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April 28, 2008
April 29th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 3 Period I.
The Novena Rosary Mysteries
for April 29th are Sorrowful.
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April 28, 2008
When I think of my heavenly Father it makes me happy.
I know the Father created me and He loves me mightily —
My heavenly Father wants me to talk to Him and to know
what He wants for my life. The Holy Spirit counsels me
to the Father's will — I know deeply the love of my Father
in knowing the on fire love of God — in knowing Jesus
in such oneness and being one with Jesus — I know the
Father — I know He is mindful of all my actions — He
cares for me much more than any earthly Father — He
cares for me — He created me in the image and
likeness of God — I am His little child — I am His —
I exist because He wills it so, I am what I am His creature
because He created me — He has a Plan for my life —
In this lies my happiness —
Not seeking approval of others — that can leave us
empty — where my father on earth was imperfect
My heavenly Father loves me with the most perfect
pure love — He wants me to be all I can be to
build the Kingdom of God — to tell others about
how God wants them in heaven for all eternity and
how God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit love us mightily.
God reveals Himself to me more and more — deeper
insight into His love — I know Him in His hidden mysteries
more and more meditating on the lives of Jesus and Mary in the
rosary and in His Word and in going to Mass — in
being so one with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus —
receiving the Holy Eucharist and being so deeply one with God.
Fr. Carter says
...In reference to Christianity, God himself is the ultimate mystery. Radically, God is completely other and transcendent, hidden from man in his inner life, unless he chooses to reveal himself. Let us briefly look at this inner life of God.
The Father, in a perfect act of self-expression, in a perfect act of knowing, generates his son. The Son, the Word, is, then, the immanent expression of God's fullness, the reflection of the Father. Likewise, from all eternity, the Father and the Son bring forth the Holy Spirit in a perfect act of loving.
At the destined moment in human history, God's self-expression, the Word, immersed himself into man's world. God's inner self-expression now had also become God's outer self-expression. Consequently, the mystery of God becomes the mystery of Christ. In Christ, God tells us about himself, about his inner life, about his plan of creation and redemption. He tells us how Father, Son, and Holy Spirit desire to dwell within us in the most intimate fashion, how they wish to share with us their own life through grace. All this he has accomplished and does accomplish through Christ. St. Paul tells us: "I became a minister of this Church through the commission God gave me to preach among you his word in its fullness, that mystery hidden from ages and generations past but now revealed to his holy ones. God has willed to make known to them the glory beyond price which this mystery brings to the Gentiles—the mystery of Christ in you, your hope of glory. This is the Christ we proclaim while we admonish all men and teach them in the full measure of wisdom, hoping to make every man complete in Christ" (Col 1:25-28).
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Oh wonder of wonders to receive Jesus in the Holy
Eucharist, but to know more deeply the fruits of
the Holy Spirit and the ever loving, constant presence
I know of my Father more deeply — He imparts to me
Wisdom as His little child — protection and strength I feel —
God dwells within me — I am more deeply alive in Him —
His life — His grace — more abundantly fills me — I
cry for unity I know with my God and to have deeper
unity with men, sensitivity to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
nurturing us in the Church with His Body and Blood —
uniting us more deeply in His love and filling us more and
more abundantly with His life as I go deeper
and deeper into the oneness with Him —
Oh heavenly Father — you give us life and you are
all worthy of our love — you are the Father who created
us and created this world for us to live in —
Oh Father such gifts You give me and yet I am ungrateful
for the birds that I hear, the air that kisses my cheeks,
the massiveness of the blue sky and beautiful ocean —
I am like a blind man for Your grandeur — the grandeur
of Your creation can become common place and ordinary
as I focus on details and worries and I miss the splendor
of how You revealed Yourself to me in the tiniest
potato bug — I just missed the grandeur of the world
around me — I was caught in a dark slump of an
anxious mind — when You showed me in the call of the birdie
Your love for me —
Oh silence now and in that God — I know You dwelling
in me — a whisper of love I know in my heart — a
silent "yes" Lord — I walk by faith — I embrace Your
will for me — I know the sweetness of Your presence —
I gasp at the reality of You dwelling in me —
Oh — it is a love affair — I know with You my
God — I know You — I love You — it is a journey
to know deeper insight into Your hidden mysteries —
Oh when my fear of "this and that" clamors in my
head — would not I stop to look with eyes upon Your
bountiful creation and trust in Your endless love for me —
God the Father:
A sweetness to be not afraid, My child, I dwell so
deeply in your heart — I am with you always —
R. In that oneness of Jesus and the Father I know — I know
Jesus as a Person, I know the Father as a Person —
I know the Power of the Holy Spirit and I know Him as
a permeating love — binding my soul to this deep
love of the Trinity — the Holy Spirit a Person filling
my soul with love — burning within me molding me into greater
perfection into the image and likeness of Jesus —
Oh God is love and it is love I know in knowing
God — more than love with any human creature —
Love with the Divine Almighty God is beyond any words
I search for to express it.
Love in receiving Jesus in the Mass.
Love in that rapture of the Holy Sacrifice at
the consecration I know in my soul, my heart,
my whole being so one with the Father, Son and Holy
I know the permeating action, the on fire love of
the Holy Spirit — It is in such unity I know in
my relationship with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit —
How can such a reality I know, be so undefined in
words to me — How can the very absorption of
God's love: Father, Son and Holy Spirit that fills
my soul be a stumbling block to me here to express
the oneness I know of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and
the love I know for the Person — God the Father,
the love I know for the Person — God the Son,
the love I know for the Person — God the Holy Spirit —
God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one — so deeply one —
I know that oneness in me —
I know the presence of God
I am wrapped in that awareness of God: Father,
Son and Holy Spirit dwelling in me — always —
always and yet
I am in love with
my heavenly Father, my Creator, my lover,
my beloved Jesus, my Spouse, the oneness
I know as He lives so deeply in
me and I live out His life, death and
resurrection in my life —
He is one in me —
My life lived to be molded more and more
in that image and likeness
The molding of the Holy Spirit — burning in love
within me — perfecting more and more my
imperfect soul — my fearful anxious
ways, my weakness in sin — not loving enough —
not trusting enough — seeking greater faith —
always growing in my faith — for the Holy Spirit counsels
me, fills me with hope and love — charity toward
my neighbor — helping me to forgive when it is difficult —
seeing more my imperfect ways and working in
me to help me grow in greater perfection more likened to God.
Oh the enemy of my soul the evil one who
comes in darkness, worry, anxiety, confusion
trying to get us to walk down the dark
rather than the lighted one —
the cavern of my heart and soul filled with
such a reality of God's mighty love for me.
God's gifts given to me — every instant in my breath —
Oh to be possessed by God
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
Oh joy to know God more and more
God who dwells in my baptized graced soul —
Father, Son and Holy Spirit who are so alive in me —
Oh God — help us to know Your presence more deeply
in us —
Oh Father — I am Your little child — my delight —
always trying to live more deeply in
Your will in love — realizing more Your
Plan for me
Begging to be more and more in the image
and likeness of Jesus —
Knowing our calling in spreading His
live in this vocation in this
Knowing, loving — for You God — are LOVE.
Why do we scamper when You reveal to us the truth of
the reality of Your life within us so abundantly —
the more we, baptized Catholics, sup at the
table of the Lord and come to gaze upon
You and Your marvelous love given in the
Holy Eucharist —
Oh Lord — I eat Your Body and I drink Your Blood —
I taste the sweetness of love outpoured to
I love the Mass and I unite with my whole
soul — I am one in Him — I partake
not as a spectator, I am one in my offering
of myself united, as a member of the Body of Christ,
united so deeply to the Masses going on around
the world —
Oh Savior — my beloved — let the transforming gifts
of the Eucharist — fill me ever more
with a likeness of Thee —
that I may more model myself in the sweetness
of your Mother Mary —
full of grace
And yet I know I am on the journey - here —
life - long — growing — seeing my imperfection
reaching for the high fruit on the tree and falling down
the ladder many times and taking a low one —
Oh God fill my heart more and more with Your love —
my spirit so one with the will of God —
my heart molded more and more like the Pure and Holy
Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Oh God — faith, hope and love (charity)
Increase my faith
Let my hope be the love I know of this
heavenly reward promised to all who love and
serve You — You reward -
May I see peace on the earth
Good will to men
May I pray with hope in my soul for the Mission
of the Shepherds of Christ —
this era of love of
the 2 Hearts of Jesus and Mary —
the era of peace
Mary promised at Fatima —
I believe —
Say "yes" — "yes" to greater faith, hope and love (charity) —
pray for it
believe in the Power of God
believe in your calling —
pray as an intercessor relying on God's might
Lift for the high, succulent fruit on the tree
God gave us apples
God gave us hearts
We have a wounded human nature from Adam and
Eve's sin —
But Jesus, the Son of God, the New Adam came and died
on a tree —
through His pierced Heart the Church
Water for baptism — Blood for the Eucharist
Jesus: Come Oh beloved of My Father —
Come and I will refresh you —
Come away with me
Come to the fountain of My Life
Come to the fountain of My Love
R. Ah — the Mystery of the Trinity
Three Persons in one God —
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
From the Mass of the Trinity
Exodus 34: 4-6, 8-9
So he cut two tablets of stone like the first and, with the two tablets of stone in his hands, Moses went up Mount Sinai in the early morning as Yahweh had ordered. And Yahweh descended in a cloud and stood with him there and pronounced the name Yahweh.
Then Yahweh passed before him and called out, ‘Yahweh, Yahweh, God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in faithful love and constancy,
Moses immediately bowed to the ground in worship, then he said, ‘If indeed I do enjoy your favour, please, my Lord, come with us, although they are an obstinate people; and forgive our faults and sins, and adopt us as your heritage.’
Daniel 3: 52-55
May you be blessed,
Lord, God of our ancestors,
be praised and extolled for ever.
Blessed be your glorious and holy name,
praised and extolled for ever.
May you be blessed in the Temple
of your sacred glory,
exalted and glorified above all for ever:
blessed on the throne of your kingdom,
exalted above all, glorified for ever:
blessed are you who fathom the abyss,
enthroned on the winged creatures,
praised and exalted above all for ever:
2 Corinthians 13: 11-13
To end then, brothers, we wish you joy; try to grow perfect; encourage one another; have a common mind and live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with the holy kiss. All God’s holy people send you their greetings.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
John 3: 16-18
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.
For God sent his Son into the world
not to judge the world,
but so that through him
the world might be saved.
No one who believes in him
will be judged;
but whoever does not believe
is judged already,
because that person does not believe
in the Name of God’s only Son.
Galatians 4: 6
As you are sons, God has sent into our hearts the Spirit of his Son crying, ‘Abba, Father’;
Deuteronomy 8: 2-3
Remember the long road by which Yahweh your God led you for forty years in the desert, to humble you, to test you and know your inmost heart -- whether you would keep his commandments or not. He humbled you, he made you feel hunger, he fed you with manna which neither you nor your ancestors had ever known, to make you understand that human beings live not on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of Yahweh.
Deuteronomy 8: 14-16
Do not then forget Yahweh your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the place of slave–labour, who guided you through this vast and dreadful desert, a land of fiery snakes, scorpions, thirst; who in this waterless place brought you water out of the flinty rock; who in this desert fed you with manna unknown to your ancestors.
Psalm 147: 12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Praise Yahweh, Jerusalem,
Zion, praise your God.
For he gives strength to the bars of your gates,
he blesses your children within you,
he maintains the peace of your frontiers,
gives you your fill of finest wheat.
He sends his word to the earth,
his command runs quickly,
He reveals his word to Jacob,
his statutes and judgements to Israel.
For no other nation has he done this,
no other has known his judgements.
1 Corinthians 10: 16-17 The blessing–cup, which we bless, is it not a
sharing in the blood of Christ; and the loaf of bread which we
break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? And as there is
one loaf, so we, although there are many of us, are one single body,
for we all share in the one loaf.
1 Corinthians 10: 16-17
The blessing–cup, which we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ; and the loaf of bread which we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? And as there is one loaf, so we, although there are many of us, are one single body, for we all share in the one loaf.
John 6: 51-58 I am the living bread 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,
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.’
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.
John 6: 51-58
I am the living bread
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,
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