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May 1, 2007

May 2nd Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 8 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for April May 2nd are Sorrowful.

 

 

Come to May 5th in Florida!

Rita Ring will be there.

Special graces are granted on the 5th.

It is important that we gather and pray together

or please tune in to the radio at 6:20 pm!

 

                  

Retreat in China

will be May 10th - 13th.

Please come and pray!!

 

  On May 13, 2007 at 12:00

we will have a special anniversary taped Mass,

Fr. John celebrated for this day.

We will play this at 12:00 noon.

   

 

 

May is the month of Mary.

 

 

May 1, 2007 - Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

   

 

                    I love St. Joseph so very much.
                Mary was sinless, St. Joseph is not
                sinless.

                    St. Joseph is so very important to
                the life of Jesus. God the Father
                chose St. Joseph to be the foster Father
                of Jesus.

                    In not thinking enough about the
                Father and His Plan for our lives we
                may minimize what the Father's Plan
                is for us.

                    God has called me in baptism to a
                deep life of holiness. I have been
                filled with His grace. I am called to
                participate so deeply in helping souls
                get to heaven by being a member of
                the body of Christ.

                    My life is lived in greater depth IN HIM.
                It is almost I know or feel my greater
                participation in His life at every Mass
                and after communion.

                    I am engaged deeply in a most special
                union with God all through the Mass.
                The Mass is so important to me, for
                I want this Spousal union with
                God.

                    In the Penitential Rite He gives me
                special gifts to cleanse me.

                    I love the Word — like a two-edged
                sword — it penetrates my heart and soul —
                I know His life in me - The Word
                when it is read at Mass is not dry.
                sterile or inactive — the Word penetrates
                my heart and soul.

                    I so deeply love God — I love His
                Word — I am so joyous to hear it —
                it is like no other word proclaimed —

                My soul sings with joy at the Word of God,
                my heart filled — I am fed with His Word —
                I am given greater life in Him from
                the Word being read especially at Mass.
                The Bible is such a gift God gives to
                us.

                    Then I am fed at the table of the
                Lord with His Body and Blood — I have
                united myself so very deeply in the
                Mass to my bridegroom.

                Sing:  I am the Bread of Life

                Sing:  Oh Lord I am not Worthy

                Words do not exist so many times for me
                    to even describe such mysteries and
                    yet words given to us are so
                    powerful, when God gives His
                    special grace —

                    they can tear at the heart and
                    give to us such depth in understanding
                        a mystery as the Holy Spirit acts
                        with His grace — filling the
                        soul with love for the truth
                        revealed to us about God.

                When one looks into a gem of great quality
                    so many facets can be seen —
                    so much splendor
                    is it ever exhausted

                When one tastes even a word so sensitive
                    as Father (meaning God the Father)
                    how can we ever measure the reaction
                    in a soul —

                Mary was so one with the Father being
                    "full of grace"

                Think of Mary and her heart at the
                    word Father

 

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.

 

                A mother bearing a son — loves so
                    deeply the child

                Think of Mary, full of grace, and the
                    word spoken "Jesus"

                Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit and
                    she proclaimed the Magnificat

                Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit and
                    the Word was made flesh —

                Think of Mary to hear the Words
                    "Holy Ghost"

                To me every word in the Mass
                    creates such an emotion deeply
                    in my soul because of my
                    love of the Trinity

                And my expression of this love reaches
                    a peak in the Mass

                It is the surrendering of my soul, in love,
                    to God in the Mass —

                It is the act of love of my feeble self
                    giving myself to God
                    and it is so magnified in my efforts

                Because of the tremendous gift the
                    Mass is —
                    The Church giving us such a gift —
                    The sacrifice of Calvary — Sacramentally
                        made present —

 

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

    

 

                Everything centers around my union
                    with Jesus

                But my oneness with the Father and
                    Holy Spirit are one in this
                    union.

                My life is lived always existing in this
                    oneness of the Father's will —
                    the love of the Holy Spirit and His
                    Wisdom counseling me in my
                    soul and the Spousal union that
                    exists in my oneness with Jesus

                Song:  Your Presence Pervades My Soul

                Oneness with the Trinity!

                Can you even fathom the oneness of
                    Mary, full of grace, with
                    the Trinity?

                    She is the singular vessel as we speak
                        of in the Litany to Mary

                    Spiritual vessel (Spiritual Mother)
                    Singular vessel of devotion
                    Vessel of honor,
                    and all the invocations of Mary
                        as Mother

                I love the Litany to Mary
                We should sing it
                (say each one and let it seep in your heart like a tea bag)
                Holy Mother of God
                Holy Virgin of Virgins

                Mother of Christ
                Mother of the Church
                Mother of Divine grace
                Mother most pure (sinless)
                Mother most chaste

                Mother undefiled
                Mother most amiable
                Mother of good counsel
                Mother of our Creator
                Mother of our Savior


                It just gets better
                Because to honor Mary in her
                    Virginity as Mother of God
                    opens all the doors to the
                    mystery of the Incarnation

                Mary being the Spouse of the Holy Spirit

                "Virgin most faithful"

                How is it Mary to be the
                    Spouse of the Holy Spirit
                    Mother of God

                How is it Mary?

                I study you Mary with a heart of love —

                    not a book of knowledge —
                    your purity is written on my soul —
                    Knowledge of the mysteries
                    In my being —

                    Opening like a vessel in which
                        I peak in to heaven and I see
                        things so indescribable —
                        I yearn for more and
                        gasp at the keyhole

                    Mary can open this keyhole —

                    Being in the heart of Mary and
                        letting the Holy Spirit lift the
                        veil so we are children not
                        walking in blindness, but
                        in the celestial lights of
                        heaven
                        grasping fuller — all the time
                            insight into the Divine
                            Mysteries

                        through Mary's heart

                We plug in our computers,
                    get on the internet —

                    I go to Mary's heart and the Holy Spirit
                        counsels me

                    I come forth from Mary's sinless
                        heart — as being constantly
                        formed more and more through the
                        power of the Holy Spirit

                    As one molded more in the image
                        of God's love — more in the image
                            of Jesus

 

 

 

                    Sing song:  Be Not Afraid

                        Come away with Me little damsel
                        I am the Lord
                        Jesus the Son of God

                        I laid down My life for you
                        I love you this much

                        I shed My blood for you
                        I love you this much

                        I rose on the 3rd day for you
                            My sweet one

                    We see in the Litany to Mary

                        Tower of Ivory
                        House of gold
                        Ark of the Covenant
                        Gate of heaven
                        Morning Star
                        Health of the Sick
                        Refuge of sinners
                        Comforter of the afflicted
                        Help of Christians

                    And then the Queen entries —
                        ending in

                        Queen of peace

                    Does the world have peace?
                    Did not Mary tell us at Fatima that
                        she is the
                        Queen of Peace

                    Same as this Litany
                        "QUEEN OF PEACE"

                    What can the devotion to Mary's
                        Immaculate Heart do to such
                        a troubled world —
                        so far from peace

                    Sing the Litany to Mary

                        Love the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the
                            beginning of the litany as you
                            sing it

                        Join a whole church
                        Loving Mary in May —
                            pure and holy, sinless
                            Our spiritual Mother

                        Sing to Mary the Litany
                            Honor her in her titles of
                                Motherhood

                            (God the Father likes this)

                        Honor her in her titles Virgin
                        Honor her in her other titles

                    SING — SING — SING

                        to Mary — Mother of God

                        Queen of Peace

                    Sing for the troubled world

                    Sing to Mary

                    Crown her statue
                    Love her

                    Sing to her in her titles as Queen

 


                    Study — meditate on this picture

                        Mary and the Trinity

               


                God the Father left Mary with the
                    Apostles (Pentecost)

                    Mary is Mother of the Church

                We can't ignore her

   

                Excerpt from August 9, 2000

 

     Oh, there is not one so fair as thee, my beloved Mother Mary.

     Of all the maidens that God could have chosen it was you, oh shining Star of Heaven.

     Oh Mary, Mother of us all.

     She doth appear as a wonder so fair indeed,

     A permanent sign of God's love.
      A Woman clothed in gold.
      One that glistens with the radiance of a golden tone,

     Her beauty dancing in the sunlit hours of every day.

     In morning splendor, in dancing light at noon day as the sun glistens on her rainbow glow and at night she has appeared on special dates in golden splendor and light.

     Would you quote the Scripture for Mary so fair.

     "Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant, and in labour, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth." (Revelation 12: 1-2)

     Would you see her as she appeared in little villages in the 20th century, tucked in hills and out of the way places.

     If you missed these enormous signs from heaven, of one so fair, she appears there clothed in the golden sun of the day, reflecting her radiant beauty painted by the hand of the Father. She is His chosen maiden so fair.

     She appears daily, she is there by day and beneath the black shadows of night, she does not slumber, but calls to her children of light to come through her golden doorway and let the light of Christ shine in their souls.

     She appears one so fair, by day and sometimes by night clothed in radiance and golden, her garment hemmed with glistening sunlight. She once appeared to a few and her visits fleeting in remotest places, she remains a Woman Clothed with the Sun, the sun dancing on her garments of rainbow color on a busy, busy corner for all to see, in the state of the sun, sunny Florida. She is a Woman painted by the brush of God.

     And do you know the wonder of one who calls the children far and wide, to hear the voice of her Son, Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock.

     Mary, the heavenly maiden, to call them home to His Heart.

     Oh, of one so fair, do we not boast and praise our God and thank Him for such a wonder.

     Oh, to Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, we cry, help us to do what you asked for at Fatima and help us in our mission of telling the world of your Son's desire to spread His Movement so men will be Shepherds of Christ.

 

 

August 11, 2000 - Second Message

Walk in the TRUTH

Messenger:

 

The blue of the sky we cannot capture exactly.

The white of the snow.

The color of the smoke of the geyser.

Do we not see the fire of the stars, the light of the sun, the denseness of the black night. It is the creation of God and we cannot describe it exactly as it is.

 

God speaks:

 

Oh, open your eyes, men, and see the softness of the skin of the baby, the intricacies of a human ear, the complexities of a human eye and the master mind of the Creator in the function of a human heart.

Oh, blind men, those who are so prideful, bow to God your Creator. See with the eyes of faith.

It is I who paint the hills with My mystical wand. It is reality. So, too, the things you do not see, they are real. It is your perception that is off. God Is and He is Divine and you cannot create as I do.

Get off your pedestals and live in reality. I am Supreme, you are under Me, but I elevate you to such  heights.

Oh, men of the earth, worship God your Creator, be humble, live in the truth. If you are intelligent it is because of My grace and My goodness.

Huffy little men. Let Me see you produce the beauty of a sunlit field, from sun to flower. My men, you are limited, you are human, you are My creatures and I am your God. Recognize Me and live in the truth. Be docile to the hand of God in your life.

Oh, children of the light, hear Me, I am God.

I am the Light of the World.

In Me you live in the light.

 

Messenger:

 

My eyes beheld the beauty of the night, the stars, the moon.

My eyes beheld the sunlit day and the wonders of the lake and heard the trickle of the falls. First, faintly, and then as I approached, the sound of roaring water.

Why do men not comprehend the goodness of God? Why do they abuse Him with slang and slanting remarks?

The forest can burst into flame in the heat of the day and what was once a beauteous field, a garden of fruit, a forest of fir trees, can become lands of waste at the hands of the elements or what have you.

A home of lustrous beauty, ravaged by a violent wind of enormous proportion and you cry and then when the reality sets in you say, "Oh, but I have my life and the life of my children."

Oh, what is it that man can be so blind and then when health is taken away from a man, he sees those things that are transcendent, he sees the glory of God and the promise of everlasting life to those who love and serve the Lord.

We do not see and we do not understand the ways of God and yet in it all, He is attempting to lead us to Him, and He gives us the gifts of the universe. He gives us love.

end of August 11, 2000

     

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.

 

                Mary heavenly Queen

                Mary Mother of the whole earth

                A message given to Fr. Carter from
                    Tell My People

   

Excerpt from Tell My People by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

 

Spiritual Childhood

Mary: "My beloved priest-son, how I love to enfold you in my arms as my little child! Enfolded in my arms in my maternal embrace, I press you against my Immaculate Heart. I draw you within my Heart. There, through my maternal intercession, I clothe you with Jesus' graces. As you dwell in my Heart, I place you ever more deeply within Jesus' Heart and there the Holy Spirit fashions you increasingly in the image of my Son. As you grow in the likeness of Jesus, He takes you ever closer to the Father.

"Thus, as you grow in the sense of your helplessness without God, the stronger you become in Jesus. Childlike thus becomes strength. The smaller you become in living out spiritual childhood, the taller you stand beside Jesus. Weakness becomes strength, your sense of helplessness becomes spiritual maturity!

"Tell all my children about the wonders of spiritual childhood! Tell them to come to me and I will school them in its ways. How I love all my children! Oh, how I love to exercise my motherhood toward them all!"

Reflection: In the Gospel, Jesus speaks emphatically to us about spiritual childhood: "At this time the disciples came to Jesus and said, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, 'I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven'" (Matthew 18:1-4).

end of Tell my People

 

 

Our Lady's statue from China

 

Excerpt from Tell My People by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

 

Jesus Has Come to Give Us Life

Jesus: "This is the day celebrating My Resurrection (Easter). The day of newness of life. I am Lord and Master. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Tell My people to come to Me if they wish to experience life in abundance. I want to give all an ever greater share in the life of My Resurrection. Without Me you cannot be happy, nor have peace, nor have real joy. Tell My people to surrender to Me more and more. The more they do so, the more they will experience My love, wisdom, power, peace, joy, happiness, mercy, and goodness. Within My Heart My people will find these riches. I am Lord and Master! Please listen to My words."

Reflection: Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus has come to give us life, and to give us this life in abundance.

When we were baptized, we were incorporated into Christ and His Church. When we were baptized, we received the life of sanctifying grace. This life is a created sharing in the life of the Trinity. Truly, we are called to live a God-like existence according to the teaching and example of Jesus! It is our duty and our privilege to develop our life of grace—our Christ-life—through our participation in the Mass, through the reception of the sacraments, through prayer, and through all other good works. Indeed, we are called to love God and neighbor more and more.

What a glorious life has been given to us! In a spirit of thanksgiving, and together with Mary our Mother, let us always strive to know Christ more intimately, to love Him more ardently, and to follow Him more closely, so that He will always bring us to a closer union with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

 

Mary Our Mother

Jesus: "My beloved friend, tell My people to come to My Mother. From the cross, as I was suffering indescribable agony, I gave Mary as spiritual Mother to the world. My great love for My people prompted Me to do this. I am Lord and Master, and I want My people to come to My Mother and their Mother. If you wish to be close to Me, come to Mary. Consecrate yourselves to her. In this way you will grow into the closest union with Me. Through her Immaculate Heart, you will be drawn more and more into My own Heart. It is My desire that you allow My Mother to place you within My Heart which loves you with an unfathomable love! This is My wish—that you come to Me enfolded by Mary's mantle, cradled in her arms, pressed against her Heart."

Reflection: It is God's will that we approach Jesus in union with Mary. Enough said!

end of excerpt from Tell My People

 

 

Excerpt from The Spirituality of Fatima

by Father Carter, S.J.

  

July 13, 1917

    "During her appearance in July, Our Lady, in answer to Lucia's plea, promised that in October she would work a great miracle so that all might believe and know who she was. Again, the Mother of God told the children to sacrifice themselves for sinners and to say many times, especially when making a sacrifice, this prayer: "O my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of poor sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary." (11)

    "During this same July apparition, Mary showed the three children a vision of Hell. She told them:

    "You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish, in the world, devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.

    "The war (World War I, then raging) is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI. When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light [January 2, 1938], know that this is the great sign that God gives you that He is going to punish the world for its many crimes by means of war, hunger, and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. (12)

    "To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the five first Saturdays. If my requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed....

    "But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, Russia will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world." (13)

NOTES:

11. For background material on Fatima, I am particularly indebted to 
    Our Lady of Fatima's Peace Plan from Heaven
(Rockford: TAN 
    Books and Publishers, Inc., 1983). pp.3-4.
12. Ibid., pp.4-5.
13. Ibid., p.5.
 

 

 

 

 

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