| Shepherds of Christ
May 22, 2009
May 23rd Holy Spirit
The Novena Rosary
Help us with the repairs on the Crucifix outside.
We need to sell a Crucifix a week.
Help us by - Buying a Crucifix!
Please come and buy a
and have it signed by Felix and
have your picture taken with him.
$820.00 with stand
The Crucifix needs work.
This is how it did look —
The church needs to have the stucco replaced
and also the community building.
It is about $38,000 to repair it.
People pray in the church 24 hours a day.
We have prayed in there for 11 years.
The archdiocese gave the church to us
for this purpose for a small price.
Can you help us?
Available for $10.00 plus postage
Available for $10.00 plus postage
It is really a gift.
May 22, 2009 - Feast of St. Rita
Reading St. Paul from today
Acts: 18: 9-18
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, ‘Be fearless; speak out and do not keep silence: I am with you. I have so many people that belong to me in this city that no one will attempt to hurt you.’ So Paul stayed there preaching the word of God among them for eighteen months.
But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a concerted attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, saying, ‘We accuse this man of persuading people to worship God in a way that breaks the Law.’ Before Paul could open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, ‘Listen, you Jews. If this were a misdemeanour or a crime, it would be in order for me to listen to your plea; but if it is only quibbles about words and names, and about your own Law, then you must deal with it yourselves—I have no intention of making legal decisions about these things.’ Then he began to hustle them out of the court, and at once they all turned on Sosthenes, the synagogue president, and beat him in front of the tribunal. Gallio refused to take any notice at all.
After staying on for some time, Paul took leave of the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut off, because of a vow he had made.
"God is King of all the earth"
Psalm 47: 2-7
For Yahweh, the Most High, is glorious,
the great king over all the earth.
He brings peoples under our yoke
and nations under our feet.
He chooses for us our birthright,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Pause
God goes up to shouts of acclaim,
Yahweh to a fanfare on the ram's horn.
Let the music sound for our God, let it sound,
let the music sound for our king, let it sound.
For he is king of the whole world;
learn the music, let it sound for God!
John 16: 12-15
I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you
to bear now.
However, when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking
of his own accord,
but will say only what he has been told;
and he will reveal to you
the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he reveals to you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
all he reveals to you
will be taken from what is mine.
The priest at Mass said
1st Reading St. Paul is in Corinth waiting
for Timothy and Silas
Paul is preaching in synagogue
Paul is taken to Tribunal
Paul says he has had it and he is leaving
Paul has a dream —
Lord says I am with you
so Paul stays another year and half
and has success — 2 letters to Corinthians
In the Gospel —
They don't understand how Jesus
will suffer and die
Jesus tells them they will grieve and
then He will be with them (after resurrection)
Jesus conquered sin and death
Jesus is with us —
We live in time after resurrection
This does not mean there won't be
any illness and sorrow —
We have to take up our cross and follow
Lord is with us and He cares for us
The Lord promises us that what we will
ask for to extend God's Kingdom He will help us —
Novena to the Infant of Prague
(to be prayed hourly if possible)
O Jesus, who said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you," through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.
O Jesus, who said, "All that you ask of the Father in My Name He will grant you," through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask Your Father in Your Name that my prayer be granted.
O Jesus, who said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My word shall not pass," through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.
The Lord is with us
A Prayer before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Let me be a holy sacrifice and unite with God in the sacrament of His greatest love.
I want to be one in Him in this act of love, where He gives Himself to me and I give myself as a sacrifice to Him. Let me be a holy sacrifice as I become one with Him in this my act of greatest love to Him.
Let me unite with Him more, that I may more deeply love Him. May I help make reparation to His adorable Heart and the heart of His Mother, Mary. With greatest love, I offer myself to You and pray that You will accept my sacrifice of greatest love. I give myself to You and unite in Your gift of Yourself to me. Come and possess my soul.
Cleanse me, strengthen me, heal me. Dear Holy Spirit act in the heart of Mary to make me more and more like Jesus.
Father, I offer this my sacrifice, myself united to Jesus in the Holy Spirit to You. Help me to love God more deeply in this act of my greatest love.
Give me the grace to grow in my knowledge, love and service of You and for this to be my greatest participation in the Mass. Give me the greatest graces to love You so deeply in this Mass, You who are so worthy of my love.
-Mass Book, December 27, 1995
Morning Offering (For Shepherds of Christ Members)
My dear Father, I offer You this day all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings, my every breath, my every heartbeat, my every thought, all my actions, in union with Jesus in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in the Holy Spirit. I pray the Holy Spirit is with me every second today, enlightening me to do the will of the Father and filling me with the fire of God's love.
I ask Jesus and Mary to be one in me in all that I do and I unite with all the angels and saints and souls in purgatory to pray continually to the Father for these intercessions, in this prayer, for this day.
For myself, I pray for grace-abundant grace, to know and love God more and more and to follow the will of the Father. I pray to the Holy Spirit to transform me in the heart of Mary to be more and more like Jesus. I pray that I can forever dwell in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. I pray for conversion of all those I hold dear who need conversion. I pray for each member of my family that they will be filled with Your abundant grace to grow in their knowledge and love of God.
I pray for all my friends that they will receive abundant grace to carry out the great plan of the Father, that they will grow forever closer to Jesus' Heart through Mary's heart, that we will all be led by the Holy Spirit to do His work, that we will, together, carry out the plan of the Father as He intends us to, to spread the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary's heart to this world.
Jesus, I pray for myself so the Holy Spirit descends upon me and opens my heart to Your love so I will grow more and more deeply in union with You. I pray that I do not worry what other people think but try always to please the Father and do His will. I pray that I may help lead many to Your burning love.
I pray for the following people in particular that they will be filled with the Spirit and grow deeply in their union with You, that they will receive abundant graces to know, love and serve You more. (Include special friends by name...)
I pray for priests the world over, for the success of the Priestly Newsletter, the Chapters and for the finances needed for the Newsletter. I pray for the circulation of the Blue Book messages, rosary meditations and tapes. I pray for all those involved in the publication of these messages.
I pray that You will shower Your abundant graces onto the priests reading the Newsletter the people reading and hearing the Blue Book messages and Rosary Meditations and all of Fr. Carter's publications.
We pray for the intentions we hold deep within our hearts, for our families and friends, for those requesting our prayers. We pray for children the world over and for the souls in purgatory. We ask God to shower His abundant grace on us and the members of our Shepherds of Christ chapter so that we may grow more and more in our knowledge and love of God.
We consecrate ourselves to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. We pray for Father Carter, for Father Smith, for Rita Ring, and for John Weickert, for all leaders and helpers in the Shepherds of Christ Movement, for Shepherds of Christ Ministries, and Our Lady of Light Ministry. We pray for all those who are working in these ministries.
We bind ourselves and our children and our friends to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We place the precious blood of Jesus on ourselves, and all we touch, so that we will be protected from the evil one. We pray to St. Michael to cast the devil into hell.
We love You, God, we love You, we love You. We beg that we may receive the grace to love You more and more deeply. We adore You, we praise You, our beloved Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
end of morning offering
Oh God — I want to be so one with You —
One in this Mass —
I unite in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass —
the sacrifice of Calvary sacramentally
made present —
I beg God —
I beg for the funds and grace to do this mission
You have called us to —
To spread the Mass Book and the Response to God's Love book in
God help us — please
Spreading the prayer chapters, praying for
the priests, the Church and the world —
Spreading the Consecration to the Hearts of
Jesus and Mary to the Bishops —
to the whole earth —
the peoples —
Everyone giving their lives to the Sacred Heart
and Immaculate Heart —
Oh Jesus help us
Jesus is the King of heaven and earth
Mary is the Queen —
We are to help the Kingdom of the Lord
All we do
Our lives offered, in obedience, for His
honor and glory —
Not being attached to inordinate attachments —
Who is our god?
Is it saving face?
Is it making ourselves look good?
Do we make being right a god — in combat
to prove we are right over certain others!!
Our rule is the rule of God —
We are under God's feet —
We are to be likened to Christ —
Christ showed us obedience to His Father's will
was paramount —
Jesus is the New Adam —
Mary, the New Eve —
The old Adam wanted to be equal to God —
The old Adam wanted to do his own will —
Matthew 7: 21
‘It is not anyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Matthew 12: 49-50
And stretching out his hand towards his disciples he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’
Moses gave us the commandments
The Ten Commandments
I am the Lord your God; you shall not have strange gods before Me.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.
Jesus gave us baptism —
Jesus gives us a sharing in His Divine life through
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit live in the graced
baptized soul in a special way —
Our knowing and loving capacity is elevated —
John 15: 15
I shall no longer call you servants,
because a servant does not know
the master’s business;
I call you friends,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.
The mission of the Blue Books, the Mass Book —
INTIMACY with God
ONE with Jesus
living under His feet —
God is the Master
Jesus is the Chief Shepherd of the Flock —
We are intimately one in Him
John 15: 5
I am the vine,
you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him,
bears fruit in plenty;
for cut off from me you can do nothing.
God wants us to make our lives an offering —
giving ourselves —
not just doing what we think of —
what we want —
asking what is God's will for us —
Why do I have to focus on myself —
Why am I not seeing God's Plan for me and
doing it —
Living our vocation according to God's
will in love —
Obedience to God's will
Oneness in Him
A Prayer for Intimacy with the Lamb, the Bridegroom of the Soul
Oh Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, come and act on my soul most intimately. I surrender myself, as I ask for the grace to let go, to just be as I exist in You and You act most intimately on my soul. You are the Initiator. I am the soul waiting Your favors as You act in me. I love You. I adore You. I worship You. Come and possess my soul with Your Divine Grace, as I experience You most intimately.
A bride follows the bridegroom —
A person can listen to other people who
have no right telling them what to
Girls who grew up in homes with
dominant fathers who demanded
obedience for their own sake and
then the woman married —
for example an alcoholic
domineering husband —
So she can create the similar home atmosphere —
as when she was a little girl and
the husband demands attention, in this
dysfunctional demanding way
Likewise men who grew up in homes where
dad demanded perfectionism and obedience
because he thought, dysfunctionally —
men ruled and women obeyed and
he was like a king demanding obedience
Adults can have rules — like blind children stuck
in their minds from dysfunctional childhoods —
A woman can seek the familiar of childhood —
she, if in the presence of a man, begins
to obey — no matter who he is with the
fears of childhood from an over powering
dysfunctional father —
A man can have an unspoken rule in his
mind — I need a woman under me and
she better obey —
he has a problem when he goes into the
world and there are women teachers
and bosses over him —
He works to rectify an unspoken rule
drilled in him from an overpowering
He is a man now and women are under
his feet —
How much is he or she willing to put
these unspoken dysfunctional rules
into play —
More than the commandments of God, they can be
frozen to obey those over them for the woman
who lived under a strong dysfunctional over
powering dad and
For the man who sees himself a king and
needing an obedient woman for himself
to rule —
is stuck in a childhood dysfunction —
Some will not allow anyone to tell them
what to do —
They are single and won't let anyone tell them
what to do — they fight to always be on top —
get their own way —
This is a far cry from recognizing
why God chose Mary as His Mother
a woman — so close to God —
to carry God in her body
The dignity of woman is seen in the Virgin
Mary — not in any man being blinded as
a little boy in a dysfunctional home —
where dad ruled —
The obedience of any religious to superiors
must be worked out in
Jesus obeyed His Father's will to His death
on the cross
But Jesus loved His Father —
LOVE in obedience
John 17: 20-23
I pray not only for these
but also for those
who through their teaching
will come to believe in me.
May they all be one,
just as, Father, you are in me
and I am in you,
so that they also may be in us,
so that the world may believe
it was you who sent me.
I have given them the glory
you gave to me,
that they may be one as we are one.
With me in them and you in me,
may they be so perfected in unity
that the world will recognise
that it was you who sent me
and that you have loved them
as you have loved me.
Love of Jesus for those under Him
Old dysfunctional rules from childhood
are based in men and women being lords
Rules as God wants are like Jesus
who loved His Father and obeyed Him and
loved the souls under Him so much
He died for them —
Anyone who is not centered in the love
of God —
the love of the Trinity —
Knowing the Trinity is the most perfect
after which we model all
Anyone demanding obedience without
love in the work of religion
has fallen into this category —
Seeking dominance for dominance sake —
like Adam and Eve —
they wanted to be equal to God —
not under Him —
The whole Spiritual life is based in
having the truth of God and the
love of the Trinity more and more
formed in us —
Our lives are lived to love
others as ourselves
Not seek dominance for dominance
Examine yourself — twice a day
10 minutes —
Do you act to obey those over you
that the Spirit of God
the Truth of the Holy Spirit is in you
Do you act in dysfunctional,
unloving ways —
seeking dominance for dominance sake —
In heaven God is
to get there we must love and
serve God —
not make ourselves a god to
be served by others
The love we seek is only found in God —
we were created to be satisfied by
God — others cannot fill us on this earth —
seeking affection, power from men is
We will not be filled until heaven
Song: God's Love
Controlling others —
All these dysfunctions will be in
someway worked out before we
can enter the holy, purity of
relationship with the Trinity in heaven
We are here on earth to learn
to do it God's way —
not our way —
We are under God —
Love in marriages and families,
relationships are to help us
Love God above all things
Love others as ourselves
Felix is at the site
Please come and get a
signed crucifix by
Felix and your picture
Betty is a handmaid who has prayed in the
China Church for 11 years. To get from her
house to the church she uses a walker and
must go over a creek and a little bridge.
We wanted a little place she could rest
by the Church. We need about $1,000 to
make this happen. Can you help us?
We are trying to get
Response to God's Love
and the Mass Book out.
Anybody who wants to help us
with a donation to get these 2 books
out in the Priestly/hierarchy mailing —
Please call Kathleen 1-888-211-3041
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)
The China Church is over 140 years old
and we pray in there 24 hours a day.
It needs stucco and so does
the community building.
Can you please help us?
Call Kathleen 1-888-211-3041
which we have been doing.
We need $13,000.00 for this work.
You can help put the Blue Book V
in the hands of 1,000 people
we need $1,200 postage for this
It is ready to go
You can help put Fr. Joe's homily
book in the hands of
1,000 priests — it costs $1,100
This can help 1,000 parish priests
talk about Covenant for Lent
Please help us
It is ready to go
Call Kathleen 1-888-211-3041
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