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.

I appear my children on this former bank building in Florida, Our Lady Clothed with the Sun.

December 5, 1998

Jesus speaks: I appeared on the cross at the point of death December 5, 1996. I appear today in the hearts of men filled with light and longing to spread My light to the darkened world.

I am the Son of Justice, I am Jesus Christ. I am God, come to save a thankless race.

Oh how I wish you were either hot or cold, but you are lukewarm and I spit you from My mouth.

I want hearts that are deeply connected in their faith, that will live for Me and Me alone.

You will not commit--you are wishy-washy, whereas I want commitment and fervor.

Oh you will not decide, truly in your hearts, to give yourselves completely to God, that is your problem.

From the highest mountain will come the streams of life-giving water as priests consecrate their hearts to Our pure and holy Hearts and offer sacrifice.

The Mass is the Sacrifice of Calvary sacramentally made present.

Psalm 80:3,1

Verse 3
God, bring us back,
let your face shine on us and we shall be safe.

Verse 1
Shepherd of Israel, listen,
you who lead Joseph like a flock,
enthroned on the winged creatures, shine forth…

Isaiah 30:19-21

Yes, people of Zion living in Jerusalem,
you will weep no more.
He will be gracious to you
    when your cry for help rings out;
as soon as he hears it,
    he will answer you.
When the Lord has given you
    the bread of suffering
        and the water of distress,
he who is your teacher will hide no longer,
and you will see your teacher
with your own eyes.
Your ears will hear these words
    behind you,
'This is the way, keep to it,'
whether you turn to right or left.

Isaiah 30:23-26

He will send rain
    for the seed you sow in the ground,
and the bread that the ground provides
    will be rich and nourishing.
That day, your cattle will graze
    in wide pastures.
Oxen and donkeys that work the land
will eat for fodder wild sorrel,
spread by the shovel-load and fork-load.
On every lofty mountain,
    on every high hill
there will be streams and water-courses,
    on the day of the great slaughter
when the strongholds fall.
Then moonlight will be
    bright as sunlight
and sunlight itself be
    seven times brighter
--like the light of seven days in one--
on the day Yahweh dresses
    his people's wound
and heals the scars of the blows
    they have received.

Jesus speaks: Study the readings from Mass, Sunday, Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle A.

Question for married couples and those in other intimate relationships:

Q: How do I feel writing to you daily helps me to express the love in my heart?

This is not part of daily message but should appear after the daily message.

There are seven levels of commitment in the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

  1. There are Associates who gather and pray at least once monthly as a group and also help with donations to support the Shepherds of Christ priestly newsletter. They can be tremendously involved. They give as they feel they are able.
  2. Apostles are member who have restricted their apostolic activity to the Shepherds of Christ. They literally act as a body of lay people who have given their lives in their present living situation to do all that they can to bring about the Reign of the Sacred Heart and triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart.
  3. Prayer Apostles are often shut-ins, some are able to go to church and pray. They spend much of their lives praying for the Movement.
  4. Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus are those who spend at least two separate hours weekly before the Blessed Sacrament praying for the following:
    1. For the spread of the devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary culminating in the Reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
    2. For the Pope.
    3. For all bishops of the world.
    4. For all priests.
    5. For all sisters and brothers in the religious life.
    6. For all members of the Shepherds of Christ Movement, and for the spread of this Movement to the world.
    7. For all members of the Catholic Church.
    8. For all members of the human family.
    9. For all souls in purgatory.
    10. In that hour before the Eucharist they spend part of the time praying the Shepherds of Christ prayers and the rosary. The time can be spent with spouse or others, but most spend the time alone before the Eucharist.

  5. Handmaids of the Good Shepherd are young and older women who have given their lives in community primarily to pray for the Shepherds of Christ Movement and intentions and to be special spouses of Jesus. Some have more duties than others. All have the primary duty of prayer and the desire to be a special spouse of Our Lord. One of the functions of the handmaids is their involvement in praying for and helping to circulate the priestly newsletter. The handmaids are not members of a religious order.
  6. Servants of the Good Shepherd are men who live in community with a lifestyle and purpose similar to that of the handmaids. The servants are not members of a religious order.
  7. We wish to form a special congregation of priests who will realize their great oneness with Christ. They will be consecrated deeply to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and support the Shepherds of Christ Movement as holy priests.

Whatever one's level of commitment in the Shepherds of Christ Movement, all share in promoting the overall goal of the Movement. This goal is to help in the spiritual renewal of the Church and the world. All the varied ministries of the Movement are directed toward this purpose. The spirituality which the Shepherds of Christ Movement presents to its members and to those outside the Movement through its various ministries is very basic. This spirituality is explicitly Trinitarian and Christocentric. Our spirituality helps others, especially priests, to develop a very deep union with Jesus, this Jesus who leads us to the Father in the Holy Spirit with Mary at our side. Our spirituality is deeply Eucharistic. We stress very much participation in the Mass and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. We also emphasize the extremely important role of prayer in the spiritual life. Devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, especially consecration to Their Hearts, is also a most important and central element. We are very much interested in helping to bring the Fatima message to completion, a message which has consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary at its very core.

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