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August 2, 2009

August 3rd Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 6 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for August 3rd are Luminous.

 

Florida Retreat

August 2nd - 5th

1:30pm & 6:20pm sessions

   

          

I will be in Florida August 2-5 for retreat‏

 

Retreat in China

August 10th-13th

Mass August 13th - 11:00am

 

August 2, 2009

 

                Happy Birthday Betty

                Thank you for all your prayers all
                    these years in China —

 

 

 

18 Years Ago

 

To The Reader

Jesus wants to share His love with you. He comes in these letters to tell you how you can be in intimate union with Him.

All of us possess everything we need to have an intimate union with Him. He has been giving me messages since October of 1991. For at least a year I sat in front of the tabernacle and begged him to talk to me. I wanted words. I prayed to the Holy Spirit and begged and begged Him to baptize me. After a long and seemingly endless search, trying to hear God, He told me to "feed the hungry." For six weeks this was all I heard. I thought maybe I wasn't feeding my children well or eating well enough myself. What a long wait for three words! At long last one day, as I was writing to Jesus, I received a letter back. He told me, "I am Jesus, Son of the Living God." I did not want to write this but it kept coming—and so did many other messages. I knew nothing of anyone getting messages. I wrote them, reluctantly, and hid my notebooks. The letters kept coming, many during the night. I would be awakened, then given long letters which I felt compelled to get up and write down. I read these letters privately and my life began to change. I felt a new life within me.

He taught me of His fervent love and how truly present He was. He taught me how precious I was to Him. Over and over again He would call me His precious child and tell me how He loved me, how He clothed me with dignity and honor. He told me over and over how He was right by my side always. He is teaching me to give up all fear and to trust in Him. He is teaching me to let go of myself and let Him run my life. I am trying every day to do His will.

He is also telling you in your heart all you need to know. He has all the answers for you there in your heart. You must be silent and go to Him so you can hear His words for you.

Sit in front of the tabernacle and be with Him. Do not pray prayers. Sit and be open and just be with Him. Read these letters there. These are Jesus' love letters to you. Sit in front of the tabernacle and let Him talk to you. Sit silent awhile. Read these letters part of the time. Open any page and He will talk to you. Do not read this like a book, cover to cover. Just open to a page and read that page. That is the way He speaks to you. -RR

 

                Song: God's Love

  

Where Will You Go On the Day of Reckoning?  

December 5, 1993 - 5:10a.m.

Jesus: I come, you wait, you are filled.

R. It seems so long since I talked to You, My Lord.

Jesus: Time is so short-here today, gone tomorrow-and your reward awaits you. What glory awaits him who serves the Lord and his life is over? Where will you go on that day of reckoning? How is the state of your soul? Did you spend your life in search of a kingdom, never to find one but an idle pursuit, looking here and there for a kingdom, but never finding what you sought? The kingdom you seek is not of this world. Your life is not its own reward. Your life is being spent for the reward to follow. This life is not the reward in itself. This life is only the batting of an eye, the dropping of a pin, and the life hereafter is at hand. Where are you going, My little one? Did you spend your life in such idle pursuits, only to find that your search was in vain? Your life was empty and now what do you have to show for how you lived? Is all that mattered up like smoke in your face and you say, "Is that all there is?"

And what did you do with your little life here? When I paraded in front of you, you knew there was more to your life but you closed your eyes and told yourself, "Nay, I live for the likes of this world. Crazy are those who speak of a life hereafter." You heard, you were made aware, you had opportunities, you laughed, you sneered, you ran amok and told yourself you were all that mattered. This life was your end. You were going to have it all right here-one, glorious, true life. You were in pursuit of the treasure found in your house, at your job, in your children, in your pocket. You blinded yourself to any other possibility and continued on your willful little way. You were sought after by Him. You were probed, you were pursued, you were shown the light. I loved you your whole life. I followed you and opened My heart to you and you closed yours and spit in My face and you walked away. You walked over your brothers and you hardened your little hearts.

You pursued idle pursuits and you ran around with a worldly-focused gaze. Tunnel vision. You knew you were not in a tunnel. You knew from My pursuit of you that there was much more but you closed yourself off and went full steam ahead down the wrong road. You did not see the birds of the air or the children at play. You saw a world to be gained and a goal to be achieved. You sought an empty treasure in a barren field and when I stopped at each crossing and said, "Oh, that you would come and follow Me," you ignored My prompting and proceeded like a blind dog down the same path toward the barren field. And your heart lacked joy and it became harder and harder as you trod, but at each crossing you say, "Nay, Lord, I will find My reward here and be off."

Oh, you silly fool! To live your life for such emptiness. The only life that is is in Me. You never die. This is but a test. This is a test for you to receive a real reward. I have prodded you and tried to lead you toward Me but you spit in My face and went your willful way. Oh, little ones, eternity is so long. It doesn't end today or tomorrow. It goes on and on and on and never ends. This is a test to see how you will fare in the end. To put all your treasures in this life is to store up nothing. You take not one dime with you. All that remains is the things of the heart, your love of God and your love for your fellow man.

To follow God is to find the real reward, a field brimming with milk and honey. And you will behold the face of God! This and this alone feeds your hungry soul. All else leads the soul to barren lands. Store up a treasure of gold for the life hereafter. When you come to that crossing remove the blinders from your eyes and look at your beloved Jesus, staring right into your heart. Take the hard crust from your chest and let your heart become alive in His love. Do not pursue idle pursuits. Go down the road that leads to Jesus and at the end you will see His face! His road is well marked all through your life. Your sisters and brothers who loved Him looked into your eyes, but you wore blinders and laughed at them.

Oh, silly! A few years? For what? You don't get anything here but heartache, momentary pleasure that leaves you empty, so you numb your hearts with TV or alcohol or food or sex. It lasts only a moment, but you numb the craving in the soul. Oh, poor starved little ones, your soul can only be fed by Me. You are starving yourself to death. Your soul is withering and dying. Your victory is already won by Me Who died a brutal death for love of you! Come to Me. I knock at the door. Will you open or will you run amok down roads that lead to emptiness. On that day of reckoning when I, in all My pursuits of your soul and My saddened heart, finally have to turn you away and say, "I do not know you. I pursued you your whole life. I stood by your side. I walked by you the whole way and you never turned your head. You looked for your glory here and I waited and waited. I sent others to show you the way to the golden reward but you laughed and continued in your willfulness to the barren desert."

Oh, child, I love you. Many have prayed and sacrificed for you but you would not turn your hearts to Me. I am the way, the truth and the life. All other roads lead to destruction of the soul. My ways are not easy, but they are filled with peace, love and joy. My ways are everlasting. Your soul craves this union with Me. You are fighting off that which your soul thirsts after. It doesn't feel good, but you close your eyes and numb your craving. Oh, turn to Me and find rest, My little ones, now before it is too late! I am as close as your breath.

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                Jesus has given us the Blue Books —
                    to feed the hungry

                The Blue Books are the mighty medicine
                The Blue Books — millions circulated —
                    have led people to daily Mass
                    and adoration —

                    Feed the hungry — Jesus told me for
                six weeks — constantly — in the middle of
                the dark night — I was awakened with
                this message —
                then Jesus woke me and gave me all
                    these messages — daily — the
                    messages of God's Blue Book

                What is life — life is in Him —

                Jesus says May 13, 1993 — 16 years ago

  

Picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Cling to Me

May 13, 1993 

Jesus: My dear child, if you stay close to Me, then I live in you and you live in Me. I am He Who created you and I love you with such an intensity that you will never know. My words are your truth. You must abide in My heart in all things. There is no room for doubt. My ways are steadfast, direct, and without error.

    You must stay rooted in Me to ward off the power of the evil one. His grip is paralyzing and crippling. His power is stronger every day.

    When you live in Me, I am in your heart and he has no power over Me. I am your God. I am your true lover. I want to protect you. I want to guard you from this force. Stay rooted firmly in Me and he will have no power.

    I am He Who comforts you. My hand is upon you. Hold tight to Me, My child. My eyes are fixed right on you. You are My most precious child. I love you as no other can. My arms are about you. My tenderness surrounds you. My love is in your heart. You go not alone. I walk with you.

    I share every aspect of your life with you. Cling to Me, feel My presence. It is warm and secure within your chest. There is no room for fear, for I cast out fear and bring you comfort and joy.

end of May 13, 1993

   

                Then Jesus gave us this Ministry to spread
                    this message

                Jesus gave us the message

15 1/2 Years Ago

Given in 2 minutes

 

 

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

 

 

Picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I Want My Priests to Come Back

January 17, 1994 3:40 a.m.

Jesus:  You know I am He Who lifts you up. In one second I can turn your feelings around and lift you up. Constantly pray to Me. You need Me through these times. Remember, I truly died for you on the cross. Remember, little one, I have chosen you to write to Me. Do you think I will ever abandon you? I am a God who truly loves His people. I love you with such ardent love. You must never doubt.

    Look into My face and see My gentleness. I am the kindest of all hearts. I am He who knows how to love with such love. Become totally lost in My arms.

    Do you think Satan will not taunt you? Put him behind you. You are being guarded by God and His heavenly court. Walk in My ways and the angels walk with you on your path. You are escorted on your way and you are never alone. You are guarded as a precious treasure that is being transported to another place.

    You need to put all your cares in My hands. You are developing true trust when you let go and let Me take over. Keep trusting and silence the ugly prompting of Satan who wants you to worry about useless things. Quit worrying and pray and play with your children. I am telling you there is so much peace and grace gained by private prayer with them. I will tend to all the details of your life. Do not worry for one moment. Put your life in My hands. I am here, little one. Read this message and all of them over and over again.

    You need to go to the Blue Book for your answers. Your answers are found there. I never leave your side. God is guarding you. Just continue to have a union with Me all through the day. All the prayer time alone with Me in one day is not enough. I want you in constant prayer.

    Turn to Me and My Blue Book. This will help many priests to come back and sit before Me in private union with Me. When priests come back to the tabernacle, the flock will begin to be led back to His altar. Priests need to read these letters. They are the preachers. If they do not value their own relationship with Jesus, if they are being led away from Me with busyness, they will not preach the intimate love of Jesus. They are so busy, but it is like throwing out the baby with the bath water. I am the center and their relationship with Me is utmost.

    The priests need these messages. They need to have an intimate, close union with Me. They should be preaching "time in front of the tabernacle." They should be preaching My intense love for My people and how I have so much to give. Some sermons are so complicated—yet nothing about union with Me in the Eucharist and in front of the tabernacle.

    I want My priests to come back and pray before My tabernacle. I want them to read these messages and make Jesus the Center of their lives. When they are led back to Jesus, they will lead the flock home. Priests need adoration every day for at least an hour. I don't care how busy they are. None of it matters if they are not spending time in private prayer alone with Me. They need to come and get their supplies. They need to quit thinking they are doing it and turn back to turning their lives totally over to Me, to totally letting their burdens and busy lives off at the foot of My cross and letting Me lead the way.

    There is not one priest who has so much to do that he cannot do private adoration daily. When the priest comes back to the power in the Eucharist and the tabernacle, the congregation will turn to God for their troubled hearts. Satan has led priests away from Jesus. They are so busy they cannot do all their work, but this must all take second place to praying silently before God and reading His words. These letters will help many priests to come back and be intimate with Jesus.

    All the rituals, all the upkeep of the churches, all the little details, and the King of Glory sits alone! You have thrown out the baby with the bath water. You are missing the boat.

    I want the priests to read this message. Where is the reverence after Communion and who has even heard it mentioned in the church? Private union with Jesus! What an honor! I have all you need. Come to Me and I will give you rest. I am all powerful. I have all the power. I am hyper—vigilant over your lives. I guard you. Quit trying to do it yourselves. Become selfless and let Me possess your souls.

    Have the priests spread these messages. Read them in church. I want adoration of the Eucharist back. I want people to know I am God and I am coming to them in Holy Communion. I want the Blessed Sacrament exposed. I want My churches open. Union with Jesus, the love of Jesus, trust, faith, love for one another, love of God—I want all of these preached from the pulpit!

    I am the Alpha and the Omega. I want My people to be led back to the center, which is Jesus. Pray for your priests. They are under attack. If Satan can wreck the family, the priests, the children, he has it made.

    You are under attack, My beloved priests, and you, in your busyness, are being led away from your union with Jesus. Bring yourselves back to Me and let Me give you My love. I am indeed the bridegroom of your souls. I wait for My beloved ones at the altar. I long for private union with all My beloved ones.

    Come to Me, all who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Come and be lifted up to heights you never dreamed possible. I am God. Put your lives in My hands. Let Me run your life. Quit running amok. You have lost your way and are running down the wrong road. Bring your lives back to Jesus in the tabernacle.

    The world is getting farther from God every minute. Read the messages at prayer meetings. Spread them by word of mouth. The time you waste is valuable. These words are not meant to be saved. Spread them here by any means possible. I want them out, I tell you! If someone wants to read some messages, give them to them and let them read them at prayer meetings. There is no secret here. They are from Me and I want them out. I want you to speak. A lot of your discontent is in sitting around with all these messages and not spreading them. Tell your friends to speak. Speak My words here. You don't have to mention the source. Spread the messages. You are not what is important. The messages are. You will be exposed. Don't worry who knows, but don't spread your own story. Spread the messages. Like ripples on a pond, the love of God will be spread throughout the land. I have so much to give to My hurting ones. I am your God. I died for you out of deepest love. I have come in these messages to lead you back home.

    Quit worrying of details. I am He Who runs the show. Pray for guidance every day. Spend one hour in front of the tabernacle. You cannot do in a million years what I can do in one moment. Quit relying on yourselves. You are only pushing buttons. When you are fixed in Me, the right door opens. When you go it alone, you have a hard road to walk. One hour in private adoration. Be silent or read the Blue Book. Your life will become uplifted by My teaching and you will sail a blue sky.

    Spend time in silence and some in reading My words in front of Me. I am talking to you in these letters. What power, to read them in front of the tabernacle! You can't go it alone. You need My help. You need your supplies. But you must come and get them! You are following your tail around if you do it alone. I am He Who can do all this. When you realize My power in adoration, your lives will change. As long as you are too busy you will have a hard time. The soul craves this union with Me.

    Lead the priests back to adoration and the people will follow. Our leaders have become too busy for adoration. This is the key, the key to unlock the doors to the world's problems. It is found in front of the tabernacle, at daily Mass and Communion. Do the priests ever preach any of this? You have forgotten your center, Jesus, in the Eucharist! All the power is found in Jesus. You have all that you need and you walk about and decorate My churches and clean every speck of dust and repair My pews and carpet My house and fix My organs but you walk about and miss the King of Glory who sits there all alone! Spread the messages on the tabernacle. I want them out!   

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                Mary began to appear to me daily
                July 5, 1994 —

                Fr. Carter went —
                I received Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and
                    Mary

 

 
 

                Mary appeared in Clearwater 13 years

 

Mary by day
July 5, 2000

by night
July 5, 2000

 

                Feed the hungry 

15 years ago

 

August 1, 1994

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

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

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

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

end of August 1, 1994

 

                Mary appeared

                We have circulated with the Priestly
                    Newsletters in books over
                    15,000,000 Priestly Newsletters
                    to priests and hierarchy all over the
                    world —

                The prayers are in 7 languages with
                    the Church's Imprimatur

 

English

Spanish

French

Portuguese

Italian

 

                Help me —

                The devil wants us stopped —
                    spread the Blue Books —
                    lead people to daily Mass and
                    adoration —

                They are hungry

                Feed the hungry

                Sing: I Am Your Sacred Heart

 

From Blue Book V

October 11, 1994

Take Shelter from the Rain in My Heart

(Messenger: I saw a vision in my heart of a little wet child standing by a tree in the storm in a dark night. Just a little light, enough to see the child.)

Jesus: You are this little child. You are in the storm. The wind and the rain are beating down on you. You are cold. You are wet, as wet as you can be. You stand by a tree and the wind beats against you and the rain pounds harder.

    My child, My child, there is such shelter in My most Sacred Heart. Come into My Heart, child. You will be protected from the wind that blows so hard on you. You will be out of the rain. It may pound down all around you, but your refuge is found in My Heart. My Heart is a burning furnace of love. See yourself, little child, stand by the tree and whimper and you want to go it alone? Let My Mother lead you by the hand. You, little child, come with Mary, your Mother. Let her take you to the shelter of My Heart.

John 14:6

I am the Way; I am Truth and Life....

    There is not life without Me. My life I give to you that you will have life and have it abundantly. Today I give you My very own Heart on fire for love of you. Come to Me through Mary's pure and tender Heart. We will shelter you in the darkest storm.

Messenger: When I am filled up with Your love, Lord, I do not whimper as a little child. I am filled with love and peace and joy. Take me, Mary, to the Heart of your very dear Son and place me there forever in a little pocket surrounded by His ardent love. I want to be lost deeply in the recesses of this Heart. How deep do you place me in His Heart? I want to be surrounded by the immense love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and know, Mary, you are so closely united in this Heart!

    This is the comfort in the dark, windy, wet night. This is my refuge. This is my life. This is the closest I can come to heaven on earth - to be united in such love with the Trinity and Mary!

    Help me to let go of it all and come as a little child, running from the rain to the warmest shelter. A roaring fire, warmth, dry clothes and light - the light radiated by the Heart of Jesus. In the darkness I find my light in You. Alleluia. Praise God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Love to my beloved Mother. This is bliss.

Song:  I am Your Sacred Heart

 

  

September 10, 1994

Prayers Will Transform Your Land

R. Light comes every day. There was total darkness throughout the land and as quietly as could be the morning light shone over this same land. Do we question that there existed total darkness and then the light appeared in such grandeur?

Jesus: There will be darkness throughout the earth; men's hearts will turn cold and dark and the light of the love of God will, as quietly, steal across these same hearts and transform them into hearts on fire and alive. What, My child, will do this? The power of the Almighty God can change men's hearts that are dead in sin to hearts that are alive and vibrant, radiating the love of God. Pray, My little one, more than anything you do, your prayers will be that which transforms your land from darkness to light. Only the might of the Almighty God can do this. This is a miracle. A heart, dead in sin, can be touched by the hand of God.

Live My love in your hearts. You are My hands to this dark world. You radiate the love of God from your very being. The most important thing you can do for this earth is to develop your love affair with God. Everything follows from that. If your hearts are set on the Lord, your might will be great. You will shine in the darkest night. The darker the night, the brighter your light. My light is so bright that nothing can compare to or equal this light. Its intensity shines brighter than ever against the dark night.

Oh, My children, if you only believed as you should. You worry for needless tasks. You see the world and you think you control it. You, children, control nothing. I never slumber, I never sleep, I never go away. My light is a vibrant force that shines from the hearts centered in My love.

Keep your hearts pure. Be about your love affair with Me. Come to My altar and receive the one, true God, totally present and in your midst this very day. Sit with Me and soak in My might. Come to the tabernacle. I am the Almighty God. I cast a light from the tabernacle that penetrates your soul. You are filled with My power. I am the Almighty God, truly present there. No less present than the day I walked this earth.

You, My little ones, need to spread this good news. Jesus Christ is Lord. He has died, He is risen, He is in your midst this very day! Come to Me, My little babies, and sit with Me. I await with such gifts for you to come. My Heart is burning for love of you. I penetrate your soul with My might. Come and be transformed by the light of Christ. Sit before Me in the tabernacle. You will receive such power as My might transforms your soul. You needn't fret and worry. Pray children, offer your days up the the Father, through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Offer your lives for all your brothers, living and dead. You have a mighty weapon. Pray. Do not spend time in idle talk discussing the hardened hearts of this world. Offer your days in prayer. Pray constantly. I am the Almighty God. I go before you, I will light the way.

Keep your hearts ever set on the mysteries of Christ. It is through Me you will reach such heights. I am the Almighty God. I go before you. I gave My life that you would live. I loved you to My death, My sweet children. Come to Me and I will give you rest. Alleluia.

end of September 10, 1994

   

                Feed the Hungry

                Song: I Love You Jesus

                At today's Mass — Jesus says

  

John 6: 26-27

In all truth I tell you,
you are looking for me
not because you have seen the signs
but because you had all the bread
   you wanted to eat.
Do not work for food that goes bad,
but work for food
   that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of man will give you,
for on him the Father, God himself,
   has set his seal.

 

                Jesus gives us the Eucharist and He
                    fills our soul with His life —

                He abundantly outpours His grace —

                Feed the Hungry

                The first reading today prefigures the
                    second

  

Exodus 16: 2-4, 12-15

And the whole community of Israelites began complaining about Moses and Aaron in the desert and said to them, 'Why did we not die at Yahweh's hand in Egypt, where we used to sit round the flesh pots and could eat to our heart's content! As it is, you have led us into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death!'

Yahweh then said to Moses, 'Look, I shall rain down bread for you from the heavens. Each day the people must go out and collect their ration for the day; I propose to test them in this way to see whether they will follow my law or not.

'I have heard the Israelites' complaints. Speak to them as follows, "At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will have bread to your heart's content, and then you will know that I am Yahweh your God."'

That evening, quails flew in and covered the camp, and next morning there was a layer of dew all round the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the desert was something fine and granular, as fine as hoarfrost on the ground. As soon as the Israelites saw this, they said to one another, 'What is that?' not knowing what it was. 'That', Moses told them, 'is the food which Yahweh has given you to eat.

 

Ephesians 4: 17, 20-24

So this I say to you and attest to you in the Lord, do not go on living the empty–headed life that the gentiles live. 

Now that is hardly the way you have learnt Christ, unless you failed to hear him properly when you were taught what the truth is in Jesus. You were to put aside your old self, which belongs to your old way of life and is corrupted by following illusory desires. Your mind was to be renewed in spirit so that you could put on the New Man that has been created on God’s principles, in the uprightness and holiness of the truth.

 

John 6: 24-35

When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into those boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, 'Rabbi, when did you come here?' Jesus answered:

In all truth I tell you,
you are looking for me
not because you have seen the signs
but because you had all the bread
   you wanted to eat.
Do not work for food that goes bad,
but work for food
   that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of man will give you,
for on him the Father, God himself,
   has set his seal.

    Then they said to him, 'What must we do if we are to carry out God's work?' Jesus gave them this answer, 'This is carrying out God's work: you must believe in the one he has sent.' So they said, 'What sign will you yourself do, the sight of which will make us believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers ate manna in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.' Jesus answered them:

In all truth I tell you,
it was not Moses
   who gave you the bread from heaven,
it is my Father
   who gives you the bread from heaven,
the true bread;
for the bread of God
is the bread
   which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.

'Sir,' they said, 'give us that bread always.'
Jesus answered them:

I am the bread of life.
No one who comes to me will ever hunger;
no one who believes in me will ever thirst.
 

 

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 6, 2006

INTRODUCTION:  (Exodus 16: 2-4. 12-15 Ephesians 4: 17. 20-24; John 6: 24-35) Last Sunday we heard about Jesus feeding a multitude of people (over 5000 men the gospel tells us) with five loaves of bread and two fish. It must have been a powerful experience as it is the only miracle recorded in all four gospels other than the miracle of Christ’s resurrection.  St. John gives us further indication of the magnitude of this miracle in that he tells us there were twelve baskets of left overs from the five loaves of bread and two fish.  It was impressive enough that the people wanted to make Jesus their king.  But Jesus did not want to be the kind of king they had in mind.  So he sent his apostles off in a boat and he went into the hills to be by himself and pray.  Later on that evening he joined his apostles which is a story all its own, for they were still in the boat and Jesus came to them walking on the water.  Today’s gospel begins when the crowd meet up with Jesus later on at Capernaum. 

The first reading gives us some historical background for the gospel.  It tells how God fed his people with manna 1300 years earlier on their way from Egypt to the promised land.  In the conversation the people are having with Jesus in the gospel they refer to the event of God feeding his people with manna in the desert. 

HOMILY: The clock in a restaurant window had stopped at a few minutes past noon.  One day a patron asked the owner, “Do you know that the clock in your window has stopped?”  The owner answered, “It hasn’t been working for months.  But you would be surprised to know how many people look at that clock, think they are hungry, and come in to get something to eat.”      

There’s more to life than satisfying our physical hunger.  That’s what Jesus is trying to tell people in today’s gospel.  He said, “You are not looking for me because you have seen signs but because you have eaten your fill of the loaves.”  A sign always points to something else.  An exit sign tells us how to leave a building or a parking lot.  Smoke tells us there is fire somewhere.  A no smoking sign tells us not to smoke.  Jesus wanted to tell people that the miracle of the loaves pointed to something more.  But they didn’t see that.  They didn’t know it was a sign.  They were content with having their stomachs filled. That’s why he said,  “You are not looking for me because you have seen signs but because you have eaten your fill of the loaves.”  They wanted only what they wanted, not what he wanted to give them.  In our relationship with God, we must ask ourselves, are we interested only in getting God to give us what we want, or are we willing to work so that God can give us what God wants for us?   

Notice how this word ‘work’ sneaks in here.  (It’s one of those nasty four letter words most of us don’t like to hear.)  Jesus said, “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”  The people ask (and this is a literal translation of the Greek text), “What can we do to work the works of God?”  Jesus said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”  Faith takes work.  It is not a cakewalk.  It is not for the faint hearted.  Keeping the commandments, praying when it feels like no one is listening, going to Mass when we would rather stay in bed, believing in what we cannot see, loving people who are not very lovable, forgiving those who hurt us, trusting that God really loves us when we feel the world is down on us, keeping our faith in the face of scandals in the Church.  These are some of the things that take real work.  We cannot accomplish anything really worthwhile in life without work – and that’s true of our faith too.  We’ll get out of our faith what we put into it.  The current attitude among many is that God is good and we’re all going to heaven in the end, no matter what, so why sweat it?  Well, God is good, and he tried to guide us in the right direction and he even died on the cross to help us get there, but God cannot save us if we are too lazy or too busy or too indifferent to do our part.    

There’s one other line in today’s gospel I want to call attention to.  Jesus said “Whoever comes to me will never hunger…”   It hurts to be hungry.  We have all felt it at times – not as bad as some people in other parts of the world – but we know what it feels like nonetheless.  If we didn’t feel that pain from time to time we would probably all starve to death.  There was a good article in Reader’s Digest last month entitled “Hungry all the time. How to turn off the switch.”  The point of the article was that there are certain foods we eat that significantly increase the feeling of hunger in us, and that cause us to overeat.  By avoiding certain foods we will be less hungry.  You can probably guess what those foods are.  They’re things like white bread, white rice, bagels, donuts, soft drinks, ice cream, sweet cereals, French fries, etc.  Our society offers us lots of spiritual junk food too.  It nourishes us momentarily but still leaves our inner person feeling empty and hungry for something more.  Jesus promises to fill our inner selves so that we can know true fulfillment and peace when he tells us “Whoever comes to me will never hunger…”  And that’s what brought us here today.  He is the true bread that gives life to the world.  Amen. 

  

                Sing: Eat This Bread

                Sing: I Am the Bread of Life —

                Fr. Joe said at Mass yesterday that
                    St. Mark's Gospel is the
                    shortest —     

  

                Jesus fed the great crowd in a miraculous way and they
                    wanted to make Him a King.

                Now they take a completely different attitude toward Jesus —
                    Jesus wanted them to take Him on their terms
                    The people wanted to take Him on a
                        worldly level —
                    Jesus wanted to feed them with bread from heaven —
                    They didn't see the sign Jesus worked as it was —
                    They couldn't figure it out           

                Jesus explained to them what He meant —
                    Jesus is the teacher
                    Jesus worked in skilled labor for almost all His life —
                    If you do not work — you do not eat —

                This world is not all there is —

                We need to look for the future —
                    to our eternal life

  

“Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in a love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.”
                                                                                                                                                                Pedro Arrupe


                Be in love with the infinite God —
                Believe in the One the Father sent —
                Jesus wants a lot
                He gives a lot —
                Take Him on His terms
                    not our terms

                Doing work of God is work —
                    because we have to die to our selfishness —
                    Believe in Jesus
                    Follow Jesus
                    until we follow Jesus we will hunger
                        in our hearts —
                        because only He can satisfy us —
                    until we follow Jesus
                        we will hunger


 

        Prayer of St Ignatius

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Permit me not to be separated from Thee
From the wicked foe defend me
at the hour of my death call me
and bid me come to Thee
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee
For ever and ever. Amen.

 

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.

  

 

                We need to discern the spirits

                We need conversion of our heart.
                We need to consecrate our heart to Our Lady.

                Pray to know God
                Pray to know the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

                To know God is to be on fire for love of God

   

 

Prayer for Union with Jesus

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

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

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

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

-God's Blue Book, January 17, 1994

 

From The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.
  p.11

21.                     SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

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

 

                Examination of Conscience - is a spiritual exercise
                We want freedom to know and do the will of God
                We must let go of inordinate attachments

                A love of God — Passion to do God's will —
                Surrender to God because of this love of God

                St. Xavier was a companion of St. Ignatius in the Society of Jesus

                Paul was knocked off his horse

                St. Ignatius had an accident —

                Conversion —

                May asked for conversion at Fatima

                We must be free — not attached to inordinate attachments that
                    tie us up

                Jealousy — pride — seeking dominance — working for our
                    vain glory — full of pent up anger — unforgiveness —
                    keeps us from this freedom of letting go, being
                    empty to know God — to be filled with God —

                The world is fallen — it leads us away from God —
                    We need to retreat from world —
                    We must be like little children 
               
 

Matthew 11: 25

At that time Jesus exclaimed, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children.

 

                Selfishness — foolishness — storing up treasures
                    for this life

                God wants our time — intimacy — love —
                Being in the moment

    

From a Lenten Homily, March 24, 2000

Live in the Moment

    Today’s Gospel in its story certainly points ahead to Jesus in His Passion and death. And as we read passages such as this during the Lenten season, we are reminded once again that the Church in her Liturgy of the Word gives us an opportunity to undergo a purification, an ever deepening cleansing of ourselves so that we may be a more fit instrument for receiving the great graces which are to be given to us at the time of the Resurrection memorial on Easter. And so all in all, Lent is a time of purification to prepare us for ever-greater gifts of the Lord. It’s a time of self-discipline, a time to renew our efforts to be self-disciplined in the service of the Lord. Self-discipline is an aspect of purification. And I suggest that one of the most difficult acts of self-discipline in the spiritual journey is to concentrate on the present moment. We have a very strong tendency to disregard the importance of the present moment by focusing in a wrong way on the past or in a wrong way on the future. There are proper occasions for thinking of the past and the future. For example, we have to learn from the past and we have to prepare for the future, but our great emphasis has to be upon the present. There is a Latin axiom which says, age quod agis, age quod agis, which means: do what you are doing, concentrate on the present. And of course we are familiar with that term in the history of spirituality: the sacrament of the present moment. And so the discipline of Lent certainly encourages us to include in a deeper self-discipline a greater determination to get as much as we can out of the present moment. People with a terminal illness have an opportunity as they prepare for death for increased prayer, contrition, love of God. However, some are taken very, very quickly. But for those who have the opportunity of knowing with some certainty the time of their death, I’m sure as they look back on their lives, they are saddened by the many times they did not use time and opportunities for the service of the Lord properly, and are overjoyed at those times in which they did use the present opportunity properly. A great means we have of living in the present properly is a greater focus upon our Lord. For if I have that awareness of the fact I am united with Jesus here and now, why should I be concerned so much about the future or the past? Yes, a great help in living in the present and deriving all the good we can from it for ourselves and others is an ever greater focus upon Jesus, because the more I focus upon Jesus and the more I live with Him in the present moment, the more I am satisfied with the present moment. And so let us in our Lenten activity resolve to grow in that self-discipline - which is very difficult at times - to really live in the presence with the fullness of our being as much as is possible, with the help of God’s grace. Now is the day of salvation. Now is the day of salvation.

end of Father Carter's homily

   

                Being alive — not clogged down with bags of
                    baggage —

                Not being free to open up to God because of our baggage
                    unforgiveness

                Open your heart to God
                Ponder God who loves you being one with you —
                Thank God for His gifts

                We want a love relationship with God
                    being in the presence of God
                    being with God —

  


           

A Prayer for Intimacy with the Lamb, the Bridegroom of the Soul

     Oh Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, come and act on my soul most intimately. I surrender myself, as I ask for the grace to let go, to just be as I exist in You and You act most intimately on my soul. You are the Initiator. I am the soul waiting Your favors as You act in me. I love You. I adore You. I worship You. Come and possess my soul with Your Divine Grace, as I experience You most intimately.

  

                Wait on the Lord
                God is the initiator —
                After reception of the Eucharist —

                I love love You so much, God —
                I open myself to You and what You want —

                Gratitude — thank God for His blessings

 

 

 

  

     

Picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Introduction

 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.

- God's Blue Book,
Volume 2 April 13, 1994

 

                Song: I Love You Jesus

 

                Discernment of Spirits

  

                God created me to know, love and serve God

  

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

                        23. FIRST PRINCIPLE AND FOUNDATION

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

  

                Why did God create me?

                Song: By Name I Have Called You!

                God loves us so much — The Trinity — most perfect community of love

 

                We have to know ourselves — examination our conscience

                Dear Father help me to love You like a little child — to surrender
                    to Your will — My Father, I am your little child — Help me to
                    know Your will and to do it — You are my Father —
                    You are the Father of Jesus.

    

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.

   

May 16, 1998 - Prayer to the Father

My Father,

        With my whole heart I desire to consecrate the whole world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I wish with my whole being for the salvation of souls and that man live according to Thy Holy Will. I pray my Father that we may be one in You and Your Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit that we may intercede to You for this cause.

        It is this burning desire within my soul to spread the consecration to the far ends of the earth, that the cries of Your children are cries of glory and honor and adoration, praising God as their God.

        My Father, at this moment a soul hangs on the edge of death. For all eternity they will go to a place. It is not the plot of this soul as it trods this barren land to decide on the edge of death. You created us that we would grow in our oneness with God, that we would mature more and more in our image and likeness to God.

        And so My Father, I pray with every cell in my body for this earth. In the name of Your Son Jesus I consecrate all the souls of this earth to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Holy Spirit in union with the Holy sacrifice of the Mass with all the angels and saints and the souls in Purgatory.

        I beg You Father for mercy.
        I beg You Father for assistance.
        I beg You Father to help us to spread this consecration to the far ends of the earth.

        Please help us. We are helpless little ones coming in the heart of our Mother, bleeding from our wounds and our sins.

        Your Son, Jesus Christ, shed the last drop of His Blood for the salvation of mankind. We wish to unite in this sacrifice, sacramentally made present in the Mass all over the world at every moment. Help us to make reparation to You for the sins of men.

        Please my Father, help us. Held in the heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus we come as the children of Eve to beg for the Reign of the Sacred Heart and the Triumph of Mary's heart. Look upon our love, Your shepherds in the Shepherds of Christ, our sacrifices and devotion to You Our Beloved Father. Come by the means of the Holy Spirit and sanctify us and make us whole, that we are one in Your Son Jesus, praying to You, Father, in the name of Your Son Jesus in the Holy Spirit united with all the angels and saints, in the heart of Mary. We beg for help for special intentions concerning the Movement. We beg for help to reach the Churches to give these prayers of Jesus to them, to reach the schools and the family. Help we cry as poor banished children of Eve. Help us Father to do this work the Good Shepherd has entrusted to us. Help us to be one in You that we act as intercessors to help this world to be turned to God as their God, loving, honoring and adoring Him as the Lord of Host is truly present on His throne.

        We are Your children Father, we implore You to answer our prayer.
        We love You, we worship You, we adore You, we thank you and we sing from the bottom of our hearts, Holy God we Praise Your Name. Alleluia

end of prayer to the Father

   

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

   

                Dear Jesus I love You so much — I want to serve You and to be so
                    intimately one with You — Fill me with Your grace — so Your
                    life is so abundantly in me — fill me God with Your life — I long
                    to know You Jesus —

                Holy Spirit mold me in the spiritual womb of Mary - more and more in
                    the image of Jesus —

                Holy Spirit help me to follow Your counsel to know You
                    in me — to know the peace, love and joy that
                    comes from you, oh Holy Spirit —

                Holy Spirit give me your gifts —
                    Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude,
                    Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord

                Holy Spirit help me to be strong with the love of God —
                Holy Spirit help me to respect God and avoid sin —
                Holy Spirit help me to live in the Father's will —
                Holy Spirit help me to keep Your commandments and respect authority
                Holy Spirit help us to know the truth —
                Holy Spirit help me to have the gift of faith, hope and love —
                Holy Spirit help us to know what is right and what is wrong —

                Leader   Send forth Your Spirit and all will be reborn
                All         And You will renew the face of the earth

                God I want You to be the Lord of my life — You are my Master God —
                    help me to be pleasing to You

                God created us out of love — God is all good
                God wants this intimate relationship with us
                God wants intimate love —

                Jesus gives us the Blue Books — God wants this Personal
                    love with us

                God gives us this special sharing in His life in baptism —
                God gives us Himself, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in
                    the Eucharist — God feeds us with Himself —

                China Church is a special Church Jesus is
                    truly present in the Eucharist — we
                    have Jesus exposed there —

 

 

                God loves us so much —
                    God the Father wants us to see Him as a loving
                        Father

                    God loved us so much He created us out of love
                        in His image and likeness —
                        God wanted to share His love with us

                    Jesus gives us His Blue Books

 

God’s Blue Books

God’s Blue Book 1 – Messages given by Jesus to Rita Ring. Jesus tells us how precious we are to Him and how He loves us.  He is with us this day, so close.  He is a person who longs and waits for our love. He wants such union with us.  These are His teachings to lift you up!  Tapes are available with messages and songs given from Jesus.

God’s Blue Book 2 – Messages given by Jesus to Rita Ring. Jesus is on fire for us.  Rita saw a vision of Jesus’ Heart on Dec. 17, 1991.  The power is in the Eucharist.  The power is released when hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  Jesus wants His beloved souls to pray before the tabernacle and after Communion.  It is in praying to Him at these times that we become very close to Him.  His Heart is an endless furnace of burning love on fire for each of his precious souls.  He wants union with us.  Only in the surrendering of ourselves to the will of God can we be close to Him. Tapes are available with messages and songs given from Jesus.

God’s Blue Book 3 – Messages given by Jesus to Rita Ring. Love God, love one another.  He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  How can we say that we love Him when we do not love one another?  Each person was created by the Father.  If we do not love our brother, we are not loving His creation.  We are the lights that shine in this world.  Jesus loves us so much, He gives Himself to us in the Eucharist. He remains with us in the tabernacle, and we take His gift so lightly.  In this book, He tells us about His immense love.  He asks us to rid ourselves of hate and anger and to love our brothers.  He talks about Mary.  Two rosaries are included.

God’s Blue Book 4 – Messages from Jesus and Mary. How they love us!  Mary appeared to me everyday and I knew from these writings more about Jesus’ love for Mary and Mary’s love for Jesus and Their love for us.  This book is a beautiful message from the Two Hearts and it includes rosary mediations from Mary and Jesus.  This book really talks about Their pure love and how we can love more purely.

God’s Blue Book 5 – Jesus wants to be so united with us.  He is the bridegroom of our soul. In living deeper consecration to the Two Hearts we can love more purely.  This is a book about pure love.  It is awesome. It has many rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  Some writings are also from Fr. Carter.

God’s Blue Book 6 – Jesus and Mary appeared everyday giving these rosaries.  We can receive tremendous grace when we pray them with a candle.  Some writings are also from Fr. Carter.  This will help you grow in the spiritual life when you pray these rosaries.
He Calls Us to Action – This book is a call to action. He gives us His love and He sends us into the world to spread this love to others. We cannot hold back. We need to pray to the Holy Spirit to enlighten us and to give us His courage to carry out the plan of the Father. Holy Spirit transform us from fear to fearlessness. He is one in us. Minute-by-minute, second-by-second, He provides for our needs. Hear His soft voice all through the day say,
I love you, I love you, I love you.

 

                Sing: Take Lord Receive

                Obedience

 

Matthew 8: 21-23

Another man, one of the disciples, said to him, 'Lord, let me go and bury my father first.' But Jesus said, 'Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their dead.'

Then he got into the boat followed by his disciples.

 

John 4: 34; 6: 38

But Jesus said: My food is to do the will of the one who sent me, and to complete his work.

I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but to do the will of him who sent me.

 

                Angels said we will not serve God —

                Adam and Eve fell — disobedience, rebellion

   

 

Romans 1: 18 - 2: 11

The retribution of God from heaven is being revealed against the ungodliness and injustice of human beings who in their injustice hold back the truth. For what can be known about God is perfectly plain to them, since God has made it plain to them: ever since the creation of the world, the invisible existence of God and his everlasting power have been clearly seen by the mind's understanding of created things. And so these people have no excuse: they knew God and yet they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but their arguments became futile and their uncomprehending minds were darkened. While they claimed to be wise, in fact they were growing so stupid that they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an imitation, for the image of a mortal human being, or of birds, or animals, or crawling things.

    That is why God abandoned them in their inmost cravings to filthy practices of dishonouring their own bodies-  because they exchanged God's truth for a lie and have worshipped and served the creature instead of the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen

    That is why God abandoned them to degrading passions: why their women have exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural practices; and the men, in a similar fashion, too, giving up normal relations with women, are consumed with passion for each other, men doing shameful things with men and receiving in themselves due reward for their perversion.

    In other words, since they would not consent to acknowledge God, God abandoned them to their unacceptable thoughts and indecent behaviour. And so now they are steeped in all sorts of injustice, rottenness, greed and malice; full of envy, murder, wrangling, treachery and spite, libellers, slanderers, enemies of God, rude, arrogant and boastful, enterprising in evil, rebellious to parents, without brains, honour, love or pity. They are well aware of God's ordinance: that those who behave like this deserve to die-yet they not only do it, but even applaud others who do the same.

So no matter who you are, if you pass judgement you have no excuse. It is yourself that you condemn when you judge others, since you behave in the same way as those you are condemning. We are well aware that people who behave like that are justly condemned by God. But you-when you judge those who behave like this while you are doing the same yourself-do you think you will escape God's condemnation? Or are you not disregarding his abundant goodness, tolerance and patience, failing to realise that this generosity of God is meant to bring you to repentance? Your stubborn refusal to repent is only storing up retribution for yourself on that Day of retribution when God's just verdicts will be made known. He will repay everyone as their deeds deserve. For those who aimed for glory and honour and immortality by persevering in doing good, there will be eternal life; but for those who out of jealousy have taken for their guide not truth but injustice, there will be the fury of retribution. Trouble and distress will come to every human being who does evil-Jews first, but Greeks as well; glory and honour and peace will come to everyone who does good-Jews first, but Greeks as well. There is no favouritism with God.

    

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2000

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Tell My People
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The Pain and the Joy

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Tell My People

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In Imitation of Two Hearts

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Words of Jesus to Members of
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"My beloved priest-companion, I intend to use the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, and the movement, Shepherds of Christ Associates, in a powerful way for the renewal of My Church and the world.

"I will use the newsletter and the chapters of Shepherds of Christ Associates as a powerful instrument for spreading devotion to My Heart and My Mother's Heart.

"I am calling many to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. To all of them I will give great blessings. I will use them as instruments to help bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. I will give great graces to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. I will call them to be deeply united to My Heart and to Mary's Heart as I lead them ever closer to My Father in the Holy Spirit."

- Message from Jesus to Father Edward J. Carter, S.J., Founder, as given on July 31, 1994,
feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits)

 

  

 

  


 

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