of becoming a person who loves more deeply.

    To grow in love, then, includes the willingness to cope properly with suffering, whatever its kind. Progress in love includes knowing how to use suffering as a means of growth. The mystic has learned this lesson well.

    In summarizing this chapter, we can say that our purpose here on earth is to realize in Christ how much God loves us and to respond by loving God, our neighbor, ourselves, and all creation. Christian life, with its highest development occurring in the mystical state, is that simple. Here we speak of simplicity in the sense of unity—a concept marvelously attractive to mystics. The unity of which we speak is that which emanates from the facets of Christian love. This unity is not that which excludes rich variety and numerous possibilities. The more we realize God's love and give our love in return, the more we realize love is an ongoing process that never exhausts all the marvelous and myriad possibilities of its implementation.

    Growth in the mystical process, since it both increases our awareness of these splendid truths and allows us to more deeply live them, is, then, an adventurous journey.


                    1. Bonaventure: The Soul's Journey into God, The Tree of Life, The Life of St. Francis, translated by Ewert Cousins (New York: Paulist Press, 1978), pp. 154-55.
                    2. St. Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle, translated by E. Allison Peers (New York: Doubleday, 1961), Second Mansions, p. 51.
                    3. Ibid. "Fourth Mansions," p. 76.
                    4. St. John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle, translated by E. Allison Peers (New York: Doubleday, 1961), Stanza XXII, p. 372.
                    5. Dom Cuthbert Butler, Western Mysticism (New York: Dutton, 1924), p. 314.
                    6. William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience (New York: MacMillan, 1961), p. 324.
                    7. St. John of the Cross, Living Flame of Love, translated by E. Allison Peers (New York: Doubleday, 1962), Stanza I, p. 174.
                    8. James Welch, Spiritual Pilgrims: Carl Jung and Teresa of Avila (Ramsey: Paulist Press, 1982), pp. 89-90).










Shepherds of Christ Associates



Chapter Meeting Prayer Format

The prayer format below should be followed at chapter meetings of Shepherds of Christ Associates. All prayers, not just those said specifically for priests, should include the intention of praying for all the needs of priests the world over.

1. Hymns. Hymns may be sung at any point of the prayer part of the meeting.

2. Holy Spirit Prayer. Come, Holy Spirit, almighty Sanctifier, God of love, who filled the Virgin Mary with grace, who wonderfully changed the hearts of the apostles, who endowed all Your martyrs with miraculous courage, come and sanctify us. Enlighten our minds, strengthen our wills, purify our consciences, rectify our judgment, set our hearts on fire, and preserve us from the misfortunes of resisting Your inspirations. Amen.

3. The Rosary.

4. Salve Regina. "Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, our mourning, our weeping in this vale of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary."

5. The Memorare. "Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but, in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen."

6. Seven Hail Marys in honor of the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Mary has promised very special graces to those who do this on a daily basis. Included in the promises of Our Lady for those who practice this devotion is her pledge to give special assistance at the hour of death, including the sight of her face. The seven sorrows are:

(1) The first sorrow: the prophecy of Simeon (Hail Mary).

(2) The second sorrow: the flight into Egypt (Hail Mary).

(3) The third sorrow: the loss of the Child Jesus in the temple (Hail Mary).

(4) The fourth sorrow: Jesus and Mary meet on the way to the cross (Hail Mary).

(5) The fifth sorrow: Jesus dies on the cross (Hail Mary).

(6) The sixth sorrow: Jesus is taken down from the cross and laid in Mary's arms (Hail Mary).

(7) The seventh sorrow: the burial of Jesus (Hail Mary).

7. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us (repeat after each invocation).
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the Covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of angels,
Queen of patriarchs,
Queen of prophets,
Queen of apostles,
Queen of martyrs,
Queen of confessors,
Queen of virgins,
Queen of all saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy rosary,
Queen of families,
Queen of peace,

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.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Grant, we beseech You, O Lord God, that we Your servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body and, by the glorious intercession of the blessed Mary, ever virgin, be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

8. Prayer to St. Joseph. St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste spouse of Mary, you passed your life in perfect fulfillment of duty. You supported the Holy Family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly turn to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes; and they turn to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too have known trial, labor, and weariness. But, even amid the worries of material life, your soul was filled with deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with the Son of God entrusted to you, and with Mary, His tender Mother. Amen. --(Pope John XXIII)

9. Litany of the Sacred Heart, promises of the Sacred Heart.

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
(these should be read by the prayer leader):

(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.

10. Prayer for Priests. "Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock, we pray that in the great love and mercy of Your Sacred Heart You attend to all the needs of Your priest-shepherds throughout the world. We ask that You draw back to Your Heart all those priests who have seriously strayed from Your path, that You rekindle the desire for holiness in the hearts of those priests who have become lukewarm, and that You continue to give Your fervent priests the desire for the highest holiness. United with Your Heart and Mary's Heart, we ask that You take this petition to Your heavenly Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen"

11. Prayer for all members of the Shepherds of Christ Associates. "Dear Jesus, we ask Your special blessings on all members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. Continue to enlighten them regarding the very special privilege and responsibility you have given them as members of Your movement, Shepherds of Christ Associates. Draw them ever closer to Your Heart and to Your Mother's Heart. Allow them to more and more realize the great and special love of Your Hearts for each of them as unique individuals. Give them the grace to respond to Your love and Mary's love with an increased love of their own. As they dwell in Your Heart and Mary's Heart, abundantly care for all their needs and those of their loved ones. We make our prayer through You to the Father, in the Holy Spirit, with Mary our Mother at our side. Amen"

12. Prayer for the spiritual and financial success of the priestly newsletter. "Father, we ask Your special blessings upon the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ. We ask that You open the priest-readers to the graces You wish to give them through this chosen instrument of Your Son. We also ask that You provide for the financial needs of the newsletter and the Shepherds of Christ Associates. We make our prayer through Jesus, in the Holy Spirit, with Mary at our side. Amen"

13. Prayer for all members of the human family. "Heavenly Father, we ask Your blessings on all Your children the world over. Attend to all their needs. We ask Your special assistance for all those marginalized people, all those who are so neglected and forgotten. United with our Mother Mary, we make this petition to You through Jesus and in the Holy Spirit."

14. Prayer to St. Michael and our Guardian Angels:

"St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen."

"Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen."

15. Pause for silent, personal prayer. This should last at least five minutes.

16. Act of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

"Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock, I consecrate myself to Your most Sacred Heart. From Your pierced Heart the Church was born, the Church You have called me, as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, to serve in a most special way. You reveal Your Heart as a symbol of Your love in all its aspects, including Your most special love for me, whom You have chosen as Your companion in this most important work. Help me to always love You in return. Help me to give myself entirely to You. Help me always to pour out my life in love of God and neighbor! Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You!

"Dear Blessed Virgin Mary, I consecrate myself to your maternal and Immaculate Heart, this Heart which is symbol of your life of love. You are the Mother of my Savior. You are also my Mother. You love me with a most special love as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, a movement created by your Son as a powerful instrument for the renewal of the Church and the world. In a return of love, I give myself entirely to your motherly love and protection. You followed Jesus perfectly. You are His first and perfect disciple. Teach me to imitate you in the putting on of Christ. Be my motherly intercessor so that, through your Immaculate Heart, I may be guided to an ever closer union with the pierced Heart of Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock."

17. Daily Prayers. All members should say the Holy Spirit prayer daily and make the act of consecration daily. They should also pray the rosary each day. They are encouraged to use the other above prayers as time allows.

end of prayer manual - English



de los Pastores de Cristo



Formato para la Oración en las Reuniones de los Grupos

El siguiente es el formato de oración que se deberá seguir en las reuniones de los capítulos de los de los Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo. Todas las oraciones-y no solo las que se hacen específicamente por los sacerdotes-deberán hacerse con la intención de orar por todas las necesidades de los sacerdotes del mundo entero.

1. Himnos. Los himnos podrán ser cantados en cualquier momento del tiempo dedicado a la oración en la reunión.

2. Oración al Espíritu Santo. "Ven, Espíritu Santo, Santificador todopoderoso, Dios de amor, que llenaste a la Virgen María de gracias, que cambiaste admirablemente los corazones de los apóstoles, que le comunicaste a tus mártires un milagroso valor, ven y santifícanos. Ilumina nuestras mentes, fortalece nuestras voluntades, purifica nuestras conciencias, rectifica nuestro juicio, pon fuego en nuestros corazones, y presérvanos de la desgracia de no hacerle caso a tus inspiraciones. Amén."

3. El Rosario.

4. La Salve. "Dios te salve, Reina y Madre, Madre de Misericordia, Vida y dulzura y esperanza nuestra. Dios te salve, a ti llamamos los desterrados hijos de Eva. A Ti suplicamos gimiendo y llorando en este valle de lágrimas. Ea, pues, Señora y abogada nuestra. Vuelve a nosotros Tus ojos misericordiosos, y después de este destierro muéstranos a Jesús, fruto bendito de Tu vientre. ¡Oh clemente! ¡Oh piadosa! ¡Oh dulce Virgen María! Ruega por nosotros, santa Madre de Dios. No desprecies las súplicas que te dirigimos en nuestras necesidades. Antes bien, líbranos de todo peligro, Virgen gloriosa y bendita. Ruega por nosotros, santa Madre de Dios para que seamos dignos de alcanzar las promesas de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Amén."

5. El Acordados. "Acordaos, oh piadosísima Virgen María, que jamás se ha oído decir que ninguno de los que han acudido a vuestra protección, implorando vuestro auxilio, reclamando vuestra asistencia, haya sido desamparado. Animado por esta confianza, a vos acudo oh Madre Virgen de las Vírgenes, y gimiendo bajo el peso de mis pecados me atrevo a comparecer ante Vos, Madre de Dios. No desechéis mis súplicas, antes bien escuchádlas y acogedlas benignamente. Amén."

6. Siete Avemarías en honor de los siete dolores de María. María ha prometido gracias muy especiales para aquellos que la honran de esta manera diariamente. Incluida entre estas promesas de Nuestra Señora para aquellos que practican esta devoción, está su compromiso de otorgar especial asistencia a la hora de la muerte, incluso de ver su faz. Los siete dolores son:

(1) Primer dolor: La profecía de Simeón (Ave María).
(2) Segundo dolor: La huida a Egipto (Ave María).
(3) Tercer dolor: La perdida del niño Dios en el Templo (Ave María).
(4) Cuarto dolor: Jesús y María se encuentran en el camino a la Cruz (Ave María).
(5) Quinto dolor: Jesús muere en la Cruz (Ave María).
(6) Sexto dolor: Jesús es bajado de la Cruz y puesto en los brazos de María (Ave Maria).
(7) Séptimo dolor: Jesús es enterrado (Ave María).

7. Letanías de la Santísima Virgen.

Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. Cristo, óyenos.Cristo, escúchanos.
Padre Celestial, ten piedad de nosotros.
Dios Hijo, Redentor del mundo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Dios Espíritu Santo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Santísima Trinidad, que eres un solo Dios, ten piedad de nosotros.
Santa María, ruega por nosotros (se repite despuéde cada invocación).
Santa Madre de Dios,
Santa Virgen de las vírgenes,
Madre de Cristo,
Madre de la Iglesia
Madre de la divina gracia,
Madre Purísima,
Madre castísima,
Madre siempre virgen,
Madre inmaculada,
Madre amable,
Madre admirable,
Madre del Buen Consejo,
Madre del Creador,
Madre del Salvador,
Madre de la Iglesia,
Virgen prudentísima,
Virgen digna de veneración,
Virgen digna de alabanza,
Virgen poderosa,
Virgen clemente,
Virgen fiel,
Espejo de justicia,
Trono sabiduría,
Causa de nuestra alegría,
Templo del Espíritu Santo,
Templo lleno de gloria,
Modelo de entrega a Dios,
Rosa mística,
Torre de David,
Torre de marfil,
Casa de oro,
Arca de la Nueva Alianza,
Puerta del cielo,
Estrella de la mañana,
Salud de los enfermos,
Refugio de los pecadores,
Consoladora de los afligidos,
Auxilio de los cristianos,
Reina de los ángeles,
Reina de los patriarcas,
Reina de los profetas,
Reina de los apóstoles,
Reina de los mártires,
Reina de los confesores,
Reina de las vírgenes,
Reina de los santos,
Reina concebida sin pecado original,
Reina elevada a los cielos,
Reina del Santísimo Rosario,
Reina de familias
Reina de la paz,
Cordero de Dios, que quitas el pecado del mundo, perdónanos, Señor.
Cordero de Dios, que quitas el pecado del mundo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Ruega por nosotros, Santa Madre de Dios, para que nos hagamos dignos de las promesas de Cristo.

Oración: Concede, Señor y Dios nuestro, a tus siervos gozar de perpetua salud de alma y cuerpo; y por la gloriosa intercesión de la bienaventurada siempre Virgen María, líbranos de las tristezas presentes y llévanos a gozar de las alegrías eternas. Te lo pedimos por Cristo Nuestro Señor. Amén.

Bajo tu amparo nos acogemos, oh Santa Madre de Dios, no desprecies las súplicas que te dirigimos en nuestras necesidades, antes bien, líbranos siempre de todos los peligros, oh Virgen gloriosa y bendita. Amén.

8. Invocación a San José. "San José, guardián de Jesús y casto esposo de María, tu empleaste toda tu vida en el perfecto cumplimiento de tu deber. Tu mantuviste a la Sagrada Familia de Nazaret con el trabajo de tus manos. Protege bondadosamente a los que se vuelven confiadamente a ti. Tu conoces sus aspiraciones y sus esperanzas. Ellos se dirigen a ti porque saben que tu los comprendes y proteges. Tu también supiste de pruebas, cansancio y trabajo. Pero, aun dentro de las preocupaciones materiales de la vida, tu alma estaba llena de profunda paz y cantó llena de verdadera alegría debido al íntimo trato que gozaste con el Hijo de Dios que te fue confiado a ti a la vez a María, su tierna Madre. Amén." -- El Papa Juan XXIII

9. Letanías al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Promesas del Sagrado Corazón.

Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. Cristo, óyenos. Cristo, escúchanos.
Dios, Padre Celestial, ten piedad de nosotros (se repite despué de cada invocación).
Dios Hijo, Redentor del mundo,
Dios, Espíritu Santo,
Santísima Trinidad, que eres un solo Dios,
Corazón de Jesús, Hijo del Eterno Padre,
Corazón de Jesús, formado en el seno de la Virgen Madre por el Espíritu Santo,
Corazón de Jesús, unido sustancialmente al Verbo de Dios,
Corazón de Jesús, templo santo de Dios,
Corazón de Jesús, tabernáculo del Altísimo,
Corazón de Jesús, casa de Dios y puerta del cielo,
Corazón de Jesús, horno ardiente de caridad,
Corazón de Jesús, santuario de la justicia y del amor,
Corazón de Jesús, lleno de bondad y de amor,
Corazón de Jesús, abismo de todas las virtudes,
Corazón de Jesús, digno de toda alabanza,
Corazón de Jesús, formado en el seno de la Virgen Madre por el Espíritu Santo,
Corazón de Jesús, unido sustancialmente al Verbo de Dios,
Corazón de Jesús, templo santo de Dios,
Corazón de Jesús, tabernáculo del Altísimo,
Corazón de Jesús, casa de Dios y puerta del cielo,
Corazón de Jesús, horno ardiente de caridad,
Corazón de Jesús, santuario de la justicia y del amor,
Corazón de Jesús, lleno de bondad y de amor,
Corazón de Jesús, abismo de todas las virtudes,
Corazón de Jesús, digno de toda alabanza,
Corazón de Jesús, Rey y centro de todos los corazones,
Corazón de Jesús, en quien se hallan todos los tesoros de la sabiduría, y de la ciencia,
Corazón de Jesús, en quien reside toda la plenitud de la divinidad,
Corazón de Jesús, en quien el Padre se complace,
Corazón de Jesús, de cuya plenitud todos hemos recibido,
Corazón de Jesús, deseado de los eternos collados,
Corazón de Jesús, paciente y lleno de misericordia,
Corazón de Jesús, generosos para todos los que te invocan,
Corazón de Jesús, fuente de vida y santidad,
Corazón de Jesús, propiciación por nuestros pecados,
Corazón de Jesús, triturado por nuestros pecados,
Corazón de Jesús, hecho obediente hasta la muerte,
Corazón de Jesús, traspasado por una lanza,
Corazón de Jesús, fuente de todo consuelo,
Corazón de Jesús, vida y resurrección nuestra,
Corazón de Jesús, paz y reconciliación nuestra,
Corazón de Jesús, víctima por los pecadores,
Corazón de Jesús, salvación de los que en ti esperan,
Corazón de Jesús, esperanza de los que en ti mueren,
Corazón de Jesús, delicia de todos los santos,
Cordero de Dios, que quitas el pecado del mundo, perdónanos Señor.
Cordero de Dios, que quitas el pecado del mundo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Jesús, manso y humilde de Corazón, haz nuestro corazón semejante al tuyo.

Oración: Oh Dios todopoderoso y eterno, mira el Corazón de tu amantísimo Hijo, las alabanzas y satisfacciones que en nombre de los pecadores te ofrece y concede el perdón a éstos que piden misericordia en el nombre de tu mismo Hijo, Jesucristo, el cual vive y reina contigo por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Promesas de Nuestro Señor para los devotos de su Sagrado Corazón
(deberán ser leídas por el que guía la oración):

(1) Les daré todas las gracias necesarias en su estado de vida.
(2) Estableceré la paz en sus hogares.
(3) Los consolaré en todas sus aflicciones.
(4) Seré su refugio en su vida y sobre todo en la muerte.
(5) Bendeciré grandemente todas sus empresas.
(6) Los pecadores encontrarán en Mi Corazón la fuente y el océano infinito de misericordia.
(7) Las almas tibias crecerán en fervor.
(8) Las almas fervorosas alcanzarán mayor perfección.
(9) Bendeciré el hogar o sitio donde esté expuesto Mi Corazón y sea honrado.
(10) Daré a los sacerdotes el don de tocar a los corazones más empedernidos.
(11) Los que propaguen esta devoción, tendrán sus nombres escritos en Mi Corazón, y de El, nunca serán borrados.
(12) Yo les prometo, en el exceso de la infinita misericordia de mi Corazón, que Mi amor todopoderoso le concederá a todos aquellos que comulguen nueve primeros viernes de mes seguidos, la gracia de la penitencia final; no morirán, en Mi desgracia ni sin recibir los sacramentos; Mi divino Corazón será su refugio seguro en este último momento.

10. Oración por los Sacerdotes. "Señor Jesús, Pastor Supremo del rebaño, te rogamos que por el inmenso amor y misericordia de Tu Sagrado Corazón, atiendas todas las necesidades de tus sacerdotes, pastores del mundo entero. Te pedimos que retomes en Tu Corazón todos aquellos sacerdotes que se han alejado de tu camino, que enciendas de nuevo el deseo de santidad en los corazones de aquellos sacerdotes que han caído en la tibieza, y que continúes otorgando a Tus sacerdotes fervientes el deseo de una mayor santidad. Unidos a tu Corazón y el Corazón de María, te pedimos que envíes esta petición a Tu Padre celestial en la unidad del Espíritu Santo. Amén."

11. Oración por todos los Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo. "Amado Jesús, Te pedimos tus bendiciones especiales sobre todos los Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo. Continua iluminándolos sobre el privilegio y responsabilidad tan especial que les has otorgado a los miembros de este movimiento tuyo: Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo. Atráelos todavía más cerca de Tu Corazón y del de tu Madre. Permíteles que comprendan más y más el gran y especial amor de Sus Corazones por cada uno de ellos como individuos únicos. Concédeles la gracia de corresponder a tu amor y al amor de María con un mayor amor de parte suya. Al habitar en tu Corazón y en el Corazón de María, atiende abundantemente todas sus necesidades y las de sus seres queridos. Hacemos esta plegaria por Ti al Padre, en el Espíritu Santo, con María nuestra Madre a nuestro lado. Amén."

12. Oración por el éxito espiritual y financiero del Boletín Sacerdotal. "Padre, te pedimos tu bendición especial sobre el Boletín Sacerdotal, Pastores de Cristo. Te pedimos que abras los corazones de los sacerdotes que lo lean a las gracias que deseas concederles a través de este instrumento escogido de Tu Hijo. También te pedimos que nos proporciones los medios económicos necesarios para editar el boletín y Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo. Hacemos nuestra oración por Jesús, en el Espíritu Santo con María a nuestro lado. Amén."

13. Oración por todos los miembros de la familia humana. "Padre Celestial, te pedimos tus bendiciones sobre todos los niños del mundo entero. Atiende todas sus necesidades. Te pedimos tu especial asistencia para todos los marginados, los que están descuidados y olvidados. Unidos con nuestra Madre María, te hacemos esta petición a Ti, por Jesús, en el Espíritu Santo. Amén."

14. Oración a San Miguel y nuestros Angeles de la Guardia:

"San Miguel Arcángel, defiéndenos en la lucha. Sé nuestro amparo contra las asechanza y perversidad del demonio. Reprímale Dios, pedimos suplicantes, y tu príncipe de la milicia celestial arroja al infierno a Satanás y a demás espíritus malignos que vagan por el mundo para la perdición de las almas. Amén."

"Ángel de mi Guardia, mi dulce compañía, no de desampares ni de noche ni de día. Amén."

15. Pausa para oración personal y en silencio. Que tenga una duración de al menos cinco minutos.

16. Acto de consagración al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús y al Inmaculado Corazón de María.

"Señor Jesús, Supremo Pastor, yo me consagro a tu Sagrado Corazón. De tu Corazón traspasado nació la Iglesia, la Iglesia a la cual me has llamado, como miembro de los Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo, a servir en una forma muy especial. Tú revelas Tu Corazón como un símbolo de Tu amor en todos los aspectos, incluyendo Tu amor muy especial hacia mi, a quien has escogido como Tu compañero en éste tan importante trabajo. Ayúdame a corresponder siempre a Tu amor. Ayúdame a entregarme totalmente a Ti. Ayúdame siempre a derramar mi vida en amar a Dios y mi prójimo! Corazón de Jesús, pongo mi confianza en Ti!

"Amada y bendita Virgen María, yo me consagro a tu maternal e inmaculado Corazón, este Corazón que es símbolo de tu vida de amor. Tú eres la Madre de mi Salvador. Tú eres también mi Madre. Tú me amas con amor muy especial como miembro de Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo, una cruzada creada por Tu Hijo, como un instrumento poderoso para la renovación de la Iglesia y el mundo. Correspondiendo al amor, yo me entrego totalmente a tu amor maternal y protección. Tú seguiste a Jesús perfectamente. Tú eres Su primer y perfecto discípulo. Enséñame a imitar en ante poner a Cristo. Sé mi maternal intercesora, para que, a través de tu Corazón Inmaculado, sea conducida a una unión más cercana al Corazón herido de Jesús, Pastor Supremo del rebaño."

17. Oraciones diarias. Todos los miembros deberán hacer el acto de consagración diariamente. También deberán rezar el rosario cada día. Los exhortamos a que recen las oraciones aquí mencionadas, si el tiempo lo permite.

end of Manual de Oraciones - Español



Les Associés des Pasteurs du Christ



            Réunion du Chapitre Format de prières

Le format de prières que l’on trouvera ici est celui qui doit être normalement suivi aux réunions de chapitre des Associés des Pasteurs du Christ. Les prières devraient toujours être faites aux intentions de tous les prêtres du monde, et non seulement à celles spécifiquement recommandées pour certains prêtres.

1. Hymnes. Les hymnes peuvent être chantés à n’importe quel moment durant la réunion réservé à la prière.

2. Prière au Saint-Esprit. Viens, Esprit Saint, Sanctificateur tout puissant, Dieu d’amour, qui remplit de grâces la Vierge Marie, qui changea le coeur des apôtres de façon magnifique, qui dota tous tes martyrs d’un courage miraculeux, viens nous sanctifier. Eclaire nos pensées, fortifie notre volonté, purifie notre conscience, rend droit nos jugements, réchauffe notre coeur et préserve nous de résister à tes inspirations. Amen.

3. Le chapelet.

4. Le Salve Regina. "Salut, ô Reine, Mère de miséricorde, notre vie, notre doceur et notre espérance, salut. Enfants d’Eve, malheureux exilés, nous élevons nos cris vers toi; nous soupirons vers toi, gémissant et pleurant dans cette vallée de larmes. Ô notre avocate, tourne donc vers nous tes regards miséricordieux, et au sortir de cet exil montre-nous Jésus, le fruit béni de tes entrailles. Ô clémente, ô charitable, ô douce Vierge Marie. Amen."

5. Le Memorare. "Souviens-toi, ô très pieuse Vierge Marie, qu’on n’a jamais entendu dire qu’aucun de ceux qui ont eu recours à ta protection, qui ont imploré ton assistance et réclamé ton secours, ait été abandonné. Animé d’une pareille confiance, je resours à toi ô Vierge des vierges. Je me présente devant toi, pécheur repentant. Ne rejette pas mes prières, ô Mère du Verbe, mais écoute-les favorablement et daigne les exaucer. Amen."

6. Les Sept "Je te salue Marie" en honneur des Sept Douleurs de Marie. A ceux et celles qui s’acquittent de cette dévotion tous les jours, Marie a promis de les assister au moment de la mort. Voici les sept douleurs de Marie:

Note: On récite le "Je te salue Marie" après chaque invocation.

(1) Première douleur: la prophétie de Siméon.

(2) Deuxième douleur: la fuíte en Egypte.

(3) Troisième douleur: l’égarement de Jésus au Temple.

(4) Quatrième douleur: La rencontre de Jésus et Marie sur le Chemin de la Croix.

(5) Cinquième douleur: Jésus meurt sur la croix.

(6) Sixième douleur: Jésus est descendu de la croix et remis à sa Mère..

(7) Septième douleur: Jésus est mis au tombeau.

7. Litanies de la Sainte Vierge Marie.

Seigneur, prends pitié de nous. Ô Christ, prends pitié de nous.

Seigneur, prends pitié de nous. Christ, écoute-nous. Ô Christ, exauce-nous.

Père céleste qui es Dieu, prends pitié de nous.

Fils, rédempteur de monde, qui es Dieu, prends pitié de nous.

Esprit Saint, qui es Dieu, prends pitié de nous.

Trinité sainte, qui es un seul Dieu, prends pitié de nous

Sainte Marie, prie pour nous. (repris après chaque invocatíon).

Sainte Mère de Dieu,

Sainte Vierge des vierges,

Mère du Christ,

Mère de l’Eglise,

Mère de la divine grâce,

Mère très pure,

Mère très chaste,

Mère toujours vierge,

Mère sans tache,

Mère aimable,

Mère admirable,

Mère du bon conseil,

Mère du Créateur,

Mère du Sauveur,

Vierge très prudente,

Vierge vénérable,

Vierge digne le louange,

Vierge puissante,

Vierge clémente,

Vierge fidèle,

Miroir de justice,

Trône de la sagesse,

Cause de notre joie,

Vase spirituel,

Vase d’honneur,

Vase insigne de dévotion,

Rose mystique,

Tour de David,

Tour d’ivoire,

Maison d’or,

Arche d’alliance,

Porte du ciel,

Etoile du matin,

Salut des infirmes,

Refuge des pécheurs,

Consolatrice des affligés,

Secours des chrétiens,

Reine des anges,

Reine des patriarches,

Reine des prophètes,

Reine des apôtres,

Reine des martyrs,

Reine des confesseurs,

Reine des vierges,

Reine de tous les saints et saintes,

Reine conçue sans le péché originel,

Reine du très saint Rosaire,

Reine des familles,

Reine de la paix,

Agneau de Dieu, qui enlèves le péché du monde, pardonne-nous Seigneur.

Agneau de Dieu, qui enlèves le péché du monde, exauce-nous, Seigneur.

Agneau de Dieu, qui enlèves le péché du monde, aies pitié de nous.

Prie pour nous Sainte Mère de Dieu, afin que nous soyons dignes des promesses du Christ.

Prions: Nous te prions, Seigneur, de nous accorder, à nous tes servíteurs, de jouir toujours de la santé de l’âme et du corps, et, par l’intercession de la bienheureuse Marie toujours vierge, d’être délivrés des tristesse du temps présent et du goûter les joies éternelles. Par Jésus Christ, notre Seigneur. Amen.

Ô glorieuse et Sainte Mère de Dieu, nous implorons ta protection. Ne rejette pas les prières que nous t’adressons dans nos difficultés, mais délivre-nous toujours de tout danger. Amen.

8. Prière à Saint Joseph. Bienheureux Saint Joseph, gardien de Jésus et chaste époux de Marie, tu t’es appliqué ta vie durant à accomplir la volonté du Père. Tu as pourvu aux besoins de la Sainte Famille par le travail de tes mains. Nous te prions de protéger ceux qui se tourne vers toi en toute confiance. Tu connais leurs aspirations, leurs difficultés et leurs espoirs; et ils se tournent vers toi parce qu’ils savent que tu les comprends et que tu les protégeras. Toi aussi, tu as connu les épreuves, le labeur et les ennuis. Mais, malgré les inquiétudes de la vie quotidienne, ton âme était rempli d’une paix profonde et éprouvait une joie sincère dans l’intimité du Fils de Dieu dont tu avais la garde, et avec Marie sa très Sainte Mère. Amen. —(Le Pape Jean XXIII)

9. Litanies et promesses du Sacré Coeur.

Seigneur, prends pitié de nous. Christ, prends pitié de nous.

Seigneur, prends pitié de nous. Christ, écoute-nous. Christ, exauce-nous.

Père céleste qui es Dieu, prends pitié de nous. (repris après chaque invocation).

Fils, rédempteur du monde, qui es Dieu,

Esprit Saint, qui es Dieu;

Trinité sainte, qui es un seul Dieu,

Coeur de Jésus, Fils du Père éternel,

Coeur de Jésus, formé par le Saint Esprit dans le sein de la Vierge Mère,

Coeur de Jésus, uni substantiellement au Verbe de Dieu,

Coeur de Jésus, majesté infinie,

Coeur de Jésus, temple saint du Seigneur,

Coeur de Jésus, tabernacle du Très-Haut,

Coeur de Jésus, maison de Dieu et porte du ciel,

Coeur de Jésus, fournaise ardente de charité,

Coeur de Jésus, sanctuaire de la justice et de l’amour,

Coeur de Jésus, plein d’amour et de bonté,

Coeur de Jésus, abîme de toutes les vertus,

Coeur de Jésus, très digne de toutes des louanges,

Coeur de Jésus, roi et centre de tous les coeurs,

Coeur de Jésus, dans lequel se trouvent tous les trésors de la sagesse et de la science,

Coeur de Jésus, dans lequel réside toute la plénitude de la divinité,

Coeur de Jésus, objet des complaisances du Père,

Coeur de Jésus, dont la plénitude se répand sur nous,

Coeur de Jésus, le désiré des collines éternelles,

Coeur de Jésus, patient et très miséricordieux,,

Coeur de Jésus, libéral pour tous ceux qui t’invoquent,

Coeur de Jésus, source de vie et de sainteté,

Coeur de Jésus, propiciation pour nos péchés,

Coeur de Jésus, rassasié d’opprobres,

Coeur de Jésus, broyé à cause de nos péchés,

Coeur de Jésus, obéissant jusqu’à la mort,

Coeur de Jésus, percé par la lance,

Coeur de Jésus, source de toute consolation,

Coeur de Jésus, notre vie et notre résurrection,

Coeur de Jésus, notre paix et notre réconciliation,

Coeur de Jésus, victime des pécheurs,

Coeur de Jésus, salut de ceux qui espèrent en toi,

Coeur de Jésus, espérance de ceux qui meurt dans ton amour,

Coeur de Jésus, délices de tous les saints,

Agneau de Dieu, qui enlève les péchés du monde, pardonne-nous, Seigneur.

Agneau de Dieu, qui enlève les péchés du monde, exauce-nous, Seigneur.

Agneau de Dieu, qui enlève les péchés du monde, prends pitié de nous.

Jésus, doux et humble de coeur, rends nos coeurs semblables au tien.

Prions: Dieu tout-puissant et éternel, regarde le Coeur de ton Fils bien-aimé; sois attentif aux louanges et aux satisfactions qu’il te rend au nom des pécheurs. Apaisé par ces divins hommages, pardonne à ceux qui implorent ta miséricorde, au nom de ce même Jésus Christ, ton Fils, qui vit et règne avec toi pour les siècles des siècles. Amen.

Promesses de Notre Seigneur aux dévots de Son Sacré Coeur 
(à être récités par celui ou celle qui préside la prière):

(1) Je leur donnerai toutes les grâces nécessaires pour leur état de vie.

(2) J’établirai la paix dans leurs foyers.

(3) Je les consolerai dans leurs malheurs.

(4) Je serai leur refuge durant leur vie et surtout à leur mort.

(5) Je bénirai de façon spéciale toutes leurs entreprises.

(6) Mon Coeur sera pour les pécheurs une source infinie de miséricorde.

(7) Les âmes tièdes deviendront ferventes.

(8) Les âmes ferventes atteindront les sommets de la perfection.

(9) Je bénirai tous les lieux où un portrait de mon Divin Coeur sera exposé et honoré.

(10) J’accorderai aux prêtres le don de toucher les coeurs les plus endurcis.

(11) Ceux qui feront la promotion de cette dévotion seront inscrits dans mon Coeur de façon permanente.

(12) En vertu de mon amour tout puissant, je promets d’accorder à tous ceux qui communieront neuf premiers vendredis du mois consécutifs la grâce de ne pas mourir impénitents; ils ne mourront pas éloignés de moi et sans recevoir les sacrements. Mon divin Coeur sera leur refuge aux derniers moments de leur vie.

10. Prière pour les prêtres. "Seigneur Jésus, Grand Pasteur du troupeau, nous prions pour que dans l’amour et la miséricorde de ton Sacré Coeur, tu assistes tes prêtres-pasteurs du monde entier. Nous te prions d’attirer à ton Coeur tous les prêtres qui se sont éloignés de ta voie. Donne aux tièdes le désir de sainteté et aux fervents, le désir d’une sainteté plus grande. Unis à ton Divin Coeur et au Coeur Immaculé de Marie, nous te prions de porter notre demande à ton Père céleste dans l’unité du Saint Esprit. Amen."

11. Prière pour tous les membres Associés des Pasteurs du Christ. "Jésus, nous te demandons de bénir tous les membres du mouvement Associés des Pasteurs du Christ. Continue à les instruire des privilèges et des responsabilitiés que tu as assignés à ce mouvement. Rends-les toujours plus près de ton Coeur et du Coeur de ta Sainte Mère Marie. Fais qu’ils réalisent toujours plus l’unique et grand amour de ton Coeur pour chacun d’eux. Accorde-leur la grâce de correspondre à ton amour et à celui de Marie, par un amour grandissant. Que leur présence dans ton Coeur et celui de Marie obtienne pour eux-mêmes et pour les leurs un soutien assuré dans tous leurs besoins. Nous te prions de soumettre notre demande à ton Père du ciel, par l’Esprit Saint et avec Marie notre Mère. Amen."

12. Prière pour le succès spirituel et financier de la Lettre aux Prêtres. "Père, nous implorons tes bénédictions spéciales pour notre Bulletin aux prêtres, Pasteurs du Christ. Nous te prions d’accorder aux prêtres qui le lisent les grâces que tu leur destines par l’intermédiaire de cet instrument de choix de ton Fils. Nous te prions également de pouvoir être assurés du support financier nécessaire pour le maintien de notre Bulletin et du mouvement Associés des Pasteurs du Christ. Nous te prions par Jésus Christ et l’Esprit Saint, en union avec la Vierge Marie. Amen."

13. Prière pour tous les membres de la famille humaine. "Notre Père du ciel, nous te prions de bénir tous tes enfants du monde entier et de subvenir à tous leurs besoins. Nous te prions spécialement pour toutes les personnes marginalisées, et celles qui sont négligées et laissées pour compte. Unis à notre Mère Marie, nous te prions par Jésus et l’Esprit Saint. Amen."

14. Prière à St. Michel et à notre Ange Gardien:

"St. Michel Archange, défends nous dans le combat. Sois notre protecteur contre la méchanceté et les embûches du démon. Que Dieu lui commande, nous t’en supplions. Et toi, Prince de la milice céleste, par le pouvoir qui t’a été confié, précipite au fond des enfers Satan et les autres esprits mauvais qui parcourent le monde pour la perte des âmes. Amen."

"Et toi, Ange du ciel, que Dieu a chargé de veiller sur moi, sois mon compagnon pour me conduire et me protéger, sois ma lumière et mon gardien aujourd’hui. Amen."

15. Moment de silence pour une prière personnelle. - au moins cinq minutes. 

16. Acte de consécration au Sacré Coeur de Jésus et au Coeur Immaculé de Marie.

"Seigneur Jésus, Pasteur de ton troupeau, je me consacre tout entier à ton Sacré Coeur. L’Eglise est née de ton Coeur transpercé, cette Eglise que tu m’a appellé à servir de façon spéciale, en tant que membre des Associés des Pasteurs du Christ. Tu nous révèle ton Coeur comme symbole de ton amour inépuisable, et de ton amour pour moi que tu as choisi comme ton compagnon pour cette oeuvre importante. Aide-moi à toujours t’aimer comme je dois. Aide-moi à me donner tout entier à toi. Aide-moi à me dépenser par amour de Dieu et du prochain. Coeur de Jésus, je mets ma confiance en Toi.

"Bienheureuse Vierge Marie, je me consacre à ton Coeur Immaculé et maternel, symbole de ta vie d’amour pour nous. Tu es la Mère de mon Sauveur, et ma Mère. Tu m’aimes spécialement comme membre des Associés des Pasteurs du Christ, un mouvement créé par ton Fils pour être un instrument puissant du renouveau de l’Eglise et du monde. En retour de cet amour, je me consacre entièrement à ton amour et à ta protection maternelle. En suivant Jésus parfaitement, tu es devenue son premier et parfait disciple. Enseigne-moi comment revêtir le Christ. Que la médiation maternelle de ton Coeur Immaculé m’obtienne d’être de plus en plus intimement uni au Coeur transpercé de Jésus, éminent Pasteur de son troupeau."

17. Prières quotidiennes. Tous les membres devraient réciter la prière au Saint-Esprit et l’acte de consécration tous les jours, ainsi que le Chapelet. On suggère qu’ils se servent des autres prières selon le temps disponible.

end of Livret de prières - Françias  



Associados dos Pastores de Cristo



Orações para Encontros Capitulares

Estas orações abaixo devem ser observadas nas reuniões capitulares dos Associados dos Pastores de Cristo. Todas as orações, e não somente aquelas que são rezadas especificamente pelos sacerdotes, devem incluir a intenção de rezar por todas as necessidades dos sacerdotes do mundo inteiro.

1. Hinos. Os hinos podem ser cantados a qualquer momento das orações durante a reunião.

2. Oração ao Espírito Santo. Vinde, Espírito Santo, Santificador Todo-Poderoso, Deus de Amor, que inundastes de graça a Virgem Maria, que maravilhosamente transformastes os corações dos apóstolos, que dotastes os mártires com uma coragem milagrosa, vinde e santificai-nos. Iluminai nossas mentes, fortalecei nossas vontades, purificai nossas consciências, retificai nossas decisões, abrasai nossos corações e livrai-nos do infortúnio de resistir às vossas inspirações. Amém.

3. O Terço do Rosário

4. Salve Rainha. Salve, Rainha, Mãe de Misericórdia, vida, doçura e esperança nossa, salve! A vós bradamos, os degredados filhos de Eva. A vós suspiramos, gemendo e chorando neste vale de lágrimas. Eia, pois, advogada nossa, esses vossos olhos misericordiosos a nós volvei, e, depois deste desterro, mostrai-nos Jesus, bendito fruto do vosso ventre, ó clemente, ó piedosa, ó doce sempre Virgem Maria. Rogai por nós, santa Mãe de Deus, para que sejamos dignos das promessas de Cristo. Amém.

5. Memorare. "Lembrai-vos, ó piedosíssima Virgem Maria, que jamais se ouviu dizer que algum daqueles que têm recorrido à vossa proteção, implorado o vosso socorro e invocado o vosso auxílio, fosse por vós desamparado. Animado, pois, com igual confiança, a vós, ó Virgem, entre todas singular, como minha Mãe recorro; de vós me valho e, gemendo sob o peso dos meus pecados, me prostro a vossos pés. Não desprezeis as minhas súplicas, ó Mãe do Filho de Deus humanado, mas dignai-Vos ouví-las propícia e alcançar-me o que vos rogo. Amém."

6. Sete Ave Marias em honra das sete Dores de Maria. Maria prometeu graças muito especiais àqueles que fizerem esta oração diariamente. Incluídas nas promessas de Nossa Senhora para aqueles que praticarem esta devoção está a sua garantia de uma assistência especial na hora da morte, incluindo a visão de sua face. As sete dores são:

(1) A primeira dor: a profecia de Simeão (Ave Maria)
(2) A segunda dor: a fuga para o Egito (Ave Maria)
(3) A terceira dor: a perda do Menino Jesus no templo (Ave Maria)
(4) A quarta dor: o encontro de Jesus e Maria no caminho da cruz (Ave Maria)
(5) A quinta dor: Jesus morre na cruz (Ave Maria)
(6) A sexta dor: Jesus é descido da cruz e colocado nos braços de Maria (Ave Maria).
(7) A sétima dor: o sepultamento de Jesus (Ave Maria)

7. A Ladainha de Nossa Senhora:

Senhor, tende piedade de nós.
    Jesus Cristo, tende piedade de nós.
Senhor, tende piedade de nós. Jesus Cristo, ouvi-nos.
    Jesus Cristo, atendei-nos.
Deus Pai do céu, tende piedade de nós.
Deus Filho, redentor do mundo, tende piedade de nós.
Deus Espírito Santo, tende piedade de nós.
Santíssima Trindade, que sois um só Deus,
    tende piedade de nós.

Santa Maria, rogai por nós (repita depois de cada invocação)
Santa Mãe de Deus,
Santa Virgem das virgens,
Mãe de Jesus Cristo,
Mãe da divina graça,
Mãe puríssima,
Mãe castíssima,
Mãe imaculada,
Mãe intacta,
Mãe amável,
Mãe admirável,
Mãe do bom conselho,
Mãe do Criador,
Mãe do Salvador,
Mãe da Igreja,
Virgem prudentíssima,
Virgem venerável,
Virgem louvável,
Virgem poderosa,
Virgem benigna,
Virgem fiel,
Espelho de justiça,
Sede de sabedoria,
Causa de nossa alegria,
Vaso espiritual,
Vaso honorífico,
Vaso insigne de devoção,
Rosa mística,
Torre de marfim,
Casa de ouro,
Arca da aliança,
Porta do céu,
Estrela da manhã,
Saúde dos enfermos,
Refúgio dos pecadores,
Consoladora dos aflitos,
Auxílio dos cristãos
Rainha dos anjos,
Rainha dos patriarcas,
Rainha dos profetas,
Rainha dos apóstolos,
Rainha dos mártires,
Rainha dos confessores,
Rainha das virgens,
Rainha de todos os santos,
Rainha concebida sem pecado original,
Rainha assunta ao céu,
Rainha do santo rosário,
Rainha das famílias,
Rainha da paz

Cordeiro de Deus, que tirais os pecados do mundo,
    perdoai-nos, Senhor.
Cordeiro de Deus, que tirais os pecados do mundo,
    ouvi-nos, Senhor.
Cordeiro de Deus, que tirais os pecados do mundo,
    tende piedade de nós, Senhor.
Rogai por nós, Santa Mãe de Deus,
    Para que sejamos dignos das promessas de Cristo.

Oremos: Concedei a Vossos servos, nós Vo-lo pedimos, Senhor Deus, que possamos sempre gozar da saúde da alma e do corpo e, pela gloriosa intercessão da bem-aventurada Virgem Maria, sejamos livres da presente tristeza e alcancemos a eterna alegria. Por Cristo Nosso Senhor. Amém

Nós recorremos à vossa proteção, ó Santa Mãe de Deus. Não desprezeis as nossas súplicas em nossas necessidades, mas livrai-nos sempre de todos os perigos, ó Gloriosa e Bendita Virgem. Amém.

8. Oração a São José. São José, guardião de Jesus e casto esposo de Maria, vós passastes vossa vida no perfeito cumprimento do dever. Vós sustentastes a Santa Família de Nazaré com o trabalho de vossas mãos. Protegei bondosamente aqueles que cheios de confiança se voltam para vós. Vós conheceis seus desejos, suas dificuldades, suas esperanças; e eles se voltam para vós porque sabem que vós os compreendereis e protegereis. Vós, também, conhecestes as provações, trabalhos e cansaços. Mas, mesmo no meio das preocupações da vida material, a vossa alma estava cheia de profunda paz e cantava a verdadeira alegria através de uma grande intimidade com o Filho de Deus a vós confiado, e com Maria, sua Mãe compassiva. Amém. —(Papa João XXIII)

9. Ladainha do Sagrado Coração de Jesus.

Senhor, tende piedade de nós. Jesus Cristo, tende piedade de nós.
Senhor, tende piedade de nós. Jesus Cristo, ouvi-nos. Jesus Cristo, atendei-nos.
Pai Celeste, que sois Deus, tende piedade de nós. (repetir depois de cada invocação)

Filho, Redentor do mundo, que sois Deus,
Espírito Santo, que sois Deus,
Santíssima Trindade, que sois um só Deus,
Coração de Jesus, Filho do Pai Eterno,
Coração de Jesus, formado pelo Espírito Santo no seio da Virgem Mãe,
Coração de Jesus, unido substancialmente ao Verbo de Deus,
Coração de Jesus, de majestade infinita,
Coração de Jesus, templo santo de Deus,
Coração de Jesus, tabernáculo do Altíssimo,
Coração de Jesus, casa de Deus e porta do Céu,
Coração de Jesus, fornalha ardente de caridade,
Coração de Jesus, receptáculo de justiça e de amor,
Coração de Jesus, cheio de bondade e de amor,
Coração de Jesus, abismo de todas as virtudes,
Coração de Jesus, digníssimo de todo o louvor,
Coração de Jesus, rei e centro de todos os corações,
Coração de Jesus, no qual estão todos os tesouros da sabedoria e ciência,
Coração de Jesus, no qual habita toda a plenitude da divindade,
Coração de Jesus, no qual o Pai põe todas as suas complacências,
Coração de Jesus, de cuja plenitude todos nós participamos,
Coração de Jesus, desejado desde toda a eternidade,
Coração de Jesus, paciente e de muita misericórdia,
Coração de Jesus, rico para todos os que Vos invocam,
Coração de Jesus, fonte de vida e de santidade,
Coração de Jesus, propiciação por nossos pecados,
Coração de Jesus, saturado de opróbrios,
Coração de Jesus, esmagado de dor por causa de nossos pecados,
Coração de Jesus, feito obediente até a morte,
Coração de Jesus, atravessado pela lança,
Coração de Jesus, fonte de toda consolação,
Coração de Jesus, nossa vida e ressurreição,
Coração de Jesus, nossa paz e reconciliação,
Coração de Jesus, vítima dos pecadores,
Coração de Jesus, salvação dos que em vós esperam,
Coração de Jesus, esperança dos que morrem em Vós,
Coração de Jesus, delícia de todos os santos,

Cordeiro de Deus, que tirais os pecados do mundo, perdoai-nos, Senhor.
Cordeiro de Deus, que tirais os pecados do mundo, ouvi-nos, Senhor.
Cordeiro de Deus, que tirais os pecados do mundo, tende piedade de nós, Senhor.
Jesus, manso e humilde de Coração, fazei nosso coração semelhante ao vosso.

Oremos: Deus onipotente e eterno, olhai para o Coração de Vosso Filho diletíssimo e para os louvores e satisfações que Ele, em nome dos pecadores, vos tributa; e aos que imploram a vossa misericórdia, concedei benigno o perdão em nome do Vosso mesmo Filho Jesus Cristo, que Convosco vive e reina em união com o Espírito Santo, Deus por todos os séculos dos séculos. Amém.

Promessas de Nosso Senhor aos devotos do seu Sacratíssimo Coração (estas promessas devem ser lidas pelo líder das orações):

(1) Eu darei aos devotos do meu Coração todas as graças necessárias a seu estado.

(2) Trarei e conservarei a paz em suas famílias.

(3) Consolá-los-ei em todas as suas aflições.

(4) Ser-lhes-ei refúgio seguro na vida e principalmente na morte.

(5) Lançarei bênçãos abundantes sobre seus empreendimentos.

(6) Os pecadores acharão em meu Coração a fonte e o oceano das misericórdias.

(7) As almas tíbias tornar-se-ão fervorosas.

(8) As almas fervorosas elevar-se-ão em pouco tempo, a uma alta perfeição.

(9) A minha benção pousará sobre as casas em que se achar exposta e venerada a imagem do meu Sagrado Coração.

(10) Darei aos Sacerdotes o poder de tocar os corações mais endurecidos.

(11) As pessoas que propagarem esta devoção terão seus nomes inscritos para sempre em meu Coração.

(12) Eu te prometo na excessiva misericórdia do meu Coração que o meu Todo-Poderoso Amor concederá a todos que comungarem na primeira Sexta-feira de nove meses consecutivos a graça da penitência final; eles não morrerão o meu desagrado, nem sem receber os Sacramentos; o meu Coração será para eles um refúgio seguro naquele último momento.

10. Oração pelos Sacerdotes. "Senhor Jesus, Pastor-Chefe do Rebanho, nós pedimos no grande amor e misericórdia do Vosso Coração que atendais a todas necessidades dos Vossos Pastores-Sacerdotes em todo o mundo. Nós pedimos que o Senhor atraia de volta ao Vosso Coração todos aqueles sacerdotes que seriamente se extraviaram do Vosso caminho, que possais reacender o desejo de santidade nos corações daqueles sacerdotes que se tornaram mornos, e que continueis a dar aos Vossos Sacerdotes fervorosos o desejo da mais alta santidade. Unidos ao Vosso Coração e ao Coração de Maria, Vos pedimos que leveis este pedido ao Pai Celestial que vive na unidade do espírito Santo. Amém."

11. Oração por todos os membros dos Associados dos Pastores de Cristo "Querido Jesus, nós vos pedimos Vossas graças especiais para todos os membros dos Associados dos Pastores de Cristo. Continuai a iluminá-los quanto ao privilégio e responsabilidade especiais que o Senhor lhes concedeu como membros do Vosso movimento, Associados dos Pastores de Cristo. Atraia-os sempre para mais perto do Vosso Coração e do Coração de Vossa Mãe. Concedei-lhes que possam sempre mais compreender o amor tão grande e especial dos Vossos Corações por cada um deles individualmente. Dê-lhes a graça de corresponder ao Vosso amor e ao amor de Maria com um amor que lhes é próprio cada vez maior. Amém."

12. Oração pelo sucesso espiritual e financeiro do boletim informativo sacerdotal. "Pai, nós Vos pedimos Vossas bênçãos especiais sobre o boletim informativo sacerdotal, Pastores de Cristo. Nós Vos pedimos que o Senhor abra os sacerdotes-leitores às graças que o Senhor quereis lhes dar através deste instrumento escolhido de Vosso Filho. Nós, também, Vos pedimos que Vós providencieis pelas necessidades financeiras do boletim informativo e dos Associados dos Pastores de Cristo. Nós Vos pedimos por Jesus, no Espírito Santo, com Maria ao nosso lado. Amém."

13. Oração por todos os membros da família humana. "Pai Celestial, nós Vos pedimos Vossas bênçãos por todos os vossos filhos espalhados por todo o mundo. Cuidai de todas as suas necessidades. Nós Vos pedimos a vossa ajuda especial por aquelas pessoas marginalizadas, por todos que são negligenciados e esquecidos. Unidos a vossa Mãe Maria, nós Vos queremos fazer este pedido por Jesus e no Espírito Santo. Amém."

14. Oração a São Miguel e aos nossos Anjos Guardiães.

"São Miguel Arcanjo, defendei-nos na batalha. Sede nossa salvaguarda contra as maldades e armadilhas do demônio. Que Deus o repreenda, nós humildemente Vos pedimos, e vós, príncipe das milícias celestes, pelo poder de Deus, lançai no inferno Satanás e todos os outros espíritos malignos que andam pelo mundo procurando a ruína das almas. Amém."

"Anjo de Deus, meu querido guardião, a quem o amor de Deus me confiou, esteja hoje e sempre ao meu lado para me iluminar e guardar, governar e guiar. Amém."

15. Pausa para silencio e oração pessoal. Deve-se ficar pelo menos uns cinco minutos.

16. Ato de consagração ao Coração de Jesus e Imaculado Coração de Maria.

"Senhor Jesus, Pastor-Chefe do Rebanho, eu me consagro ao vosso Sacratíssimo Coração. Do vosso coração traspassado a Igreja nasceu, a Igreja que Vós me chamaste, como membro dos Associados dos Pastores de Cristo, a servir de maneira muito especial. Vós revelastes o Vosso Coração como símbolo do Vosso Amor em todo os aspectos, incluindo o Vosso Amor especialíssimo por mim, que Vós escolhestes como Vosso companheiro neste trabalho importante. Ajude-me sempre a vos amar em retorno. Ajude-me a dar-me inteiramente a Vós. Ajude-me sempre a dar minha vida pelo amor a Deus e ao próximo. Coração de Jesus, eu coloco a minha confiança em Vós".

"Querida e Bendita Virgem Maria, eu me consagro ao Vosso Coração Imaculado e Maternal, este Coração que é um símbolo de Vossa vida de Amor. Vós sois a Mãe do meu Salvador. Vós sois também, minha Mãe. Vós me amais com um Amor especial como membro dos Associados dos Pastores de Cristo, um movimento criado pelo Vosso Filho como poderoso instrumento de renovação da Igreja e do mundo. Em retorno de Amor, eu me dou inteiramente ao Vosso Amor e proteção maternais. Vós seguistes Jesus perfeitamente. Vós sois a sua primeira e mais perfeita discípula. Ensinai-me a Vós imitar neste revestir-se de Cristo. Sede minha intercessora materna, através do Vosso Coração Imaculado, para que eu possa ser conduzido a uma união sempre mais íntima com o coração traspassado de Jesus, o Pastor-Chefe do Rebanho."

17. Orações Diárias. Todos os membros deve rezar diariamente a oração ao Santo Espírito e fazer um ato de consagração diário. Eles devem, também rezar o Terço do Rosário cada dia. Eles são animados a usar as orações acima conforme o tempo permita.

end of Manual de Orações - Português



S O C I    D E I    P A S T O R I    D I    C R I S T O 

M A N U A L E     D I    P R E G H I E R E

 Il formato di preghiere, come al di sotto, dovrebbe essere seguito nelle riunioni dei capitoli dei Soci dei Pastori di Cristo. Tutte le preghiere, non solamente quelle dette appositamente per i sacerdoti ,  dovrebbero includere l’intenzione di pregare per tutte le necessitá dei sacerdoti del mondo intero. 

1. INNI.  Gli inni si possono cantare in qualsiasi momento della riunione assegnato alla preghiera 

2. PREGHIERA  ALLO SPIRITO SANTO. Vieni, Spirito Santo, Santificatore Onnipotente,   Dio dell’amore, Tu hai riempito di grazia la Vergine Maria, hai cambiato d’un  modo meraviglioso i cuori degli apostoli,  hai dotato  tutti I Tuoi martiri con un coraggio miracoloso, vieni e santificaci.  Illumina le nostre menti, rinforza le nostre volontá, purifica le nostre coscienze, rettifica il nostro giudizio, infiamma i nostri cuori, e preservaci dalla disgrazia di  resistere alle Tue ispirazioni. Amen. 


4. LA SALVE. “Salve, Regina, Madre di Misericordia, vita, dolcezza e speranza nostra, Salve. A te ricorriamo ésuli figli di Eva;  a te sospiriamo gementi e piangenti in questa valle di lacrime. Orsú dunque, avvocata nostra, rivolgi a noi gli occhi tuoi misericordiosi. E mostraci, dopo questo esilio, Gesú, frutto benedetto del tuo seno. O clemente, o pia, o dolce Vergine María. Prega per noi, Santa Madre di Dio, e saremo degni delle promesse di Cristo. Amen.” 

5. MEMORARE. “Ricordati, piissima Vergine María, che no si é mai inteso al mondo che qualcuno abbia fatto ricorso a te per implorare il tuo aiuto, e sia stato abbandonato. Anch’io, animato d a tale confidenza, a te ricorro, Vergine Madre purissima, e vengo a mettermi davanti a te, peccatore avvilito ed affranto. Tu che sei la Madre del Verbo, non respingere la mia povera voce, ma ascoltala benevola, ed esaudiscimi. Amen.”

6. SETTE AVEMARIE IN ONORE DEI SETTE DOLORI DI MARIA. María ha promesso grazie molto speciali a tutti coloro che cosí la onorano diairiamente. Inclusa nelle promesse della Madonna per coloro che praticano questa devozione c’é la promessa di speciale aiuto nell’ora della morte,  incluso anche di vedere la sua faccia..

       I sette dolori sono:

      (1) Primo dolore: La profezia di Simeone (Ave Maria).
      (2) Secondo dolore: La fuga in Egitto (Ave Maria).
      (3) Terzo dolore: La perdita di Gesú nel Tempio (Ave Maria).
      (4) Quarto dolore: L’incontro di Gesú e Maria durante il Via Crucis (Ave Maria).
      (5) Quinto dolore: La morte di Gesú in croce (Ave Maria).
      (6)  Sesto dolore: Gesú sceso dalla croce e posto nelle sue braccia (Ave Maria).
      (7) Settimo dolore: La sepoltura di Gesú (Ave Maria).


    Signore, pietá           Signore, pietá
    Cristo pietá              Cristo, pietá
    Signore, pieta           Signore, pieta
    Cristo, ascoltaci        Cristo, ascoltaci
    Cristo, esaudiscici     Cristo, esaudiscici 

    Padre del cielo, che sei Dio                        Abbi pietá di noi
    Figlio, redentore del mondo, che sei Dio      Abbi pietá di noi
    Spirito Santo, che sei Dio                           Abbi pietá di noi
    Santa Trinitá, unico Dio                             Abbi pietá di noi 

    Santa Maria,                                             Prega per noi
    Santa Madre di Dio,                                        "      "
    Santa Vergine delle vergini,
    Madre di Cristo,
    Madre della Chiesa,
    Madre della divina grazia,
    Madre purissima,
    Madre castissima,
    Madre sempre vergine,
    Madre immacolata,
    Madre degna d’amore,
    Madre del buon consiglio,
    Madre del creatore,
    Madre del Salvatore,
    Madre di misericordia,
    Vergine prudentissima,
    Vergine degna d’onore,
    Vergine degna di lode,
    Vergine potente,
    Vergine clemente,
    Vergine fedele,
    Specchio della santitá divina
    Sede della Sapienza,
    Causa della nostra letizia,
    Tempio dello Spirito Santo,
    Tabernacolo dell’eterna gloria,
    Dimora tutta consacrata a Dio,
    Rosa mistica,
    Torre di Davide,
    Torre d’avorio,
    Casa d’oro,
    Arca dell’alleanza,
    Porta del cielo,
    Stella del mattino,
    Salute degli infermi,
    Rifugio dei peccatori,
    Consolatrice degli afflitti,
    Aiuto dei cristiani,
    Regina degli Angeli,
    Regina dei Patriarchi,
    Regina dei Profeti,
    Regina degli Apostoli,
    Regina dei Martiri,
    Regina dei veri cristiani,
    Regina delle Vergini,
    Regina di tutti i Santi,
    Regina concepita senza peccato originale,
    Regina assunta in cielo,
    Regina del santo Rosario,
    Regina della pace,

    Agnello di Dio, che togli i peccati del mondo,   Perdonaci,o Signore
    Agnello di Dio, che togli i peccati del mondo,   Ascoltaci, o Signore
    Agnello di Dio, che togli i peccati del mondo,   Abbi pieta di noi 

    Prega per noi, Santa Madre di Dio,  E saremo degni delle promesse di Cristo 

    PREGHIAMO – Concedi ai tuoi fedeli, Signore Dio nostro, di godere sempre la salute del corpo e dello spirito, e per la gloriosa intercessione  di Maria santissima, sempre vergine, salvaci dai mali che ora ci rattristano e guidaci alla gloria senza fine. Per Cristo nostro Signore. Amen.    

    SOTTO LA TUA PROTEZIONE troviamo rifugio, Santa Madre di Dio: non disprezzare le suppliche di noi che siamo nella prova, e liberaci   da ogni pericolo, o Vergine gloriosa e benedetta. Amen. 

8. PREGHIERA A SAN GIUSEPPE. – San Giuseppe, custode di Gesú e casto sposo di Maria, tu hai vissuto la tua vita adempiendo fedelmente i tuoi doveri. Hai mantenuto la Sacra Famiglia di Nazaret con il lavoro delle tue mani.. Con premura proteggi coloro che fiduciosamente si rivolgono a te. Tu conosci I loro desideri, le loro avversitá, le loro speranze; e loro si rivolgo a te perché sanno che tu li vorrai comprendere e proteggere. Anche tu hai conosciuto prove, lavoro e  stanchezza. Tuttavia,  anche in mezzo alle difficoltá della vita materiale, il tuo spirito godeva molta pace e  cantava con vera gioia unito intimamente con il Figlio di Dio a te affidato, e con Maria, la sua dolce Madre. Amen.


    Signore, pietá   Signore, pietá
    Cristo, pietá     Cristo, pietá
    Signore, pietá   Signore, pietá
    Cristo, ascoltaci   Cristo, ascoltaci.
    Cristo, esaudiscici   Cristo, esaudiscici

    Padre celeste, Dio                        abbi pietá  di noi
    Figlio, redentore del mondo, Dio   abbi pietá di noi
    Spirito Santo, Dio                        abbi pietá di noi
    Santa Trinitá, unico Dio               abbi pietá di noi

    Cuore di Gesú, Figlio dell’Eterno Padre            abbi pietá di noi
    Cuore di Gesú, formato dallo Spirito Santo
           nel seno della Vergine Maria                          "       "
    Cuore di Gesú,  sostanzialmente unito al Verbo di Dio      
    Cuore di Gesú, maestá infinita                                        
    Cuore di Gesú, tempio santo di Dio                                
    Cuore di Gesú, tabernacolo dell’Altissimo                      
    Cuore di Gesú, casa di Dio e porta del cielo
    Cuore di Gesú, fornace ardente di amore
    Cuore di Gesú, fonte di giustizia e di caritá
    Cuore di Gesú, colmo di bontá e di amore
    Cuore di Gesú, abisso di ogni virtú
    Cuore di Gesú, degnissimo di ogni lode
    Cuore di Gesú, re e centro di tutti i cuori
    Cuore di Gesú, in cui si trovano tutti i tesori di
        sapienza e di scienza
    Cuore di Gesú, in cui abita tutta la pienezza della divinitá
    Cuore di Gesú, in cui il Padre si compiacque
    Cuore di Gesú,  dalla cui pienezza noi tutti abbiamo ricevuto
    Cuore di Gesú, desiderio della patria eterna
    Cuore di Gesú, paziente e misericordioso
    Cuore di Gesú, generoso verso tutti quelli che ti invocano
    Cuore di Gesú, fonte di vita e di santitá
    Cuore di Gesú, ricolmato di oltraggi
    Cuore di Gesú, propiziazione per i nostri peccati
    Cuore di Gesú, annientato dale nostre colpe
    Cuore di Gesú, obbediente fino alla morte
    Cuore di Gesú, trafitto dalla lancia
    Cuore di Gesú, fonte di ogni consolazione
    Cuore di Gesú, vita e risurrezione nostra
    Cuore di Gesú, pace e riconciliazione nostra
    Cuore di Gesú, vittima per i peccatori
    Cuore di Gesú, salvezza di chi spera in Te
    Cuore di Gesú, speranza di chi muore
    Cuore di Gesú, gioia di tutti i santi

    Agnello di Dio, che togli i peccati del mondo    perdonaci, Signore
    Agnello di Dio, che togli i peccati del mondo    esaudiscici, Signore
    Agnello di Dio, che togli i peccati del mondo    abbi pietá di noi 

    Cuore di Gesú, che bruci di amore per noi       Infiamma il nostro cuore d’amore per te  

    PREGHIAMO  -  O Padre, che nel Cuore del tuo dilettissimo Figlio ci dai la gioia di celebrare le grandi opere del tuo Amore per noi,
    fa’ che da questa fonte inesauribile attingiamo l’abbondanza dei tuoi doni. Per Cristo nostro Signore. Amen. 


(1)   Daró loro tutte le grazie necessarie al loro stato.

(2)   Porteró soccorso alle famiglie che si trovano in difficoltá e metteró la pace nelle famiglie divise.

(3)   Li consoleró nelle loro afflizioni.

(4)   Saró il loro rifugio in vita e specialmente in punto di morte.

(5)   Spargeró abbondanti benedizioni sopra tutte le loro opera.

(6)   I peccatori troveranno nel mio Cuore la fonte e l’oceano della misericordia.

(7)   Riporteró le comunitá religiose e i singoli fedeli al loro primo fervore.

(8)   Le anime fervorose giungeranno in breve a grande perfezione.

(9)   Benediró i luoghi dove l’immagine del mio Sacro Cuore verrá esposta ed onorata.

(10) A tutti coloro – specialmente ai sacerdoti – che lavoreranno per la salvezza delle daró il dono di commuovere i cuori piú induriti.

(11) I nomi di coloro che propagheranno la devozione al mio Sacro Cuore sará scritto   nel mio Cuore e non ne verrá mai cancellato.

(12) Io ti prometto, nell’eccesso della misericordia del mio Cuore, che il mio Amore Onnipotente concederá a tutti quelli che si comunicheranno al primo Venerdí del mese per nove mesi consecutivi, la grazia della penitenza finale. Essi non moriranno in mia disgrazia, né senza ricevere i Sacramenti, e il mio Cuore sará loro asilo sicuro in quell’ora estrema.   

10. PREGHIERA PER I SACERDOTI.  “ Signore Gesú, Pastore Supremo del Gregge, Ti preghiamo che nel grande amore e misericordia del Tuo Sacro Cuore venga al soccorso delle necessitá dei Tuoi sacerdoti-pastori di tutto il mondo. Ti supplichiamo che riconduca al Tuo Cuore tutti i sacerdoti che si sono gravemente allontanati dal tuo cammino , che Tu riaccenda il desiderio di santitá nei cuori di quei sacerdoti  che soffrono di tiepidezza   ,  e che Tu continui a dare ai Tuoi sacerdoti ferventi il desiderio per una maggiore santitá. Uniti al Tuo Cuore e al Cuore di Maria,  Ti preghiamo che Tu voglia presentare questa nostra supplica al Tuo Padre celeste nell’unitá dello Spirito Santo.Amen.” 


“Buon Gesú, domandiamo le tue speciali benedizioni sui membri Soci dei Pastori di Cristo. Continua a illuminarli sul particolare privilegio e sulla responsabilitá Tu

hai dato loro come membri del Tuo movimento, Soci dei Pastori di Cristo. Attirali sempre piú vicini al Tuo Cuore e al Cuore di Tua Madre.  Fa’ che si rendano sempre conto del grande e speciale amore dei Vostri Cuori per ciascuno di loro personalmente. Da loro la grazia di ricambiare il Tuo amore e  quello di Maria con il loro amore sempre piú profondo. Giacché fan parte del Tuo Cuore e del Cuore di Maria,  interessati di tutti i loro bisogni  e quelli dei loro cari.. Offriamo questa preghiera con Te al Padre, nell’unitá dello Spirito Santo, accanto a Maria nostra Madre. Amen.” 


“Padre,  domandiamo la tua particolare benedizione sul bollettino sacerdotale, PASTORI DI CRISTO.  Ti preghiamo che apra i sacerdoti-lettori alle grazie che vuoi dar loro mediante questo scelto strumento di Tuo Figlio. Ti preghiamo pure che Tu provveda alle necessitá finanziarie del bollettino e dei “Soci dei Pastori di Cristo.” Offriamo questa preghiera per Gesú, nello Spirito Santo, con accanto a Maria. Amen.” 


“Padre celeste, domandiamo le tue benedizioni, su tutti i Tuoi figli del mondo intero.  Assistili nei loro bisogni. Domandiamo la Tua speciale assistenza per tutte le persone marginate, e tutti quelli  che sono tanto abbandonati e dimenticati.. Uniti con nostra madre Maria, Ti eleviamo questa supplica  per Gesú e nello Spirito Santo. Amen.” 


“San Michele arcangelo, difendici nella battaglia; contro le malvagitá e le insidie del diavolo sii nostro aiuto. Ti preghiamo supplici: che il Signore lo comandi! E tu, principe delle milizie celesti, con la potenza che viene da Dio, ricaccia nell’inferno Satana e gli altri spiriti maligni, che si aggirano per il mondo a perdizione delle anime. Amen.” 

“Angelo di Dio,  che sei il mio custode, illumine, custodisci, reggi e governa me, che ti fui affidato dalla pietá celeste. Amen.” 

15. Pausa per  preghiera personale in silenzio. Questo dovrebe durare per lo meno cinque minuti. 


“Signore Gesú, Capo Supremo del Gregge, io mi consacro al Tuo Sacratissimo Cuore. Dal Tuo Cuore trafitto nacque la Chiesa; la Chiesa che mi hai chiamato a servire d’una maniera speciale come membro dei SOCI dei PASTORI di CRISTO. Tu riveli il Tuo Cuore come simbolo del Tuo amore sotto tutti gli aspetti,  incluso il Tuo amore particolarissimo per me, giacché m’hai scelto come Tuo compagno in questo importantissimo lavoro. Aiutami a ricambiare sempre il Tuo amore. Aiutami a darmi interamente a Te. Aiutami a spendere sempre la mia vita amando Dio e il prossimo! Cuore di Gesú, confido in Te! 

“Dolce Beata Vergine Maria, io mi consacro al tuo materno Cuore Immacolato, questo Cuore che é simbolo della tua vita d’amore. Tu mi ami con un amore molto speciale come membro dei SOCI dei PASTORI  di CRISTO, un movimento creato da tuo Figlio per il rinnovo della Chiesa e del mondo. In ricambio d’amore, io mi do completamente al tuo materno amore e protezione. Tu hai seguito Gesú perfettamente. Tu sei il Suo primo e perfetto discepolo. Insegnami a imitarti .nel rivestirmi di Cristo. Sii la mia materna intercessora affinché, grazie al tuo Cuore Immacolato, io possa essere guidato a una piú stretta unione con il Cuore trafitto di Gesú, Capo Supremo del Gregge.” 

    17. PREGHIERE QUOTIDIANE .-  Tutti i membri dovrebbero recitare ogni giorno la preghiera allo Spirito Santo e fare anche quotidianamente l’atto di consacrazione. Parimenti dovrebbero recitare il rosario ogni giorno.  Sono pure incoraggiati  a fare uso delle suddette preghiere  in quanto ne abbiano la opportunitá.

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