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July 21, 2007

July 22nd Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 9 Period I.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for July 22nd are Glorious.

 

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the Sidney Rosary
 
Tuesday July 24, 2007 6:20pm
 
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Retreat in China
 
August 10th - 13th
 
 
 
 
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August 19th - 22nd

August 19th is the 90th anniversary

of Mary's apparition at Fatima

after the children were jailed.

August 22nd is the Queenship of Mary.

Rita will be here to sign books.

  

July 21, 2007

    

Today's Reading

Exodus 12: 37-42

The Israelites left Rameses for Succoth, about six hundred thousand on the march—men, that is, not counting their families. A mixed crowd of people went with them, and flocks and herds, quantities of livestock. And with the dough which they had brought from Egypt they baked unleavened cakes, because the dough had not risen, since they had been driven out of Egypt without time to linger or to prepare food for themselves. The time that the Israelites spent in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And on the very day the four hundred and thirty years ended, all Yahweh’s armies left Egypt. The night when Yahweh kept vigil to bring them out of Egypt must be kept as a vigil in honour of Yahweh by all Israelites, for all generations.

 

Matthew 12: 14-21

At this the Pharisees went out and began to plot against him, discussing how to destroy him.

Jesus the ‘servant of Yahweh’

  Jesus knew this and withdrew from the district. Many followed him and he cured them all but warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:

Look! My servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved, in whom my soul delights
I will send my Spirit upon him,
and he will present judgement
   to the nations;
he will not brawl or cry out
,
his voice is not heard in the streets,
he will not break the crushed reed,
or snuff the faltering wick,
until he has made judgement victorious;
in him the nations will put their hope
.

   

                Enslavement

                Not doing God's will

                How long did they wander
                    in the desert

                We have the Eucharist.

                We are fed at the table of
                    the Lord.

                We wander not a barren
                    desert.

                 God gives us more than milk
                    and honey —

                God gives us the Body and Blood
                    of Jesus.

  

                The Body and Blood of Jesus

                    The Mass is so very
                precious —

                    We prepare ourselves for
                offering a Holy Sacrifice —

                We ask forgiveness for our
                    sins in the beginning —
                    the priest prays with us.

                Lord have mercy
                Christ have mercy
                Lord have mercy

                    The Mass is so wonderful —
                We hear the scriptures,
                    the Word of God — we are
                fed with His Word — it
                penetrates our hearts like
                a 2 edged sword.

                    The priest can give us
                a very important homily —

                    We are wrapped in this
                glorious gift from God
                the Holy Sacrifice of the
                Mass.

                    We prepare ourselves more
                to offer a holy sacrifice
                in the offertory —

                    We offer ourselves
                    We ask for cleaning

                The Bread and wine will
                    become the Body and Blood
                    of Jesus.

                    We want the sacrifice of
                ourselves to be so very united
                to Jesus' sacrifice — We want
                our sacrifice of ourselves —
                selflessly giving ourselves —
                united to the sacrifice of Jesus
                to be a most pleasing sacrifice
                to the Father.

                    The Mass is so awesome
                because it is the sacrifice
                of Calvary — sacramentally
                made present.

                    The Eucharist is such
                a gift.

                    We sing the Holy, Holy —
                we want to offer a most pleasing
                sacrifice to the Father —

 

 

 

   

                A most pleasing sacrifice
                through the hands of the priest

  

 

 
               
                We receive Jesus — our Divine
                    Bridegroom

                Song:  I Love You Jesus

                Song:  Your Presence Pervades My Soul

            

        

                    Union with Jesus after
                receiving Holy Communion —

   

From the Spirituality Handbook

by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

Besides saying the above prayer, there are other acts of Eucharistic reparation we can make. One of these is to be sure we make adequate thanksgiving after Mass. One of the intentions we should have at this time is to help make reparation for the lack of proper thanksgiving on the part of many. Pope Pius XII speaks about the duty of spending the proper time in thanksgiving:

When at Mass, which is subject to special rules of the liturgy, is over, the person who has received Holy Communion is not thereby freed from his duty of thanksgiving; rather, it is most becoming that, when the Mass is finished, the person who has received the Eucharist should recollect himself and, in intimate union with the Divine Master, hold loving and fruitful converse with Him. Hence they have departed from the straight way of truth who, adhering to the letter rather than the sense, assert and teach that, when Mass has ended, no such thanksgiving should be added, not only because the Mass is itself a thanksgiving, but also because this pertains to a private and personal act of piety and not to the good of the community.11

11. Pope Pius XII, Mediator Dei, No. 123.

 

                Look at how long they wandered
                    in the desert —

                God allows us to be tested
                God lets us wait so we can
                    learn greater lessons in
                    holiness.

                We thank You God for Your
                    gifts —

                We love You God so very
                    much —

                We want You and this great
                    gift of the Mass —

                We offer our lives praying for
                    the priests, the Church and
                    the world.

                 

 

 

   

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)

   

 

August 1, 1994

Pray For The Success Of The Priestly Newsletter - Shepherds of Christ

Messenger: The following is the first official message I received before the statue of Mary at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center. It is a personal message for Father Carter.

Mary speaks: (in front of the glowing statue of Our Lady of Sorrows) I am the Immaculate Heart. My Heart is glowing for love of all my beloved children. I am your most loving Mother. I am with you this day. Pray for the success of the priestly newsletter Shepherds of Christ. I am guarding your way. You will receive such graces to accomplish this task! Grace from God is so abundantly bestowed on you and will lead to the success of this endeavor! Pray for this cause at the Center. The priests will lead the people to the love of My beloved Son. This is no little task. It will take many prayers and graces. Pray hard, little one. Your prayers will change many hearts.

I am Mary, your Immaculate Mother. I bring this message to My beloved priest-son.

end of August 1, 1994 message

 

                God help us

               

     

Mary's Message
from the Rosary of August 27, 1996

Mary speaks:  I stood beneath the cross of my Son, and my Heart was in such pain for I saw Him before my eyes. I saw Him covered with blood. I saw Him die. My Heart, my children, my Heart to watch my Son, but my Heart, my Heart, how I suffered for my little children of the world that give in to this world and give up the love of my Son. O my little children of light, I give you this message. Carry this light into the darkness for your Mother Mary, for I stood beneath the cross and I cried. I cried for the little ones. I cried for the young ones, the ones that do not care and will lose their souls. How do I make you see for you will not listen to me? What can I do? I come. I appear. I beg. I plead. I give you these gifts from my Son, and you reject me. I do not deliver messages very often anymore for I have been ignored. The message is the same. You do not read the messages I have given to you. Please help me. Help the little children. I appear. I appear. I appear, and I am ignored. I stood beneath the cross, and I cried. I cried, and my Heart was in such anguish for my little children, for I am searching for them this day as I searched for the Child Jesus. Please, please help me. I cannot hold back the hand of my Son any longer. I am Mary, your Mother. I ask you to help my children. You are my children of light.

end of Mary's Message, August 27, 1996

 

 

Excerpts from The Spirituality of Fatima

by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

Before receiving the six apparitions of Our Lady, May through October of 1917, the three Fatima visionaries were visited by an angel on three different occasions during the preceding year. He appeared to them in the spring, summer, and fall. Lucia (now Sr. Lucia) describes the springtime apparition of the angel:

"My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You."

Then, rising he said: "Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications."

His words engraved themselves so deeply on our minds that we could never forget them (3)

During the summer of 1916, the angel again appeared to the three visionaries. He said to them:

Pray! Pray a great deal. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs on you. Offer prayers and sacrifices continually to the Most High. Make everything you do a sacrifice, and offer it as an act of reparation for the sins by which God is offended, and as a petition for the conversion of sinners. Bring peace to our country in this way.... I am the Guardian Angel of Portugal Accept and bear with submission all the sufferings the Lord will send you. (4)

In the fall of the same year, the angel visited the visionaries a final time:

The angel came...bearing a golden chalice in one hand and a Host above it in the other. The amazed children noticed that drops of blood were falling from the Host into the chalice. Presently, the angel left both suspended in mid-air and prostrated himself on the ground, saying this beautiful prayer: "Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly. I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and [the intercession of] the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners." (5)

Sr. Lucia relates how the angel gave them Communion:

Then, rising, he took the chalice and the Host in his hand. He gave the Sacred Host to me and shared the Blood from the chalice between Jacinta and Francisco, saying as he did so:

"Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God." (6)

Reflecting upon these messages of the angel, we see how much they contain for our spiritual instruction.


NOTES:

3. Louis Kondar, SVD, editor, Fatima in Lucia's Own Words (Fatima: Postulation Center, 1976), p.62. Distributed in the U.S.A. by the Ravengate Press, Cambridge, MA.
4. Our Lady's Peace Plan, op cit., pp.1-2.
5. Ibid., p.2 (The words in brackets are my own-added for clarification).
6. Fatima in Lucia's Own Words, op cit., pp.64-65.

     

 

Excerpts from The Spirituality of Fatima

by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

May 13, 1917

    "Do not be afraid, I will do you no harm..... I am from Heaven.

    "I have come to ask you to come here for six months in succession, on the 13th day, at the same hour. Later on, I will tell you who I am and what I want

    "Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?

    "Pray the Rosary every day in order to obtain peace for the world, and the end of the war." (8)

  

June 13, 1917

    "God wishes you to remain in the world for some time because He wants to use you to establish in the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those who embrace it, and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by myself to adorn His throne." (10)

  

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)

  

August 19, 1917

    She told them she was greatly displeased by the action of the mayor. As a result, the miracle promised for October would not be as impressive as originally planned. (15)

 

September 13, 1917

    More than 30,000 people were present in September, and saw a shower of mysterious white petals fall to within 10 feet of the ground before dissolving into the air. Many also saw the globe of light bearing the Lady come to rest atop the tree, and the branches bend as though someone were standing on them. Later, they saw the cloud depart into the east, from whence it had come.(16)

  

October 13, 1917

    I am the Lady of the Rosary. I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and to ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day.(17)

    While the people in attendance were beholding the great Miracle of the Sun, the three young visionaries, and they alone, were privileged to see striking visions in the heavens:

    As Our Lady had promised, St. Joseph had come with the Holy Family and had blessed the world. Then, Our Lady appeared as the Mother of Sorrows, accompanied by her Divine Son, Who also blessed the world. Finally, Lucy had seen the Blessed Virgin, dressed in the brown robes of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth, holding a brown Scapular in her hand, with her infant Son upon her knee. However, in none of these visions had any of the figures spoken to the children. (18)

    Besides the messages associated with the major Fatima apparitions, there were other revelations given by Our Lady. Before Jacinta died, she told of other messages given her (during her illness) by Mary:

    More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.

    Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much.

    Many marriages are not good; they do not please Our Lord and are not of God.

    Priests must be pure, very pure. They should not busy themselves with anything except what concerns the Church and souls. The disobedience of priests, to their superiors and to the Holy Father, is very displeasing to Our Lord.

    I can no longer restrain the hand of my Divine Son from striking the world with just punishments for its many crimes.

    If the government of a country leaves the Church in peace and gives liberty to our Holy Religion, it will be blessed by God.

    Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask grace from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her. (19)


NOTES:

8. Frere Michael de la Trinite', The Whole Truth about Fatima 
   
(Buffalo: Immaculate Heart Publications, 1989), pp.112-114.
9. 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). p.30.
10. Ibid., p.3.
11. Ibid., pp.3-4.
12. Ibid., pp.4-5.
13. Ibid., p.5.
14. Rev. Edward Carter, S.J., Mother at Our Side: Mary's Role in 
        the Spiritual Life
(1993: Faith Publishing Co., Milford, Ohio), p.21.
15. Our Lady's Peace Plan, op cit., p.6.
16. Ibid., p.6.
17. Ibid., p.7.
18. Ibid., p.8.
19. Ibid., pp.9-10.

       

  

    

 

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GOD’S BLUE BOOKS COMMENTS 

Here are some comments from over “a half a million” people who have received the Blue Books. Many have called the “Shepherds of Christ Ministries” to thank us for the Blue Books and to tell us how they have been touched and how their lives have been changed by reading God’s Blue Books! 

From Rita Ring

 Discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S. J. - Founder 

 

1)  Monroe - MI

     To read the Blue Books is what I need. Jesus’ words of love make me feel so good!

2)  Niles - IL

     They are so beautiful and I am so happy in becoming more united to Jesus! These books are so powerful! And I want everyone to have them! I will buy many of the Blue Books and give them out!

3)  Salem - OR

     The Blue Book has helped me immensely and I want to thank the Shepherds of Christ for these great books!

4)  Inglewood - FL

      I love the Blue Books! I feel so comforted and full of hope! These books are worthy to give thanks for.

5)  Montrose - MI

     I love the Blue Books and they have helped me a lot!

6)  Steubenville - OH

     These books are just so beautiful and so comforting. I will give one to each of my friends!

7)  Coral Springs - FL

      I was in church begging Jesus to speak to me! Then, came a lady and gave me a Blue Book and I opened it at a page and it said exactly what I needed to hear! Jesus truly speaks to me in the Blue Books!

8)  Forth Worth - TX

      I got a Blue Book from my sister and I put it on the shelf without opening it, but for some reason I could not get that book out of my mind until I opened it and, all I can say is that; the words were very powerful and I felt in my heart that Jesus was speaking to me!

9)  Pittsburgh - PA

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       The messages are so beautiful! I would never stop reading them!

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        I will promote the Blue Books and help others to grow in their relationship with God!

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18)  Sarasota - FL

Jesus' love letters have changed my life! I just love them!

19)  Mesa - AZ

I found a Blue Book in the adoration chapel. I love it! It changed my life!

20)   Rockville - NY

        I find my answers in the Blue Books and I will share this great gift with others!

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30)  Detroit - MI

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31)   St. Mary’s - PA

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34)  Cincinnati - OH

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40)  Framington - MA

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44)  Des Moines - IA

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 48)  Boston - MA

        I went to confession and the priest gave me a Blue Book! He said that the book would help me! The book has helped me so much! I feel I am a new person! Thank you Jesus!

49)  New York - NY

        God led my hand in the adoration chapel and I picked up the Blue Book! I am so blessed to have opened it, now I can order my own!

50)  Orland Park - IL

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51)  England

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53)  Jacksonville - FL

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54)   Nyika - Zimbabwe

          I am a priest! Please send me your Blue Books! I have heard so much about them!

55)   Gary - SD

         A friend of mine showed me the Blue Book and I read a sentence! It was the exact answer I was waiting for!

56)  Grand Rapids - MI

        The Blue Book VI is so powerful! My husband and I have grown so much in our spiritual life by using the rosary meditations from that book! Thank you Shepherds of Christ!

57)  Ghana - West Africa

        I am a priest and I thank God for providing us the Blue Books through your ministry! May God continue to bless all your wonderful works!

58)  New Zealand

        I am spreading the Blue Books in my Country! They have made my life much better!

59)  Smithfield - NC

        I had a Blue Book sitting on the shelf for a couple of years and suddenly my children began to use it and leave it everywhere in the house! Wherever I went or was looking for something, there was that Blue Book! It was like the book was following me around! So, I finally decided to open it today and the message I got was so important to me and it made me cry…my life has changed the last minutes!

60)  Morgan City - LA

        I was in the chapel and a lady had a Blue Book and was reading it! I knew I had to have that book! That is why I am calling you today!

61)  Mobile - AL

        I had my Blue Book since 1999 and I use it all the time! It is a treasure! I want to order some to give out!

62)  North Haven - CT

       I would like to have my own copy of the Blue Book! Sometimes it is not available at the chapel when I want it! This book is so great!

63)  Chicago - IL

       I know the Blue Books are very powerful! Please send them to me! I know I need to have them!

64)  Moville - IA

       I love the Blue Books and the people to whom I give them love them too! My daughter was pregnant and she wanted to have an abortion! After she used the Blue Books a few times she changed her mind and did not have the abortion!

65)  Corwith - IA

       I got a Blue Book from a priest and I just love it! Jesus really speaks to me in that book and I want to give some out to my friend and to the priest who gave his own book to me!!

66)  Spring Ballew - CA

       A friend of mine gave me a Blue Book and I love it! It is so comforting to me to know that God loves me and is always with me!

67)  Miramar - FL

       My daughter and I found a Blue Book in the adoration chapel and we love it! We took it home with us and we would not return it until we would have our own!

68)  Fairborn - OH

       I found a Blue Book in the adoration chapel and I love it! I want my own and I want to follow what Jesus is teaching in it!

69)  Atlanta - GA

       I love the Blue Books and I know Jesus is really speaking to me in them!

70)  Whippany - NJ

        I gave a Blue Book to a friend whose family was all divided and there was so much sufferings! She opened the Blue Book and she kept getting the same message every time she opened it! The Divine Mercy! She began to pray that prayer and things began to change and from there on she always looks for her answers in the Blue Books!

71)  Glastonbury - CT

         A friend of mine gave me a Blue Book and I use it all day long. I cry of joy because I know Jesus is speaking to me! Jesus’ love letters changed my life and my heart! My heart is on fire for love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! I am so grateful and I will thank Jesus forever for the Blue Books! I am giving them out. I want all to have these books!

72)  Kendall Park - NJ

       I give out the Blue Books and I have the permission of two priests to put the Blue Books in the churches so people can help themselves. Please send me two more boxes of books, volume IV and V. I will help you “Shepherds of Christ” until you have done what God wants you to do!

73)  Holywoke - MA

       I am Sister ______ and I got two Blue Books from a friend! Oh! How good is God to us! These books are so beautiful! I will share them with all the other 75 nuns and we will be ordering more, I am sure! Thank you Shepherds of Christ!

74)  Plainfield - NY

       I got a Blue Book from a friend and I love it! I believe if everyone would live by these messages, they would change their lives and their hearts!

75)  Boston - MA

       I got a Blue Book from a friend and I love it! I have my own ministry but, the Blue Books are what the world needs, really!! They are the food for the hungry souls on this earth!

76)  Maywood - NJ

       I went to my daughter’s house and I found a Blue Book there on the table. I opened it and I was deeply touched! Please send me all the volumes!

77)  Ft. Walton Beach - FL

       I need to order more books for they go fast, just like hot cakes! I believe in the Blue Books and so does everyone else who opens them! It is amazing! God is so good to us! Thank you Rita for the Blue Books and for being God’s messenger!

78)  Brazil

       I gave a Blue Book to a friend of mine who was the most bitter person I ever met! She was snarley, angry and had no respect for anyone! She had no friends and nobody wanted to be around her either! She was a smart person and knew eight languages but, did not work at any place for a long time until I gave her a Blue Book and she began to change overnight! Today she is a new person and is successful in many ways!

79) 

    My daughter and I love the Blue Books! We let Jesus guide and direct us on our ways! We totally depend on Him! Now my daughter needs another Blue Book to send to her boyfriend in Maryland! He needs it!

80)  Belgium

       I am a priest. Please send me the Blue Books! I am looking forward to have them! May Our Heavenly Mother protect you and all your work!

81)  Middleburg - FL

       I love to read the Blue Book when I go to the Adoration Chapel! It is so great! Now, my mother passed away a few days ago and I decided to go through her stuff and I found a Blue Book! What Joy to know my mother also used the Blue Books! I am calling today to order 30 books and give them to my family as a Christmas present!

82)  Sylmar - CA

       My wife and I love the Blue Books! A friend of mine borrowed one from us but he never gave it back! So now, I would like to order that same volume so we have all of them!

83)  Romania

       I heard about the Blue Books and I want to order them! I heard the Blue Books are awesome! I will spread it all over my Country! God Bless you!

84)  Shelton - CT

       I got your phone number from a Blue Book I found in the Adoration Chapel! I am on fire with love of Jesus and His love letters! God is so good to us! What love He has for us! I did not know that God loved me so much until I opened the Blue Books! Thank You Jesus!

85)  Canada

       I used the Blue Books since 1999 and I love them! I am having some health problems and the Blue Books are helping me greatly! When I am having a difficult time, the Blue Book comes to my mind as a mighty medicine and I always read what I need to hear! Thank You Jesus!

86)  Springfield - NJ

       I give out many of the Blue Books! The other day I was at my church and a priest from India was there and I opened the book and I read; Jesus speaks “Give My Blue books to the priests” and so I did and the priest was so happy with it!

87)  Chicago - IL

       I got the Blue Book a long time ago! I study it I read the messages over and over again! My heart burns for the desire of spreading these Blue Books! I want all people to know these powerful and beautiful love letters! They need to get to all God’s children!

88)  St. Mary’s - PA

       I gave the Blue Books to the priest at our parish! He loves them and has the books with him all the time and underlines many parts of the books!

89)  Kansas City - MO

       I have a book store and would like to know if you have a special price for bookstores, for I would like to order several boxes. I have heard wonders about this book and that everyone loves them!

90)  Wethersfield - CT

       My husband and I read the Blue Books at the Adoration chapel and they have been so helpful to us! We would like to have our own books from here on! Please send us all the volumes!

91)  Woodstock - GA

       I have the Blue Books for many years and would like to order a new set because mine are falling apart for I use them all the time! I love them! I don’t want to live without them! Thank you Shepherds of Christ!

92)  New York - NY

       Thank you for sending me the Blue Book! I am old and have no money to pay for it! I was so sad someone took my Blue Book and thanks to your generosity I have a new one now! Thank you Shepherds of Christ!

93)  Hot Springs - SD

       I am a priest and I would like to have your Blue Books! Could you please send me all the volumes you have, I will send you the payment.

94)  Stow - OH

       I am a father of 8 children and we all love the Blue Books but we need some more to make everybody happy!

95)  Antioch - TN

      I got a Blue Book from a lady and I just love it! The messages are so beautiful! Please send me all the volumes you have!

96)  Santa Maria - CA

       I received a Blue Book from Rita days ago! I am reading it! I love it! Please send me 5 more so I can give them to some of my friends!

97)  Clearwater - FL

       I was in the chapel searching for an answer for a long time then, I opened a book and there was the answer! Oh my God! That book talks to me! I looked at the cover and it said; God’s Blue Book! I took it home with me and wanted to find out where I could get that book! Then, I found you! “Shepherds of Christ Ministries” Thank you all! 

98)  Norwood - OH

       I called you a few weeks ago and I bought a Blue Book. Today I am calling to thank you, for the Blue Book took me back to church! I now realize that Jesus is waiting for us to come to Him. He is really speaking to us in His Blue Books!

99)  Middlesex - NJ

        I was at church this morning and I saw a lady with the Blue Book. I went to her and asked her about the book and the lady with great emotion told that the Blue Book has changed her life and that Jesus wants us to open the book all day long at any page and He gives us our answers! So, I opened the book and I was touched and I would like to order all the volumes and I will promote them to all the people I meet!

100) Dayton - OH

       I am a 78 year old man and I have given out many Blue Books! All people need these books, they are very powerful. I will help to spread these books as long as I can afford it!

  

THE CALLS WE HAVE RECEIVED ABOUT THE BLUE BOOKS ARE ENDLESS. THESE ARE JUST A FEW COMMENTS WE ARE SHARING WITH YOU, FOR YOU TO KNOW THAT THE BLUE BOOKS ARE A GIFT FROM GOD!

 

 

 

                                                                  

 

Mary G.

 
How has being a member of Shepherds of Christ has changed my life?

When I was a baby, we lived next door to a convent and I had 12 years of Catholic education. I married and lived Cincinnati eventually. After my civil divorce, my three younger children and I moved back to Price Hill in Cincinnati where I grew up. This time brought me the Catholic Charismatic experience.

Dad died in '86, and I moved away to a small town. Though I tried, I thought no Catholic church or prayer group met my needs so I attended Protestant prayer meetings and services. I found ministers and prayer groups that deeply love the Lord Jesus, and I would still be in these circles except that I went back to Cincinnati to visit. I hadn't told my old friends that I was no longer a practicing Catholic so I joined them when they attended charismatic functions. At one of these I was given Blue Book I.

Actually, someone tried to give it to me and I wouldn't take it saying, I had too much to read , so it was given to the friend I was staying with. When we got home and she was out of the room, I opened the book so I could congratulate myself for not accepting it.

That's Jesus! Jesus is speaking in this book! I read almost the whole book that night, then I ate humble pie and phoned the lady who had pressed me to accept it. I received it in a few days.

Back home I read and reread it. Jesus was speaking loud and clear and I went to the nearest church and made a confession and resumed my long neglected practice of daily Mass. I also began to go to the Shepherds of Christ chapter meetings in Morrow, Ohio, where I heard the call for volunteers to come to the Virgin Mary Site in Clearwater, Florida.

How well I understand God's words, "Your thoughts are not My thoughts!".

Changing my thoughts and my ways comes more slowly than changing my address, which is now Clearwater, Florida.

Though retirement isn't at all what I thought it would be, I wouldn't trade places with anyone at all.

  

 

                     Mary G.   has been a live in apostle for 10 years

                   I am an apostle in China and feel very blessed to be here.

                        Truly, I can't imagine life anywhere else. When I think about
                  that, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the great privilege of
                  being with Shepherds of Christ and I thank the Dear Lord
                  for allowing me to be here.

                        What keeps me going is the hope that everyone in
                  whole world will have access to the Blue Books in their own
                  language, and just yesterday I added the prayer that they'll
                  also be in Braille. I know that some day they'll "catch on" and
                  people will tell other people about them and they'll go like wild-fire.

                        I had been given a Blue Book I to my granddaughters and sister in
                  '97. My granddaughters laid them aside somewhere until maybe a year
                  ago when trouble struck one of them and she "just happened to open the
                  Blue Book and wrote me to tell me what was going on. Her answer was in
                  the Blue Book and she told her younger sister who is one of those people
                  that everyone comes to with their troubles. Now, the younger one says
                  "Just open up this book and see what Jesus says."

                        My sister called me to say she has cancer and I sent her a
                  Blue Book immediately. (She had given her copy to St. Vincent de Paul).

                        I prayed for her to have peace and it really worked. She
                  keeps the Blue Book handy and flips it open often. I don't know how
                  often, but she assures me that she uses it and it's always in reach.

                                                                    Mary G.

 

 

      

 

Kathleen W.

 
I give my heart to Jesus and Mary with you in love! I write this for the honor and glory of God and in thanksgiving to Jesus for calling me to this Movement.

Jesus says in St. John's Gospel, "You did not choose me, no, I chose you…" Jn 15:16.

What a calling! To be chosen to be a Handmaid of the Good Shepherd! His special spouse! The spouse of THE KING & CREATOR of the Universe!

WOW! And a Movement personally directed by Jesus! Thank you, Jesus!

Words cannot express all I would like to say. Since 1st grade I wanted to be a nun. I saw the nuns at my school and I wanted to be like them. Unfortunately growing up... all the peer pressure in school and the struggles of young adulthood took away any hope of being a nun. I followed the ways of the world and left Jesus out of my life.

During my senior year of nursing, the seed of pursuing a religious vocation sprang up again in my heart. I started attending daily Mass as often as I could, and Mary our Mother was bringing me closer to Jesus. My 1st choice was Mother Teresa's Order, however, that didn't happen for me.

After graduation from nursing school I went to a Bible Institute Retreat at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. While there, I attended a Baptism of the Spirit Seminar and felt a strong presence of the Holy Spirit.

That fall, in 1996, I went back to Ohio for another retreat, and while I was in the chapel one evening, I picked up God's Blue Book II and read a message on Communion from Jesus. I almost fell out of my pew! The message touched me deep in my heart. Thankfully, I was able to take the book home. the messages were awesome! I never knew of having such an intimate relationship with Jesus!

I started spending an hour everyday after Mass. I joined the Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart and later started a Shepherds of Christ Prayer Chapter. I got the other Blue Books, the rosary book and rosary tapes. I felt so committed to praying the prayers and the rosary mediations were so powerful! I thank Jesus and Mary for all these revelations!

I heard about the handmaids in 1998, while ordering through the Shepherds of Christ. I was really interested in them. I thought maybe this is where God is calling me. I kept praying to do His will.

Jesus, in His time, made it all work out. When we give our lives to Jesus, He can do more than we could ever ask for or imagine! Jesus loves us!

I feel so blessed and privileged to be in the formation of being a handmaid! Thank you, my Father, for this Movement and all the beautiful people in it! Thank you, Holy Spirit, for your tremendous work in my soul! Thank you, Jesus, for choosing me for this special calling. And like Mary, my life is a continuous FIAT. "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior." and "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

  

 

Kathleen   Handmaid for 7 years
                                    My vocation as a Handmaid of the Good Shepherd is the most
                            rewarding work I could ever do. I worked as a nurse prior to becoming
                            a handmaid. I got my 1st Blue Book volume 2 while on retreat in Ohio
                            in September 1996. I loved reading the Blue Books and I wanted others
                            to know of Jesus' tremendous love for them. When I got Blue Book one in
                            November 1996 I first learned about the 12 promises to St. Margaret Mary
                            and the 9 First Fridays, from the front of Blue Book I.
                            I started praying the Shepherds of Christ prayers in January of 1997.
                            I loved going to daily Mass and spending an hour with Jesus. I love
                            praying the rosary and using the rosary meditations.
                            I started reading the daily messages on the Internet every day
                            by going to the Library in 1998.
                            I felt such a strong calling to be a handmaid in the summer of 1998.
                            I visited Mary's Image in Clearwater in September 5, 1999 and went to
                            China, Indiana and Morrow, Ohio in October 1999.
                            I quit my job as a nurse on January 31, 2000 and joined the handmaids
                            first living in Morrow, Ohio then Cincinnati, Ohio and now I am the
                            site leader in Clearwater, Florida.
                            I love giving out the Sacred Heart of Jesus picture with the Prayer
                            for Union and Mary's Image wallet. I love telling people about
                            the Blue Books and Daily Message Books and writings and
                            the Rosary Books. I love giving people a rosary and asking them
                            to pray.
                            I love praying for priests around the world and telling people
                            to pray for the priests. I feel -- through God's grace working in
                            my life -- I can affect many souls by praying for them, and showing
                            them God's love. In the Shepherds of Christ we have been
                            taught to be great intercessors of prayer. I have been praying
                            the hourly Infant of Prague Novena since 1997. Thank You Jesus
                            for calling me.
                            I love being a Handmaid of the Good Shepherd.
                                                                    Kathleen W.
 

Rosie R.

How has Shepherds of Christ changed my life?

The first time I opened God's Blue Book, I knew that Jesus was speaking to me! The message was just what I needed that day!

I had not attended daily Mass since Catholic High School, approximately 30 years previous. MY PRAYER LIFE had been practically non-existent -- attending Sunday Mass and calling on God during trials. In fact, the threat of my husband dying of cancer took me back to praying the rosary and praying novenas to the Blessed Mother. After he died I was at a loss, for I considered him my "rock". For the first time ever in my life, I began praying to do God's will. I had a career, but I felt in my heart that I didn't want to do that for the rest of my working life.

I was invited by a friend to make a Cursillo weekend and without hesitation, said yes. Following the grace-filled weekend, I entered the chapel for adoration and picked up the Blue Book, which I had ignored for weeks. I immediately fell in love with Jesus and my life began to change! With the help of Jesus through the Blue Book, along with daily Mass and Holy Communion and spending time after Communion with Jesus and time in prayer, I was able to work through my depression, which I had even denied existed.

After giving out many Blue Books to relatives and friends, I received an invitation to attend the first monthly Shepherds of Christ national prayer meeting at Tom A's farm held on October 13, 1996, with Rita leading a Live Rosary. I felt drawn to every meeting after that, and soon found myself in the core group at Morrow, Ohio, attending weekly prayer meetings with Live Rosaries. Through the use of the Blue Books, mostly in front of the tabernacle, weekly prayer meetings, and rosaries at Morrow, I have grown closer to Jesus than I ever thought possible.

I thank Jesus every day for His many graces and the deep love that He gives me to draw me closer and closer to Him. I also thank my spiritual Mother, Mary, with all my heart for her help when I turned to her in desperation and for the help she's given me throughout my life.

As an apostle working in Florida at Our Lady's Image Site, I have a great opportunity to spread the light and love of Christ to all I meet!!!

  
 

                  From Betty G.      Handmaid for 10 years

                        What does my vocation in Shepherds of Christ mean to me?

                        I am a Handmaid of the Good Shepherd for nearly nine years.
                  During this time I have grown so close to Jesus, far more than I
                  ever thought possible for me. The hours I have spent before the
                  tabernacle and now the exposed Eucharist have filled me with
                  such peace, joy, happiness as I have never known before.

                        It all began in the fall of 1995 when someone gave me my first
                  copy of God's Blue Book. After a time I began to read it. I was soon
                  drawn back to attending daily Mass and Holy Communion. It wasn't
                  long until I was drawn to the tabernacle for an hour a day which
                  soon went from an hour to more than an hour a day.

                        I cannot physically do much labor any more, but I can and
                  do pray. My desire is to help support the Church in its labors by
                  praying for the priests and all religious and for the renewal of the
                  Church and the world.

                        By living from the God's Blue Books my whole life has
                  changed from one of turmoil and wondering is this all there
                  is to life? to one of peace and joy. God is back in my life as
                  the center of my life. I have found all I have ever wanted as a
                  Handmaid of the Good Shepherd. Like St. Therese of Lisieux
                  who never left her convent but did much for the missions I may
                  not travel around the world but I can do much for the Church
                  and the world through prayer. I thank God for my vocation in
                  the Shepherds of Christ for here I feel I am fulfilling the
                  purpose for which I was created.

 

 

 

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