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April 11, 2010

April 12th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 6 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for April 12th are Joyful.


Rita will do a Retreat
Monday and Tuesday

Mass on April 12th - 10:00am
followed by retreat

Mass on April 13th - 11:00am
followed by
13th Service

Please Tune In!


The Building Payment is due the 19th


                Risen Christ
                    His saving
                    work —

                Through the community
                    who supports

                To win over satan

                The first Sunday of Lent

                Christ did not prostate
                    to satan

                Christ — triumphs over

                Our salvation

Acts 5: 12-16

    The apostles worked many signs and miracles among the people. One in heart, they all used to meet in the Portico of Solomon.  No one else dared to join them, but the people were loud in their praise and the numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily. Many signs and wonders were worked among the people at the hands of the apostles  so that the sick were even taken out into the streets and laid on beds and sleeping-mats in the hope that at least the shadow of Peter might fall across some of them as he went past.  People even came crowding in from the towns round about Jerusalem, bringing with them their sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and all of them were cured.


                John was in exile
                    for he was
                    preaching about
                    Jesus —

Revelation 1: 9-11a, 12-13, 17-19

 I, John, your brother and partner in hardships, in the kingdom and in perseverance in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos on account of the Word of God and of witness to Jesus;  it was the Lord’s Day and I was in ecstasy, and I heard a loud voice behind me, like the sound of a trumpet, saying,  'Write down in a book all that you see'
I turned round to see who was speaking to me, and when I turned I saw seven golden lamp-stands
 and, in the middle of them, one like a Son of man, dressed in a long robe tied at the waist with a belt of gold.

    When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead, but he laid his right hand on me and said, ‘Do not be afraid; it is I, the First and the Last; I am the Living One,  I was dead and look—I am alive for ever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and of Hades.  Now write down all that you see of present happenings and what is still to come.



                Jesus is alive

                Satan is death

                Satan is darkness

                1st reading 1st Sunday of Lent
                    Jesus did not prostrate to satan

                2nd Sunday — Transfiguration —
                    if we stay rooted to Jesus —
                    we will be children of light —

                Look at the woman at the well —
                    Life - giving - water

                Look at the blind man — who could
                    not see, but now he sees

                Look at Lazarus in the tomb
                    Lazarus is raised from the dead

                Being enslaved by satan is evil,
                    darkness —

                Jesus wants peace for us —
                    We pray for peace
                    Mary says the consecration —
                        to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

                Triumph over evil

                Hearts like Jesus and Mary —
                    the New Adam and the New Eve

                not Adam and Eve who disobeyed —
                    who made themselves equal
                    to God

                Adam and Eve who caused us
                    to suffer so
                    a wounded human nature —

                Easter — Triumph over evil —


                 Acts of faith,
                             hope and

  John 20: 19-31

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’ and, after saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. 

    ‘As the Father sent me, 
    so am I sending you.’ 

After saying this he breathed on them and said: 

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

    Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, ‘We have seen the Lord,’ but he answered, ‘Unless I can see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you,’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving any more but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him: 

    You believe because you can see me. 
    Blessed are those who have not seen 
        and yet believe.

There were many other signs that Jesus worked in the sight of the disciples, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.


                Blessed are those who do not
                    see and still believe —

                The Eucharist —
                    we do not see Jesus,
                    but we believe

                We are fed at the table of the Lord

                The Father's family is dysfunctional

                Sing: This is the Feast of Victory

                Look at the Transfiguration
                Look at Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart
                Look at Adam and Eve

                7 deadly sins Pride, Greed, Envy, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth

                Jesus feeds us with Himself

                By faith and baptism we are


Numbers 21: 4-9

They left Mount Hor by the road to the Sea of Suph, to skirt round Edom. On the way the people lost patience. They spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the desert? For there is neither food nor water here; we are sick of this meagre diet.’ 

    At this, God sent fiery serpents among the people; their bite brought death to many in Israel. The people came and said to Moses, ‘We have sinned by speaking against Yahweh and against you. Intercede for us with Yahweh to save us from these serpents.’ Moses interceded for the people, and Yahweh replied, ‘Make a fiery serpent and raise it as a standard. Anyone who is bitten and looks at it will survive.’ Moses then made a serpent out of bronze and raised it as a standard, and anyone who was bitten by a serpent and looked at the bronze serpent survived.


John 6: 51-58

I am the living bread
   which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread
   will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give
is my flesh, for the life of the world.'

    Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?' Jesus replied to them:

In all truth I tell you,
if you do not eat
   the flesh of the Son of man
and drink his blood,
you have no life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh
   and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise that person up
   on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
Whoever eats my flesh
   and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in that person.
As the living Father sent me
and I draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me
   will also draw life from me.
This is the bread
   which has come down from heaven;
it is not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread
   will live for ever.


                Song: I Love You Jesus

                Song: Sing to the Mountains


Second Sunday of Easter
April 15, 2007

INTRODUCTION: The four gospels tell us about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.  Essentially, the rest of the new testament tells us about Jesus after his resurrection and ascension, how he continued his work through his followers and through the Church. 

In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles we see the power of Jesus at work through the signs and wonders that the apostles worked.  Our second reading is from the book of Revelation.  Most probably this book was written sometime between 81 and 96 AD, during the reign of the Emperor Domitian.  It was a time of persecution for the Church.  John tells us in today’s passage he was in exile on a little island called Patmos as punishment for preaching about Jesus.  The Lord appeared to him there and revealed to him that Jesus would not abandon those who were faithful to him.  Those suffering for their faith in Jesus would be victorious in the end. 

HOMILY: Woody Allen is quoted as saying: “if only God would give me some clear sign!  Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.” Our gospel today invites us to reflect on the meaning of faith.  If God gave us all clear signs, we wouldn’t need faith.  Faith essentially means trusting someone when we have no clear signs.  Faith is not the same as putting our trust in anyone and everyone.  That’s just being naive and gullible.  At the same time, if we are afraid to trust anyone we will live in our own little world of fear and paranoia.  It’s a difficult balance to keep knowing who we can and who we cannot trust. 

One person we can trust is Jesus.  In our second reading, Jesus appeared to John and told him “Do not be afraid.”  Fear is the opposite of trust.  When he tells us do not be afraid, he is telling us to trust him.  He is the master over life and death, for as he said, “I hold the keys to death.” 

Another way of saying all this is Jesus’ greeting to his apostles on Easter Sunday night: “Peace be with you.”  A person full of fear and anxiety and worry does not know peace.  Before we know peace we have to know who we can trust and know that our trust is secure. 

Our trust is secure in Jesus but we all wish the Lord would give us a little more proof, as he did to Thomas.  Three times John’s gospel tells us Thomas was called the twin.  Why do you think John made such a point of the fact that he was a twin?  Perhaps in a symbolic way we are his twin, wanting proof like he did.  Thomas wouldn’t believe in the resurrection of Jesus, even with the other ten apostles and some of the women telling him it happened.  But I still have to give Thomas credit.  He could have walked away and said “you’re all crazy.  I’m getting out of here.”  He stayed with them through what must have been a very difficult week for him.  I think there’s a lesson here.  When we have doubts and questions about our faith, we need to stay with it and not walk away.  If Thomas had walked away, he would never have seen the Lord.  The gospel is telling us, if we stay with it, the Lord will reveal himself to us.  We will see him and know him, maybe not with our eyes, but with our mind and heart. 

A lot of times we hear people say: “seeing is believing.”  What they are really saying is they don’t believe one word we’re saying, because believing is accepting something without seeing it.  Seeing is not believing, but with God the opposite is true according to the gospel.  Believing will lead to seeing.  But we have to believe first.  We have to trust in what we hear (the words of Jesus) rather than in what we see (for the Lord tells us about things that are unseen).  And we trust in what we hear because we choose to trust Jesus.

One of the greatest challenges to our faith today is the Eucharist.  Jesus told us: “This is my body… this is my blood.”  Because we can’t put the Eucharist under a microscope or examine it in some other way and see Jesus there, many people say “This is just a symbol.   This is just a reminder of what Jesus did at the Last Supper.  It’s not really his body and blood.”  The gospels and the earliest tradition of the Church tell us the Eucharist is exactly what Jesus said it is.  I think the decline in Mass attendance can be explained in large part by the fact that people have lost faith in the Eucharist.  Jesus’ words to Thomas apply to us as we gather together today in faith: “Blessed (a word with also means ‘fortunate’ or ‘happy’) are those who have not seen and have believed.” 


             Be transformed
             Be renewed

             Live our life of faith


Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 5: 27-32, 40b-41

When they had brought them in to face the Sanhedrin, the high priest demanded an explanation. ‘We gave you a strong warning’, he said, ‘not to preach in this name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and seem determined to fix the guilt for this man’s death on us.’ In reply Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men;  it was the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus, whom you executed by hanging on a tree. By his own right hand God has now raised him up to be leader and Saviour, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins through him to Israel. We are witnesses to this, we and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’
The Sanhedrin warned them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them.
And so they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, glad to have had the honour of suffering humiliation for the sake of the name

Revelation 5: 11-14

In my vision, I heard the sound of an immense number of angels gathered round the throne and the living creatures and the elders; there were ten thousand times ten thousand of them and thousands upon thousands, loudly chanting: Worthy is the Lamb that was sacrificed to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing. Then I heard all the living things in creation—everything that lives in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, crying: To the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb, be all praise, honour, glory and power, for ever and ever. And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen’; and the elders prostrated themselves to worship.

John 21: 1-19

Later on, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’ They replied, ‘We’ll come with you.’ They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night. When it was already light, there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. Jesus called out, ‘Haven’t you caught anything, friends?’ And when they answered, ‘No,’ he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’ So they threw the net out and could not haul it in because of the quantity of fish.  The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’ At these words, ‘It is the Lord,’ Simon Peter tied his outer garment round him (for he had nothing on) and jumped into the water. The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net with the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land. As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Jesus said, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net ashore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, ‘Who are you?’. They knew quite well it was the Lord. Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus revealed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.  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.  In all truth I tell you, when you were young you put on your own belt and walked where you liked; but when you grow old you will stretch out your hands, and somebody else will put a belt round you and take you where you would rather not go.’ In these words he indicated the kind of death by which Peter would give glory to God. After this he said, ‘Follow me.’


Third Sunday of Easter
April 22, 2007

INTRODUCTION:  The glory of the risen Lord is reflected in today’s readings.  Before commenting on our first reading, it is worth pointing out the symbolism in the second reading from the book of Revelation.  The setting for the scene is in heaven.  The focus is on Christ, symbolized as a sacrificial lamb who reigns gloriously with God the Father.  It is worth commenting on this symbol because it is the symbol on the front of our altar.  The lamb is standing on a book in which was written the revelation of what was to come.  Only Jesus was worthy to break open the seven seals that kept the book from being opened.  In today’s reading the liturgy of praise being offered to Jesus recognizes his divinity and his equality with the Father. 

And now about today’s first reading.  Immediately prior to today’s reading the apostles Peter and John, in the name of Jesus, healed a crippled man in the Temple.  This gave Peter the opportunity to preach about the risen Lord and it led to the arrest of Peter and John.  They were warned not to preach about Jesus again and were released.  They continued to preach and, that time after their arrest, were thrown into jail.  In the middle of the night an angel released them from jail and they went right back to preaching about Jesus.  It wasn’t long before they were arrested for the third time and this is where our first reading comes in.  Today’s passage leaves out a few verses which I think are very important.  Those verses tell us that as a punishment for disobeying the various warning of the court not to preach about Jesus, the apostles were scourged, then they were set free.  What is remarkable is they were joyful about it; they felt honored to have suffered for the name of the Lord.

HOMILY: John tells us the apostles had been fishing all night and they caught nothing.  As the sun was coming up Jesus appeared to them.  He not only gave them all the fish they could handle but was busy getting breakfast ready for them.  On the surface John is simply describing the scene for us in this lovely story of one of Jesus’ appearances after the resurrection.  But, as often happens in John’s gospel, there is a deeper meaning in what he is telling us.  In this passage about night and dawn, darkness and light, John is doing more than simply telling us the time of day.  Let me explain what I mean. 

John’s gospel begins with the words “In the beginning…” What’s so important about these words?  These are the very words that begin the whole bible, the first words from the book of Genesis.  What does that have to do with light and darkness?  When God began to create the world, the first thing he created was light.  So after John begins his gospel by telling us “in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God,”  he goes on to tell us: “He created everything there is.  Nothing exists that he didn’t make.  Life itself was in him and this life was light for all people.”  John’s theme continues that not everyone accepted the light, but the light was unable to be put out. 

The image of light and darkness continues to weave it’s way through John.  In chapter three we hear about a Pharisee named Nicodemus who was curious to learn more from Jesus, and he came to Jesus at night.  It was a practical thing to do considering the hostility against Jesus, but a symbolic detail for John as well.  Nicodemus was seeking the light and until he was enlightened by Jesus, he was in the dark. 

Again, in the ninth chapter of John we hear about Jesus healing a man born blind.  The whole chapter contrasts the blindness of the Pharisees, people who had sight but whose minds and hearts were closed to the light, with the insights of the blind man, the one who lived in darkness all his life until the met Jesus.  In this chapter Jesus says clearly, “I am the light of the world.” 

When we get to the Last Supper in John’s gospel, we find a little sentence that might not seem important all by itself but, knowing John’s symbolism, it has a depth of meaning.  Judas was about to betray Jesus.  As he left the supper room John tells us “it was night.”  For Judas it was night as he walked off into the darkness! 

So when we hear today’s gospel, we are told the apostles were fishing all night.  What did they accomplish?  Without Jesus they accomplished nothing.  With the dawn the Lord showed up, the one who is the Light of the world, and everything changes.  Are there times when we feel like we’re working hard and going nowhere?  Perhaps reflecting on St. John’s themes of light and darkness in today’s gospel will remind us of Jesus’ words from the Last Supper: “without me you can do nothing?”  


                The Father's family is dysfunctional

                    When alcoholism affects a family —
                they have to seek help because it has
                become so bad —

                    Song: This is the Feast of Victory —

                    Jesus gives us the bread of life —
                    At the time of Noah — God flooded
                        the earth because the people
                        had become corrupt —

                This is how He purified the human race —

                Jesus came and gave us the New Covenant —
                    He gives us baptism —
                    By faith and baptism we are reborn —

                Jesus gives us the bread of life —
                Jesus gives us His Body and Blood —

                A person that is dysfunctional may try to
                    force their behavior on others —
                    In dysfunctional families because
                        of this force the family can be
                        in denial — this denial keeps the
                        family from looking at a spiritual cancer
                        that can grow and cause the family
                        becoming so dysfunctional with
                        bended rules to become unmanageable,
                        dark —

                The rules are twisted —
                Time is wasted —
                Manipulation occurs

                Life is robbed of the family —

                The whole family can become sick dealing
                    with the alcoholic or dysfunctional
                    addiction forced by the dysfunctional
                    person on the family —

                People from dysfunctional families
                    learn twisted rules and usually these are rules
                    in the family that are implemented
                    by some force —

                In a dysfunctional family there is an
                    elephant in the living room —
                    nobody talks about —

                People are sworn to silence about
                    the addiction —

                The rule is denial — people deny
                    the problem — they absolutely
                    can refuse to ever talk about
                    the elephant in the living room —

                This elephant causes disorder and
                    disharmony — relationships are
                    usually unbalanced and sick —

                Rules learned through force can be
                    implemented —

                Even if the alcoholic or dysfunctional
                    person leaves — the enabler —
                    sick from this life, unless addressed,
                    usually continues enabling —
                    seeks out others to fix —
                    seeks out others to dominate —
                    can want dominance at all cost —

                The enabler was looking at the
                    alcoholic or dysfunctional
                    person as sick — and the enabler can see themselves
                    as 'above' — can have pride about
                    how good they are — how sick
                    the other is —

                They feel good or can feel good about
                    their purity making the other a
                    sick guy in their own mind —

                Real healthy relationships are not based
                    on this piggy-back reasoning —
                    these relationships of
                        'I am up — you are down and need

                This is a dysfunctional relationship

                The person in the white dress — who
                    sees themselves as good — has
                    their identity in the sick guy —

                God created us to help each other in
                    strength — I use my talents — you
                    use your talents

                    I don't have combat going on
                        "I am up" "You are down"

                    Flip flopping constantly
                        I let you up — to put you down

                This is dysfunctional — Jesus says —
                    piggy-back and sick —

                Once enablers learn to be enablers this
                    becomes their style —
                    they look for people to rescue —
                    they can need a person sick to feel
                        good about themselves —

                God created us to "put on Christ"
                    to be made more and more in that
                    image of Christ

                To live in unity
                    4 people united and one divided
                    it is Division

                God wants families, communities that
                    are one —

                The Church is ONE - HOLY - CATHOLIC
                    and APOSTOLIC

                To help renew the Church and the world we work
                    in this oneness as it says in
                    John 17

                To help renew the Church and the world
                    we constantly strive to be
                    holy —

                From Fr. Carter's Spirituality Handbook    

Consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

We have already spoken of how we are incorporated into Christ at Baptism. Now we shall speak of the life which comes to us in Baptism in terms of consecration:

"To consecrate means to make sacred, to make holy. Only God can make a being holy. So to speak of our consecration is to speak of God's activity in making us holy, His activity of giving us a share in His own holiness. At Baptism we receive a share in God's life, a share in His holiness. Christ is the Mediator of this grace life. We are baptized into Christ, into His death and resurrection. In Baptism we become holy by sharing in the holiness of Christ. We become consecrated, sealed with the divine holiness. We belong to the Father, through Christ, in the Holy Spirit.

"On our part, we must respond to God's consecration of us. We must live out the consecration of Baptism. We must realize what God has done for us in Christ and live according to this awareness. We need to live the life of holiness and grow in it. In other words, we must develop the life of grace, the Christ-life.

"What God has done for us in Christ involves Mary. God has given us a Christ-life, our life of grace, and Mary is the Mother of this Christ-life. Consequently, living out our life of consecration to God--living out the Christ-life--includes allowing Mary to increasingly be the Mother of our Christ-life.

"Consecration to Mary, therefore, is an aspect of our consecration to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is entrusting ourselves entirely to her maternal love so that she can bring us ever closer to Jesus, so that we can increasingly live out our consecration to God in Christ.

"At Fatima, Our Lady asked that we consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart. Mary shows us her heart as a symbol of her love for God and us. She asks us to make a return of love to her, to consecrate ourselves to her, to give ourselves to her completely. She wants us to entrust ourselves to her completely so that she may help us love God and neighbor.

"As stated above, consecration to Mary is an aspect of our consecration to God in Christ and she has asked for consecration to her Heart so that she may assist us. Christ, in turn, invites us to live out this consecration to Him through consecration to His Sacred Heart. We see the divine symmetry: consecration to the Immaculate Heart helps us to live out consecration to Christ Who reveals His Heart as symbol of His life of love in all its aspects, including His tremendous love for each of us individually. His Heart also asks for our love in return, a return which ideally is summed up in consecration to Jesus' Heart. Through this consecration we give ourselves completely to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart. In this consecration to Jesus, we promise to strive to live according to His Father's will in all things." (2)  


                A person addicted to excitement, drama
                    can create upsetments, figuratively speaking 'fires' to keep their
                    adrenalin running — enablers
                    can provoke others and watch them
                    rage after they used passive-aggressive
                    measures to attack a person —

                The abuse cycle is an addiction —

                A person who is an alcoholic
                    is drinking or thinking of
                    drinking or having affects
                    after drinking

                A person addicted in the abuse cycle
                    is the same —
                    a cycle —
                    they do not live in the moment —
                    they can be addicted to another person —
                    they are abusing in little ways —
                        over and over again —
                        making the other deal with this and
                        their tension and anger can
                        mount in themselves
                        because they are filled with
                        vengeance — hate — anger —

                So they provoke another to get
                    release from their stone heart and
                    hidden anger —

                On the outside they can smile and
                    on the inside they punish those
                    they live with — or others

                Crying can be a form of releasing
                    hidden anger — one has been
                    forced to suppress —

                They can release anger by crying
                    which, all crying is not, indeed,
                    anger, but sadness, suffering,
                    some cry because they are
                    unable to express hidden anger and
                    have suppressed that anger or
                    been forced by another angry
                    person to put up with their
                    rage — so the suppressed person
                    acts out their anger with tears —

                A person with stored up anger — needs to
                    heal this volatile energy in them —

                People who hide anger and it can be passed
                    down from parents, can carry
                    so much anger and live with it —
                    hurting themselves and others —
                    until their life becomes unmanageable
                    and they have to deal with their
                    addiction like an alcoholic and
                    heal that anger

                Volcano's are things that exist in the
                    world God created —

                Do you get the connection

                Sing: This is the Feast of Victory

                People can work with each other
                    to try to get along and heal from
                    dysfunctions or
                    one can try to force their dysfunction —
                    their rules as a way of life —

                Children learn these rules —

                Spouses can force behaviors on the
                    spouses and children —
                    because they use violence,
                    control over money can be used as a force etc.
                    or control over their needed job
                    to force their behavior —

                This force is wrong— it lowers
                    the standard of living to
                    survival, pain, suffering and

                A sick person rules like a dictator —

                This sickness is denied by the enabler
                    and they become very sick too
                    clearing the way for the sick
                    addicted person — so the children
                    are stuck learning survival
                    tactics instead of love and
                    relationship skills — handling
                    relationships, conflicts, problems
                    effectively —

                The truth will set you free —


The Twelve Steps of AA

            Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:

                    1.  We admitted we were powerless over alcohol,
                            that our lives had become unmanageable.

                    2.  Came to believe that a Power greater than
                            ourselves could restore us to sanity.

                    3.  Made a decision to turn our will and our lives
                            over to the care of God as we understood Him.

                    4.  Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

                    5.  Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human
                            being the exact nature of our wrongs.

                    6.  Were entirely ready to have God remove all
                            these defects of character.

                    7.  Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

                    8.  Made a list of all persons we had harmed,
                            and became willing to make amends to them all.

                    9.  Made direct amends to such people wherever possible,
                            except when to do so would injure them or others.

                    10.  Continued to take personal inventory and when we
                            were wrong promptly admitted it.

                    11.  Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our
                            conscious contact with God as we understood Him,
                            praying only for knowledge of His will for us and
                            the power to carry that out.

                    12.  Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps,
                            we tried to carry this message to alcoholics,
                            and to practice these principles in all our affairs.


                Being handicapped means we can't
                    operate as we would like

                Having spiritual sicknesses —
                    inability to relate in love as
                        God commands us —
                    are handicaps to the spiritual
                        life, peace, joy —

                Who wins — when 2 strong willed people
                    try to force their dysfunction on
                    each other and on children —

                The devil wants to dominate in
                    a persons life so they choose
                    evil rather than good —
                    and then in the devil's trickery he tries
                    with fallacious reasonings to
                    convince people — who had life-long
                    good habits to alter them for
                    his evil —

                The devil is full of deception —

                The more one listens to him — the
                    more easily it is to develop
                    vices — habits that are opposed
                    to the commandments of God

                The devil works in these dysfunctional
                    ways in a prideful person who
                    fails to recognize they are not
                    perfect and need to examine their
                    conscience and they fail to admit
                    when they sin —
                    Many don't call it sin anymore —
                    Sin hurts our relationship with God and others

                If we sin we are to tell God we are
                    sorry and admit our sin and
                    ask for forgiveness —
                    if a spiritual director or
                    parent or confessors tells them
                    of their wrong

                The devil tells the person who sins
                    that they should deny it and
                    even become angry and impudent
                    that the person has this nerve to
                    correct them —

                In families, communities, the pride
                    of individuals to refuse direction
                    and correction — allows satan to
                    run the show as they give into satan.
                    Satan wants them to continue the sin —

                So the person in pride fights the
                    one who is righteously trying
                    to flush out the poison from
                    a sin hurting God and others —

                Satan doesn't want any habitual
                    sins, or new sins to stop —
                    he wants to bring down the

                Satan wants to rule through the person —
                Satan wants authority to bow
                    to him —

                Satan wants to use someone to take charge and
                    move in with dysfunction —

                As we go through this beautiful
                    time of year — we see in
                    Cincinnati the birth of new life —
                    the buds of spring —
                    the sun lit days of blue
                    skies and beautiful flowered
                    trees —

                Look at the dead trees of winter —
                    the dark skies of Lent —
                    In this time of year reminds us
                    you die so we can rise to new
                    life in Him

                Sing: This is the Feast of Victory

                Sing: Glory, Glory, Glory Lord




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