Mary has requested that the daily message be given each day to the world. It is read nightly at the prayer service from her Image Building in Clearwater, Florida, U.S.A. This is according to her request. All attempts will be made to publish this daily message to the world at 11 p.m. Eastern time, U.S.A.
We acknowledge that the final authority regarding these messages rests with the Holy See of Rome.
December 16, 2000
A Prayer for Intimacy with the Lamb, the Bridegroom of the Soul
Oh Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, come and act on my soul most intimately. I surrender myself, as I ask for the grace to let go, to just be as I exist in You and You act most intimately on my soul. You are the Initiator. I am the soul waiting Your favors as You act in me. I love You. I adore You. I worship You. Come and possess my soul with Your Divine Grace, as I experience You most intimately.
Messenger: Include Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in 6:20 prayers.
Messenger: Please pray for 5 urgent intentions!
Messenger: Please pray for the healing of Father Carter through the intercession of Our Lady of Clearwater.
5 years ago after the great vision from Holy Cross-Immaculata Church, December 15, 2000, between 12 and 3 o'clock.
Messenger: From the memories of a child of five (my mom died of cancer when I was five).
They carried my mom out in the basket. One dark night and she wasn't there anymore.
She was there then she wasn't there anymore.
All the kids had moms and dads at First Communion, I always knew I was different.
She was gone and I knew it. She didn't touch me anymore or hold my hand, I didn't touch her.
She remained to me, most of my life, as a blurred figure bigger than me with dark hair.
I was little, she was big. That is what I remember.
My Dad suffered so much from this loss. My Dad had us go to daily Mass and we prayed a lot as a family.
Our founder was a spiritual father to me. He listened to me and directed me spiritually. My Mom died when she was 48.
Our founder came into my life when I was 48 in 1994. He spiritually directed me and taught me about Jesus. He taught me what it was like to have a human person I could turn to and they still loved me despite my faults.
He didn't go away.
He was there for me when I needed help, when I needed answers.
I knew about the Church through his writings and the few words he would speak to me.
Sometimes a word from him would help put so much knowledge Jesus had given to me into perspective.
I could ask him anything and share my fears. He was my confessor. He was so much like Jesus.
Jesus revealed so much to me in intimate union with Him when I went to Mass and sat in front of the tabernacle.
It is through the revelations Jesus gave to me under our founder's direction and from using his writings I learned so much about Jesus and His Church. The founder did not have to speak a lot of words, the few he spoke in his homilies at Mass were so powerful.
Jesus took me over little roads to greater happiness in Him through the guidance of this great priest. His writings and his classes I attended at Xavier University helped me.
My life in Him was made alive more and more through his guidance.
His love of God and of the Church showed in every action he performed as a priest.
The whole Movement should thank Jesus for giving us this great priest to help us and be our founder. We must thank God for these great writings.
I saw Jesus in him as he celebrated the Mass.
As I sit beneath the crucifix at Holy Cross-Immaculata Church, I remember the experience of December 15, 1995, 5 years ago. It is planted deep within me.
|I look up at Jesus in the back of church on the crucifix.|
He appeared to me at the point of death December 5, 1995. I see Jesus, the Sacred Heart in the front of the church. He appeared transfigured before me several times in January, 1996 at Holy Cross-Immaculata Church.
Oh my God, I love you. Thank you for our founder and the Jesuit order. I love the Jesuits and I love St. Ignatius and St. Xavier and St. Claude de la Columbiere.
It is indeed fitting our founder would be at a place called Columbiere now.
Our founder's mission is to help with the renewal of the Church and the world. He loved Jesus so much.
His love for Jesus is so deep. Our founder has an interior vision of Jesus. He reported always having a vision of Jesus' face interiorly before him.
Our founder is a holy man.
I thank God for giving us deeper insight into His divine mysteries.
I remember the cancer of my mother. It was tough, she suffered so much.
Our founder's cancer was discovered September 22, 2000, the day of the stiff-necked message. I include this message here at the end of this writing.
Our Lord has asked us to pray for him hourly and for his healing.
From all of this comes the birth of the Shepherds of Christ Ministries.
About these experiences I write to you.
Our Lord said, "Tomorrow is promised to no man."
Life is so short, we must realize that the person we love today may not be with us tomorrow and that God gives us people to love in our lives.
We must love the ones we are with today, Jesus wants us to love all for Him. We must realize that today we must accept what He gives and act in love.
The love sometimes surrounds us and because we want something else, we miss what we are given.
Cancer is a deadly disease.
The death of my mother led me to a deep interior life in which Jesus was at the center of my heart. He gave me the love I wanted. I searched for love since my mom was taken away at this early age, and Jesus helped me, He gave me His love.
On October 5, 1992, I asked our Lord if He would write a book, what would He say. I asked Him to use my hand and He answered my prayer. He gave me the books He wanted entitled God's Blue Book.
Now we will have two Rosary Books, red and blue, and lots of daily messages.
He gave to us our founder to guide us and help us with these writings.
He gave us the writings of Fr. Carter and all the priestly newsletters.
I remember Jesus saying, "I give you My word."
From the September 22, 1997 message
Jesus speaks: "STIFF-NECKED, stiff-necked, stiff-necked. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. The old order will pass away. For they worshipped Me with their lips only and their hearts were far from Me.
I will rock the earth and bring the senseless men to their knees. They will learn to beg LAMB OF GOD, YOU TAKE AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD, HAVE MERCY ON US!"
Their thoughts are far from me....
I am the LAMB OF GOD. I AM THE BRIDEGROOM OF THEIR SOULS -- of a country of stiffs, naked in their ways, their hearts are haughty, for they persist in their same ways.
They are resistant to change. They refuse to go to the Heart of My Mother, yet she is their Mother and Mother of the Church.
Oh, to a world of stiff-necked.... I give you this message. Look at My Body on the cross, it was broken and mutilated, it was constrained, it was the picture of torment and twisting.
I speak through these messages and you continue in your stiff-necked ways. Would the destruction of your temples bring you to your knees? Or should I destroy My own houses? Or would they get the message anyway, if I burned them down?
(Messenger: On September 22, 1997, He said this. I suffered for several days. Then the basilica in Assisi was destroyed.)
Messenger: On September 22, 1997, He said, "Would the destruction of your temples bring you to your knees? Or should I destroy My own houses?"
I suffered and suffered for three days.
At the end of the week, an earthquake tore apart the Basilica in Assisi and a picture of St. Francis and St. Clare, a famous fresco, was on many of the newspapers around the world.
Excerpt from Response to God's Love, by Father Edward J. Carter, S.J.
The Christian Virtues
The spiritual life, which is centered in the pattern of death-resurrection, variously expresses itself through the Christian virtues. Although we will not offer a treatment of all the Christian virtues, nor by any means an exhaustive presentation of any of them, we will present some considerations concerning a number of them, including, of course, the three main virtues—faith, hope, and love. Faith and love are the most important of the Christian virtues because they assimilate us most intimately to God's life. God's life is a life of divine knowing and loving, and through Christian faith and love we participate in these Trinitarian operations. Hope, for its part, gives a very special support to faith and love.
There are special problems and obstacles that the modern Christian must encounter in his or her life of faith, one of which is the fact that modern Christians do not live in an atmosphere that is conducive to faith. Long ago, in the golden age of Christendom, such a favorable condition existed, for practically everybody with whom one lived and worked was a believer. Today, however, we find ourselves at the opposite end of the gamut; we experience various forms of disbelief not only in the world at large but in some cases within our own families or among those with whom we have shared the mystery of faith within the Christian community. Rahner describes the situation this way: "The external situation of Christian belief, of the possibility and duty of faith, is characterized by the crucial fact that Christianity and the Church are, in the expression of Peter Reyer, a cognitive minority. What was the situation like in the past? For at least 1500 years the Church, and its theology and apologetic, existed in a historical and intellectual world formed by a more or less homogeneous Christian society. Faith constituted public opinion: it was accepted and taken for granted as self-evident. God's existence, for example, was regarded by St. Thomas Aquinas as an assumption requiring no discussion for the ordinary mortal, for belief in God was an assumed fact in society to which everybody referred without question and with perfect right. Today the situation is quite different. Christianity and the Church are no longer publicly supported without question by society, or at least such backing is rapidly crumbling away" (Theological Investigations, vol. 16, p. 5).
Another faith problem facing the contemporary Christian is the doctrinal situation within the Church. Concomitant with the deep-rooted change in today's Church, there has arisen a certain theological and doctrinal confusion. All things considered, this has perhaps been inevitable because the Church's teaching is, to a certain extent, being recast in language that is more relevant and meaningful for contemporary men and women. In addition, speculations among professional theologians, when they are reflected through the prism of the mass media, sometimes become distorted and cause considerable confusion among the faithful. And, to be perfectly honest, we should admit that, along with much good theology, there has been some bad and unsound theology making the rounds in the post-Vatican II Church. All of these factors have contributed to a confused situation that does not make the life of faith any easier. We should remember, however, that whatever problems might confront the person of faith in this age or in any age, we do know that God's grace compensates for these difficulties. If today's faith is especially being put to the test, God is also granting special graces to preserve us in our belief.
What does faith accomplish in us? The contemporary theology of faith emphasizes that faith established a personal relationship between the Christian and God. Faith is concerned primarily with a response to the personal God and only secondarily, but definitely very importantly, with the truths that God reveals. This should not surprise us, for there is a similarity regarding our relationships with human persons. A person who is of low character and known to be a liar, for example, does not elicit our trust; we tend to disbelieve whatever he or she might say. On the other hand, we tend to believe whatever a person of good character tells us. Human faith, then, directs us, first, to the person and, secondarily, to what he or she says. Divine faith works similarly; it directs us primarily to God himself, and secondarily to the truths he gives us. Moreover, faith not only establishes a special, personal relationship between the believer and God; because of the new vision of mankind that faith gives, it calls the believer to a faith-inspired relationship with his or her neighbor. Faith is truly person orientated—it directs the Christian to God and others and forms personal relationships accordingly.
Faith is meant to involve not only the intellect, but the entire person; this is the biblical concept of faith. True, the graced intellect assents to the truths that God reveals, but one's whole being is also meant to assent. Ideally, Christian faith is the commitment of the entire person to God in Christ. Mature faith is the complete dedication of oneself and all of one's powers and capacities to Jesus and his cause.
Because faith is the commitment of one's entire being to the truth of Jesus, we must live the truth of Jesus, not merely intellectually assent to it. We properly comprehend religious truth only when we live it, savor it, experience it to the depths of our being. How much more we have understood the truth of Christ and its power, wisdom and beauty when we were not only assenting to this truth with our intellects but also living it, allowing it to permeate and transform our entire existence. As a corollary, we see the danger of intellectually assenting to Christ's truth without attempting to live accordingly. One's faith can grow weak and even die if there is a constant and serious dichotomy between what we believe and the manner in which we live.
If we ourselves grow in faith by living its truth, we also progress by witnessing the truth of Jesus in the lives of others. This is an application of the principle of continued Incarnation. In the historical Incarnation, Jesus taught us the truth of the Father not only verbally, but also by his own living of that truth. God hands on the truth of Jesus not only through various verbal forms, such as the teaching of the Church, but also, in part, through the manner in which Christians live this truth. Christianity has not exerted a greater influence in the world because, in part, too few Christian lives have properly assimilated and manifested the truth of Christ. Indeed, this truth tends to have its full attractive force only when it is observed to be properly lived out in the lives of Christians who profess this truth. Our faith is blessed when we ourselves encounter such Christians.
When we live according to faith, we are living according to a vision of God, humanity, and the rest of creation. Faith tells us things about God and creation that we could either not otherwise know or know only with greater difficulty and with less certainty. A good example of the former is the doctrine of the Trinity: Unaided reason can never arrive at this sublime truth; only the intellect that has been elevated with the grace of faith can encounter the Triune God.
If we are to properly progress in the spiritual life, we must allow this vision of faith to more and more penetrate our activities. Increasingly, we should become contemplative in action; we should view reality in a way that is similar to God's view of reality. Increasingly, everything we see should remind us of God because everything that is good and true and beautiful really does reflect God. The beauties of nature, for example, manifest his beauty; the raging storm at sea reflects his power; the stillness of the forest reminds us of God's holy silence; and the goodness, the kindness, and the love that we observe in others around us tell us that God is infinitely good and kind and loving.
The vision of faith allows us to see mankind and the world in a manner that differs from the nonbeliever's view. As contemplatives in action, we should act upon this vision. Every man, woman, and child is marked with the blood of Christ. If Jesus loved them so much—indeed, if he now loves them so much—can we be indifferent to their needs, both spiritual and material? Can we be indifferent to all the problems that burden modern men and women? If we are Christians of living faith, we know that we cannot be indifferent. The vision of faith should inspire us to action according to our vocation, talents, opportunity, time, and energy. We should be laboring to make mankind and the world more reflective of Christ's image. To the extent that we do not, we are betraying the vision of faith.
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.
The necessity of hope in our lives is obvious. Without a sustained desire for God as our absolute future, we would not be able to live as we should. If God is not our goal, then our lives will be miserably shaped by something infinitely less, whether it be money, sex, social status, or anything else that can grip the human heart as an unauthentic end rather than a legitimate means to God.
The necessity of hope is also realized as we examine the nature of the supernatural life. Without God's grace we cannot initially attain this life, we cannot maintain ourselves in it, and we cannot grow in it. At times God allows us to strikingly and intensely experience how helpless we are without him. Such episodes in the spiritual journey can be very painful, but they can also be opportunities for great growth, for we are meant to emerge from these experiences with an increase of trust in God; we realize, in short, how weak we are in ourselves, but how strong we are if we rely on him.
Let us also remember that as we trust in God so shall we receive. There are certainly exceptions to this role—God can, for example, give great graces to a person at a time when trust is feeble—but the general principle stands. In our Christian hope, let us expect great things from God—remembering what truly great things are in the sight of God—not only for ourselves, but also for others. That we should direct our hope toward the needs of others as well as our own leads us to another dimension of hope, namely, the fact that it possesses, as do all the virtues, an ecclesial and cosmic dimension.
Hope is ecclesial. We are members of the Body of Christ, the People of God, and we go to the Father in Christ and by the Spirit not as isolated individuals but as members of a community. Consequently, our hope should be concerned with the total progress of the Church. The Church is meant to assimilate Christ more and more, for she is a pilgrim Church; she will not arrive at her final maturation in Christ until the end of time. Meanwhile, our Christian hope should inspire us to realize that we can and should labor a diminution of the Church's imperfections and sinfulness, and a greater participation in the Church's realized eschatology, that is, a greater sharing, here and now, in that life which will be fully possessed only in eternity.
Christian hope, which is both personal and ecclesial, is also cosmic. We hope not only that we ourselves as well as the entire Christian community will be assimilated to Christ more intimately now, but also that we will finally possess him perfectly in eternity. What is more, we also hope that all mankind as well as the whole of creation will evolve closer to the Omega Point—Christ himself. St. Paul reminds us of this cosmic dimension of Christian hope: "Creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but by him who once subjected it; yet not without hope, because the world itself will be freed from its slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. Yes, we know that all creation groans and is in agony even until now. Not only that, but we ourselves, although we have the Spirit as first fruits, groan inwardly while we await the redemption of our bodies. In hope we were saved. But hope is not hope if its object is seen; how is it possible for one to hope for what he sees? And hoping for what we cannot see means awaiting it with patient endurance" (Rom 8:20-25).
Love is the Christian virtue. Jesus himself has summarized Christianity in terms of love; all the other virtues variously serve love's purpose. We want to be somebody—persons of real significance. Perhaps we think such a desire is egotistic and unbecoming for Christians; however, this is simply not true if our desires for greatness are actually authentic.
Jesus, in his own manner of life, has vividly pointed out to all of us where true greatness lies. He tells us to seek greatness, but not to be deceived about what greatness truly is. Christ dealt with the powerful and the wealthy, but he was not awed by them. As God, he is, of course, infinitely greater than they; even as man, however, Christ realized that he far surpassed them, for he knew that the Father had made his humanity perfect with the fullness of grace. But Jesus chose not to surround his greatness with any trappings. He was born into this world in poverty and simplicity and was looked down upon as a Nazarene of no social status, yet he stands out as a giant of greatness.
It is possible for a person to possess true greatness along with riches and social status—although this is no easy task—but no one is great because of these. A person is great because of the manner in which his or her true internal greatness allows him or her to properly use both riches and social status. Christ tells us this—namely, that a person is great not because of what he or she possesses, not because of social status, nor because he or she is admired by the crowds, nor even primarily because of great works he or she might accomplish, but simply because of what he or she is. Great works, if they are authentically great, are possible because of the innate greatness of the person who achieves them. They are incarnation, in other words, or an externalization of the primary greatness that is the person himself or herself.
Christ's greatness as man, then, was the innate greatness of his humanity. His greatness was the fullness and perfection of a truly human life—a life that was elevated above its mere naturalness to the life of grace. Christ as man possessed this life of grace in its fullness as a result of his human nature's close union with the divine person, the Word. Christ's greatness was not an isolated greatness; rather, it was a greatness that existed in relationships of love.
Jesus' life was a life of love. He mightily loved his Father and his fellow humans. The poverty, the hiddenness, the disappointments, the accomplishments, the weariness, the joy and the happiness, the pain and the agony—all that constituted the earthly life of Christ was experienced and lived out within the framework of love. Jesus was the great man that he was because he was a great lover. He loved in everything he did—tenderly, manfully, with understanding and sympathy. He loved with complete devotedness and a deep, sincere concern for the individual. He loved with a passion for that which was true and beautiful and good. He loved with a complete conformity to his Father's will. He loved always and completely. He loved with a gift of himself, always pouring himself out, even to the point of death. He gave himself in love to the Father and to us until there was no more to give. This was the poignant beauty of Christ's life. That was his greatness, a greatness that was centered in love. He was a giant of greatness because of what he was—a tremendous lover.
We can be tempted to reject this marvelous example of Christ. We can seek our greatness and fulfillment in a manner that necessarily results in disappointment; we can strive after greatness in ways that God does not intend. These wayward wanderings, however, result in a feeling of dissatisfaction and frustration. If we follow these false leads, we will eventually come to realize that they have betrayed us. Indeed, these wayward wanderings possess the potential for nothing but betrayal, because they are not rooted in Christ and his way of life—the way to true personal greatness.
We must incessantly remind ourselves of the example that Jesus has given us. We must deepen our realization that our fundamental greatness consists primarily in what we are, and we are to the extent we love both God and others. St. Paul, in his own inimitable way, tells us of this: "If I speak with human tongues and angelic as well, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong, a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and, with full knowledge, comprehend all mysteries, if I have faith great enough to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give everything I have to feed the poor and hand over my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing" (1 Cor 13:1-3). Our greatness, then, lies in our relating in love to both God and our fellow humans—yes, even those whom we will never know or see directly, but whom our love can nevertheless reach out and touch because of our union with Christ. With Christ, there are no space barriers, and, therefore, uniting our love to his can unite us to people the world over.
We grow as Christians both through a life that is centered in love and within the milieu of the human condition. This is the only framework we have for achieving our greatness or true personality, and consequently, we must not shirk the human condition. Jesus did not shirk it, but rather accepted it and manifested his greatness within it, despite the pain and even agony that the human condition at times heaped upon him. It is true that Jesus could rejoice during the course of his life because of the goodness, sincerity, and response of some of those with whom he dealt. The love that Mary and Joseph showered on Jesus, for instance, no doubt gave him great joy. During his life, however, Jesus often suffered because of the evil side of men and women—their pettiness, cowardice, insensitivity, selfishness, egotism. In other words, Jesus suffered at the hands of others because they were not what they should have been. Nonetheless, these experiences did not thwart the greatness of Jesus; he was always what he should have been despite the limitations of the human condition that surrounded him. Jesus was always the tremendous lover, and he loved even at those times when it was very painful to do so.
Our own greatness in Christ, our own growth as Christians, can develop smoothly and joyfully because, from time to time, we experience the goodness and love within the hearts of others, and this makes it easy for us to love as we should. Sometimes, however, the less wholesome side of both humanity and the human condition crowds in upon us, and we find it rather difficult to go on loving as we should. In the same way that Christ suffered because of others, we, too, as we try to love, suffer because of others. We suffer because others do not always understand us—this can be true even of those who dearly love us. We suffer because some do not appreciate what we do for them—and sometimes what we do exacts great personal cost. We suffer because others either reject us or make us the objects of their meanness and selfishness. We suffer because there are some who ignore us. At times we suffer so much that we are tempted to quit loving as we know we should. We are tempted to withdraw from the pain of giving ourselves in love into an egotistic enclosure of self-seeking, where, we think, we will no longer suffer at the hands of others—or at least we will not suffer so much. To surrender to such a temptation, however, is to forget what Christian greatness really is—namely, a life of love for God and man, a love that does not shrink from the pain that results from loving in an imperfect world, a love that is meant to become greater and more selfless regardless of the way others might treat us. Love, then, accepts both the joy and the pain of life and carries on under both conditions.
Another characteristic of this highest Christian virtue is its concentration upon the present—love is now. Love is more concerned with the present than it is with the past or the future. Although love does not fail to give proper attention to either the past or the future, its main emphasis is upon the present.
We are past-persons, present-persons, and future-persons; however, we are mostly present-persons. The past, after all, is forever gone—we cannot bring it back and relive it. We can learn from past mistakes and otherwise profit through a proper reflection on the past; however, we must not allow our legitimate recollections of the part of life that has passed us by to deteriorate into morbid preoccupations concerning what has been, but now is no more. We must think of the future and properly plan so that we will enter the days ahead reasonably prepared for various eventualities. Thinking about future goals can also spur our present enthusiasm and endeavors; however, to live too much in the future is a detriment to present achievement. Excessive thought about the future dilutes the energy we should be expending on the present.
Love is now. The more love matures, the more it concentrates upon the present. Love welcomes each day with a fresh joy and a renewed gratitude to God for the opportunity to once again be and become for him and for others. Love realizes that it does not fully possess the past or the future—it can only fully grasp the present, and it loathes to waste any of the preciousness that "the now" offers.
Love is gentle, love is tender. Love is sensitive to the gentleness in nature; it is moved by the softness of the freshly fallen white snow, the coolness of an autumn breeze tenderly stroking the brow, and the softness of the grass in May-time greenness. Much more important, love is sensitive to the needs for gentleness, for tenderness, in human affairs. Consequently, love gently comforts the grief-stricken parents of a child so tragically and suddenly snatched away in death; love gently encourages those to whom life seems hopeless; love sensitively tends to the needs of those who are so often and so easily forgotten; love rejoices in the tender embrace of a black boy and a white boy in their prejudice-free playfulness. Yes, the gentleness of love manifests itself in these and in many other ways, and, in so doing, imitates the gentleness, the tenderness, of Jesus himself. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, murderess of prophets and stoner of those who were sent to you! How often have I yearned to gather your children, as a mother bird gathers her young under her wings, but you refused me" (Mt 23:37).
The fact that love is gentle does not mean that it is not strong. It is precisely this, and the blend between its tenderness and its strength constitutes a facet of its attractiveness. Love is strong in many ways: It is not discouraged by the evil in the world that threatens to thwart the accomplishment of love's goals; it realizes that the strength of goodness is mightier that the force of evil, and that, ultimately, love wins out. Love is also strong in bearing with the temporary failures that are experienced in the pursuit of its purpose. Although love may be disappointed, it nevertheless realizes that the only failure it cannot conquer would be love's refusal—love's failure—to go on loving, and true love will never quit. Love is strong in its willingness to take the necessary means to achieve its goals, even though this might entail great personal cost, or cause misunderstanding or even hurt among those who are the recipients of this love.
Love is not jealous. It is, of course, tempted to jealousy, but true love refuses to yield. Love is not jealous of another person's affections, nor is it jealous of another person's talents. Love always realizes the important distinction between one's jealous feelings, which cannot always be willed away, and one's will, which can refuse to consent to the evil suggestions of jealous feelings.
Love is secure. A person who properly loves is in touch with his or her true self and realizes that he or she is tremendously loved by God. The person who properly loves feels secure in his or her exercise of love toward others. He or she feels secure enough to extend love towards others in various ways, even in those relationships in which little or no love is returned. In doing so, however, this person loves prudently and appropriately. That is to say, he or she does not try to force the love of friendship upon a person who does not seem to want this type of love, but rather, will love that person with a different, more appropriate love.
Closely allied to love's feeling secure is love's intuition in realizing the evils of possessiveness. Feeling reasonably secure of his or her self, the authentic lover does not try to possess the persons whom he or she loves, but leaves the other free. In fact, authentic love for the other makes the other more free and helps the other to grow in all ways—including growth along the paths of real freedom. The authentic lover leaves the other free to grow in all sorts of ways, to relate to other people, and to undertake new things—activities that might well make the loved one much less accessible.
Love is contemplative. It realizes it must sustain and develop a contemplative awareness of reality if it is to love properly. To relate in love to reality as we should means that, first, we must view reality according to its true nature; that is, we must see things according to our faith vision. Jesus has left us with this proper view of God, man, and the rest of creation. Jesus has told us both how to relate to God and his creation, and how to love. This faith vision must be consistently actualized through a contemplative or prayerful awareness of the people, events, and circumstances that are a part of our daily lives. If we fail, for example, to see people as they really are in their core existence—namely, created and redeemed by God's love—and, instead, allow ourselves to be absorbed by more superficial aspects of their persons, then we will not love them as we should.
Love seeks, therefore, a certain degree of solitude in order to nourish this contemplative attitude. A person cannot hope to exercise a contemplative awareness throughout the myriad and often complex happenings of daily existence unless there are periods of withdrawal during which he or she can drink more deeply of the wisdom that contemplation offers. A person must conquer the temptation that deceitfully suggests that the seeking of solitude is a selfish desire to flee the pain of human encounter. Authentic solitude is never selfish; rather, authentic solitude is a renewed opportunity for refurbishing both one's contemplative vision and one's determination to love more maturely according to this perspective.
Love knows what love really is, and this awareness is a result of love's contemplative thrust. One of the truths that emanates from the act of contemplation is the realization of what actually constitutes true love. This is no small accomplishment, for, despite the numberless volumes that have been written about love, one can still have only a blurred idea of what it really is. Love is the gift of self to promote the authentic good of the one or ones who are loved. The manner in which the gift of self is made is commensurate with the type of relationship. A doctor gives himself or herself to his or her spouse in one way, to his or her children in another, to his or her patients in yet another way, and to his or her friends in a way that is still further differentiated. Whatever way the gift of self is made, however, it has the same basic goal in mind—namely, to promote the real good of the other. Love realizes that it is not always easy to discern what really promotes the true good of the other; however, despite this difficulty, love is aware of its true identity—love, in short, knows what love really is.
Love is reconciliatory and integrative. Love hates divisiveness. It knows the difference between diversity and divisiveness. It knows that healthy diversity reflects the varied richness of human existence and is something to be desired. It knows, too, that divisiveness is the sworn enemy of community; divisiveness perniciously eats away at those bonds of love and union that are meant to unite the members of God's human family. Love, consequently, works to promote the integrative process that harmonizes human persons and human events according to God's holistic plan, a plan in which the numerous and richly diversified parts become increasingly beautiful the more they contribute to the health and functioning of the whole.
Love is trusting. Regarding a person's relationship with God, this attitude of trust grows in proportion to the atmosphere of love; as one grows in the realization of how much God loves him or her, and responds with a love of his or her own, trust in God matures and is a dominant facet of one's daily existence. A serenity of spirit becomes more obvious as the person grows in the awareness of both how much God cares and how supportive his loving embrace is, come what may.
This attitude of trust also characterizes one's relationship with others. One who is properly loving is not naive or oblivious to the fact that one can be needlessly hurt by others, that one's trust in others can be betrayed. On the contrary; one who is properly loving realizes that there is certainly an evil side to mankind, but nevertheless prefers to concentrate on the basic goodness of the human heart. This positive focus allows a person to trust that people not only will frequently act according to this goodness but, as a matter of fact, will actually be encouraged to do so when they themselves are the recipients of a true and sincere love.
Love is also affirming. By the very fact that one loves another, the other is encouraged to be and to become according to his or her uniqueness. Being loved enhances a person's sense of worthwhileness. A person who is loved is encouraged to develop his or her uniqueness, to feel more at home with himself or herself, and to accomplish further the special mission in life that only he or she can fulfill.
Love is not afraid to love too much. Sometimes people who deeply love a child or a spouse or a friend wonder if it is wise to love another so much. The fragility of existence is manifest, and the newspapers alone daily remind us how suddenly and unexpectedly loved ones can be taken away. Or, if death is not the event that severely wounds the heart of the lover, other circumstances can inflict the pain that results from a deep love, not the least of which is the perception that the one who is loved so deeply does not return the love at all. There are various reasons, consequently, why a person can wonder if it is possible to love another too much.
Jesus himself gives us the answer to this question. He has told us to love and to grow in love; it is impossible, then, to love others too much. We must be careful, however, to distinguish true love from elements of nonauthentic love. Nonauthentic love can cause all sorts of problems; one difficulty is the desire to wrongfully possess the loved one, a desire that can lead one to feel that he or she has loved too much when the desire is frustrated. Another problem that results from nonauthentic love is the misconception that love has failed either when it is not reciprocated, or when it is not reciprocated to the degree that it itself has loved, and, therefore, should never have been extended in the first place. It is also important to realize that authentic love, even when it is growing, can change its form in relation to a particular person. What was once romantic love, for example, can change to a love of friendship, or to that general type of love for neighbor that we should have for everyone. Consequently, although it is possible to say that a person can love another too much with the love of friendship if this is the inappropriate form, it is not possible to say that a person can love another excessively according to the more general form of love of neighbor.
Love is patient. Love realizes that, for the most part, the growth of God's kingdom occurs at a very gradual pace. Sometimes this growth process seems almost to halt, and a person wonders if the efforts of love are actually producing any effects. Patience conquers this temptation, however, and enables love's work to continue. Patience, consequently, helps prevent the waste of talent in the work of the kingdom. It seems that certain talented people have never realized their potential in promoting Christ's cause precisely because they were not patient enough with others and themselves. Patience is a virtue that is not much discussed, but is nevertheless extremely necessary.
Love is not proud, is not egotistical. Love is interested, of course, in the self and the good of the self. The authentic lover, however, realizes that the love of one's true self is based on the awareness that one has been created and redeemed by God's love, that one has been endowed with various gifts by the creator, and that these gifts are to be exercised in the loving service of God and mankind. Love, then, does not become selfishly proud in its accomplishments; rather, love realizes both that God is the ultimate source of personal accomplishments, and that one can achieve only what God helps a person to accomplish. Love is very much aware of Jesus' words that, without him, we can do nothing.
Love is both universal and specific. Love is universal in that it excludes no one; for example, it includes all mankind in its prayers. Love is very much aware, however, that one can say he or she loves mankind, but be sadly lacking when it comes to manifesting love in various ways according to the concrete setting of everyday. True love, then, does not shy away from the painful aspects of loving specific individuals in definite, concrete circumstances. Admittedly, such a service of love can be difficult, demanding, and unattractive in certain ways. Personality flaws in others, or particular personalities that are not attractive to the one who is trying to be of help, or indifference, or even hostility on the part of those one strives to serve—these and other realities are a true test of a person's willingness to concretely implement his or her avowal that he or she indeed does love his neighbor as the Lord commands.
Love is what it is all about. Jesus himself has told us this. We are and we become Christians to the extent that we love. Love gives meaning to our lives; it is the motivating force that allows us to endure the boredom of prosaic everydayness, and it is also the motivating factor that enables us to undertake the magnanimous, namely, that which tries our creative and staying power to the utmost. Love allows us to dream dreams; it also gives us the courage to implement these dreams in concrete achievement despite the fear, the anxiety, the pain, and the weariness that we experience along the way. Love allows us to bear with the ugliness of evil in the world; it also allows us to see that, despite this ugliness, the truth, the beauty, and the goodness of God's creation is even more manifest. Love accomplishes all this and much more; it is for all seasons and for all circumstances. Love is now.
Prudence is that virtue which governs us in making the proper decisions in the exercise of our Christian life. It aims at using the proper means to express our love of God and man. Prudence governs the seeking of God's will in all the areas of one's Christian existence; it is a guiding virtue of the entire spiritual life. The importance of prudence is obvious, and it rightfully holds the first place among all the moral virtues. Although it is not as important as the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love, its influence also extends to these virtues, for prudence tells us how to exercise faith, hope, and love as well as all the other virtues.
Prudence is meant to influence every aspect of our participation in the mystery of Christ; it guides us on the best course to avoid sin. Among other means, it bids us to learn from the past. Prudence urges us to ask, What were the circumstances that led me to fail in love through this or that sin? Even when there is no question of sin, prudence still leads us to learn from the past mistakes that have hindered us from making a greater contribution to the Church and the world.
Prudence is always our guide as we strive to more perfectly put on Christ through positive action. What state of life does God wish me to undertake? What kind of work does he desire of me within that vocation? Here and now should I pray or engage in some external service for my neighbor? Among the various forms 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 concerned for my health or not sufficiently concerned? Prudence helps us answer these and all other questions concerning the Christ-life.
Some people have a misconceived idea of what prudence is. They think that prudence is merely an attitude of caution, an instinct that always leads us to take the safer path. True, prudence can lead us to choices of this nature, if God's will seems to indicate this type of action. Prudence, however, is also concerned with the bold and the daring, with taking risks, with magnanimous action, and again, the guiding principle is God's will. The prudent Christian will act boldly, daringly, or magnanimously if, after taking the proper means to discern the divine will, he or she decides that God is truly leading in such a direction.
The virtue that has traditionally been called justice bids us to give to others what is their due. We must respect the life, good name, and the property of another because they have rights concerning these values.
The world of work, professional service, and commerce also involves various applications of justice. The laborer must give an honest day's work, for example, and the employer is obligated to render a just wage. The teacher must realize his or her duty to students by both properly preparing his or her classes and by actively progressing in the knowledge of his or her field. The doctor must maintain proper medical knowledge in justice to those whom he or she serves. Manufacturers of goods as well as wholesale and retail sellers must establish just prices.
The Christian must also be aware of his or her obligations regarding the great social problems that plague both his or her own nation and other nations—the blatant evil of world poverty, which affects every country in the world to some degree; the grave problems that emanate from various kinds of racial prejudice and inequality; the many instances of injustice that our various social institutions are riddled with. The list of social problems could, of course, be extended much further. In fact, time may be running out. The seething social problems in the United States alone are constantly breaking out in various types of violence, and a cursory look at social problems elsewhere in the world indicates more of the same. The problem must be attacked through individual and collective effort in every reasonable way. Whatever opportunity the Christian's profession or work may offer for the promotion of social justice, it must be used to the utmost. As far as individual vocation, time, and energy allow, Christians should devote themselves to civic and Church organizations and other movements that are designed to prevent or cure social ills. Christianity has had its great social apostles in the past and, indeed, has them now, but they are too few in number. The world needs more, and we Christians have to make up for lost time. "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me" (Mt 25:35-36).
Christian courage, or fortitude, is that virtue which disposes us to face in a mature fashion whatever difficulties we encounter in Christ's service. The necessity of this virtue is evident from our inner experience; we have, in short, a tendency to shrink from that which either poses a difficulty or frightens us. Apparently, numerous Christians never develop as they should because they do not consistently confront the arduous when God's will leads in this direction.
We should not think that courage is usually to be exercised concerning matters of great moment. Like all the Christian virtues, courage customarily finds its expression within the prosaic framework of everydayness, which actually demands its own kind of courage. To properly confront the rather uneventful duties of our vocation day in and day out demands fortitude. All states of life face this challenge, and to evade the challenge is to thwart our growth in Christ.
At times, of course, courage must be exercised concerning matters of greater moment, such as the decision involving one's state of life. This type of decision can demand the greatest fortitude in certain instances. After the Christian has chosen a particular state of life, numerous occasions can arise that demand more than ordinary courage. It can be a question of choosing a particular type of work, for example, that might require financial and other sacrifices; however, the person perceives that God wishes him or her to choose this occupation and make the necessary sacrifices in order that he or she might implement the love of God and neighbor.
There are many other decision-making possibilities that can demand considerable, even great, courage. Those who hold important positions in the Church, in government, and in industry often make decisions that can affect the lives of many, even of millions. All too often, correct decisions are not necessarily popular ones, and those who have to decide in these momentous matters are aware of what true courage can demand.
There are other obvious areas for the application of the virtue of courage. Any committed Christian who seriously pursues the development of the spiritual life will, to some extent, experience interior trials of one kind or other. It might be a question of severe temptation, or dryness in prayer, or a seeming inability to pray at all, or an apparent darkening of faith, or the passive purifications that accompany certain mystical graces—there are numerous possibilities. Whatever form the difficulty may assume, however, the dedicated Christian realizes the need for courage.
These few examples of confronting the difficult in God's service could be experienced in any age of Christianity. Today, as we are well aware, we live in especially difficult times regarding both the Church and human society at large. To live in a changing Church is a difficult task no matter how optimistic we might be about the outcome. To try not to shy away from our part in the process of change and renewal, to maintain a sense of balance amid the considerable degree of confusion that has accompanied this change and renewal, to try to remain open and united in love with those in the contemporary Church whose thoughts and actions differ from our own—all this requires an uncommon degree of courageous dedication.
Added to the demands that today's Church makes on our courage is the fact that this Church is situated in a fast-paced, rapidly changing world; all the problems and difficulties that emanate from such a society affect the Church. The crucial and difficult issues facing modern men and women are staggering; Christians should not only assume their part of the burden, but also take the initiative. In conclusion, we can say without being guilty of an overstatement that the arduous challenges arising out of one's basic Christian vocation, out of the duties of his or her state of life, and out of the contemporary Church and world, makes Christian courage a most necessary virtue for living in the present age as God would have us.
The attitude of moderation, which has traditionally been termed the virtue of Christian temperance, allows us to properly relate to sense pleasure. God has both filled our world with all sorts of good things and given us the capacity to enjoy these. He 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 would become soft and selfish, given over too much to the persistent pursuit of pleasure and hedonistic self-satisfaction rather than properly directed to the loving service of God and man. Because of the intensely attractive power of that which is pleasurable, a person can quickly become less than human without the control of temperance.
There is an aspect of temperance, or moderation, that is frequently overlooked—the temperate person enjoys the pleasurable more than does the person who is intemperate. The intemperate person is actually a slave to his or her desires. These desires, to the degree that they are inordinate, are cut off from the rational control of the intellect and will and, consequently, become insatiable. Because these desires can never be satisfied, therefore, the person who capitulates to them actually gets less enjoyment from what is pleasurable. Grace does not destroy nature, but brings it to a perfection or fulfillment that it could not otherwise attain. Our God-given capacity to enjoy what is pleasurable actually is enhanced by the virtue of moderation.
The attitude of moderation is particularly necessary for us because we live in an affluent society. We have at our disposal many forms of pleasure and recreation; current trends toward a shorter work week will increasingly afford us time to enjoy these activities. Consequently, Christians today possess a special opportunity to develop a theology of play and leisure, and a sense of temperance, or moderation, will aid in both developing such a theology and in integrating it with the theology of work and service.
Humility is both the realization of what we are as creatures of God and the concrete implementation of this realization in our Christian lives. Humility, therefore, is not an exercise in self-depreciation; it is not telling yourself that you are no good, that you really have nothing of any significance to contribute to the service of God. Humility is truth. It is compatible with the recognition that God has given a person certain gifts, even great gifts, of nature and grace. If we do not recognize our God-given gifts, we do not thank God for them as we should, nor properly develop these gifts according to his will. God wants us not only to recognize the good that is in us, but also to realize the source of this goodness. Although we have a responsibility to cooperate with his graces, God is the one who is chiefly responsible for what we are. If one person has advanced to a level in the Christian life that is beyond the level of another, it is ultimately because God has given that person greater graces. It is evident, then, why Mary, the mother of Jesus and our mother, is an excellent example of true humility. She realized both her greatness and the source of that greatness. In Mary's song of thanksgiving—the Magnificat—we read:
My being proclaims the greatness of
my spirit finds joy in God my
For he has looked upon his servant in
all ages to come shall call me
God who is mighty has done great
things for me,
holy is his name
If humility is truth and, consequently, allows us to properly recognize our gifts, it also necessitates that we admit to the evil within us, which is also part of the truth and must be acted upon. Humility not only bids us to admit that there is evil in us, but also tells us that, as creatures of God, we should conform to his will and work against this evil side of our persons. In summary, humility allows us to properly evaluate both the good and evil within ourselves.
Because humility is the realization of the implications of our creaturehood, it helps us to accept the human condition with all its ramifications. One aspect of the human condition is that we occasionally suffer because of the limitations and sinfulness of others. To rebel in these situations is a failure to realize what it means to be part of the human condition, a failure to relate to reality, a failure in humility. Christ, the sinless one, the perfect one, suffered tremendously because of the human condition, but he did not rebel. He realized what it meant to be a human being—namely, that one must accept the fact that at times one is going to suffer because of the evil in others. Christ did not flinch; as human being, he fully accepted his creaturehood with all its ramifications. He was truly humble.
Another sign of humility is one's willingness to live out the various implications of being a social person. A proud person is a falsely independent person who, in various ways, refuses to admit his or her social dimension, namely, that he or she needs others. A proud person also tends to refuse to admit his or her obligation to help others. To be available to others in their manifold needs demands a price, and a proud person, who is closed in upon his or her own self-interest is often not willing to pay this price. Whether it is a question of receiving from others or giving to them, humility helps to remind us of the truth of John Donne's classic observation that "no man is an island."
Humility also bids a person to accept himself or herself as coming forth from the creative hand of God. God has given each of us certain fundamental talents that can be great, but can also be ordinary. God has also given each of us a certain basic temperament and personality, and we must realize that he leads us on in Christian holiness according to this fundamental structure. This is not to say that we are not to improve upon our essential structure; it is rather to say that we are not to strive to become what God does not intend us to be.
Humility likewise leads a person to seek and fulfill the task in life that God has appointed for him or her. To act in this way is to exercise humility because it manifests a realization of what it means to be God's creature. We cannot always be as sure of our role in life as we would like. If we utilize prayer and the other means that are available, however, we can be as certain as God wants us to be, and this is what matters. Within this God-given role, we should strive to give our reasonable best each day despite the possible monotony, frustration, or hiddenness of our work. We must give our attention primarily to the task of the present. At times, a lack of humility can tempt us to live too much in the past or too much in the future (other causes are admittedly possible). To fail to properly live in the present can mean that we are dissatisfied with the tasks and circumstances that God's providence, here and now, puts before us. If this is the truth of the matter, it means that we are failing to some extent to act as creatures before our Creator; it is to fail in humility. It is appropriate that we conclude these remarks concerning humility by listening to St. Paul speak of Jesus:
Your attitude must be that of Christ.
Though he was in the form of God,
he did not deem equality with God
something to be grasped at.
Rather, he emptied himself
and took the form of a slave,
being born in the likeness of men.
He was known to be of human estate,
and it was thus that he humbled
obediently accepting even death,
death on a cross!
(End of Excerpt from Response to God's Love)
A rosary can be used to pray for healing. It is powerful to unite our prayers to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and pray through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of Clearwater.
In times of trouble, for special prayer, we can use our rosary and pray as follows.
A Rosary for Healing or for Someone with Cancer.
On one Hail Mary bead or as many as you desire, say:
May God heal through the intercession of Our Lady of Clearwater in union with the Mass and all the Masses being celebrated around the world.
Pray the Hail Mary or Hail Mary's then pray this after the Hail Mary.
May the cancer be uprooted and thrown into the sea.
We believe with all our hearts.
After the Glory Be pray the following petition.
May be healed through the intercession of Our Lady of Clearwater if it be the holy will of God.
|Note: You can look at Mary on the image rosary while you pray this rosary.|
Note: The above section can be printed out from a PDF file, and you can pray the rosary looking at the pictures.
Messenger: ALL APOSTLES THAT CAN COME ON DECEMBER 17, 2000 TO FLORIDA 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARY'S APPARITION ON THE BUILDING IN CLEARWATER, FLORIDA.
Messenger: Mary wants the Red Rosary Book printed. It will cost $12,000 - $14,000 to get them reprinted. We are out of Red Rosary books. Mary has asked us to always circulate them. They go with the apparition in Florida.
Can you help with the printing of the new Blue Rosary Book Volume II of Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary?
Messenger: CAN YOU HELP US BY GIVING US ROSARIES FOR THE SCHOOLS REQUESTING THEM?
Mary speaks: PLEASE MAKE WALTER'S ROSARIES. THE SCHOOLS WANT ROSARIES AND THERE ARE NOT ANY ROSARIES LEFT.
Messenger: Pray for Perry.
Prayer List for apostles for interior use in the Movement. Pray hourly.
Spread the Blood of Jesus on everyone, consecrate their hearts, cast the devil out, pray for coming of the Holy Spirit in a special way for all people involved on this list.
Pray Father Carter is healed through Our Lady of Clearwater.
Pray for Father Carter's doctors.
Please pray for one new very important intention.
Pray for all involved in buying the building.
Pray for designated priests, Fr. Mike, Fr. Smith, Fr. Ken, all priests involved in the Imprimaturs translations including all bishops. Pray for Fr. Joe, Bishop Ed, Fr. Don, Father at Tuesday Masses, Fr. Tom, Fr. Bill, all priests involved with Walter, Fr. Hagee and special priests.
Pray for Father's sister Merle, for all of us servants, handmaids, apostles and vocations to all 7 categories.
Pray for the elections.
Pray for an audience with the Pope.
Pray for all Jesuits involved, all those over us. Pray for the 4 urgent intentions.
Pray for the rights to the books.
Pray for the process of getting Father's books on the Internet.
Pray for money to reprint the books.
Pray for the Imprimatur on the Priestly Newsletter Book II.
Pray we can send it to all bishops and Jesuits.
Pray for Perry and family and discernment.
Pray for all sub-centers and all out-of-state rosaries.
Pray for the sisters' mailing, nursing home mailing, bus mailing.
Pray for Rosary Factory.
Pray for Genevieve's daughter and Sheila's mom and Jerry's dad, Bernice's daughter.
Pray for Paul and Joan discernment.
Pray for all book covers.
Pray for B & M and Tina and Terry, all printing jobs, companies involved.
Pray for 5th, the 13th, the 17th.
Pray for the Internet team and the daily messages.
Pray for building up of Morrow, Ohio, Dale, Indiana, other sub-centers.
Pray for the Holy Spirit Center and all involved.
Pray for all our families, children in school, college mailing.
Pray for lots of rosary makers and rosaries for the schools.
Pray for funds and grace.
Pray for Paul C., Margaret Mary, Steve and Sheila, Monica, Angie, Marian, Cathy, Joe, Nick, Mary, Emily, Joe, Doris, Glaci, Dunkers, Joan R., Morgan, Mark, Walter, Janice, Mike A., Margaret, Ron, and Harold, Tommie.
Pray for Fred doing the paper and all involved in priestly "start-up".
Please pray for all Shepherds of Christ children.
Pray for Victor's son, Michael and a girl missing.
(Please copy and pass out to family and friends.)
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.
Mary speaks: I appear to you as Our Mother of Sorrows.
(End of Mary's Message)
MY VALENTINE FOR JESUS AND MARY
AND THE WORLD
I _________________ give my heart to
You Jesus and Mary on this day
I promise to help spread the devotion to
the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Q: How do I feel my devotion to the Sacred Heart will help me to be a better lover to you?
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