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March 17, 2011

March 18th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 4 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
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                March 17, 2011 - St. Patrick

                R. Theme is on prayer 

Esther C, 12, 14-16, 23-25

My Lord, our King, the Only One,
come to my help, for I am alone
and have no helper but you
and am about to take my life in my hands.

I have been taught from infancy
in the bosom of my family
that you, Lord, have chosen
Israel out of all the nations
and our ancestors out of all before them,
to be your heritage for ever;
and that you have treated them
    as you promised.

Remember, Lord; reveal yourself
in the time of our distress.

As for me, give me courage,
King of gods and Master of all powers!
Put persuasive words into my mouth
when I face the lion;
change his feeling into hatred for our enemy,
so that he may meet his end,
and all those like him!

As for ourselves, save us by your hand,
and come to my help, for I am alone
and have no one but you, Lord.


                R. Esther was living in Persia —

                The King decided to get another
                    Queen —
                    He searched for the most beautiful
                        lady — married Esther —
                    Haman wanted to kill the Jews —

                Esther fasted and prayed and -
                    she went to the King and asked
                    him to protect the Jewish
                    people —

                Esther prayed  to God —

                Today's Readings


Esther C, 12, 14-16, 23-25

My Lord, our King, the Only One,
come to my help, for I am alone
and have no helper but you
and am about to take my life in my hands.

I have been taught from infancy
in the bosom of my family
that you, Lord, have chosen
Israel out of all the nations
and our ancestors out of all before them,
to be your heritage for ever;
and that you have treated them
    as you promised.

Remember, Lord; reveal yourself
in the time of our distress.

As for me, give me courage,
King of gods and Master of all powers!
Put persuasive words into my mouth
when I face the lion;
change his feeling into hatred for our enemy,
so that he may meet his end,
and all those like him!

As for ourselves, save us by your hand,
and come to my help, for I am alone
and have no one but you, Lord.


Psalm 138: 1-3, 7-8

I thank you, Yahweh, with all my heart,
for you have listened to the cry I uttered.
In the presence of angels I sing to you,
I bow down before your holy Temple.

I praise your name for your faithful love and your constancy;
your promises surpass even your fame.
You heard me on the day when I called,
and you gave new strength to my heart.

Though I live surrounded by trouble
you give me life — to my enemies' fury!
You stretch out your right hand and save me,
Yahweh will do all things for me.
Yahweh, your faithful love endures for ever,
do not abandon what you have made.      


Matthew 7: 7-12

‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened. Is there anyone among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or would hand him a snake when he asked for a fish? If you, then, evil as you are, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 'So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the Law and the Prophets.


                R. Happy St. Patrick's Day

                St. Patrick was a bishop —
                    He professed the faith —
                    Patrick's theme of prayer,
                        fasting and almsgiving
                        to grow in holiness

                He went to school until he was
                    16 —

                He was captured by pirates

                He spent 6 years in cold days
                    and cold nights and
                    he had nobody to talk to but God —

                God led him to freedom —
                He became educated —
                He became a bishop —

                He heard the call in his heart
                    to work with the Irish —

                He was English —

                He would pray and fast in
                    Ireland for 40 days —
                    He persevered and brought
                    Christianity to Ireland

                Patrick has his place in the
                    life of the Church —

                Patrick wrote the Confessions
                    of St. Patrick —

                Patrick wanted people to honor
                    his faith —
                    this is the greatest honor
                    we can give him —

                Jesus: I call you to love —

                The men hated Me and they whipped Me —

                God the Father created you in My
                    image and likeness

                God the Father created you to love —
                You will be tested like these men who
                    beat Me, to be divided with those,
                    God has called you to work with —

                Satan aims at the jugular vein


February 26, 1995 - Glorious Mysteries (excerpt)

The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth

6.  Mary:  And the world will hate you, My children. The world is cold and in darkness. They have lost their focus of God. Many have become godless. I call out to you, my beloved children, to come ever closer to me and let me lead you to close union with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus, my Beloved Son, is ever with you, outpouring His love to you. If you realize the love of Jesus, you can not help but love others.  You must focus more and more on the intensity of the love that He has for you for it is in realizing this intense love that you will spread this love to others.


                Jesus: Satan wants you to hate

                Satan wants you to fight with those
                    you are to be united with
                    in your hearts to do My
                    work —

                Those who do not give into hate and
                    division are rewarded —
                    they work in harmony —

                Satan presses on a person to hate —
                    It is God's will for you to love —
                    Satan presses on feelings so
                        he can manipulate the
                        person, by the person
                        blaming an innocent other
                        for their own anger,
                        disharmony and hatred —

                Then they say — if the person
                    changed — made it up to
                    me — then I would be
                    happy —

                Happiness is an inside job —

                People set traps for Me —

                I taught you about the hatred of
                    the men who whipped Me —

                9 times out of 10 — the person one
                    is divided with, is a mis-
                    understanding — hurt feelings —
                    false expectations —

                In the advanced stages one who
                    passively attacks others has
                    turned their own hearts very
                    cold by their sinful deeds and
                    what they need is to seek
                    forgiveness —
                    not blame others for their
                    darkness inside —
                    not blame others for their anger —

                Another human person is not the reason
                    why you are happy —

                What makes happiness is loving
                    according to God's will —

                A person who judges their actions
                    by whatever others have
                    done to them has lost
                    their focus —
                    They are focusing on others —
                    acting out of others and
                    then are angered when
                    others don't meet their
                    expectations and fix what
                    is in them —

                Happiness is an inside job —

                Seeking to be made clean of heart —

                Reconciliation for ones unloving
                    acts toward others —
                    losing the focus of loving
                    God above all things —

                Those who actively attack others
                    or passively attack others
                    have dirt in their hearts —
                    they accumulate hateful,
                    hurtful feelings they have
                    stuffed toward an individual
                    toward others in general —

                A person seeing themselves a victim
                    as a child can get "sucked-in"
                    to a victim role in their
                    thinking —

                Always looking for the half-empty —
                    even empty glass —

                Life is good, My people —
                I give you Myself —

                You must seek a clean heart —
                    love your brothers —

                Satan works in this —
                You don't love — then you
                    expect someone to fix that —

                You give into satan when you
                    are unloving —

                I command you to love God and
                    love others as yourself —

                You don't have to like what
                    others do, but you love
                    the person as the creation
                    of God the Father —

                When your feelings of anger —
                    bitterness determine why
                    you act — you are off —

                If God doesn't want you to do
                    something you don't do it —

                If God wants you to do something
                    you do it — 


From the Priestly Newsletter Book III - 2000 Issue 3 p. 44-47

The Father's Will for Us  - Our Source of Peace

  • Pope John Paul II instructs us: "The Church, as a reconciled and reconciling community, cannot forget that at the source of her gift and mission of reconciliation is the initiative, full of compassionate love and mercy, of that God who is love (see 1 John 4:8) and who out of love created human beings (see Wisdom 11:23-26; Genesis 1:27: Psalms 8:4-8)…He created them so that they might live in friendship with Him and in communion with one another.

"God is faithful to His eternal plan even when man, under the impulse of the evil one (see Wisdom 2:24) and carried away by his own pride, abuses the freedom given to him in order to love and generously seek what is good, and (instead) refuses to obey his Lord and Father. God is faithful even when man, instead of responding with love to God’s love, opposes Him and treats Him like a rival, deluding himself and relying on his own power, with the resulting break of relationship with the One who created him. In spite of this transgression on man’s part, God remains faithful in love.

"It is certainly true that the story of the Garden of Eden makes us think about the tragic consequences of rejecting the Father, which becomes evident in man’s inner disorder and in the breakdown of harmony between man and woman, brother and brother (see Genesis 3:12 ff; 4:1-16). Also significant is the Gospel parable of the two brothers (the parable of the ‘prodigal son’; see Luke 15:11-32) who, in different ways, distance themselves from their father and cause a rift between them. Refusal of God’s fatherly love and of His loving gifts is always at the root of humanity’s divisions.

"But we know that God…like the father in the parable (of the prodigal son), does not close His heart to any of His children. He waits for them, looks for them, goes to meet them at the place where the refusal of communion imprisons them in isolation and division. He calls them to gather about His table in the joy of the feast of forgiveness and reconciliation.

"This initiative on God’s part is made concrete and manifest in the redemptive act of Christ, which radiates through the world by means of the ministry of the Church." 13

13. Pope John Paul II, as in Celebrate 2000!, Servant Publications, pp. 140-141.


                Jesus: You seek God's will

                You discipline the little child
                    of the past who may harbor
                    angry unhurt, unfinished
                    business —
                    You want to forgive people
                        of the past and love and
                        pray for them — not
                        have a lifetime of files how
                        you are always a victim and you
                        are acting from this unfinished
                        business —

                    What you do — is what you will
                be judged on —

                    You are commanded to love —
                    That is a fact —

                When I was whipped at the pillar
                    the men did it —
                    I loved them —
                    They whipped Me, Jesus,
                        the Son of God —

                A person angry and bitter toward
                    another — conjures up in
                    their thoughts why others
                    deserve their wrath —

                They let go in themselves acting in
                    wrath, bitterness, hate or harboring
                    this negative energy in their heart —

                I command you to love —

                Then they tell themselves they can
                    harbor hatred and be happy —
                    hatred, anger bitterness is an energy —
                    a negative energy — opposed to love —

                I created you to be
                    "other" focused

                To love others —

                Satan attacks the heart —

                They may say
                "Oh I can never forgive them —
                    I did 'this' for them
                    I did 'that' for them
                    I did 'this' for them"

                They rationalize and
                    then they treated Me this way —

                Ever notice how you have had the
                    same problem in relationships
                    with different others over and
                    over and over again —

                Well if you abandon 10 ships
                    in a row — you are
                    not on a ship are you?

                There are 10 ships —

                You got off 10 ships for the same
                    reason —

                You did it —

                If there are 10 friends and
                    you got off 10 friends
                    for the same reason —
                    you have a lot of
                    unfinished business and
                    NO — Relationship —

                If God puts you with others
                    to obey —
                    then obey —
                    to forgive and love —
                    then forgive and love —

                You got plenty of faults that
                    people need to forgive you
                    for and
                    I died for your sins —

                Satan tells a person — the world
                    should be formed around
                    them —

                Satan tells you to harbor
                    anger ,
                    to be unforgiving —
                    to not work through unfinished
                    business in your heart —

                Unfinished business in the
                    heart is like a worm in
                    an apple —
                    It can eat it alive —
                    If others leave you — work
                        through it, in your
                        own heart —
                    Let go and love and pray for them —

                Don't judge your actions on
                    hurt pity-pot feelings —

                Don't expect people to be
                    perfect —

                You aren't perfect —


                Set rules for others to meet your
                    standards of perfection for
                    them and you don't have
                    to change —
                    this is a prescription for
                        sure failure —

                As you judge, so shall you
                    be judged — forgive so
                    your heavenly Father will forgive
                    you, your faults —

                Forgive your brothers —
                Live in harmony —
                Obey the Commandments of God —

                Satan wants you divided —
                Satan wants you to hate —

                I command you to love God
                    and love your neighbor
                    as yourself —

                I am love —

                I loved those who beat Me
                I loved those who put Me to death —
                I command you to love —

                You tell yourself "in this case
                    I can do it my way"
                    "I am angry — I don't have to
                        love, I don't have to

                The greatest commandment is


Matthew 22: 36-40

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


                Jesus: A thief steals because he tells
                    himself it is okay —

                A person cheats on their spouse
                    because they tell themselves
                    it's okay.

                When a man sins — satan tells
                    him its okay —

                You have an excuse, satan
                    says, in this case its
                    okay to disobey God —

                Just like satan told
                    Adam and Eve —

                The fall of man


Genesis 3: 1-24

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 your 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.


                Jesus: You are to discipline yourselves
                You are to love
                You are to forgive
                You are to mend the fence —
                    at least in your own
                    heart — praying to God —

                I am the way, the truth and
                    the life


                Jesus: I died for you —

                I loved those who whipped Me —

                I have put before you life or death


Deuteronomy 30: 15-20

‘Look, today I am offering you life and prosperity, death and disaster. If you obey the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I am laying down for you today, if you love Yahweh your God and follow his ways, if you keep his commandments, his laws and his customs, you will live and grow numerous, and Yahweh your God will bless you in the country which you are about to enter and make your own. But if your heart turns away, if you refuse to listen, if you let yourself be drawn into worshipping other gods and serving them, I tell you today, you will most certainly perish; you will not live for long in the country which you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. Today, I call heaven and earth to witness against you: I am offering you life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live, in the love of Yahweh your God, obeying his voice, holding fast to him; for in this your life consists, and on this depends the length of time that you stay in the country which Yahweh swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that he would give them.’


Ephesians 4: 1-13

I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you therefore to lead a life worthy of the vocation to which you were called. With all humility and gentleness, and with patience, support each other in love. Take every care to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as one hope is the goal of your calling by God. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, over all, through all and within all.

    On each one of us God's favour has been bestowed in whatever way Christ allotted it. That is why it says:

    He went up to the heights, took captives,
    he gave gifts to humanity.

    When it says, 'he went up', it must mean that he had gone down to the deepest levels of the earth. The one who went down is none other than the one who went up above all the heavens to fill all things. And to some, his ‘gift’ was that they should be apostles; to some prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; to knit God’s holy people together for the work of service to build up the Body of Christ, until we all reach unity in faith and knowledge of the Son of God and form the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.


Hebrews 9: 24-28

It is not as though Christ had entered a man–made sanctuary which was merely a model of the real one; he entered heaven itself, so that he now appears in the presence of God on our behalf. And he does not have to offer himself again and again, as the high priest goes into the sanctuary year after year with the blood that is not his own, or else he would have had to suffer over and over again since the world began. As it is, he has made his appearance once and for all, at the end of the last age, to do away with sin by sacrificing himself. Since human beings die only once, after which comes judgement, so Christ too, having offered himself only once to bear the sin of many, will manifest himself a second time, sin being no more, to those who are waiting for him, to bring them salvation.


                R. Christ came and gave
                    Himself for our


1 John 4: 7-16

My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is love. This is the revelation of God’s love for us, that God sent his only Son into the world that we might have life through him. Love consists in this: it is not we who loved God, but God loved us and sent his Son to expiate our sins. My dear friends, if God loved us so much, we too should love one another. No one has ever seen God, but as long as we love one another God remains in us and his love comes to its perfection in us. This is the proof that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us a share in his Spirit. We ourselves have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as Saviour of the world. Anyone who acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have recognised for ourselves, and put our faith in, the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.


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


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


Prayer from St. Ignatius

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not to ask for any reward,
Save that of knowing
                    that I am doing your will.


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

21.                     SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

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



                     Based on The Spiritual Exercise of St. Ignatius
                      by Francis Xavier McMenamy S.J. edited by William J. Grace, S.J.

18. The Three Classes of Men

    St. Ignatius assumes that the spiritual life, in as far as we live it, consists in finding God in all things, that is, in recognizing the holy will of God and in embracing the known will of God. Advancement in the supernatural life means therefore a fuller and more complete finding of God in the details of one's life. Now the Exercises are designed and so constructed as to assist one in finding God either in his vocation in life or in some detail of his life.

    The Saint further assumes that what hinders the soul from finding God is some ill-regulated attachment—a "pondus," as he calls it, or dead weight — which holds back the soul from embracing God's will, or even recognizing it. Hence what the Exercises aim at primarily is to remove this "pondus" or attachment. For if this impediment is put out of the way the sincere soul will surely find God; that is, it will recognize and embrace the will of God for the right ordering of its life. This purpose of the retreat is made clear from the very beginning. For just prior to the statement of the First Principle and Foundation we find the heading, "Spiritual Exercises to conquer oneself and regulate one's life, and to avoid coming to a determination through any inordinate affection."

    All the exercises of the retreat which we have followed up to the present are directed toward the removal of attachments. To this end we have searched for incentives based on reason, on fear, and on love. Love of Christ, which is the more excellent way for a Christian, is also the normal way provided by Providence for overcoming disordered attachments to creatures and finding God in peace. Hence, after the few exercises which are given in the First Week, the Ignatian retreat consists for the most part in contemplation of Christ. This contemplation has as its purpose to engender in the heart of the exercitant an ardent personal love of our Lord. We seek that quality of love which insures courage and complete sincerity in setting aside impediments or attachments by the time when the election or choice is reached.

    The meditation on The Kingdom of Christ enkindled love in our souls, and thereupon we made a generous offering of ourselves for the service of the King. Subsequent consideration of the mysteries of Christ's child-life has deepened our love and the generosity of our offering. In The Two Standards our Lord made plain what is His way of a perfect life for a son of God on earth. It is the way of the Holy Cross, of poverty, and of humiliation. Our response to the Master's plea was a deliberate and intensive petition that He might deign to take us with Him in His way of poverty and humiliation. 

end of excerpt


                R. Jesus taught us about love —

                God did not have to
                    create us and He did
                    out of love —

                God is love —

                How can we say
                    anything —
                    especially a hateful and
                    bitter remark —

                Have hearts of anger and bitterness
                    against our
                    brother and think it will
                    be pleasing to God who
                    is love —

                Jesus gives us Himself
                    in the Eucharist
                    today —


                R. God wants us in heaven
                    with Him for all
                    eternity —

                We were created in the
                    image and likeness
                    of God

                Jesus: My call to you in the Shepherds
                    of Christ is to love —

                To spread My love to the world

                R. We are to be soldiers of love —

                It is a choice to say
                    "yes" or "no"
                    to love or to hate —
                    We have a free will —


February 18, 1995 - Sorrowful Mysteries 

Jesus is Crucified and Dies on the Cross (excerpt)

4.  R.  Jesus cries out for an intimate love relationship with us. He wants us to open up our hearts and to pray for the grace to be filled with His life, the grace that He pours out abundantly in the Eucharist and in front of the Tabernacle that we may be drawn ever closer to this burning Heart of endless love!

5.  R.  This love is not a little lip service love. It is the love that Jesus had when He hung on the cross for three agonizing hours and gave His flesh and His blood for us. This is the love He has — that He gave Himself, His all, stretched His arms, gave all of His blood, gave the last beat of His heart. He gives Himself to us this day and we take this gift so lightly. It is in our blindness that we do not realize that this is such a great gift Jesus Christ, the Son of God, gives Himself to us to be one with us in communion...

Jesus:  Reach out! Reach out! Go out into the world! Shine as lights in the darkness! I call you as My special chosen ones to answer this call for you are truly chosen and I send you into this world as My warriors to spread My light in the dark corners. Will you answer this call? Open wide your arms. Open up your hearts. Speak to every man that you meet. Do not hold back this great news that you have — the great gifts that you have been given. My chosen ones.

Mary:  Such gifts you have to come to My House and you hold back my messages from the souls that are hurting. Think of the souls that will be condemned to eternal damnation despite the sufferings of my beloved Son. I send you out into the world as lights that shine in the darkness. Let your light shine to this dark world. Let the love of My Son radiate from your being. As I call you this day, will you answer me? Will you be the light that shines in the dark night?  Can my Son count on you to spread the messages of His love throughout this world? As He died on the cross and gave His blood for each and every soul, will you spread this message of love to the world today. I am your Mother and thank you for responding to my call.


                Song: Why Do We Hurt the Ones We Love


February 18, 1995 - Sorrowful Mysteries 

Jesus Carries His Cross up Calvary (excerpt)

7.  Jesus:  Open your hearts to Me! Let your hearts become supple. I am knocking on the door of your heart. I am begging for entry to come in. You must release all that is holding you back. I will never hurt you. I am your God and I died for you!


March 17, 1995 Noon
Sorrowful Mysteries

Every Friday at Noon, Jesus gave us a very tender rosary. We always did the Sorrowful Mysteries on Friday at 12:00 noon. This was the first rosary received in the Sorrowful Mother Chapel before the exposed Eucharist. Rita was in an ecstatic state. Marty saw angels around the monstrance and Sorrowful Mother statue.

The Agony in the Garden

  1. R. Be with Jesus in the Garden, alone with Him as if you are there and experiencing what He is about to undergo. Think of knowing all that you will suffer. See before you all that He is about to experience. Put yourself with Jesus in the Garden and feel deeply in your heart whatever the Spirit allows you to experience.

  2. Jesus: I am an endless furnace of love. My Heart is beating for each one of you here. See My Heart as it beats. Think of this beating. Think of the beating Heart!

  3. Jesus: I pour out to you My endless love constantly. I never leave you. I am forever with you, second by second, minute by minute. I am forever present with you in this room the same as the day I knelt in the Garden. Be alone with Me. Empty your mind of any distractions, of any concerns. Be totally wrapped in the love that I am giving to you. Open your hearts wide and let Me unite ever so closely within your heart. I am Jesus, your most ardent Lover, on fire for love of you, My beloved ones. As I knelt in the Garden, I pondered the ways of your heart. My Heart ached for all the souls that would treat Me with such indifference and neglect. Comfort My aching Heart with your love for Me.

  4. Jesus: Be with Me as I kneel and see all of the sufferings that I experience. But the sufferings that I experienced to My body were not My greatest sufferings. My greatest sufferings were the agonies that I experienced in My Heart for the endless souls that pay Me no heed, that never come to Me, that stay at such a distance. And I am in love with them, so deeply in love!

  5. Jesus: I call out to you to take My plea seriously. My plea involves the salvation of souls. Open your hearts and let Me unite closely to you so that I can live in you. Through you I will touch My beloved ones that I love so dearly. How I love you this day, My precious ones. Be alone with Me, totally wrapped in My embrace. I am Jesus, your Savior, and I love you with the deepest, tenderest love. I pour My love out to you. Harken to Me. Let go!

  6. Hail Mary ...

  7. Hail Mary ...

  8. Jesus: Surrender! Surrender! Surrender! Open wide the gates to your hearts. You are so closed. You tap at My source so lightly when I am an ocean of endless love and mercy that I want to pour into your hearts. You must surrender to become closely united to Me. You think you are letting go. You are not letting go! You are holding on as tightly as you can hold on. You let go of what you want to let go of. I am calling you to more, to be so closely united that I can operate through you. Will you surrender or will you control everything that is in your life that pertains to Me? I want to live with you second by second, to operate in every deed that you do, to be one with you as you perform those deeds. You are My mighty soldiers to go into the war and to do My work. Surrender! Surrender! Surrender!

  9. Jesus: Open wide the portals of your heart. Let me penetrate every cell of your being. I want such oneness with you. You do not comprehend My immense love. You must surrender!

  10. Jesus: Consecrate yourself totally to My Heart and that of My Mother.

Song between decades: I come to you with greatest love, I am your loving Savior. I am your God, I died for you. I come to you this day.


Jesus Is Scourged at the Pillar

  1. R. His body was beaten! His flesh was torn! He was scourged and bleeding!

  2. R. He stood in total surrender to His persecutors. He knew the Father's Will. He knew the plan of salvation, that He was dying for the salvation of all.

  3. R. He stood in such total submission to these men who treated Him so harshly. He did not answer back, always in compliance with the Father's Will. It is in compliance with His Will that our peace and joy lie. He has a plan for each one of us, His specially loved children.

  4. Jesus: They whipped Me! They tore My flesh! They treated Me with such harshness. I withstood all of this treatment. But the greatest agonies were not the agonies of My body but the agonies in My Most Sacred Heart for all the souls in their busy lives that have totally forgotten Me. I am in your midst and with you this very day and how many come to be with Me? A few! So big is this world and so few even realize that I am God and that I am truly present here with you!

  5. Jesus: They will persecute you! They will treat you with such anger! Come to My Heart and know the immensity of My love. For, minute by minute, second by second, I am ever attentive to all of your needs. I am the most ardent Lover, waiting to be close to you. If you tap ever so gently, there is so much more!

  6. Jesus: I pour My life out to you. My grace is My life. It is divine life that I give. Nothing on this earth compares to this divine life!

  7. Jesus: Pray to be sensitive to My touch. Every time that I give you My grace I am touching you in a special way so that you may respond to all the graces that I am pouring out to you this day.

  8. Jesus: I give to you My Heart as a sign of My immense love for you. See My Heart beating! See it, each pulse of My Heart! This is how I love you. Second by second, minute by minute, I am always there.

  9. Jesus: I want to be one in you, to operate from you! You must surrender!

  10. Hail Mary…

Song between decades: I come to you with greatest love…


Jesus Is Crowned with a Crown of Thorns

  1. R. They pounded into His head a crown of sharp, piercing thorns.

  2. R. Think of how it would be to have someone pound into your head thorns that would puncture your skull. The blood ran from these thorns down His face, into His eyes and into His ears.

  3. R. He had seen before Him in the Garden all of these things that they would do. Now He experienced exactly what He had seen. At any time, He could have stopped anything that happened because He was God! But because He loves each one of us with the deepest love, He allowed them to pound into His skull sharp, piercing thorns that punctured His head. He allowed them to beat Him and tear His flesh. He stood in total submission to the Will of the Father, His Heart ever beating, as it beats for us this day, with deepest love. The same Jesus that suffered this agony loves us with this same love this day. So many do not even think of Him. How His Heart was wounded and hurt for all His beloved ones!

  4. R. This is Jesus Christ. He is truly God! God took the form of a human being because He loved us so much. He took on our human nature. A divine person took on our human form!

  5. R. Who are we that God loves us this much?

  6. R. They spit on Him and they hollered obscenities at Him. Think of the things that irritate us this day. Even when people are not cruel to us, how we ponder in our minds things that we think someone may have done that might have been cruel! But Jesus came to show us the way. They pounded into His Head a crown of sharp, piercing thorns and He loves those who did this to Him. He asks us to love one another. His way is always love. He asks us to purify our hearts, not to give in to the ways of the mind, not to give in to thinking ill thoughts of our brothers, but to purify our hearts and focus on Him. His way is love, always love, not sizing up our brothers or ever thinking harshly of them. See them through His eyes, the eyes of love. See our brothers as the creation of our Father. How He loves each and every soul that He was beaten, that His flesh was torn, that He was crowned with thorns because He loves our brothers so much.

  7. Jesus: I want to tell each one of you this day of My immense love that I have for you. You do not realize how I am truly speaking here to you. You close your hearts. You cut yourself off from the grace I am giving to you. I truly love with the deepest love. Open up your hearts and surrender. My ways are so simple. My ways are truth! You must release yourselves and come to Me for all your needs. Realize that, minute by minute, second by second, I am dealing with you directly.

  8. Jesus: The very hairs of your head are numbered. I am with you at this second and I am providing for every one of your cares and needs but your minds are busy and you think of all that you must do. When will you release yourself and let Me operate with you in every deed that you do? When will you become one with Me so that I can operate through you to do the work that is at hand? You are humans. When I become one with you, the might of God is within you. I can do in one second what a human cannot do in a million years. You must trust. You must surrender. You must let go. Let go now and be totally wrapped in My love, My intense love that I pour out to you, My beloved ones. Let go! Let go! Let go, for I am truly here and working in your heart.

  9. Song: Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne. His regal scepter knows no bounds, all kingdoms are His own. All Christians come and sing to Him Who died for thee and hail Him as thy Savior King for all eternity.

  10. Hail Mary…

Song between decades: I come to you with greatest love…


Jesus Carries His Cross

  1. Jesus: They gave Me a heavy cross that they placed on My shoulder and I carried My cross. I could hardly move but My thoughts were always of you and the immense love that I have for you.

  2. Jesus: This world has rejected God! This world crucified Me! Why do you not realize that they will crucify you, that they will persecute you, that they will holler slanders against you? If they crucified Me, why should they treat you any differently when you spread My word?

  3. Jesus: You are the soldiers that I send into battle, a battle to spread My love throughout this world. It is in your submissiveness and surrender that I can operate through you to give My love to this world.

  4. Jesus: Surrender! Surrender! Surrender! I am calling out to you to take up your cross and go into battle, to battle for Me to spread this love, for souls will be lost to eternal damnation because they do not know My love.

  5. Jesus: Time is drawing near. I tell you! I tell you! I tell you! As I spoke then, and many did not listen, I tell you today that I am depending upon you, My beloved ones. You must fight against the godlessness of this world. But you must go on. You must be My warriors that go into battle. Powered by the fire of My love, you can conquer the earth with your hearts filled with the immense love that I pour out to this world through you. You will be the light that will shine in the darkest night. You will be a city set on a hill that will shine to the rest of this world. Come to My Heart and take refuge in My Heart for I am truly God and I call out to you, My beloved ones, with such tender love this day.

  6. Jesus: As I walked on and on with the heavy cross on My back, a cross which became heavier as I walked, your crosses seem to get heavier each day. Time is so short! The work you do here will help to lead souls to eternal happiness in heaven. Please listen to Me! Have courage! Pray to the Spirit for the fearlessness to do the job that is at hand. I send you into this world to preach the Gospel. You are My soldiers going into battle. You will light up this world. A city set on a hill will shine to the rest of this world. You are the city. You are My soldiers. I send you into battle.

  7. Jesus: In battle there is bloodshed. On My way to Calvary I shed much blood for love of My beloved souls. I ask you to surrender and to do this work for Me this day for I truly gave My life for love of each precious soul. Will you not spread this love to a world that is in pain and hurting?

  8. Jesus: Surrender! Surrender! Surrender! It is not by your own might that you will light up the world. It is only through My power radiating through you. It is only in your oneness with Me. The most important thing you can do is to spend time with Me each day, to become one in Me. Keep your focus on Me and all will fall into line for I am truly here and longing to operate from your hearts. I am the Almighty God. My power is endless, My love a source of such love that no human can even comprehend. I am God! I am speaking to you!

  9. Hail Mary ...

  10. Hail Mary ...

Song between decades: I come to you with greatest love…  


Jesus Is Crucified and Dies on the Cross

  1. Jesus: I hung for three agonizing hours on the cross. My body was beaten, My head crowned with thorns. I breathed My last breath, My thoughts always of you, My beloved ones. I truly died for you.

  2. Jesus: Do you not hear My plaintive cries, the cries that I am giving to you this day, to spread this love throughout the world? You are the backbone. You are the ones that will carry this out. You must be strong soldiers. I am speaking directly to you. You are going into battle. It is a hard battle. Do not be discouraged by the opposition that Satan has created for you. He will try to stop you at every turn, but you must be strong soldiers and you must stayed fixed in Me. Only if you are rooted in My love can you do the work that I am asking you to do. You are human. You, on your own, cannot do this work. This work is the work of lighting up the world with the fire of My love. You must be strong soldiers. You are truly battling a world that hates God. Come to My Heart and receive all that you need to light up this world.

  3. Jesus: My Mother stood under My cross. My beloved Mother! How she loves each one of you. Go to the Heart of Mary and reside in her arms. Rest in her Heart. This is Her House. She is with each one of you on your journey. We love you with the tenderest love.

  4. Jesus: As she stood by Me all through My life, she stands by your side. Think of that! Where you are sitting now, Mary is right by you. Do you feel her presence? Put yourself on the other side. Be alone with Us now. Let go of this world. Be touched by the grace of God, special grace that I am giving to you alone. The angels and saints are so present here at this Center. They are in the halls. You do not realize because you do not see. You must be alone with Me and let go of your world to be united ever closer and to see these things that I want to show you.

  5. Jesus: See Me hanging on the cross. Do you see that? Do you need to see with your eyes? Do you know what you feel when you receive the Eucharist? You must reach more and more beyond your vision. Reach into your heart. I communicate in your heart. Such oneness I have with you in your heart! See beyond your eyes, beyond your ears, and go inside into your heart. Minute by minute, second by second, I am there! Mary is with you. My Father and the Holy Spirit are inside of you. You just do not see. Pray more for grace to partake in the life I want to give you.

  6. Jesus: Pray to the Holy Spirit to open your eyes more and more to the things of God. You are all blind men! You do not realize the great gifts that you have. You must be lost in My Heart. Come to My Heart and let Me hold you close to My divine love!

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

  8. Jesus: Let Me pour My life out to you. Feel its vibrancy within you. I am truly with you this day and longing for closer union with you. Let go! Let go! Let go!

  9. Jesus: It is in this time that you spend alone with Me that I can work in your heart. Do not look for visions. Do not look to hear things. Go inside of your heart and be alone with Me. Spend this time with Me each day and, through the day, spend short periods, minutes when you just close your eyes and focus on My presence with you, for I am truly present. I will work in your heart when you come to Me in these special moments.

  10. Jesus: This time between noon and 3:00 p.m. is so important to Me. Spend this time focusing on being ever more united to Me and think of My passion. See Me as I hung on the cross. See My flesh torn! See the blood as it ran down My body. Spend this time each Friday focused from noon until 3:00 p.m. on My passion. It is in meditating on this passion that you will realize My immense love that I have for you. I truly gave My blood. I gave you My flesh. I give you My body and I give you My blood this day in the Eucharist. Come to Me and spend time with Me after Communion and let Me work in your heart, for I love you so dearly, My beloved ones. I am Jesus. Jesus! I love you so much!

Song after the last decade: I come to you with greatest love…


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