| Shepherds of Christ
November 26, 2006
November 27th Holy Spirit Novena
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Messenger: Christ is the King.
This means we do not live in a
In the Shepherds of Christ our mission is to help
to bring to completion Mary's mission begun at Fatima when
the Sacred Heart of Jesus
will reign and the
Immaculate Heart of
Mary will triumph.
Mary's message - Fatima
"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."
God has given to us tremendous
talents to do this work — to help
promote His Kingdom.
Many in this world are focused
on doing things for their own honor
and glory and not for God's honor and glory.
Think of how the world would
be if all were trying to do God's
will for the honor and glory of God —
loving God and loving one another.
Genesis 3: 1-24
Now, the snake was the most subtle of all the wild animals that Yahweh God had made. It asked the woman, ‘Did God really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?’ The woman answered the snake, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden. But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, "You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death." ’ Then the snake said to the woman, ‘No! You will not die! God knows in fact that the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good from evil.’ The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was enticing for the wisdom that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that they were naked. So they sewed fig–leaves together to make themselves loin–cloths.
The man and his wife heard the sound of Yahweh God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from Yahweh God among the trees of the garden. But Yahweh God called to the man. ‘Where are you?’ he asked. ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden,’ he replied. ‘I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.’ ‘Who told you that you were naked?’ he asked. ‘Have you been eating from the tree I forbade you to eat?’ The man replied, ‘It was the woman you put with me; she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’ Then Yahweh God said to the woman, ‘Why did you do that?’ The woman replied, ‘The snake tempted me and I ate.’
Then Yahweh God said to the snake, ‘Because you have done this,
Accursed be you of
all animals wild and tame!
On your belly you will go
and on dust you will feed
as long as you live.
I shall put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
it will bruise your head
and you will strike its heel.’
To the woman he said:
I shall give you intense pain
you will give birth to your children
Your yearning will be for your husband,
and he will dominate you.
To the man he said, ‘Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat,
Accursed be the soil because of you!
Painfully will you get your food from it
as long as you live.
It will yield you brambles and thistles,
as you eat the produce of the land.
By the sweat of your face
will you earn your food,
until you return to the ground,
as you were taken from it.
For dust you are
and to dust you shall return.’
The man named his wife ‘Eve’ because she was the mother of all those who live. Yahweh God made tunics of skins for the man and his wife and clothed them. Then Yahweh God said, ‘Now that the man has become like one of us in knowing good from evil, he must not be allowed to reach out his hand and pick from the tree of life too, and eat and live for ever!’ So Yahweh God expelled him from the garden of Eden, to till the soil from which he had been taken. He banished the man, and in front of the garden of Eden he posted the great winged creatures and the fiery flashing sword, to guard the way to the tree of life
November 26, 2006 message continues
We are imperfect
— we have the effects
of original sin, generations of generations
of ways we have loved and been unloving
of all these imperfect human persons —
all of us teaching more loving and unloving
ways to each other.
Some of the effects of the garden is
we may want to blame each other for
our own faults. There can be constant
tension because of an individual's lack
Jealousy can be a big problem.
We have to be focused on trying to
be one using our talents as God wants
us to and not being slavishly dependent —
no envy — trying to stop someone from
doing God's will because we want to
possess them for our own selfish
There is a decision to be made. Many
times through temptation from satan
our heart can feel as if it is torn in
half — One day is an important day and
God wants us to do something — and at the
same time there is a business meeting
with the boss as our daughter's Christmas
play at school. And guess what — our
heart is torn in half and we have to
make a decision. One thing is for
sure we cannot be in two places at the
same time — so we pray to do God's will
and then the decision must be made —
but we must pray for this.
We may automatically be doing some
bad patterns that defeat the purpose
of unity because of cultural trends,
patterns learned at home.
A woman or man married and with
lots of children have had lots of chance
to grow in selflessness or they may remain
the same and be a selfish person that they
have passed down some selfish traits.
Some men may have learned to
not listen to women — others taught
great respect for women. If mom was
domineering — abusive — some children —
now adults may try to act out unfinished
business with women in authority over
If dad was always angry and mom did
whatever he wanted and tip-toed around
because he could explode — one may learn
to scan others behaviors and when they
see a quiet - stern face they may prepare
themselves for the anger and wrath of
dad and the person isn't even thinking
anything like the "dad" did, but because
the scared child inside of someone
may cause their own problems, assuming
innocent others are ready to explode
like their dad because their facial
features look quiet and stern and
they may associate that with that dad
When walking down a park path
one may tense-up at the site of a man
or woman depending how they have
preconceived ideas from childhood or
other parts of their lives about men
A woman may not be afraid
around other women, but tense-up
around all men because
of an angry dad or angry spouse.
A man may have problems with
men because of how his dad treated
him if it lacked respect and acceptance.
We are all wounded and some of us
came from more loving homes than others,
but whatever the past — God gives us a
lifetime to grow and be more like Jesus.
Genesis 1: 27 - 28
God created man in the image of himself,
in the image of God he created him,
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all the living creatures that move on earth.’
November 26, 2006 message continues
The place to be is that we recognize
we are the poor banished children of
Adam and Eve and we need to grow to
be more perfected as Our Heavenly Father
God intends us to walk hand-in-hand.
God intends us to operate as one in love.
God intends us to recognize we are under Him.
1 Corinthians 15: 20-28
In fact, however, Christ has been raised from the dead, as the first–fruits of all who have fallen asleep. As it was by one man that death came, so through one man has come the resurrection of the dead. Just as all die in Adam, so in Christ all will be brought to life; but all of them in their proper order: Christ the first–fruits, and next, at his coming, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, having abolished every principality, every ruling force and power. For he is to be king until he has made his enemies his footstool, and the last of the enemies to be done away with is death, for he has put all things under his feet. But when it is said everything is subjected, this obviously cannot include the One who subjected everything to him. When everything has been subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subjected to the One who has subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.
November 26, 2006 message continues
We may be so set in our ways we spend
our lives trying to establish our dysfunctional
dance because it is familiar, and yet our
dysfunctional dance is causing us so much
pain. Some people who want control may
lose job after job for not obeying
authority and they may be too fixed on
themselves being right — making themselves
a victim over and over again and they have
the problem — not the five bosses over
them that let them go.
A woman had five husbands
— she said
every one did just like the other and she
had five divorces — she did not see her
actions were the problem and she assumed
they were not acting right —
When we have the same relationship with
others and it grows "sour" the same way
over and over again — we may be dancing
the dance that leads others to finally
leave us on the dance floor because we
keep doing the same dysfunctional ways
that are selfish and hurt others.
If a person has the idea from dad, him
from his dad, women cannot be in charge —
then they may have problems with a woman
boss, a girlfriend, a wife because they
are acting out of dysfunctional patterns
automatically — that may cause others to run
A man may have the attitude
— "I will
never let a woman over me" and if she
shows any strength he is pushing her down
emotionally maneuvering things to make
her lose control — when she cries — he
has conquered — But has he really when
she is his wife, his boss, even the
Virgin Mary may not be respected because
of some of those past patterns.
I watched a vision I had. A man was
taming a lion. He was on a stand and
the lion, must learn who was in
Because of past preconceived ideas
about women being under — one can be
closing a door of realizing how important
it is to Jesus we respect Mary, Mother
of God, Mother of the Church as our
Mary is the only sinless human person.
Jesus is a Divine Person with two natures
a Divine nature and a human nature.
This is an important function of
the Newsletter to lead the priests into
deeper union with Mary through Consecration
to her Heart.
Jacinta was told by Mary before her
death that Jesus wants His Heart venerated
next to His Mother.
'Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask grace from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her.'27
November 26, 2006 message continues
God the Father sent Mary as a messenger
God the Father sent Mary as a messenger
Many people can act out patterns
from childhood — Slavishly dependent
relationships keeps us from being free
of inordinate attachments.
Notice how God gives us opportunities
to be more as we should be — we must love —
but not inappropriately.
We can eat — but not stuff ourselves.
We must assert ourselves for the truth, but not
be mean, hateful and full of anger.
Our motives must be pure.
Our lives lived to be greater and more perfect
A married person is not to have relationships
outside of marriage.
A person may drink wine, but not
God did not make it one way or the other
we must be prudent in our uses
of things — in relationships —
always following the commandments —
Living by the Word of God
People who use passive-aggressive
measures to get control — softly provoking
others to get them to act out their
pain and anger, must recognize how
they may secretly do things to manipulate
events and provoke another who
is over and deserves the information.
Some may habitually act out passive-
aggressive measures because they are
really an angry person inside or
addicted to excitement, bad moods,
these bad habits hurt others, but keep
the persons with monkeys on their back
jumping from tree to tree.
Jesus is the way, the truth and
A person who never looks at their
past and is angry when someone doesn't
pass the salt or they think looks stern
or angry — so they explode has layers of
things to deal with in their past.
A person can say "I feel crazy" and
then not do what they are supposed to.
They probably have hidden things that
would cause them to say this and then
they give themselves the right to not deal
with the fact they were irresponsible to
Some may use passive-aggressive
behaviors to emotionally control others
and then after they provoke another
to explode — until they finally lose
control — they (the person using passive-
aggressive measures) walks away feeling
relief and they never lost control — and
caused the other to look discredited.
When we try to provoke another to
lose control or to emotionally control
them it can be a means of getting
control over authority — teenagers,
children can do this to try to control
their parents, but lots of adults do
this and are angry inside themselves —
trying to discredit authority. They
can be mean and punishing in this
manipulation of events.
One can be gripped so hard by
an attack from satan that they do
not even recognize how unrational
their actions are —
Wanting control, because of how
they feel desiring dominance they may
automatically begin to be evasive —
carrying ordinary conversation to great
lengths — just to provoke and be in
control. They can become secretive where
this hurts business and others and they
do destructive work — where harmony and
fruitfulness could triumph had they
not given into pride to keep themselves
Living in community can help
— if it
is guided to be likened more and more in
love, forgiveness and a dominant person
is not able to try to put in place a
dysfunctional dance, by anger or
manipulation or passive-aggressive
measures for control.
Every Church, community and
school has major problems when the
leader is strong-willed and disconnected
from those outside the institution and
over them. Ultimately all things are done
to build the Kingdom of God — see 1 Corinthians 15
Some have learned addictions to
survival from dysfunctional homes
because they lived in a little war-zone —
with one who controlled not for the
honor and glory of God or was majorly
We can be effected by past shame
parents, bosses, spouses who shamed
us, ridiculed us.
Anger can be past down from generation
Fear can be almost crippling
coupled with detailed thinking that is
worrying about things that have not happened
and probably will never happen.
We can make our own "hell" by the
records we play in our minds.
Some people can become so caught
up with a play in their mind no matter
where they go — they plug in innocent
players and they can play a victim
role while others persecute them they think—
when really nobody is even doing
anything to them.
Who is in control of my thoughts?
I am, but I depend on the Holy
Spirit to fill me with Light and
Strength to turn to be healed
of the many dysfunctional ways —
I can give into —
or I may blindly have as habits.
Triggers for little things that cause
great, angry emotion in some
must be looked at.
The New Adam had burial cloths
See Him dropping these cloths
in the tomb before the
Pride keeps us stuck
— if we think
we are right when many people
have showed us our ways are
injuring others and we don't
want to change —
If we want to change
how we feel — (if we are miserable and hurting others)
We have to change what
we tell ourselves.
We must live in the Moment.
We can never bring back the moments
of this day again when we go to
God wants us to love Him.
God wants us to love each other.
Satan's grip can be paralyzing and
He tempts us with lies.
When we can be in that part of
our brain where we are
connected to our heart and
loving deeply — seeing with
Satan gets us focused on details, many times — to tempt
us to think some
things that aren't true or
are not even going to happen —
"What if ...
"What if ...
Worry — Action — get out of it.
St. Ignatius says —
We should never make decisions
Where are our thoughts coming from
1) The Holy Spirit
2) The evil spirit
3) our own thoughts
ambitions etc. —
could be good or not God's will.
Do we have Low Self Esteem?
Being filled with God's grace.
Going to the tabernacle—
Fills us with LIGHT
Going to Mass.
Let your "yes" say "yes"
Let your "no" say "no".
Some men may think
if a woman gets stronger
push her down —
they don't want any woman
"kicking them around."
There is the struggle for dominance
from the garden
men over women
women over women
A person may try to force another
to be dependent on them because
of their own low self-esteem.
Because someone may feel disempowered
because of low-self-esteem —
they find a person they think has
a problem and
then they are superior by advise
The problem is
— is — the person must
be emotionally under them (they think) and
have a problem so they can get
their low-self-esteem raised to
being empowered —
They will feel better if they can
emotionally control another —
They themselves may have low-self-esteem
They themselves may be insecure.
WHAT KEEPS US STUCK
FROM BEING EMPOWERED
TO BUILD God's Kingdom.
2) being right (when we are wrong because of pride)
Jesus gave me a vision —
A Big room was empty except for a large
juke box and a lot of people went in.
The record playing was the Will of God.
people hurried in to bump it off and
put on their own controlling
— from an angry house may
want all to dance to his tune
where He is the Boss —
Nobody outside the place is over him
and Everybody better brutely do the dance.
There is no love involved.
Jesus shows us about how to be —
He loved those under Him so much
He died for them.
He obeyed His Father's will
Parents show us how to relate.
People in alcoholic homes had a cycle
they were either, drinking, thinking about
drinking, or having a hangover —
Alcohol is used to numb pain —
A person can be addicted to lots of
things without alcohol —
Some parents who were addicted to
other things were just not
available for children's needs —
The children may have felt —
they were unloved and thus
got low-self-esteem —
and are always trying to
get other adults today
to affirm them —
Or they may NEVER want to
lose control because they won't
really TRUST anybody.
Some people can have "brown-outs"
where they are just not available
for a while —
If we have responsibilities and are
supposed to be doing something
this won't work —
Nobody would keep a person like
this, even, at a Fast Food Restaurant.
Keeping Secrets from those over
us about what we are
supposed to be helping with —
is to get power for power sake —
It is a manipulation tactic
maybe a habit —
a game —
Even a person praying in the light
is externally focused for their
vision is the vision of God —
Many are in denial.
won't take responsibility for their actions
won't take responsibility for what happened
when it was their fault.
Some people get mad to get adrenaline
pumping — feeling tired —
There are self-destructive cycles
We could have been taught to run
negative thoughts in our head
All the devil has to do is tempt us with
somebody pressing our button.
LOVE <————————————> TRUTH
SHINE A LIGHT ON THE PAST
LOOK AT THE PAST
We can't keep acting stuff out
and then become aware it
isn't right, but
we just let it "float".
When we are responsible and we know
it we should admit it and
tell the person we hurt we are
sorry and try to change.
We can't live in LIES
because of pride.
We always want to do God's will
Don't act in desolation — when the
devil is pressing on us.
We can't be locked in seeking approval
rather than doing God's will.
We can't want immediate gratification
or get mad.
LIVE FOR THE NOW
Give praise and honor to God.
In childhood we may have had fear
of abandonment —
parents were not emotionally
there for our needs
We need to learn to
TRUST (trustworthy others
God has in our lives)
ABILITY to grow in our
Let past behind (but don't act
in bad habits because
of past hurts)
Childhood can be playground or prison
We learn to relate
We play on the surface of the earth
Some of us learned survival tactics —
bad habits of responding —
WE MUST let go of
We must recover from these bad
survival tactics —
and not try to make our bad
It may have not been our parents fault
they were damaged as children
Exodus 34: 6-7
Then Yahweh passed before him and called out, ‘Yahweh, Yahweh, God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in faithful love and constancy, maintaining his faithful love to thousands, forgiving fault, crime and sin, yet letting nothing go unchecked, and punishing the parent’s fault in the children and in the grandchildren to the third and fourth generation!’
An alcoholic won't stop drinking
until it is real to him he is
Our bad habits won't stop until we
unveil them and they are real
to us and we do things different
IN HARMONY <—> NOT DISCORD
We can idealize parents and
can be acting out hurtful patterns
learned from the past — when dealing with others —
We can still love our parents and
all they did for us, but
with grace and God's light
correct our bad habits
learned in childhood or
We CAN'T HEAL until we
quit lying about destructive
patterns that hurt ourselves and others —
God wants us to be empowered
We must unwrap the layers of the
TRUST trustworthy others
God has sent us
We have to realize to recognize
bad habits we learned from
parents and past relationships is the only way to
Parents may have tried to do it
They must be loved
recognized and thanked —
but not idealized —
forgive their faults —
Don't idealize them and
Love them —
but get rid of our own bad
habits wherever we got
them — that hurt our
relationship with God and
Do what is healthy
Healthy Relationships NOW
Don't Act out things like
little children wounded
in the past
Don't play negative tapes in
our heads —
— don't be addicted to negative
Don't store your pain and shame in your body
Don't hurt our hearts with hatred and anger
may be worse than some foods!!
If our emotions are more than is necessary
we are triggered!
Some people have lots of problems
from the past —
want somebody else to normalize
when the problem is in them —
they must get out of denial
unveil the pain
Some people are always at war and
The Sacred Heart brings peace in
ADDICTIONS ARE SURVIVAL SKILLS
Somebody can be re-stimulated by something
TRIGGERS means "stuffed things"
when emotions do not match problem
We need some recovery on ourselves
ADMIT the truth about how we act
pray for wisdom
pray for healing
pray for light
Some people have lots of problems
they project on others
If someone had an authority that was
not like God wants - they may
"I will never be under anybody again"
Always fighting for dominance
Always fighting to be in control
Always fighting to be on top
God is authority
God operates in order
We can't keep fighting dominant
controlling dad or mom with
every authority figure over us
A person can have a problem with a
parent and then project it on
the authority over them.
A person may try when disempowered
to get power back with an innocent
A man at work had a problem with the
boss — he went home took it out
on his wife — she took it out on
the children — the children took
it out on the dog —
So much goes on
we don't even know how some
in the family don't want anybody
getting out of the dance —
We are to be empowered by being
the Spouse of Jesus —
We dance to the song
In a family
In an institution
Problems should be worked out
in love —
Not discredit our family
Not discredit the institution
God puts us with others in our lives
to work things out —
grow in greater life — loving
Religious take a vow of
The devil works through selfishness
in one person many times
to try to stop the Spirit from moving.
The saints obeyed their superiors.
Old rules may apply because
of culture —people's ways —
In an alcoholic home
"scapegoat" doesn't want to
go home — they put him
in the "under-dog" role
unless they have recovered
The "hero" wants everyone doing the
dance the way he sees it —
unless recovery has taken place
When we give ourselves to God
we want to do God's will
Consecration to the
New Adam and New Eve
help us live out our
Doing God's will can help to
bring down great grace —
Hosea 6: 6
for faithful love is what pleases me,
knowledge of God, not burnt offerings.
Christ did His Father's will to His
death on the cross.
Look at a building with smoke-stacks
and dark smoke pouring out —
A bird flew through - wings outstretched —
next he was flying upside down
What comes out of our smoke stacks
when people cross our path —
do they get hit by our fight
inside of us for 30, 40, 50
always tension —
OUR WAY or the HIGHWAY
And all the birds around us are flying
Are we like Jesus?
People can really stay stuck
after they are adults — like adult-children
of alcoholics —but it can be any dysfunction
People all entered carrying
a single record —
A fight began to play the juke box
each one wanted to play the record
familiar to them — the story of their lives —
survival, for some, from dysfunctional
homes in childhood.
One man had a very dominating dad
who was abusive in talk, demeaning and
controlling — he had little respect for
women and wanted to run the place like
this. As long as he denied his own
problem with authority — making all
authority like his dad — he would never
really allow any authority over him.
He was like a monkey on the tree limbs —
if he obeyed a short time — he soon
jumped to another tree limb hanging
gaily upside down and having a time
of willful assertion — arm-wrestling
with authority — it became his past
time. He really hurt himself and everybody
else when he did this, but he did it
He had a female boss — so he would
strike at the first sign of her asserting
authority because of a pledge he lived
by to never let anyone in control
over him, they may kick his pants —
So he never really surrendered.
A guy seeking to be a priest never
answered that vocation because he would
not allow himself to be under a bishop.
Until shame and denial is put aside
the person will never heal — for an
alcoholic cannot get healed without
admitting his alcoholic problem.
Likewise a person with a problem
that never takes responsibility for
his problem will never stop it —
He is in denial — like the
A woman going home talking
to her family, abusive mother will
constantly throw herself into a
dither of being like the monkey —
the mother can act like a trigger
to dis-empower —
She will turn inward controlling,
disobedient to deal with this
Once a person is abused by
another — the abuser only need to
raise their voice and it triggers
responses from the abuse.
Doing God's will is not putting
oneself in a situation to be as one
damaged goods —
People who had to live in a survival
mode as children have layers and
layers of pain
low self esteem
They try to seek control so they
will never be under anyone
In a room it is a battle for the
juke box to play their familiar
dance — even though it
hurts them and others because
they don't want to change from
the familiar —
old tapes —
family contacts —
make them reactors
instead of actors —
doing God's will —
The devil only need to provide any
stimulus and they are off going
down the wrong road at
The next is the passive-aggressive —
that seek control by provoking
situations — punishing the other —
Calling them things to emotionally
control them —
They too have a major problem
with authority — they want to
remain in control, clean and white —
so they underhandedly and premeditatedly
seek to get control —
They have had bad experiences too
with parents — idealize them and wear
the marks of no intimate relationships
that are successful for they have
unexpected behavior —
They are pros at provoking others —
they do things to hurt others to get control —
then say "oh, I am sorry", but
they intentionally gave into satan to
take control —
to punish to act out their anger —
that is so thick, but never once
have they admitted it to themselves —
if asked how they are —
they would say, they never lose
control are calm and holy —
Yet they isolate, lie, do things
to cause aggravation and deliberately
disobey — saying they did nothing
provoking until they get another to
God chose them
They are strong —
They have tremendous talents —
Cannot disregard authority —
Aggressiveness must be
harnessed to do God's
will — obey
Devil tempts to get control —
People must learn to separate
present authority from
I can never live the moments of
this day again.
When I go to bed tonight they will
be gone forever.
I must treasure each moment --
I have right now because I
can never have it back again.
From a Lenten Homily, March 24, 2000
Live in the Moment
Today’s Gospel in its story certainly points ahead to Jesus in His Passion and death. And as we read passages such as this during the Lenten season, we are reminded once again that the Church in her Liturgy of the Word gives us an opportunity to undergo a purification, an ever deepening cleansing of ourselves so that we may be a more fit instrument for receiving the great graces which are to be given to us at the time of the Resurrection memorial on Easter. And so all in all, Lent is a time of purification to prepare us for ever-greater gifts of the Lord. It’s a time of self-discipline, a time to renew our efforts to be self-disciplined in the service of the Lord. Self-discipline is an aspect of purification. And I suggest that one of the most difficult acts of self-discipline in the spiritual journey is to concentrate on the present moment. We have a very strong tendency to disregard the importance of the present moment by focusing in a wrong way on the past or in a wrong way on the future. There are proper occasions for thinking of the past and the future. For example, we have to learn from the past and we have to prepare for the future, but our great emphasis has to be upon the present. There is a Latin axiom which says, age quod agis, age quod agis, which means: do what you are doing, concentrate on the present. And of course we are familiar with that term in the history of spirituality: the sacrament of the present moment. And so the discipline of Lent certainly encourages us to include in a deeper self-discipline a greater determination to get as much as we can out of the present moment. People with a terminal illness have an opportunity as they prepare for death for increased prayer, contrition, love of God. However, some are taken very, very quickly. But for those who have the opportunity of knowing with some certainty the time of their death, I’m sure as they look back on their lives, they are saddened by the many times they did not use time and opportunities for the service of the Lord properly, and are overjoyed at those times in which they did use the present opportunity properly. A great means we have of living in the present properly is a greater focus upon our Lord. For if I have that awareness of the fact I am united with Jesus here and now, why should I be concerned so much about the future or the past? Yes, a great help in living in the present and deriving all the good we can from it for ourselves and others is an ever greater focus upon Jesus, because the more I focus upon Jesus and the more I live with Him in the present moment, the more I am satisfied with the present moment. And so let us in our Lenten activity resolve to grow in that self-discipline - which is very difficult at times - to really live in the presence with the fullness of our being as much as is possible, with the help of God’s grace. Now is the day of salvation. Now is the day of salvation.
end of Father Carter's homily
Some people react to things that are
not really going on, when they are triggered.
We have the power to change negative tapes.
We may look for people outside us to
normalize us --
we need to control ourselves --
not everybody else around us --
We can change ourselves
Negative tapes stops us from being in
Blaming others for how I feel is
- SCAPEGOATING -
If we want to change how we feel --
we have to change what we say to ourselves --
LIVE IN THE MOMENT
DISC from NOVEMBER 10 (Coming Soon)
Songs morning from retreat
playing on radio
Authenticity Ocean Disc (Coming Soon)
Use our brain to connect with God
and our heart.
Untrained mind is like a monkey
He jumps from branch to branch.
Self - Talk
We have a choice
To not react in desolation
We have the power to keep our thoughts
POSITIVE - SELF-ESTEEM -- BIBLE
Get rid of negative thought patterns
Affirmations -- BLUE BOOKS
PRAY the ROSARY
Infant of Prague Novena every
Novena to the Infant of Prague
O Jesus, who said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you," through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.
O Jesus, who said, "All that you ask of the Father in My Name He will grant you," through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask Your Father in Your Name that my prayer be granted.
O Jesus, who said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My word shall not pass," through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.
Good Friday 1992
I am sorry for my sins. I am sorry
you had to suffer for my sins. Thank you for
coming to earth and taking on a little
baby body to save me and my family.
Thank you for your pain and your sorrow
and your tears, Jesus. Thank you my God.
Oh Jesus, my Savior --
Thank you for giving me the gift of faith —
I am your child, God!
I give my will and my life to You.
I want You to talk to me.
I want to know how You want
me to act.
Dear Father, thank You for creating me.
Dear Jesus, give me Your gentleness
and Your love, Your compassion
and help me to give myself for
I love You Jesus, I love You with
my whole heart and my whole soul.
God is guiding me on the right path
We can carry a bag of garbage our
taking care of others and forgetting about ourselves
"I am not responsible for anything
Why carry along the imperfections of our
mom and dad in relationships?
Think of Jesus now --
feel His healing --
like a touch of light
go all through our body --
to our toes
FOREHEAD to TOES
Parents show us how to relate
We can be a
Brown-out -- check out for a while --
like an alcoholic getting drunk
NOT HEALTHY -- PERFECTIONISM
(overly - perfect attitude)
UNHEALTHY DANCE -- ENABLE
(like one who
HEALTHY DANCE -- EMPOWER
How do I view the world
We can create a crisis for a
surge of adrenalin
We can engage in self-destructive cycles
LOW - SELF-ESTEEM <------> Blue
God loves us so much
Love letters from God.
Devil comes and presses on a "trigger button".
Who controls our reactions, anyway?
We can have
a NEW Self
See Resurrected Lord
ARE WE SHUT DOWN
JOY is in the SAVIOR
JOY is up to us
JOY -- Be happy
CELEBRATE -- Praise and honor God
FREEDOM -- Jesus dropped
burial cloths --
He came out of the tomb
Doing God's will
Real problems-- must be looked at
Alcoholic doesn't stop until he
looks at it!
MUST COME OUT of denial
We are not perfect!!!
Blue Book IV
Excerpt from July 13, 1994
You Are the Reflection of the God That Lives Within You
Jesus: My child, I live in you in this world, I am in you. You are the reflection of the God that lives within you. Open yourselves up and let Me permeate your souls. Let me possess your being, let Me operate in your hearts. Be My light to this world. Be as one who lives to spread the life and love of this one true, magnificent God. Be Me to your brothers. Live to serve and love Me.
I am God and I have spoken to you, My little scared ones. I come to strengthen you. Pray for this strength and open your hearts to Me and the will of the Father.
July 13, 1994
Title: Do Not Be Anxious Or Hurried, Your Savior Loves You
R. Forgive me Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit for all the times I focus on myself, especially to think I am in any way better than my brother.
Help me to see the beautiful creation of God the Father, in each person, to respect and love them as you, God, love them, to realize we are brothers in Christ. God is our Father and we are brothers. To not love my brother is to not love God. How can I hate my brother whom I see and love my God whom I do not see?
I want to love as You want me to. I am self-centered. Please give me all I need, Spirit of God, to love as God wants me to. Please remove the blinders from my eyes to see God, the Father's loving creation, in each brother.
I am Yours, Lord, I consecrate my life to Your Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I am not going anywhere. I must be in the moment as You choose me to be. Whatever You ask of me is what I should be doing. Getting anxious is useless. Just live to do what You are asking me to do and do it the best I can, whether carrying groceries or playing with my children.
My time is Your time. You loan it to me to work for You. I must do the best job I can for You with Christ acting out of me.
Jesus: My child, don't be anxious or hurried. I am your precious Savior and I love you. You want for nothing if you know My love. I give My love to you abundantly. Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened unto you. Stay fixed to My Sacred Heart and that of My Mother's heart. I am your all. Put things in perspective. Live to serve Me - I come first. Operate and love - this is your job. To show the love of God in your actions. Your actions must flow from your love for Me. Do not be anxious, be forever steadfast in My precious love.
July 13, 1994
8:46 p.m.Jesus: I have chosen you for this work and you cry, My child. Do you know how special you are to Me? I am speaking to you and I am God. I am your refuge. I am your love. I am your light.
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