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 11p.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.

February 21, 2004

February 22nd Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 6 Period I.
The Novena Rosary Mysteries for
February 22nd are Glorious


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.



Schedule for February 22, 2004

4:00 a.m. - Mass

4:37 a.m. - The Stations of the Cross

4:58 a.m. - Songs from Jesus

5:51 a.m. - The Seven Sorrows

6:05 a.m. - Songs

6:20 a.m. - 6:20 prayers led by Father Carter
                 Holy Spirit Novena
                 Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual

7:24 a.m. - Nursing Home #1

8:05 a.m. - Response to God's Love ch.1

9:03 a.m. - Soothing Mary Songs

9:30 a.m. - Mass celebrated by Father Carter
                    July 5, 2000

10:20 a.m. - Mysteries of Light October 24, 2002

11:00 a.m. - Sorrowful Rosary January 26, 1995

12:17 p.m. - Songs

12:28 p.m. - Choose Life

1:30 p.m. - Songs to Mary

2:49 p.m. - Sorrowful Rosary Aves

3:20 p.m. - The Stations of the Cross

3:42 p.m. - Songs

4:00 p.m. - Mass

4:37 p.m. - Mary's Message

4:45 p.m. - Consecration

6:17 p.m. - Songs from Jesus

6:20 p.m. - 6:20 prayers led by Father Carter
                 Holy Spirit Novena
                 Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual

7:24 p.m. - Tell My People

8:55 p.m. - Spanish Rosary July 15, 1995
                    led by Fernando

9:43 p.m. - The Stations of the Cross

10:04 p.m. - Retreat Theme and Songs

11:24 p.m. - Newsletter 1999 Issue 4 
                    (God With Us)

12:52 a.m. - Live Rosary February 13, 1997

2:15 a.m. - Songs - piano only

3:07 a.m. - Glorious Rosary Aves

3:39 a.m.- Children praying the 
                    Shepherds of Christ prayers

3:58 a.m. - Prayer before the
                    Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

4:00 a.m. - Mass



The next apostle, associate,
Shepherds of Christ / St. Ignatius Retreat
will be April 12, 2004 (at night)
thru April 16, 2004



Excerpt from January 7, 2004

Messenger:        Hosea —
                                Remember the words to the song, Hosea
                                "Trees do bend though straight and tall"
                                Balance —
                                    Balance in everything —
                                    St. Ignatius in the Spiritual Exercises
                                        starts with the discernment of spirits.

                                In the Reign of the Sacred Heart men will
                                    live according to God's will.
                                How do we know God's will?
                                We pray to God, we pray to the Holy Spirit,
                                    we give ourselves purely to God,
                                    abandoning preconceived ideas and
                                    we let God work in our hearts
                                    to reveal His will to us.

                                If a person is dominated by pride,
                                If a person is jealous,
                                If a person is willful, disobeying
                                    their superiors —
                                Their actions after searching themselves
                                    are tainted —
                                They very may will not arrive at a correct
                                    decision inside of themselves what
                                    God's will is for them.

                                The more we let go of inordinate attachments,
                                    the more we give ourselves to the pure
                                    Hearts of Jesus and Mary —
                                    the more we will be accurate in
                                    doing God's will.

                                A person can be so set in doing what they
                                    want, trying to do a certain thing
                                    they tell themselves they are doing God's will
                                    and in fact it may not be God's will at all,
                                    just their will to do what they want.

                                A person was told by their superior to do a certain
                                    task. All the time they were at the task they
                                    were thinking of their own pre-given job,
                                    finally instead of doing as they were told,
                                    they found someone else and left the job
                                    given to them.

                                In their mind they were used to arguing with
                                    superiors to do what they wanted, they
                                    continually justified why what they wanted
                                    to do was right, finally they were so
                                    convinced of doing what they wanted they
                                    didn't even obey, they manipulated others
                                    to free themselves to do their own will.

                                A person being led by the devil to perform
                                    tasks compulsively against the will of
                                    those in authority — can become worse
                                    and worse in their willfulness.

                                The old forms of convents as when saints
                                    had superiors that directed them for a
                                    common purpose to promote God's Kingdom
                                    may look as if they will soon be
                                    extinct, but Our Lord has told me
                                    these sisters and brothers are a vital
                                    part of serving the Church in some
                                    special ministries and they need to be

                                In a world, as it is today, the devil has tried
                                    to weaken obedience. The devil tempts
                                    children to rise above their parents,
                                    the devil works through media and television
                                    to move people to think obedience to
                                    superiors, those over us, is not too

                                I love Saint Ignatius Spiritual Exercises
                                    and the discernment of spirits.

                                The devil is real
                                The devil is a prowling lion —
                                The devil works in people's mind trying to deceive as
                                    Jesus speaks of in the Blue Books.

                                What I have seen since I have been in the Movement,
                                    is how secret the devil is —
                                    — how cunning to deceive —
                                    how he works in the mind many times
                                    of those who isolate, when God
                                    has called a person to community
                                    life, the devil may tempt an
                                    individual to live a very private
                                    life concealing things from superiors
                                    and trying to convince themselves
                                    what they are doing is God's will and
                                    they should secretly do it above
                                    their superiors — this is not to say
                                    that everything done the superior's
                                    do not know about is wrong.
                                    What makes it wrong is when the
                                    individual uses an institution as a front to
                                    draw people to them and then hides this
                                    involvement with those they have connected
                                    with from the institution conducting an
                                    illicit operation on their own under the
                                    auspicious of the institution.

                                    In the Shepherds of Christ Fr. Carter
                                discerned ALL communication with priests,
                                bishops etc. Anyone who writes for Shepherds of Christ
                                were instructed they were to do so, only after he approved
                                all communication.

                                    Today I am the one messenger left. We
                                follow the rules Fr. Carter set down. John, the president
                                of Shepherds of Christ, always showed Fr. Carter
                                his letters, Father Carter always discerned them carefully.

                                    Today the main letters we write are
                                approved by me and then given to a Catholic
                                priest who discerns the letters. He is
                                knowledgeable of all the problems,
                                issues and plan of the Movement and is
                                contacted daily for conversation and help.

                                    Anyone else contacting priests and
                                bishops, seminarians for the Shepherds of Christ,
                                without being designated by John or Rita,
                                is doing so without authority.

                                    Father Carter believed the discerned materials
                                were to speak for the Movement.

                                     Because the purity of the Movement is so
                                important we have maintained this policy
                                and the information about the Movement is given
                                in the discerned writings and books of Fr. Carter
                                and, myself, Rita Ring.

                                    Purity of writing coming from the Shepherds of Christ
                                is of the greatest importance. All materials,
                                daily messages, live broadcasts are discerned
                                by a Catholic priest. Fr. Carter insisted on this.

                                    Any servant and handmaid operating in the
                                Movement, signing their name ______, handmaid
                                of the Good Shepherd, ______, servant of the Good
                                Shepherd, does so because of approval
                                from those in authority and all writings
                                must be directed and discerned from the
                                main leaders and discerned by a priest.

                                    Anyone doing otherwise is violating the
                                wishes of Fr. Carter and of Jesus.

                                    There are so many discerned materials.

                                    The message of the Shepherds of Christ is in these
                                discerned messages.

                                    No one is to write freely about the Shepherds of Christ.
                                We have people answering the phones and speaking
                                at the Centers who are constantly trained in the
                                ways of the Movement. We do not operate
                                "willy-nilly" our Movement and our
                                ministries are these —
                                    directed by Our Lord —
                                    overseen by a Catholic priest


  2. PRAYER CHAPTERS praying for the priests and the renewal of the Church and the world.
  3. School Rosary Program and Junior Shepherds of Christ Ministry.
  4. Nursing Home Ministry.
  5. Special retreats and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
  6. Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
  7. Promoting the rosary to all, rosary meditations.
  8. Prison Ministry to promote prayer and spiritual renewal.
  9. Handmaids and Servants of the Good Shepherd.
  10. Audio/Video Departments (priestly newsletters on tape).
  11. Prayer books, newsletters, newsletter books, and other spiritual aids.


January 7, 2004 message continues

Messenger:                 Servants and handmaids and apostles are devoted
                                to the Shepherds of Christ Movement and limit their activities
                                to the activities of the Shepherds of Christ Movement.


                                    The discernment of spirits of St. Ignatius
                                are so important. The devil can tempt people in
                                prayer. The devil tempts people to be willful
                                over superiors, the devil tempts people to use
                                others without their authority.

                                    The devil is cunning, he works in secrecy,
                                he does not want his activities revealed, the
                                devil works in some in a noisy way, they
                                may be argumentative to do their own will
                                over authority.

                                    In the Reign of the Sacred Heart, people will
                                know God so deeply in their hearts and be able
                                to discern His will for them. The more people
                                are willful, selfish, jealous, prideful,
                                the more they will make a tainted judgment
                                of what God's will is for them.

                                    In order to have this great era of peace,
                                the Age of the Two Hearts, people must see
                                the light, they must let go of the attachments
                                that would make them make tainted decisions
                                about God's will for them.

                                    Ridding oneself of inordinate attachments
                                is the purpose of the retreats conducted in
                                China and these writings — to help lead the
                                soul into a most pure way of hearing inside
                                what God's will is for them.

                                    There will be tremendous harmony, unity,
                                holiness in the Reign of the Sacred Heart.

                                    We are praying for that purity for ourselves
                                and for the whole world.

                                    Mary appears, the pure and spotless virgin.
                                It is purity in the heart, purity of intention
                                that matters. On the outside we may not see the
                                willfulness and selfishness, but in the heart
                                these things are the motive force that
                                moves people to act.

                                    I write as God directs me in these writings
                                for the renewal of religious orders and the
                                purity of the hearts of His people. I write as
                                a messenger from God.

                                    God has given us the lives of the Saints to follow
                                but some fail to see who want to perform
                                willfully the deep elements of obedience to those
                                over them.

                                    Christ showed us obedience to His Father.



Excerpt from March 17, 1995 Rosary

Jesus: My love is burning and on fire for you. Do you see Me as I hang on the cross with My arms outstretched? I held on to nothing! I totally surrendered to the Will of the Father. I held nothing back. I gave My flesh and My blood. I was born in poverty in a stable and I died on the cross. I came to show you the way so that you might have life and have life to the full. Life is not life if it is not rooted in Me!


January 7, 2004 message continues

Jesus speaks:      

                                    I must tell you, that satan is noisy, he wants
                                disharmony, ...

                                    Think of the water rolling over the rocks
                                on a beautiful sunny day. There is the glistening
                                of the sun on the water, almost blinding, but
                                yet still pleasing to the eye — such precision —
                                such awesomeness, such beauty

                                    A violin has strings — it can be an
                                instrument of such beauty, but one whose
                                strings are loose cannot play a beautiful
                                tune, nor does one whose strings are too
                                tight —
                                    It is in the adjustment of strings, the type,
                                the fine tuning of a well trained violinist the
                                music is played with such beauty —

                                    Now I tell you of a man trying to tune
                                an instrument and over his shoulder is
                                the evil serpent doing all he can to make
                                havoc with the strings, coupled with a
                                prideful, selfish, hateful violinist —
                                    What will the sound of the music be?

                                If My Mother sat at the harp and plucked a
                                    song of love — how would it sound —
                                    her purity of heart, her love, her selflessness
                                    would be the arm that moved to play
                                    the tune —

                                Oh you look at the actions, you look at the
                                    wrapper, I look at the heart

                                What motivates a man to act —
                                    Does he truly do it for the honor of God and
                                        to promote the Kingdom?
                                    Does he do it for his own vain glory?
                                    Does he do it in secret over those over

                                Is he using materials that he has taken without
                                Has he justified his actions?
                                Does he do it for affection?
                                Does he do it for wealth?
                                Does he do it for recognition?
                                Does he do it to be the leader over others?

                                I look into the heart —
                                I know your every intention —
                                The devil acts in secret —
                                The devil will work harder when his perverse
                                    actions are revealed —
                                The devil wants to continue pulling the wool
                                    over well intentioned people's minds —
                                    he is cunning, deceptive, he doesn't
                                    sleep, he wants to wear you down —
                                    he wants you to be willful, prideful —

                                I can do more with My Might than you
                                    can do in 1,000,000 years

                                Listen to the song Hosea
                                    Trees do bend though straight and tall —

                                Fr. Carter said —
                                    You are to do God's will —
                                    don't do too much of a thing —
                                    don't do too little —
                                    whatever God's will is for you.

end of excerpt from January 7, 2004



Excerpt from January 8, 2004

Jesus speaks:      

                                In the Reign of My Sacred Heart men
                            will act like pure little docile children
                            of My Father.

                                Mary lived to do the will of the Father.
                            Some will try to manipulate events to
                            be as they desire, they are willful and
                            have a world of their own in their

                                They can be so self-willed they can
                            block out community gatherings and
                            meetings while they willfully block
                            superiors out and pray inside themselves
                            to themselves ignoring everything around
                            them. They have given themselves an agenda
                            of prayers prayed daily and they really
                            fail to be part of the community or obey
                            the rules, they justify what they do by telling
                            themselves they don't have to listen to superiors,
                            but need to pray four rosaries. They completely
                            run their own program and want things
                            their way.

                                Grace is granted to those who follow
                            their superiors, ones who as the song says
                            can bend, though straight and tall.

                                I taught you about obedience.
                                I died on the cross.
                                I sweat Blood.
                                I did the will of My Father.


                            All day we make decisions about what we
                                will do.
                            Someone may direct us or help to direct us,
                                but our will is ours.
                            The purity of intention is in every
                                action we perform.
                            St. Ignatius talks about the 3 classes
                                of men.

                                I saw a person in a store ringing out
                            groceries. They were very present to the whole
                            situation — loving, kind and doing their
                            job whole-heartedly — serving the shopper.

                                Another checker in the grocery acted angrily
                            at the shopper, throwing the items being bought
                            around and never having eye contact with
                            the shopper.

                                How would Jesus and Mary serve if God
                            asked them to have this interaction with
                            the shopper? How would Mary serve to
                            do anything if she knew it was God's will.

                                I have seen some people pray when
                            we were having an important meeting and
                            later hurting things because they weren't
                            listening when the meeting took place.

                                A young novice must learn to listen and
                            follow directions. She doesn't ignore the
                            superior and pray the rosary when
                            directions are given to her.

                                Christ obeyed the Father.
                                He shows us about obedience.
                                Christ, the Son of God, washed the feet
                            of His servants.

                                What an awesome thought that God —
                            the Son of God washes men's feet. St. Peter
                            said something like wash me all over —
                            why didn't St. Peter just obey what
                            Jesus said first.

                                Some people have to have control.
                            Some use the opportunity of trying to
                            ask a question when someone is doing
                            something else surrounded with people.
                            It reminds me of children asking
                            their mom a question while she
                            is on the phone talking to someone

                                The devil works in willfulness.
                            The devil wants a person to disobey their
                            superiors, argue with them, manipulate
                            things to get their own way.

                                One thing I have learned through the
                            messages, God tells me what to do and
                            I do it then as He has told me.

                                Another person may try to demand a
                            schedule which can block the messages
                            God gives me.

                                I am a messenger, I am available for
                            the message. I do not tell God when to
                            act on my soul and what to give me. He
                            is the initiator, I am the soul waiting His

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.

end of excerpt from January 8, 2004



Excerpt from January 9, 2004

Messenger:          True leaders are out for the good of the 
                                Movement. They know that they do not
                                do all things perfectly and try with all 
                                their heart to do what they can for
                                the good of the Movement and to help
                                    save souls.

                             If there is one leader that resist any correction
                                and pouts for days at any correction he is,
                                besides weakening the Movement with
                                lack of cooperation, future work accomplished,
                                giving a very bad example to all those
                                around him.

                             Jesus gives us many gifts and directions
                                to accomplish this work at hand. The leaders
                                are most faithful. This can be measured
                                by their willingness to continually do what is
                                best for the Movement. If correction is needed
                                there is little focus and it does not alter
                                their behavior afterward in any way at
                                all. They continue to make decisions for 
                                the good of the Movement for their focus
                                is to serve God and operate for His
                                honor and glory.

                            A person from wounded relationships can
                                pout for weeks and may never forget
                                that they were corrected for doing
                                something incorrectly. They harbor
                                resentment inside and their work
                                is majorly affected because they will 
                                not get over being corrected. How can
                                you deal with someone who is so attached
                                to wanting their performance to be
                                spotless and if they do their own thing
                                when asked to do something else — how can
                                you ever get them to do what you 
                                need done.

                            First of all they do what they want, their
                                own way, when asked to do a specific
                                thing — leaving what needed to be done,
                                done incorrectly,
                                then when they are told what they did,
                                they pout for weeks and won't get
                                over the problem being addressed.

                            Where St. Ignatius talks about the three
                                classes of men — we see one doing everything
                                for the honor and glory of God, wanting
                                what needs to be done and giving their
                                all to it.

                            Where one can not be told to do something
                                without doing it their own way
                                and then punishing others for weeks
                                for correcting them — the bottom line to
                                the story is — they won't do what you 
                                ask them to do.

                            A leader that is the class that wants the will
                                of God, will act with the best interest
                                of the Movement, two seconds after they
                                were corrected. They act for the good
                                of the Movement and to please God
                                and do His will always.

                            A person acting above others as a leader,
                                in this case Jesus, is a go between for 
                                people. Why should they lead with such

                                The purity of intention of the three
                            classes of men can be seen in this
                            meditation of St. Ignatius in the 
                            Spiritual Exercises.

end of excerpt from January 9, 2004



Excerpt from January 11, 2004

Messenger:        Today is the Feast of the Baptism of
                                the Lord



Matthew 3: 13-17

Then Jesus appeared: he came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. John tried to dissuade him, with the words, ‘It is I who need baptism from you, and yet you come to me!’ But Jesus replied, ‘Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that uprightness demands.’ Then John gave in to him. 

    And when Jesus had been baptised he at once came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And suddenly there was a voice from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.’


Excerpt from January 10, 2004 message

Messenger:         We must do these things to be holy

                                1) Thank God for our gifts
                                2) Ask for grace to know our sins
                                        and stop sinning.
                                3) Examine our conscience all through the
                                        day to see how we have acted against
                                        God's will in dealing with others, thoughts
                                        words, actions etc.
                                4) To ask God for forgiveness for our faults
                                5) To ask God for help not to sin anymore

                            Pray the Our Father

                            Our purpose for living is to love —
                                not for our own vain glory, but
                                to genuinely love God and others
                                because God wills it.
                                We are acting most like God when
                                    we love and live to promote
                                    His Kingdom.

                            Those who serve falsely for their own power
                                and glory are not happy when their
                                little plan is interrupted.

                            In marriages Father Carter said many married
                                to get love for themselves rather than
                                give love.

                            At the bottom of every action we perform, it
                                must be to give honor and glory to
                                God — to give God love and to be thankful.

                            If we operate without love we are a sounding
                                gong, because God is love and to
                                be part of a religious organization
                                we must live to love, not to sacrifice
                                purity, but to love and do it according
                                to God's will.

                                Loving can be hard when someone is
                                    doing things wrong and we need to
                                    correct them for the good of the
                                    family, institution etc.

                            Love is serving according to God's will —
                            Love is telling the truth —
                            Love is helping to promote God's Kingdom —
                            Love is being wise —
                            Love is thanking God and others and
                                forgiving —
                            Say the Our Father —

                            If you want Me to forgive you, you must
                                forgive one another — harboring
                                resentments is poison for your soul.

                            I want docile hearts —
                                hearts of love —
                                hearts living by God's will.

                            end of excerpt from January 10, 2004 message


January 11, 2004 message continues

Jesus speaks:    Examine your conscience
                        daily — Say you are sorry for offending
                        Me and hurting others.
                        Be truthful to yourself
                        Pray for grace

Messenger:        The Prep prayer of the St. Ignatius exercises


From The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.  p. 25

46. PRAYER.  In the preparatory prayer I will beg God
our Lord for grace that all my intentions, actions, 
and operations may be directed purely to the 
praise and service of His Divine Majesty.


January 11, 2004 message continues

Messenger:        The purpose of these exercises

From The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.  p. 11

21.                     SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

    Which have as their purpose the conquest of self
    and the regulation of one's life in such a way that
    no decision is made under the influence of any
    inordinate attachment


January 11, 2004 message continues

Messenger:        Lets review the First Principle and


From The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.  p. 12                     


Excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.


Further rules for understanding the different movements produced in the soul. They serve for a more accurate discernment of spirits and are more suitable for the second week

329.  I.  It is characteristic of God and His Angels, when they act upon the soul, to give true happiness and spiritual joy, and to banish all the sadness and disturbances which are caused by the enemy.
   It is characteristic of the evil one to fight against such happiness and consolation by proposing fallacious reasonings, subtilties, and continual deceptions.

330.  2.  God alone can give consolation to the soul without any previous cause. It belongs solely to the Creator to come into a soul, to leave it, to act upon it, to draw it wholly to the love of His Divine Majesty. I said without previous cause, that is, without any preceding perception or knowledge of any subject by which a soul might be led to such a consolation through its own acts of intellect and will.

331.  3.  If a cause precedes, both the good angel and the evil spirit can give consolation to a soul, but for a quite different purpose. The good angel consoles for the progress of the soul, that it may advance and rise to what is more perfect. The evil spirit consoles for purposes that are the contrary, and that afterwards he might draw the soul to his own perverse intentions and wickedness.

332.  4.  It is a mark of the evil spirit to assume the appearance of an angel of light. He begins by suggesting thoughts that are suited to a devout soul, and ends by suggesting his own. For example, he will suggest holy and pious thoughts that are wholly in conformity with the sanctity of the soul. Afterwards, he will endeavor little by little to end by drawing the soul into his hidden snares and evil designs.

333.  5.  We must carefully observe the whole course of our thoughts. If the beginning and middle and end of the course of thoughts are wholly good and directed to what is entirely right, it is a sign that they are from the good angel. But the course of thoughts suggested to us may terminate in something evil, or distracting, or less good than the soul had formerly proposed to do. Again, it may end in what weakens the soul, or disquiets it; or by destroying the peace, tranquility, and quiet which it had before, it may cause disturbance to the soul. These things are a clear sign that the thoughts are proceeding from the evil spirit, the enemy of our progress and eternal salvation.

334.  6.  When the enemy of our human nature has been detected and recognized by the trail of evil marking his course and by the wicked end to which he leads us, it will be profitable for one who has been tempted to review immediately the whole course of the temptation. Let him consider the series of good thoughts, how they arose, how the evil one gradually attempted to make him step down from the state of spiritual delight and joy in which he was, till finally he drew him to his wicked designs. The purpose of this review is that once such an experience has been understood and carefully observed, we may guard ourselves for the future against the customary deceits of the enemy.

335.  7.  In souls that are progressing to greater perfection, the action of the good angel is delicate, gentle, delightful. It may be compared to a drop of water penetrating a sponge.
    The action of the evil spirit upon such souls is violent, noisy, and disturbing. It may be compared to a drop of water falling upon a stone.
    In souls that are going from bad to worse, the action of the spirits mentioned above is just the reverse. The reason for this is to be sought in the opposition or similarity of these souls to the different kinds of spirits. When the disposition is contrary to that of the spirits, they enter with noise and commotion that are easily perceived. When the disposition is similar to that of the spirits, they enter silently, as one coming into his own house when the doors are open.

336.  8.  When consolation is without previous cause, as was said, there can be no deception in it, since it can proceed from God our Lord only. But a spiritual person who has received such a consolation must consider it very attentively, and must cautiously distinguish the actual time of the consolation from the period which follows it. At such a time the soul is still fervent and favored with the grace and aftereffects of the consolation which has passed. In this second period the soul frequently forms various resolutions and plans which are not granted directly by God our Lord. They may come from our own reasoning on the relations of our concepts and on the consequences of our judgments, or they may come from the good or evil spirit. Hence, they must be carefully examined before they are given full approval and put into execution.

end of excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius


                        Sing: Take Lord Receive


January 11, 2004 message continues

Messenger:         Today we will meditate on our sins, the sins of
                                our whole life. Not feeling guilty, but
                                sorry we have offended God and thanking
                                Him for forgiving us. Thanking Him for His mercy.

                            Every time we go to confession we should ask
                                to be forgiven for all the sins of
                                our entire life.



January 11, 2004 message continues

Messenger:          The priest has the power to forgive our sins,
                                what an awesome gift.



January 11, 2004 message continues

Messenger:         God help us to be humble.
                            God help us to be good.
                            God help us to be pure more like Mary.



Luke 1: 46-55

                The Magnificat

And Mary said:

My soul proclaims
    the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit rejoices
    in God my Saviour;
because he has looked upon
    the humiliation of his servant.
Yes, from now onwards
    all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty
    has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his faithful love extends age after age
    to those who fear him.
He has used the power of his arm,
he has routed the arrogant of heart.
He has pulled down princes
    from their thrones
        and raised high the lowly.
He has filled the starving with good things,
    sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the help
    of Israel his servant,
        mindful of his faithful love
—according to the promise
    he made to our ancestors—
of his mercy to Abraham
    and to his descendants for ever.



Excerpt from Priestly Newsletter


Humility is a very important virtue given to us for the spiritual journey.

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 based on 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.

If humility is based on 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.

Here is a quotation from St. Paul which helps us to preserve, and grow in, humility: Who made you so important? What have you got that was not given to you? And if it was given to you, why are you boasting as though it were your own? (1 Cor 4:7).

And in the Letter of James we read: Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up. (Jm 4:10)


                            Sing: Amazing grace


Dear Jesus,

    I want to be close to you. I want to have that

oneness with you that is so deep. I want to act

as You act in me at every second. I want to do

Your holy will I want to be one in You in my

every breathe.

    I give myself to You. I give You the Movement

and the people -- it is Your Movement to run as You

desire. I give you the building and the people

who come and go. Help us to do as you desire

always, always maintaining the purity of the

Movement. Help the Church to recognize us

and help us to begin prayer chapters all

over the world. Help us to reach the priests

with the writings you have given. Help people

to recognize Mary's image.


    I want to talk about the Spiritual Exercises
of St. Ignatius.

    We are to see this retreat as a time to be alone
with God. To be in silence, to be only with Him,
to see His plan for us in helping to bring about
what He wants to do in us as we live out our
vocation. Here it is to live the Shepherds of
Christ way of life.

    Our life is lived every moment in union
with our Divine God. We center our day daily
around the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We,
who are servants, handmaids and apostles attend
daily Mass when able and center our day around
that Mass, united to all the Masses going on around
the world all day, being special intercessors
praying for the priests, the Church and the world.

    We spend, as servants, handmaids and apostles,
at least one hour daily before the Blessed Sacrament
in adoration as far as we are able and we try to stop
on the hour and pray, especially united for the needs
of the Movement and our needs.

    We pray nightly (or at least daily) the Shepherds of
Christ Prayers and the rosary, along with the Holy
Spirit Novena. Most of us try to pray daily at 6:20
united at all the centers and the sub-centers
for the priests, the Church, and the world, for healing
for ourselves, our family and all mentioned above
and for special grace for us.

    Why do we make this particular retreat in
China, Indiana? When retreats are given the
silence will begin on the 10th of that month at 
night with the individual reading the discernment of
spirit sections from St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises
and the beginning parts about the retreat.
The first meditation will be given on the 10th.

The Spiritual Exercises will be conducted with
    this purpose in mind.



China, Indiana


end of excerpt from January 11, 2004




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