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March 2, 2010

March 3rd Holy Spirit Novena
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The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
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March 2, 2010          


                Joyful Mysteries

                1) Annunciation
                2) The Visitation
                3) The Birth of Jesus
                4) The Presentation
                5) The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple


                Today is our day of Victory

                Choose life — We have a free will —
                We can control our thoughts —

                Somebody mixed the dirty laundry and
                    the clean laundry and Mary Jane
                    did not want to do it all
                    again —

                Mary Jane can (1) wear the laundry
                                      (2) separate the laundry
                                      (3) throw the laundry
                                        all in the wash and
                                        her machine might
                                        break it is old —

                The decision was made to sort the laundry
                    What is clean?
                    What is dirty?

                    Do you remember what thoughts were
                        because of jealous eyes and led
                        down a road of pain and
                        hurting ourselves and others —

                St. Ignatius says to let go of inordinate
                    attachments —

                    We have a free will

                    Mary Jane sorted the laundry and
                        some still wasn't right —
                        When she found a dirty
                        sock she didn't wear it —

                Satan lies — he is the father of lies —
                    he is the grand deceiver that
                    tries with his fallacious reasoning
                    to split up families — to divide
                    people in the parish — to divide
                    religious communities so they
                    fold —

                Do you know what your thinking about
                    24 hours a day — think of the
                    thoughts that go through our
                    minds, our dreams too — do you
                    know that AA and the 12 steps
                    talk about defects of character —
                    can you see patterned behaviors
                    in others you wish would
                    stop because they interfere
                    with unity and love — progress doing
                    the work at hand —

                    St. Ignatius says to let go of inordinate
                attachments —

                    Vices are bad habits that are not good
                for us spiritually and hurt ourselves
                and others

                    Virtues are good habits that we
                have that help us to be as God wants
                us to be — the ideal self — the self
                that God the Father wants us to be —
                Virtuous living — having faith, hope
                and love, humility, temperance,
                justice, prudence, courage.
                Humility allows us to properly evaluate
                both the good and evil within us.
                We suffer because of the limitations
                and sinfulness of others.

                    To rebel in these situations is
                a failure to realize what it means
                to be part of the human condition,
                a failure to relate to reality, a failure
                in humility. Christ, the sinless one,
                the perfect one, suffered tremendously
                because of the human condition, but
                He did not rebel. He realized what
                it meant to be a human being —
                namely, that one must accept the fact
                that at times one is going to suffer
                because of the evil in others. Christ
                was truly humble —

                Fr. Cater says:

                From Response to God's Love p. 65-66

       Another sign of humility is one's willingness to live out the various implications of being a social person. A proud person is a falsely independent person who, in various ways, refuses to admit his or her social dimension, namely, that he or she needs others. A proud person also tends to refuse to admit his or her obligation to help others. To be available to others in their manifold needs demands a price, and a proud person, who is closed in upon his or her own self-interest is often not willing to pay this price. Whether it is a question of receiving from others or giving to them, humility helps to remind us of the truth of John Donne's classic observation that "no man is an island." 

       Humility also bids a person to accept himself or herself as coming forth from the creative hand of God. God has given each of us certain fundamental talents that can be great, but can also be ordinary. God has also given each of us a certain basic temperament and personality, and we must realize that he leads us on in Christian holiness according to this fundamental structure. This is not to say that we are not to improve upon our essential structure; it is rather to say that we are not to strive to become what God does not intend us to be. 

       Humility likewise leads a person to seek and fulfill the task in life that God has appointed for him or her. To act in this way is to exercise humility because it manifests a realization of what it means to be God's creature. We cannot always be as sure of our role in life as we would like. If we utilize prayer and the other means that are available, however, we can be as certain as God wants us to be, and this is what matters. Within this God-given role, we should strive to give our reasonable best each day despite the possible monotony, frustration, or hiddenness of our work. We must give our attention primarily to the task of the present. At times, a lack of humility can tempt us to live too much in the past or too much in the future (other causes are admittedly possible). To fail to properly live in the present can mean that we are dissatisfied with the tasks and circumstances that God's providence, here and now, puts before us. If this is the truth of the matter, it means that we are failing to some extent to act as creatures before our Creator; it is to fail in humility. It is appropriate that we conclude these remarks concerning humility by listening to St. Paul speak of Jesus: 

              Your attitude must be that of Christ.
              Though he was in the form of God,
                     he did not deem equality with God
                     something to be grasped at.
              Rather, he emptied himself
                     and took the form of a slave,
                     being born in the likeness of men.
              He was known to be of human estate,
                     and it was thus that he humbled
                     obediently accepting even death,
                     death on a cross!
                     —Phil 2:5-8

Luke 1: 46-49

And Mary said:
My soul proclaims
    the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit rejoices
    in God my Saviour;

because he has looked upon
    the humiliation of his servant.

Yes, from now onwards
    all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty
    has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,


From Response to God's Love p. 63-64

       Humility is both the realization of what we are as creatures of God and the concrete implementation of this realization in our Christian lives. Humility, therefore, is not an exercise in self-depreciation; it is not telling yourself that you are no good, that you really have nothing of any significance to contribute to the service of God. Humility is truth. It is compatible with the recognition that God has given a person certain gifts, even great gifts, of nature and grace. If we do not recognize our God-given gifts, we do not thank God for them as we should, nor properly develop these gifts according to his will. God wants us not only to recognize the good that is in us, but also to realize the source of this goodness. Although we have a responsibility to cooperate with his graces, God is the one who is chiefly responsible for what we are. If one person has advanced to a level in the Christian life that is beyond the level of another, it is ultimately because God has given that person greater graces. It is evident, then, why Mary, the mother of Jesus and our mother, is an excellent example of true humility. She realized both her greatness and the source of that greatness.



                From Response to God's Love p. 62-63


       The attitude of moderation, which has traditionally been termed the virtue of Christian temperance, allows us to properly relate to sense pleasure. God has both filled our world with all sorts of good things and given us the capacity to enjoy these. He wants us to enjoy what is pleasurable, but he wants us to do so according to his will. 

       Without an attitude of temperance, a person's life would become soft and selfish, given over too much to the persistent pursuit of pleasure and hedonistic self-satisfaction rather than properly directed to the loving service of God and man. Because of the intensely attractive power of that which is pleasurable, a person can quickly become less than human without the control of temperance. 

       There is an aspect of temperance, or moderation, that is frequently overlooked—the temperate person enjoys the pleasurable more than does the person who is intemperate. The intemperate person is actually a slave to his or her desires. These desires, to the degree that they are inordinate, are cut off from the rational control of the intellect and will and, consequently, become insatiable. Because these desires can never be satisfied, therefore, the person who capitulates to them actually gets less enjoyment from what is pleasurable. Grace does not destroy nature, but brings it to a perfection or fulfillment that it could not otherwise attain. Our God-given capacity to enjoy what is pleasurable actually is enhanced by the virtue of moderation. 

       The attitude of moderation is particularly necessary for us because we live in an affluent society. We have at our disposal many forms of pleasure and recreation; current trends toward a shorter work week will increasingly afford us time to enjoy these activities. Consequently, Christians today possess a special opportunity to develop a theology of play and leisure, and a sense of temperance, or moderation, will aid in both developing such a theology and in integrating it with the theology of work and service.

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From Response to God's Love p. 60-62


       Christian courage, or fortitude, is that virtue which disposes us to face in a mature fashion whatever difficulties we encounter in Christ's service. The necessity of this virtue is evident from our inner experience; we have, in short, a tendency to shrink from that which either poses a difficulty or frightens us. Apparently, numerous Christians never develop as they should because they do not consistently confront the arduous when God's will leads in this direction. 

       We should not think that courage is usually to be exercised concerning matters of great moment. Like all the Christian virtues, courage customarily finds its expression within the prosaic framework of everydayness, which actually demands its own kind of courage. To properly confront the rather uneventful duties of our vocation day in and day out demands fortitude. All states of life face this challenge, and to evade the challenge is to thwart our growth in Christ. 

       At times, of course, courage must be exercised concerning matters of greater moment, such as the decision involving one's state of life. This type of decision can demand the greatest fortitude in certain instances. After the Christian has chosen a particular state of life, numerous occasions can arise that demand more than ordinary courage. It can be a question of choosing a particular type of work, for example, that might require financial and other sacrifices; however, the person perceives that God wishes him or her to choose this occupation and make the necessary sacrifices in order that he or she might implement the love of God and neighbor. 

       There are many other decision-making possibilities that can demand considerable, even great, courage. Those who hold important positions in the Church, in government, and in industry often make decisions that can affect the lives of many, even of millions. All too often, correct decisions are not necessarily popular ones, and those who have to decide in these momentous matters are aware of what true courage can demand. 

       There are other obvious areas for the application of the virtue of courage. Any committed Christian who seriously pursues the development of the spiritual life will, to some extent, experience interior trials of one kind or other. It might be a question of severe temptation, or dryness in prayer, or a seeming inability to pray at all, or an apparent darkening of faith, or the passive purifications that accompany certain mystical graces—there are numerous possibilities. Whatever form the difficulty may assume, however, the dedicated Christian realizes the need for courage. 

       These few examples of confronting the difficult in God's service could be experienced in any age of Christianity. Today, as we are well aware, we live in especially difficult times regarding both the Church and human society at large. To live in a changing Church is a difficult task no matter how optimistic we might be about the outcome. To try not to shy away from our part in the process of change and renewal, to maintain a sense of balance amid the considerable degree of confusion that has accompanied this change and renewal, to try to remain open and united in love with those in the contemporary Church whose thoughts and actions differ from our own—all this requires an uncommon degree of courageous dedication. 

       Added to the demands that today's Church makes on our courage is the fact that this Church is situated in a fast-paced, rapidly changing world; all the problems and difficulties that emanate from such a society affect the Church. The crucial and difficult issues facing modern men and women are staggering; Christians should not only assume their part of the burden, but also take the initiative. In conclusion, we can say without being guilty of an overstatement that the arduous challenges arising out of one's basic Christian vocation, out of the duties of his or her state of life, and out of the contemporary Church and world, makes Christian courage a most necessary virtue for living in the present age as God would have us.

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                These are a few of the virtues I cover
                    today —

                When seeing Mary — we see Mary Mother
                    of these Christian Virtues

                We see her humility —
                We see her love for her vocation
                We see her purity —
                We see her courage


Luke 1: 46-55

And Mary said:

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


                Sing: Holy Is His Name

                In the Shepherds of Christ our mission is to spread
                    the devotion to the 2 Hearts — the
                    devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary —
                    the Hearts of pure and perfect love

                    Oh Gentle Heart of Jesus — teach us to
                see as God the Father wants us to see —

                The voice was heard
                    "This is My beloved Son in whom
                        I am well pleased"

                Controlling ourselves, discipline —
                    looking back at our past and
                    not lying about our patterned
                    destructive behavior —
                    the evil in us —

                Being possessive reminds me of a
                    cat in a pillow case — he
                    won't stop moving and bulging
                    out in there —

                A willful person — who has rebelled
                    against simple directions
                    "because they want to do it
                        their own way" and disobeys
                        can have the habit of always
                        changing a simple direction —

                Obedience is to be followed —

                In heaven there is perfect obedience
                    to God's will —

                Mary and Jesus show us obedience —

                Adam and Eve disobeyed — they fell
                They rebelled against God's will —
                We pray in the Our Father
                    "THY WILL BE DONE"

                If we love God we obey the will of God —

                In the moment of deepest anguish
                in the garden, Jesus was thinking
                of us — His body racked with
                pain from head to toe — He
                suffered for our sins — He
                was consumed with love for us
                in His magnificent Heart of
                love —



                If we allow this scene to penetrate
                into our hearts, if we take the
                time to contemplate the depth of
                Jesus' and Mary's love for us as
                Their Hearts were pierced with
                grief, we are truly overwhelmed
                with the magnificent greatness,
                sorrow and tenderness of
                the scene —


                Excerpt from Priestly Newsletter Book II p. 180-181   

In her loving, maternal role, Mary cooperates with the Holy Spirit in forming Christ in us. Pope John Paul II tells us: "The Church knows that 'all the saving influences of the Blessed Virgin on mankind originate... from the divine pleasure...' This saving influence is sustained by the Holy Spirit, Who, just as He overshadowed the Virgin Mary when he began in her the divine motherhood, in a similar way constantly sustains her solicitude for the brothers and sisters of her Son." 4

Mary, our Mother is ever with us, guiding us, teaching us, caring for us, protecting us, loving us. With her maternal assistance we go to the Father through and with Christ in the Holy Spirit.

Mary nourishes our growth in Christ with a very tender and specialized love for each of us. She regards each of us as a precious, unique individual. John Paul II again speaks to us: "Of the essence of motherhood is the fact that it concerns the person. Motherhood always establishes a unique and unrepeatable relationship between two people: between mother and child and between child and mother. Even when the same woman is the mother of many children, her personal relationship with each one of them is of the very essence of motherhood. For each child is generated in a unique and unrepeatable way, and this is true both for the mother and for the child." 5

The Holy Father then applies these ideas to Mary and us: "It can be said that motherhood 'in the order of grace' preserves the analogy with what 'in the order of nature' characterizes the union between mother and child. In the light of this fact it becomes easier to understand why in Christ's testament on Golgotha His Mother's new motherhood is expressed in the singular, in reference to one man." 6

This is the awesome and consoling truth-you and I are very precious to Mary. She shows us her Heart as a symbol of her life of love, including her most special, unique love for each of us individually. Yes, she loves each of us much more than we can ever fathom. It is our great privilege and responsibility to love her in return. She asks for this love, she asks for our trust, she asks us to come to her maternal and Immaculate Heart, so that she can lead us ever closer to the Heart of her Son, Jesus.

Are we sorrowful, anxious, troubled? Let us go to Mary our Mother and ask her to console us. Let us ask her for the grace to handle our sorrow, our anxieties, our troubles properly-according to God's will. In this way our suffering will bring us closer to Christ as it simultaneously allows us to contribute to the ongoing Christianization of the world.

Are we especially joyful, happy, basking in the glow of a goal successfully accomplished? Let us go to Mary and ask her to help us handle our joy, our happiness, our success as God intends. Let us petition her not to allow our joy to make us forgetful of God, our God Who is the source of all true joy, success and happiness.

Yes, Mary invites us to come to her in all circumstances-whether it be in joy or sorrow, success or failure, laughter or tears. Mary wants us to share in her maternal wisdom so that we may understand how to use our various experiences to come closer to God in Christ. Sharing our lives with Mary in this fashion, and on a consistent basis, requires that we love her, that we trust her, that we surrender ourselves to her maternal love.

Help us, Mother Mary, to probe ever more deeply into the depths of your love for us. Help us to realize more and more that to be loved by you is to experience a sweetness, a warmth, a tenderness, a serenity, a security, which makes us cry out, "O Mother, how good and loving you are!"

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                R. Genuine love —

                Jesus gave Himself — He is love —
                Why are we nice to others?

                1 or 2

                1. To give love? —


                2. So we are liked and get something back
                    for ourselves — recognition

                Jesus: I came to teach you how to love —
                    I emptied Myself
                    I took the nature of a man —
                    I took on flesh
                    For you to know love —

                If you love (or act loving) to get
                    something for yourself — it is
                    not love —

                Love gives
                Love is for the good of the other —
                Selflessness —

                R. Oh God teach me to love
                        teach me to love and not count
                        the cost

                    Oh God help me to be like You —
                            help me to be a light in
                            the darkness

                Jesus: Many are acting from their
                    wounded human nature —
                    Forget your focus on yourselves —
                    Live to do My work —
                    Be Me to those I send to you to
                        be converted —

                What good does it do a man to spend
                    his life in fear —
                    the fear is worse than any problem
                    that really happens

                Work, as one, as the Father intended
                    the knee doesn't say to the toe
                    lets get along —

                They just do the functions of the
                    body —

                Can you not work to help souls —
                    to carry My message to the
                    world —

                Are you tired or hungry —

                So many are starving for this
                    message I give to you —
                    the devil wants you to focus
                    on yourselves and to be
                    jealous, angry —
                    When one sins they are prideful —
                        they put themselves above
                        God —

                    Don't give into pride.
                    Putting yourselves up and others down

                Every person has unique gifts — only
                    they can give to this world —

                You are the Father's creation —
                    He loves you —

                Be about being My bride —

                    A girl suffered by a caretaker and
                two step-sisters —

                    She found a prince —
                    She was beautiful —
                    He loved her —
                    He married her

                I am God —
                I am better than any prince —

                Why do you smite Me —

                Be about our love affair —
                I love you, I love you, I love you —

                God the Father made you unique —

                You can contribute love to God and
                    others as no one else can —

                Why see yourself as unloved — when
                    you are the bride of
                    THE BRIDEGROOM — God?

                The devil talks in your head and
                    you listen — isn't it time
                    to listen to My love letters in
                    My Blue Book —

Blue Book I

Blue Book II

Blue Book III

Blue Book IV

Blue Book V

Blue Book VI


                I love you My precious bride —
                I love you

                Song: I Am your Sacred Heart

                Song: 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.



Prayer for Union with Jesus

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.

    I am Yours to possess. I am Yours to use. I want to be selfless and only exist in You. Help me to spoon out all that is me and be an empty vessel ready to be filled by You. Help me to die to myself and live only for You. Use me as You will. Let me never draw my attention back to myself. I only want to operate as You do, dwelling within me.

    I am Yours, Lord. I want to have my life in You. I want to do the will of the Father. Give me the strength to put aside the world and let You operate my very being. Help me to act as You desire. Strengthen me against the distractions of the devil to take me from Your work.

    When I worry, I have taken my focus off of You and placed it on myself. Help me not to give in to the promptings of others to change what in my heart You are making very clear to me. I worship You, I adore You and I love You. Come and dwell in me now.

-God's Blue Book, January 17, 1994


                Jesus: I love you so much —

                    You are a human creature —
                    You are to make reparation for the
                        sins of the human race to
                        God —
                    You, who are baptized in the
                        Church — pray united to the Mass —

                    Be lovers of God's will

                    Lovers of Me, your Spouse, your



A Prayer for Intimacy with the Lamb, the Bridegroom of the Soul

     Oh Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, come and act on my soul most intimately. I surrender myself, as I ask for the grace to let go, to just be as I exist in You and You act most intimately on my soul. You are the Initiator. I am the soul waiting Your favors as You act in me. I love You. I adore You. I worship You. Come and possess my soul with Your Divine Grace, as I experience You most intimately.


                Do not be afraid of the past — it
                    has happened — God allowed
                    it — pray for your persecutors —
                    You can look at the past —
                    Forgive —
                    and Let it go



                Pray for your persecutors —

                Look at the PAST — See the pain —
                    LET GO — so you can heal


                Jesus: I call you to love
                    What you do affects everybody
                        else —
                    I suffered for your sins of
                        pride, anger, jealousy, seeking
                        dominance for dominance sake


                R. May God grant us the peace that
                    comes from a loving, forgiving


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


                Mary hold us!



                Holy Spirit help us to be molded more
                    and more in the image of Jesus


From Tell My People

The Holy Spirit

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

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


                God forgive us for our unloving ways
                    and grant us Your mercy —

                We are here to work for God —
                    to spread the good news —

                God grant us Your peace
                God help us to have hearts of love —
                God help us to work together according
                    to your Plan, oh, God the Father

                God has called us out of darkness
                    into His marvelous light —

                Adam and Eve sinned in the garden —

                Jesus sweat the saving blood for
                    our sins — Jesus was in
                    the Garden of Olives —

                Let us be like olive plants
                    around the table —
                    producing fruit for the Kingdom —
                    catching fish for God —

                May we always act kindly and
                    in love — not give into
                    bad unloving habits — defects
                    of character

                Like a mystery solver —
                    looking for clues to our
                    patterned, destructive
                    behavior —

                Living to SERVE God
                    Be Nice

                God increase our faith, please
                Let our hearts be loving and holy
                    likened to Christ —
                We praise You God, We
                    love You —
                You are all powerful —
                We give You thanks —
                We love You —
                We sing endlessly Your praise
                We sing with the angels
                    in heaven
                Who praise You forever —


                R. Dear Lord may Your peace
                        dwell on us —

                    Mary so beautiful —
                    Joseph gentle —
                    Joseph a carpenter —
                    Joseph made things —

                    Joseph an artist of wood —

                    Christ died on a cross — wood
                    Christ born on bare wood

                    Wood — formed

                    Wood made beautiful
                    tables and chairs

                    Joseph's hands
                        creator of wood objects

                    Mary so young —
                        so beautiful —
                        so pure —
                        the Mother of God

                    Bad Kings
                    Good Kings

                    Jesus King of Kings

                    3 Kings honor God

                    Rulers today    — with God
                                          — not with God


Rebellion — force — evil — selfish
God-like — loving — selfless

                    Pope — Vicar of the Church

                    Joseph had a dream

                    Jesus, the Savior
                    Jesus the Messiah

                    Song: A Song from Jesus

                    We are on a journey following
                        the King of Kings —
                        bearing witness to Him —

                    Christ lives in us —

                    We are to be Christ to one another
                        in the world

                    We are to serve God
                    God has a Plan —
                    We need to follow it —
                    God created us for His purpose —

                    We come naked —
                    We are to be formed more
                        and more in the image
                        of Jesus —

                    We are tainted
                    We come naked —

January 5, 1997


Open yourself, Oh Jerusalem, your time is come you will be a light to the people in darkness, many will walk whence you come and the earth will be shakened and the light will come across a dark sky and enlighten their minds.

Oh stiff-necked people, you are so stiff in your ways, let the spirit envelope you and lead you on your way.

A country of stiffs, a people of planning and prodding, of deliberating and wonderingyou lack faith, Jerusalem, you lack faith in God.

Oh walk naked into the cold night, you are cold in your hearts and naked in your clothingI cloth you with glory, I light your face with light, but you turn your cheeks to the darkness and stay stiff-necked in your hearts. Oh cold and dark hearts, reach for the light that you may know the glory that awaits the sinners and enlightens their minds.

end of excerpt


                    We are fighting for God's
                    We fight with love —

                    There is evil in the world —

                    Good and Bad

                    We have a free will to
                        choose —

                    God created Mary
                    God created Joseph

                    The mission unique
                    Our mission unique —
                    Follow Jesus —
                    do not be afraid —

                Mary said
                    "I am the handmaid of the Lord"

                Fear is worse than thing
                    we have to do —

                Carpenters work wood —
                    they need patience —
                    they want beauty

                Mary traveled to her cousin
                    Elizabeth —

                The child in Elizabeth's womb
                    leapt for joy —

                Say Hail Mary

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


                Jesus was a Jew —

                Jesus had enemies

                God created the world from nothing —

                He gave us the stars and the
                    sun and the moon —

                Look above — count
                    the stars if you can —

                Mary was pure

                Jesus — the perfect ruler —
                            the perfect King

                Jesus — the Son of God —

Deuteronomy 30: 19-20

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.’


                One person can obey and be holy
                Another person rebel against God's will

                God calls us —

                We respond as God wills —
                    or against God's will —

                We have a free will

                There were BAD Rulers


Excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, by Louis J. Puhl, S.J. P.60-61



The one of Christ, our supreme leader and lord,
the other of Lucifer, the deadly enemy of our
human nature

PRAYER.   The usual preparatory prayer.

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137. FIRST PRELUDE.   This is the history. Here it will be that Christ calls and wants all beneath His standard, and Lucifer, on the other hand, wants all under his.

138. SECOND PRELUDE.   This is a mental representation of the place. It will be here to see a great plain, comprising the whole region about Jerusalem, where the sovereign Commander-in-Chief of all the good is Christ our Lord; and another plain about the region of Babylon, where the chief of the enemy is Lucifer.

139. THIRD PRELUDE.   This is to ask for what I desire. Here it will be to ask for a knowledge of the deceits of the rebel chief and help to guard myself against them; and also to ask for a knowledge of the true life exemplified in the sovereign and true Commander, and the grace to imitate Him.



140. FIRST POINT.   Imagine you see the chief of all the enemy in the vast plain about Babylon, seated on a great throne of fire and smoke, his appearance inspiring horror and terror.

141. SECOND POINT.   Consider how he summons innumerable demons, and scatters them, some to one city and some to another, throughout the whole world, so that no province, no place, no state of life, no individual is overlooked.

142. THIRD POINT.   Consider the address he makes to them, how he goads them on to lay snares for men and bind them with chains. First they are to tempt them to covet riches (as Satan himself is accustomed to do in most cases) that they may the more easily attain the empty honors of this world, and then come to overweening pride.

   The first step, then, will be riches, the second honor, the third pride. From these three steps the evil one leads to all other vices.



143.   In a similar way, we are to picture to ourselves the sovereign and true Commander, Christ our Lord.

144. FIRST POINT.   Consider Christ our Lord, standing in a lowly place in a great plain about the region of Jerusalem, His appearance beautiful and attractive.

145. SECOND POINT.   Consider how the Lord of all the world chooses so many persons, apostles, disciples, etc., and sends them throughout the whole world to spread His sacred doctrine among all men, no matter what their state or condition.

146. THIRD POINT.   . . .

end of excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius



Joyful Mysteries



                (1) Isaiah 45: 6-8, 18, 21-25

so that it may be known from east to west 
that there is no one except me. 
I am Yahweh, and there is no other, 
I form the light and I create the darkness, 
I make well–being, and I create disaster, 
I, Yahweh, do all these things.

Rain down, you heavens, from above, 
and let the clouds pour down 
    saving justice, 
let the earth open up 
    and blossom with salvation, 
and let justice sprout with it; 
I, Yahweh, have created it!

For thus says Yahweh,
    the Creator of the heavens —
he is God, who shaped the earth
    and made it,
who set it firm;
he did not create it to be chaos,
he formed it to be lived in:
I am Yahweh, and there is no other.

Speak up, present your case, 
let them put their heads together! 
Who foretold this in the past, 
who revealed it long ago? 
Was it not I, Yahweh? 
There is no other god except me, 
no saving God, no Saviour except me! 
Turn to me and you will be saved, 
all you ends of the earth, 
for I am God, and there is no other. 
By my own self I swear it; 
what comes from my mouth 
    is saving justice, 
it is an irrevocable word: 
All shall bend the knee to me, 
by me every tongue shall swear, 
saying, ‘In Yahweh alone 
are saving justice and strength,’ 
until all those who used to rage at him 
come to him in shame. 
In Yahweh the whole race of Israel 
finds justice and glory.

                (2) Luke 1: 26-38

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

                (3) Hail Mary

                (4) Hebrews 10: 4-10

Bulls' blood and goats' blood are incapable of taking away sins, and that is why he said, on coming into the world:

You wanted no sacrifice or cereal offering,
but you gave me a body.
You took no pleasure in burnt offering'
   or sacrifice for sin;
then I said, 'Here I am, I am coming,'
in the scroll of the book it is written of me,
to do your will, God.

He says first You did not want what the Law lays down as the things to be offered, that is: the sacrifices, the cereal offerings, the burnt offerings and the sacrifices for sin, and you took no pleasure in them; and then he says: Here I am! I am coming to do your will. He is abolishing the first sort to establish the second. And this will was for us to be made holy by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ made once and for all.

                (5) Hail Mary

                (6) Mary gave herself to God —

                (7) Mary conceived the Son of God
                        through the power of
                        the Holy Spirit

                (8) Oh God thank You for
                        taking flesh —

                (9) Let's celebrate this gift —

                (10) Christ offered Himself - freely —
                        Christ gave His all —
                        Christ is our brother
                        Mary is the Mother of God
                        Jesus gives us Himself
                            today in the Eucharist —



                (1) Luke 1: 39-45

Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

                (2) Hail Mary

                (3) 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.

                (4) Hail Mary

                (5) Zephaniah 3: 14-18

Shout for joy, daughter of Zion, 
Israel, shout aloud! 
Rejoice, exult with all your heart, 
daughter of Jerusalem! 
Yahweh has repealed your sentence; 
he has turned your enemy away. 
Yahweh is king among you, Israel, 
you have nothing more to fear. 

When that Day comes, 
    the message for Jerusalem will be: 
Zion, have no fear, 
do not let your hands fall limp. 
Yahweh your God is there with you, 
the warrior–Saviour. 
He will rejoice over you with happy song, 
he will renew you by his love, 
he will dance with shouts of joy for you, 
as on a day of festival.

                (6) Let our hearts be filled
                        with joy and gladness.

                (7) Let our hearts be
                        showing the world —
                        the love of Jesus.

                (8) Mary visited her cousin —
                        now we spread His love to
                            our cousins — brothers etc. —
                            The Good News

                        Christ has died, He is risen
                            He will come again —

                (9) Let us love sincerely —
                        Love likened to Christ —
                        Be lowly — not puffed up —
                            full of pride, anger and

                        See through the eyes of God

                (10) Love for God —
                        don't act lovingly to get
                        recognition — affection for
                        ourselves —
                        love in the Heart of Jesus


                The Birth of Jesus

                (1) Song: Give Me Your Heart Oh Jesus

                (2) Song: A Song from Jesus

                (3) Song: I Love You Jesus

                (4) Hail Mary

                (5) Luke 2: 15-20

Now it happened that when the angels had gone from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go to Bethlehem and see this event which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds said to them. As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as they had been told.

                (6) Hail Mary

                (7) Song: Silent Night

                (8) Song: What Child Is This


Hebrews 2: 3

then we shall certainly not go unpunished if we neglect such a great salvation. It was first announced by the Lord himself, and is guaranteed to us by those who heard him;


1 Corinthians 4: 5

For that reason, do not judge anything before the due time, until the Lord comes; he will bring to light everything that is hidden in darkness and reveal the designs of all hearts. Then everyone will receive from God the appropriate commendation.

                (10) Hail Mary




                (1) Song: Little Baby Hands and Feet

                (2) Luke 2: 25-35

Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to the restoration of Israel and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:

    Now, Master, you are letting 
        your servant go in peace 
    as you promised; 
    for my eyes have seen the salvation 
    which you have made ready 
        in the sight of the nations; 
    a light of revelation for the gentiles 
    and glory for your people Israel.

As the child’s father and mother were wondering at the things that were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Look, he is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is opposed—and a sword will pierce your soul too—so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.’

                (3) Song: See the Eyes that Look at Mary

                (4) Hail Mary

                (5) Seven Sorrows of Mary

Mary has promised very special graces to those who do this on a daily basis. Included in the promises of Our Lady for those who practice this devotion is her pledge to give special assistance at the hour of death, including the sight of her face. The seven sorrows are:

(1) The prophecy of Simeon
(2) The flight into Egypt
(3) The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple
(4) Jesus and Mary meet on the way to the cross
(5) Jesus dies on the cross
(6) Jesus is taken down from the cross and laid in Mary's arms
(7) The burial of Jesus

                (6) Hail Mary

                (7) Candles are blessed this
                        day because of what
                        Simeon said

Luke 2: 32
a light of revelation for the gentiles
and glory for your people Israel.

                (8) Christ is the Light of the World.

                (9) We are to be children of light.

                (10) May we too be united deeply
                        to the Holy Spirit and
                        let us thank Him for
                        the Mass.


                Finding in the Temple

                (1) Luke 2: 41-52

Every year his parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When the days of the feast were over and they set off home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They assumed he was somewhere in the party, and it was only after a day’s journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances. When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere. 

    It happened that, three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies. They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, ‘My child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.’ He replied, ‘Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’ But they did not understand what he meant. He went down with them then and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority. His mother stored up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and with people.

                (2) Psalm 48: 10-11

Both your name and your praise, God,
    are over the whole wide world.

Your right hand is full of saving justice,
    Mount Zion rejoices,
the daughters of Judah delight
    because of your saving justice.

                (3) Malachi 3: 1-4

‘Look, I shall send my messenger to clear a way before me. And suddenly the Lord whom you seek will come to his Temple; yes, the angel of the covenant, for whom you long, is on his way, says Yahweh Sabaoth. Who will be able to resist the day of his coming? Who will remain standing when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire, like fullers’ alkali. He will take his seat as refiner and purifier; he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they can make the offering to Yahweh with uprightness. The offering of Judah and Jerusalem will then be acceptable to Yahweh as in former days, as in the years of old.

                (4) Hail Mary

                (5) Hebrews 2: 14-18

    Since all the children share the same human nature, he too shared equally in it, so that by his death he could set aside him who held the power of death, namely the devil, and set free all those who had been held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it was not the angels that he took to himself; he took to himself the line of Abraham. It was essential that he should in this way be made completely like his brothers so that he could become a compassionate and trustworthy high priest for their relationship to God, able to expiate the sins of the people. For the suffering he himself passed through while being put to the test enables him to help others when they are being put to the test.

                (6) Hail Mary

                (7) 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.

                (8) Hail Mary

                (9) Song: The Rosary Song

                (10) Sirach 51: 1-8

I shall give thanks to you, Lord and King,
    and praise you, God my Saviour,
    I give thanks to your name;
for you have been my guard and support
    and redeemed my body from destruction,
from the snare of the lying tongue,
    from lips that fabricate falsehood;
in the presence of my assailants, you were on my side;
    you have been my support, you have redeemed me,
true to your abounding kindness
    — and the greatness of your name — you liberated me
from the fangs of those seeking to devour me,
    from the clutches of those seeking my life,
    from the many ordeals which I have endured,
from the stifling heat which hemmed me in,
    from the heart of a fire which I had not kindled,
from deep in the belly of Sheol,
    treacherous denunciations to the king.
My soul has been close to death,
    my life had gone down to the brink of Sheol.
I was completely surrounded, there was no one to help me;
    I looked for someone to help me, there was no one.
Then I remembered your mercy, Lord,
    and your deeds from earliest times,
how you deliver those who wait for you patiently,
    and save them from the clutches of their enemies.




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