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April 10, 2008

April 11th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 4 Period I.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for April 11th are Luminous.

 

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April 10, 11, 12, 13
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Mass 11:00am - Saturday

 

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Friday afternoon - start 1:00pm

There will be a candlelight rosary
on Friday night.

 

 

April 10, 2008

      

                    God is love and He intends us to
                communicate with each other.
                We want the Spirit of God to
                move in love in the community and
                family to help bring forth fruit for
                the Kingdom, but the devil tries
                to divide through imperfections
                of the human creatures, the devil
                through fallacious reasoning trying
                to block communication with
                people so they live in discord.

                    The Spirit of God can move in
                a powerful way in a family, community
                if they are united in love. Unfinished
                business from old wounds can be
                projected on others and can be tension
                from the unresolved past which leads
                to division with innocent others —

                    The devil in this division blocks
                communication among people needing
                to communicate to do God's work —
                the devil attempts to block ways
                in which the Spirit could move
                powerfully in love in the community,
                parish, family, to bring forth fruit for
                the Kingdom.

                The Spirit is the soul of the Church —
                Mary is the Mother of the Church

                The individual
                The Church and
                    The world is in the state of becoming —
                More pure —
                as God intends
                instruments of love, unity,
                Fruitfulness —

                Mary brought forth Jesus
                Jesus is the FRUIT of the womb
                The old EVE ate the forbidden FRUIT

                God is love
                God is light
                The Persons of the Trinity are the
                    most perfect community

                Holy Spirit come and fill us with
                    the fire of God's love —
                    renew the face of the earth —
                    breathe life into your people —

                Let Your light shine in us.

 

                    We are working to be more perfected.
                    We are in the state of becoming.
                    The Spirit works within the individual
                    Christian, but He does this in a manner
                    which will not only bring the individual
                    to a full maturity in Christ, but will
                    also contribute towards the building
                    of the entire body which is the Church.

                        The Spirit works in us to strengthen
                    the community as we grow in deeper
                    maturity in Christ. The Spirit works
                    with Mary, mother of the Church, to
                    bring forth the Christ life in us.

                        The Spirit works in an individual
                    to help them to be more what they are
                    to be in their vocation. A vocation
                    of a mother is to be a mother not
                    be in Church praying all day ignoring
                    her children. A student is to study,
                    the Holy Spirit will help us to balance
                    our life to live our vocation. A
                    religious is to obey and live their
                    vocation as best they can, in serving
                    and prayer if they are to be guided
                    properly by the Spirit of God. We
                    can pray to the Holy Spirit to help us to
                    live our vocation as God desires us
                    to live our vocation.

                        It is God acting in us that we
                    are able to produce these fruits in
                    the Church.

                        It is more than just human love
                    that will help us to be happy —

                        True happiness is found in having
                    a relationship with God — we were
                    created to love — to love God and others —
                    to recognize how God loves us and love
                    ourselves as God desires.

                        The religious are called to live
                    deep lives of love — having a deep
                    relationship with God and from this
                    to be able to deeply love others.

                        The more we know ourselves — the
                    more we live in the truth, the more
                    we are open to the Spirit's actions
                    within us the more we can be
                    loving individuals. The more we
                    grow in love of God here in this life
                    and love of others here in this life
                    we are preparing ourselves for
                    heaven.

                        Love transforms us to be more
                    like the one we love. If we
                    give our attention to debased things
                    we will learn to desire that which is
                    not good. The more we give our lives
                    loving God and what is good — the
                    more we will become likened to
                    God. We are to work to be one in
                    the Lord, to pray to God and beg for His
                    grace. We seek to be more one in Him, to
                    live in greater self-surrendering
                    love to God.

                        We have a greater awareness how
                    Our Father loves us as His beloved
                    child. We long for the union we
                    will have with God to be wrapped
                    in God's embrace for
                    all eternity in the beatific vision.
                    Love can bring harmony, peace
                    to the world, to the Church —
                    The more we spread the love of the
                    Two Hearts — the more we will
                    help the world to have harmony
                    and peace.

                        The wounded children of Adam
                    and Eve dwelling in the pure and holy
                    Hearts of the New Adam, Jesus and the New Eve,
                    Mary will help us to be loving —

                    Satan wants division

                    Satan wants us to give into games people
                        play, get divorced and marriages
                        split up, this can lead to greater
                        complications — remarriages,
                        divorced homes, new marriages,
                        mom and dad don't live together,
                        mom remarries, has new babies,
                        more new marriages, split homes,
                        wounded hearts, crying children.

                    Think of the station — Jesus seeing the
                        women weeping on the way
                        to Calvary and He said —
                        weep not for me, but for
                        yourselves and your children —
                        Jesus knew all the divorces and
                        mixed marriages.

 

Luke 23: 28

But Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep rather for yourselves and for your children.

   

                    We must pray to the Holy Spirit to
                        counsel us so we do God's will
                        in our vocations and live in
                        the fire of God's love — that
                        religious communities, the Church,
                        parishes, communities, families are rooted
                        in love — the love of the Holy Spirit
                        in them — the truth be in them —

                        Love is more convincing than
                    anything — Love is a uniting force —
                    the love of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

                        If we really focused on the love of
                    these Two Hearts we could be dynamic
                    forces in all we do —

                        Not words — really giving ourselves
                    to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary begging
                    to be loving as God wants — The Holy Spirit
                    working in the Heart of Mary.

                        Why can't we let our love in
                    the Shepherds of Christ shine through the Priestly
                    Newsletter, the prayer chapters as we realize the
                    promise Jesus made to Fr. Carter —

                        to those who pray the prayers, He promised
                    to take us deeper into His Heart and Mary's
                    Heart

   

Fr. Carter had a dream.

 

July 31, 1994

Words of Jesus to Members of
Shepherds of Christ Associates:

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

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

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

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

    

                        We can focus on the transfiguration —
                    Jesus took them up the mountain and
                    showed them His transfigured body —
                    God gives us the sun to see with
                    its light — Mary's image appeared in sunny
                    Florida —

                        The more we go to the pure and holy
                    heart of Mary, the Spiritual Womb,
                    the more we are brought forth
                    children of light — Jesus' way of
                    love — devotion to His Sacred Heart —
                    love for the Eucharist can help to heal
                    the wounded — fill our churches and
                    our families with the love of the 2
                    Hearts of Jesus and Mary

                        Love is a powerful force

                        The Power is in the Eucharist —

    

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 asked Peter 3 times

John 21: 15-17

    When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He replied, ‘Yes, Lord, you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Look after my sheep.’ Then he said to him a third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt that he asked him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.

end of scripture

   

                    God is calling us to love —
                    To spread the devotion to the
                        2 Hearts of greatest love
                    To love like Jesus and Mary
                    To meditate on Their love in the
                        mysteries of the rosary —
                    In this we spread love in families,
                        churches, communities
                    Love is binding
                    God is love —

                    In giving us these writings — God is
                        teaching us about love —
                        to have a personal relationship
                        with Him
                        Jesus loves us so much
                        Do we believe this?
                        Love is a habit!!

                        We grow in loving ways
                                        forgiving ways

                        Then loving becomes habitual!

                        One act of love, helps man to
                            be loving in the future —

                        hating, selfishness — helps us to
                        have habits of selfishness in the
                        future

                    Loving our vocation because God
                        wants us to love our vocation —

                    Selfishness - is not being like
                        Jesus who died for us on
                        the cross

                    Our Church should be telling us
                        about the gifts given there
                        to help us be loving —
                    Receiving so much grace to be
                        likened to Jesus
                    have deeper life in Him

                    Dwelling in the Hearts of Jesus and
                       Mary

                    Putting pictures of the Sacred
                        Heart and Mary's Heart in
                        our homes, in our pockets

                    Knowing we are loved so much
                        by God, but we are to be
                        united — love is not
                        selfish

                    God is love —

                    He does not intend us to chart an isolated
                        path

                    God intends us to walk hand-in-hand

 

 

                    Look at this picture

 

John 3: 16

For this is how God loved the world:
he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him 
    may not perish
but may have eternal life.

      

                    We could meditate on God's love
                        for us forever that Jesus,
                        the Son of God, took flesh and
                        came into the world in the
                        womb of Mary — conceived of
                        the Holy Spirit

                        God has revealed to us how much
                            He loves us —
                            He taught us how we are to
                                love each other
 

                    Jesus came to teach about love

                   
                    We are to mature in our ways of
                        loving — not grow in
                        greater selfishness — trying
                        to get things MY WAY —

                    To have loving communities

 

1 Corinthians 13: 13

As it is, these remain: faith, hope, and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love.

 

Matthew 11: 29

Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

 

 

                    Jesus as man was perfectly humble —

                Knowing the truth is knowing we
                    are God's creature —
                    We have a wounded human nature
                    We are imperfect

                We are to be submissive to the Divine Will.
                Humility is truth!!
                Man must realize his creature hood —

   

Genesis 3: 4-6

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.


                   

 

Luke 1: 46-55

                The Magnificat

And Mary said:

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

 

                    Sing: Holy Is His Name

   

Luke 18: 9-14

He spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being upright and despised everyone else, ‘Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, "I thank you, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like everyone else, and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get." The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner." This man, I tell you, went home again justified; the other did not. For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, but anyone who humbles himself will be raised up.’

    

                        Humility is truth, this does not
                    prevent us from acknowledging
                    our gifts of nature and grace;
                    it merely bids us to recognize
                    God as the source of these gifts!!

                   

                   
 

 

        

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