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November 27, 2006
November 28th Holy Spirit Novena
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The days go by with such swiftness.
We counted every day and every moment so
precious and it was and then slowly we
become older and older and yet God is always
with us teaching us — every day — new lessons
to help us to love Him and each other more.
From my Bible I wrote long ago
"Dear God, I love you, dear God I need you,
Dear God I thank you, you are my Savior and my God,
You are my strength in due season, you are
with me always until the ends of the earth.
Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I
shall not fear, for you are with me with
your rod and your staff and I shall dwell
in the house of the Lord for years upon years.
Amen. I love you Jesus.
Someone may want us to do something and
yet we know it is not God's will. No matter how hard
it is we have to follow God's will for us. Doing what
He wants frees us up to do what He wants. Doing
something to please somebody else when we feel
it isn't His will may interfere when He reveals
His plan to us. We live our whole lives — trying to
do God's will, every moment, every day.
Excerpt from yesterday's message
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.
Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46
Parable of the wicked tenants
‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them thinking, "They will respect my son." But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, "This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance." So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They answered, ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him at the proper time.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this is the Lord’s doing
and we marvel at it?
‘I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’
When they heard his parables, the chief priests and the scribes realised he was speaking about them, but though they would have liked to arrest him they were afraid of the crowds, who looked on him as a prophet.
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
The Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
November 27, 2006 message continues
Messenger: Father Carter LOVED this scripture
'It is not anyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Matthew 21: 28-32
‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, "My boy, go and work in the vineyard today." He answered, "I will not go," but afterwards thought better of it and went. The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, "Certainly, sir," but did not go. Which of the two did the father’s will?’ They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘In truth I tell you, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you, showing the way of uprightness, but you did not believe him, and yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did. Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it and believe in him.
January 20, 1995
Feast of Sts. Fabian and Sebastian
The Agony in the Garden
1. R. Be there with Jesus in the garden in the dark night as He, in such agony, sees before Him all the sufferings He is about to undergo.
2. R. Jesus saw before Him every wound, all the pushing, every single thing that they did to Him, and He agreed to go through everything that He would now endure.
Luke 22: 42
" 'Father,' he said, 'if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, let your will be done, not mine.' "
John 3: 16
For this is how God loved the world:
he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him
may not perish
but may have eternal life.
God first loved us.
God wants our love.
Oh Jesus as this Advent season is about to begin my heart is
in great joy for I anticipate the great gift of
Christmas. I love the Church year — I feel each
day in my soul — a celebration with all the angels
Dear God, I give You my soul. I want to follow
Your paths — to live rejoicing for You are
Let our eyes see the humility of Mary and know
in the coming advent season how much
the Father wants us to love Mary and be close
to St. Joseph.
Mary is the singular vessel
— Mary can lead us through
her Immaculate Heart to deeper intimacy with
Oh Holy Spirit
— Spouse of the Virgin Mother — lover
of souls — open ourselves in the coming advent
season to be as a sponge soaking in Your
grace and Your wisdom — to make our hearts
a soft little manger for the Christ child.
A bed of beauty — a place of light — a heart
of rest and joy and peace in the turmoil
of this world.
Come Lord Jesus to my heart and let it be a place
of love for You and a place of love in which
I give my life for the souls — You gave
your life for.
Holy Spirit penetrate my heart and soul to be a
place of light for this world.
In the darkness there was seen a small candle
and its light was so bright against the
darkness of the night.
Come, oh come, my Messiah, enlighten the eyes
of my heart to see as You desire the poor banished
children of Eve and to love them deeply while I am
here on this earth — to unite to the Masses deeply
being celebrated around the world and loving the
souls You gave Your life for — that I give mine
in the service You have called me to in the
Shepherds of Christ praying for the priests, the Church and the world and
spreading the Newsletter to Your beloved priest —
so they will take comfort and refuge in Your
Heart and Mary's Heart and forever love the Eucharist
more. That our priests will become ever holier and
love their vocation, such a gift God gives them,
and love, love, love our beloved Church and the
— lover of souls — our lives are to
be lived as You desire — identifying with You
in loving the precious souls You gave
Your life for —
A night, richly blessed, a star far above His
humble bed — a Savior is born, Jesus Christ —
Savior of the world.
But He came for the souls and He asks us today to
love Him and love His precious souls He gave His
life for. And He has given us this vocation to do that
and effect billions of souls with the Newsletter
and our prayers. This is a vocation, Jesus has
called us to, but we are imperfect and we are growing
in our purity and our love.
Oh beloved Messiah hear my plaintiff cry to
help us in this mission You gave us in the Shepherds of Christ. To
be ever fervent in our vocation as we grow in
deeper and deeper love to serve You and do all things
purely for Your honor and glory.
Your will is our delight.
I see the little darkened night on the front of the
Newsletter — the night deep blue, the star so bright for
the earth God created and loved so much that Jesus,
the Son of God took on Flesh to save us.
Messenger: Oh Messiah — come into our hearts and fill us
with love — deep love for You — set afire
by the working of the Holy Spirit — ignited
with deep love for God and all souls.
Let the earth know a new beginning as we
pray all through advent in preparation
Mary carried Jesus 9 months and
Mary appeared on the 9th day before Christmas in Clearwater
December 17, 1996 — 10 years ago
On this day we will celebrate the gifts God has given
to us in these 10 years. Thanking Him, loving
Him, singing to Him — we will celebrate
Mary's appearance and Jesus' face —
if you are here or on the internet we will
thank God for this Movement and pray for a
new beginning of peace and love for this earth —
praying with all our hearts and continue
praying each of the 9 days — Christmas being day 9.
We will pray for the success of the Priestly
Newsletter and the prayer chapters for the future
of the Movement.
Set your day now to be here or be praying
and singing with us on the internet at 6:20
Florida time —
And every day continue praying for the 9
days — Christmas the 9th day.
Mary carried Jesus in her womb —
Today Jesus gives us special grace to
have Jesus and Mary so intimately
united to Their pure and Holy Hearts.
Let the world know of this special place
Dwelling in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary —
Mary says to lead the world into consecrating
their lives to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
I have dealt with many who do not recognize
this great plan of God the Father to send
Mary as He did in Clearwater so
people will give their hearts to the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
In this lies our joy
HAPPINESS dwelling in THEIR Hearts
Mark your calendars for this day
and come or tune in on the Shepherds of Christ radio and pray with us.
And read this message!!
Thank God for the gifts He has given us these
10 years since Mary appeared.
Thank God for this gift to help the souls of this
earth and identify with Jesus!!
Oh Sacred Heart I am consumed with love for
Thee and thanksgiving for all You have
given us in the Shepherds of Christ.
I am thankful for all You have called to be
in this vocation.
We love You and we want to serve You
we pray the prayers You gave Fr. Carter
help us —
please outpour Your grace.
I love you,
Also come to China, Indiana
— we need
volunteers for adoration during this time
so some can go to Florida for the 17th.
Also December 18, 2006 — Fr. Carter will be dead 6 years
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