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November 24, 2008

November 25th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 4 Period I.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for November 25th are Sorrowful.

 

 

Dear Rita,

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

    A couple today told of a friend who has a priest friend who was unable to move his legs (possibly a stroke) and they put Jesus water on him and he is now walking and has gone back to the Philippines. I gave them a healing form to give to their friend. They said he uses the water every day on his legs.

                                            Love Rosie

 

  

Jesus and Mary Water

 

Jesus Well

 

Mary Well

 

 

 

Yes — All the ends of the earth have seen
the power of God.

 

     God has called us to be united as a family in
the Shepherds of Christ.

     This is a vocation — to pray deeply for
the priests, the Church and the world and
to help support the Newsletter and the
Ministries.

     Remember the image of Our Lady
of Clearwater on the building. We have
very special Fatima statues so you can
have a special place of prayer in your
homes, praying the rosary for your family
and for the priests, the Church and the
world. If you are interested in these
very special Fatima/Clearwater statues
e-mail me with your phone number
and address 
info@sofc.org.

     Those using the special statues
will be united to us in a special way —
We want you to pray the Shepherds of
Christ prayers for the priests, the Church
and the world from your special place
in your home.

     When people have set up a prayer corner/niche
with this statue, Fatima/Clearwater glass, they have
reported that their families have received special
blessings. With this statue it is important to pray
the prayers in the red prayer manual and consecrate
your home and family to the Sacred Heart and
Immaculate Heart.

Call Kathleen, Sheila or Doris about statues or go
to China or Clearwater.
 

1-888-211-3041 or 1-812-273-8405

 

27” - $450.00
18” - $250.00
15” - $200.00
12” - $160.00
11” - $150.00
plus shipping

We send these. 

They are good for people
in the family for Christmas,
give with a prayer manual.

 

 

               

Given November 19, 2008

               

                The Christian Encounters Others and the World

                    We are to walk hand-in-hand in love —
                Our mission in the Shepherds of Christ is to help bring
                about this era of love.

                We are to be praying self-lessly for the priests,
                the Church and the world.

  

 

  

Fr. Carter says in Mother At Our Side by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

 

Prudence

   Prudence is that virtue which helps us to make the proper decisions in the exercise of our Christian life. Prudence aids us in making correct choices so that we do God's will in all areas of Christian existence.

   Prudence is meant to influence every aspect of our participation in the mystery of Christ. It is always our guide as we strive to grow in the putting on of Christ.

   What state of life does God wish me to embrace? What kind of work does he desire of me within that vocation? Among the various ways of expressing love, how am I to love God and others at this particular time? Am I working too much or too little? Am I too dependent upon others or not dependent enough? Prudence helps answer these and other questions concerning the Christ-life.

   Some people think that prudence is merely an attitude of caution, an instinct that always leads us to take what seems to be the less dangerous path. True, prudence will lead us to choices of this nature—if God's will indicates this type of action—but prudence is also concerned with the bold and the daring, with taking risks, with magnanimous action. Again, the guiding principle is God's will. The prudent Christian will act boldly or daringly if, after taking the proper means to discern the divine will, she or he decides that God is indeed leading in such a direction.

   If we are to be truly prudent persons, we must be persons of prayer. We need the light of prayer to see what decisions are to be made, what actions are to be undertaken. We need the strength of prayer to act upon the given light.

   In her earthly journey, Mary was a most prayerful person and a most prudent one. Let us ask our mother to help us grow in the virtue of prudence. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary so bids us to call upon the prudent Virgin: "Virgin most prudent, pray for us."

 

                With regard to Justice Fr. Carter says

  

Justice

   The virtue of justice bids us to give others what is their due. We must respect the rights of others. For example, we must respect the life, good name, and the property of others because they have rights concerning these values. Regarding one's right to life, we have a very timely application of this—the rights of the unborn, and we should all do our part in working against the terrible injustice of abortion. The fatalities which the United States has suffered in all her wars is less than one half of the total number of deaths the unborn suffer in one year here in the United States through abortion. And, of course, abortions are being performed all over the world—not just in the United States.

   The world of work, professional service, and commerce also involve various applications of justice. The laborer must give an honest day's work and the employer is obligated to pay a just wage. The teacher must realize his or her duty to students by properly preparing classes and professional updating. The doctor must maintain proper medical knowledge in justice to his or her patients and manufacturers of goods as well as wholesale and retail sellers must establish just prices.

   The Christian must also be aware of obligations regarding the great social problems that plague one's own country and nations around the world. We must listen to our Mother Mary.

 

                With regard to Temperance — Fr. Carter says

 

Temperance

   The attitude of moderation, which has traditionally been called the virtue of Christian temperance, allows us to relate properly to sense pleasure. God wants us to enjoy what is pleasurable, but He wants us to do so according to His will.

   Without an attitude of temperance, a person's life becomes soft and selfish, given over to the wrongful pursuit of pleasure. Insofar as a person's life is thus misdirected, to that extent it fails in service to God and others.

   There is an aspect of temperance that one can overlook—that the person who practices temperance enjoys the pleasurable more than does the person who does not. One who lacks temperance is actually a slave to his or her desires. These desires, to the extent they are inordinate, can never be satisfied, and, consequently, become insatiable. Grace does not destroy nature; it brings it to a perfection or fulfillment it could not otherwise attain. Our God-given capacity to enjoy what is pleasurable actually is enhanced by the virtue of temperance.

   We should pray, not only for our own growth in temperance, but also especially for those whose very salvation is threatened because of the wrongful pursuit of sense pleasure. Our Lady of Fatima told Jacinta, one of the three young visionaries: More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.26

26. Our Lady's Peace Plan, op. cit.., p. 9.

                    end of excerpt

  

Excerpt from Response to God's Love

Chapter 8
 
The Christian Encounters Others and the World
 

In various ways, we have already discussed the Christian's encounter with others and the world (see chapter 3, for example). We now wish to continue this theme of encounter with greater specificity and extensiveness.

The true Christian is imbued with consciousness of others. That is to say, the true Christian is keenly aware that, to a great degree, God intends each of us to press on toward maturity in the spiritual life through a proper encounter with others. Indeed, the Christian imperative reminds us that we are to walk life's path, not in   isolation, but hand in hand with our fellow human beings.

To authentically encounter others we must be properly aware of who they really are; we must, in short, be able to penetrate beyond surface appearances, which may or may not be appealing to us, and contact others in their core existence. When we are truly in touch with others at the core of their beings, we are simultaneously aware of their awesome dignity. We are conscious that these persons are created and redeemed by God in his love. Fortified with this proper awareness, we are thus in a position to relate to them as we should.

In order to be in touch with the inner self of others, we must be aware of or in touch with our own inner or true self. This awareness, in turn, is an awareness that our self is likewise made in the image of God, that it has been divinized in Christ and is to be oriented toward God and neighbor. Here, then, we see the profound interaction between the three awarenesses and loves—awareness and love of God, self, and neighbor. As Christians, consequently, we should have a maturing sense of how our existence is, in varied ways, profoundly interlinked with the existence of others. This feeling of union with others is not limited to those we directly encounter, but, in some sense, is directed to all members of the human family.

Let us now consider some of the main attitudes that the Christian should maintain and develop in his or her dealings with others. We will build upon the very basic attitude we have already mentioned—that we must always try to be aware of the true self of others, the self that has been created and redeemed by God's love. This awareness, in turn, calls forth our own love for them.

In dealing with others, we must strive to maintain the balance, so delicate at times, between independence from others and dependence on them. We must, on the one hand, humbly realize that in so many varied ways we consistently depend on others. Have you ever tried to analyze the many, many people you depend on to make it through a very ordinary day? Have you ever tried to enumerate all the people involved—most of whom you don't even know—in putting a simple meal before you?

The consciousness of our dependence on others narrows into much sharper focus, of course, regarding those we encounter daily in a more direct fashion. The members of our families, our friends, our coworkers—these are some of the people we immediately think of as we reflect upon the mutual interdependence that exists among fellow human beings. We depend on such people in a special way for the growth opportunities of loving and being loved, of serving and being ministered to, of affirming and being affirmed—in short, for all the opportunities of variously giving and receiving.

If, however, we must, on the one hand, strive to maintain a sense of proper need for others, we must, on the other hand, couple this with a thrust toward independence. To have an attitude of healthy dependence on others is a main ingredient for true personality growth; to maintain a morbid need for others, however, is a serious obstacle in becoming the persons we are destined to be. We should never become slavishly dependent on the company of others, their love, the attention they give us, the approval they give to us, our ideas, or our work. It is, of course, always very pleasant to receive love, attention, and approval; all this, however, must occur within the framework of God's will for us. We must constantly strive to lovingly do his will at all times and in all circumstances. This is the all-embracing and all-necessary imperative that permeates every facet of our being. When we live according to this imperative, we gladly and gratefully receive love, attention, and affirmation from others when it is forthcoming; what is more, we realize that to be offered this is a part of God's plan for us. If, however, it is not forthcoming at any one time, we courageously continue to live as we think God intends, aware that, in his loving faithfulness, God will compensate for what currently appears to be a lack of human support.

Early in our discussion of the Christian's encounter with others, we should obviously say a few direct things concerning the core attitude of love, a trait that should permeate all other attitudes. It is well to begin by observing a phenomenon of our culture concerning love: Many persons who choose marriage say they do so out of a desire to be loved. Notice, they say that they marry out of a desire to be loved, not to love. In fairness to these persons, perhaps we should presume that they realize they in turn must also offer love. Yet, is it not revealing that they explicitly mention as the reason for marrying a desire to be loved? Could there be a close correlation between this phenomenon and the extraordinarily high divorce rate that prevails in our culture? If it is common that both partners enter marriage more from a need to receive love than from a desire to give it, do we have to look further for the reason to explain why so many marriages are plagued with various degrees of unhappiness?

We should realize that all of us are in danger of falling into the above temptation. Whether we are married people, celibates in the priestly and religious life, or single persons in the world, all of us have to be aware lest we be more concerned with receiving love than in giving it. God wants us to receive love, and we have a need to receive love; however, we must not allow this legitimate desire to degenerate into a morbid preoccupation whereby we always enumerate all the different ways that others should be manifesting love toward us while, at the same time, we ourselves might be guilty of neglecting numerous opportunities for loving them. If our main concern is to love others rather than to be loved by them, I think we will more often than not be surprised at the love others show us over a lifetime. Nonetheless, even in the event that we might feel slighted in this regard, our vocation as Christians is eminently clear: we ourselves must continue to love even when it is extremely difficult to do so, thus following the example of Jesus who loved even those who nailed him to the cross.

end of excerpt

 

                Excerpt from October 23, 2008

                Man has peace when he has the
                    cardinal virtues —
                    Man is at peace with himself —
                    with God and the world —

                Without the cardinal virtues he
                    can fly apart and hurt others —

                With these virtues he does the
                    right task at the right time —
                    they are in sync

                One cardinal virtue cannot be
                    missing

                When we have the virtues of faith,
                    hope and charity alive in us we
                    see through the vision of God.

                These virtues are to help us in
                    seeking God and bringing
                    the vision of God to others
                    in our lives —

                Pray — God loves us so much —
                    He really loves us so much —

                Go to God

                We are commanded to love God and one
                    another by the greatest commandment —

                When we say the Shepherds of Christ Prayers
                    (prayer manual) we are laying down our
                    lives like the Good Shepherd — praying
                    for the priests, the Church and the world —
                    THIS IS LOVE for the Father's will
                    LOVE of God, love of other

            end of October 23, 2008

          

1 Corinthians 11: 23-26

    For the tradition I received from the Lord and also handed on to you is that on the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and after he had given thanks, he broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ And in the same way, with the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Whenever you eat this bread, then, and drink this cup, you are proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes.

   

Matthew 26: 26-29

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples. ‘Take it and eat,’ he said, ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he handed it to them saying, ‘Drink from this, all of you, for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. From now on, I tell you, I shall never again drink wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in the kingdom of my Father.’ 

 

                God has called us in the Shepherds of Christ Centers
                    to live as Servants and Handmaids
                    of the Good Shepherd to help renew the
                    Church and the world.

                St. Ignatius in the spiritual exercises
                    has been used to help us grow
                    in greater holiness —

                St. Ignatius speaks of discernment of spirits

                    (1) Ideas come from the Holy Spirit
                    (2) Ideas come from the evil spirit
                    (3) thoughts from the person

                God has called us to live our vocation praying
                    for the priests, the Church and the world and
                    circulating the Priestly Newsletter and
                    the Blue Books and beginning prayer
                    chapters.

   

From October 23, 2008

                We can respond like Fr. Carter
                    (1) doing God's will in love
                    (2) not respond at all
                    (3) be mean and hurt others — try to bring others
                        down to our levels of imperfection —

                Unity is to be like the body —
                    If one little part of the body doesn't
                        work — it hurts the whole body

                When people see only themselves and even
                    hurt others — they are hurting their
                    goal

                We are to work as a unit
                        in the family
                        at Church
                        in religious communities
                        in neighborhoods
                        in our country

                AND the Rules for the creature
                    were set by the Creator

                    To reach true happiness — we
                must know what true happiness
                is — reaching for the light — reaching
                out to know the one loved.

                    This takes reason and one
                must have the virtues working
                within them. Man is seeking God,
                is called by God to do good — to
                have the vision of God and to seek
                God's will in love.

                    Man must learn to love more and
                more just to embrace God. Man
                lives with other men — man is to be
                just in his dealings with others —
                Man cannot give into his sense
                appetites, his passions that hurt
                others — we must give to others
                what is their due — If we see through
                selfish eyes — see others as interfering
                in our lives and living an isolated
                selfish, dark life — pulling people
                down — we are not like Christ —
                neither are we living a virtuous life.

                    Man because of his wounded human
                nature tends toward rebelliousness —
                A person acting because they feel
                angry on another person can soon
                have a life of great unhappiness —

                    Provoking others, manipulating
                others against God's will because of
                darkness in us — brings us greater
                unhappiness than anyone — It hurts
                us spiritually —

                    Man is composed of body and
                soul —

                    Today at Mass the gold bowl had
                a big host in the bottom, I had a
                vision of a thing in the top of the
                bowl that looked like mud — a
                mud pie — I could not see the unconsecrated
                host in the bottom of the bowl

                    After the consecration the mud colored
                substance was gone —

                    I saw the priest put the large consecrated
                host in the bowl —

                    Jesus told me last week about
                mud pies — He said

                    "Mud pies, mud pies, mud pies",
                hurting others is mud pies — dragging
                people down — trying to force our
                earthy, sinful imperfect ways on
                another

                    God has given me insights into His
                love — insights into the gift of the Church
                and the Mass — oneness in the Body of
                Christ — The Blue Books — Mass Book
                The great reality of how wonderful
                a gift the priest and the Church is.

                We reach up to go to our
                    beloved God — light — love —
                    going to God and others

                We have the virtues, faith, hope and
                    love alive in our lives, justice
                    temperance, fortitude, prudence

                    We need these virtues at work in
                our lives, these are the roots from
                which other human virtues grow.

                    Man is in charge of
                how he obeys God's will or
                not in - his pursuit of happiness
                and in doing good.

                    Man can be very selfish in
                his choices and evil and hurt
                others — denying one's sordid ways
                keeps us in a hurt relationship
                with God —

                    With the possession of virtues
                man is not at odds with himself —
                nor is he in combat with others
                trying to prove he is the "master"
                he has to win over others —

                    Did you ever watch toddlers —

                    They will fight and fight over
                something and they won't let go —
                they are learning they want to win —
                usually some adult has to
                referee, but they won't let go depending
                on their strong will —

                    The more people are in relationships
                they should be able to work together
                sharing and not fighting like some
                two year olds —

                    This fighting blocks unity — team
                playing and work and if a person is
                challenging — they may develop
                habits to their own detriment and
                those they deal with — the more they ignore
                their conscience there are problems with
                an uninformed conscience —

                    The cardinal virtues are
                fortitude, prudence, justice
                temperance.

                    With the virtues working in man's life,
                man is not at odds with himself —
                he is not struggling for mastery over
                others. Without these virtues man
                fights a battle — he can have a
                will that constantly fights — he can
                give into his sense appetite against
                right reason — this prevents man
                from having happiness.

                Man has peace when he has the
                    cardinal virtues —
                    Man is at peace with himself —
                    with God and the world —

                Without the cardinal virtues he
                    can fly apart and hurt others —

                With these virtues he does the
                    right task at the right time —
                    they are in sync

                One cardinal virtue cannot be
                    missing

                When we have the virtues of faith,
                    hope and charity alive in us we
                    see through the vision of God.

                These virtues are to help us in
                    seeking God and bringing
                    the vision of God to others
                    in our lives —

                Pray — God loves us so much —
                    He really loves us so much —

                Go to God

                We are commanded to love God and one
                    another by the greatest commandment —

                When we say the Shepherds of Christ Prayers
                    (prayer manual) we are laying down our
                    lives like the Good Shepherd — praying
                    for the priests, the Church and the world —
                    THIS IS LOVE for the Father's will
                    LOVE of God, love of other

      

October 24, 2008

 

 

1 Corinthians 11: 23-26

    For the tradition I received from the Lord and also handed on to you is that on the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and after he had given thanks, he broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ And in the same way, with the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Whenever you eat this bread, then, and drink this cup, you are proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes.

   

Matthew 26: 26-29

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples. ‘Take it and eat,’ he said, ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he handed it to them saying, ‘Drink from this, all of you, for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. From now on, I tell you, I shall never again drink wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in the kingdom of my Father.’ 

      

 Psalm 147: 12-13, 14-15, 19-20

Praise Yahweh, Jerusalem,
Zion, praise your God.

For he gives strength to the bars of your gates,
he blesses your children within you,
he maintains the peace of your frontiers,
gives you your fill of finest wheat.

He sends his word to the earth,
his command runs quickly,

He reveals his word to Jacob,
his statutes and judgements to Israel.
For no other nation has he done this,
no other has known his judgements.

 

John 6: 57

    As the living Father sent me
    and I draw life from the Father,
    so whoever eats me
       will also draw life from me.

 

John 6: 51-58

    I am the living bread 
       which has come down from heaven.
    Anyone who eats this bread
       will live for ever;
    and the bread that I shall give
    is my flesh, for the life of the world.’

      Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus replied to them:

    In all truth I tell you,
    if you do not eat
       the flesh of the Son of man
    and drink his blood,
    you have no life in you.
    Anyone who does eat my flesh
       and drink my blood
    has eternal life,
    and I shall raise that person up
       on the last day.
    For my flesh is real food
    and my blood is real drink.
    Whoever eats my flesh
       and drinks my blood
    lives in me
    and I live in that person.
    As the living Father sent me
    and I draw life from the Father,
    so whoever eats me
       will also draw life from me.
    This is the bread
       which has come down from heaven;
    it is not like the bread our ancestors ate:
    they are dead,
    but anyone who eats this bread
       will live for ever.

 


 

                After that they walked away —
                    food and drink for us — real presence
                    in the Eucharist
                    Medicine of Immortality

                We believe this is truly Jesus —

                We receive Jesus

                We receive His life


                Jesus always changing things
                    water into wine — first miracle
                    paralyzed — to unparalyzed
                    blind to see
                    storms changed to calm
                    Jesus changed bread and wine into
                        Body and Blood —

                But what we see looks the same —
                    bread and wine —> to Body and Blood of Jesus

                We must make a decision to believe
                    or not

                Do we believe in the real presence?


                Bread and wine is changed into the
                    Body and Blood of Jesus


                Sacrament of His Love

                Sign of Unity

                Fountain of all holiness

 

Sorrowful MotherMary's Message from the Rosary of August 27, 1996

Mary speaks: I stood beneath the cross of my Son, and my Heart was in such pain for I saw Him before my eyes. I saw Him covered with blood. I saw Him die. My Heart, my children, my Heart to watch my Son, but my Heart, my Heart, how I suffered for my little children of the world that give in to this world and give up the love of my Son. O my little children of light, I give you this message. Carry this light into the darkness for your Mother Mary, for I stood beneath the cross and I cried. I cried for the little ones. I cried for the young ones, the ones that do not care and will lose their souls. How do I make you see for you will not listen to me? What can I do? I come. I appear. I beg. I plead. I give you these gifts from my Son, and you reject me. I do not deliver messages very often anymore for I have been ignored. The message is the same. You do not read the messages I have given to you. Please help me. Help the little children. I appear. I appear. I appear, and I am ignored. I stood beneath the cross, and I cried. I cried, and my Heart was in such anguish for my little children, for I am searching for them this day as I searched for the Child Jesus. Please, please help me. I cannot hold back the hand of my Son any longer. I am Mary, your Mother. I ask you to help my children. You are my children of light.

Song: O Lady of Light, shining so bright, be with us this day, guiding our way, O Lady, O Lady of Light.

end of Mary's Message

 

John 19: 25-27

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is your son.’ Then to the disciple he said, ‘This is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

    

                We are sorry for wounding You,
                    our beloved Jesus

 

Prayer of St. Ignatius Loyola

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Permit me not to be separated from Thee
From the wicked foe defend me
at the hour of my death call me
and bid me come to Thee
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee
For ever and ever. Amen.

   

Deuteronomy 8: 2-3

Remember the long road by which Yahweh your God led you for forty years in the desert, to humble you, to test you and know your inmost heart — whether you would keep his commandments or not. He humbled you, he made you feel hunger, he fed you with manna which neither you nor your ancestors had ever known, to make you understand that human beings live not on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of Yahweh.

      

Deuteronomy 8: 14-16

Do not then forget Yahweh your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the place of slave–labour, who guided you through this vast and dreadful desert, a land of fiery snakes, scorpions, thirst; who in this waterless place brought you water out of the flinty rock; who in this desert fed you with manna unknown to your ancestors.

 

1 Corinthians 10: 16-17

The blessing–cup, which we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ; and the loaf of bread which we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? And as there is one loaf, so we, although there are many of us, are one single body, for we all share in the one loaf.

   

                Man is full of desires, but he must
                    control himself — they must be
                    regulated by reason — right reason

                We need the virtue of temperance and those
                    related to it —
                    Man is a rational being
                    Man cannot live simply by instinct or desire
                    Man lives by reason
                    Man's actions must be directed to the
                        Father's vision

                    Our tendencies must be brought
                        under right reason

                Man is raised above brute animals —
                    by his capability to know and love

                Man has numerous tendencies and desires
                    that can take him away from God —

                Man must not give into desires of the
                    body, but must use right reason
                    and love to act more and more like
                    Christ —

                The intensity of a man's desires to engage
                    in habits heightens as man
                    practices bad habits that are not
                    holy — that hurt ones own spiritual
                    life, that hurt others and hurts
                    one's relationship with God.

                Being impulsive — demanding others do
                    things that aren't God's will because
                    of an impulse and a free schedule
                    for the one acting is a sure way
                    to commit vices that hurt God's plan for
                    us.

                    The devil is a roaring lion — when a
                person has an unharnessed desire or
                impulse and gives into it without discernment
                they begin to develop habits that are vices
                habitually committed — leading them away
                from God's will

                    St. Ignatius speaks of discernment of
                spirits —

                    (1) Ideas come from the Holy Spirit
                    (2) Ideas come from the evil spirit
                    (3) thoughts from the person

                A person sitting and manipulating others because
                    they have a few free hours is not
                    using right reason — right reason says
                    is this God's will and operates prudently —
                    virtuously, justly, temperately and
                    with fortitude.

                    Fr. Carter always said "doing God's
                will - in love — not too much or
                too little"

                    Man must master his actions —
                he does not give into an impulse and
                acts on impulses that work against
                God's plan — he works for the common goal —

                    Virtues are good habits — one says — "he is just —
                he is prudent — he is temperate —
                he has fortitude."

                    Vices are bad habits from inclination
                that people have that tear at their own
                soul and majorly hurt others when one
                gives into vices — and then these vices becomes
                habits —
                rather then virtuous habits.

                Honesty helps a person build up the
                    virtue of temperance —

                Clemency and meekness are like
                    the Heart of Christ —

                People who act without clemency —
                    take revenge out on those they
                    may believed injured them

                Meekness — is the opposite of the
                    angry, combattal heart
                    anger is a passion

                To be like the Heart of Jesus — one is
                    not like this angry man, nor
                    the punishing man

                Man may shy away from hard things, but
                    men need the virtue of magnanimity
                    to move them to the accomplishments
                    of hard things —

                Mary was humble

                Eve was prideful —

                Pride is because one does not realize
                    love of themselves and love from
                    God for them.

                The prideful man thinks all his talents
                    are his own or if he thinks God
                    gave them — he still attributes
                    things to his merit

                The proud man thinks he knows
                    everything and can do everything

                The proud man doesn't want to be
                    subject to anyone and
                    not even to God
                    He resists efforts to lead him
                        into virtues —

                    He attacks the people appealing
                        to him —

                    like Eve in the garden — the
                        proudful man has disorder —
                        he puts himself equal or
                        over to God

                Because of Adam and Eve's sin of pride
                    man was subject to concupiscence,
                        disease and death —

                In humility man recognizes his
                    dependence on God —

                A humble man trusts in God's power
                    and is loving as God commands
                    us —

                We can study things about God —
                    to live as He wants — this
                    is virtuous

                Curiosity is a vice which impels
                    a person to seek knowledge
                    that is not proper
                    to him.

                Press to know secrets of others
                    that do not pertain to them —

        End of excerpt from October 23, 2008

  

                A man's heart is his castle —

                He must keep it clean

                He is called to live a holy life to prepare
                    for heaven

                Because of unfinished business in people's
                    lives they can stay stuck.

end of November 19, 2008

 

 

 

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