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May 26, 2004      

May 27th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 2 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries
for May 27th are Sorrowful.



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May 26, 2004

Messenger:        Dear Jesus,

                                I want to be pure in my motives.
                            Please help me to make the right
                            decisions about my work.

                                Oh God, let my heart be as You
                            desire of me.

                                Help me to build the bridge that
                            will help build Your Kingdom in
                            the hearts of men.

                                Help me to be docile and humble
                            understanding and loving.

                                Help me to not be consoled as
                            much as to console.

                                Help me to trust in You and
                            surrender myself to You.

                            God, I give You my heart now
                                I give You my life

                            I ask for light to see my faults
                                and grace to help me change

                            I want to be as You want me to be.

                            I want to love as You want me
                                to love.

                            I want wholeness in my life.

                            I want to operate from Your
                                strength, not relying on my
                                might but Your might.

                                The wind blows and things can be
                            moved by its gentle breeze or
                            torrential nature

                                let me be as putty in the hands
                            of the potter, not stiff and dry and
                            old, but ready to be moved following
                            Your light.

                                Oh God impart to me LIGHT —

                                Help me to love —

                                Make me supple in Your hands —

                            Rain falls from the sky and the
                            person can get really wet when
                            standing in the rain.

                                Oh God outpour Your grace
                            to me.

                                Let me be saturated with
                            Your love.

                                Let my life be more deeply in

                                As the morning light steals across
                            a darkened sky — let your light
                            shine in my heart and change the
                            dark corners to corners of brilliant
                            light filled with knowledge of You.

Jesus speaks:          A Nation will rise if it is
                            pure. The deterioration of the nations
                            have come because of the sin of
                            the people.

                                Pure light is a joy to one
                            who can behold it.

                                Darkness comes and misery is
                            felt in their places. Corners of
                            mud, fighting, desolation,
                            hatred — DARKNESS — from
                            the father of lies.

                                The devil works in secrecy —
                            first to thine own self be true.

                                A child begins to develop bad
                            habits when they hide things from
                            their parents, as an adult they may
                            know this patterned behavior from
                            how they lived their life — causing
                            imbalance in communities as they
                            hide vital parts of information.

                                Hiding information that is pertinent
                            can be a control mechanism, a passive-
                            aggressive means of being higher, in
                            their own mind, over the authority.

                                A man was given a position of
                            power in an organization, but he was
                            not the head. He resented his position
                            always being envious that he was
                            not the main leader.

                                He was bitter, befriending those
                            in positions under him and demeaning
                            the head. He told himself he was
                            a faithful servant, but in his
                            heart he was bitter, resentful
                            of the person over him and
                            this impurity of intention affected
                            the whole chemistry of all relationships
                            in the organization.

                                Pride can be a driving force of those

                                Where the operation could operate
                            at top efficiency and power, the
                            games were constantly played.

                                Passive-aggressive means to
                            "equalize" the authority.

                                The boss was demeaned and
                            made to look weak as others tried
                            to emotionally control the situation.

                                How is your acceptance of the
                            role you have been given? Do you
                            harbor resentment, bitterness, toward
                            your superiors — resentment and bitterness
                            you do not even recognize you harbor?

                                Is your actions like a "stubborn
                            mule"? Are you a game player of
                            manipulation affecting the disposition
                            of all because of your attitude
                            and resentment so deep down you
                            will not even admit it to yourself?

                                There is a big pan of apples and
                            there is water in the pan. The apples
                            come to the top.

                                Is your attitude like a "bobbing
                            apple" what is most important
                            to you is "YOU" and not the job
                            at hand.

                                Leaders are only leaders for Me
                            if they stay connected to Me. If
                            a man makes his own kingdom
                            he does just that. He becomes
                            the king — he calls his cohorts.

                                Secrecy is a means of power and
                            control. A person wanting to show
                            their own power to others withholds
                            important information watching
                            those over them struggle to attain
                            the necessary information.

                                Some have dealings with others
                            under them causing feelings of hurt
                            and resentment of those under them
                            which end in a house of cards —
                            The main leader is then forced to handle
                            the disgruntled party and the
                            middle leader sits in a position
                            of power watching cards fall
                            from his superior dealing with
                            the disgruntled angry other.

                                They watch with smugness
                            quietness, knowing full well their
                            own anger started the whole thing —
                            secretly hiding their involvement —
                            they may even come in as a hero
                            to help the situation — when in
                            fact — they created it, they caused
                            it and they secretly hide their
                            involvement, do not own up to
                            the truth and walk away
                            the hero having settled it all —
                            smoothed feathers and looked
                            like the "level-headed" person,
                            helpful, a real hero, fixing
                            things for everyone.

                                WHAT A WASTE OF
                            LIFE — So one can be up
                            they stage this play — like a
                            performance of acts — always
                            ending up the hero, after their anger
                            began the whole thing.

                                This happens time and time again for
                            anyone dealing with them — it is
                            how they "equalize" the position
                            of power and become a hero.

                                The bottom line is it is emotionally
                            controlling, manipulative, dysfunctional
                            and hurts people, just to raise themselves

                                Oh the games people play. Mary Lou
                            was a girl in charge of others. She did
                            things that made her superior look
                            weak, things fell in around her and
                            the superior had to deal with the
                            problems. Mary Lou in her sick
                            way wanted to look more powerful,
                            by discrediting her superior and
                            making her superior look weak
                            she felt she was raised up.

                                Basically she wanted to be in
                            charge — she liked being over people —
                            she didn't want to be under anyone.

                                Although she served and what looked
                            like to others — in perfect fashion —
                            underneath there were power
                            plays through secrecy and maneuvers
                            to make those over her look weak.

                                There was constant unrest in the
                            operation because of the secrecy
                            and the lack of truth to admit
                            bitterness and resentment for
                            the job held by the person
                            over them.

                                Fr. Carter said to pray for
                            faithfulness to your vocation —
                            faithfulness and perseverance to
                            your vocation.

                                So much time is wasted
                            because of games people play for
                            their own recognition.

                                Purity is paramount.


Acts 20: 28-38

    ‘Be on your guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you the guardians, to feed the Church of God which he bought with the blood of his own Son. 

    ‘I know quite well that when I have gone fierce wolves will invade you and will have no mercy on the flock. Even from your own ranks there will be men coming forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to induce the disciples to follow them. So be on your guard, remembering how night and day for three years I never slackened in counselling each one of you with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace that has power to build you up and to give you your inheritance among all the sanctified. 

    ‘I have never asked anyone for money or clothes; you know for yourselves that these hands of mine earned enough to meet my needs and those of my companions. By every means I have shown you that we must exert ourselves in this way to support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, who himself said, "There is more happiness in giving than in receiving." ’ 

    When he had finished speaking he knelt down with them all and prayed. By now they were all in tears; they put their arms round Paul’s neck and kissed him; what saddened them most was his saying they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.


May 26, 2004 message continues

Jesus speaks:      St. Paul left —
                                they never saw his face again —

                            Fr. Carter left — you never
                                saw his face again —

                            Jealousy can be a big block to productivity,
                                As is pride —

                            Structure is paramount in the

                            Power comes from God.

                            Many disobey the rules of the

                                Secrecy can be used as a means
                            of control — power.

                                A man spent much of his time
                            manipulating others. He had a position
                            of power and if someone treated
                            him, what he thought, as incorrectly,
                            he used the organization to get even —
                            he blocked work that needed to be
                            done, while he worked out his
                            vendetta on the people

                                You have seen this at work. Favoritism
                            which was just that, while a big
                            "deal" goes down the tubes.

                                People controlling for power only.
                            Making their superiors look weak
                            and walking away with a little
                            hidden grin on their face.

                                Betty was a girl of 12, she played games
                            trying to manipulate her parents. It hurt
                            the family and Betty did it for the power
                            of watching her parents lose control.
                            Betty liked it. She watched her mom work
                            out the little "fires she had created"
                            and Betty walked away looking
                            like she didn't do anything. Betty
                            resented her parents control over
                            her life. At age twelve — she was
                            a master in doing this, just for her
                            own satisfaction her parents weren't
                            winning over her.

                                Some manipulation is so subtle —
                            some so hidden.

                                Time and time again things on the
                            surface, never appear as they really
                            are because of hidden deception,
                            lies, manipulation caused because
                            of games played for prideful
                            reasons and desire to control.

                                Why do you waste your precious
                            time on earth, when souls are at

                                The Ignatian retreat is so important,
                            when done properly, the retreats I
                            am giving in China to lead men
                            to a greater understanding of sin
                            and purity of motives and praying
                            for grace to do God's will.

                                The retreats in China St. Ignatius/
                            Shepherds of Christ are designed to help one 
                            in all walks of life to better act in
                            purity and love and know how to pray
                            for grace for healing and advancement
                            in the spiritual life.

                                People act out problems in
                            failed relationships in other places,
                            divorces, childhood on the people
                            they interact with many times.

                                Commitment is vital. The
                            giving of oneself purely to the
                            job at hand not to work out 
                            old unmet needs or bad
                            patterned behaviors on others.

                                 Prayer is essential. Daily Mass,
                            time before the tabernacle — one hour
                            daily — helps provide the grace needed
                            to see more clearly, but one must
                            pray for grace to see their faults.

                                A person complained and complained
                            to a friend of their bad patterned
                            behavior — the friend really didn't
                            want to change. When they had a
                            problem with someone from their
                            family they worked it out on
                            the others.

                                Power plays are used often. One
                            loses power here and works it out
                            on another seizing power there.


                From The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
                by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.  p. 12                     


                               Man is created to praise, reverence and serve God 
                               our Lord, and by this means to save his soul.


From The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.  

p. 11

21.                     SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

    Which have as their purpose the conquest of self
    and the regulation of one's life in such a way that
    no decision is made under the influence of any
    inordinate attachment


                             Sing: Take Lord Receive


Song: 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.

    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. (refrain)

    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.

    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. (refrain)

    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.

    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. (refrain)

    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.

    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. (refrain)

    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. (refrain)


Excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.



The one of Christ, our supreme leader and lord,
the other of Lucifer, the deadly enemy of our
human nature

PRAYER.   The usual preparatory prayer.

window at a former Jesuit Seminary

137. FIRST PRELUDE.   This is the history. Here it will be that Christ calls and wants all beneath His standard, and Lucifer, on the other hand, wants all under his.

138. SECOND PRELUDE.   This is a mental representation of the place. It will be here to see a great plain, comprising the whole region about Jerusalem, where the sovereign Commander-in-Chief of all the good is Christ our Lord; and another plain about the region of Babylon, where the chief of the enemy is Lucifer.

139. THIRD PRELUDE.   This is to ask for what I desire. Here it will be to ask for a knowledge of the deceits of the rebel chief and help to guard myself against them; and also to ask for a knowledge of the true life exemplified in the sovereign and true Commander, and the grace to imitate Him.



140. FIRST POINT.   Imagine you see the chief of all the enemy in the vast plain about Babylon, seated on a great throne of fire and smoke, his appearance inspiring horror and terror.

141. SECOND POINT.   Consider how he summons innumerable demons, and scatters them, some to one city and some to another, throughout the whole world, so that no province, no place, no state of life, no individual is overlooked.

142. THIRD POINT.   Consider the address he makes to them, how he goads them on to lay snares for men and bind them with chains. First they are to tempt them to covet riches (as Satan himself is accustomed to do in most cases) that they may the more easily attain the empty honors of this world, and then come to overweening pride.

   The first step, then, will be riches, the second honor, the third pride. From these three steps the evil one leads to all other vices.



143.   In a similar way, we are to picture to ourselves the sovereign and true Commander, Christ our Lord.

144. FIRST POINT.   Consider Christ our Lord, standing in a lowly place in a great plain about the region of Jerusalem, His appearance beautiful and attractive.

145. SECOND POINT.   Consider how the Lord of all the world chooses so many persons, apostles, disciples, etc., and sends them throughout the whole world to spread His sacred doctrine among all men, no matter what their state or condition.

146. THIRD POINT.   . . .

end of excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius


May 26, 2004 message continues

Jesus speaks:      There will be a week long retreat in
                                the month of My Sacred Heart
                                in My Eucharistic Center in China, Indiana
                                beginning on the Feast of My Precious
                                Body and Blood —

                                Including the great Feast of My Sacred Heart
                                    and ending on the Feast of the
                                    Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Excerpt from May 22, 2004 message

Jesus speaks:          I desire all My Apostles
                            to commit on June 13, 2004. The schedule
                            for the retreat is as follows.

                            St. Ignatius/Shepherds of Christ Retreat June 12, 
                                6:20 usual opening of retreat

                            June 13, 2004 Feast of St. Anthony
                                9:00 Shepherd's Mass Cincinnati St. Al's Fr. Mike
                                Joyful Mysteries

                            June 14, 2004    Mysteries of Light

                            June 15, 2004    Sorrowful Mysteries

                            June 16, 2004    Glorious Mysteries —
                                                    Close of Ignatian Part of Retreat

                            June 17, 2004    Meditations on the 17th Meetings
                                                    February 17, 1994 to September 17, 1996

                            June 18, 2004    A Day with the Sacred Heart
                                                        Feast of Sacred Heart
                                                        Crowning Sacred Heart

                            June 19, 2004    A Day with the Immaculate Heart
                                                        Feast of Immaculate Heart
                                                        Songs Crowning of Mary

                            Close of retreat 3:00 pm China time

                            Call Doris for details or e-mail

End of excerpt from May 22, 2004 message


May 26, 2004 message continues

Jesus speaks:      Please come — I want all
                                apostles to commit on the
                                Feast of St. Anthony 
                                June 13, 2004.


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