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August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010


                LIVE IN HIM

                To do so you must

                Love God with your whole heart,
                    your whole soul, your whole
                    being and love
                    your neighbor as yourself —

                Jesus: Sing in love and
                    Praise your God —
                    Give love — Give yourself
                    Not take your talents and horde them

                R. Speech is the first
                    of love —

                Jesus gave us the letters in the
                    Blue Books

Blue Book I

Blue Book II

Blue Book III

Blue Book IV

Blue Book V

Blue Book VI

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Back of God's Blue Book I

God talks to each of us inside our own hearts. There is an open pipeline between us and Him. The inner promptings felt in our hearts are the way God is speaking to us right now.

He does not need our senses to talk to us. We take in our earthly knowledge through our eyes and ears. We communicate with each other through our senses. But God does not need senses. He communicates directly to each of our hearts.

This book is a cookbook for an intimate relationship with Jesus. As soon as we open ourselves up to His words and the promptings of the Holy Spirit, we can then hear the wonderful way in which God wants to communicate with us.

There are many nerves and body parts about which we are totally unaware until something goes wrong. Only then do we become aware of their presence. Likewise, God is always ready to be our inner guide on our spiritual way. Like our outer body parts, we can ignore His presence until something goes wrong. The we know how real He is.

Jesus is so close to us. When we are baptized He is in our hearts! He is the very life of the soul. When we are receiving our answers from within, we are tapping into His pipeline.

This book will help you to know what God Himself wants for your life. A fire will arise within your heart that cannot be contained.

end of excerpt


                Jesus tells us He loves us

                These rosaries —

                Communication comes in vision —
                    telling you we love you —
                    God gives us the Eucharist
                        to gaze upon —

                    Jesus and Mary appeared
                        to me

                God the Father sent
                    Mary's image on
                    the Clearwater
                    building so we
                    could see her —

                To know her love



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

Mary:  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


December 19, 1996 

Mary: My dear children, I give to you, my Son, Jesus, born in a stable in Bethlehem on Christmas morn. He is the Almighty God, the Light of the World.

    I appear to you, my children, on a (former) bank in Florida. You have made money your god! Do you know how cold are your hearts? You turn away from my Son, Jesus, for your money. Your money is your god.

    I am Mary, your Mother. I do not appear as I once appeared to you. I am asking you today to circulate my message given on a tape on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, 1996. Please circulate this tape now. Give it to as many people as you can. I am Mary, your Mother. Please circulate my Rosary Book.

end of December 19, 1996


                Jesus' face appeared
                    on the building

February 5, 2001

                Hugging — Fr. Carter hugged
                    us —

                Fr. Carter started the hugging
                Fr. Carter showed his love
                Fr. Carter was present and he gave us a hug

                The devil has it priests are
                    to be afraid of touching
                    because of the sex crises —

                Fr. Carter put his hand on my head
                    and prayed at the end of confession

                Fr. Mike puts his hand on my head
                    at the end of confession too —

                I hug the members of the Shepherds of Christ
                    pat their back —

                We give a pure love
                I hug my brother - Fr. Joe

                In the scriptures — Somebody touched
                    the hem of Jesus' garment —
                    Jesus said He felt
                    power go out from
                    Him —

                Pure love —

                Communication — God gives us His
                    Word —

                How is your body — are you
                    tight —

                Let your hearts be open
                Open purely in love —

                What happens when there is no
                    softness of the heart —
                    Ready to think we are violated —
                    Ready to explode —

                To give pure love —
                One must be open with pure love —
                Are you empty —

                Are you full of bitterness —
                        anger —
                        unforgiveness —
                        walls —
                        thinking you are violated
                            if there is the
                            simplest problem

                Are you stiff
                Are you guarded —

                Do you smile —

                Do you know God's love keeps
                    us in existence and it is
                    sufficient —

                We are to know God's love and
                    give His love to others —
                    pure love —

                Not lustful, not selfish —

                Pure love as brothers in Christ —
                Being in one mind and one heart —
                God loves us so much —

                It is our response to God's love —
                CALL - RESPONSE
                LOVE - PURE LOVE
                LOVE do God's will —
                Living one's vocation in love —


Matthew 18: 15-20

'If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: whatever the misdemeanour, the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain the charge. But if he refuses to listen to these, report it to the community; and if he refuses to listen to the community, treat him like a gentile or a tax collector.

'In truth I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

'In truth I tell you once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them.'


                Loving means we are humble —
                    we want to know the truth about
                        ourselves —
                    we want to be converted —
                    we want to know the evil in
                        us and change it to be
                        good and full of light —


   Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - Other Christian Virtues, p. 177

    If humility is truth, and therefore allows for the proper recognition of my gifts, it also necessitates my admitting to the evil within me. This is also part of the truth. This truth also must be acted upon; for Christian humility not only allows me to admit that there is evil in me, but it also tells me that as a creature of God I should conform myself to His will and strive to eradicate and control the evil as far as this is possible. In summary, humility allows the Christian to evaluate properly both the good and evil in himself.


                This is being alive —
                This is living in truth —

                This is living in Him and
                    being formed more and more in the
                    image of Christ for why we
                    were created


1 Corinthians 13

Though I command languages both human and angelic—if I speak without love, I am no more than a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. And though I have the power of prophecy, to penetrate all mysteries and knowledge, and though I have all the faith necessary to move mountains—if I am without love, I am nothing. Though I should give away to the poor all that I possess, and even give up my body to be burned—if I am without love, it will do me no good whatever. 

    Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offence or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. 

    Love never comes to an end. But if there are prophecies, they will be done away with; if tongues, they will fall silent; and if knowledge, it will be done away with. For we know only imperfectly, and we prophesy imperfectly; but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will be done away with. When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and see things as a child does, and think like a child; but now that I have become an adult, I have finished with all childish ways. Now we see only reflections in a mirror, mere riddles, but then we shall be seeing face to face. Now I can know only imperfectly; but then I shall know just as fully as I am myself known. 

    As it is, these remain: faith, hope and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love.


                Some may be so wounded, like Fr. Mike
                    says —

                If someone shows us love —
                    we respond with hate --
                    LOVE - HATE —

                This needs to change —
                God calls us to love —
                It is our response to God's love —
                We die to ourselves to
                Live the life of resurrection in our lives —

                So we are instruments of God's love —
                    bringing love and life to others —

                We pray to the Holy Spirit for faith, hope
                    and love —

                God is love

                We were created in the image and likeness
                    of God —

                Responding to love with
                    darkness — means — we
                    carry no love to others —

                God calls us to love

                If we are responding in darkness
                    we are living against the will of
                    God —

                Tension comes from fighting God's
                    will —
                    Being a rival to it —

                Envious of one doing
                    God's will —

                Envy says — "I don't want the
                    good to succeed —
                    I want them to fail"

                This is evil —
                Like Joseph's brothers

                Change these vices —
                Pray for the virtues
                    Faith, Hope and Love —

                Bad habits — I cling to
                    like trophies that
                    hurt my soul and others —

                Habits that raise myself up
                    on the throne and try
                    to make others dependent
                    on us by holding back, silence,
                    slothfulness —

                Caring - to do God's will —

                Changing bad habits that make others
                    fight for what I am
                    supposed to give
                    willingly — it is God's will
                    It is my job to give it —

                Charitable —
                Being loving —

                Helping others as I am called by God
                    without making them fight for
                    what they need —

                7 deadly sins - deprive ourselves and others of life
                    Selfishness — anger, envy,
                        jealousy, seeking dominance
                        for dominance sake —
                        pride, greed, lust,
                        gluttony —

                If I love myself in all my
                    weaknesses —

                Why can't I love my neighbor
                    who is weak —

                Why do I expect him to be perfect —

                This is not to be interfering with
                    obedience to superiors like
                    Fr. Carter taught us —

                God loves me —
                Read the Blue Books  


                Jesus: These are My letters of love to
                    My precious souls —
                    You can block them, not use
                        them yourselves — then
                        block others I have given
                        you the opportunity to reach —

                    Do what I have called you to do —
                    Spread My letters of love —
                    Live by them —
                    Use them
                    Know I love you —

                    Care for your brothers
                    You're not better than anybody else —
                    Love your neighbor —
                    Give love, like Mother Teresa

                    Spread My Blue Books
                    They are My Personal love letters
                        to you and My precious
                        souls —

                    How can you love Me when you
                        hate your brother

                    Love with all your heart —
                    Like the Eagle that flies as God
                        intended —


July 5, 2000




16 Years Ago

Excerpt from Red Rosary Book

August 11, 1994

I Watched You

Jesus: Oh, how I watched you, child. I watched you as I gave you each little sign of My love. I watched you grow in your faith and trust in Me. I watched you suffer and stood so close you could have touched Me, but you didn't know that this suffering would be that which led you to My tender love for you.

I watched you when you surrendered and turned your will over to Me and I watched you cry, knowing this was the most joyous day of your life. I watched you see visions of doors and knew you would want to go through those doors, but they were not the doors you thought, they were the doors I gave you for greater union with Me. I watched you, child, when you wrote down My first letter to you and I saw your confusion and joy, knowing what these letters would do to touch so many hearts.

I watched you, child. I watched you when I showed you My Heart and you were so warmed by this Heart and so awed by its vision, but you didn't know what this vision would mean for many to draw their hearts to My burning love.

I watched you surrender each time as you let go of each little thing, as you were dying to self. I watched you through this surrender grow closer to Me. I watched you grow in this deep love for Me, step by step. I watched our love grow as you gave more of yourself in prayer. I watched you, child, and I loved being ever closer to you.

I watched you struggle in such trials that you thought tomorrow would never come, knowing that this trial was what would give you more freedom and love for Me. I watched you learn each lesson through hard tests and I was so close while you struggled, but did not remove the struggle, knowing you would not learn your lesson if I had.

I watched you, child, through each joy and pain and I loved you silently, always with you, and you never knew how close I truly was to you.

Song: From the day you were born…

From the day you were born, I watched you. Forever by your side, I guarded you, I loved you. I know the most secret desire of your heart far better than you yourself know. I know the Father's plan for you. I know the Father's love for you. I know the love poured on you from the Holy Spirit and how Mary is forever by your side.

I watch you, child, constantly guarding you and your ways and you do not know the love I have for you. You do not know how My Heart burns for love of you. And, someday, My beautiful child, you will know what I have in store for you, My beloved.

Come and be with Me. Grow in your love with Me. I never leave you, My beloved. Remember, I am forever watching you.


Jeremiah 1: 4-5

The word of Yahweh came to me, saying:

 ‘Before I formed you in the womb
     I knew you;
  before you came to birth 
     I consecrated you; 
  I appointed you as prophet to the nations.’



                Many saints followed in
                    the footsteps of Jesus
                    being martyred
                    for their faith

                Love is a choice
                Affection of love
                Of kindness
                To live in love and make
                    each other important —

                LOVE —

                Losing and living —

                God gives us life

                Mothers and fathers should teach
                    love — should teach
                    unity — helping to
                    promote the Kingdom of God —

                Every person has a purpose —
                God created them for a purpose

                Every moment has a choice —
                To live holy in this moment —
                    living as God wants us in
                    that moment —

                God has a plan for us —

                We have been given so many
                    talents to help build
                    God's Kingdom —

                Our lives are but a single
                    breathe —
                    we flower and we fade —
                    but all our lives are
                    in His hands — We
                    give our lives to You
                    God —

                Help us — help us to be
                    happy to love and to serve You —
                    to live to give and not to count
                    the cost —

Prayer from St. Ignatius

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not to ask for any reward,
Save that of knowing
                    that I am doing your will.


                Mary - our spiritual Mother —
                    teach us to be more
                    perfect — take us to
                    the Heart of greatest
                    love — the Heart of Jesus —

                To love — to overcome selfishness —
                    to share ourselves with
                    each other —

                As we give great love to God —
                Our beloved God —
                Help us to give ourselves more
                    and more to You and to others —

                Oh God — how we love You —
                Oh God — we thank You for our gifts —
                Oh God — we thank You for our families —
                Oh God — we thank You for Your love —

                We want to contribute by helping
                    to give ourselves to build
                    the Kingdom of God —

                We are the bride of Christ —

                What a gift to receive Him every
                    day in the Eucharist —

                Oh God — I see the little ones and
                    I am so thankful for those
                    moments where I see
                    your gentle love given to us —

                Watching children learn, about
                    no and yes and seeing each
                    other and thanking God for
                    each other —

                We have relationships —
                We are born
                We grow
                We learn
                And we will die and be
                in deeper love and relationship
                in heaven —

                Mary: Be not afraid my beloved
                    children — come to my heart
                    and I will take you to the
                    Heart of my Son Jesus —

                R. We all are given this life as
                a gift from God —

                    At any time we can be taken
                from our place —

                    God has a plan —

                    Our life may last long or
                short —

                    Every day —

                Every hour is a gift from
                    God to be lived in
                    love with God and
                    to spread love to the world —

                Love —

                This life is temporary and

                We are called by God to love Him
                    and to help build His Kingdom —

                As a messenger of God I say —
                    Waste not the precious
                    moments of our lives
                    rebelling against the
                    Father's plan

                There are so many people who
                    died and some martyred
                    We pray through the
                    powerful intercession of
                    the saints —

                    So many babies being murdered
                today — the shedding of the
                blood of these little babies —
                Oh God forgive us —

                Thank You for the little babies born —
                Thank You for the little toddlers —

                Oh God thank You for our life —
                Oh God thank You for moments of
                    joy being with each other
                    in love — being one in
                    you —

                Relationships here pass as Fr. Carter
                    died, my mom died, my
                    dad died and we will
                    know our loved ones again —
                    We will be so full of love and
                    life in heaven —

                Today we are called to open to

                Today we are called to love —

                Love is a choice —
                Love is a choice —

                We say yes to giving —

                Christ showed us how He
                    gave Himself to His death
                    on the cross —

                God gives us our life today —
                    It is because of His
                    infinite love for us we
                    exist —

                Out of all the choices — God
                    could have chose —
                    He created you and me —

                Saying here is a soul I can love —

                    I am touched by your love
                Oh my God — I want Your light
                in me — I want intimacy
                with You — I want to touch
                the moments of love and
                joy — to laugh and to treasure
                life — for it is short —

                    Moments given from God to
                treasure — to pray for those
                we love — to be united in prayer —
                God is love and in Him there is no darkness

                Oh God - these moments when You
                    touch us in love —

                    Let our hearts be open and build
                the Kingdom — realizing happiness
                is in God

                Song: God's Love

                We are a pilgrim on a journey —
                God has a plan for us —

                God wants to lead us according
                    to this plan

                God can get our attention —

                Look at St. Paul

                Look how his life still works
                    in our lives today —

                God has called us to let Him
                    run our lives according
                    to God's Plan

                Now let go
                Thank God

                Forgive those who hurt you —
                    don't act out in silence
                    saying like a wounded
                    child "You hurt me and now
                    I want to hurt you"

                Jesus came took on flesh —
                Jesus came out of love for us —

                Calls us to spread the knowledge
                    of this love to the world
                    today —

                We want the grace to know
                    Him more

                We want the grace to love
                    Him more

                We want to have this great
                    loving relationship with
                    our Divine Lover and
                that love to spill over to those
                    God has called us to live
                    with, be at Church
                    with, in our family with —
                    wherever we are —

                We give ourselves and we seek
                    God's will —
                    loving deeply — whether
                    people are with us or
                    not — we want all to be
                    successful doing God's will —

                Serving God and
                Building God's Kingdom —
                Love is the answer
                God is with us

                God is revealing His Plan
                    for us — to us — if we
                    seek His Plan —

                We love others when we are
                    with them and not with
                    them —

                We are not afraid or
                    fear abandonment —

                It is fear that stops us from

Romans 8: 5-9 

  1. Those who are living by their natural inclinations have their minds on the things human nature desires; those who live in the Spirit have their minds on spiritual things. And human nature has nothing to look forward to but death, while the Spirit looks forward to life and peace, because the outlook of disordered human nature is opposed to God, since it does not submit to God's Law, and indeed it cannot, and those who live by their natural inclinations can never be pleasing to God. You, however, live not by your natural inclinations, but by the Spirit, since the Spirit of God has made a home in you. Indeed, anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.


                Listen to God —
                Open now —

                Live every moment of our

                God loves us so much

Prayer from St. Ignatius

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not to ask for any reward,
Save that of knowing
                    that I am doing your will.


                Song: Take Lord Receive

                Song: Here I Am Lord

                Come Holy Spirit fill us

                Let us rejoice —

                Oh Holy Spirit fill us
                    permeate our soul —

                Help us to focus on building
                    the Kingdom of God

                The Love of the 2 Perfect
                    and Pure Hearts


                Dear God help us to imitate You —

                Examine our conscience —
                Fr. Carter did it twice a day —

                How are we doing —
                Are we in desolation —
                Thank God for His gifts —
                How are we failing Him today —
                Make an act of contrition
                Make a firm purpose of amendment —
                Pray for grace
                Live to love —
                To be enthusiastic about God

Prayer from St. Ignatius

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not to ask for any reward,
Save that of knowing
                    that I am doing your will.


                Sing: Come Holy Ghost

                Cling to God

                Don't wrestle with
                    the devil

                Pray to see through the eyes of
                    the Father —

                Pray for greater faith, hope and love and
                    To live a virtuous life

                Jesus calls —
                Follow Jesus —

                Answer the call to
                    help build the Kingdom

                Call - Response —


Novena al Espiritu Santo  English

Novena al Espiritu Santo  Español

Novena al Espiritu Santo  Français

Novena al Espiritu Santo  Português

Novena al Espiritu Santo  Italiano

Novena al Espiritu Santo  Polska

                SAY YES

                    To the

                    calling from

                    GOD ! ! !


                 The devil wants to establish
                    rules to tear apart —
                    to divide — to hate —
                    to be selfish —
                    to make yourself
                    over God —
                    to oppose the
                    rules given by God —

                People being used
                    by the devil —
                    who give into him —

                He deceives them —
                    they give in —

                They use force —
                    dominance for
                    dominance sake —

                    Pride —

                to force these rules —
                    opposed to the rule
                    that has been established
                    as right — according to God —
                    the Church —

                In religious orders
                In the Church
                there is a rule —
                which is given with
                    God the head and
                    men working under Him
                    in obedience to build
                    His Kingdom

                Poverty, chastity and
                    obedience is the
                    rule of many
                    religious communities

                The devil tempts those
                    who have taken the
                    promise or vow
                    to oppose these
                    to tear the organization
                    apart through
                    willfulness — lust —
                    and greed —
                    dominance for dominance sake —

                Notice how there were
                    12 Apostles and
                    Judas head of the money
                        betrayed Jesus and
                        sold Him for
                        30 pieces of silver

                While Jesus taught all
                    the Apostles the same —
                    Peter was sorry and
                    He made him the
                    head of the Church —

                Peter's sin was one of passion,
                    anger in cutting off the
                    high priest's servant's ear.

                Christ healed the man —
                Showing His way was not
                    Peter's way —

                But through these apostles —
                    the Church, with Christ
                    the head — is as it is today
                    despite Judas —

                Satan attacks the rule —
                Satan attacks the just authority.

                Satan wants to be over the
                    authority —

                Satan wants rules against
                    God's rules —
                    dysfunctional —
                    disharmony —
                    anger —
                    hatred —
                    greed —
                    pride —

                Satan wants control —
                Satan wants power-over
                Satan wants his sinful rules


Matthew 4: 1-11

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the desert to be put to the test by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was hungry, and the tester came and said to him, ‘If you are Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves.’ But he replied, ‘Scripture says: 

    Human beings live not on bread alone 
    but on every word 
        that comes from the mouth of God.’ 

The devil then took him to the holy city and set him on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down; for scripture says: 

    He has given his angels orders about you, 
and they will carry you in their arms 
    in case you trip over a stone.’ 

Jesus said to him, ‘Scripture also says: 

    Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ 

Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. And he said to him, ‘I will give you all these, if you fall at my feet and do me homage.’ Then Jesus replied, ‘Away with you, Satan! For scripture says: 

    The Lord your God is the one 
        to whom you must do homage, 
    him alone you must serve.’ 

Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels appeared and looked after him.


                Jesus took on all our sins —

                Brooding over anger —
                Don't let the sun go down on
                    your anger


Matthew 5: 23-24

So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering.


                The Mass is the sacrifice of Calvary
                    sacramentally made present —

                Chains, being held bound —

                Jesus came forth from the tomb
                Jesus dropped the burial cloth —

                Sloth is sorrow to spiritual good —
                    St. Thomas says —

                I have no energy for spiritual good —

                Sloth — Lethargy for spiritual
                    things —

                We can have active energy for
                    what we want —

                But no energy for the things of
                    the spirit — spiritual good

                We have energy for what we
                    want —
                An indifference for what God is asking of us

                God gives us the Mass —
                    the Church —
                    the sacrifice of Calvary
                        sacramentally made present



Call Doris



                Enthusiasm for being a member
                    of the mystical body of
                    Christ —

                Enthusiasm for the Church —
                Enthusiasm for the Christ-life
                Enthusiasm for the Eucharist
                Enthusiasm for Loving God


Blue Book I

Blue Book II

Blue Book III

Blue Book IV

Blue Book V

Blue Book VI


                This is wrong

                    I, ME, MY, EGO —
                        I am the center
                        I make the rules —
                        You live under my rules —
                        I use force

                    My rules are "rule"
                        I follow satan's rule —
                        I don't talk, I don't
                            communicate —

                        I control without any communication


                This is wrong

                Not recognizing God's rule —
                Putting oneself above God —

                This is wrong

                Energy for nothing but what I
                    think is important

                The devil says — no limits for me —
                In sloth — lazy —
                    unable to move —

                The 'unable' of sloth is zeal —

                Jesus: I have called you —

                Abraham saw the vision of God —
                    he went —

                Jeremiah he was sent —
                    go —

                Peter was made head of the Church —

                Sing St. Ignatius' Song: Take Lord Receive

                Sing: Here I Am Lord

Cardinal Newman said

                    "... everyone who breathes, high and low,
                    educated and ignorant, young and old, man and woman,
                    has a mission, has a work. We are not sent
                    into this world for nothing; we are not born at
                    random. . . God sees every one of us;
                    He creates every soul, He lodges it in
                    a body, one by one, for a purpose. He needs,
                    He deigns to need, every one of us.
                    He has an end for each of us... we are
                    placed in our different ranks and stations, not to
                    get what we can out of them for ourselves, but to
                    labor in them for Him, as He rejoiced to do His work,
                    we must rejoice in ours also.
(Discourses addressed to mixed congregations)

                R. Slothfulness —

                Live your vocation —
                Live by God's will —

                You have enthusiasm for what you want —
                What about what God wants —

                Quit being a rival to God's will
                    to be in control

                Seek God's will — we were
                    created uniquely by
                    the Divine, Almighty God —

                To serve Him —
                Not being slothful —

                This is a problem:

                The Need to control is the problem —
                    enthusiasm for my will —
                    be a rival to God's will —

                Living in a state of disobedience
                    to God's will is wrong —
                    Fr. Carter took his vows
                    seriously — his examination
                    of conscience — he did
                    not disobey those over him

                For the common good —
                A steward for God —

                Generosity —
                Opposite of greed —

                Hunger for God

                Scripture says
                    God opposes the proud
                but He gives generously to
                the humble —

James 4: 6-10

But he has given us an even greater grace, as scripture says:  God opposes the proud but he accords his favour to the humble. Give in to God, then; resist the devil, and he will run away from you. The nearer you go to God, the nearer God will come to you. Clean your hands, you sinners, and clear your minds, you waverers. Appreciate your wretchedness, and weep for it in misery. Your laughter must be turned to grief, your happiness to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up.


                Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - Other Christian Virtues, pp. 177-182

    If humility is truth, and therefore allows for the proper recognition of my gifts, it also necessitates my admitting to the evil within me. This is also part of the truth. This truth also must be acted upon; for Christian humility not only allows me to admit that there is evil in me, but it also tells me that as a creature of God I should conform myself to His will and strive to eradicate and control the evil as far as this is possible. In summary, humility allows the Christian to evaluate properly both the good and evil in himself.

    Humility likewise allows us properly to accept the human condition with all its various ramifications. One aspect of the human condition is the fact that we suffer at times because of the human limitations and sinfulness of others. To rebel in these situations is to fail to realize what it means to be part of the human condition. It is a failure to relate properly in truth to reality. It is a failure in humility. Christ, the sinless one, the perfect one, suffered tremendously because of the human condition, but He did not rebel. He realized what it meant to be man. He realized that to be man means to accept the fact that one at times is going to suffer because of the evil of others. Christ did not flinch. As man He fully accepted His creaturehood with all its ramifications; He was truly humble.

    Another sign of Christian humility is one's willingness to live out the various implications of being social persons. A proud person is an independent person who in many ways refuses to admit the social dimension of his being. He does not readily admit that he needs others. He also can refuse to admit his obligation to help others. To be available to others in their manifold needs demands a price. A proud person, closed in upon his own self-interests, often is not willing to pay this price. Whether it is a question of receiving from others or giving to others, humility helps to remind us of a truth we have mentioned before: no man is an island.

    Humility also bids a person to accept himself as he has come forth from the creative hand of God. God has given us certain fundamental talents. These can be great. They can also be ordinary. God has also given each of us a certain basic temperament and personality, and we must realize that He leads us on in Christian holiness according to this fundamental structure.3 This is not to say that we are not to improve upon our essential structure as indicated; it is rather a question of not striving to become what God does not intend us to be.

    Humility likewise leads a person to seek and fulfill God's appointed task for him in life. To act in this way is to exercise humility because it is a realization of what it means to be God's creature. We cannot always be as sure of our role in life as we would like. But if we utilize prayer and the other means available we can be as certain as God wants us to be, and this is what matters. Within this God-given role, we should try to give our reasonable best each day despite the possible monotony, frustration or hiddeness of our work. We must give our attention primarily to the task of the present. All of us are tempted at times to live too much in the past or too much in the future. This can be caused by a lack of humility (although not necessarily so). For to fail to live properly in the present can mean that we are dissatisfied with the tasks and circumstances which Providence here and now put before us. If this is the truth of the matter, it means we are failing to some extent to act as a creature before our Creator. It is to fail in humility.

    A truth attached to the practice of Christian humility which we find difficult to accept is the fact that we must be willing to accept humiliations properly. This generally is always difficult for us despite the presence of God's grace. It perhaps is made more difficult in the type of culture which surrounds us. But the difficulty involved cannot relieve us of the necessity of reacting properly to insults and humiliations. We should not give occasion for humiliations, but our humility will never be a solid one unless we properly accept these when they do occur. Christ has shown the way. "Then they stripped him and made him wear a scarlet cloak, and having twisted some thorns into a crown they put this on his head and placed a reed in his right hand. To make fun of him they knelt to him saying, "Hail, king of the Jews! " And they spat on him and took the reed and struck him on the head with it." (Mt 27:28-30).

    But, of course, it is not only in regard to reacting properly to insults and humiliations that Christ has given us an example. Humility in all its aspects is perfectly summed up in the man Jesus: "In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus: His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as men are; and being as all men are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross." (Ph 2:5-8).

2. Courage

Christian courage or fortitude is that virtue which disposes us to face maturely the difficult in Christ's service. The necessity of this virtue is evident from our own inner experience. We all have a tendency to shrink from that which poses a difficulty or which frightens us. Numerous Christians never develop their life in Christ to its destined potential precisely because they do not bring themselves to confront the arduous when God's will leads in this direction.

    We should not think that courage is usually to be exercised concerning matters of great moment.  As with the exercise of all the Christian virtues, courage customarily finds its expression within the prosaic framework of everyday life. This type of setting demands its own kind of courage. To confront properly the rather uneventful duties of our vocation day in and day out demands fortitude. All states of life are confronted with this challenge. To evade the challenge is to thwart our growth in Christ.

    At times Christian courage must be exercised concerning matters of greater moment. An example is the decision involving one's state of life. This type of decision can demand the greatest fortitude in certain instances. It is commonly known that some Catholic parents oppose the religious or priestly vocations of their children. This is particularly true as regards their daughters. Those who have experienced this opposition know the great suffering involved and the courage which is necessary to follow God's will faithfully.

    After the Christian has chosen a particular state of life, numerous occasions can arise which demand more than ordinary courage. It can be a question of choosing a particular type of work.  Such a choice can demand sacrifices. Many of the lay men and women who have taught in Catholic schools are an example of the point we are making. Often they have made financial sacrifices in order to make their particular contribution to the Church's work.  Of course, these decisions of courage and sacrifice must be compatible with one's existing obligations, towards one's family, for example.

    There are many other possibilities of decision-making which can demand considerable, even great, courage. Those who hold important positions in the Church, in government, in industry, and in the military, offer examples. Their decisions can affect the lives of many, even of millions. Often these decisions are not necessarily popular ones. Whatever the case may be, those who have to decide in these momentous matters are aware of what true courage can demand.

    There is another obvious area for the application of the virtue of courage. Any committed Christian who seriously gives himself to the development of his Christ-life will be exposed to some extent to interior trials of one type or other. It may be a question of severe temptation, of dryness in prayer or a seeming inability to pray at all, of an apparent darkening of faith, of the passive purifications which accompany certain mystical graces. There are numerous possibilities.  Whatever form the difficulty may assume, the dedicated Christian realizes the need of fortitude. He knows that growth in the Christ-life is not always a smooth development.

    We have described some of the existential situations which involve the use of Christian courage or fortitude. God has infused this virtue along with our fundamental life of grace. No matter how great the difficulty which may face us, we have to believe in this capacity of strength which God has instilled in us and act accordingly. St. Paul gives us an example of how the Christian is to confront the arduous: "We are only the earthenware jars that hold this treasure, to make it clear that such an overwhelming power comes from God and not from us. We are in difficulties on all sides, but never cornered; we see no answer to our problems, but never despair; we have been  persecuted,  but  never  deserted; knocked down, but never killed; always, wherever we may be, we carry with us in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus, too, may always be seen in our body." (2 Co 4:7-10). 

end of excerpt from response in christ


Excerpt from June 29, 2008

                Intellect and will are the 2 most important
                    dimensions of a human person
                Through baptism our knowing and loving
                    capacity is elevated.

                    Human                    GOD
                        Intellect <——>  Knowing
                        Will      <——>   Loving

                In hope we desire to possess the vision
                    of faith


                1) Prudence - make right choices

                                    give others their due
                2) Justice       respect rights
                                     respect good name

                         Justice of society
                        Justice of individual

                3) Courage or Fortitude - strength to do
                                                    the difficult things

                4) Temperance - handle sense pleasures

                5) Humility


                Some Basic ideas Concerning
                    the Christian Life (baptism)

                    A) Response to God's love
                    B) Participation in God's life —
                    C) Elevated human nature
                    D) Christ Life
                    E) Life in the Holy Spirit
                    F) Mary's role in the Christian life
                            Mary's spiritual motherhood
                            Mary's heart a symbol of her love
                            Mary Mother of the Church
                            Mary - Mother of Christ
                                                       our model

                Jesus is the greatest prophet
                Jesus says we must pray for those
                    who persecuted us
                Be perfect as our heavenly Father
                    is perfect

                Moses and Jesus offered sacrifice

                Moses and Jesus both gave the
                    law to the chosen people

                Moses used sacrificial blood
                Jesus was the sacrifice of the
                    New Covenant between
                    God and His people

                Jesus is the Light of the World

                Moses went up the mountain
                Jesus went up the mountain

end of excerpt


Excerpt from March 4, 2009

    Virtues are good habits

    We want greater faith, hope and
        love likened to God —
    We pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to
        strengthen us 

                        Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel,
                        Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety
                        and Fear of the Lord 

    The gifts of the Holy Spirit help us discern
        and be more ready to do
        the will of God —

    Some of the effects of the gifts of
        the Holy Spirit are the fruits of
        the Holy Spirit and the beatitudes —

    The fruits of the Holy Spirit are
        charity, joy, peace, patience,
        benignity (kindness), goodness,
        long-suffering, mildness,
        faith, modesty, continency,
        and chastity


Matthew 5: 3-10

How blessed are the poor in spirit:
the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Blessed are the gentle:
they shall have the earth as inheritance.
Blessed are those who mourn:
they shall be comforted.
Blessed are those
   who hunger and thirst for uprightness:
they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful:
they shall have mercy shown them.
Blessed are the pure in heart:
they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers:
they shall be recognised
   as children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted
   in the cause of uprightness:
the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.  


    We can strengthen our faith by making
        frequent acts of faith —
        we pray for a strong faith —
        we study these teachings earnestly
            that lead to greater holiness —
        we seek holiness —

    We stay away from things that
        hurt us spiritually

    The sins against hope are presumption
        and despair —

    A person sins by presumption when
        he trusts that he can be saved
        by his own efforts without
        God's help, or by God's help
        without his own efforts —

    A virtue is a habit of doing
        good acts

    A person is tempted to sin, but
        he prays to God to help him
        not sin —

    Working with others we do not
        like, but God has called
        us to work with is pleasing
        to God —

    Carrying an unloving heart toward
        someone is being prideful —
        we think we are better
        than they are — which is
        not right if we know
        God has called us to work
        together for His work in

    It blocks the work He wants
        done while we act unloving and
        willful and it hurts others, but
        mostly our union with Jesus who
        loves us so much

        Faith, hope and charity (love)
    are the theological virtues and
    give us that self-control over
    all our thoughts, words and
    actions which God commands
    us to have —

    The cardinal virtues are
    prudence, justice, fortitude,
    temperance —

    Small little acts we do over and
        over again help us to
        have the habits that
        make us be as God wants —

    We must control ourselves —
    We must pray with earnest to
        the Holy Spirit for His gifts —
    We practice good habits —
    We don't give into bad habits.
    We practice being more perfect
        as our heavenly Father is
        perfect —

    We act the right way —
        the virtuous way —
        the way God wants —
        We don't give into
            sinful, unloving
            ways —

(4) R. When we are patient we bear
        up under difficulties —
        We see the patience of Christ
            as they whipped Him and
            pounded thorns in His
            Head —

        He could have stopped it all —

        He was God, He could
            have stopped it all —

    Temperance disposes us to
        control our desires and
        to use rightly the things
        which please our senses.

    God expects us to always tell the
        truth — not to lie — to cover
        up secrets from those over
        us —
        the devil works in secrets,
        pride, anger, envy,
        jealousy - seeking dominance
        for dominance sake.

                    end of excerpt


                Sing: Holy Is His Name

                Humility —

                    The desire to know
                the truth about ourselves —
                Humility is within —
                Don't be puffed up —


Matthew 11: 29

Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.


2 Corinthians 12: 10

and that is why I am glad of weaknesses, insults, constraints, persecutions and distress for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.


                Admit your faults


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


Romans 12: 5

in the same way, all of us, though there are so many of us, make up one body in Christ, and as different parts we are all joined to one another.


Ephesians 5: 2

and follow Christ by loving as he loved you, giving himself up for us as an offering and a sweet-smelling sacrifice to God.


John 17: 23

With me in them and you in me,
may they be so perfected in unity
that the world will recognise
   that it was you who sent me
and that you have loved them
as you have loved me.


John 15: 5

I am the vine,
you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him,
bears fruit in plenty;
for cut off from me you can do nothing.


Psalm 144: 12

May our sons be like plants growing tall from their earliest days, our daughters like pillars carved fit for a palace,


John 8: 28-29

   When you have lifted up the Son of man,
   then you will know that I am He
   and that I do nothing of my own accord.
   What I say
   is what the Father has taught me;
   he who sent me is with me,
   and has not left me to myself,
   for I always do what pleases him.


1 Corinthians 4: 7

Who made you so important? What have you got that was not given to you? And if it was given to you, why are you boasting as though it were your own?


2 Corinthians 12: 9-10

 but he has answered me, ‘My grace is enough for you: for power is at full stretch in weakness.’ It is, then, about my weaknesses that I am happiest of all to boast, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me; and that is why I am glad of weaknesses, insults, constraints, persecutions and distress for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.


Matthew 18: 1-4

At this time the disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?’ So he called a little child to him whom he set among them. Then he said, ‘In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.


The Angel of Fatima Prayer

"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."

St. Michael the Archangel

"St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen."

Guardian Angel

"Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen."


Cardinal Newman said

                    "... everyone who breathes, high and low,
                    educated and ignorant, young and old, man and woman,
                    has a mission, has a work. We are not sent
                    into this world for nothing; we are not born at
                    random. . . God sees every one of us;
                    He creates every soul, He lodges it in
                    a body, one by one, for a purpose. He needs,
                    He deigns to need, every one of us.
                    He has an end for each of us... we are
                    placed in our different ranks and stations, not to
                    get what we can out of them for ourselves, but to
                    labor in them for Him, as He rejoiced to do His work,
                    we must rejoice in ours also.
(Discourses addressed to mixed congregations)



Mysteries of Light

                Baptism of Jesus

                1) Matthew 3: 17 ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’

                2) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, pp. 45-46

      a) Relationship with the Father
The Heavenly Father has put each of us upon this earth because of His singular love for us as individuals. There is a countless number of merely possible human persons existing in the divine knowledge. Why has the Father given existence to me rather than to these "possibles" who will never exist? The ultimate answer lies in the mysterious free will of the Father. He has chosen to love me, to give me existence, to give me a grace-life.

   In His love for me the Father has entrusted me with a great purpose. I have a loving service to give to God, to the Church, and to the world—a service which no one else can render. Each of us has been put here to fulfill a mission, to use our lives, not only for ourselves, but to labor through these lives for the glory of the Father and the benefit of men.

   We tend to underestimate the value of our lives. Perhaps this is so because our faith is not what it should be. We would be astounded if we could see the potential of our lives as does our heavenly Father. We are great, not because of what we are in ourselves, but because of what our Father has already done for us, and because of what He wants to do for us—if only we allow Him.

   Perhaps we would not be constantly tempted to underestimate the worth of our lives if we more often reflected upon some of the great examples of what God can accomplish through the life of one person. There has been a St. Augustine, a St. Dominic, a St. Francis of Assisi, a St. Thomas Aquinas, a St. Elizabeth, a St. Ignatius Loyola, a St. Thomas More, a St. John Vianney and many others. In and through their various vocations they have contributed profoundly to the work of Christ. Coming closer to our own day we have the example of Pope John XXIII and Dr. Thomas Dooley. These two lives, have they not left an indelible imprint upon the world of men? Can one life make a great difference to Church and world? The answer is obvious.

                3) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, pp. 46-47

   And yet, you might object, the examples just cited are lives of outstanding men and women. After all, how many are destined to walk across the stage of life in such dominant display before the eyes of men? We acknowledge, not very many. But there could well be numberless lives, almost completely hidden to the world, which have also contributed greatly to the cause of Christ. Perhaps, even, these hidden lives have at times given more to Christ and the world than have the lives of the canonized saints. God's ways are not always our ways, nor are His thoughts always our thoughts. Our heavenly Father can make use of the most obscure and insignificant life to accomplish great things.

   Each Christian must strive to grow in the realization that the Father calls him to greatness. He accomplishes this purpose by the gradual development of his Christ-life. Whatever our particular purpose or mission in life may be, it will be authentically accomplished in proportion to the development of our grace-life in Christ. For our destiny in Christ includes all else. Our life of grace, in turn, develops around the all-embracive theme of the Father's will. The Father's will for me is what gives unity to my life. If I embrace this will, it holds together all the multitudinous threads of my existence, weaving them into a meaningful pattern—the achievement of my life's purpose.

   Consequently, to grow in Christian holiness and to achieve my mission in life are supremely possible for me. Why? Because growth in the realization of my life's task is always commensurate with my Father's will for me here and now. His will for me is always proportionate to my present weakness on the one hand, and, on the other, to my present degree of spiritual maturity. Finally, His will for me always carries with it the necessary graces for accomplishing what He here and now asks.

                4) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, p. 47

   As I reach out for my Father's will in love day after day, I am thereby dynamically developing my Christ-life, achieving my destiny, making my very important contribution to the evolving redemptive work of Christ.

   The Father's will touches everything in my life. It wants to make all contribute to my growing maturity in Christ. Joy and sorrow, success and failure, work and play, ecstatic happiness and deep suffering, all of these are to be related to my Father's will. If I correspond to God's grace, His will as it permeates my total being and existence will unfailingly transform me.

   As the Father's will transforms me, it thereby makes my life a success for myself and others. The only true measure of a successful life, despite possible appearances to the contrary, is whether or not it is conformed in love to the Father's will. The degree of success depends upon the degree of conformity. " 'It is not those who say to me, "Lord, Lord", who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. When the day comes many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, cast out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?" Then I shall tell them to their faces: I have never known you; away from me, you evil men!' " (Mt 7:21-23).

                5) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, pp. 47-48

   The above described Christian life is certainly impossible without God's grace. We must be deeply aware that grace is a gratuitous gift which we cannot achieve by our natural efforts. But God offers grace in abundance. Our problem is that we do not respond to grace as we should. We tend to minimize the Father's great designs for us. We are tempted not to take His words at face value, those which tell us of the fathomless love He has for each one of us, and what that love can accomplish in us. To help ourselves maintain the proper perspective in these matters, we should often remind ourselves of these words of St. Paul: "We were still helpless when at his appointed moment Christ died for sinful men. It is not easy to die even for a good man— though of course for someone really worthy, a man might be prepared to die—but what proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Having died to make us righteous, is it likely he would now fail to save us from God's anger?" (Rm 5:6-9).

   We have, therefore, an irrevocable and overwhelming testimony of the Father's love for us. Because of this love, the Christian can increasingly assimilate the Father's will in his own response of love. Through this mutual self-giving, God and the Christian are meant to be united in the deepest possible love.

   The above passage from St. Paul not only tells us of the Father's great love for us, but it also tells us that this love has come to us through Christ and continues to do so. There is no other way. This is the eternal design of the Father. Our grace-life as well as all creation takes its meaning from Christ: "He has let us know the mystery of his purpose, the hidden plan he so kindly made in Christ from the beginning to act upon when the times had run their course to the end: that he would bring everything together under Christ, as head, everything in the heavens and everything on earth." (Ep 1:9-10).

                6) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, pp. 48-49

       b) Relationship with Christ
Scripture, then, indicates the necessity of seeing our grace-life in its relationship with Christ. It is rather amazing that dogmatic theology in its treatment of grace has traditionally said so little about Christ. With a bit of sarcasm, Rahner says: "The tractate de Gratia is commonly entitled de Gratia Christi. Commonly it contains little else about Christ. And yet we only have a Christian understanding of grace when it is conceived of not only in the most metaphysical way possible, as a divinization, but rather as assimilation to Christ. And the existential transposition of this is the following of Christ. . . ."

   How is this assimilation to Christ which Rahner speaks of initiated? Our life in Christ begins in a formal, ecclesial manner with baptism of water—notice, we are not saying that the grace of Christ cannot be had without baptism of water. As baptism marks us as members of the Church, it also indelibly imprints upon us the image of Christ.

   The life of the Christian, consequently, is a development of the image of the Incarnate Word given in baptism. The Christian, as he grows in grace, is being shaped more and more after this image of Christ: "We know that by turning everything to their good God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers." (Rm 8:28-29).

9Cf. Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Vol. 1 (Baltimore: Helicon, 1965), p. 199

                7) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, pp. 49-50

    The Christian requires motivation if he is to allow this Christ-likeness to permeate his existence more and more. The Christian must strive to catch a glimpse of that burning vision of St. Paul. For Paul, Christ was the fiery center of an intense existence: "Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more; but then again, if living in this body means doing work which is having good results—I do not know what I should choose. I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and be with Christ, which would be very much the better, but for me to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need for your sake." (Ph 1:21-24).

   Each Christian, according to the graces God gives him, can model his life after the example of Paul. Each of us also can make Christ the dynamic center of our existence. If we dare to live in this way, Christ will fulfill us; for in Christ we possess everything else. In Him we are deeply related in love to God, man and the whole of creation. To develop as fully as possible the image of Christ implanted through baptism is to exercise the only fully true life. So has the Father willed it.

   You will remember that we also spoke of the persons of the Trinity imprinting their image upon us as they communicate the life of sanctifying grace. What is the connection between the image of Christ and the image of the Trinity, both imprinted upon the Christian? The connection between the two lies in the fact that the life of grace, the image of the Trinity, comes to us through Christ and is to be lived according to the pattern established by Christ. Our life of grace is indeed a share in Trinitarian life. But we must live out this Trinitarian life according to the basic manner in which Christ lived out the grace-life in His own human nature. Here we emphasize the fact that Christ as man possessed His own life of sanctifying grace.

                8) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, pp. 50-51

   Why must our life of grace be modeled on Christ's grace-life? We cannot give others sanctifying grace. But the man Christ, head of the human race, does give men a share in the life of sanctifying grace which He possesses within His human nature. Theologians call this grace to be given to His members the grace of Christ the Head. Our life of grace, consequently, since it is the grace of Christ, has been structured according to the modalities or characteristics implanted by Christ. Christ established this structure as He exercised His own life of grace in His human, historical existence. While not claiming to be exhaustive, we will now examine various characteristics of Christ's life of sanctifying grace. Through such a procedure we thereby understand various characteristics and thrusts of our own life of grace.

   First of all, Christ's life of grace was filial. The dynamism of this particular modality always led Christ to a perfect, loving service of His Father. His Father's will was all in all to Him. It was the guiding principle of everything He did, of everything He thought, of everything He spoke. Zeal for His Father's glory consumed Him. He would not rest until the work of the Father which he had been sent to accomplish was fulfilled in every detail. To love the Father's will was Christ's attitude towards life. He would cling to this principle even at the expense of a death of excruciating agony in body and soul. The words which Christ uttered in Gethsemane perfectly sum up His existence as man: " 'My Father,' he said 'if this cup cannot pass by without my drinking it, your will be done!' " (Mt 26:42).

   Christ's life of grace was also salvific. His life always had that very obvious dimension of being orientated in love to man's good. All of Christ's life as man, swelling up from the unfathomable depths of the most intense love, was redemptive. Everything He did was gradually accomplishing a change in man's stance before the Father. He was bringing man from a state of enmity to a state of friendship and sonship with the Father. Christ's life, then, was magnificently selfless. Guided by love of His Father's will, He gave Himself completely to men. He gave until there was nothing more to give. This is the poignant beauty of Christ's life.

                9) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, pp. 51-52

   Christ's grace-life was also social, communal and ecclesial. His redemptive work was directed towards drawing all men together in a deep bond of love as brothers of a common Father. The establishment of His Church would perennially guarantee that there would be a visible source of grace for a growing sense of community among men. At the same time, this Church, the People of God, is intended to give a visible example of how the Lord desires men to be united in mutual bonds of love.

   Christ's life of grace tended toward an epiphany. That is, it tended toward sacramentality, toward a manifestation of divine realities in space and time. Christ's grace-life, working through His sacred humanity, used the ordinary events and conditions of human existence and the created things of man's world to reveal the Father and the Father's plan for men.

   Christ's life of sanctifying grace was also transfigurative. Christ did not come to suppress, but to elevate. He came to transform—to transfigure—man and his world. Anyone who considers Christianity to be a negative religion does not really understand the work of Christ.

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These are some of the chief modalities or dimensions of Christ's life of grace. These modalities, in turn, were concretely expressed through the various mysteries or events of Christ's human life. Central to these mysteries were His death and Resurrection. We will discuss these mysteries of Christ at greater length in the chapter devoted to the liturgy. For it is within the eucharistic liturgy that we encounter the mysteries of Christ in a very special manner.

   At this point we again remind the reader of the connection between Christ's life of sanctifying grace and our own. Rahner puts it very succinctly: "And yet every grace has analogously the same structure as its source, viz. the structure of the Word become man. . . ."

   Consequently, as Christ's life of grace was filial, salvific, social, communal and ecclesial, so must be ours. As Christ's grace-life was sacramental (tending toward manifestation) and transfigurative, so likewise must be ours. Finally, let us remember that the Christian expresses these various dimensions of grace as he relives the mysteries of Christ, especially those of death-resurrection.

   We have briefly considered the relationship between the graced-Christian and Christ. As this relationship grows in mutual love, the Christian understands with maturing penetration what it means to be incorporated into Christ Jesus. He becomes more aware of the full implications of St. Paul's words: "I have been crucified with Christ, and I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me." (Ga 2:19).

   10Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Vol. II (Baltimore: Helicon, 1960), p. 33.


                Marriage at Cana

                1) John 2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. And they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the feast had all been used, and the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said, ‘Woman, what do you want from me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water,’ and they filled them to the brim. Then he said to them, ‘Draw some out now and take it to the president of the feast.’ They did this; the president tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew—the president of the feast called the bridegroom and said, ‘Everyone serves good wine first and the worse wine when the guests are well wined; but you have kept the best wine till now.’ This was the first of Jesus’ signs: it was at Cana in Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

                2) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, pp. 53-54

       c) Relationship with the Holy Spirit
After the glorified Christ was established in power and glory with the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to sanctify the world. The task of the Holy Spirit is to imprint the mystery of Christ ever more deeply upon the whole of creation. The Holy Spirit gradually is leading man and his universe to a greater Christo-finalization. This Christo-finalization will reach its completion at the time of Christ's second coming. Then creation will receive its final transformation. Then the movement of creation to the Father, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit will be complete.

   As this process evolves, the Holy Spirit concentrates His action upon the Church of Christ; for this evolutionary movement of creation in Christ has as its dynamic center the evolution of the Church. The Church progressively evolves by assimilating more perfectly the mystery of Christ. The Holy Spirit guides this process. He is the soul of the Church because He constantly labors to unite the diversified elements of the Church into a more perfect image of Christ.

   The Holy Spirit as sanctifier not only guides the entire Church, but He also guides each member of the Church. Here again His task is basically the same. He strives to deepen the image of Christ which has been indelibly imprinted upon the Christian. He labors to Christo-finalize more radically all areas of the Christian's existence. In this regard we notice the biblical distinction of living according to the Spirit rather than according to the flesh. To live according to the flesh does not refer only to sins against chastity. It refers to anything in my life which is not according to the Spirit. Therefore, intellectual pride, something very "spiritual," would be living according to the flesh in the biblical sense.

                3) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, p. 54

   On the other hand, to live according to the Spirit can include the most intense involvement with material creation or use of the senses. All of this can be profoundly Christian as long as we are following the lead of the Holy Spirit. In this context we again emphasize that everything about the Christian has been elevated by grace, not merely his spiritual nature.

   To live fully according to the Spirit demands a growing realization of the manner in which the Holy Spirit leads the Christian to a greater Christ-likeness. This involves discernment of spirits. This concept will be developed at some length in a later chapter.

   In summary, the Holy Spirit promotes the process of our becoming sons in the Son. The Christian's response to the Spirit measures his degree of incorporation into the adoptive sonship of the Christ-life. "Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father!' " (Rm 8:14-15).

                4) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, pp. 54-55

       d) Relationship with Mary
Karl Rahner tells us that devotion to Mary is one of the great signs of final perseverance.
11 By such a statement Rahner emphasizes for us the great role Mary exercises in the life of the Christian. Really, the emphasis of Rahner is merely a continuation of the great importance attributed to Mary by the Fathers, doctors, and saints of the Church throughout the ages.

   Mary assumes such a concrete importance in the life of each of us because she is the mother of the Church and the mother of each Christian. She is a mother to all men, but in a special way to the Christian.

Mary's spiritual motherhood toward us had its beginnings at the time of the Incarnation. As Mary conceived Christ in a physical manner, she at the same time conceived us in a spiritual manner. In her holy womb she bore both Christ, the Head, and us, His members.

   11Cf. Karl Rahner, Spiritual Exercises (New York: Herder & Herder, 1965), p. 283.
   12Cf. Edward Schillebeeckx, Mary, Mother of the Redemption (New York: Sheed & Ward, 1964), p. 128.

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   The second great stage in Mary's maternal relationship toward us was accomplished upon Calvary. There, in extreme spiritual suffering, she offered Christ to the Father. From the pierced side of Christ the Church was born. Mary, in the extreme anguish of spiritual childbirth, brought us forth to supernatural life. "Seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, 'Woman, this is your son'. Then to the disciple he said, 'This is your mother.' " (Jn 19:26).

   The third and final phase of Mary's spiritual motherhood is a continuing process. Under God, she gives us our life of grace. In her maternal love she protects and nourishes this life. She intercedes for all the graces necessary for its proper growth. As Mary cooperated with the Holy Spirit in first giving Christ to men, so she continues the same cooperation in regard to each Christian. Through the life of grace Christ is meant to take deeper and deeper possession of each one of us. Mary and the Holy Spirit continually labor to achieve this. Mary's only desire for us is that we grow more and more into the full stature of Christ. Her overwhelming love for us is evident. We manifest our love for her by committing ourselves to her maternal love and care so that she can achieve her desired purpose. That purpose, again, is to form Christ in us.

                6) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, pp. 55-57

       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.

                7) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, pp. 57-58

   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."13 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.
14 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."15

   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.

   13Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Vol. III (Baltimore: Helicon, 1967), p. 44.
   14Cf. St. Thomas Aquinas, In Ad Ephes., c. 3, Lect. 3.
   15Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Church, No. 48.

                8) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, p. 58

  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.16

   16Cf. Karl Rahner, Op. cit., pp. 100-101.


Matthew 26: 67

Then they spat in his face and hit him with their fists; others said as they struck him,

                    Let me tell you about how
                    we are called to love God
                    and love each other —

                    Why do we give into hatred —
                    Do you see Mary and how she
                    obeyed —
                    how Christ obeyed His heavenly

                10) Jesus says: Study Me in the garden                   
                        sweating blood —
                        Why do you sin?
                        Why do you offend Me?

Mark 14: 38

Stay awake and pray not to be put to the test. The spirit is willing enough, but human nature is weak.’


John 13: 21

Having said this, Jesus was deeply disturbed and declared, ‘In all truth I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.’


                Kingdom of God

                1) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, p. 58

       f) Relationship with Man and His World
The Christian's Christ-life also establishes a special relationship between himself and all other men and the world in which both are situated. This is so because of the basic nature of grace—the fact that it is a share in God's life. The object of life in God is not only Himself, but also His creation. The Christian, through his life of grace, shares in this double dimension of God's life. Just as God not only loves Himself, but also His creation, so also must the Christian love both God and His creation. The Christian is called in a special way to further the creative and redemptive work of God.

                2) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, p. 58

   This aspect of the Christian's grace-life is also mediated by Christ. Christ, through His human enfleshment, has immersed Himself into man's world. Through His humanity he unites all men and all authentic human and temporal values to Himself. Through His redemptive love Christ has elevated the Father's creation to a new level of existence. Christ has initiated a process of gathering up all of creation for the glory of His Father. This process will reach its completion at the parousia. Meanwhile the Christian labors with Christ to further this evolutionary process of creation and redemption. Consequently, in faith, hope and love, the Christian assumes a new responsibility and privilege toward man and his world.

                3) The Our Father

    Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

                4) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, p. 59

   He must take this privilege and responsibility seriously. Men of our era such as Bonhoeffer and Teilhard de Chardin have strikingly placed this responsibility before Christianity. Christianity has to show the contemporary world that it is profoundly interested in all its authentic values and aspirations. Christianity must further demonstrate that the principles of Christ are the only ones which can guarantee the true progress of man's world. The world belongs to Christ and it is impossible for it to develop authentically outside of Christ.

                5) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Christian Life of Grace, p. 60

   We have traversed a rather wide area in this chapter dealing with the life of Christian grace. Grace, in its inner reality, and in its various relationships and ramifications, is complex to a certain extent. But ultimately it has a profound simplicity and unity. Christ is the one who gathers up and unifies. He is the one who makes grace tangible, concrete and personal to the Christian. Radically, the life of grace is life in God as mediated by Christ. "We can be sure that we are in God only when the one who claims to be living in him is living the same kind of life as Christ lived." (1 Jn 2:5-6).

                6) Malchus was the servant of
                        the high priest —

                    Peter meant to hurt Malchus —
                    He took the sword on the side
                        of the head —

                    Jesus fully healed Malchus —
                    Jesus didn't teach Peter
                        to take up the sword —

Isaiah 53: 5

whereas he was being wounded
    for our rebellions,
crushed because of our guilt;
the punishment reconciling us fell on him,
and we have been healed by his bruises.

                7) Luke 23: 34

When they reached the place called The Skull, there they crucified him and the two criminals, one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.’ Then they cast lots to share out his clothing.


1 Peter 4: 13

but in so far as you share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, so that you may enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed.


                    Christ suffered for our sins —
                    How pompous to offend God
                        with sin and to deny it!!

                    Christ was put to death for our
                        sin —

                    We are to see the ugliness of
                        sin —
                        of malicious intent to
                        hurt our brothers —
                        not act like Christ
                            doesn't know our
                            hearts and our sins.

                8) One man's sin caused sinfulness
                        on the whole human race —
                        We are born with original
                            sin —
                        Adam's sin is passed on to
                            us —

                9) We are to make reparation for our


Act of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

"Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock, I consecrate myself to Your most Sacred Heart. From Your pierced Heart the Church was born, the Church You have called me, as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, to serve in a most special way. You reveal Your Heart as a symbol of Your love in all its aspects, including Your most special love for me, whom You have chosen as Your companion in this most important work. Help me to always love You in return. Help me to give myself entirely to You. Help me always to pour out my life in love of God and neighbor! Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You!


"Dear Blessed Virgin Mary, I consecrate myself to your maternal and Immaculate Heart, this Heart which is symbol of your life of love. You are the Mother of my Savior. You are also my Mother. You love me with a most special love as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, a movement created by your Son as a powerful instrument for the renewal of the Church and the world. In a return of love, I give myself entirely to your motherly love and protection. You followed Jesus perfectly. You are His first and perfect disciple. Teach me to imitate you in the putting on of Christ. Be my motherly intercessor so that, through your Immaculate Heart, I may be guided to an ever closer union with the pierced Heart of Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock."




                1) There is a disorder in the man
                        from original sin that
                        makes it easy to fall into
                        personal sin —

                2) 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.

                3) We have a wounded human
                    nature because of original
                    sin — to deny that we
                    are sinners is to be a liar

1 John 1: 8-10

If we say, ‘We have no sin,’
we are deceiving ourselves,
and truth has no place in us;
if we acknowledge our sins,
he is trustworthy and upright,
so that he will forgive our sins
and will cleanse us from all evil.
If we say, ‘We have never sinned,’
we make him a liar,
and his word has no place in us.

                4) Every man is free to choose
                    good or evil —

                    If a man chooses evil it is because he wills evil —
                    The devil can tempt —
                    But the man is free to
                        not fall into sin —
                    Our personal
                        sins are our sins

                5) We can help build the Kingdom
                        of God and be more and
                        more like Christ —
                    Or give into satan
                        help satan — give our
                        power to satan and promote him — (satan)
                    We have a free will to choose
                        good or evil.

                6) Sin is due to our bad will —
                    We make ourselves unhappy —
                    We have a free will to build
                        up the virtues within
                        our souls —

                7) Man exists to be happy —
                    Sin makes man miserable —
                    It is our own making —

                    St. Thomas says:
                    "Sin corrupts human nature —
                    stains the human soul and
                    makes man liable to punishment."

                8) Sin stains the soul!!
                    This darkens our light of reason.
                    A soul in sin is out of order —
                    It is against the order
                        willed by God —

                    St. Thomas says
                    "God punishes sin in this
                        present life and even
                        after death"

                9) St. Thomas says
                    "Law is the road to happiness"

                    This happiness depends on the
                    pursuit of truth and goodness —
                    God is Truth
                    God is all good —

                10) Satan wants a man to
                        disobey God's law and
                        to put into effect
                        laws against God's will —

                    Satan uses men who give in
                    The law is not a ball and
                        chain stopping our freedom —

                    The laws of God are friends
                    The laws of God are to be obeyed —


                Institution of the Eucharist

                1) Happiness is a gift from God
                    Grace is a gift from God
                    The Church is a gift from God

                2) John 6: 48-58

I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate manna in the desert
and they are dead;
but this is the bread
   which comes down from heaven,
so that a person may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread
   which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread
   will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give
is my flesh, for the life of the world.'

    Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?' Jesus replied to them:

In all truth I tell you,
if you do not eat
   the flesh of the Son of man
and drink his blood,
you have no life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh
   and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise that person up
   on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
Whoever eats my flesh
   and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in that person.
As the living Father sent me
and I draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me
   will also draw life from me.
This is the bread
   which has come down from heaven;
it is not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread
   will live for ever.


                    The Mass is the Sacrifice of Calvary
                        sacramentally made present.


A Prayer before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

    Let me be a holy sacrifice and unite with God in the sacrament of His greatest love.

    I want to be one in Him in this act of love, where He gives Himself to me and I give myself as a sacrifice to Him. Let me be a holy sacrifice as I become one with Him in this my act of greatest love to Him.

    Let me unite with Him more, that I may more deeply love Him. May I help make reparation to His adorable Heart and the heart of His Mother, Mary. With greatest love, I offer myself to You and pray that You will accept my sacrifice of greatest love. I give myself to You and unite in Your gift of Yourself to me. Come and possess my soul.

    Cleanse me, strengthen me, heal me. Dear Holy Spirit act in the heart of Mary to make me more and more like Jesus.

    Father, I offer this my sacrifice, myself united to Jesus in the Holy Spirit to You. Help me to love God more deeply in this act of my greatest love.

    Give me the grace to grow in my knowledge, love and service of You and for this to be my greatest participation in the Mass. Give me the greatest graces to love You so deeply in this Mass, You who are so worthy of my love.

-Mass Book, December 27, 1995

                5) Song: A Priest is a Gift from God

                6) I Love You - April 13, 1994

            Words of Jesus. Read before the Tabernacle.

Jesus:  How, child, do I, Jesus, tell you I love you? You hold on to silly things when God is in your midst and is ardently loving you. I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am writing to each precious child this day. I am on fire for love of you. I remain in the Eucharist to be with you with My ardent love. I did not want to leave My beloved ones at the Last Supper. I love you so, My dear and ardently loved children. I remain with you this day in the Blessed Sacrament, the same Jesus Who died a brutal death on the Cross.

    Do you know I am truly present there? Do you know that God waits every day for you in the tabernacle? Do you comprehend even a minute amount of My love? You will never know of how I love you on earth.

    I, Jesus, truly the Son of God, came to earth a man and suffered a brutal death for love of you. I love you so much! I remain with you this day. I long for your love. I want you to come and be with Me in front of the tabernacle. I wait, I yearn for you to come and whisper your love to Me. I am a person and I love you this day, with such an ardent on-fire love! No human could ever compare a speck to My love for you.

    I wait, little ones, in the tabernacle. I wait for you to come and receive Me in Communion. I want you to want Me so much you cannot wait to come and receive Me. I want to be the love, the center of your life!

    I am Jesus. I am the Son of God. I am writing to you this day. I want to possess your very soul and live in you. I have all you need, sweet ones. Oh, you are so blind! I long for your union with Me. I wrote the book of love. I instituted it, yet you go to the world for your love and do not even come to Me! Oh, I love you, little ones. Little ones, beloved of the Father, loved by the Holy Spirit, mothered by My very own mother! What more can I say? The rest is up to you!

    I give you your will with such love and I want your love freely given. I am God. What do you think you could ever need that I do not give you? I am the Savior of this world. I am Jesus, the Son of God. I am waiting for you. I am longing for you. I am yearning for you. I am God. I have all you ever will need!

    Surrender this life to Me. Pray My Prayer for Union with Me. I want to possess your soul and operate from your very being. I am Jesus. I am the Son of God. I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I am Who am. I died and rose on the third day.

    Harken to My call, harken to My pleading. Spend your days in love with Me. Nothing matters unless it is rooted in Me and rooted in My love. I am the Son of God. I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I love you with the tenderest love. I am waiting this day for just you, My beloved one. Come to Me for I am the tenderest of all hearts. I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

end of excerpt

                7) The Mass is a sacrifice!!

                Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Sacraments and the Mass, pp. 74-75

       5) The Banquet in Christ's Sacrifice

The cycle of sacrifice is strikingly completed by God graciously extending an invitation to partake of the offered victim. This element of sacrifice is miraculously fulfilled in Christ's oblation. By the words of consecration the bread and wine become Christ. In this manner Christ gives Himself to His disciples at the Last Supper. We will further develop these ideas of eucharistic communion in our consideration of the Mass.

     We hereby complete the consideration of the elements of Christ's sacrifice. According to the unicists there was but one sacrifice of Christ. The Last Supper, death and Resurrection each contributed essential elements. This one sacrifice of Christ endures in its efficacy for all time. In itself it is not to be repeated. Its sacramental renewal, however, is repeated daily on our altars in the Mass.         

                8) Each of the sacraments deepens
                    our incorporation into
                    Christ's death - resurrection —

                9) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Sacraments and the Mass, pp. 86-87

       1) The Baptized Christian and the Mass

Once again the reader is reminded that through baptism the Christian becomes incorporated into Christ and His Church. Confirmation perfects this incorporation. Although baptism incorporates us primarily into Christ's death and Resurrection, we again stress that it also unites us with Christ in all His mysteries. This is so because all Christ's mysteries are essentially one mystery, for none of them stands separately by itself. Consequently, one cannot be initiated into Christ's paschal mystery without simultaneously being incorporated into all of His mysteries.

     The fact that all of Christ's various mysteries are contained in the total mystery of Christ enables the Christian to encounter the entire Christ in the liturgy. Mention of this fact brings us to our next point.

                10) Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. - The Sacraments and the Mass, pp. 87-88

     In baptism the Christian first encounters and relives the mystery of Christ. He thereby receives a new life. But this life must be nourished. The Christian must constantly re-encounter the mystery of Christ, and this he does chiefly through the eucharistic liturgy. Here the Christian is daily privileged to encounter Christ in the most intimate fashion. Here above all he exercises his priesthood and consequently grows in supernatural vitality. We use the word exercise purposely, since the liturgy is primarily an action, an exercise of the priestly office of Christ.

     Since the baptized Christian is sacramentally participating in the mystery of Christ at the Mass, his priestly act must be modeled after that of Christ's. This is true because the life of grace flowing out of the seals of baptism and confirmation is structured according to certain modalities or characteristics based on the life of Christ. This truth was developed at some length in the previous chapter. There we stated that Christ, the head of the Mystical Body, has determined, through His own life of sanctifying grace, the general lines of development according to which His members' lives of grace grow and mature.

     Therefore it is evident that the whole of the Christian's life must be orientated to the Mass and be centered about it; for in Christ we see His entire life centered around His priestly act of Calvary. This is true because His interior sacrificial disposition, the essence of His priestly act, permeated everything in His life.

     The baptized Christian should also bring his daily life, his whole life, to the eucharistic sacrifice. The Church which assembles about the altar is not a nebulous, ethereal entity, but the Church of this earth. It is the Church of men and women who are immersed in the work of this world. As they gather for the eucharistic sacrifice, they are therefore not removed from the world of their ordinary daily lives to an unreal world of ritual which has no connection with their temporal cares and activities. Rather it is the reality of this ordinary daily life which they bring to offer as priests and victims in union with Christ, priest and victim. In such a manner, then, the eucharistic sacrifice looks to the past life of the Christian.34

     Yet the Mass also looks to the future of the Christian. By his participation in the Mass he receives grace to assimilate in a more perfect manner the mystery of Christ. Ideally, each Mass participated in by the Christian should mean that he leaves the eucharistic assembly with a greater Christ-likeness. Thus he takes up his daily life as a more fervent Christ-bearer.

     The Mass as it looks to both the past and future embraces the Christian's entire life. It is meant to be lived each minute of the Christian's life. Durrwell says: "The Mass is said in order that the whole Church and the whole of our life may become a Mass, may become Christ's sacrifice always present on earth. St. Francis of Sales resolved that he would spend the whole day preparing to say Mass, so that whenever anyone asked what he was doing, he might always answer, 'I am preparing for Mass'. We also could resolve to make our whole lives a participation in the divine mystery of the Redemption, so that when anyone puts the question to us, we can always answer, 'I am saying Mass'."35

34. Cf. Jungmann, "Eucharistic Piety" in Worship, Vol. 35 (1961), p. 419.
35. F. X. Durrwell, In the Redeeming Christ (New York: Sheed & Ward, 1963), p. 63.


Romans 8: 22-23

We are well aware that the whole creation, until this time, has been groaning in labour pains. And not only that: we too, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we are groaning inside ourselves, waiting with eagerness for our bodies to be set free.


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