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February 5, 2009

February 6th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 8 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for February 6th are Glorious.

 

    

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Contents

                            The Mystery of Christ and Christian Existence

                            The Christian's Personal Uniqueness

                            Becoming

                            Death and Resurrection

                            The Christian Virtues

                            The Christian and Church

                            Liturgical Participation

                            The Christian Encounters Others in the World

                            The Christian Prays

                            Spiritual Discernment

                            Other Aids to Spiritual Development

                            Mysticism

                            Incarnationalism and Transcendence

                            Characteristics of the Spiritually Mature Christian

                            Works Cited

   

Given January 9, 2009

Writing by Rita Ring

 

Love of the 2 Hearts 

 

Matthew 22: 36-39

'Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?' Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself.

 

                Love is at the Heart of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

                Love is friendship with God —

                God deserves our love

                One who loves God is not jealous
                    of others loving God and
                    having spiritual goodness

                One who loves does not envy another
                    who is virtuous or a leader
                    of prayer giving love to God —

                The greatest commandment demands
                    we love God first above all things,
                    peoples

                Love is the Law of God

                Love is Selfless

                Love is for the honor and glory of God —

                Love requires action

                We must renounce attachments that
                    interfere with love

                Love seeks unity as God wants in
                    a life lived in a great likeness
                    to God

                Love is a virtue and a virtue is
                    a habit.

                Habits increase by repetition.

                Especially when the repetitious
                    acts increase with great
                    fervor.

 

John 15: 9, 13-15

I have loved you 
just as the Father has loved me. 
Remain in my love. 

No one can have greater love
than to lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends,
if you do what I command you.
I shall no longer call you servants,
because a servant does not know
the master’s business;
I call you friends,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.

   

John 14: 21, 23

'Whoever holds to my commandments
    and keeps them
is the one who loves me;
and whoever loves me
    will be loved by my Father,
and I shall love him
    and reveal myself to him.'

Jesus replied:

'Anyone who loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him
and make a home in him.

     

                We increase and cultivate our experience
                    of loving God — genuinely

                In a marriage husband and wife are
                    to live in conjugal love.

                For the religious, men are to love
                    in the community as a family —

                For the clergy, in love of their family
                    in the Church, love of those
                    they minister to —
                In loving service of one another

  

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

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.

  

Fr. Carter's Definition of Love

Love is the gift of self to promote the true good of those loved. He states the reception of love is the receiving of the gift of the other, so my good will be promoted. 

   

                Our love should be nurtured by the
                    experience of loving the Church —

                The parish, Archdiocese, parish
                    community

                    As members of the Church it should
                be our loving desire to serve the
                Church as members of the mystical
                body of Christ —

 

Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

My dear fellow Associate Members,

Jesus is calling special apostles to join a new division of the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Here is a message from Jesus given to Father Carter:

    My beloved priest-companion, I am requesting that a new prayer movement be started under the direction of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. I am asking for volunteers who are willing to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for one hour, twice-weekly. Members of the Shepherds of Christ prayer chapters, as well as others, are to be invited to join this movement.

    These apostles are to pray for the intentions I am giving you. For part of the hour they are to use the prayers of the Shepherds of Christ Associates Handbook. They may spend the rest of the hour as they so choose.

    I will use this new prayer movement within My Shepherds of Christ Ministries in a powerful way to help in the renewal of My Church and the world. I will give great graces to those who join this movement. The name, Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, is to be given to this movement.

    I am inviting My beloved Rita Ring to be coordinator for this activity.

    I pour out the great love of My Sacred Heart to all. I am Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock.

    This is indeed a special calling for us to unite in one heart with His Eucharistic Heart and pray for the following intentions:

  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.

end of Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart message

 

     

 

                Christ gave Himself up for the Church —
                    to make the Church holy —

                The family first are the teachers of love —
                    teaching us to love God and
                    each other —

                The parents are to love each other —
                The parents are to love their children —

                Today so many families are divorced

                It is through learning about love in the
                    family — we learn we are
                    lovable, that we are valuable.

                If this is not done it is more difficult
                    for a child to understand God's love
                    and to know they are lovable.

                Those who minister in the Church are
                    to love God's people and tell
                    them of this love —

                Christ gave us His love on the cross —

                God first loved us — He sent His
                    only Begotten Son —

                Real Love as God wants is being lost
                    by many —

                We were created to love and be loved —

                Living without loving is going against
                    God's will

                Let us think of the Love of Jesus

                The gift of love Jesus gives us in the
                    Eucharist

                The queen of all virtues is LOVE

                It is a habit to act lovingly

                It is a habit to not act lovingly —
                                            a vice —

                Our way of life is to be rooted in
                    the experience of love of God and
                    neighbor —
                    this is that we are to be like
                        Mary the perfect disciple
                        and to be witnessing to God's
                        love alive in us

                We are to have love in the faith community —
                    enabling us to have a way of life
                    with love and witnessing to Jesus Christ

                We are to be Christ-like and witness
                    to this

                There must be love in our homes —

                We are to strive to love those we
                    live with —

                There should be in our Churches,
                    schools, and homes an atmosphere
                    of love — welcome —
                    hospitality, service,
                    warmth, not selfishness

                There should be love in Church
                    ministries

                There should be witnessing to love
                    and unity and honesty among
                    those working together —
                    acting when it is a prayer
                    service

                We are to promote peace and social
                    justices.

                All prayer services should be to
                    nourish and foster Christian life —

                SERVICE

                Special attention to the Eucharist

                Be motivating

                Be loving

                We are to teach others to grow
                    in love — Blue Books

                We carry a key to help build
                    the Kingdom of God 

  

                    There is, finally, a kind of death-resurrection
                which embraces both everything we have said
                concerning ways of experiencing the paschal mystery,
                and all we have left unsaid. We are speaking of a
                general attitude of Christian selflessness. This
                selflessness is the true self, the divinized self, the
                Christic self. This selflessness is present in all we
                do and experience in Jesus. It is present in every
                Christian act. Whether we eat or drink, shed tears of
                joy or sorrow, work or play, bask in success or feel
                the weight of failure--whatever we do in a Christian
                manner--demands this stance of selflessness.

                    Sometimes life with its diversified experiences
                makes us more aware of the joyful dimension of the
                human condition; at other times life makes us more
                aware of the difficult aspect of being human. But in
                either case, if we relate to life properly in a
                Christian fashion, we are exercising selflessness.
                This selflessness is love of God and love of neighbor.
                This selflessness is death-resurrection. This
                selflessness is losing non-authentic life in order to
                find true life in Jesus."

                Mary asked for conversion and reparation
                    at Fatima for peace among men --

                    The process of on-going conversion through
                death-resurrection is a self-liberation which enables
                us to relate in greater freedom to God, to one
                another, to all reality. The life of the authentic self
                in Jesus has structured within it relationships to
                God, to one's neighbor, to the world with its various
                temporal values, to all dimensions, of God's creation.
                As we achieve on-going conversion and its concomitant
                self-liberation, we also increase in the
                capacity to relate properly to reality. We have a
                greater capacity to live resurrection. We have a
                greater freedom to open ourselves to God's love and
                to relate more authentically in love to one another.
                We have a greater freedom to love the world and its
                values as we should. It is interesting to note, then,
                that the one who can love the world more and,
                therefore, is more capable of promoting its true
                growth, is the one who is more free relative to its
                values. On the other hand, the person who is
                enslaved to the world's values, and in a certain sense,
                then, seems to love the world, is really loving his
                selfish self, and is less capable of contributing to the
                real progress of man's world.

                    The individual Christian, the Church and
                the world are in the state of becoming as Fr. Carter says.

                    There are various ways we live the death-
                resurrection of Jesus in our daily existence. There is
                the practice of self-discipline which extends to a
                person's entire makeup. There is the doing of
                penance. There is also the practice of renunciation.
                There is the proper endurance of passive sufferings--
                sufferings which we do not actively
                chose, but which come into our lives, and then it is
                our task to relate to them properly and thereby
                become more mature and loving Christians,
                Christians who have grown in resurrection.

                    What Thomas Merton says of
                asceticism can also be applied to any form of dying
                with Jesus. For Merton, asceticism is that active self-
                purification aimed at "the recovery of our true self,
                man's true 'nature,' created for union with God. It is
                the purification, and liberation of the divine image
                in man, hidden under layers of 'unlikeness' " (from
                The Silent Life, published by Farrar, Straus and
                Cudahy, 1957).

                    The Christian is meant to undergo an on-going
                conversion. The Christian life is an on-going
                process of turning away from the non-authentic self
                to the authentic self. The Christian achieves this
                authentic selfhood the more he dies to his selfish
                ego, to his non-Christic self, and increasingly
                becomes Christ, becomes more assimilated to Jesus.
                This process of conversion to the authentic self in
                Christ can also be viewed as a process of self-
                liberation. The more the Christian dies and rises
                with Christ, the freer he becomes. As he grows in
                Christ he achieves a greater freedom to become
                what he is meant to be. A person's freedom is a gift
                through which he achieves his true identity, his true
                self, the authentic fulfillment of his personhood.
                When the Christian abuses his freedom, he becomes
                less his true self. He diminishes the process of self-
                fulfillment.

 

                    Everything we do is in love —

                We don't have hidden division in
                our hearts —

                    We do things because it is
                God's will in love —

                    Pride and anger are enemies —
                the devil wants us to be selfish —
                We live with others —
                What we do affects others

                Say you are sorry and
                    work to do God's will in love —

 

                    "As the People of God collectively experience the
                death and resurrection of Jesus, so each of us
                individually is meant to be living death-resurrection,
                not sporadically, but consistently. It is true that our
                share in Christ's resurrection will achieve its final
                culmination only in eternal life, but we also possess
                a very real share in Jesus' resurrection here below.
                Our life of baptism, our grace-life, our Christ-life, is
                now our life of resurrection. We live realized
                eschatology. In a certain sense we are already living
                the final things. We are already living eternal life.
                There is no sharp break between this life and the
                life we will eternally enjoy in heaven's beatific
                vision. Whatever we experience here below in
                Christ—loving union with God and with one
                another, enjoyment of material creation, and the
                rest—all this will be brought to perfect and
                deepened fulfillment in eternal life. And we will
                then be fulfilled to the degree we have died and
                risen with Jesus here upon earth.

                    Our dying with Jesus, our suffering, has the same
                thrust or orientation as did suffering and dying in
                the life of Jesus. We have said that Christ viewed
                suffering and death as a means to greater life. This
                must be our perspective also. With an attitude of
                love, we ourselves must be willing to bear with
                difficulty, with pain, with hardship, in order to grow to
                greater maturity in Christian holiness, and, at the
                same time, to make ourselves more capable of
                helping Jesus channel this Christic life to others.

                    Each of our acts is meant to be a kenosis or self-
                emptying for God and others as we embrace in love
                the Father's will. Each of our acts is meant
                to be a preparation for, and a participation in, the
                act of physical death. That time of our lives will be
                our final kenosis, the final self-emptying. This final
                act of physically dying is aimed at life, at
                resurrection, just as are all the acts of mystical dying
                which precede it. While such acts of mystical dying
                bring us closer to Christ and to His life of
                resurrection, the act of physically dying prepare us
                for the state of full union with Christ and full
                sharing in His resurrection." 

  

                    "Achieving adequate self-knowledge can be both painful
                and joyful. Coming to the realization that I have this bad
                trait, or that weakness, can be disturbing, frustrating, or
                humiliating — especially when others point out these negative
                characteristics. Growth in self-knowledge, however, can also
                be encouraging and joy-producing as I realize I can do
                something about these negative aspects, as I achieve a
                deeper insight into certain positive qualities or become
                aware of others that I hardly knew existed. The quest for
                self-knowledge can, then, be exciting. As I obtain better
                knowledge of both my limitations and my capabilities, I see
                interesting possibilities for more advanced Christian living
                which I have not yet implemented.

                    Growth in self-identity does not take place in a vacuum—
                the vacuum of the isolated self. Rather, I achieve self-
                knowledge through the proper relationship with reality.
                Through the interaction of myself with various facets of
                created reality—persons, places, things, happenings—I can
                come to know much about my strengths and weaknesses,
                my talents and limitations, my personality and temperament.
                It is, however, especially through my relationship with
                God that I grow in achieving self-identity. God, the
                ultimate source of all knowledge, is, consequently, the
                ultimate source of self-knowledge. God continually wants to
                remind me of the fundamental fact concerning myself—that
                he overwhelmingly loves me and that I am uniquely
                precious to him. Upon this rock-bottom fact rests all other
                facets of self-knowledge. Regarding all aspects of knowing
                myself, God is most anxious to help me grasp these with
                greater clarity. My task is to allow him to do so. If I open
                myself to him in prayer, he will continue to reveal himself to
                me, and also he will reveal myself to me. The more I
                fathom the mystical depths of my being—the more I allow
                God to lead me to the center of my being—the more God
                will tell me about himself and myself, this self which is in
                his image. Deeper insights concerning himself and myself
                come to light—and here again we meet up with the hidden
                aspect of mysticism. The more, in turn, I know of myself
                under God's guidance, the more I can truly love myself."              

  

Fr. Carter had a dream.

 

                Edward Carter, S.J. says

                Dying to our non-authentic self is
                    rising to the self we are really
                    meant to be.


                The mystic marvels at the love God
                    has for his children. Embraced
                    by this love, their fear has diminished
                    and their trust increased.

                Made secure in this love, they have
                    possessed the courage to undertake
                    the ordinary with uncommon
                    devotion and the heroic with
                    dominant determination.

                    Consumed with this love, they have
                continually pushed forward to accomplish
                more for Christ and his kingdom.

                    Transformed by this love, the
                mystics have said with the most
                penetrating realization

 

Galatians 2: 19-20

...I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me.

    

                    Obviously, we can never fully
                fathom the depth of God's love
                for us. We can, however, grow
                in what will always be a finite
                comprehension of this awesome
                reality. Christ has shown us
                his heart as a constant reminder
                that we should strive for a greater
                realization of what it means to say
                God loves us. The heart of Christ is
                indeed the symbol of God's fathomless
                love for us, a love which requests
                our own, response to love —

 

                Father Cather says —

                (paschal or passover mystery)

                    "The word passover has a very basic
                and literal meaning. The word contains
                the idea of religious transition.
                While upon earth, Jesus was always
                experiencing such transition.
                He was always in a process of
                passing over, passing back to
                the Father. He was gradually achieving
                a new state of existence for His own
                humanity and for the entire human race.
                The new life was the state of resurrection.

                    As His mortal life beautifully and
                poignantly unfolded, He was in process
                to the definitive point of death.
                His death in turn, was the passageway
                to resurrection. This death marked
                the final mortal act of Jesus. It was
                the final act of His earth-bound life
                in which He would conform His
                will in love to His Father's will.
                His death was an act of final pouring-—
                out of Himself. It was His final libation.

                His final kenosis — His final self-emptying
                in love."

                Jesus:

                    I went to the hill of Calvary like a
                runner in a race. The final giving of
                My all for love of you — oh My precious
                one — how much I love you and you
                look for pleasures in things on earth
                and some seek relationships against the
                commandments, against the Father's will.
                How can you be happy when you sin?
                Wake now before it is too late —

                I emptied Myself for love of you and
                    My precious souls —

                I love you so much —

                Fr. Carter:

                    "All through His life Jesus was undergoing
                this emptying out, this giving of Himself.
                He was always giving Himself, always
                concerned about others, always loving,
                even though this meant great suffering
                and hardship at times.

                    Yet Jesus always viewed suffering and
                hardship very positively. He always saw
                it as leading to greater life. He suffered
                as no one else ever has or ever will, yet
                He suffered with dignity, with a perduring
                optimism, with a basic peace of spirit,
                with a happiness which could not be
                extinguished despite the pain."

                Jesus:

                And I went to the top of the hill of Calvary
                and My thoughts were for you My chosen one —
                for you — for I love you so much and I have
                chosen you this day —

                Come to Me — that you will know more
                and more how I truly love you —
                I am Jesus and I love you, I am your
                beloved God, the bridegroom of your soul —
                Come to Me now — trust Me — do not be
                    afraid.

                    The Church which is the earthly and visible
                continuation of Jesus and His mission,
                centers her life in the paschal mystery
                also. It can be no other way. The Church
                has no other pattern for existence
                except that which Jesus Himself established
                by the way He lived, died and rose.
                The Church is always meant to be dying
                with Jesus so that she might more
                and more rise with Him.

                The Church, like the Jesus who preceded
                her, is in a process of passing over,
                passing back to the Father under the
                guidance of the Spirit. The Church's
                passover will continue to the end of time,
                when there no longer will be an earthly
                Church.

 

   

 

   

                    As individual Christians we, too,
                possess a life focused in death - resurrection.
                At baptism we are incorporated into Jesus
                and His pascal mystery.

  

Death - Resurrection

   

  

                St. Paul says

Romans 6: 3-4

You cannot have forgotten that all of us, when we were baptised into Christ Jesus, were baptised into his death. So by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we too should begin living a new life.

     

                        From Response to God's Love

Structure in the Spiritual Life

One of the results of Christ's Incarnation is the necessity for a certain degree of external structure in the Christian life. The fact that God has communicated himself to us through the concrete, visible humanity of Christ gives rise to such a structure; this exterior structure of our grace-life flows from various realities that are contained in the humanity of Jesus. God's grace, for example, has come to us through Jesus who was visible and social in his humanity. To insure the continuity of this visible and social dimension of God's self-communication, Christ established his Church. The Church, as a visible and social or communal organization, means an external structure.

The Christian, then, who tends to rebel against structure, is actually rebelling against the law of Incarnation. The Church's structure is meant to serve the Christian community in relating properly to God and the world in faith, hope, and love. To put it another way, the Church's structure is intended to aid her members in living according to the Holy Spirit.

To say this, however, is not to say that structure in the Church always fulfills its function perfectly, or that it fulfills its function perfectly at any time. The Church's structure is shaped by both God and us. Insofar as it is shaped by us, it will always be less than perfect—indeed, sometimes it will be very imperfect. To expect otherwise is to fail to penetrate the implications of the human creature as frail and finite.

 

Change and Permanence

The reality of structure in the Church's life, and structure's openness to change, logically lead us to another application of incarnationalism and transcendence—namely, change and permanence in the life of Christian holiness. First, we will consider aspects of the life of grace that are changeable—the incarnational aspect. Then we will consider aspects of the life of grace that are essentially permanent—the characteristic of transcendence is applicable.

    end of excerpt

 


                A mature Christian has a
                    Christocentric spirituality

                They realize

                    Jesus, as man, is our mediator
                        with God.

                The Christocentrism, however
                does not push the thought and love
                of Father and Holy Spirit to the background —
                If the mature Christian's spirituality
                is Christocentric, it is also
                Trinitarian —

                    We go to the Father in Christ
                and by the Holy Spirit.

                    This also includes a devotion
                to Mary, who is spiritual Mother —

  

John 19: 25-27

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is your son.’ Then to the disciple he said, ‘This is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

 

                    These relationships with Father,
                Son and Holy Spirit and Mary are permeated
                with love —

  

 

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                Christianity is a religion of love —

               

 

                        From Response to God's Love by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

Realizing that God mightily loves us, we know that our lives should be nothing else than a response of love to God. God, who is love, has given us a share in his own life through Jesus Christ. Sharing in God's life through grace, we have a power of loving that far exceeds the natural capacity of the will to love. In Jesus, we have been given the power to be tremendous lovers. Our vocation as Christians is basically a vocation to love. A characteristic of the maturing Christian, consequently, is a growing awareness of the primacy of love. More and more, the mature Christian realizes that his or her activity should be permeated with love—with love for God and his or her neighbor. The mature Christian becomes more sensitive to the truth that all steps taken toward growth in the spiritual life should really be steps toward becoming a more tremendous lover. When, for various reasons, the mature Christian senses that the motive of love has receded to the background of consciousness, he or she becomes alert to the danger and seeks remedies for the problem.

The Christian, then, focuses on becoming a more tremendous lover after the example of his or her God who has loved and continues to love him or her first. This thrust toward greater love accompanies the Christian not only during those times when it is relatively easy to love, but also during those periods when he or she is weighted down with unusual sorrow, or when he or she has to struggle against the deadening influence of routine and lethargy, or when he or she feels unloved, unappreciated, misunderstood, and even ridiculed by others.

Another trait of the mature Christian is a dynamic sense of personal uniqueness. Each of us can truly say that he or she has no replica; the ramifications of this truth are awe-inspiring. Each of us has the wonderful privilege and weighty responsibility of allowing Jesus to re-incarnate himself in and through us in a unique way. To the extent that you and I allow Jesus to express himself anew through our unique humanities, he has an opportunity that no other person can offer him.

Attached to each one's uniqueness is a special mission to be fulfilled, that is, a life's work that no other can accomplish. The mission to be achieved is not special in the sense that it is a life-style or occupation engaged in by no one other than myself—there are many husbands and fathers; many wives and mothers; many priests and religious and single people; many engineers and laborers; many doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, politicians, lawyers, and businessmen. By necessity, then, I share a life-style and occupation with numerous others. What comprises the uniqueness of my mission, however, is my personal uniqueness itself. If I am a husband, a father, and a businessman, no other man can fulfill these roles in exactly the way that I can.

My personal uniqueness dynamically influences everything I am, everything I think, everything I do. The mature Christian vitally realizes this and, consequently, is better able to cope with temptations to discouragement and a sense of worthlessness. He or she is deeply convinced that one life does make a difference in the history of mankind, even though that one life may be very prosaic in its external setting. The maturing Christian is convinced that each life, lived in deep faith, hope, and love according to God's designs, makes a profound impact upon the world of men and women.

A sense of personal uniqueness, however, carries with it a sense of personal limitations. We have our work to do, and other persons have theirs. Our free decision, under God, to use our lives in certain ways necessarily means that we are rejecting other possibilities. Although we can certainly be guilty of accomplishing too little, we can also be guilty of striving to achieve too much. The mature Christian, consequently, realizes the necessity of developing that self-discipline which allows him or her, despite the pain and struggle that are involved, to do well that which he or she is meant to do, and to omit doing that which is opposed to or lies beyond the scope of his or her own unique mission.

Realizing that God knows and loves each one of us very intimately and very personally, and realizing that each one of us is precious in God's sight and has a unique mission to accomplish, each one of us can achieve a healthy self-acceptance. If God loves and accepts us, why should we not love and accept ourselves? If God loves to be present to us, why should we not like to be present to ourselves? Why should we not feel at ease being who we are? If God thinks so much of us and has such great expectations of each of us, why should we ourselves not have a healthy self-image? Of course, a healthy self-acceptance vastly differs from a growth-inhibiting self-complacency. Operating out of self-acceptance does not mean that we fail to realize that we have faults to correct, good points to further develop, and much of our mission still to accomplish.

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Given January 8, 2009

Writing by Rita Ring

                    We seek happiness — happiness is found in
                living in God's plan —

                    Ignorance makes people frustrated — We
                were given hearts by God, with His plan for loving
                Him and others — this determines our happiness —
                Fr. Carter says Love of God, love of others, love of self —

                    God is the ultimate mystery

 

Excerpt from Response to God's Love

The Mystery of Christ and

Christian Existence

 

...In reference to Christianity, God himself is the ultimate mystery. Radically, God is completely other and transcendent, hidden from man in his inner life, unless he chooses to reveal himself. Let us briefly look at this inner life of God.

    The Father, in a perfect act of self-expression, in a perfect act of knowing, generates his son. The Son, the Word, is, then, the immanent expression of God's fullness, the reflection of the Father. Likewise, from all eternity, the Father and the Son bring forth the Holy Spirit in a perfect act of loving.

    At the destined moment in human history, God's self-expression, the Word, immersed himself into man's world. God's inner self-expression now had also become God's outer self-expression. Consequently, the mystery of God becomes the mystery of Christ. In Christ, God tells us about himself, about his inner life, about his plan of creation and redemption. He tells us how Father, Son, and Holy Spirit desire to dwell within us in the most intimate fashion, how they wish to share with us their own life through grace. All this he has accomplished and does accomplish through Christ. St. Paul tells us: "I became a minister of this Church through the commission God gave me to preach among you his word in its fullness, that mystery hidden from ages and generations past but now revealed to his holy ones. God has willed to make known to them the glory beyond price which this mystery brings to the Gentiles—the mystery of Christ in you, your hope of glory. This is the Christ we proclaim while we admonish all men and teach them in the full measure of wisdom, hoping to make every man complete in Christ" (Col 1:25-28).

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                    We were created uniquely with talents given
                to us by the Divine all powerful God — we can love
                as only we can love because of our uniqueness —
                God asks us to do something and we are happiest
                doing God's will and the plan of God is there —
                He created us a unique part of His plan.
                If a train tried to operate as a car, it would
                have a problem — the train is not meant to run
                like a car. A fish is to be in water — outside
                of water — the normal fish dies

 

  

                    A person who works against God's will —
                will have a frustrated heart — After years of
                not loving, being divided with those God put
                us to work with and live with — we develop
                vices, hatred, division, discontent —

                    Where we are to be actors — spreading Christ's
                light to the world — we have deprived ourselves
                of love and harmony, listening to the counsel
                of satan - who wants us to never love God,
                not love others, not love ourselves — Satan
                wants us to give into our
                wounded human nature — to be jealous, lustful,
                greedy, envious, seeking dominance for dominance
                sake, blaming others —
                Satan wants division — satan wants hate,
                satan wants disharmony, confusion,
                selfishness —

                    A person that gives into these imperfections -
                is miserable — a person divided against those
                God wants us to live with makes us miserable —
                We were created with a heart to love — when a
                fish is out of water - it can die —

                    A man was created to love God
                    A man was created to seek happiness —

                The purpose of the Shepherds of Christ is to bring
                    greater unity and renewal among members
                    of the body of Christ and the world —

                The purpose of Consecration to the Hearts of
                    Jesus and Mary is greater perfection
                    in living in the pure and holy Hearts
                    of Jesus and Mary.

                The Church is
                        ONE
                        HOLY
                        CATHOLIC
                        APOSTOLIC

                Satan wanted Eve to rebel — she tempted
                    Adam — they sinned against God —
                                they disobeyed God's will for them —

                    Cain's actions were jealous, prideful,
                hatred, competition for his brother —
                God told Cain he could have master over
                satan — Cain killed his brother anyway —
                In the book of Fr. Carter's — I long to publish and circulate
                to the hierarchy — It begins in the book
                Response to God's Love — that God loved us
                first and God is the ultimate mystery —
                we are to respond to God's Love —

                    We are uniquely created by God — God
                intends us to die to our ways not
                likened to Him — we give our heart to
                Mary — she is the spiritual Mother and
                we are formed more and more in the image
                and likeness of God — the incarnation goes
                on in us —

                    In Fr. Carter's Priestly Newsletter Book III he
                talks about this in quoting

    

Shepherds of Christ Priestly Newsletter
From 2000 - Issue 3

 

The Holy Spirit And Mary

The late Archbishop Luis M. Martinez of Mexico strikingly speaks of the ongoing cooperation of Mary with the Holy Spirit regarding the reproduction of Jesus within us: "Christian life is the reproduction of Jesus in souls…

"Now, how will this mystical reproduction be brought about in souls? In the same way in which Jesus was brought into the world, for God gives a wonderful mark of unity to all His works. Divine acts have a wealth of variety because they are the work of omnipotence; nevertheless, a most perfect unity always shines forth from them because they are the fruit of wisdom; and this divine contrast of unity and variety stamps the works of God with sublime and unutterable beauty.

"In His miraculous birth, Jesus was the fruit of heaven and earth…The Holy Spirit conveyed the divine fruitfulness of the Father to Mary, and the virginal soil brought forth in an ineffable manner our most loving Savior, the divine Seed, as the prophets called Him…

"That is the way He is reproduced in souls. He is always the fruit of heaven and earth.

"Two artisans must concur in the work that is at once God’s masterpiece and humanity’s supreme product: the Holy Spirit and the most holy Virgin Mary. Two sanctifiers are necessary to souls, the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, for they are the only ones who can reproduce Christ.

"Undoubtedly, the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary sanctify us in different ways. The first is the Sanctifier by essence; because He is God, who is infinite sanctity; because He is the personal Love that completes, so to speak, the sanctity of God, consummating His life and His unity, and it belongs to Him to communicate to souls the mystery of that sanctity. The Virgin Mary, for her part, is the co-operator, the indispensable instrument in and by God’s design. From Mary’s maternal relation to the human body of Christ is derived her relation to His Mystical Body which is being formed through all the centuries until the end of time, when it will be lifted up to the heavens, beautiful, splendid, complete, and glorious.

"These two, then, the Holy Spirit and Mary, are the indispensable artificers of Jesus, the indispensable sanctifiers of souls. Any saint in heaven can co-operate in the sanctification of a soul, but his co-operation is not necessary, not profound, not constant: while the co-operation of these two artisans of Jesus of whom we have just been speaking is so necessary that without it souls are not sanctified (and this by the actual design of Providence), and so intimate that it reaches to the very depths of our soul. For the Holy Spirit pours charity into our heart, makes a habitation of our soul, and directs our spiritual life by means of His gifts. The Virgin Mary has the efficacious influence of Mediatrix in the most profound and delicate operations of grace in our souls. And, finally, the action of the Holy Spirit and the co-operation of the most holy Virgin Mary are constant; without them, not one single character of Jesus would be traced on our souls, no virtue grow, no gift be developed, no grace increased, no bond of union with God be strengthened in the rich flowering of the spiritual life.

"Such is the place that the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary have in the order of sanctification. Therefore, Christian piety should put these two artisans of Christ in their true place, making devotion to them something necessary, profound, and constant." 18

                        18. Archbishop Luis M. Martinez, The Sanctifier, op. cit. pp. 5-7.
  
  
   

                Fr. Carter got this message

 

 

From Tell My People

The Holy Spirit  

Jesus: "My beloved friend, tell My people to pray daily to the Holy Spirit. They are to pray for an increase in His gifts. My people must realize that the Holy Spirit comes to transform them. The Spirit desires to transform you more and more according to My image. Those who are docile to His touch become increasingly shaped in My likeness. He performs this marvel within Mary's Immaculate Heart. The more one dwells in My Mother's Heart, the more active are the workings of the Spirit. The Spirit leads Mary to place you within My own Heart. In both Our Hearts, then, your transformation continues. The more you are formed after My own Heart, the more I lead you to the bosom of My Father. Tell My people all this. Tell them to pray daily for a greater appreciation of these wondrous gifts. I am Lord and Master. All who come to My Heart will be on fire to receive the gifts of the Spirit in ever greater measure! I love and bless My people!"

Reflection: The Holy Spirit is given to us to fashion us ever more according to the likeness of Jesus. And the more we are like Jesus, the more Jesus leads us to the Father. Do we, each day, pray to the Holy Spirit to be more open to His transforming influence? Do we strive each day to grow in union with Mary? The greater our union with our Mother, the spouse of the Holy Spirit, the greater is the transforming action of the Holy Spirit within us.

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                Fr. Carter begins his Way of Spiritual Life thus in
                    the Spirituality Handbook

 

 

Excerpt from the Spirituality Handbook by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

3

A Way of Spiritual Life

The way of spiritual life proposed to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates is centered in consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. All aspects of the spiritual life discussed below should be viewed as means to help members develop their lives in consecration to Christ, the Sacred Heart, and to Mary, the Immaculate Heart.

An Overview of the Spiritual Life

The Christian life is rooted in the great event of the Incarnation. We must consequently always focus our gaze upon Christ, realizing that everything the Father wishes to tell us has been summed up in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It only remains for us, then, to strive to understand with greater insight the inexhaustible truth of the Word Incarnate: "In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Son, Whom He appointed the heir of all things, through Whom also He created the world." (Heb. 1: 1-2) (1)

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                Sing: Creator of the Stars of Night

   

Genesis 3: 9-15, 20

But Yahweh God called to the man. 'Where are you?' he asked. 'I heard the sound of you in the garden,' he replied. 'I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.' 'Who told you that you were naked?' he asked. 'Have you been eating from the tree I forbade you to eat?' The man replied, 'It was the woman you put with me; she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.' Then Yahweh God said to the woman, 'Why did you do that?' The woman replied, 'The snake tempted me and I ate.'

Then Yahweh God said to the snake, 'Because you have done this,

    Accursed be you
    of all animals wild and tame!
    On your belly you will go
    and on dust you will feed
    as long as you live.
    I shall put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
    it will bruise your head
    and you will strike its heel.'

The man named his wife 'Eve' because she was the mother of all those who live.

    

                Adam and Eve rebelled against God

                This was their response to God's love —
                    they listened to satan — who lied —
                    satan is a liar — satan is a great
                    deceiver

                Sing: A Song from Jesus

 

Ephesians 1: 3-6, 11-12

Blessed be God 
    the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
who has blessed us 
    with all the spiritual blessings of heaven 
        in Christ. 
Thus he chose us in Christ 
    before the world was made 
to be holy and faultless 
    before him in love, 
marking us out for himself beforehand, 
    to be adopted sons, 
        through Jesus Christ. 
Such was his purpose and good pleasure, 
to the praise of the glory of his grace, 
his free gift to us in the Beloved,

And it is in him
    that we have received our heritage,
marked out beforehand as we were,
under the plan of the One
   who guides all things
as he decides by his own will,
chosen to be,
for the praise of his glory,
the people who
    would put their hopes in Christ
       before he came.

 

Luke 1: 26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, you who enjoy God’s favour! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. And I tell you this too: your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ Mary said, ‘You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as you have said.’ And the angel left her.

   

                Jesus took flesh

 

Romans 16: 25-27

And now to him
    who can make you strong
in accordance with the gospel that I preach
and the proclamation of Jesus Christ,
in accordance with that mystery
which for endless ages was kept secret
but now (as the prophets wrote)
    is revealed,
as the eternal God commanded,
to be made known to all the nations,
so that they obey in faith:
to him, the only wise God,
give glory through Jesus Christ
for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Isaiah 9: 1-6

 

The people that walked in darkness 
    have seen a great light; 
on the inhabitants of a country 
    in shadow dark as death 
        light has blazed forth. 
You have enlarged the nation, 
    you have increased its joy; 
they rejoice before you 
    as people rejoice at harvest time, 
as they exult 
    when they are dividing the spoils. 

For the yoke that weighed on it, 
    the bar across its shoulders, 
the rod of its oppressor, 
these you have broken 
    as on the day of Midian. 

For all the footgear 
    clanking over the ground 
and all the clothing rolled in blood, 
will be burnt, will be food for the flames. 

For a son has been born for us, 
a son has been given to us, 
and dominion has been laid 
    on his shoulders; 
and this is the name he has been given, 
‘Wonder–Counsellor, Mighty–God, 
Eternal–Father, Prince–of–Peace’ 
to extend his dominion 
    in boundless peace, 
over the throne of David 
    and over his kingdom 
to make it secure and sustain it 
in fair judgement and integrity. 
From this time onwards and for ever, 
the jealous love of Yahweh Sabaoth 
    will do this.

 

Titus 2: 11-14

    You see, God's grace has been revealed to save the whole human race; it has taught us that we should give up everything contrary to true religion and all our worldly passions; we must be self-restrained and live upright and religious lives in this present world, waiting in hope for the blessing which will come with the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Christ Jesus. He offered himself for us in order to ransom us from all our faults and to purify a people to be his very own and eager to do good

 

John 1: 1-5, 9-14

In the beginning was the Word:
the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things came into being,
not one thing came into being
   except through him.
What has come into being in him was life,
life that was the light of men;
and light shines in darkness,
and darkness could not overpower it.

The Word was the real light
that gives light to everyone;
he was coming into the world.
He was in the world
that had come into being through him,
and the world did not recognise him.
He came to his own
and his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believed in his name
who were born not from human stock
or human desire
or human will
but from God himself.
The Word became flesh,
he lived among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory that he has from the Father
   as only Son of the Father,
full of grace and truth.

   

                The Three loves

                    1) Love of God
                    2) Love of one another
                    3) Love of Self

                Book Response to God's Love

 

 

                    1) God the Ultimate Mystery
                            Jesus Christ comes and reveals to us
                                about God

                    2) Our Uniqueness in God's Plan

                    3) Becoming

                        1) individual Christian
                        2) Church                             
                        3) world

} state of
becoming

                        We are to be more and more likened to God —
                        We bear the handprint of God

                    4) Death - Resurrection

                        We die to those ways not likened
                            to God — to live a greater life of
                            resurrection in Him

                The Virtues — we live a virtuous life not giving
                    into vices.
                    We do not give into bad habits —
                    We give up vices —
                    Bad habits
                    Faith brings happiness of mind
                    Sin hurts our relationship with God
                    The sin of despair is a sin against
                        the Holy Spirit
                    The Father, Son and Holy Spirit live in the
                        graced baptized soul —
                    We are the temple of the Holy Spirit —
                    We are in the state of becoming — (more likened to God)
                    We have a free will —
                    We can choose life or death —

                    Working in obstinacy against God's
                        plan is how the evil one
                        works if we let him —
                        An evil spirit working on us and we
                            give into him when we are
                            obstinate, rebellious against
                            God's plan

                    The devil wants souls for hell —

                We give into our wounded human nature
                    when we keep acting in jealousy,
                    envy, lustfulness, possessiveness —
                    When we give into division, hatred
                    we focus on ourselves and filling
                    ourselves with things that make
                    us unhappy and can lead to grave
                    sins

                We were created to love
                    to be a light
                    to help build God's Kingdom

                We teach by example and love — what
                    God wants us to show to others —

                Many refuse to turn from these bad
                    habits and ignore that we are
                    here to die to our selfish sinful
                    ways and live a greater life of
                    resurrection in Him — to be
                    a witness to God —

                A man sins when he is filled with
                    envy over another man's spiritual
                    good — He actually hates the
                    increase of God working in
                    the world in another —

                    He in his envy is working for the
                        devil blocking the man
                        trying to promote the Kingdom
                        of God to help souls get to
                        heaven —

                    It is God's will we act to promote
                        God's Kingdom — the devil works
                        through some who are envious
                        of another's spiritual good —

                    When one is singing and praising God —
                        giving the love to God that is
                        pleasing to God and is His due —
                        it is satan who hates love
                        given to God and can press
                        on others to try to stop or
                        interfere this serious devotion
                        and love given to God —

                These jealousies to block love given to God
                    can be habitual —
                    God the Holy Spirit works powerfully
                    when one sings and gives praise
                    and love to God —

                    Knowledge and understanding perfect
                        faith —

                    We can be blind because of giving
                        into our wounded human nature —
                        acting in jealousy and pride
                        and envy when another is showing
                        love in praising God —

                If one is filled with passionate thoughts
                    against God's will or great hatred
                    one can withdraw one's mind
                    from God — the devil wants to
                    stop love and praise given to God —

                The devil hates God —

                The devil wants praise, love, singing to God,
                    reading the Word — STOPPED

                Here is a little example

                    Mary, Sue and Joe are happy —
                        laughing, just enjoying being
                        together —

                    Mike comes in and sees the fun —
                        Mike really does little to promote
                        love and unity — he is used to
                        being business - like — not unity —
                        spontaneity in the heart —

                Mike sees with jealous, envious
                    eyes the three just having
                    good - fun together —

                Mike brings up problems, tells them
                    how they will not have money
                    to pay the community bills and
                    gets control by getting them to fear —
                    later he shows how he will rescue
                    the problem he exaggerated to get
                    control and stop their fun

                Sarah likes to couple up in a group and
                    show the others they are left
                    out

                The devil wants division — disharmony —
                    people addicted to misery —

                — The devil wants praise of God — love
                        in song and prayer stopped —

                The devil will press on people to stop
                    unity and love —

                Look how the devil works in jealousy,
                    lust, envy to divide husbands
                    and wives and families —

                    The devil wants to dull our minds to
                the love of God and lead us to temporary
                pleasures of this world —

                    The devil wants men who have lost control
                in other parts of their lives — to seek control
                in ways that block the harmonious
                functions necessary to accomplish God's
                work — A man can be so used to seeking
                control — he fails to see how many
                ways he creates confusion, combat
                to block a function for his own self
                glory —

                    The man who loves God — wants God
                to be loved — God deserves it — God wants us
                to praise Him — Jesus wants us to adore
                Him in the Eucharist — A selfish man becomes
                more and more selfish as he interprets
                more and more things others do in living
                as offenses against him —

                    Any vice that continues does not
                remain the same — it grows like a
                big mushroom — do you wonder why
                God made weeds with such strong
                roots — many times we cannot even get
                the whole root out of the ground
                after a big rain.

                    Maybe rain and big roots of weeds have
                a symbolism to people who finally
                see themselves and their vices after
                their lives are unmanageable and they cry and
                cry.

                    Big weeds come out best after
                a big rain, but if you don't go out
                and pull the weeds out they usually
                grow bigger and stronger from the
                rain —

                    Fr. Carter talks over and over again about
                the pascal mystery death - resurrection —
                Jesus died for our sins —

                Jesus rose on the 3rd day to bring us new life.
                If a person doesn't recognize their faults
                they become clogged like big weeds
                growing bigger and stronger with bigger roots
                and then they have greater vices, hatred,
                anger, pride —

                    Jesus died for our sins — we are to
                die to our imperfections more and more
                to live a more perfected life like
                our heavenly Father — Jesus died so
                we would die to our sinful ways and
                live a greater life of resurrection in Him —
                Mary came at Fatima and she said we need
                to convert and make reparation —

                    The wise man follows in Jesus'
                footprints — Jesus was whipped, beaten,
                crowned with thorns for our sins. We are
                to be sorry for our sins and love God —
                God intends us to grow in love, not
                give into selfish, isolating ways that
                hurt others to get control for ourselves —
                We are to die to the impure ways to live
                a life of resurrection — dying and rising
                in Him —
                    Wanting others to love God and helping
                ourselves to be other focused in building
                the Kingdom of God —

                    True happiness is achieved living
                a virtuous life — people whose lives
                are full of vices and selfishness, envy,
                pride, seeking control (dominance for
                dominance sake, vain glory) are
                miserable —

                    for they see themselves as a god and
                not living to love and serve God with
                their whole mind, their whole soul and
                their whole heart as God commands and
                to love others as ourselves —

                    We cannot work for true happiness
                in God when we are divided — God wants
                us to be one — like the members of
                a body — every person works as a
                unit of the body according to God's
                will — in love — not selfishness —

                We are to be like Jesus who died on the cross
                    for the souls He loved

                We are to be as Christ wants us to be to
                    each other

                God is all good

                We need God's help to be good —

                We are to be living in this world
                    being likened to God

                If what we did was giving
                    into selfish habits we become
                    more and more miserable
                    not like God at all

                Man is called by God to be good
                    which surpasses natural
                    powers — the vision of God —
                    We need God's help to love likened to
                    Him

                We have love in our hearts — likened
                    more and more to Jesus

                We need the virtue of charity —
                    to seek God
                    embrace God
                    love God as He deserves
                    and love our neighbor as ourselves —

                The passions, our feelings, seeking
                    pleasures must be controlled
                    by reason

                    Discernment means we see if
                        what we are doing is
                        1) from the Holy Spirit
                        2) the evil spirit
                        3) ourselves

                We seek to do God's will in love —
                    to live a virtuous life likened
                    to Jesus.

                    Our pursuit is for good —

                    Actions which have an evil outcome
                        are wrong —

                    Jealousies

                    Envy

                    Possessiveness

                    Blocking prayers for love of God

                The devil through his fallacious
                    reasoning works in some with
                    a rush of emotions, anger,
                    clenched teeth because of
                    jealousy and they punish others
                    some times because of their
                    hearts hating, being angry,
                    possessive and not loving as
                    God intends

                The devil is the father of lies
                    Man is to pursue good —
                    Man is to seek truth —

                The cardinal virtues are prudence,
                    justice, temperance, and fortitude —

                We pray that we have these virtues
                    working in our lives —

                In the 6th Chapter of Response to God's
                    Love
— Fr. Carter speaks of the liturgy —
                    I see that God has called us baptized
                    Catholics to live as members of the
                    body of Christ united to the Mass —

                We lay down our lives as a sacrifice,
                    an offering to the Father — united
                    to the sacrifice of the Mass, the sacrifice
                    of Calvary, sacramentally made present
                    in the Mass —

                In the 7th Chapter Fr. Carter addresses the
                    Church — I quote from the Book of Fr. Carter's
                    Priestly Newsletter Book III.

   

Excerpt from Priestly Newsletter Book III

2000 - Issue 3

  

Life In and With Jesus (excerpt)

The Church invites us to share deeply in the passion of Christ, in the cross of Christ. She does so that we might share deeply in His life of resurrection—here and hereafter. The more we die with Christ, the more we share in His life of resurrection—here and hereafter. Our ultimate goal here below is not the cross, but resurrection—the newness of life the cross leads to - here below as well as in eternity.

We are meant to share in all of the mysteries of Christ here below—we are meant to relive them in our own lives. And all of these mysteries are directed to the crowning mystery of Jesus, His resurrection: "As the Church is ever re-enacting, during all the ages, the life story of her Divine Spouse—undergoing in the Mystical Body what He suffered in His Natural Body, so it must be too, in some measure, for every individual Christian that lives in real unity with Christ. It was thus that the saints understood the life of the Divine Master. They not merely contemplated it, they lived it. This was the source of the immense sympathy they were capable of experiencing for Him in His different states. They felt in a certain measure what He felt, and what is true of Our Lord’s life considered as a whole must be true in no imperfect or limited manner of that which was the supreme and crowning mystery in that life—namely, the Resurrection. This must be, not merely a fact in Christian history, but a phase of Christian experience …We do not readily perceive that, in God’s plan, not only the Cross, but the Risen Life that followed it, is meant to be part of our terrestrial existence. Christ did not pass from the Cross straight to heaven. The Christian is not meant to do so either. In the case of Jesus the Cross preceded, prepared and prefaced a risen life on earth. In the case of the Christian the Cross is meant to play a somewhat similar role—that is, to be the prelude to a risen life, even here below.

"The Cross cannot be completely understood except it is viewed in the full light of the Resurrection. It is the latter, not the former, that is the ultimate mystery for us…The Cross is a means, not an end; it finds its explanation only in the empty tomb; it is an entrance into life, not a mode of death. Any death that enters into God’s plan must necessarily issue forth in life. If He lays upon us the necessity of dying it is in order that we may live…In order that we may live as we ought, our rebellious nature must be crucified. Crucifixion always remains the only mode of salvation.

"God sends trials and crosses simply to deaden in us the activity of the forces that make for the decay of the spiritual life, in order that that spiritual life may develop and expand unimpeded. According as the life of perverse nature ebbs away from us on our cross united with Christ’s, the Divine Life that God has placed in all whom He has called begins to make itself more manifest and to display increased vigour and vitality…It is to that Resurrection, that life in death, that God directs all the circumstances of our life—it is the object He aims at in His dealing with us." 7

In his above words, Fr. Edward Leen, C.S.Sp., speaks about a special episode of our participation in the resurrection of Jesus. He speaks of our Christ-life, our life of grace, in the highly developed state. We should all strive for this state. We must realize, however, that all those who live in the state of grace are, in an essential way, living the life of resurrection. They are alive in Christ Jesus.

_______

  1. Edward Leen, In the Likeness of Christ, Sheed and Ward, pp. 290-300.

    

                    The Trinity is the most perfect
                        community

                In Chapter 8
                    Fr. Carter says we are to walk not an
                        isolated path, but walk
                        hand-in-hand —

                    He discusses again the 3 loves —
                    How God is giving us love in our
                        lives today

                We are to love those who God intends
                    us to live with and work for
                    unity —

                People who marry one another
                    should not marry to predominantly
                    get love for themselves, but
                    give love to the other

                Chapter 9 — Prayer

                    In prayer God puts the fragmented
                pieces of our lives together so we
                see the truth as we communicate
                to God and listen to Him.

                    The Mass
                    The Rosary
                    The Morning Offering

                Chapter 10

                    Mysticism —

                    God intends us to be more and more
                        intimately united to Him

 
   

Picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Cling to Me

May 13, 1993

Jesus: My dear child, if you stay close to Me, then I live in you and you live in Me. I am He Who created you and I love you with such an intensity that you will never know. My words are your truth. You must abide in My heart in all things. There is no room for doubt. My ways are steadfast, direct, and without error.

    You must stay rooted in Me to ward off the power of the evil one. His grip is paralyzing and crippling. His power is stronger every day.

    When you live in Me, I am in your heart and he has no power over Me. I am your God. I am your true lover. I want to protect you. I want to guard you from this force. Stay rooted firmly in Me and he will have no power.

    I am He Who comforts you. My hand is upon you. Hold tight to Me, My child. My eyes are fixed right on you. You are My most precious child. I love you as no other can. My arms are about you. My tenderness surrounds you. My love is in your heart. You go not alone. I walk with you.

    I share every aspect of your life with you. Cling to Me, feel My presence. It is warm and secure within your chest. There is no room for fear, for I cast out fear and bring you comfort and joy.

end of May 13, 1993 message

 

 

Picture of the Sacred Heart of JesusA City on a Hill Shines to the World (excerpt)

February 23, 1994 5:30 a.m.

Jesus: I am the light of the world. A city on a hill will shine to the world. You at the Center will be this city when you are filled to the brim with the love of Jesus. What power, what might, to have each person a personal spouse of Jesus Christ! This is the light to the darkened world. The love of Jesus radiates from the very being of those who love Him. What light when all together are lifted by His love abounding deep within their breasts!

end of excerpt

 

    

                Chapter 11

                    The incarnation goes on in
                        us.

                    The individual Christian, the
                        Church, the world is in the
                        state of becoming

                Fr. Carter used this book for

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