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December 1, 2010
December 2nd Holy Spirit Novena
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The Novena Rosary Mysteries
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His third priestly newsletter is in this book.
Excerpt from March 10, 2001
Messenger: I write now to you.
Messenger: The last day Father said Mass he was really sick,
he said it and then went in the hospital. He was
His whole life was dedicated to writing about the
spiritual life. He coughed every time he talked all summer,
but he managed to write down his grand synopsis
of the spiritual life in the 20 page Newsletter he wrote
in June. He was determined to get it done. He wrote 17
books and 33 Newsletters for the priests and the world
in the last 33 years of the second millennium. Jesus
told him to begin the movement in 1994.
He had a Doctor's in theology. I wish everyone could have
seen him those months when he wrote the last Newsletter
on Work. He knew labor. He labored hard to get all his
writings to us. Reading his Newsletter on work should
show us how a dying man who gave his life for
Jesus and to bring the great Reign of peace
thought as he labored to bring that writing to us.
The second to the last newsletter, the 20 page
Newsletter, was a summation of the spiritual life.
This Newsletter he knew would go on forever and ever
in the Church helping priests and all men.
Our Lord told him to begin the Movement and begin Prayer Chapters.
This was in 1994 on the feast of St. Ignatius. Father Carter was a Jesuit
priest, it was on the feast of St. Ignatius he got the message to begin the
Newsletter and the Prayer Chapters to help bring about the Completion
of the Mission Mary began at Fatima. 6 years later the Newsletter
goes to 75,000 priests. It goes in English and Spanish in 90
countries, over 245-250 bishops and cardinals use the Newsletter
for their dioceses.
After Father went into the hospital I hardly saw Father after
that, in the 3 months I talked to him several times on the phone
daily and communicated to him through the fax. I went to a few
Masses a priest said and they wheeled in the sick, skinny, priest
I loved so much, but most of my time those last 3 months were
doing what he told me to do. Jesus had directed him to continue
the work of the Newsletter with his writings and to get the Prayer
Chapters started all over the world to help with the Completion
of the Fatima Mission. When he was in the hospital I saw him a
good part of the day. I met with him for a long time in the parlor
in November at his residence but most of the communication was
through long telephone conversations and faxes working to
continue this mission as Jesus had instructed him. The last time I
saw him was December 14, 2000, 4 days before he died. Here is
the picture of that meeting. It was at his Jesuit residence.
Messenger: Father worked so hard on that 20 page Newsletter,
it was the synopsis of his whole life and he wrote about
the spiritual life, our life with God and he was taping it
so he could see if there were any typo's etc. He worked
so hard to make everything perfect, so no errors were
in any writings, so they could be passed on and circulated
to Cardinals, bishops and priests all over the world.
He was sick when he was reading it, but he forced
and he explained how it was set up to me. He told me
about it. In the Newsletter he talked about the overview
of the Spiritual life, the life of grace through baptism,
our relationship with Jesus who is Mediator.
He wrote of our relationship with the Father, the
Holy Spirit and Mary. Then he told me (all this from
the table of contents of the newsletter) how we live out the
spiritual life in the Church. The Heart of the
Spiritual life is in the sacraments and the Eucharist.
Father says in his newsletter on priesthood
"Through the sacrament of Holy Orders,
provided His Church with priests who play a major
role in the dispensing of this life which Jesus
has come to give and to give most abundantly."
Priesthood is key to the life of the Church.
Prayer is the key exercise of the spiritual life.
And I quote from Father's Newsletter about our relationship
"Growth in the Christ-life gives us an increased
awareness of our relationships with 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 proper relationships with our fellow
From Father's Newsletter on the Christian and the World I quote:
"God calls us to share His love for His creation.
Growth in Christ develops our awareness of this
truth. The Christian should have a deeper love for
the world than the non-believer."
Growth in the spiritual life entails an ongoing
and progressive purification.
From Father's Newsletter on the Vision of Faith I quote
"Through faith we share in God’s knowing activity
in a special way, and we are able to know God and
creation in relationship to God in a supernatural,
If we are to properly progress in the spiritual life,
we must allow this vision of faith to more and more
penetrate our activities."
The virtue of trust is extremely important for
growth in the spiritual life.
From Response to God's Love I quote
"Christian hope is a virtue that allows us to tend toward God
in Christ as our absolute fulfillment, our absolute future. Hope
allows us to trust that God will grant us the graces necessary to
achieve this goal."
Humility is a very important virtue given to us
for the spiritual journey.
One of the blocks to the spiritual life, Father said,
was lack of humility.
Strength in Weakness
We must realize our weakness and see our
strength is in Him.
Living in the Present Moment
I quote from Father
"I suggest that one of the most difficult acts
of self-discipline in the spiritual journey
is to concentrate on the present moment."
This is necessary Father says for growth in the spiritual life.
Surrender to God
We must surrender to God. We give ourselves more
and more to Jesus.
We are guided through the Church
Mind and Heart
We cannot become heartless and too much
focused in our minds.
The Mystical Life
The mystical life is the relative ultimate development
of the spiritual life itself.
Father talks about the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and
the life of Consecration.
Here is the copy of the Table of Contents on his twenty
Messenger: Father wrote his whole life about the Spiritual life,
his first book Response in Christ is the beginning.
In the new Newsletter he explains the
Christian Life of Grace.
In it he explains grace in general. He
explains the Graced Christian, their
relationship with the Father, Christ, the
Holy Spirit, Mary, the members of the
Church, and the relationship with
man and his world.
Here is this table of contents from the most recent
Newsletter on Grace, Issue 1, 2001
Messenger: Father wrote about the spiritual life, always
explaining it and our relationship
with the Triune God, Father, Son and
Holy Spirit, Mary, and our relationship with
the members of the Church and
the relationship with man
and his world.
1) Response in Christ 1967
2) Response to God’s love 1984
3) Tell My People 1994
4) Spirituality Handbook 1994
5) The Newsletter Issue 3, 2000
This was his final complete document on
this subject The Spiritual Life.
He told me that Jesus covered the whole of
the spiritual life in His messages
in Tell My People.
He said the spirituality handbook was
a synopsis of the spiritual life
and all Shepherds of Christ
members should read it over and
over. This is on tape as Father
Carter reads it.
The Newsletter issue 3, 2000 was a great work.
He worked hard and he told me how Jesus
wanted it out and told me how important
end of excerpt
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