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December 22, 2006

December 23rd Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 6 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for December 23rd are Sorrowful.




Given December 21, 2006

Messenger:                The message of Christmas is love. A group of
                            people were to gather and do a task and there was
                            much joy, but sometimes tension can be felt before
                            and after.

                                The devil can tempt someone with tension —
                            unforgiveness to dump their tension on others —
                            provoking others as a bad habit.

                                What is Christmas? It is love. God so loved the
                            world He gave Himself — Jesus came to earth and took
                            on flesh — Jesus is love. Pure love. Jesus loves purely —
                            we can never even know how much God desires our love —
                            longing for our love, gratitude — giving Jesus ourselves
                            in love. We are to serve where God desires — we don't wear
                            ourselves out loving and loving, giving and giving and then in
                            exhaustion scream at someone, or be mean. We are
                            always prudent — living every moment discerning God's
                            will for us, not blocking others doing God's will for selfish
                            possessiveness. The best plan is God's plan.

                                Focusing on the other — not giving into selfish
                            ways of wanting to be served, loved and not
                            being like Christ to others —

                                A man never gave Christmas presents and wouldn't
                            open ones he got from his family. Why was he so selfish
                            it was some bad habit —

                                From our weakness of the garden we can become
                            so selfish. Say a man at work is constantly provoking
                            us —
because of his bad habits, unfinished wounds not

                                If God is calling us to do something — He can teach
                            us about true holiness in working with each other.
                            Peace comes in wanting God's will —
                            God loves us with His Divine love —
                            No person can ever satisfy our craving for love.

                                I want to make a picture of love in my life —
                            Then this only happens if I am loving — giving
                            and taking — focusing on others with love.

                                Did you ever see a little baby before they
                            cry they may stick out their bottom lip and just

                                Adults may not stick out their bottom lip and
                            wail, but may suppress the facial expressions
                            but be filled with anger to get a selfish way.

                            I want to paint a picture of love.
                            Look at Jesus in the stable —
                                     what do you see?    LOVE

                            Look at Jesus hanging on the cross and
                                        Mary below. What do you see?  LOVE

                            LOVE means we give
                                       we give to God and do His will —
                                       We act respectful to others —
                                       We don't walk into a room with
                                                   tension and wait until we
                                                   can make somebody mad to
                                                   relieve our tension —

                                       If we are tense — we must work on
                                             ourselves — not project it
                                             on someone else who is innocent.

                            FIGHTING — ARGUMENTATION
                                can very likely be a habit for power
                                emotional control can be a habit for power —

                            Doing God's will in love pleases God —
                                          we have a life to learn this.

                                A man was so angry and he would come in
                            and project his anger on innocent others. When
                            asked why he picked fights he said "I'm not
                            angry — you are the one."

                                Owning our moods is a key to peace —

                                If I say I don't feel good — then I have
                                    begun the process of dealing with
                                    the feelings.

                                A person who is tense — all the time —
                                   picking fights
                                   looking for control
                                   has a problem —
                                   if they single out a significant other       
                                      and get away with it — they will
                                      use this person for relief whenever
                                      they are tense —

                                You say "Oh, that isn't fair —
                                        no — and 10 years later they may
                                        be more deceptive about their anger —
                                        inside and trying more to project their hidden
                                        pain on an innocent other.

                                What is Christmas about —
                                         It is about the love of the Christ Child
                                         The more we go to the sacraments,
                                                pray, consecrate our hearts
                                                the more we are filled with grace —

                                        We must learn to love —
                                              to love means to give —
                                              to love doesn't mean — I act to get
                                              stuff back from you —
                                              I do it to give because it is
                                                God's will.


1 Corinthians 13: 4-13

Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offence or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes.

Love never comes to an end. But if there are prophecies, they will be done away with; if tongues, they will fall silent; and if knowledge, it will be done away with. For we know only imperfectly, and we prophesy imperfectly; but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will done away with. When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and see things as a child does, and think like a child; but now that I have become a adult, I have finished with all childish ways. Now we see only reflections in a mirror, mere riddles, but then we shall be seeing face to face. Now, I can know only imperfectly; but then I shall know just as fully as I am myself known.

As it is, these remain: faith, hope, and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love.


Messenger:             Look at the story of the Christ Child.
                              Love is Giving.
                                After the garden they blamed each
                                            other for their sin.







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