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March 11, 2010

March 12th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 2 Period I.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
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March 12th are Luminous.

  
 

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March 11, 2010

                Jesus: The light comes —
                    The dark comes —
                    I give to you so many gifts
                    I am the Light of the world —
                    A city on a hill will shine to the world —


                R. Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the
                    faithful with the fire of Your love


                Oh God — I love You —
                    I place my trust in You —

                Come Holy Spirit fill us with the fire
                    of Your love


                Jesus: A city on a hill will shine its light to
                    the rest of the world
                    when the hearts are filled to the brim
                    with My love.


                R. Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the faithful
                    with the fire of Your love —

 

1 John 4:17-21

Love comes to its perfection in us
when we can face
   the Day of Judgement fearlessly,
because even in this world
we have become as he is.
In love there is no room for fear,
but perfect love drives out fear,
because fear implies punishment
and no one who is afraid
   has come to perfection in love.
Let us love, then,
because he first loved us.
Anyone who says 'I love God'
and hates his brother,
is a liar,
since whoever does not love the brother
   whom he can see
cannot love God whom he has not seen.
Indeed this is the commandment
   we have received from him,
that whoever loves God,
   must also love his brother.


                Jesus: A light shines in the darkness — you
                    will be this light —


                Angry people speak in anger, act in anger,
                    hate full of anger —

                Anger is their constant companion —

                Where love permeates the hearts likened
                    to Mine —

                Hatred filled the men's hearts because
                    they were full of anger —

                Pray for them — do not fear their idle
                    threats, punishments, revenge —
                    for they will know My justice —

                But you say to Me, "Oh God, please
                help them, for I love them, I see their good
                despite their bad deeds and I cry to You
                for mercy for them" —

                Oh that they would know that following
                My commandments and loving is where
                their freedom lies, but they want to be
                right instead of loving —

                they seek dominance for dominance sake
                    instead of loving —

                they make their own misery going against
                    the will of God the Father

                For you were created for God —
                God has all the power —

                It is false power to try to make the
                    just man fear your actions —
                    folly I tell you for the just
                    man is free

                He is not held by bonds of iniquities

                His heart is pure and it is love for
                    why he acts —
                    His tears are tears of remorse for
                    those caught in their own sins —
                    for his ways in his heart is love
                    and justice and wanting souls
                    to go to heaven —

                The evil heart plans vengeance in his
                    bed, his nights are nights of
                    remorse for his pillow is a
                    pillow of jealousies and anger
                    stored up — night after night —

                Where the just man knows God in
                    his heart as his constant shield
                    and fire of love in a cold winter —

                    The angry man is warmed with
                rage and his heart plotting against
                the pure man — he calls 'fool' —

                    When in fact — one who gives into
                folly, acts against God's will is the
                spiritual fool —

                    He listens to the evil spirit and is
                enslaved by his consent
                to the erring designs the evil one
                puts before him and he succumbs
                to his evil plan not realizing he is
                the fool — trapped like one in the
                woods caught by a snake trap
                that does more than hurt a man's
                body, but hurts his soul — Evil designs
                the man succumbs to, by the malicious,
                fallacious reasoning of the evil
                serpent — the devil wanting vengeance
                on the man loving God and loving
                others —

                    Remember the story of Joseph —
                for his brothers called Joseph fool and
                laughed at his dreams —

                    God created the man to dream and to
                rest — to lie by a quiet brook and the
                man still is prone to suffering when
                walking on a bristly path of
                thorns and thistles —

                    I do not remove all those from
                you, but watch you learn about
                suffering and new life —

                    An evil man plots evil in his bed —
                a just man loves the precepts of God
                and wants, with his whole heart what
                is right —

                    Oh you angry men — your blanket is
                the stash of darkness in an already
                dark night because of your own heart —
                You are held captive at your own making
                for not saying you are sorry and being
                accountable to your God and others
                for your sins —

                    The man knows the chambers
                at night that bind him because
                he carries not the truth in himself,
                but deception — filling himself
                with more deception and darkness — day
                by day — like a snow plow throwing
                dirty snow on an already mountain
                of dirty snow that grows bigger and
                bigger to obstruct any pass from
                the mountain of dirty snow when
                one was trying to create a pass —

                    Oh dirty snow is a sign, but some
                don't see it pile up and pile up —
                it comes down white and pure only
                to pass through anger, revenge,
                power-over, jealousies and like
                the snow by the road soon it
                is a dirty mess, though once
                the snow that came was beautiful
                and white.

                    I give you blessings, your breath,
                your fingers and toes, your eyes to see
                and your ears to hear and some use
                these to dishonor Me and themselves —
                Where they were called to admit their
                sins, they lied to themselves and
                their hearts became more corroded
                with junk that made them a
                clogged, closed vessel —

                    Sing this song
                    Give Me your Heart oh Jesus

 

                Pray for grace — go to confession — look
                at your life — forgive those who wronged
                you and pray for their offenses against
                men and God and love them in that
                prayer of forgiveness — See your own faults —
                look closely at your bitterness, revenge,
                jealousies, angers — how you never said
                you are sorry for you lived your life
                to be right and not to learn to love
                with a soft and forgiving heart —
                Admit your sins and ask for My forgiveness —
                Wow — doesn't that wipe out an
                old load of being right and never
                saying "I'm sorry" — then when you
                really see through the eyes of God
                how you act this wretched way hurting
                others and hurting your relationship
                with Me — forgive yourself — don't
                punish others anymore — beg for
                forgiveness and keep that contrite heart —

                I am a God of justice

                Song: I Am a God of Justice
 


 

                R. Wipe out my offense, oh God, and put
                    a clean spirit within my heart —
                    for I was stone-jawed, stone-faced,
                    my heart was cold and

                Now God I come in humility and
                    beg that You will have mercy
                    on me and forgive my sins —

                Oh God I know You want a contrite
                    heart — not one caught in pride —
                    trying to prove perfection before men
                    when in fact we are imperfect
                    creatures with these wounded
                    human natures and tendencies
                    toward evil —

                    Let me drop the load I have carried
                for so long, hidden deep in unforgiveness
                and sin and open to You my heart
                filled with love — Your love in me —
                Oh God wash me from my guilt and
                save me — Be my defense when
                others persecute me —

                    Let my heart be made clean,
                Oh God, create in me a clean
                spirit — one filled with love —

                    Hearts were made for love — Hearts
                were made for God — We are blind God —
                open our eyes to know Your precepts,
                to see our folly — so we do not proceed
                as spiritual fools to a dirty nest,
                that are like swarming bees to a gentle
                heart —

                    Create in me, God, a clean spirit and
                in my anguish rescue me from the
                liar of the evil one who wishes to trip
                me up and set me out to dry —

                    Create in me, God, a clean spirit —
                one of love and forgiveness —

                    Let my heart be a humble heart and
                not one seated deeply in the pride of
                the evil serpent who wants my
                death —

                    Oh God wash me, clean and through,
                with the waters — outpour Your
                grace upon me that my night will
                be quiet as I rest in peace in
                the Heart of Jesus and know You my beloved
                Father and Holy Spirit dwelling deeply
                in my graced, baptized soul —

                    God wash me of my guilt and
                save me from the liar of the evil one
                who wants to trip me up and puff
                me up in pride —

                    When my heart was made for
                meekness and love — a heart
                likened to the Heart of Jesus full
                of love
   


 

                    Oh God that I could not be
                imprisoned by any enslavement
                because of willfulness and pride
                giving into satan, but walk in
                the arms of God, whence I go —
                My life is a mystery, but my
                God — life is lived in You —
                moment by moment, I trust You,
                I walk with You — I live IN YOU —
                Oh God I love You so much —
                I want You, My beloved God —
                Father, Son and Holy Spirit to dwell deeply
                within my graced, baptized soul —

                    Veni Sancte Spiritus
                    Veni Sancte Spiritus
                    Veni Sancte Spiritus

                    Oh God help us to live our
                vocation with harmony and love
                as you intend and not fight your will
                like a little child throwing a temper
                tantrum to get our way —

                    How little we are in our pride and
                how I see like the little child demanding
                their way with their mother and father —
                learning about obedience —

                    The 40 and 50 and 60 year old still
                like a rebellious child making the
                will of God the Father their rival —
                when they were created by God the Father
                for something and given all the talents
                to share and help lead men to Him

 

 

 

 

       

                If we flee to the highest mountain
                    He is there

                In Baptism God gives us a sharing
                    in His life —
                    Our knowing and loving capacity
                        is elevated —

                The Holy Spirit gives us His gifts to
                    help us get to heaven
                    WISDOM
                    KNOWLEDGE
                    UNDERSTANDING
                    COUNSEL
                    FORTITUDE
                    PIETY
                    FEAR OF THE LORD

                We must be humble and recognize
                    we need God to lead us to God —
                    We need wisdom
                    We need God's grace to be good —
                    We are dependent on God —
                    God loves us —
                    God will give us gifts and
                        grace if we ask Him —

                Sing: Come to me, Lord, and possess my soul. Come into my heart and permeate my soul.
                            Help me to sit in silence with You and let You work in my heart.
      

                God gives us light

                Our true home is in heaven

                We were created for God —
                God alone, ultimately, makes us happy —

                All men seek happiness —
                We search a barren desert here below —
                God is the source of our happiness —
                We were created for Him —

                We cannot run after false gods —
                    a false god can be putting
                    ourselves and our will 1st

                    wanting what we want when
                        we want it —

                    trying to prove we are right —
                        when in fact we offended
                        God and others by our sin

                Giving into the 7 deadly sins
                    Pride, Greed, Envy, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth

                    can cause us misery and tears

                God is the I Am —
                We were created for Him —
                We were created in His image
                    and likeness —

                We are to show this beauty to
                    our brothers in the world —
                    this God-likeness in being
                    good, being obedient,
                    being loving, being pure,
                    being as God wants us to be

                Jesus is God — Jesus came to show
                    us how to be

                Mary is our model, Mary was conceived
                    sinless

                So the poor banished children of Adam and Eve
                    consecrate their hearts to the
                    New Adam and the New Eve —
                        Jesus and Mary

   

Act of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

"Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock, I consecrate myself to Your most Sacred Heart. From Your pierced Heart the Church was born, the Church You have called me, as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, to serve in a most special way. You reveal Your Heart as a symbol of Your love in all its aspects, including Your most special love for me, whom You have chosen as Your companion in this most important work. Help me to always love You in return. Help me to give myself entirely to You. Help me always to pour out my life in love of God and neighbor! Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You!

"Dear Blessed Virgin Mary, I consecrate myself to your maternal and Immaculate Heart, this Heart which is symbol of your life of love. You are the Mother of my Savior. You are also my Mother. You love me with a most special love as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, a movement created by your Son as a powerful instrument for the renewal of the Church and the world. In a return of love, I give myself entirely to your motherly love and protection. You followed Jesus perfectly. You are His first and perfect disciple. Teach me to imitate you in the putting on of Christ. Be my motherly intercessor so that, through your Immaculate Heart, I may be guided to an ever closer union with the pierced Heart of Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock."

 

                We see the fall of Adam and Eve
                    the curse

                And we see Easter in the Spring
                Jesus died on a tree for our sins —

                Jesus had to die to
                Rise from the dead

                Winter — Spring — new life

                God put us here —

                Our existence depends on Him —

                How can we smite Him and
                    expect Him to not make us
                    accountable for our hidden sins —

                God is all just —

                Jesus shows us His Heart —

                The treasure of all treasures
   

   

 

Jesus gives us Himself — truly present in the Eucharist — today

    

                All of creation bears the handprint of God.

                We are to beg to see through God's eyes —
                    His plan for the world and for
                    His creation —

                God intends us to see more and more
                    His vision and not see with
                    our tainted vision

 

                Christ is our light
   

 

                God created the world —
                    seen and unseen from nothing
                    man is the apex of creation
                    God created in order

                Man who wants to think he is powerful
                    keeps trying to get men to be
                    more and more under him

                Pushing boundaries
                    hurting others out of selfishness
                    punishing others

                All was created by God for meaning
                    and purpose

   

Cardinal Newman said

                    "... everyone who breathes, high and low,
                    educated and ignorant, young and old, man and woman,
                    has a mission, has a work. We are not sent
                    into this world for nothing; we are not born at
                    random. . . God sees every one of us;
                    He creates every soul, He lodges it in
                    a body, one by one, for a purpose. He needs,
                    He deigns to need, every one of us.
                    He has an end for each of us... we are
                    placed in our different ranks and stations, not to
                    get what we can out of them for ourselves, but to
                    labor in them for Him, as He rejoiced to do His work,
                    we must rejoice in ours also.
"
                                   
(Discourses addressed to mixed congregations)

   

                We see the symmetry and balance,
                    the order in creation

  

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

                        23. FIRST PRINCIPLE AND FOUNDATION

                            Man is created to praise, reverence and serve God 
                        our Lord, and by this means to save his soul.

   

                God created the light!!

                "Let there be light"

                God called us to the light —

                We are to respond to this call —

                God is the Master

                Notice the Fr. Carter Tell My People messages

 

 

 from Tell My People

 

"What I say to you in the dark, tell in the day-
light; what you hear in whispers, proclaim
from the housetops."
(Matthew 10:27)
  

Jesus Has Come to Give Us Life

Jesus: "This is the day celebrating My Resurrection (Easter). The day of newness of life. I am Lord and Master. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Tell My people to come to Me if they wish to experience life in abundance. I want to give all an ever greater share in the life of My Resurrection. Without Me you cannot be happy, nor have peace, nor have real joy. Tell My people to surrender to Me more and more. The more they do so, the more they will experience My love, wisdom, power, peace, joy, happiness, mercy, and goodness. Within My Heart My people will find these riches. I am Lord and Master! Please listen to My words."

Reflection: Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus has come to give us life, and to give us this life in abundance.

When we were baptized, we were incorporated into Christ and His Church. When we were baptized, we received the life of sanctifying grace. This life is a created sharing in the life of the Trinity. Truly, we are called to live a God-like existence according to the teaching and example of Jesus! It is our duty and our privilege to develop our life of grace—our Christ-life—through our participation in the Mass, through the reception of the sacraments, through prayer, and through all other good works. Indeed, we are called to love God and neighbor more and more.

What a glorious life has been given to us! In a spirit of thanksgiving, and together with Mary our Mother, let us always strive to know Christ more intimately, to love Him more ardently, and to follow Him more closely, so that He will always bring us to a closer union with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

 

        Age of the Two Hearts

Jesus:  "My beloved priest-companion, I have allowed you to experience in extraordinary fashion the riches contained in My Heart and My Mother's Heart. I desire that you tell all My people about these riches. I desire that My people consecrate themselves to My Sacred Heart and to Mary's Immaculate Heart. My people are living in the beginnings of the age of the Two Hearts.

    "After the time of the purification is completed, this new era of the Church and the world will become firmly established. This era will be characterized by the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. All those who consecrate themselves to My Heart and to My Mother's Heart will help to establish this glorious new age. I am Lord and Master. Please listen to My urgent request. Within Our Hearts you will experience the love and security, the peace and the joy, which you all desire. I love My people with a tremendous love, and in My love I give them this message!"

 

Work to Make Your World Better

Jesus: "My beloved companion, remind My people of their responsibility toward the world. They have a duty to try to make this a better world for all to live in.

"Today there is much which is wrong with the world. Sin covers the face of the earth. Sins of all kinds blemish the goodness of My Father's creation.

"However, My Mother and I are increasingly gathering our forces for the battle against Satan and his followers. We are more and more forming Our followers to wage the battle to win back that part of the world dominated by Satan's influence. We are forming our followers in the ways of love. We are forming Our followers with the grace which flows from the bosom of My Father, through My Heart, given in the Holy Spirit, and distributed through the intercession of the maternal and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

"We are forming Our followers to give themselves in the greatest love for God and neighbor. We are bringing them ever more closely to Our Hearts so that they may draw from the flames of love of My Heart and Mary's Heart! The more My followers dwell in Mary's Heart and My Heart, the more they are enlightened and strengthened to give themselves for the salvation of the world.

"I am Lord and Master. I ask all to follow Me and My Mother to help us bring forth the great age of love and peace for the world. This age will emerge after the phase of purification has been completed. This age will be characterized by the triumph of Mary's immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. In this great new age, soon to come, My people will love and praise My Father, with Mary and through Me and in the Holy Spirit, as never before!

"I love My people with a tremendous, burning love, and in this love I give them this message!"

Reflection: The world belongs to Christ. St. Paul tells us about this:

As he is the Beginning, he was first to be born from the dead, so that he should be first in every way, because God wanted all perfection to be found in him, and all things to be reconciled through him and for him, everything in heaven and everything on earth, when he made peace by his death on the cross (Colossians 1:18-20).

Since the world belongs to Christ, we, who are His followers, must have a great love for the world as created and redeemed by God. We must labor through our participation in the Mass and through all our other prayers and good works to more and more help the Christic image of the world to shine forth in ever greater splendor. This is our duty and our privilege. Out of love for God and neighbor, let's resolve to get on with the task!

end of excerpts

  

                God created a beautiful world before the fall —

                All things were created good by God —

                The world was harmonious, good,
                    orderly without sin, violence
                    or evil —

                There is peace and food —
                    no disease
                    no violence
                    no war

 

Genesis Chapter 3

Now, the snake was the most subtle of all the wild animals that Yahweh God had made. It asked the woman, 'Did God really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?' The woman answered the snake, 'We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden. But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, "You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death." ' Then the snake said to the woman, 'No! You will not die! God knows in fact that the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good from evil.' The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was enticing for the wisdom that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that they were naked. So they sewed fig-leaves together to make themselves loin-cloths.

The man and his wife heard the sound of Yahweh God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from Yahweh God among the trees of the garden. 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.'

    To the woman he said:

    I shall give you intense pain
        in childbearing,
    you will give birth to your children
        in pain.
    Your yearning will be for your husband,
    and he will dominate you.

To the man he said, 'Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat,

    Accursed be the soil because of you!
    Painfully will you get your food from it
    as long as you live.
    It will yield you brambles and thistles,
    as you eat the produce of the land.
    By the sweat of your face

    will you earn you food,
    until you return to the ground,
    as you were taken from it.
    For dust you are
    and to dust you shall return.

The man named his wife 'Eve' because she was the mother of all those who live. Yahweh God made tunics of skins for the man and his wife and clothed them. Then Yahweh God said, 'Now that the man has become like one of us in knowing good from evil, he must not be allowed to reach out his hand and pick from the tree of life too, and eat and live for ever!' So Yahweh God expelled him from the garden of Eden, to till the soil from which he had been taken. He banished the man, and in front of the garden of Eden he posted the great winged creatures and the fiery flashing sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.

 

                God breathes and there is life

   

Genesis 1: 7

Yahweh God shaped man from the soil of the ground and blew the breath of life into his nostrils, and man became a living being.

    

John 20: 22-23

After saying this he breathed on them and said:

Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive anyone's sins,
they are forgiven;
if you retain anyone's sins,
they are retained.

        

                Sin is seeking to live independent
                    of God

                After the fall of Adam and Eve
                the harmony of the world is, now,
                    distorted

                Adam and Eve and their descendents now
                    will have a fallen human nature —
                    but Mary and Jesus do not

                    the tendency toward the 7 deadly sins —
                    for those with the fallen human nature are:

                    Pride, Greed, Envy, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth

                Man hides from God —
                    he now sees God with a distorted vision

                Because of our distorted image
                    of God we do not trust
                    God as we should —
                    We can flee His call

                There is now disobedience

                The order is disturbed
                    because of the fall —

                The harmony is not there

                The relationship between God and
                    Adam and Eve is ruptured

                Man sins
                Man blames others for his sin —

                Concupiscence enters the world —

   

Romans 8: 5-9

Those who are living by their natural inclinations have their minds on the things human nature desires; those who live in the Spirit have their minds on spiritual things. And human nature has nothing to look forward to but death, while the Spirit looks forward to life and peace, because the outlook of disordered human nature is opposed to God, since it does not submit to God's Law, and indeed it cannot, and those who live by their natural inclinations can never be pleasing to God. You, however, live not by your natural inclinations, but by the Spirit, since the Spirit of God has made a home in you. Indeed, anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

     

 

   

1 Corinthians 15:20-28

In fact, however, Christ has been raised from the dead, as the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. As it was by one man that death came, so through one man has come the resurrection of the dead. Just as all die in Adam, so in Christ all will be brought to life; but all of them in their proper order: Christ the first-fruits, and next, at his coming, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, having abolished every principality, every ruling force and power. For he is to be king until he has made his enemies his footstool, and the last of the enemies to be done away with is death, for he has put all things under his feet. But when it is said everything is subjected, this obviously cannot include the One who subjected everything to him. When everything has been subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subjected to the One who has subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.

 

 

 

   

 

Genesis 3: 19

   By the sweat of your face
   will you earn your food,
   until you return to the ground,
   as you were taken from it.
   For dust you are
   and to dust you shall return.’

 

Luke 22: 44

In his anguish he prayed even more earnestly, and his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.

 

                Sin upsets the order willed by God —

                Childbearing — PAIN

                The earth cursed by Adam's sin


                God does not abandon the human
                    race — even though Adam and Eve sinned

    

Romans 5: 12, 17-19

Well then; it was through one man that sin came into the world, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned.

It was by one man’s offence that death came to reign over all, but how much greater the reign in life of those who receive the fullness of grace and the gift of saving justice, through the one man, Jesus Christ. One man’s offence brought condemnation on all humanity; and one man’s good act has brought justification and life to all humanity. Just as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience are many to be made upright.

   

                Cain and Abel —

                Cain's sin is more grave now —
                    Blood of brother —
                    Cain lies to God

                    Life and Blood
                        connected
    


 

                The Eucharist is a gift —

                God punishes Cain —

 

Genesis 7: 11-12, 17-24

    In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, and on the seventeenth day of the month, that very day all the springs of the great deep burst through, and the sluices of heaven opened. And heavy rain fell on earth for forty days and forty nights.

The flood lasted forty days on earth. The waters swelled, lifting the ark until it floated off the ground. The waters rose, swelling higher above the ground, and the ark drifted away over the waters. The waters rose higher and higher above the ground until all the highest mountains under the whole of heaven were submerged. The waters reached their peak fifteen cubits above the submerged mountains. And all living things that stirred on earth perished; birds, cattle, wild animals, all the creatures swarming over the earth, and all human beings. Everything with the least breath of life in its nostrils, everything on dry land, died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out, people, animals, creeping things and birds; they were wiped off the earth and only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. The waters maintained their level on earth for a hundred and fifty days. 

   

                Each generation added more sin —
                    the world was corrupted

                Social sin, today — abortion

                God gave us order

                Man keeps sinning

 

Genesis 9: 8-17

    God spoke as follows to Noah and his sons, ‘I am now establishing my covenant with you and with your descendants to come, and with every living creature that was with you: birds, cattle and every wild animal with you; everything that came out of the ark, every living thing on earth. And I shall maintain my covenant with you: that never again shall all living things be destroyed by the waters of a flood, nor shall there ever again be a flood to devastate the earth.’

    ‘And this’, God said, ‘is the sign of the covenant which I now make between myself and you and every living creature with you for all ages to come: I now set my bow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I shall recall the covenant between myself and you and every living creature, in a word all living things, and never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all living things. When the bow is in the clouds I shall see it and call to mind the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth, that is, all living things.’

    ‘That’, God told Noah, ‘is the sign of the covenant I have established between myself and all living things on earth.’

 

 

                Abraham was blessed

                Those who imitate the faith
                    of Abraham are blessed —

                Those who hurt Abraham are cursed.

                God promises to Abraham —
                God tells him he will be the
                    father of many nations —

                Around 1896 BC Abraham bears a son by Sarah
                    Abraham is tested
                    Isaac the son of Abraham
                    Esau and Jacob sons of Isaac
                        (twins)
                    After Rebekah's barrenness
                    Jacob's wife

                Around 1747 BC Joseph born son of
                    Jacob and Rachel
                    (Jacob was 90)

                Around 1745 BC Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin
                    Joseph dies 1635
 
                    end of Genesis


                Aaron born around 1574 BC
                Moses born around 1571 BC

                Lord appears to
                    Moses in a burning bush
                    around 1491 BC

                Moses gets the 10 Commandments
                    around 1491 BC

  

 

The Ten Commandments

  1. I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
  10. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

   

Deuteronomy 4: 1, 5-9

And now, Israel, listen to the laws and customs which I am teaching you today, so that, by observing them, you may survive to enter and take possession of the country which Yahweh, God of your ancestors, is giving you.

Look: as Yahweh my God commanded me, I have taught you laws and customs, for you to observe in the country of which you are going to take possession. Keep them, put them into practice, and other peoples will admire your wisdom and prudence. Once they know what all these laws are, they will exclaim,  No other people is as wise and prudent as this great nation! And indeed, what great nation has its gods as near as Yahweh our God is to us whenever we call to him? And what great nation has laws and customs as upright as the entirety of this Law which I am laying down for you today?

'But take care, as you value your lives! Do not forget the things which you yourselves have seen, or let them slip from your heart as long as you live; teach them, rather, to your children and to your children's children.

   

                Joshua leads them to the Promised Land


   

Jeremiah 7: 23-28

My one command to them was this: Listen to my voice, then I will be your God and you shall be my people. In everything, follow the way that I mark out for you, and you shall prosper. But they did not listen, they did not pay attention; they followed their own devices, their own stubborn and wicked inclinations, and got worse rather than better. From the day your ancestors left Egypt until today, I have sent you all my servants the prophets, persistently sending them day after day. But they have not listened to me, have not paid attention; they have deliberately resisted, behaving worse than their ancestors. So you will tell them all this, but they will not listen to you; you will call them, but they will not answer you." Then you are to say to them, "This is the nation that will neither listen to the voice of Yahweh its God nor take correction. Sincerity is no more, it has vanished from their mouths.

   

Psalm 95: 1-2, 6-9

Come, let us cry out with joy to Yahweh, 
acclaim the rock of our salvation. 
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving, 
acclaim him with music.

Come, let us bow low and do reverence; 
kneel before Yahweh who made us! 
For he is our God, 
and we the people of his sheepfold, 
the flock of his hand. 

If only you would listen to him today! 
Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, 
as at the time of Massah in the desert, 
when your ancestors challenged me, 
put me to the test, and saw what I could do!

 

                Luke 11: 14-23

He was driving out a devil and it was dumb; and it happened that when the devil had gone out the dumb man spoke, and the people were amazed. But some of them said, ‘It is through Beelzebul, the prince of devils, that he drives devils out.’ Others asked him, as a test, for a sign from heaven; but, knowing what they were thinking, he said to them, ‘Any kingdom which is divided against itself is heading for ruin, and house collapses against house. So, too, with Satan: if he is divided against himself, how can his kingdom last?—since you claim that it is through Beelzebul that I drive devils out. Now if it is through Beelzebul that I drive devils out, through whom do your own sons drive them out? They shall be your judges, then. But if it is through the finger of God that I drive devils out, then the kingdom of God has indeed caught you unawares. So long as a strong man fully armed guards his own home, his goods are undisturbed; but when someone stronger than himself attacks and defeats him, the stronger man takes away all the weapons he relied on and shares out his spoil.

‘Anyone who is not with me is against me; and anyone who does not gather in with me throws away.

 

      

 

Mysteries of Light

 

                Baptism of Jesus

                (1) Fill me Jesus with a love for You and
                        gratitude for Your gifts given to me.
                        Today is a day to be grateful that I
                        know Your light in this world surrounded
                        by much darkness —
                        Today is a day I ask to see with Your
                        eyes all my gifts through others
                        You have put in my life and to love
                        them deeply with my Heart focused
                        on my prayer for them — today and
                        always.

                (2) The ways of the heart Jesus makes known to
                        us for He showed us about love and
                        His ordinary life lived before His
                        public life —
                        We too live ordinary lives, but in
                        that ordinariness He calls us to
                        heroic love —
                        Loving with His Heart —
                        Being His beating Heart in the world
                        Oh Savior help me to know Your
                        love for me and all You call me to
                        live and work with.

                (3) I want to thank You for the gift of baptism —
                        for in this sacrament I received a sharing
                        in Your life and my knowing and loving
                        capacity has been elevated — Oh God You
                        are so very good to us —
                        I love to meditate on the mysteries of
                        the rosary —
                        Oh God how beautiful the example we
                            see in the lives of Jesus and Mary —

                (4) Jesus: Beauty is beyond anything you can imagine
                        for I give you a glimpse of the light —
                        and I love you so much —
                    I was baptized by John at the Jordan to
                        show you so many things and the
                        mysteries hidden, but revealed to
                        you as I write more of My undaunted
                        love for you —focus on My love
                        focus on mystery — In mystery it
                        means you are seeking deeply an
                        answer - yet to be revealed —
                        the mystery I reveal deeply in
                        your hearts — My deep ever vigilant
                        love for you is beyond any measure —
                        you let go and let Me open your
                        heart to such knowledge of
                        My love — let go now — be open —
                        seeking a treasure of love and
                        knowledge within your heart —
                        let go child — let me show you the abyss
                        of My love — see the red burning place and
                        know the love deep in your being —
                        the gift to let go to the presence of
                        being one with your God —
                    Open your heart — Open child — let Me
                        in — so we are more and more one —
                        you know the presence of Father, Son and
                        Holy Spirit dwelling deep within your graced,
                        baptized soul —

                (5) Jesus: Open to Me and see the vision of Me standing
                        in the Jordan and see John the Baptist —
                        hear the waters — see the sun reflecting
                        on the caps of the water — you feel the
                        air blowing — you know the presence
                        of God and John with water baptizing
                        and the heavens open — the Spirit of God descending
                        like a dove above My Head is seen and a voice
                        from the heavens is heard —
                        with authority — a voice that speaks
                        and you hear as you look at this
                        vision

                        "This is my beloved Son, with whom
                        I am well pleased"

                (6) Jesus: I reveal to you such knowledge of
                        Myself — I penetrate your heart
                        with love, but you must be open —

                    Let go of debris — being held bound
                        now — let go and let Me enter
                        in with this presence —

                (7) R. Dear Jesus — we want to make a spiritual
                        communion, we cannot receive You
                        now, but we want to know Your
                        presence deep in our heart —
                        deep in our soul — Oh God fill us
                        with Your presence that we can
                        just focus on You and Your love
                        for us now — Love deep in us —
                        Oneness with You —
                        Quite surrender to be alone in
                        this moment with You in our heart
                        in deep love —
                        We love You so much our beloved
                        God —

                (8) R. You, oh God, are Lord forever and ever —

                    Song: Your Presence Pervades My Soul

                (9) Now focus on this love of God — letting go
                        and ask Him to care for all your
                        earthly needs — surrendering and
                        loving all —
                        the devil wants you divided —
                        Not to know this moment of deep
                            union with God —
                        Even in trials — your love for God
                            and trust in Him is so great
                            you let go to Him all trials and
                            ask the Holy Spirit to help you
                            in every problem so you can
                            in this moment focus on God
                            and His love for you —

                (10) Jesus: Surrender, My sweet one, I love
                            you so much — know My light —
                            know My Heart — more and more —
                            My Heart is consumed with love
                            for you —
                            I will fill you with Myself —
                            And you are at rest in Me —
                            I am your beloved —
                            Let go to Me and experience My
                                presence and this peace in Me —
                            I love you, I love you, I love you

                            I am Jesus Christ the Son of God —
                            Let go — now — I love you —

  

                The Marriage at Cana

                (1) John 2: 1-11  

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. And they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the feast had all been used, and the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said, ‘Woman, what do you want from me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water,’ and they filled them to the brim. Then he said to them, ‘Draw some out now and take it to the president of the feast.’ They did this; the president tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew—the president of the feast called the bridegroom and said, ‘Everyone serves good wine first and the worse wine when the guests are well wined; but you have kept the best wine till now.’ This was the first of Jesus’ signs: it was at Cana in Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, but they stayed there only a few days.

                (2) Jesus: Now see yourself with Me too — You are
                        happy to be with Mary and with
                        Me — You see Mary talking to Me
                        and you see the jars and you
                        watch Me —
                        You see the waiter taste the wine
                        and listen to him speak —

                        You see this first miracle as it
                            takes place —
                        The word is "awe" — You are in
                            "awe" to see and know the
                            power I have

                (3) Jesus: Now My child focus on the Mass — You
                        are there so one with Me —
                        praying to the Father in the Holy Spirit
                        You see at the consecration of the
                        Mass, the priest leaning over the
                        bread and you hear his words
                        You know the bread is changed into
                            My Body —

                (4) Jesus: Then the priest raises the consecrated
                        host — You are so wrapped in
                        the gift — You are so one with
                        Me — You empty yourself and
                        unite yourself offered as a
                        sacrifice with Me to the Father
                        in the Holy Spirit —
                        You unite to the sacrifice of Calvary
                        sacramentally made present —
                        Oh, My child — you see Me
                        hanging on the cross and suffering
                        for love of you —

                (5) Jesus: Now you know grace is outpoured —
                        all over the world —
                        the body of Christ, the Church
                        united
                        All the angels and saints and
                            souls in purgatory —

                        You pray deeply for the souls of the
                            earth —

                        You are in awe —
                        You pray for all priests and the Church

                        Be in that moment — Let it linger —
                        Remember its gifts later in prayer —

                        Anticipate the Mass like this before
                        you go — thirst after this gift

                (6) Jesus: And now the wine is changed
                        to My blood —
                        Listen to the words of the priest
                        Know My presence
                        Know the Holy Spirit acting

                    Be one with the Father — praying to
                        Him — offering yourself to
                        Him in the Holy Spirit

                    THIRST after this moment —
                    LINGER in it
                    ANTICIPATE it

                    Sing: Christ has died, Christ has risen,
                             Christ will come again

                    Be there — Be so one in this great
                        event — Love it
                        Cherish it
                        Every Mass
                        When you are not there

                    Be united to the Masses going on
                        around the world —

                (7) From Response in Christ by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

e) Relationship with Members of the Church

There is but one true Church of Christ. Yet this one Church has three different states of existence. There is the pilgrim Church, the Church of this world, composed of members who have received the grace of Christ and strive for its development. They have not yet obtained the goal of their efforts, as have the members of the heavenly Church, who enjoy God in eternal happiness. The Church suffering is an intermediate state of existence necessary for those who had not achieved the required purification as members of the pilgrim Church. Although there are these three phases of the Church’s existence, there is a profound union existing between all the members. All these members possess the same basic life of grace in Christ, and this common life establishes the most intimate bonds of love. In our preceding chapter, we discussed the pilgrim Church. Let us now consider the Church suffering and the heavenly Church.

The members of the Church suffering are those who have departed from this life in an incomplete state of Christian development. Their development is incomplete in the sense that grace has not fully taken possession of them, and, as a result, they are yet closed in upon themselves to a greater or lesser degree. They as yet cannot open themselves out in complete love to the Triune God in the beatific vision. They must undergo a further purification, a purification which could have been achieved upon earth with merit. Now the purification must be achieved with no merit attached. The pain of this purification is mixed with the certain expectation of achieving the vision of God. We can hasten the advent of this vision for this people by the offering of prayers and other good works. Scripture itself refers to our action on behalf of those in purgatory in Chapter 12 of the Second Book of Maccabees beginning with verse 38.

The members of the heavenly Church are those in whom the life of grace has taken full possession and has reached its completion in the life of glory. Faith now is unnecessary, as the light of glory gives the human intellect a new strength and capacity for seeing God face-to-face. While the Christian was a wayfarer, he received the imprint of the indwelling Trinity as he shared in God’s own life. Now in heaven that grace-life and possession of God reaches its completion—the absolute completion is not achieved, however, until the resurrection of the body. The divine persons give Themselves to the beatified in a profound union far surpassing that of the indwelling of the Trinity experienced here below.

This life of heaven is still the Christ-life, for just as we possess a share in Trinitarian life here below as mediated by Christ, and exercise this grace-life as structured by Him, so also in heaven is the mediation of Christ present. In the words of Rahner, "One always sees the Father through Jesus. Just as immediately as this, for the directness of the vision of God is not a denial of the mediatorship of Christ as man."14 And not only does the humanity of Christ unite the blessed to God, but also, in some way, to the whole of creation. This is merely a completion of what is begun here below, namely, the union with Christ in His humanity establishing the Christian in a special relationship with God, with other men, and with the whole of creation. We have a glimpse, therefore, of the fullness of life which members of the heavenly Church possess.

The heavenly Church, as St. Thomas says, is the true Church.15 The Church of this earth and the Church of purgatory are, each in its own way, reaching out in loving hope for the heavenly Jerusalem. Vatican II puts it very simply: "The Church, to which we are called in Christ Jesus, and in which we acquire sanctity through the grace of God, will attain her full perfection only in the glory of heaven."16

The members of the heavenly Church can help us in living our life of grace until we too share its fullness with them. Their power of intercession on our behalf is but another ramification of the communal aspect of Christianity. We are meant to help others grow in Christ. We, in turn, are intended by God to receive aid from others—yes, from members of the heavenly Church, as well as from those with whom we dwell here below.

Not only can we be aided by the saints’ intercession, but the example of the canonized saints can also be of great value to us. They have concretely proved that full holiness is possible. Such an inspiration is of real worth when we are tempted to think that Christian sanctity in its higher degrees is impossible of attainment. Moreover, the canonized saints, in their diversity, teach us that there are many authentic versions of Christian holiness. They can be innovators in showing us that there are numerous possibilities in assimilating the mystery of Christ, although the basic assimilation remains the same for all Christians of all times. In the opinion of Rahner this is one of the chief roles the canonized saints exert in the life of the Church.17

 


NOTES:

 14Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Vol. III (Baltimore: Helicon, 1967), p. 44.
 15
Cf. St. Thomas Aquinas, In Ad Ephes., c. 3, Lect. 3.
 16Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Church, No. 48.
 17Cf. Karl Rahner, Op. cit., pp. 100-101.

 

                (8) We celebrate —
                        This is the main celebration of the
                        Christian community —
                        Enjoy this moment —
                        Be united to the Masses going on
                            around the world —

                        Our lives a sacrifice — united to
                            the sacrifice of Jesus —
                            offered to the Father in
                            the Holy Spirit
                            with all the angels and saints —

                        We as members of the mystical
                            body of Christ, the Church
                            are united to all the Masses
                            going on around the world —

                (9) The mystery of Christ —
                        The gift of the priest

                    Song: A Priest is a Gift from God

                (10) We die to ourselves, our selfish ways
                        not like Jesus to live more and
                        more likened to Him — to live
                        that resurrected life in our life —

   

Isaiah 53: 7-9

Ill–treated and afflicted, 
he never opened his mouth, 
like a lamb led to the slaughter–house, 
like a sheep dumb before its shearers 
he never opened his mouth.

Forcibly, after sentence, he was taken.
Which of his contemporaries
    was concerned
at his having been cut off
    from the land of the living,
at his having been struck dead
    for his people's rebellion?
He was given a grave with the wicked,
and his tomb is with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
had spoken no deceit.

   

                    The Eucharistic sacrifice renews
                        and summarizes the Christ-event,
                        and likewise summarizes
                        our participation in this
                        Mystery of Jesus.

 

Matthew 26: 26-28

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples. ‘Take it and eat,’ he said, ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he handed it to them saying, ‘Drink from this, all of you, for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

 

                    The Church is the Body of Christ —

                    At Mass — we thank God
                                    we love God, we adore God
                                    we help make reparation for
                                        the sins of the human race
                                    we petition God for our needs
                                    we tell God, we are sorry for
                                        for sins and the sins of
                                        the human race

  

                Kingdom of God

                (1)

A Prayer before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

    Let me be a holy sacrifice and unite with God in the sacrament of His greatest love.

    I want to be one in Him in this act of love, where He gives Himself to me and I give myself as a sacrifice to Him. Let me be a holy sacrifice as I become one with Him in this my act of greatest love to Him.

    Let me unite with Him more, that I may more deeply love Him. May I help make reparation to His adorable Heart and the heart of His Mother, Mary. With greatest love, I offer myself to You and pray that You will accept my sacrifice of greatest love. I give myself to You and unite in Your gift of Yourself to me. Come and possess my soul.

    Cleanse me, strengthen me, heal me. Dear Holy Spirit act in the heart of Mary to make me more and more like Jesus.

    Father, I offer this my sacrifice, myself united to Jesus in the Holy Spirit to You. Help me to love God more deeply in this act of my greatest love.

    Give me the grace to grow in my knowledge, love and service of You and for this to be my greatest participation in the Mass. Give me the greatest graces to love You so deeply in this Mass, You who are so worthy of my love.

-Mass Book, December 27, 1995

 

                (2) Jesus is the King of Kings —
                        There were bad Kings in the Old Testament
                        There were good Kings in the Old Testament

                    Jesus the Little King is the King of
                        Kings

                (3) Our job in the Shepherds of Christ is to spread
                    this devotion to His Sacred
                    Heart —
                    So people will make Jesus the
                        King of their hearts —
                    the King of their homes —
                    the King of their lives
                    the King of all places on this earth

                (4)

Act of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

"Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock, I consecrate myself to Your most Sacred Heart. From Your pierced Heart the Church was born, the Church You have called me, as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, to serve in a most special way. You reveal Your Heart as a symbol of Your love in all its aspects, including Your most special love for me, whom You have chosen as Your companion in this most important work. Help me to always love You in return. Help me to give myself entirely to You. Help me always to pour out my life in love of God and neighbor! Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You!

"Dear Blessed Virgin Mary, I consecrate myself to your maternal and Immaculate Heart, this Heart which is symbol of your life of love. You are the Mother of my Savior. You are also my Mother. You love me with a most special love as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, a movement created by your Son as a powerful instrument for the renewal of the Church and the world. In a return of love, I give myself entirely to your motherly love and protection. You followed Jesus perfectly. You are His first and perfect disciple. Teach me to imitate you in the putting on of Christ. Be my motherly intercessor so that, through your Immaculate Heart, I may be guided to an ever closer union with the pierced Heart of Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock."

                (5)

  

  

                (6)

1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28

    In fact, however, Christ has been raised from the dead, as the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. As it was by one man that death came, so through one man has come the resurrection of the dead. Just as all die in Adam, so in Christ all will be brought to life; but all of them in their proper order: Christ the first-fruits, and next, at his coming, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, having abolished every principality, every ruling force and power. For he is to be king until he has made his enemies his footstool, and the last of the enemies to be done away with is death, for he has put all things under his feet.

When everything has been subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subjected to the One who has subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.

                (7) Sing: Valleys of Green

Psalm 23: 1-6

Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 
In grassy meadows he lets me lie. 

By tranquil streams he leads me 
    to restore my spirit. 
He guides me in paths of saving justice 
    as befits his name. 

Even were I to walk in a ravine as dark as death 
I should fear no danger, for you are at my side. 
Your staff and your crook are there to soothe me. 

You prepare a table for me 
    under the eyes of my enemies; 
you anoint my head with oil; 
    my cup brims over. 

Kindness and faithful love pursue me 
    every day of my life. 
I make my home in the house of Yahweh 
    for all time to come.

                (8) Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17

    “For the Lord Yahweh says this: Look, I myself shall take care of my flock and look after it. As a shepherd looks after his flock when he is with his scattered sheep, so shall I look after my sheep. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered on the day of clouds and darkness.

I myself shall pasture my sheep, I myself shall give them rest–declares the Lord Yahweh. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the injured and make the sick strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them."

    "As for you, my sheep, the Lord Yahweh says this: I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and he-goats.

                (9) Matthew 25: 31-46

‘When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right hand, "Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me." Then the upright will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you? When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?" And the King will answer, "In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." Then he will say to those on his left hand, "Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food, I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink, I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, lacking clothes and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me." Then it will be their turn to ask, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or lacking clothes, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?" Then he will answer, "In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me." And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the upright to eternal life.’

                (10)

July 31, 1994

Words of Jesus to Members of
Shepherds of Christ Associates:

"My beloved priest-companion, I intend to use the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, and the movement, Shepherds of Christ Associates, in a powerful way for the renewal of My Church and the world.

"I will use the newsletter and the chapters of Shepherds of Christ Associates as a powerful instrument for spreading devotion to My Heart and My Mother's Heart.

"I am calling many to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. To all of them I will give great blessings. I will use them as instruments to help bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. I will give great graces to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. I will call them to be deeply united to My Heart and to Mary's Heart as I lead them ever closer to My Father in the Holy Spirit."

- Message from Jesus to Father Edward J. Carter, S.J., Founder, as given on July 31, 1994,
feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits)

 

 

  

A message for the Earth from Jesus

January 22, 1998

    I am the Good Shepherd, these are My prayers, the prayers I give to help renew the Church and the world, all prayer chapters are asked to include these prayers (found in the Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual). As My Apostles and Shepherds I ask you to encourage all existing Chapters to try to encourage all existing prayer groups to pray the Shepherds of Christ prayers. Encourage all Churches to pray these prayers. It is most urgent that the people of this earth concur with the Father's wishes to begin Prayer Chapters. This is an urgent request from the Good Shepherd. The flock will become one when they have given their hearts to Jesus and Mary. Encourage all priests to pray the Shepherds of Christ prayers. Your world will be lighted with great light as the people of this earth pray these prayers.

    My promise is this to you My beloved earth: When you give your heart to Me and spread the devotion to My Sacred Heart, I will write your name In My Heart. I promise to give the greatest graces when you pray these prayers for renewal of the Church and the world and take all who pray them deeply into My Heart. The prayers I give will bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. I am Jesus Christ, this is My message of January 22, 1998, Please circulate this message to your world. I am the Good Shepherd, I know Mine and Mine know Me and they follow Me. Grace My Shepherds, I will give you the greatest graces for spreading these words to this earth and to your Church. I love you, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, it is the Plan of the Father that Prayer Chapters are begun immediately and the Priestly Newsletter is given to all priests. The Voice of the Good Shepherd speaks through it.

 

 

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

                 

   

                Transfiguration

                (1) Matthew 17: 1-8

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as dazzling as light. And suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you want me to, I will make three shelters here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and suddenly from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them, saying, ‘Stand up, do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but Jesus.

                (2)

 

August 20, 1997

R. On the 20th of August, 1997, I was at St. Gertrude's and the Lord appeared transfigured on the cross. I heard the voice of the Father speak, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased, listen to Him."

 

Excerpt from the rosary of August 19, 1997

Jesus:  Come away with Me, My young ones. Come into the field and taste of the beauty of the air and the beauty of this day with the most beautiful flowers that I have created for you. Do you see the beauty in each petal of the flower, or are your eyes covered with mud that you do not see? I have lifted the veil for you today and I have showed you My way. My way is the way of trust and faith and I told you in the message on Sunday that you must have faith and endurance, for I took you to the darkest night to the pointiest tunnel, to the place where you thought that you would never return and at that point I opened up through a little hole the light of day and it came streaming in and you perceived and you felt My presence, which is greater than all the things of this earth.

    Wipe the grin off your face you silly earth, for you have ran after so many foolish things, when I stood there adorned in white before you, in the most glorious robes and you did not perceive that the Almighty God was alive and so I have called and I have told you and I have allowed you, My shepherds, to suffer, but the days ahead will be days of great victory, for I come to you clothed in white and adorned in a gold veil and you see that God lives and you will carry the white flag across this earth. You My shepherds, have won and the victory is yours.

    Did you fall in the mud and did you skin your knees, did you feel your head ache as Mine ached in the garden, did you feel the thorns poke deeply into your skull, and did you feel the ripping of your flesh as the sword went into your skin?

    I am Jesus, I am God, I will not be undone. I am Almighty and all powerful to the ends of the earth. You will know My might and you will not be afraid, but you will not know this if you do not trust, for I have told you the secrets in My messages, but you do not read as if you believe, you read half heartedly. You must believe with all your heart that I speak to you to be heard, for you truly are the shepherds that will go across this earth and carry the white flag, but you do not have this conviction within your heart, so therefore you do not do all that I have asked you to do, your belief is wishy-washy and you do not believe with a conviction of a strong heart.

    I am calling you My shepherds this night to renew your faith and your endurance to realize that I am God and I have spoken here to you this evening. I am alive, I am alive, I am alive and I am with you, I am your God.

    You wanted the light all the time and the light was not in the plan of the Father. It comes in light and it comes in darkness, it comes in death and it comes in victory, it comes in death and it comes in Resurrection, it comes in pain, and it comes in joy, but this world tells you today to look for only the joy and when you do not find it to do everything that you can to fill your selfish pleasurish whims that you have within you.

    I tell you that you must fall to your knees, that your knees will be scuffed and that you will suffer and your flesh will be torn and your head will be crowned with thorns, but you will come forth from the tomb with a veil of white across your face and you will say this is the victory that we have won because we have lived in Him.

Jesus: Your Movement will spread forth to the far ends of the earth, but it is faith that I am calling you to My beloved ones, you must have faith in your hearts, for this is a sign that I give to you this day. If you do not believe, you will not be able to continue ahead, for you must move ahead in faith. It is the only way that you must operate. You cannot operate trying to logically think your way across this world. It is only in believing and obeying the messages that the job will get done. It is My might that will lead this Movement to the far corners of the earth. Open your pockets and let us see your money. Do you have the money to do the things that I have asked you to do? It is in prayer, hourly prayer and begging for the funds, realizing that it is in your prayer, that it is in your endurance, that it is in your faith and your sacrifices that your prayers will be answered. You must pray hourly the Novena to the Infant of Prague and I will answer your prayers, and you My beloved ones will know the results when you pray.

Song: This is Holy Ground

Jesus: I have given to you the greatest gift this day. I am Jesus, and I have come to you and I have asked you to open wide your heart and to thank Me for the gift I have given, for if the answer would have been different how would your hearts be this night, and how was it with the lepers, when I gave to them the great gift and they did not come and say thanks, but you are My holy ones that I am sending into this world and your hearts must be filled with joy. I have asked you over and over again to sing to Me with a heart that is filled with joy. I have given to you songs that I wrote Myself for you to sing of the love of My Heart. I am Jesus, the Son of God and you are the apostles of this new era. As you go out into the dark night the light will shine behind you and many will know the light of My Heart. Do not be discouraged, for the very hairs of your head are numbered and I am with you at this very moment, guarding and watching you, give Me your heart My shepherds. I have given to you a great gift this day, give Me your thanks and continue to pray. It is through prayer that you will accomplish all that the Father intends you to accomplish.

    I am Jesus, the Son of God. I have chosen you, I have called you and you will accomplish the work that the Father intends you to through prayer. Do not be discouraged, but encouraged for I am God and I am with you. Think of how it was before, when you did not share your love with so many others, but I have given you each other and I have bound your hearts in one heart and you come here because your hearts are filled with great joy. The more you love and the more the Movement spreads, the more will be the blessings, for as the love expounds and gets larger, the love is more full, for your love is rooted in Me and the more you love deeply the more full the love you will have. This is how it will be, one body in Me, and you will love many and you will know them deeply in your heart and your heart is full My shepherds, because I have taught you My ways of love and given you each other. You are My holy family and I love you. I have called you and so you say “why me?”, and I say to you “why this Saint, or that Saint or why the Blessed Mother, why were you called?”. You were called because I love you and I have given to you a great grace to be My shepherd in the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

end of excerpt

 

                (3) R.  From my writings of January 9, 1996, I write:

"I was engulfed again in my love of God and cried so hard because I love Him so much. In this intimate act of giving myself totally to Him, my whole act was in emptying myself, wanting only to be lost in Him and united forever to Him in this most blissful moment. I turned myself over and was lost in Him, knowing His presence with me and knowing His deep love. The world stopped and I existed in Him, longing to forever stay there, so this moment would never end."

"I touched you, God and in this embrace I knew your unending love. I saw Your Body as if it was transfigured and glowing in light and I was lost in Thee."

This is how it began. I would see a great reflective light, as if from a mirror, on the eaves of the church in the front of Holy Cross-Immaculata and His Body was changed in the most brilliant light before my eyes. I cannot describe what I saw, nor have I ever seen it except in this vision and two that would follow the next two days. Jesus was transfigured before my eyes.

The date of January 9, 1996, when it first happened, was the same date January 9, 1994, when I genuflected before the crucifix and the altar at St. Gertrude's and the Father spoke; Blue Book II-page 18, January 9, 1994: "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."

On January 9, 1996, I would see Jesus transfigured before me in the statue.

 

At the end of December, on the 5th of the month, 1996, I would see Him in the back of the church on the crucifix at the point of death.

end of excerpt from December 22, 1998

 

                (4) We consecrate the world in as far
                        as we are able to the Sacred Heart and
                        Immaculate Heart —

                    We do this crying to You God for
                        world peace —

                    We want to help make reparation
                        to You with our prayers here
                        for the sins of the human
                        race from the building of
                        the 2 Hearts and from our
                        Church in China, Indiana
                        before the exposed Eucharist —

                    We are sorry for the sins of the
                        human race —

                (5) Romans 12: 9-16

Let love be without any pretence. Avoid what is evil; stick to what is good. In brotherly love let your feelings of deep affection for one another come to expression and regard others as more important than yourself. In the service of the Lord, work not halfheartedly but with conscientiousness and an eager spirit. Be joyful in hope, persevere in hardship; keep praying regularly; share with any of God’s holy people who are in need; look for opportunities to be hospitable.

Bless your persecutors; never curse them, bless them. Rejoice with others when they rejoice, and be sad with those in sorrow. Give the same consideration to all others alike. Pay no regard to social standing, but meet humble people on their own terms. Do not congratulate yourself on your own wisdom.

                (6) Isaiah 12: 2-6

Look, he is the God of my salvation:
I shall have faith and not be afraid,
for Yahweh is my strength and my song,
he has been my salvation.’

Joyfully you will draw water
from the springs of salvation
and, that day, you will say,
‘Praise Yahweh, invoke his name.
Proclaim his deeds to the people,
declare his name sublime.
Sing of Yahweh,
   for his works are majestic,
make them known throughout the world.
Cry and shout for joy,
   you who live in Zion,
For the Holy One of Israel
    is among you in his greatness.’

                (7) 2 Peter 1: 16-19

   When we told you about the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not slavishly repeating cleverly invented myths; no, we had seen his majesty with our own eyes. He was honoured and glorified by God the Father, when a voice came to him from the transcendent Glory, This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour.  We ourselves heard this voice from heaven, when we were with him on the holy mountain.

So we have confirmation of the words of the prophets; and you will be right to pay attention to it as to a lamp for lighting a way through the dark, until the dawn comes and the morning star rises in your minds.

                (8) Psalm 97: 1-2, 5-6, 9

            Yahweh is king! Let earth rejoice, 
        the many isles be glad!
        Cloud, black cloud enfolds him,
        saving justice and judgement the foundations of his throne.

         The mountains melt like wax,
        before the Lord of all the earth.
        The heavens proclaim his saving justice,
        all nations see his glory.

         For you are Yahweh,
        Most High over all the earth,
        far transcending all gods.

                (9) Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14

While I was watching,
thrones were set in place
and one most venerable took his seat.
His robe was white as snow,
the hair of his head as pure as wool.
His throne was a blaze of flames,
its wheels were a burning fire.
A stream of fire poured out,
issuing from his presence.
A thousand thousand waited on him,
ten thousand times ten thousand
   stood before him.
The court was in session
and the books lay open.

I was gazing into the visions of the night,
when I saw,
   coming on the clouds of heaven,
as it were a son of man. 
He came to the One most venerable
and was led into his presence.
On him was conferred rule,
honour and kingship,
and all peoples, nations and languages
    became his servants.
His rule is an everlasting rule
which will never pass away,
and his kingship will never come to an end.

                (10) All that we do should be done
                        for the honor and glory of God —

                        Christ revealed this true
                        radiance to the Apostles
                        in the transfiguration
                        let us ponder the mystery
                        of God.

 

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

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).

  

 

                The Institution of the Eucharist

                (1) From Priestly Newsletter Book II by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J. p. 84

Thoughts on the Eucharist (excerpts)

  •     Father Edward Leen gives us these inspiring words on the Eucharist: "Again Our Lord raised His hands over the apostles, His lips moved in prayer, and He then said: 'Do this in commemoration of Me'; and the great mystery that He had just accomplished is perpetuated, is made possible to the end of time. The Catholic Priesthood was inaugurated. By this act Our Lord made possible for all time His stay on earth amongst men, whom He loved to such an excess. And yet He knew with His Divine foresight what that meant for Him. Though He saw that His Body and Blood would be treated with reverence by a multitude of devout souls, yet He realized full well that in many and many an instance in the course of ages He would be placing Himself at the mercy of unworthy and sinful priests who would treat Him with irreverence and sacrilege. He saw in vision all the profanations, outrages and, what was more painful still to His loving heart, the cold indifference that He was to endure from tepid and careless Christians. Nothing of that was unknown to Him, but He willed to submit Himself to all in the interests of those who were to profit by His Divine Condescension and meet His advances of love. Love, especially Divine Love, does not halt to calculate and weigh advantage and disadvantage in the balance. He risked all to serve some, whom He aimed at drawing into close intimacy with Himself.

(2) From Priestly Newsletter Book II by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J. - Thoughts on the Eucharist - continued p. 84

        "This love of His for us compels Him to enter into ever closer union with human souls, to be ever nearer to them than He was when He moved on earth and conversed with those about Him. During His mortal life He spoke and His words sank into His hearers' hearts and stirred them strangely. But in Holy Communion His contact with us is much more intimate and vital than it then was with those who thronged His footsteps along the Galilean highways. It is also much more active and life-giving.

(3) From Priestly Newsletter Book II by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.  - Thoughts on the Eucharist - continued pp. 84-85

        "On two distinct occasions God His Father in Heaven proclaimed that the Child of Mary was His beloved Son in Whom He was well pleased. The significance of this testimony lies in this: there is no being in whom God can find His pleasure, and to whom therefore He can extend His love, unless it be Jesus Christ or one who bears a resemblance to Him. No other form of human life can please God except His, or one that takes it pattern from His' Unless we are pleasing to God we cannot be saved, we cannot realize the purpose of our divine adoption. We cannot please God unless we resemble Jesus Christ, and the Blessed Sacrament is instituted for the very object of perfecting in us this likeness. Bodily food is transformed into the flesh of him that receives it; this heavenly food, the food of our souls, which is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, has the directly opposite effect: it changes him who receives it into Itself. It must not be forgotten that the presence in us which follows the reception of Holy Communion is a living active presence. Our Lord is more present with us than is a person with whom we are speaking. As He influenced whilst on earth those who allowed themselves to fall under the charm of His Personality, so He exercises a profound effect on the soul of the communicant, if that soul wishes to submit to His action. We cannot be in the society of one who is good without being incited to goodness; we cannot be with Our Lord-and we are as close to Him as our desires extend-without receiving the effects of His virtue and without being stirred to become as he was, without being drawn, in a mystical sense to become one with Him, to become 'Christified'."3

3. Fr. Edward Leen, C.S..Sp., In the Likeness of Christ, Sheed and Ward, pp. 250-252..

(4) From Priestly Newsletter Book II by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.  - Thoughts on the Eucharist - continued p. 85

  •         Saint Thomas Aquinas tells us: "Since it was the will of God's only-begotten Son that men should share in his divinity, he assumed our nature in order that by becoming man he might make men gods. Moreover, when he took our flesh he dedicated the whole of its substance to our salvation. He offered his body to God the Father on the altar of the cross as a sacrifice for our reconciliation. He shed his blood for our ransom and purification, so that we might be redeemed from our wretched state of bondage and cleansed from all sin. But to ensure that the memory of so great a gift would abide with us forever, he left his body as food and his blood as drink for the faithful to consume in the form of bread and wine.

(5) From Priestly Newsletter Book II by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.  - Thoughts on the Eucharist - continued p. 85

        "O precious and wonderful banquet, that brings us salvation and contains all sweetness! Could anything be of more intrinsic value? Under the old law it was the flesh of calves and goats that was offered, but here Christ himself, the true God, is set before us as our food. What could be more wonderful than this? No other sacrament has greater healing power; through it sins are purged away, virtues are increased, and the soul is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual gift. It is offered in the Church for the living and the dead, so that what was instituted for the salvation of all may be for the benefit of all. Yet, in the end, no one can fully express the sweetness of this sacrament, in which spiritual delight is tasted at its very source, and in which we renew the memory of that surpassing love for us which Christ revealed in his passion.

(6) From Priestly Newsletter Book II by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.  - Thoughts on the Eucharist - continued pp. 85-86

        "It was to impress the vastness of this love more firmly upon the hearts of the faithful that our Lord instituted this sacrament at the Last Supper. As he was on the point of leaving the world to go to the Father, after celebrating the Passover with his disciples, he left it as a perpetual memorial of his passion. It was the fulfillment of ancient figures and the greatest of all his miracles, while for those who were to experience the sorrow of his departure, it was destined to be a unique and abiding consolation."4

4. St. Thomas Aquinas, as in The Liturgy of the Hours, Catholic Book Publishing Co., Vol III, pp. 610-611.

 

 (7) From Priestly Newsletter Book II by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.  - Thoughts on the Eucharist - continued p. 86

  •         Fulton Sheen gives us this dramatic account: "There was a priest who had a high office in one diocese. He was removed from office principally because of alcoholism. He went to another diocese but continued to give scandal. He happened to come into a retreat when I was talking about the holy hour, and he made the holy hour from that time on. He died in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament a month or two later. He had been battling drunkenness for years. But he overcame it in the end because of the power of the new affection. He fell in love with the Lord.
            "Why do we not have zeal? Simply because we're not in love. Once we're on fire we'll do anything. When we love the Lord, we want to be with him. That is love's first effect."5

5. Through the Year with Fulton Sheen, compiled by Henry Dietrich, Servant Books, p. 15.

(8) From Priestly Newsletter Book II by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.  - Thoughts on the Eucharist - continued pp. 86-87

  •         Henri Nouwen observes: "The tragedy is that much resentment is hidden within the Church. It is one of the most paralyzing aspects of the Christian community.
            'Still, the Eucharist presents another option. It is the possibility to choose not resentment but gratitude. Mourning our losses is the first step away from resentment and toward gratitude. The tears of our own grief can soften our hardened hurts and open us to the possibility to say 'thanks'.
            "The word 'Eucharist' means literally 'act of thanksgiving'. To celebrate the Eucharist and to live a Eucharistic life has everything to do with gratitude. Living Eucharistically is living life as a gift, a gift for which one is grateful."6

  1. 6. Henri Nouwen, With Burning Hearts, Orbis, p. 30..

(9) From Priestly Newsletter Book II by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.  - Thoughts on the Eucharist - continued p. 87

  •         St. Peter Julian Eymard, founder of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, tells us: "It is true also that the world does all in its power to prevent us from loving Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament with a real and practical love, to prevent us from visiting Him, and to cripple the effects of this love.
            "The world engrosses the attention of souls; it finds and enslaves them with external occupations in order to deter them from dwelling too long on the love of Jesus.
            "It even fights directly against this practical love and represents it as optional, as practicable at most only in a convent.
            "And the devil wages incessant warfare on our love for Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
            "He knows that Jesus is there, living and substantially present; that by Himself He is drawing souls and taking direct possession of them. The devil tries to efface the thought of the Eucharist in us, and the good impression made by it; for in his mind, that should decide the issue of the struggle.
            "And yet God is all love.
            "This gentle Savior pleads with us from the Host: 'Love Me as I have loved you; abide in My love! I came to cast the fire of love on the earth and My most ardent desire is that it should set your hearts on fire."7

  1. 7. St. Peter Julian Eymard, The Real Presence: Eucharistic Meditations, published by Eymard League, as in The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom, Fr. John Hardin, S.J. ed., Ignatius Press, p. 584.

(10) From Priestly Newsletter Book II by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J. - 1999 - Issue 2

The Eucharist

    ~ "At the Last Supper, on the night He was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the centuries until He should come again, and so to entrust to His beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us (Vatican II, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, No. 47) 14

    ~ The Church, therefore, earnestly desires that Christ's faithful, when present at this mystery of faith, should not be there as strangers or silent spectators. On the contrary, through a proper appreciation of the rites and prayers they should participate knowingly, devoutly, and actively. They should be instructed by God's word and be refreshed at the table of the Lord's body; they should give thanks to God; by offering the Immaculate Victim, not only through the hands of the priest, but also with him, they should learn to offer themselves too. Through Christ the Mediator, they should be drawn day by day into ever closer union with God and with each other, so that finally God may be all in all." (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, No. 48) 15

    ~ "Through the Eucharistic Sacrifice Christ the Lord desired to set before us in a very special way this remarkable union whereby we are united one with another and with our divine Head, a union that no word of praise can ever sufficiently express. For in this sacrifice the sacred ministers act not only as the representative of our Saviour, but as the representative of the whole Mystical Body and of each one of the faithful. Again, in this act of sacrifice, the faithful of Christ, united by the common bond of devotion and prayer, offer to the eternal Father through the hands of the priest, whose prayer alone has made it present on the altar, the Immaculate Lamb, the most acceptable victim of praise and propitiation for the Church's universal need. Moreover, just as the divine Redeemer, while dying on the Cross, offered Himself to the eternal Father as Head of the whole human race, so now, 'in this clean oblation' He not only offers Himself as Head of the Church to His heavenly Father but in Himself His mystical members as well. He embraces them all, yes, even the weaker and more ailing members, with the deepest love of His Heart. (Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis AAS, XXXV, 232-233) 16

14. The Documents of Vatican II, "Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy", America Press Edition, No. 47.
15. The Documents of Vatican II, "Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy", America Press Edition, No. 48.
16. Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Letter, Mystici Corporis AAS, XXXV, 232-233 16

From Medicine of Immortality p. 54 -55

Bathe and Cleanse Me

Precious blood of Jesus, bathe me and cleanse my soul.
Purify me of all imperfections.
Make my heart burn for you.
Precious blood of Jesus, help me to lose myself in the
embrace of your love.
O balm of love, drown my sins in the sweet mercy of your
tenderness and mercy.
Precious blood of Jesus, convert me, endow me with zeal,
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bodily and spiritual health.
Precious blood of Jesus, bathe me and cleanse my soul.

 

Blood of Grace

Blood of grace, inform my faith, revive my hope, and fuel
my love.

Precious blood of Jesus, imbue me with happiness in the
depths of my being.

Protect me, shield me, cover me in your blood.
Dispose my soul with an ever renewed faith and hunger for
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Enrich my spirit, steady me in combat, purify my
intentions, and kindle in me love.

Blood of grace, inform my faith, revive my hope, and fuel
my love.

Here and Now

At every Mass, the mystery of the Eucharist, of the
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What was so long ago is made present here and now!

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Moses made sacred his people through the blood
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