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August 10, 2010

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August 10, 2010

 

                From the Red Rosary Book

16 Years Ago

August 10, 1994 After Mass, Fr. Smith's Chapel

See Mary as she beholds the baby in her arms. She looks at Him so tenderly. His sweet baby eyes look up at the eyes of His loving Mother. Such tenderness between Mother and Son, such oneness to hold her infant Son so lovingly in her arms. Oh, do we ever know the tenderness between a baby and his loving mother?

A life of close union between this mother and this Son, a life of her looking into His loving eyes. Such silent, but strong and loving communication! Such a strong bond-their eyes meeting-from one soul to the other soul.

Song: See the eyes that look at Mary (Verse l)…

Deep, deep communication, a deep bond, indescribable in words, a touching of the souls! And the peering look between Son and mother on the road to the crucifixion. What a peering look, what communication between this Son and Mother. Seeing the other suffer was as agonizing as each's very own suffering-suffering and oneness between a Son and His mother. A peering look, deep into the very souls. Such an intimacy between Them!

How can one describe in words this oneness, this union between the Son and His Mother? The perfect love between Him and her. Total giving of each person in such love to the other. To see the suffering of the other was as agonizing as-if not more than-each's own suffering.

How His passion and crucifixion were intensified by the sufferings of His dear Mother! How her sufferings were such a sharing in our redemption, the swords that pierced her Heart! The eyes of Mary that invisibly bled as she watched such brutality to the beloved baby she once carried in her womb and held in her arms!

Song: Little baby hands and feet…

Mary held the Child Jesus when he was a baby; she watched Him and cared for Him as a little boy; she was so attentive to the needs of her little Son. Will we ever know this connectedness between Their loving hearts? Do we know this oneness? The peering eyes on the way to Calvary tell the story. They tell the story of this oneness. They tell the story of her watching this horrid event of her beautiful baby Son and His horrible passion and death.

Her eyes! Oh, Mary, help me to see the love of Jesus through your eyes! You watched Him as a baby, you watched Him as a child. You watched Him grow into the beautiful man He became and you, Mary, watched Him all through this bitter passion and death. Your eyes saw the love that He gave for us. Now you come, Mary. You appear to tell us to go to this Son. You knew more than anyone His love to suffer so for us. You come and appear with blood in your eyes and tears running down your cheeks. You show me your sorrowful face, your young face, your old face, your joyful face. This was the face Jesus peered at as He walked His walk to Calvary. This was the face that appears now to tell us the story of His love this very day. I see your parade of faces, Mary, old and young, sorrowful and joyful. I see these faces that Jesus beheld. Your face tells the story of His love for us.

Mary: This is my beloved Son. This is my baby. This is the child I bore in my womb. He came to give you love. He came to be God-made-Man among you this very day. He is, my children, no less present in the Eucharist than He was at Calvary and you go after such incidental things. My Son loves you. I show you my face so you can tell the world of our love. Live our lives in the rosary. Let our lives live in your day. The way to eternal happiness is to be likened to my beautiful Son.

I watched my Son. I lead you to the ardent love of my Son, Jesus. His Heart burns for love of you. Come to Him this day. Give Him your love. Spend time with Him. He is alive and in your midst in the Eucharist.

Note: I smelled roses very strongly throughout this message.

Song: See the eyes that look at Mary (Verse 2)…

R. This is the Son of the Father, the Son of God, born of Mary through the Holy Spirit, and He lives this day in your hearts. Share His love for you. Go to Him through Mary's Heart. She who is so closely united to Jesus! Their hearts are so close to one another! As their eyes were joined in such oneness, their hearts are joined in such intimacy. Go to Jesus' Heart through His beloved Mother, through her who bore Him in her womb, her who watched Him give Himself for love of you.

  

                    If you knew when the thief was
                coming — you would prepare, but
                the devil wants more than a thief
                he wants your soul —

                    God is a just God

                    In His infinite love for us
                He keeps us in existence —
                Saints have suffered martyrdom
                so we could have the Church as
                it is this day —

                    God has given us baptism
                and this sharing in His life
                is such a gift —

                    It is to prepare us
                    It is out of love God keeps
                us in existence.

                    We are loved intimately, deeply
                by the Divine God

                    Jesus died for us —
                    We are His —

                    God created us out of love —
                    God keeps us in existence —

                    God wants us to go to heaven
                and have the fullness of grace

                    At five years old my mother died —
                A child is bore in the womb of
                their mother and the mother and father
                are their teachers.

                    Light is a gift God gives to
                us — God is Light and in Him
                there is no darkness —

                    Because of her death I learned
                deeply about heaven at age 5
                and they told me, my mom, Alice,
                didn't die, but went to heaven
                and God loved her so much —
                He called her home and she was
                still alive —

                    God gives us so many gifts —
                our breathe — the love He gives
                us, now, that keeps us in
                existence —

                    Because of our wounded
                human nature others can
                disobey the commandments
                and hurt us, physically,
                emotionally — they can do this
                deeply — we all have a free
                will —

                It is a choice to obey God
                or disobey God —

                    We are dealing with God who
                loves us —

                    God put us on this journey
                to prove our love to Him —
                to prove we, the children of
                Adam and Eve, would not be
                willful and would obey
                God —

                    We all have our own journey —
                We will all be accountable
                for our sins — We can choose
                life or death —

                    God created us uniquely —
                to contribute to the building
                of the Kingdom

                    "Thy Kingdom come"

                    "Thy will be done on earth
                as it is in heaven"

                    Father Joe said Sunday —
                how much scripture is telling
                us of Jesus building the Kingdom —
                healing men, Jesus talking about
                the Kingdom —

                    In Sunday's 2nd reading it said
                that Abraham was nearly dead,
                but he had descendants as numerous
                as the stars in the sky"
 

Hebrews 11: 12

Because of this, there came from one man, and one who already had the mark of death on him, descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore which cannot be counted.

 

                    God is a just God —

                    Saint Paul tells us —
 

  1. 1 John 4: 17-21
  2. Love comes to its perfection in us when we can face the Day of Judgement fearlessly, because even in this world we have become as he is. In love there is no room for fear, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear implies punishment and no one who is afraid has come to perfection in love. Let us love, then, because he first loved us. Anyone who says 'I love God' and hates his brother, is a liar, since whoever does not love the brother whom he can see cannot love God whom he has not seen. Indeed this is the commandment we have received from him, that whoever loves God, must also love his brother.

    

                A person who wants control of another
                    seeks control by fear —

                They can ruin a relationship
                by threatening with fear to enforce
                their rules —

                    A terrorist strikes —
                    It is unpredictable —
                    It is secretive —

                    Look at all the rules put in
                    place in airports alone because
                    of terrorists —

                A person can strike at one's
                    security —
                    a thief - to hurt others —
                    they violate the boundaries
                    of another —

                The seven deadly sins are —
                    pride, greed, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, sloth

                A person raising themselves above
                God is sinning —

                That is what sinning is —

                Thinking you don't have to live
                    by the commandments of God —

                The greatest commandment is
 

Matthew 22: 36-40

'Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?' Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets too.'

 

                Perfect love casts out fear —

                We see how one can control in
                    a family — using money to
                    control —

                    The other person who is
                being controlled doesn't want
                it — God gives us freedom to
                love or not love — but He
                gives us rules and a free will —
                A person forcing their rules on others
                with fear — dysfunctional rules
                of brute control is not loving —
                Seeking dominance for dominance
                sake is coming from the wounded
                human nature — to continue to
                say "I will not serve" is what
                satan said —

                Satan tricks, deceives, tries to
                make another a slave to him —
                the person says "I will not serve"
                opposing, being a rival to God's
                will —

                When in fact they are a slave
                to satan —
                they are out of control —

                Pride is the root of all evil —

                Eve was prideful and ate the
                forbidden fruit — then she
                coaxed Adam to eat it and he did
                eat it against the commands
                of God —

                    We all suffer original sin,
                but Mary — what a gift she is
                after we sinned and
                Mary conceived without sin is
                the Mother of God —

                    Our hearts are tainted — a
                person who gives into control
                (seeking dominance for dominance sake)
                and pride is deceiving themselves
                with giving into the deadly sins —
                so called because they rob us
                of life — They lead us to misery —

                The more we disobey God — the
                more we act disobediently —
                we fight normal rules we need
                to follow to please God —
                Like focusing on what God
                commanded us — to love Him with
                our whole heart, our whole
                soul and our whole being —

                    God gives us a sharing in His
                life in baptism — The Father,
                Son and Holy Spirit live in the baptized
                soul —

                    After Kings that were good and
                bad  — Jesus came - the King of Kings
                In meditating on the Joyful mysteries
                we are meditating on God's love for
                man in sending the angel to
                Mary and Mary, conceived without
                sin, and her humility (not pride)
                and her 'yes' to God —

                    Obedience to God's will —
                    Not a state of rebellion —
                    Eve rebelled against God —
                    Eve did what she wanted —
                    Eve said she would not serve —
                    And she wanted to be above God —

                    Jesus was tried in a court by men
                who thought they had power over Him —

   

John 19: 10-11

Pilate then said to him, ‘Are you refusing to speak to me? Surely you know I have power to release you and I have power to crucify you?’ Jesus replied, ‘You would have no power over me at all if it had not been given you from above; that is why the man who handed me over to you has the greater guilt.’

    

John 19: 33-34

When they came to Jesus, they saw he was already dead, and so instead of breaking his legs one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediatedly there came out blood and water.

     

                    God calls man to the vision of
                Himself — Through reason and
                will — God gives to the man
                gifts so he can grasp reality
                more and more —
                    reality is seeing through the
                eyes of God —

                    A person giving into satan —
                    Enslaved by him (satan)
                    Is being deceived
                    His life can be filled with
                        secrets, deception as he
                        says to God
                        "I will not serve You,
                            as You command me"

                More and more the sinner falls into
                    vices — his misery is worse and
                    his misery is treated with
                    more darkness from his own
                    enslavement to satan as he
                    freely chooses to rebel
                    against God's will —

                Faith, hope and love — the theological
                virtues help us to see more and more
                with the vision of God —

                    The goal is the beatific vision
                in heaven, to be possessed by God —
                To know God in His infinite love
                keeps us in existence —

                Our importance comes from God —
                not worrying if other men approve
                of us —

                    The devil tempts with envy and
                a man becomes more debase wishing
                when he gives into envy, of the
                failure of one serving God —

                Look at Joseph and his brothers
                Look at Cain who slew Abel —

                Look at Jesus —
                    see how He taught us to be
                        as God wants us to be

                Being bound by the concupiscence
                    of the flesh

                Man can be so turned in on
                    himself by his own
                    free will
                pride, envy, slothfulness,
                seeking dominance for dominance
                sake, disobedience to the
                commandment to love God and
                love one another —

                The greatest commandment
                    we must obey here on earth
                    if we are seeking heaven —

                A man cannot raise himself
                    above the commandments
                    and tell himself what is
                    right is wrong and
                    what is wrong is right
                    for this is sin — when we
                    give into satan and rebel
                    against the commandments of
                    God to love Him with our
                    whole heart, our whole soul
                    and our whole being and love our
                    neighbor as ourselves —

                    We see the garden and Adam and
                Eve sinned — they rebelled
                against God —

                    When the angel of peace appeared
                in 1916, what was the first
                message —

 

"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."

"Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications." (3)  

3. Fatima in Lucia's Own Words
 

                    Man having sinned as he has —
                God sends the angel of peace
                to 3 little children, not for 1916 only,
                but for man for us today —

                Here is what the angel said

 

Excerpt from The Spirituality of Fatima

by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

"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."

"Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications." (3)  

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)

"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)

"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)

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.

     

                We must pray for the virtues of
                faith, hope and love — to be as God
                wants us to be — we are to lead
                a virtuous life —

                    Faith helps us to see with
                the vision of God —

                    Sunday's 2nd reading was this —   
                Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19

Hebrews 11: 12

Because of this, there came from one man, and one who already had the mark of death on him, descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore which cannot be counted.

                 

                    Fr. Joe talked about the 600 years
                before Christ —

                    The Jews were held captive —
                they had to pay taxes in their own
                land given to them from God —

                    Satan prowls the earth as a
                roaring lion today — seeking to
                devour — he wants to deceive
                people so they will be held in
                his deceptive grip, say "they will
                not serve God" and in their
                willfulness and rebellion — their
                vision is distorted more and more —

                    We are here on a journey — to
                obey God, to love and serve Him —
                to grow more and more in our life
                of grace — so we will be open
                and ready (as it says in Sunday's
                Gospel) for the bridegroom —
                    open for the heavenly reward —

                 We have to be open to have that beatific
                      vision

                Here is what Fr. Carter said about the
                    Church Suffering and the
                    Heavenly Church —

                Notice how Fr. Carter says we must be
                    open and have achieved this
                    on earth or we become part of the
                    Church Suffering when we die —

 

                From Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

Relationship with Members of the Church

e) Relationship with Members of the Church

There is but one true Church of Christ. Yet this one Church has three different states of existence. There is the pilgrim Church, the Church of this world, composed of members who have received the grace of Christ and strive for its development. They have not yet obtained the goal of their efforts, as have the members of the heavenly Church, who enjoy God in eternal happiness. The Church suffering is an intermediate state of existence necessary for those who had not achieved the required purification as members of the pilgrim Church. Although there are these three phases of the Church’s existence, there is a profound union existing between all the members. All these members possess the same basic life of grace in Christ, and this common life establishes the most intimate bonds of love. In our preceding chapter, we discussed the pilgrim Church. Let us now consider the Church suffering and the heavenly Church.

The members of the Church suffering are those who have departed from this life in an incomplete state of Christian development. Their development is incomplete in the sense that grace has not fully taken possession of them, and, as a result, they are yet closed in upon themselves to a greater or lesser degree. They as yet cannot open themselves out in complete love to the Triune God in the beatific vision. They must undergo a further purification, a purification which could have been achieved upon earth with merit. Now the purification must be achieved with no merit attached. The pain of this purification is mixed with the certain expectation of achieving the vision of God. We can hasten the advent of this vision for this people by the offering of prayers and other good works. Scripture itself refers to our action on behalf of those in purgatory in Chapter 12 of the Second Book of Maccabees beginning with verse 38.

The members of the heavenly Church are those in whom the life of grace has taken full possession and has reached its completion in the life of glory. Faith now is unnecessary, as the light of glory gives the human intellect a new strength and capacity for seeing God face-to-face. While the Christian was a wayfarer, he received the imprint of the indwelling Trinity as he shared in God’s own life. Now in heaven that grace-life and possession of God reaches its completion—the absolute completion is not achieved, however, until the resurrection of the body. The divine persons give Themselves to the beatified in a profound union far surpassing that of the indwelling of the Trinity experienced here below.

This life of heaven is still the Christ-life, for just as we possess a share in Trinitarian life here below as mediated by Christ, and exercise this grace-life as structured by Him, so also in heaven is the mediation of Christ present. In the words of Rahner, "One always sees the Father through Jesus. Just as immediately as this, for the directness of the vision of God is not a denial of the mediatorship of Christ as man."14 And not only does the humanity of Christ unite the blessed to God, but also, in some way, to the whole of creation. This is merely a completion of what is begun here below, namely, the union with Christ in His humanity establishing the Christian in a special relationship with God, with other men, and with the whole of creation. We have a glimpse, therefore, of the fullness of life which members of the heavenly Church possess.

The heavenly Church, as St. Thomas says, is the true Church.15 The Church of this earth and the Church of purgatory are, each in its own way, reaching out in loving hope for the heavenly Jerusalem. Vatican II puts it very simply: "The Church, to which we are called in Christ Jesus, and in which we acquire sanctity through the grace of God, will attain her full perfection only in the glory of heaven."16

The members of the heavenly Church can help us in living our life of grace until we too share its fullness with them. Their power of intercession on our behalf is but another ramification of the communal aspect of Christianity. We are meant to help others grow in Christ. We, in turn, are intended by God to receive aid from others—yes, from members of the heavenly Church, as well as from those with whom we dwell here below.

Not only can we be aided by the saints’ intercession, but the example of the canonized saints can also be of great value to us. They have concretely proved that full holiness is possible. Such an inspiration is of real worth when we are tempted to think that Christian sanctity in its higher degrees is impossible of attainment. Moreover, the canonized saints, in their diversity, teach us that there are many authentic versions of Christian holiness. They can be innovators in showing us that there are numerous possibilities in assimilating the mystery of Christ, although the basic assimilation remains the same for all Christians of all times. In the opinion of Rahner this is one of the chief roles the canonized saints exert in the life of the Church.17

 


NOTES:

 14Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Vol. III (Baltimore: Helicon, 1967), p. 44.
 15
Cf. St. Thomas Aquinas, In Ad Ephes., c. 3, Lect. 3.
 16Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Church, No. 48.
 17Cf. Karl Rahner, Op. cit., pp. 100-101.

 

                In Sunday's Gospel —

                    It speaks of the thief coming —
                the virtues, natural and supernatural,
                are intended to make man what
                he ought to be —

                    God is order —

                    The virtues lead us to having
                the vision of God — all in
                proper order —

                    They do not restrain man's
                freedom —

                    We are called in the Shepherds of Christ
                to show this order — the right
                way God wants us to do things —

                To walk in the truth —
                To live a virtuous life —

                We are to beg for greater faith,
                    hope and love —
                    to live a virtuous life —
                    to see with greater vision
                        the Plan of the Father —
                    to bring peace and joy to the
                        world in spreading the
                        Blue Books, Fr. Joe's
                        books, the other books,
                        the consecration —
                        the mystery meditations
                        of the rosary — the prayers
                        Jesus gave us — the knowledge of the
                        Mass — the knowledge of the love
                        of God that keeps us in existence —
                        not be caught in pride —
                        not be caught in what men think
                        that is opposed to God, for vain glory —

                The man who lives the virtuous life
                    is pursuing happiness —

                A virtuous man acts as God wants
                    him to act in the world —
                    in courage and right reason —
                    leading a virtuous life —
                    living in the vision of the
                    Father —

                We strive for happiness by living
                    virtuously as God intends
                    with our unique talents —
                    in humility — recognizing
                    God as our Creator —
                    Thanking God —
                    Seeking greater knowledge,
                        vision of God's plan —
                    And loving more and more
                        fully as God —
                        loves us

   

1 John 4: 7-8

My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is love.

    

                A foolish man seeks perfection of
                    his will opposed to God's will —

                A wise man recognizes his creature hood
                    and seeks the perfection of God —

 

Matthew 11: 25-27

At that time Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

    

Matthew 5: 48

'You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.'

   

                Men are not born with the full
                    perfection of all virtues —

                Happiness is found in living
                    more and more perfectly —
                    a virtuous life —
                    seeking the perfection of God —
 

 

Prayer for Union with Jesus

Come to me, Lord, and possess my soul. Come into my heart and permeate my soul. Help me to sit in silence with You and let You work in my heart.

    I am Yours to possess. I am Yours to use. I want to be selfless and only exist in You. Help me to spoon out all that is me and be an empty vessel ready to be filled by You. Help me to die to myself and live only for You. Use me as You will. Let me never draw my attention back to myself. I only want to operate as You do, dwelling within me.

    I am Yours, Lord. I want to have my life in You. I want to do the will of the Father. Give me the strength to put aside the world and let You operate my very being. Help me to act as You desire. Strengthen me against the distractions of the devil to take me from Your work.

    When I worry, I have taken my focus off of You and placed it on myself. Help me not to give in to the promptings of others to change what in my heart You are making very clear to me. I worship You, I adore You and I love You. Come and dwell in me now.

-God's Blue Book, January 17, 1994

 

                The virtues work for happiness —
                Vices bring us to misery —  

     

                Pray rosary in between

 

Excerpt from Mother at Our Side by Father Edward Carter, S.J.

Mother at Our Side

ten

Mother Of Our Christian Virtues

   Being mother of our Christ-life, Mary is also mother of our life of Christian virtues. Many of them are listed above, including the three most important ones—faith, hope, and love.

Faith

   Ideally, faith is the commitment of one's entire being to the truth of Jesus. We must live the truth of Jesus, not merely intellectually assent to it. We properly comprehend religious truth only when we live it, savor it, experience it to the depths of our being. How much more we understand the truth of Christ in its wisdom, power, and beauty when we not only believe this truth with our graced intellects, but also allow it to permeate and transform our entire existence. As a corollary, we see the danger of intellectually assenting to Christ's truth without attempting to live accordingly. Faith can grow weak and even die if there is a constant and serious division between what we believe and the manner in which we live.

   When we live according to faith, we are living according to a vision of God, humanity, and the rest of creation. Faith tells us things about God and creation we could either not otherwise know or know only with greater difficulty and with less certainty. A good example of the former is the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity. Reason can never arrive at this sublime truth. Only the intellect that has been elevated with the grace of faith can believe in the Triune God. If we are to progress in the spiritual life, we must allow this vision of faith to more and more influence our activities. Increasingly, we should become contemplatives in action. The more we allow Mary to lead us into such a way of life, the more our lives will have meaning for ourselves as well as for the betterment of the lives of people around us. As our mother, she happily guides us to the peace we can find as contemplatives in action.

   The vision of faith should inspire us to action according to our vocation, talents, opportunity, time, and energy. We should always strive to make the world more reflective of Christ's image. To the extent we do not, we are betraying the vision of faith.

   Mother Mary, deepen our faith. Help us to follow ever more closely the light of faith. And we pray, dear Mother, that you will lead us ever closer to your Son Who is Himself the source of faith's light.

Hope

   Christian hope is a virtue that allows us to desire God as the goal of our existence. Hope also allows us to trust that God will grant us the graces necessary to achieve this goal.

   The necessity of hope in our lives is obvious. Without a sustained desire for God we will not be able to live as we should. If God is not our goal, then our lives will be miserably shaped by something infinitely less, whether it be money, sex, social status, or anything else that can grip the human heart as an unauthentic end rather than as a legitimate means to God.

   Without God's grace we cannot initially attain supernatural life, we cannot maintain ourselves in it, and we cannot grow in it. At times God allows us to strikingly and intensely experience how helpless we are without Him. Such episodes in the spiritual life can be very painful, but they are also opportunities for great growth. We are meant to emerge from these experiences with an increase of trust in God. We realize how weak we are in ourselves, but how strong we are if we rely on God.

   One of Mary's functions as our spiritual mother is to help us grow in trust. In countless ways Mary shows us her maternal love. If we are to love her in return, if we are to allow her to increasingly possess us, we must trust her. 

   We should always remember: when we trust Mary, we are putting our trust in God; when we abandon ourselves to Mary, we are abandoning ourselves to God.

Love

   St. Paul tells us:

   If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Cor. 13:1-3).

   The above words of Paul point out the great importance of the virtue of love. Love is the Christian virtue. Jesus Himself has summarized Christianity in terms of love; all the other virtues variously serve love's purpose.

   As Jesus walked this earth, His life was a life of love. He mightily loved His Father. With a deep and tender love He loved all members of the human race, and He would die an agonizing and horrible death for them. One of the members of this race He loved in an extraordinarily special way—His Mother Mary. And she was the one person created who could return that love in a perfect way. By following her example, we can also learn to love more perfectly.

   The poverty, the hiddenness, the disappointments, the weariness, the joy and the happiness, the pain and the agony—all that constituted the earthly life of Christ was experienced within the framework of love. Jesus loved in everything He did—tenderly, manfully, with understanding and sympathy. He loved with a complete devotedness and a deep, sincere concern for the individual. He loved with a passion for that which is true and good and beautiful. He loved with a complete conformity to His Father's will. He loved always and completely. He loved with a gift of Himself, always pouring Himself out, even to the extreme of death on the wood of a cross. This was the poignant beauty of Christ's life.

   Christ shows us His Heart as the symbol of this life of love. It is a symbol which calls for our love in return. The Heart of Christ, source of our own capacity to love, calls us to imitation. Christ, in revealing His Heart to us as symbol of His love, invites us to the closest discipleship as He leads us along the path of love.

   We can be tempted to reject this marvelous example of love which Jesus has left us. We can seek our own greatness and fulfillment in a manner which necessarily results in disappointment. We can strive after greatness in ways which God does not intend. These wayward wanderings, however, result in a feeling of dissatisfaction and frustration and we will eventually come to realize they have betrayed us because they are not rooted in Christ and His way of life—the way of true personal greatness.

   We grow as Christians as we grow in love. We exercise this love within the milieu of the human condition. This is the only framework we have for achieving our greatness, and, consequently, we must not shirk this human condition. Jesus did not shirk it, but rather accepted it and manifested His greatness within it, despite the pain and even agony that the human condition at times heaped upon Him. It is true that Jesus rejoiced during the course of His life because of the goodness, sincerity, and response of some of those with whom He dealt. For example, the love which Mary and Joseph showered upon Jesus gave Him great joy. During His life, however, Jesus often suffered because of the evil side of humans—their pettiness, cowardice, insensitivity, selfishness, egotism. In other words, Jesus suffered at the hands of others because they were not what they should have been. Nonetheless, these experiences did not thwart the greatness of Jesus. Jesus was always the tremendous lover, and He loved even at those times when it was very painful to do so.

   As Christ suffered because of others, we, too, as we try to love, suffer because of others. We may suffer because others do not always understand us—this can be true even of those who dearly love us. We may suffer because some do not appreciate what we do for them, sometimes at great personal cost, or because others reject us, or make us the objects of their meanness and selfishness. We may suffer because there are some who ignore us. At times we suffer so much that we are tempted to quit loving as we should and are tempted to withdraw from the pain of giving ourselves to an egotistic world. To surrender to such a temptation, however, is to forget what true Christian greatness really is—namely, a life of love for God and others, a love that does not shrink from the pain that results from loving in an imperfect world, a love that is meant to become greater regardless of the way others might treat us. Christian love, then, accepts both the pain and the joy of life and carries on under both conditions.

   We should ask Mary our mother, who takes such great pride in us when we love as we should, to lead us daily to the Heart of her Son. This Heart, burning furnace of charity, is the source we must draw from if we are to love and progress in love.

   Lead us, dear Mother, to this Heart of your Son. As we rest secure in the love of your Immaculate Heart, instill within us daily a growing desire to take on the likeness of the Heart of Jesus. Obtain for us, dearest Mother, the grace to make the Heart of Jesus the center of our existence. Living within this pierced Heart of Jesus, we will more and more be consumed with the desire to love God and neighbor. We will become increasingly aware that to truly live is to love.

Prudence

   Prudence is that virtue which helps us to make the proper decisions in the exercise of our Christian life. Prudence aids us in making correct choices so that we do God's will in all areas of Christian existence.

   Prudence is meant to influence every aspect of our participation in the mystery of Christ. It is always our guide as we strive to grow in the putting on of Christ.

   What state of life does God wish me to embrace? What kind of work does he desire of me within that vocation? Among the various ways of expressing love, how am I to love God and others at this particular time? Am I working too much or too little? Am I too dependent upon others or not dependent enough? Prudence helps answer these and other questions concerning the Christ-life.

   Some people think that prudence is merely an attitude of caution, an instinct that always leads us to take what seems to be the less dangerous path. True, prudence will lead us to choices of this nature—if God's will indicates this type of action—but prudence is also concerned with the bold and the daring, with taking risks, with magnanimous action. Again, the guiding principle is God's will. The prudent Christian will act boldly or daringly if, after taking the proper means to discern the divine will, she or he decides that God is indeed leading in such a direction.

   If we are to be truly prudent persons, we must be persons of prayer. We need the light of prayer to see what decisions are to be made, what actions are to be undertaken. We need the strength of prayer to act upon the given light.

   In her earthly journey, Mary was a most prayerful person and a most prudent one. Let us ask our mother to help us grow in the virtue of prudence. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary so bids us to call upon the prudent Virgin: "Virgin most prudent, pray for us."

Fortitude

   Christian fortitude, or courage, is that virtue which disposes us to face in mature fashion whatever difficulties we encounter in Christ's service. The necessity of this virtue is evident from our inner experience—we have a tendency to shrink from that which either poses difficulty or frightens us. Apparently, numerous Christians never develop as they should because they do not consistently confront that which is hard and difficult in a proper fashion.

   We should not think that courage is a virtue which we need only in times of extraordinary difficulty. As with all the Christian virtues, courage usually finds its expression within the prosaic framework of everydayness. The rather uneventful duties of our state of life day in and day out demands fortitude. All vocations face this challenge, and to evade the challenge is to hinder our growth in Christ.

   At times, of course, courage must be exercised concerning matters of great importance, such as the decision involving one's choice of state of life. This type of decision can demand the greatest fortitude in certain instances. Any committed Christian who seriously pursues the development of the spiritual life will, to some extent, experience interior trials of one kind or the other. Whatever form the difficulty may assume, however, the dedicated Christian realizes the need for fortitude.

   Mary did not live an easy life. In her greatness of grace, she exercised fortitude on a daily basis. At times she had to draw upon her virtue of courage in a special way. And at that terrible moment beneath the cross, her courage was tested to the utmost. What great sorrow then pierced her Heart! And what extraordinary courage and love it took for Mary to stand by her Son in His most awful moment. Even the greatest pietas of Michaelangelo and others fall short of capturing the awful reality of the scene and the courage it demanded of Mary.

   Mary, then, has with courage faced the difficult in extraordinary fashion. In all our difficulties let us fly to the protection of this dear, loving mother. She will help us grow in the realization that facing the difficult is an essential part of being a Christian. She will help us live these words of Jesus: "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Lk. 9:23).

Justice

   The virtue of justice bids us to give others what is their due. We must respect the rights of others. For example, we must respect the life, good name, and the property of others because they have rights concerning these values. Regarding one's right to life, we have a very timely application of this—the rights of the unborn, and we should all do our part in working against the terrible injustice of abortion. The fatalities which the United States has suffered in all her wars is less than one half of the total number of deaths the unborn suffer in one year here in the United States through abortion. And, of course, abortions are being performed all over the world—not just in the United States.

   The world of work, professional service, and commerce also involve various applications of justice. The laborer must give an honest day's work and the employer is obligated to pay a just wage. The teacher must realize his or her duty to students by properly preparing classes and professional updating. The doctor must maintain proper medical knowledge in justice to his or her patients and manufacturers of goods as well as wholesale and retail sellers must establish just prices.

   The Christian must also be aware of obligations regarding the great social problems that plague one's own country and nations around the world. We must listen to our Mother Mary.

Temperance

   The attitude of moderation, which has traditionally been called the virtue of Christian temperance, allows us to relate properly to sense pleasure. God wants us to enjoy what is pleasurable, but He wants us to do so according to His will.

   Without an attitude of temperance, a person's life becomes soft and selfish, given over to the wrongful pursuit of pleasure. Insofar as a person's life is thus misdirected, to that extent it fails in service to God and others.

   There is an aspect of temperance that one can overlook—that the person who practices temperance enjoys the pleasurable more than does the person who does not. One who lacks temperance is actually a slave to his or her desires. These desires, to the extent they are inordinate, can never be satisfied, and, consequently, become insatiable. Grace does not destroy nature; it brings it to a perfection or fulfillment it could not otherwise attain. Our God-given capacity to enjoy what is pleasurable actually is enhanced by the virtue of temperance.

   We should pray, not only for our own growth in temperance, but also especially for those whose very salvation is threatened because of the wrongful pursuit of sense pleasure. Our Lady of Fatima told Jacinta, one of the three young visionaries: More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.26

Humility

          My soul proclaims the greatness of 
                the Lord; 
          my spirit rejoices in God my savior. 
          For he has looked upon his handmaid's 
                lowliness; 
          behold, from now on will all ages 
                call me blessed. 
          The Mighty One has done great things 
                for me, 
          and holy is his name.
(Lk. 1:46-50).

   The above passage is a portion of Mary's "Magnificat." One of its lessons is that of humility. In her song of praise Mary expresses perfect humility. She realized that without God she was nothing, but that, because of the divine largess, God had made her great.

   Humility is the realization of the truth that I am a creature of God. Humility is also the implementation of this truth in daily living. Humility is not a process of self-depreciation, or of telling myself that I am no good, that I have very little to contribute. Humility moves me to look at myself as I actually am. It moves me to look at both my good and bad points, and, very importantly, to follow up with appropriate attitudes and actions. (Regarding Mary's humility, there was, of course, only the need to recognize her greatness as coming forth from God, since she was completely sinless.)

   Since humility is based on truth, it never demands that I deny my particular gifts, my unique talents. Certainly Mary did not do this. If I do not properly recognize my gifts, I will not thank God properly, nor will I be in the most advantageous position for the proper use and development of my talents. I should, then, recognize the good in myself, while simultaneously realizing the source of all good—God Himself.

   Humility also enables me to look realistically upon life in the human condition. Being humble means I realize that precisely because I am human, I will experience pain. Precisely because I am exposed to the human condition not only in its pleasant aspects, but also in its dimension of sin, suffering, and anguish, I will suffer—and sometimes because of the wrongdoings of others. Humility allows me to accept this without bitterness, and allows me to react properly.

   Humility also assists me in realizing and implementing the truth that I am a social creature—one intended by God to help my neighbor, and, in turn, one intended to be helped by others. It also assists me in accepting my fundamental self. God has created me with certain basic talents, with a certain fundamental temperament. Humility bids me to accept this God-intended self, while always striving to develop, improve, mature.

   Humility likewise assists me in accepting my present life situation in so far as I can determine this is God's here-and-now design for me. If I am not properly humble, I can quietly and subtly rebel regarding the present. How unlike Mary, who did not disdain the simple and the ordinary, but rather, found her fulfillment in them as she saw the here-and-now opportunities to say "yes" to God.

   We can easily overlook the various applications of humility, so we need to make the special effort to become more aware of humility's role in Christian living. Scripture points out the necessity of doing this:

   God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (Jas. 4:6).

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26. Our Lady's Peace Plan, op. cit.., p. 9.

     

                Messages of angel

Excerpt from The Spirituality of Fatima

by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

"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."

"Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications." (3)  

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)

"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)

"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)

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.

 

 

                The Goal of Mankind is
                    The Vision of God
                    Happiness is found in God.

                The Inner Life of God

 

Excerpt from Response to God's Love by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

... In reference to Christianity, God himself is the ultimate mystery. Radically, God is completely other and transcendent, hidden from man in his inner life, unless he chooses to reveal himself. Let us briefly look at this inner life of God.

    The Father, in a perfect act of self-expression, in a perfect act of knowing, generates his son. The Son, the Word, is, then, the immanent expression of God's fullness, the reflection of the Father. Likewise, from all eternity, the Father and the Son bring forth the Holy Spirit in a perfect act of loving.

    At the destined moment in human history, God's self-expression, the Word, immersed himself into man's world. God's inner self-expression now had also become God's outer self-expression. Consequently, the mystery of God becomes the mystery of Christ. In Christ, God tells us about himself, about his inner life, about his plan of creation and redemption. He tells us how Father, Son, and Holy Spirit desire to dwell within us in the most intimate fashion, how they wish to share with us their own life through grace. All this he has accomplished and does accomplish through Christ.

    

                HUMILITY!!

                Adam and Eve were prideful!!
                Pride the root of all sin!

                The devil is at work in the
                    world —

                The devil is at work in trying
                    to get rules that are
                    wrong

                God wants unity —
                    living by His rules —

                Satan works to put in
                    bad rules —

                Sin makes you miserable —
                Sin makes you unhappy —

                Sins of malice intent — to
                    hurt others are
                    hateful!!

                A man who sins chooses evil
                    over good —

                A man who sins about money —
                    prefers money to God!!

                Judas betrayed Jesus
                    because of money —

                A man wanting money over
                    God prefers a temporary
                    satisfaction for himself
                    over eternal friendship
                    with God who loves him
                    so much.

                A person can sin with malice
                    toward another — deep
                    rooted — over a period
                    of time — premeditated —
                    watching another suffer —
                    neglecting with malice
                    of intent — is like a
                    cancer eating at the soul —
                    far worse than a man who
                    ignorantly, out of passion
                    sins spontaneously, but
                    soon recovers for his degree
                    of sin was not malice of
                    intent drilled deeply in
                    the soul over a period of
                    time to punish and watch
                    others suffer —

                When God calls us to love —
                    God is all just —
                    God in His justice will judge us —

                God calls us to love —

                Sin is hating our brother —

                Deceiving oneself of the malicious
                    intent of a man's heart —

                This malicious intent is a
                    disease of the will itself —

                 A BAD WILL —

                A permanent inclination to
                    evil

                Our Lord told me on the morning
                    of the 5th —
                    "The state of disobedience" —

                He kept repeating this
                    "The state of disobedience"

                As one that rebels against just
                    authority as a matter of course —

                Fr. Carter took the vows of
                    poverty, chastity and obedience —
                    one who lives the
                    vow of obedience —
                does not teeter a fence with
                    disobedience and obedience —

                Nor is their whole response
                    automatic rebellion to
                    just authority —

                Malice of intent —

                Hatred over months

                Giving into slothfulness is deteriorating
                    the spontaneity of doing
                    God's will and this condition
                    worsens as a sickness
                    that is chronical —

                As one who sins out of passion
                    and soon recovers for their
                    will is mostly obedient and
                    their giving into passions
                    or ignorance was not
                    deep seated as
                    the one with

                malice of intent — deteriorating
                    in punishment, hatred,
                    envy, jealousy, anger
                    and power over another
                    unjustly

                One is accountable to God for
                    failure to love God and
                    love his brother as himself.

                Jesus had me up one whole night
                    saying that

                "wishing ill toward your brother
                    is against the 5th commandment
                    thou shalt not kill — it
                    is a degree of wishing
                    vindictive harm against
                    another."

                The sin comes from the will
                    of the sinner —
                    they cannot blame the
                    devil for their free will
                    giving into the sin —

                They have a free will to sin or
                    not to sin —

                When one keeps applying force to —
                    try to implement
                    bad rules — it is, if
                    with malice of intent,
                    more grave than one
                    who just spontaneously
                    sins —

                - malice of intent
                - wanting to control against
                    the good and purpose
                    God intended
                - one blocking others doing God's will
                    for selfish power

                These things are what satan wants to build
                    his kingdom of evil —

                Our whole lives are to be dedicated
                    to building God's Kingdom —
                    which is why Jesus
                    said to say in the 'Our Father'
                    ... Thy Kingdom come —
                    Thy will be done —
                    On earth as it is in heaven —

                Jesus told me —
                    It would be far better
                    for an individual to get a
                    'jolt' to change their ways
                    here and now —

                Than to die and
                    get to the other side and have
                        to deal with it —

                The devil tempts men to sin —
                He goes around like a roaring
                    lion, seeking whom he
                    can devour —

                He hates and he wants to do
                    all the harm he can —

                We choose to sin —
                We have a free will —
                Satan tempts a man —
                The man gives in with his
                    free will —

                The devil can't force us to sin —
                We do it —

                Men can try to lead others to sin by
                    forcing unjust rules —
                    having a condescending nature
                    and hatred toward
                    others with anger, envy
                    and malicious intent to hurt others
                    and try to force them to react
                    to their evil behavior by
                    provoking, holding out,
                    controlling to anger —
                    using silence to punish others saying "you hurt me"
                    and in vengeance wanting to hurt the other back.

                The person very likely can be acting out 'boiling-over anger'
                    from their previous life on an innocent other;
                    punishing them ruthlessly if they can get away with it.

                Sin is sin —
                Sin offends God

                The more one gives into sin,
                    malice, the more his
                    will is becoming
                    diseased —

                It is his soul he is playing
                    a game with

                Satan wants souls for hell
                    forever

                Happiness is found in
                    serving God as He
                    has instructed —

                The devil tells men to disobey
                    God and God won't
                    do anything to the sinner
                    the devil says —
                    the devil is the father of lies.

                This is the devil's deception —

                No days, hours, minutes are
                    given to us — without
                    our accountability to God

                We were commanded to love
                    God and others —
                    to serve God and others —
                    to build up God's Kingdom —

                The devil wants people to
                    sin —
                    when they sin and are
                    miserable —
                The devil tells the sinner
                    others should be making
                    him happy —

                The truth is
                    when we sin — we are
                    accountable and we
                    are responsible for all
                    we did that harmed
                    ourselves and others
                    and how we offended God —

                When we sin we are miserable —
                    we hurt our relationship
                    with God and
                    the only thing that will
                    take us out of our
                    misery —
                    is to make it right with
                        God, ourselves —
                        to go to confession if we
                        sinned mortally
                        to tell God we are sorry —

                Fr. Mike said to me once about
                    a problem person that
                    habitually disobeyed willfully.

                "Rita, they disobey because they
                    want to —
                    they keep doing it and
                    they keep doing it —
                    despite your correction —

                Rita, they want to do it —
                    that is how they act —
                    they are choosing it —"

                I learned many lessons about
                    sin

                I couldn't understand how
                    a person can stay in a state
                    of rebellion and disobedience —
                    hurting others
                    and maliciously prolonging
                    something to provoke
                    and test others until they
                    work to make the other angry
                    to act out their anger —

                Such behavior is malicious
                    and Saint Thomas says
                    it is deep in a diseased
                    will —

                Where as a person just sinning
                    by passion - etc. —
                    recovers quickly —

                Our whole lives are lived
                    to seek God's will —
                    to be one in Him —
                    to live to have a greater
                        vision likened to the
                        Father —
                    to be more in the image and likeness
                    of God for which we were
                    created —

                God is love and
                In Him there is no darkness

                We have one chance here —
                    So many days —

                Satan wants to steal souls
                    and take them to hell —

                Satan worked on Eve with
                    pride — In God's justice —
                    we have original sin
                    except for Mary
                    who was conceived without sin —

   

  Exodus 34: 6-7

Then Yahweh passed before him and called out, ‘Yahweh, Yahweh, God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in faithful love and constancy, maintaining his faithful love to thousands, forgiving fault, crime and sin, yet letting nothing go unchecked, and punishing the parent’s fault in the children and in the grandchildren to the third and fourth generation!’

   

                Anger is like a spray can to
                    children —
                    they are taught anger
                    they are taught to respond in anger

                Children are taught how to be
                    men and women
                    from their parents

                Children can be are taught to control
                    against what God wants —

                Children grow up and
                    force their perfection,
                    controlling rules on others —

                Being any way against
                    God's will is misery

                Mary appeared at Fatima to
                    tell us to convert and
                    to make reparation —

                Jesus came to teach us about
                    the spiritual life
                    the pascal mystery —

                To die to our sinful ways —
                To rise in Him —
                To put on Christ to
                    be like Jesus

  

                Transfiguration

Matthew 17: 1-2, 5-8

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as dazzling as light.

He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and suddenly from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them, saying, ‘Stand up, do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but Jesus.

 

                Baptism of Jesus

Matthew 3: 13-17

Then Jesus appeared: he came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. John tried to dissuade him, with the words, ‘It is I who need baptism from you, and yet you come to me!’ But Jesus replied, ‘Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that uprightness demands.’ Then John gave in to him. 

    And when Jesus had been baptised he at once came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And suddenly there was a voice from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.’

    

 

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