Mary has requested that the daily message be given each day to the world. It is read nightly at the prayer service from her Image Building in Clearwater, Florida, U.S.A. This is according to her request. All attempts will be made to publish this daily message to the world at 11p.m. Eastern time, U.S.A.
   

We acknowledge that the final authority regarding these messages rests
with the Holy See of Rome.


I appear my children on this former bank building in Florida, Our Lady Clothed with the Sun.

August 22, 2003 - The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 23rd Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 3 Period I.
The Novena Rosary Mysteries for August 23rd are the Joyful.

                                

The Sidney Rosary from August 19, 2003

will play tomorrow at

12:00 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.

   

Tune in for the first part of

the live rosary from

August 20, 2003 on the web radio

at 4:35 p.m. on Sunday August 24, 2003

and the rest will be played after the 6:20 prayers.

    

LISTEN TO
THE NEW RADIO —

NEW GREAT RECEPTION —
NEW PROGRAM

www.sofc.org

   
See Mary as she

appears NOW

on the web camera
  

    

We desperately need funds.

Please call 1-888-211-3041

or 1-513-932-4451.

We accept credit card donations.

  

We want to be able to fill

the orders for the

School Rosary Program.

 

      

           
   

Schedule for August 23, 2003

       
4:00 a.m. - Mass

4:37 a.m. - Nursing Home #3

5:20 a.m. - Daily Message from June 15, 2003

5:54 a.m. - Mary's Message

6:00 a.m. - Morning Offering & Prayer for Union with Jesus

6:05 a.m. - Songs

6:20 a.m. - 6:20 prayers led by Father Carter
                 Holy Spirit Novena
                 Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual
                 Rosary

7:24 a.m. - Newsletter 2000 Issue 2 (Suffering: A Source of Life)

8:58 a.m. - Mysteries of Light from October 24, 2002

9:38 a.m. - Mary's Message

9:44 a.m. - Live Rosary from May 5, 2001

10:56 a.m. - Children's Rosary March 20, 1997

11:43 a.m. - Songs

12:00 p.m. - Live Sidney Rosary from August 19, 2003

4:00 p.m. - Mass

4:37 p.m. - Joyful Rosary Aves

5:06 p.m. - Mysteries of Light from July 10, 2003 #3

5:40 p.m. - Sorrowful Aves

6:12 p.m. - Mary's Message

6:18 p.m. - Song: I Am A Child of God

6:20 p.m. - 6:20 prayers led by Father Carter
                 Holy Spirit Novena
                 Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual
                
Live Sidney Rosary from August 19, 2003

9:39 p.m. - Glorious Aves

10:12 p.m. - Nursing Home #15

10:50 p.m. - A Blue Book Reading or Two and a Tribute
                    to Mary on Mother's Day - May 11, 2003

12:10 a.m. - Daily Message from June 15, 2003

12:44 a.m. - Mary's Message

12:50 a.m. - Tell My People read by Father Carter

2:21 a.m. - Morning Offering

2:25 a.m. - Newsletter 2000 Issue 2 (Suffering: A Source of Life

4:00 a.m. - Mass

        

                           

We need funds.

  
Shepherds of Christ Ministries
P.O. Box 193
Morrow, OH 45152

1-888-211-3041

      

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.

       

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get your Blue Books today

    

Please check out 

our new 

internet store:

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August 22, 2003 - The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Jesus speaks:        This is My Movement, I desire that the

                            Virgin Mary Building be owned free and

                            clear by the Shepherds of Christ.

                                I have asked that pictures of Mary's image

                            be circulated far and wide with the web

                            address so that these writings of My

                            messengers Fr. Carter and Rita Ring be read

                            all over the earth.

                                I desire the Blue Book II be given to all

                            priests and translated in Spanish with

                            the Imprimatur. This is the Mighty Medicine.

                                Your world is suffering and sick

                            I have appeared and My Mother has appeared

                            for the world. The messages given here are

                            for the world.

                                This is My Movement.

                                On this special Feast I ask you to

                            see that I have given this Movement and

                            this building to you to help to bring

                            about the Reign of My Sacred Heart and

                            the triumph of My Mother's Immaculate

                            Heart.

                                I give you this gift

    

August 22, 2003 - 2:30 p.m.

      

August 22, 2003 message continues

Jesus speaks:         I beg for you on this special feast to

                            help.

                                Oh you pray to Me and I send you this

                            gift and these writings and I am

                            ignored. Do you know how so many

                            are suffering and need this medicine.

  

     

    

August 22, 2003 message continues

Jesus speaks:         Oh My children, I love you so much,

                            I gave My life for you, what makes you

                            think I would not send writings to

                            help renew My Church and My world.

                            My messages and the messages of My

                            Mother are for all the world. Mary

                            speaks to all her children, in Rome,

                            New York, California, Guadalupe,

                            every corner of the earth.

                                Your Father has allowed Mary to

                            appear as a messenger.

                                At the end of the century I have

                            given you this Movement to help

                            bring about the completion of her mission

                            begun at Fatima.

                                On October 13, 2003 there will be a

                            special Apostle Gathering. I am your

                            God, I call My Apostles in the Shepherds

                            of Christ to be Apostles, Servants

                            and Handmaids of My Sacred Heart.

                            This day will be a day to call you

                            My faithful ones and the new ones.

                                All must pray daily for vocations

                            to all seven categories.

                                The funds are very scarce. The

                            building must be secured. Those who

                            do not see the big picture should pray

                            for grace for themselves. Others should

                            pray for grace for them. Pray for Margaret,

                            your handmaid — rely on My Might — pray

                            for one another — pray for this mission —

                            do not give into satan who wants you 

                            stopped. Pray hourly, attend daily

                            Mass, do your hour.

                                Community life is community life,

                            living united as a family of love helping

                            each other in this mission.

                                One faithfully served and so much

                            was done, another came to serve them

                            to get all their unmet needs met from

                            childhood — while one complained,

                            the other worked.

                                I ask you to read the story of Joseph

    

Genesis 37: 3-4, 12-13, 17-28  

   Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons, for he was the son of his old age, and he had a decorated tunic made for him. But his brothers, seeing how much more his father loved him than all his other sons, came to hate him so much that they could not say a civil word to him.

Joseph sold by his brothers

   His brothers went to pasture their father’s flock at Shechem. Then Israel said to Joseph, ‘Your brothers are with the flock at Shechem, aren’t they? Come, I am going to send you to them.’ ‘I am ready,’ he replied.

The man answered, ‘They have moved on from here; indeed I heard them say, "Let us go to Dothan." ’ So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.
   They saw him in the distance, and before he reached them they made a plot to kill him. ‘Here comes that dreamer,’ they said to one another. ‘Come on, let us kill him now and throw him down one of the storage–wells; we can say that some wild animal has devoured him. Then we shall see what becomes of his dreams.’
   But Reuben heard, and he saved him from their clutches. ‘We must not take his life,’ he said. ‘Shed no blood,’ said Reuben to them, ‘throw him down that well out in the desert, but do not kill him yourselves’—intending to save him from them and to restore him to his father. So, when Joseph reached his brothers, they pulled off his tunic, the decorated tunic which he was wearing, and catching hold of him, threw him into the well. The well was empty, with no water in it. They then sat down to eat.
   Looking up, they saw a group of Ishmaelites who were coming from Gilead, their camels laden with gum tragacanth, balsam and resin, which they were taking to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers, ‘What do we gain by killing our brother and covering up his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, then we shall not have laid hands on him ourselves. After all, he is our brother, and our own flesh.’ His brothers agreed.
   Now some Midianite merchants were passing, and they pulled Joseph out of the well. They sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver, and these men took Joseph to Egypt.

    

August 22, 2003 message continues

Jesus speaks:         I ask you to read the story of Cain and Abel —

  

Genesis 4:2-7

She gave birth to a second child, Abel, the brother of Cain. Now Abel became a shepherd and kept flocks, while Cain tilled the soil. Time passed and Cain brought some of the produce of the soil as an offering for Yahweh, while Abel for his part brought the first-born of his flock and some of their fat as well. Yahweh looked with favour on Abel and his offering. But he did not look with favour on Cain and his offering, and Cain was very angry and downcast. Yahweh asked Cain, 'Why are you angry and downcast? If you are doing right, surely you ought to hold your head high! But if you are not doing right, Sin is crouching at the door hungry to get you. You can still master him.'

 

August 22, 2003 message continues

Jesus speaks:         I ask you to look at yourself —

                                One came and served, as Mary their

                                    model, the handmaid of the Lord —

                                Another spent all their time working

                                    out problems, their life was

                                    lived working out problems

                                    from one person to the other —

                                    Remember the lady who married

                                    five husbands — she thought

                                    they were all the same — she was

                                    the one with the "snarley" disposition

                                    she had the problems inside —

                                    until she changed her only answer

                                    was to try to break in a new

                                    husband — no one wanted to live with

                                    her after a week.

                                A call to community life is a call to

                            service, unity, love.

                                In the Shepherds of Christ there are many centers

                            4 places around Cincinnati to stay, but all are

                            in the Cincinnati core group, China, Indiana is

                            My Eucharistic Center, a home for servants

                            and handmaids and a priest house,

                            Florida, a home for apostles, servants

                            and handmaids.

                                A servant, handmaid and apostle

                            lives the way of life. This consists in

                            daily Mass and one hour before the

                            tabernacle. Hourly prayers are usually

                            said as often as possible by all.

                                6:20 prayers are observed daily at the

                            Centers. The day is spent in prayer and

                            living a very fruitful life.

   

Margaret, Kathleen, and Jerry and the servants and handmaids
pray with Father Carter before the Exposed Eucharist in China, Indiana.

   

Margaret, Kathleen, and Jerry and the servants and handmaids
pray with Father Carter before the Exposed Eucharist in China, Indiana.

  

Margaret, Kathleen, and Jerry and the servants and handmaids
pray with Father Carter before the Exposed Eucharist in China, Indiana.

  

Margaret, Kathleen, and Jerry and the servants and handmaids
pray with Father Carter before the Exposed Eucharist in China, Indiana.

  

  

   

   
 

    

  

  

        
     

Given to Father Carter
on the Feast of St. Ignatius

July 31, 1994

Words of Jesus to Members of
Shepherds of Christ Associates:

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

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

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

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

end of July 31, 1994 message given to Fr. Carter

      

August 22, 2003 message continues

Jesus speaks:     My servants and handmaids are My

                            special spouse. I give you a special

                            gift and call you to this Movement

                            to serve Me to help bring about the

                            Reign of My Sacred Heart and triumph of

                            Mary's Immaculate Heart.

                                My founder Fr. Carter set up the

                            way of life, the Centers, the rules,

                            the prayer life before he died. I

                            directed him to do so. I tell all to pray

                            for vocations to all seven categories.

                                I ask for three special monthly

                            meetings, all should be actively

                            broadcast on the radio. 

                            Florida on the 5th of each month,

                            China, Indiana on the 13th of each month,

                            Sidney Rosary to be announced.

                            There is much grace released for these

                            intense prayer and praise sessions,

                            The purpose is to focus on the big

                            picture, to pray for the world, to help

                            make reparation to Our Hearts, to

                            pray for healing, to beg for mercy as

                            you unite so deeply to God.

                                It is a special dialogue between

                            the people gathered and God praying

                            for mercy, for peace, for love to abound

                            on the earth, for joy, for the people

                            to live as I intended from the beginning.

                            They are special prayer services for

                            grace. These will be broadcast

                            again and again on the radio.

                                The radio is My instrument to

                            reach My people verbally so they

                            will be instructed in My wishes and

                            to pray as a body for these intentions.

                            All prayers are for the priests, the Church

                            and the world. Twenty-four hours

                            a day service on the internet

                            rosary for prayer, singing and

                            spiritual direction. The radio can

                            be played at prayer meetings, randomly,

                            turn it on and listen for ˝ hour or more.

                                Prayer gatherings for the Shepherds of Christ

                            can be called at all times in homes among

                            1 or 2 or 20, the prayers of 6:20

                            prayed, with or without tape or disc,

                            the prayers of the Red Book prayed

                            alone and with the rosary and then

                            turn on Mary's image and listen

                            to the radio for ˝ hour or one hour.

                                It takes little time to go to the

                            Nursing Home, greet them —

                            give all 2 cards — 

    

  

       

August 22, 2003 message continues

Jesus speaks:     say "I give My Heart to Jesus and Mary 

                                    with you in love"

                            say  We are praying for you and your

                                    families and healing and for

                                    the priests, the Church and

                                    the world.

                            Then you can show the Mass Video,

                                or any of the Nursing Home Videos.

    

        

     

     

    

August 22, 2003 message continues

Jesus speaks:     Rosaries are needed for the school

                                rosary program.

                                This is a sword in My Mother's heart

                            how you have neglected her Rosary

                            Program for the schools. Funds can

                            be given just for this. Thanks to those

                            in Indiana who have worked so hard

                            at their expense to keep this going.

                            My Rosary Factory in the building

                            was closed September 11, 2002 and today

                            still remains closed.

                                Satan attacks those called with different

                            distractions.

                                The building is My gift to the world.

                            You take it for granted. So many just

                            say no to helping in even small

                            ways like donations.

                                What has the Virgin Mary Building

                            done in your life?

                                What has the Shepherds of Christ Movement

                            done in your life?

                                What is most important in your life?

                                How come you take for yourself

                            and don't give back so the mission

                            I gave to you will spread?

                                It is so many distractions and no money

                            to help My Movement.

                                Who pays the bills?

                                Where is the energy level of those who

                                    are stationed at such a valuable

                                    port in the Movement?

                           Shepherds of Christ — 2003

                                Sent the Priestly Mailing to over 85,000

                                    priests.

                                Regularly have sent Fr. Carter's writings

                                    to priests, Bishops, Cardinals.

                                Regularly have supplied all Catholic Schools

                                    in the United States who requested with

                                    Rosaries, meditations, books, videos etc.

                                Nursing home ministry.

                                Rosary ministry from little ones to elderly.

                                Prayer Manual and prayers in different

                                    languages spread all over the world.

                                Much Foreign mailing of rosaries, books

                                    videos — all over the world in

                                    great abundance.

                                Maintained the Virgin Mary Building/

                                    Building of the Two Hearts.

                                Circulated so many image pictures,

                                    wallet size and others all

                                    over the world.

                                Maintained two stories with supplies

                                    and mail orders for anyone

                                    who calls.

                                Daily Message.

                                24 hour radio.

                                Prison Ministry —

                                Where would your life be without the

                                    Shepherds of Christ?

Messenger:            It is so hard to get funds, help etc —

                            here is a talk given by Fr. Carter

   

   

    

August 22, 2003 message continues

Messenger:         When he gave this talk he left in tears.

    

Talk by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.
given to the Apostles in the 
Shepherds of Christ Movement
   

February 1, 1998
   

    Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen all of you at once in the same place. It’s a tremendous treat for me. So praise be the Lord. Let’s start with the Holy Spirit Prayer.

    Come, Holy Spirit, almighty Sanctifier, God of love, who filled the Virgin Mary with grace, who wonderfully changed the hearts of the apostles, who endowed all Your martyrs with miraculous courage, come and sanctify us. Enlighten our minds, strengthen our wills, purify our consciences, rectify our judgment, set our hearts on fire, and preserve us from the misfortunes of resisting Your inspirations. Amen.

    ...So after I talk here I will have to depart and leave the praying to you at this place. I’ll be praying with you as I drive away...  

    ...I’m spending much more time on the newsletter now. Our Lord had been calling me to do that for months but it was when I was fully active it was very, very hard to get the time to really spread it around the world like He wanted to, although we had been working with the English edition trying to get that in more and more countries. We are in about eighty or more countries with the English edition... 

    And in cases where it needs translation, for instance, the Spanish edition we translate that up here, we print it up here and we bulk mail it.

    [Note: He talks about the spread of the Newsletter to priests and bishops in Central, South America in Spanish, Africa, India, French speaking, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia]

    ...It is Our Lord’s wish along with the prayer chapters that this be considered our primary ministry, the Newsletter. So please, please, please, please pray for it’s continued success and expansion. It is so extremely important because as you know, if you can change the heart of one priest, he is in a position to do so, so much good with even thousands of people. And we have received extremely encouraging letters over the years that the newsletters been published from priests, how it’s helped them out on their own spiritual life but in their ministries, giving them homilies and so forth. And from bishops which are highly encouraging commending us on the quality and the worthwhileness of the newsletter.

        

Rev. J. Mark Williams
Director of Formation Advising
Pontifical North American College
00120 Vatican City State

     

[He then talks about funds for the Newsletter.]

    I think I came to speak to you today because I think we’re at a very, very significant point of the Shepherds of Christ Movement as it marches into the new era of which was promised by Our Lady of Fatima. And I think the Movement is basically strong, basically healthy but I think we need a recommitment of ourselves to the Movement precisely because much more is being asked of us. We have three centers to staff not only with people but with materials.

    So as we go on in what Our Lord wants us to do, we just need a deeper commitment to the Movement just like the spiritual life in general. You never stand still on the spiritual journey. I mean spiritual masters have always told us this, you either go back or you go forward.

    And so it is with the Movement, we just don’t stand still. We have to keep on deepening our commitment to the Movement individually and collectively or it’s not going to move forward obviously. So I guess you can say that’s the main reason I thought it was very important that I come here today to speak to you to ask you to renew your commitment to Our Lord in the Movement. And to put some thoughts before (you) which hopefully will help you to renew your commitment.

    I’ll begin by reminding all of us of the great, great privilege it is to have been called to this Movement. I’ve said this before, I say it now even with deeper conviction, I really believe that this will go down in history as one of the great Movements in the history of the Church. And if you reflect upon what we’ve been called to do, I don’t think it’s hard to come to that conclusion. I don’t know of any just taking our ministry to the priests with the newsletter and with the prayer chapters whose primary duty is to pray for the priests as well as the whole human race. But I am unaware of any other Movement in the history of the Church which has tried to reach all priests the world over with the newsletter and the prayer chapters to the extent that we are trying to do so. So just those two ministries in themselves I think point to the greatness of this Movement. Then our many other ministries: the rosaries, the consecration of the schools, the nursing home, prison ministries are all our various publications. So much wonderful literature, rosary in the homes, one of our newest ministries, the couples rosary and the spirituality which comes out of that and we hope to work more and more nationally to strengthen marriage and family life through working with couples as couples.

    So if you look at what we are doing with the tremendous amount of materials which are being distributed from the Florida site and through orders from this site and through other sites.  

    So again I think this is one of the great, great Movements in the history of the Church. And we have to pinch ourselves every once in awhile and nudge ourselves and realize the great calling we have been given to work in this Movement. I think there has been a certain, despite all the great work which is being done, I think there is a certain stagnation which has set in to a certain degree and we have to jolt ourselves out of that and recommit ourselves.

    St. John of the Cross in one of his writings says—of course he is one of the greatest mystical theologians in the history of the Church and in one of his writings he says, “What does it profit you to give God one thing if He wishes for another? Consider what it is God wants and then do it.”

    Let’s read that again together “What does it profit you to give God one thing if He wishes for another? Consider what it is God wants and then do it.”

    [Father Carter is speaking to Servants and Handmaids of the Good Shepherd—]

  

  

    [Apostles who dedicate themselves completely to the Shepherds of Christ Ministries—]

  

   

  

   

    Applying that to our calling to Shepherds of Christ—there’s more work to this Movement than any of us, individually or all put together can ever attend to properly. What I am getting at, if you really feel you’ve been called to this Movement and especially to the apostle's level, I am suggesting to you very fervently and hopefully, persuasively, the Shepherds of Christ Ministries can use all the spare time, all the ministerial time you have to give to the work of the Kingdom. You don’t have to go around looking for other ministries to contribute your time to. You are free to do that, you are free to leave the Movement at any time. We are not forcing anyone to stay, we hope everybody stays but we have had people leave.

    So there should always be that, that sense of freedom if you want to lessen off your commitment or hopefully it would never happen, but if you would chose to leave the commitment, Jesus respects your freewill.

    But looking at it again positively I’m suggesting to you—there is so much work to be done in the Movement. So this first day of February which happened to be the month of the feast of St. Claude de la Columbiere, February the 15th, who has been one of the greatest apostles to the devotion to the Heart of Jesus in the history of the Church, so in a certain sense it’s a type of month of the Sacred Heart because of his feast, so I ask that all of us renew our commitment to the Movement. And again realize the great privilege, that’s one of the first ways to persevere in the Movement and to grow in the Movement, everyday to thank God for the great graces He has given you in the Movement.

    And I ask you just briefly to look back over your lives, now compared to when you joined the Movement. Has not Our Lord through Our Lady drawn you so, so, so much closer to Them. And He in turn has led you so much closer to the Father and the Spirit. The chairman of our theology department, the first departmental meeting when he took over, he said Xavier has been very good to me, now I feel it’s payback time and I think I should serve the University being chair of the Theology department. Being chair of a department, it’s really a pain of any department. But those words stick in my mind, he says now it is payback time. I should payback Xavier for all the good Xavier has done to me. I suggest we keep that in mind in reference to Jesus in His Movement. It’s always payback time. He does not give us graces and gifts in the Movement just for ourselves. Every gift of Jesus has a social dimension, it’s meant not only for my own spiritual growth, but for growth of the Kingdom. And so if we find ourselves becoming somewhat complacent in our gifts received through the Movement and not properly using them at least to the full extent that we could and helping to spread the Movement, helping to spread the Kingdom, then let us resolve here and now to do better.

    Perseverance in the Movement—all vocations, all callings need perseverance. I pray for perseverance as a Jesuit every day of my life. I pray for perseverance. I’m suggesting to all of us that we pray for perseverance in the Movement and not just a status quo type of perseverance, but pray for a perseverance which will allow us to dynamically grow and be greater apostles in the Movement. And we have to take the means to persevere.

    First of all, of course, is Mass and communion, then our visit to the Blessed Sacrament, saying the rosary and listening to at least five minutes a day to a live rosary which Rita receives, praying the hourly prayers without feeling overburdened. If you begin to feel overburdened by the hourly novena just make a 30 second prayer, say Jesus, say the three invocations, “Lord ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you, through the intercession of Mary, thy most holy mother I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted” and just say we pray for all needs of the Shepherds of Christ Movement and the other two invocations. You can do that in about 30 seconds. And then at times of course when you have the time and you feel moved bring in the specific intentions. But that hourly prayer has great power to keep our motivation up but it should not on the other hand feel burdensome to you. If it feels burdensome to you for any length of time, just use the short form for quite a while.

    [Note: servants and handmaids and apostles of the Good Shepherd of the Shepherds of Christ Movement go to daily Mass and spend one hour before the tabernacle and pray hourly for the priests, the Church and the world.]

    Reading the Blue Book messages, at least just a few minutes a day, can do wonders to help us persevere in the Movement. Renew your love and commitment to the Movement. Included in that renewed love and commitment I think should be a resolution that we don’t bad mouth the Movement, certainly not to those outside the Movement, certainly not even to those within the Movement. We have problems, we always have had some, we always will, the universal Church has monumental problems. But we have to learn how to handle the problems responsibly. If you have a significant problem please contact John or Rita, talk it over with them, with me if you feel so called. They usually report problems to me. I’m in constant contact with them. Currently I talk to them each day about the Movement, what’s going on, strong points, weak points and so forth. If you have problems with the Movement, don’t spread your problem with the problems to somebody else who starts to think negatively also.

    I mean go to Jesus, of course, first of all, but then bring your problem to somebody who has the authority in the Movement to handle it. That’s very, very important, 'cause our loyalty and love for the Movement, I think are significantly harmed when we don’t take that approach. Obedience in the Movement is going to become more and more important as the Movement grows. Any organization needs a certain structure, a hierarchy of command, obedience to legitimate authority. When John asks you to do something, please try to answer his request. If you can’t, just tell him I can’t do it now. When he directs you to do something, which is stronger than a request, don’t give him a hard time. Jesus wants obedience in the Movement. No Movement can survive or progress without obedience, without a structure of command. John has a terrifically difficult job. Don’t make it more difficult for him by, as I say, giving him a hard time or by never answering his request for help.

    I understand that the level of volunteerism here at the center has gradually slackened off over recent months, and it is very difficult to get people together to do our mailings. We can’t keep depending on just a few people all the time. Here again it’s payback time. I mean everyday is payback time. You can never fully repay Jesus for what He has done for us or what He continues to do for us. Now we have to use Christian prudence in all this, we’ve got family duties; we’ve got other duties that’s God’s will for us. We have to take care of those. But granting all those other calls on our time and our energy, if Jesus has called you to this Movement, He’s called each and every one of you, then He expects you to live up to your commitment. And if it’s always looked upon, if you feel it’s always more of a burden than a privilege, then I think a person has to consider, 'Shall I stay in the Movement?' Jesus loves a cheerful giver. Suffering is involved, is it not? Any following of Christ involves suffering. Any non following of Christ brings suffering, and a greater suffering—those who don’t believe, who don’t have any religious faith or conviction. They end up suffering much more than we who suffer in the following of Christ.

    I would like to read you something that I’ve written on suffering that will appear in the next newsletter—

   

FATHER CARTER'S VOICE WAS VERY SAD
and VERY LOVING.

      

        Excerpt from Priestly Newsletter 1998 Issue 1

Suffering

To follow Jesus entails a willingness to suffer for Him and His cause. The furthering of any worthwhile cause demands a spirit of sacrifice, a willingness to endure a variety of hardships and difficulties. We cannot expect it to be otherwise regarding the cause of Christ. To help further the process of ongoing redemption demands a price.

There is an almost endless variety of pains, sufferings, and difficulties which can arise in following Jesus and promoting His cause. At times seeing few, if any, visible results of our labors, feeling unappreciated, experiencing opposition, sometimes comprehending that we are being hated precisely by some of those whom we are striving to help, at times being laughed at and ridiculed—these are some of the ways we experience the sufferings of an apostle.

The suffering involved in contributing to the process of ongoing redemption is not, however, the complete picture. The happiness resulting from commitment to Christ and His mission far outweighs the hardships. To be aware that one is so intimately loved by Jesus, to experience the satisfaction that one is contributing to a cause that cannot fail, to play a role in helping to bring to others the love and peace of Jesus—all of this makes for a life that has no equal. The committed follower of Christ, experiencing what it means to be closely associated with Jesus, realizes why St. Peter said, Lord,…it is wonderful for us to be here. (Mt. 17:4). 

  

Father Carter's talk continues

    So in God’s plan in the following of Christ, suffering is always meant to lead to greater life here and hereafter, not only greater life for us as we grow in Jesus through the proper handling of suffering, but also greater life in the sense that we become more apt instruments for channeling His life to others, as we are purified by His suffering, so that we may more and more allow Him to live in and through and for us. One of the greatest Apostles of all times of suffering showing us the place of suffering in the Christian dispensation is St. Paul. He brings out this theme of death-resurrection of Jesus and our participation in it in various places in his writing. I think one of the most dramatic of those places is in

   

2 Corinthians 4: 7-11

         The hardships and hopes of the apostolate

But we hold this treasure in pots of earthenware, so that the immensity of the power is God’s and not our own. We are subjected to every kind of hardship, but never distressed; we see no way out but we never despair; we are pursued but never cut off; knocked down, but still have some life in us; always we carry with us in our body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus, too, may be visible in our body. Indeed, while we are still alive, we are continually being handed over to death, for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus, too, may be visible in our mortal flesh.

    

Father Carter's talk continues

    So we suffer with Jesus, so that here below and in eternity, so that we may live more with Him, and that we may become more fit instruments for helping to channel His life to others. We have a particular way of doing that, a magnificent way within the Shepherds of Christ Movement. He hung upon a cross on a hill called Calvary. He had already suffered so much, had He not? He had been brutally scourged at the pillar, crowned with thorns, laughed at, ridiculed, without sleep. He had to carry the heavy cross up the hill, upon reaching the hill He was mercilessly nailed to the cross. He hung there in that agonizing suffering until death came. His side was pierced and from His pierced Heart flowed blood and water, symbols of sacramental life in the Church, Baptism and the Eucharist. And as He hung on that cross nearing death in that brutalized suffering, St. Francis de Sales, who was a Doctor of the Church—a Doctor of the Church means that the Church recognizes not only the great holiness of the person, but the great learning, the great wisdom—in one of his classic works, St. Francis de Sales, his work Treatise on God's Divine Love, he says, “As Jesus hung upon the cross there in that brutal suffering each of us was present to Him. He knew each of us intimately and the perfect one gave His last drop of blood for you and for me.” So if we ever have problems with our motivation in the Movement, I suggest that we come to the foot of the cross and we realize what Jesus has done for me and continues to do. It is payback time. St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, has left us this beautiful prayer, “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 reward save that of knowing that I do your will.”  

      

    Now I will give the blessing. May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit descend upon you and remain forever. Amen.

end of Father Carter's talk February 1, 1998

  

    

August 22, 2003 message continues

Messenger:         Here is a talk from Fr. Carter February 13, 1997

                            Two months after Mary appeared and

                                the live rosary I received that day.

    

February 13, 1997

Talk given by Father Edward J. Carter, S.J.
Founder of Shepherds of Christ Ministries

Talk given February 13, 1997 National Conference of Shepherds of Christ, held at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Norwood, Ohio.

    Before we begin the rosary, I’d like to say a few words about the great importance of these days on the 13th of each month. Before Our Lord asked me to begin the Shepherds of Christ Ministries, the 1st dimension of that ministries was given to me on May the 31st, 1994. But before Our Lord asked me to start the ministries, I had been given a great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. And I knew that everything concerning recent Marian apparitions centered around the Fatima message. The Fatima message is key to the peace of the world, as Our Lady of Fatima has told us. So because I had been given a great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, it was no surprise to me when Our Lord told me, and through me the whole Movement, the great connection that there would be between Shepherds of Christ Ministries and helping to bring the Fatima message to conclusion. I’ll expand more upon that in my talk this afternoon. But here and now I’d like to read just a part of the message I received on October the 13th, 1994, when Our Lord called the full Ministries into existence. It had begun May 31st , some five or six months previous to that. But really October the 13th, 1994, marks the real birth, the complete birth of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. And part of the message I received on that day reads as follows:

"I am giving you this message on this day, the 77th anniversary of the great apparition at Fatima, because of the close connection between the Shepherds of Christ Movement and the Fatima message. The Fatima message is centered in devotion to My Heart and My Mother’s Heart, especially in consecration to Our Hearts. Shepherds of Christ Ministries is also centered in devotion to Our Hearts. I will use Shepherds of Christ Ministries as a great instrument in helping to bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the Reign of My Sacred Heart. Today then, October the 13th, 1994, the 77th anniversary of the great apparition at Fatima, marks the birth of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. I pour forth the great love of My Sacred Heart to all. I am Jesus, the Chief Shepherd of the Flock."

    The calling of Our Lord to Shepherds of Christ to be present if possible at these meetings on the 13th of each month, and if they cannot be present physically, to be present in spirit with us then comes as no surprise. It’s merely another unfolding in the history of the Shepherds of Christ Movement and in the Fatima message.

    These 13th of the months meetings are extremely important. They are great instruments which Our Lord and Our Lady are using to help bring to completion the Fatima message, which will result in that great era of peace, which Our Lady of Fatima promised eventually would come to the world.

    So I ask you to take these meetings on the 13th of the month with the utmost seriousness, gratitude, thanksgiving, joy that Our Lord, for His own reasons has chosen Shepherds of Christ, the members thereof, the whole Ministries to play such a great part in the completion of the Fatima message. It comes as no surprise either that Our Lord gives special messages during the rosary on the meeting of the 13th, just as Our Lady of Fatima gave messages to the three visionaries at Fatima in 1917, from May through October. So at this stage of the Fatima message’s unfolding, it is no surprise that they continue, and in a new way and a new phase of the Fatima plan, give us these very special messages on the 13th. They are meant not only for us here present, they are meant for all members of the Movement, and eventually for the whole world. All these messages, all these rosaries on the 13th, eventually go onto our Internet with its world-wide audience.

    So please, be very grateful to God for the messages He gives us during the rosary. Not everything which Rita says is a message. I think you’ll be able to distinguish when she’s receiving a message from Our Lord or from Our Lady, and when she is speaking from her own heart. Sometimes the transition is very quick and you may miss it, but there are both ways in which meditations are given on the decades: in strict locutions or messages, and then from Rita’s meditations or reflections herself.

(After the Rosary)

    I wish to thank everybody who made the effort to be here with us, especially those people who had to travel from out of town. I’m sure the Lord has blessed you already and will continue to do so for your effort to be here. These are extremely important meetings on the 13th of the month. Our Lord has, Himself, instructed us in His great love and mercy for us and the whole world to have them. From these meetings, the messages of Our Lord, the previous message given at Fatima, go out to the whole world...

    I sort of left off when I introduced the rosary by reading the rest, or at least a good part of the rest, of that message which I, myself, received on October the 13th, 1994, when Our Lord called the full Shepherds of Christ Ministries into existence.

"My beloved priest-companion, today I come to you with another mission."

    He had already asked me on May the 31st of 1994 to start the priestly newsletter and then shortly after that to start the prayer chapters.

    "I’m asking you to establish Shepherds of Christ Ministries. At My request you have already begun the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, and the prayer chapters, Shepherds of Christ Associates...

    "I am giving you this message on this day, the 77th Anniversary of the Great Apparition at Fatima, because of the close connection between the Shepherds of Christ movement and the Fatima message. The Fatima message is centered in devotion to My Heart and My Mother’s Heart, especially in consecration to Our Hearts. Shepherds of Christ Ministries is also centered in devotion to Our Hearts. I will use Shepherds of Christ Ministries as a great instrument in helping to bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. When this occurs, My Church and the world will be experiencing the great era of peace promised by My Mother at Fatima.

    "Today, then, October 13, 1994, the 77th Anniversary of the Great Apparition at Fatima, marks the birth of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. I pour forth the great love of My Sacred Heart to all. I am Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock."

    So (this is) one of the most important messages given in the whole history of our Movement, and I think you can see why. Not only was Our Lord calling the Ministries into full bloom with this message, but He was making that great connection between Shepherds of Christ and the Fatima message.

    You see how He says that both the Fatima message and Shepherds of Christ is centered in devotion, and especially in consecration, to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

    So in my moments here before you this afternoon, I wish to speak a bit about this consecration.

    I’ll start off by reading a message of Our Lord and from "Tell My People" which deals with this consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

    "My beloved friend, tell My people that I desire all to consecrate themselves to My Sacred Heart and to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Tell them not to just recite words in making the Act of Consecration, but to realize what they are saying. Consecration to Our Hearts means a total gift of self. That means handing over everything to Me and My Mother. Consecration means a willingness to surrender completely to Me. In Baptism, one is consecrated to Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But how many fail to live out their consecration? I extend to all the invitation to renew this Baptismal consecration through consecration to My Heart and to My Mother’s Heart.

    "My beloved companion, I have taught you what this consecration means. I have given you great peace, joy and happiness because you have made this consecration. I have taught you that you are to renew this act of consecration each day. I constantly remind you that you are to pray each day for the grace to more and more live the consecration. I have taught you that your consecration to Me and My Mother means that you constantly surrender yourself to Us and to Our care. I have taught you that the more you surrender yourself to Me, the more I live in you, and through you and for you. I have taught you that My great love for you longs to draw you more deeply into My Heart. I have shown you that I wish your Mother Mary to place you there within My Heart, and that the more you dwell within her Heart, the more deeply she places you within My Heart. Dwelling within Our Hearts, the Holy Spirit fashions you more and more in My likeness. The Father thus looks upon you with greater favor and takes you more closely to Himself.

"Tell My people all these wondrous truths. I am Lord and Master and I desire all to listen to My words. (end of message)"

    And what beautiful words those are, which Christ gives all, to us all regarding the consecration to His Heart and Mary’s Heart.

    I want to - after that message of Jesus telling us what consecration involves, I wish to single out a few aspects of the consecration, what it includes. One aspect of our consecration and especially the consecration which Our Lord has given us for Shepherds of Christ, one aspect of our consecration to Their Hearts is to realize that we are apostles and that we are called to go out into the world as we have heard in the rosary today, and other times to be the apostles of His love, of His love and His Mother’s love, and thus to help bring about that great era of peace promised by Our Lord, Our Lady of Fatima in which love will just dominate. That’s what it means when Our Lady says, "In the end," she says, "my Immaculate Heart will triumph." And along with that triumph of her Immaculate Heart will occur the Reign of the Sacred Heart. The Reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart simply is a reign of love, a triumph of love and in that era there will be a type of love existent in the hearts of the members of the human family never known before. We will all be so united in love to the Father and the Holy Spirit through the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. And not only with Them, but with each other. What a glorious era we have to look forward to.

    We are apostles. More and more as the Movement has gone on, Jesus is letting us know that, yes, we are supposed to pray. This is one of our primary duties in the chapters and elsewhere, to pray for priests and all others. But more and more He is telling us that now is the time to start to more and more move out from our chapters and to be apostles of His love, to help spread the Movement, to help spread the consecrations in the schools through the consecration cards, the Rosary Aves, both of which have the Imprimatur of the Cincinnati Archdiocese, to help spread all our materials, all our books and all the various rosaries, the rosary tapes. And you are called to do that.

    In the beginning of the Movement, it was a relatively few people who were carrying the burden and carrying the Ministry on. We have entered a great new episode of the Movement, principally in that episode, principally centers itself around these meetings of the 13th. More and more people are realizing as they hear more and more the messages, more and more people in the Movement are hearing that Jesus is calling each one of us to be apostles of the Movement, to spread the Movement, to help implement the various ministries in all ways possible, to help spread the movement by starting new prayer chapters. Just think if we have something like, I guess, 2500-3000 members in the chapters and the Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Movement here in this country and throughout the world-most of those, thus far, in this country.

    But just think if each person would take it upon himself or herself to go all out to get one more new chapter formed. That’s not impossible, I don’t think that’s asking something heroic. That would double our chapters; that would double our prayer power. And so much of the Movement, the success of it, depends upon the prayer power coming out of the chapters and the Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Movement. So He’s calling all of us; and how admirably so many in the Movement are answering. I wish to single out-just because all of you know about the Florida apparition-four or five, six, I don’t know how many now of our members from Rita’s core group have gone down to the apparition site. One of our main members, Tom A., has a home there at St. Petersburg, and Clearwater is just a short distance from there. And they’ve been going down and staying in his house, and each day going over to the apparition site and handing out our materials, especially the rosary message tape, but other materials also. This is what Our Lord, Our Lady has asked us to do. And they’ve had phenomenal success. We can’t keep enough materials down there. They just, the people are just so eager for it. But this is what. . .and they do it on their own time, they drive down, some of them spend three or four days, some a week and they come back. But what a marvelous example of their answering the call to the apostleship to which Jesus calls them in the Movement. And they’re doing just a tremendous amount of good.

    And by the way when I’m talking and as long as I’m talking about Florida I might read you part of that message of Our Lady. You have read it, no doubt if you’d gotten a copy of the picture with the message on the back. But for my own purposes I want to read that here and now. So Mary tells us, this is the message which Rita received on December the 19th:

Mary speaks: 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 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.

    When Rita got that message and when she gave it to me, both of us for a number of days thought that her number of apparitions was simply decreasing, but we both came to the conclusion; well Rita came to the conclusion and I followed after her, in agreement with her conclusion, Mary says, "I do not appear as I once appeared to you." She was saying apparently that, "I’m appearing to you in this new way, where the whole world can see me."

    So many others’ apparition sites have had their believers of course, but many, many people throughout the world have doubted all this talk about the various apparition sites of Mary. She says, "I do not appear as I once appeared to you." She is appearing on a bank for the whole world to see.

Mary continues:

    "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."

    That’s one of the main things our apostles down in Florida are doing, handing out the tapes with this message.

Mary continues:

    "Please circulate this tape now. Give it to as many people as you can. I am Mary, your Mother. Please circulate my Rosary Book."

    She’s referring to a book which Shepherds of Christ Publications came out right around Christmas time. Hopefully all of you have received it in the mail, Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, as given to Rita. Now here’s the point I want to make here and now. Notice how she links up the apparition site with the circulation of her Rosary Book, and we are circulating the book there. But to me, there’s a very great phenomenon connected with the colors on the window, bank windows and the Rosary Book. And Rita herself pointed this out to me. Now this cover on this book-it was designed by Hal K. weeks and even months before the apparition of Our Lady on the bank in Florida. When did you start to design that Hal? (question asked to Harold K.) Almost, two years ago. And the colors were already selected months ago, right? Well if you’ll take the picture of the bank of the apparition of the bank on Florida, and this Rosary Book, you will notice that the colors are the same. To me, that’s a miraculous confirmation of the fact that Our Lady is connecting the apparition site on the bank in Florida with the Shepherds of Christ Ministries in a special way with the rosaries. It’s just phenomenal. You can check the colors out one by one. They’re a little bit brighter on the book, but because of the photography involved I think you can see how they wouldn’t be quite as bright on this. But check out the colors. They’re the same on the Rosary Book and on this. And these colors, as I say, were picked by Hal months and months before the apparition. You can take it for what you want, but for me it’s a miraculous confirmation of this message, that Our Lady chose those same colors which are on the front of her Rosary Book, to show the same colors relative to her apparition there on the bank in Florida.

    Therefore, our Florida apostles are one of the many examples I could point out to you of how people in the Movement are more and more taking up the challenge, the invitation of Jesus and Mary to spread this Movement throughout the world. They have chosen the Shepherds of Christ Movement as a great instrument to help bring about the Fatima message. How privileged we are to be part of it, to be called to it. I believe, I’ve told you this before, at least some of you have heard me, I think this Movement is one of the greatest in the history of the Church. And I think history itself will bear that out. So how precious a gift each of us has been given by Our Lord in calling us to be members of this Movement.

    Therefore, a very important aspect of our consecration to Their Hearts is to be apostles, to help spread all the ministries. Another aspect of our consecration is the idea of union. I think we’re all very well aware how the consecration unites us to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and through Them to the Father and the Holy Spirit. But perhaps we don’t think often enough of that how it unites us with one another, in the Movement, in the Church, throughout the whole world. You cannot grow in union with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and Mary, without growing in union with all your neighbors. And this is the tough part. It’s relatively easy to love Father, Son and Holy Spirit and Mary, isn’t it? Three Persons in One God infinitely perfect and Mary a human person, perfect, free from all sin. It’s easy to love the Triune Persons and Mary, relatively speaking. But it’s not all that easy to love each other all the time, isn’t it? And yet that’s what Jesus calls us to. Jesus literally died for each and every person. And no matter how unattractive a person is in their behavior, Jesus still died for that person. If He loved that person enough to die for that person, then certainly we have to love them, him or her, and especially within the Movement. Satan is violently attacking us, he will always try to cause division in the Movement. But if we are going to be examples - and we are called to that, to be examples to the whole Church and the whole world of what it’s going to be like in the new era, when we all exist in such great loving union with each other in Christ. We are the forerunners of that. We’re helping to prepare the way for that for the whole Church, for the whole world. Not only us, but we have been given a special mission for that. So we have to be united in love with each other, if we have differences, we work them out in love and in peace. We work them out in love and in peace. In one of the Blue Books, Jesus says, "The glass is either half-empty or it’s half-full." I look at my neighbor, whether he or she is in the Movement or outside of it. I can either look at the half-empty part of the glass or the half-full part. I can either look at that person’s faults and concentrate on them, or I can concentrate on the great goodness which is inherently theirs. If they are in the state of sanctifying grace, their soul is magnificently beautiful, despite the blemishes of their failings of their sins. When I look at a person, do I look at the half-empty part or the half-full part?

    Everyday I ask you to pray for a growing unity in the Movement. What Our Lord has allowed us to accomplish so far in less than three years is just miraculous, I think it’s just miraculous. The sign becomes ever and ever greater that He started this Movement, not me. I was just the instrument which He chose to head it up. He has given me so many beautiful people to help me do the Movement and that includes all of you. He has given you so many beautiful companions in the Movement. Let us concentrate on that part of it. This is the only way we’re going to be models to the rest of the Church and the world, of the profound union that Our Lord calls us to, not only with Himself, but with each other.

    Strength for all this, day after day, it’s not easy to live this way, is it? But as I said in my homily, the great strength we have for that is the Eucharist. The power of the Eucharist is much greater than your faults or my faults or the faults of others in the Movement that surround you, or the faults of others in your parish, or the rest of the Church and the world. He can give you the strength to arise above your own faults and the faults of others around you, and march forward in the most positive way towards this great new era. Oh what a gift the Eucharist is.

    St. Julian Eymard, the founder of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, who gave us such beautiful writings on the Eucharist, in one of his writings on the Eucharist he says:

    "It is true also that the world does all in its power to prevent us from loving Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament with a real and practical love, to prevent us from visiting Him and cripple the effects of His love. This world engrosses the attention of souls; it finds and enslaves them with external occupations in order to deter them from dwelling too long on the love of Jesus. It even fights directly against this practical love and represents it as optional, as practicable at most only in a convent. And the devil wages incessant warfare on our love for Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament. He knows that Jesus is there, living and substantially present; that by Himself He is drawing souls and taking direct possession of them. The devil tries to efface the thought of the Eucharist in us, and the good impression made by it; for in his mind, that should decide the issue of the struggle." (That is if we give in to Jesus’ desire to possess us in the Eucharist.) "And yet God is all love. This gentle Savior pleads with us from the Host: "Love Me as I have loved you; abide in My love! I came to cast the fire of love on the earth, and My most ardent desire is that it should set your hearts on fire." 1

1St. Peter Eymard, "The Most Blessed Sacrament Is Not Loved!," as in The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom, Fr. John Hardon, S.J., ed.; Ignatius Press, p. 384.

    Union amongst ourselves through our union with Jesus and Mary and Father and Holy Spirit. Each of you is so precious to Jesus. He has given each of you a very, very, very special gift, precious gift, in calling you to be involved in this Movement. Very early on in the Movement, it was July 31st of 1994, on the Feast of St. Ignatius, He often gives me very important messages on key feasts, and the Feast of St. Ignatius is a feast for Jesuits, Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. And He told me in that message that He would give great, great, great graces to those who join the Movement, and hope I’m sure, all of you who have been in the Movement have experienced those great graces. In appreciation for the great graces Jesus has given you in the Movement, I ask you, with great joy and a great sense of responsibility and a great sense of privilege, to do what you can to implement the ministries of the Movement. No one else can do your role, can carry out your part. You are preciously unique, no one exists like you now, no one ever has, no one ever will. It’s you alone who can give Jesus the opportunity to do what He wants through your humanity to help spread the Movement. To the extent that you answer Jesus and give yourselves to Him, and work as time and energy permits, as your other duties permit to help spread the ministries, to that extent you give Him an opportunity which no one else can give Him, and to the extent that you hold back, to this extent He loses this opportunity which no one else can give Him.

    A precious Savior who has done so much to each of us. Certainly He deserves our full loving response. As I kneel before the crucifix each day, either before a actual crucifix or one in my mind, let us ask ourselves those questions posed to us by Ignatius Loyola, "What have I done for Christ?" "What am I now doing for Christ?" "What ought I to do for Christ?"

end of February 13, 1997 talk by Fr. Carter

      
 

August 22, 2003 message continues

Messenger:        The troops are weary

                             but God has entrusted the Building

                                of the Two Hearts in our hands

                            we need a donation Jesus said to pay

                                it off

                            We need to spread the wallets and

                                school rosary things at conventions,

                                so people will know about

                                the image.

                            We need to spread Blue Book II to priests and

                                sisters and pray for the Spanish

                                versions, others help us print

                                Blue Book II.

                            We need funds — we get very little donations,

                                they basically come from mostly

                                apostles, some others are very

                                faithful, but few.

                            We are at a web low financially

                                We need to pay off the building so

                                we can survive and always

                                keep it secured for what God wants.

                            We need your prayers.

                            Please pray for us, go to daily Mass,

                                pray at the Nursing Homes

                            Please see the big picture

                                little ones — grow old and then

                                we can't take it with us

  

  

     

August 22, 2003 message continues

Messenger:         PLEASE HELP US

                            Credit Card donations can be given

                                by phone call



    
  

Here is how Mary appeared on September 5, 2001

    

September 5, 2001

  

September 5, 2001

  

September 5, 2001

   

September 5, 2001

    
  

Here is a message received on September 6, 2001

5 days before September 11, 2001

  

Excerpt from September 6, 2001 

Jesus speaks:        You must pray for your donors.

                        I appeared and my mother appeared

                            for the whole world.

                        The apparition is not appreciated.

                        The fact you cannot even make

                            the rent payment for the

                            building is proof.

                        So much money in the world and the

                            state of Florida.

                        Look at your news on television.

                        Look at what the news is on the
                            television.

                        MARY HAS APPEARED ON THE
                            BUILDING FOR 5 YEARS AND
                            YOU DO NOT EVEN TAKE 
                            NOTICE.

                        It is not the responsibility of 100
                            people to support such a vision.

                         It is a gift from God.

                         This shows you the focus of men
                            and your news.

                         Your eyes are blind.

                         I ask today September 6, 2001 to

                             see Our images and to help

                             do what We have asked you to do.

                         These messages are important.

                         You have ignored Me.

                         THE PRAYER CARDS, Prayer for Union
                            with Jesus, Prayer Before the Holy
                            Sacrifice of the Mass, Say daily card,
                            morning offering, Shepherds of Christ
                            Prayer manuals, Holy Spirit Novena book,
                            rosary meditations are gifts from God.

Messenger:        Jesus also said "All materials

                             used for the school rosary program

                             printed by B&M have helped the

                             school children."

Jesus speaks:      The Priestly Newsletter is a gift from God.

                         Because of these prayers your world

                             is a better place.

                         If B&M closes and the printing stops -

                             your world will be affected.

                        Again I repeat, these revelations and

                            materials are for the world.

                        Mary appears the Lady clothed in gold

                            for the world.

                        Very, very few are helping to do what I ask.

                        My movement is to help the priests, the
                            Church and the world, it is a gift.

                        Because of My movement, the world is a
                            better place.

                        You will feel the effects if the printing stops.

                        I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I speak here.

end of excerpt from September 6, 2001

   

  

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September 13, 2002

Messenger:        Jesus wants oneness.

                            We can be with people and not be with 

                                people and still be united.

                            Marriage is a special kind of union.

                            Two people decide they want to live with

                                each other forever.

                            There is an enormous advantage to this,

                                sharing ones life, but there is

                                a sacrifice involved.

                            There is no longer the freedom of being

                                by oneself.

                            In communities, people must learn to

                                live together.

                            Many times in communities people try to

                                be by themselves.

                            There can be tremendous growth if one 

                                learns to live in love with others.

                                We are here to be more perfected in our

                                ways of loving, more one, as God wants.

                            Whatever your state of life at this time

                                spend some time thinking of what

                                it would be like to always be

                                surrounded by people. Could you

                                live this state of life and still

                                be loving?

                            Our life is spent here to live out the

                                state of life God has called us to.

                            Our life is to be lived to be able to grow

                                in greater perfection.

                            Sometimes things seem difficult until God

                                calls us to something else that is

                                more difficult and we say "boy what

                                I had before was a piece of cake".

                            God is always calling us to greater union

                                with Him.

                            God is calling us to identify with Him

                                more and more.

                                God may be giving us a greater cross to

                            carry every day as we grow to be more like

                            Him, as we learn to love all others more deeply.

                                There can be great strides toward perfection

                            when one learns to live lovingly with others.

                                God wants us to walk hand in hand growing

                            to be more perfected in our ways.

                                One really sees their faults sometimes

                            when they live with others.

                                The key is love.

                                The key is living to be more perfected like Him.

                                The key is that we realize we are to be one

                            in Him.

                            In the Church we are the body of Christ.

                            We want to be more aware of what it

                                is to be one and yet not lose

                                our uniqueness. We are all unique.

                            We have been individually called to

                                do certain things.

                            So much can be accomplished in working

                                together according to God's will.

                                Some people who have been called to work

                            in community life and with others have

                            tried to maintain a "married–singles" attitude.

                                I consider myself a mystic—one who deeply

                            has mystical experiences or experiences

                            deeply the hidden mysteries. This is our

                            life here to live to experience the hidden

                            mysteries more deeply, but I must learn

                            to work in love with others. I experience more

                            and more what it is to be one happy family

                            loving God and one another.

                                Christ lived amongst His Apostles.

                            Christ spent His time training and teaching

                            them. He lived a quiet life for thirty

                            years. Christ life was perfectly lived.

                            He spent time by Himself, He deeply

                            connected with His Apostles so they

                            could carry on His work.

                                We cannot all be little old men and

                            little old ladies living in solitude or

                            a lot of what needs to be past on,

                            on this earth would not happen.

                                We must live the state we have been

                            called, utilizing every moment to

                            help us grow in greater perfection

                            to help promote His Kingdom.

                                Think of how many people have

                            married—only waking on the day after

                            the wedding day to realize, they

                            are supposed to live with this person

                            for the rest of their life.

                                How is it if one that someone marries

                            continues to want a married–single life?

                                Some people are critical of the other,

                            making remarks that focus harshly on

                            the others faults just to push the other

                            way. They can make an invisible wall.

                                Nasty remarks by some are used, just

                            so someone can get their space.

                                The way one acts, the remarks one makes,

                            can be used to build very thick walls. A person

                            can isolate themselves in a family by being

                            mean to others. Some people can do this in

                            a car just to get their space, or a vacation room.

                                A person can focus on another, criticize

                            them, look on them with disrespect, 

                            not honor them as a child of God, 

                            really dishonor them, just to 

                            get space for themselves.

                                It is a very difficult thing to

                            live closely with another, honoring

                            one another and trying to grow in

                            greater perfection according to God's will.

                                In communities many just ignore

                            the others and continue living a

                            "married–singles" life.

                                If God wants a person to be in a

                            community to live together, it is a

                            tremendous opportunity to advance in

                            greater perfection individually and learn

                            how to love others more deeply.

                                God created us to love and work

                            hand in hand with one another

                            every person living according

                            to God's will.

                                Some people He has called to be 

                            hermits, but these persons are deeply

                            connected to others in the world

                            in their hearts, if they are living

                            according to His will.

                                The bottom line is to learn to love

                                  Our whole life is to be lived to

                            learn to love more deeply to be more

                            likened to God.

                                God is love.

                                We were not put here to shut ourselves

                            off in a tomb.

                                Some people never get close to others.

                            They always keep themselves sort of

                            disconnected. "It is better to have loved and

                            lost, than not to have loved at all." Have you

                            ever heard this?

                                I don't believe we ever stop loving,

                            if we love as God wants. If one rejects us

                            and we truly love them we still love them.

                                Our hearts are made for love.

                                When someone dies we still feel

                            connected to them in our hearts.

                            Their love, (the deceased) the love they

                            shared with us in life is still alive in our hearts.

                                I am deeply connected in my heart in a 

                            loving relationship with the saints.

                                My life is not spent here to isolate

                            myself, or be in control to the point

                            I never connect deeply in my heart

                            to others.

                                We may love some more deeply than

                            others and be able to share ourselves

                            with them more than others.

                                The love we give to others can

                            live on and on in their hearts

                            like ripples on a pond.

                                God's love is a light in our hearts

                            that shines to others. Mary's love for

                            us can be deeply felt in our hearts.

                            Fr. Carter saw himself as a little baby

                            in Mary's arms.

                                We have so many years here to

                            learn about lovethe person that never

                            takes the risk of sharing themselves deeply

                            with others can miss a big chance of 

                            knowing what it is to love more fully.

                                In communities many barely tolerate

                            each other. This is not the idea God

                            intended. God intends us to grow together

                            in love.

                                Some people live in the same house

                            and because one is unwilling to share

                            with the other, the other is forced to live

                            in this very unloving relationship. Some

                            families are very unloving. Because someone

                            is unloving to us, it does not control the

                            love in my heart for them.

                                Some people think they "know it all" 

                            and do not realize that every moment

                            until we die we are supposed to learn

                            how to love more deeply, love more 

                            like Christ. The more deeply we love

                            God the greater our capacity to love.

                                Love must be done always

                            according to God's will. Touching

                            one another physically is not necessary

                            for deep holy love.

                                Our love is always centered in

                            Our Beloved God. Jesus is our

                            Beloved Spouse. In growing

                            in deeper oneness with Him we

                            can grow in deeper love with

                            each other.

                                We are here to love one another—

                            that may not mean—the deep affectionate

                            love of a husband and wife, that might

                            mean—tolerance and kindness to

                            those we live with in communities.

                            Doing God's will can be very difficult.

                            We can love another deeply in

                            loving sacrifice. We can work with the

                            others—that quiet love is there. May

                            the life we have be lived to always 

                            love and serve God.

end of September 13, 2002

    
   

May 3, 2003

A very important person in Shepherds of Christ that Jesus called especially is a Sister and celebrated her 50th Jubilee. Jesus gave me this message for her this morning.
  

Jesus speaks:          My life was given for you and you have

                                    given your life to Me.

                                    I LOVE YOU.

                                I am Jesus, the Son of God

                                You are the spouse of the Lamb.

                                My beloved.

                                With fire in My Heart I thank

                                    you for your years of 

                                    service to Me.

                                I am God. You are My handmaid,

                                    My beloved.

Messenger:             Glory to God in the highest.

Jesus speaks:          Your lives are so short.

                                Serve Me, My precious ones.

Messenger:             God is light and in Him no darkness.

Jesus speaks:          From the bowels of the earth I have

                                    given Myself to you.

    

  Psalm 63

Yearning for God

Psalm Of David When he was in the desert of Judah

God, you are my God, I pine for you; 
my heart thirsts for you, 
my body longs for you, 
as a land parched, dreary and waterless. 
Thus I have gazed on you in the sanctuary, 
seeing your power and your glory. 

Better your faithful love than life itself; 
my lips will praise you. 
Thus I will bless you all my life, 
in your name lift up my hands. 
All my longings fulfilled as with fat and rich foods, 
a song of joy on my lips and praise in my mouth. 

On my bed when I think of you, 
I muse on you in the watches of the night, 
for you have always been my help; 
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice; 
my heart clings to you, 
your right hand supports me. 

May those who are hounding me to death 
go down to the depths of the earth, 
given over to the blade of the sword, 
and left as food for jackals. 
Then the king shall rejoice in God, 
all who swear by him shall gain recognition, 
for the mouths of liars shall be silenced.

  
  

May 3, 2003 message continues

Jesus speaks:          My beloved Spouse I call you to

                                    Myself.

                                I am your God and I love you.

  

Matthew 16: 24-27

The condition of following Christ

Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will anyone gain by winning the whole world and forfeiting his life? Or what can anyone offer in exchange for his life? 

    ‘For the Son of man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each one according to his behaviour.

  

May 3, 2003 message continues

Jesus speaks:          It is no little thing when a person

                                    has given 50 years of

                                    their life serving Me as a

                                    sister.

                                My beloved I am Jesus and I give you My

                                    love, this day and always.

  

John 12: 24-26

In all truth I tell you, 
unless a wheat grain falls into the earth 
    and dies, 
it remains only a single grain; 
but if it dies 
it yields a rich harvest. 
Anyone who loves his life loses it; 
anyone who hates his life in this world 
will keep it for eternal life. 
Whoever serves me, must follow me, 
and my servant will be with me 
    wherever I am. 
If anyone serves me, 
    my Father will honour him.

    

May 3, 2003 message continues

Jesus speaks:         My heart is filled with joy for You My beloved

                                    spouse, Come to Me and I will make you

                                    fishers of men. Take the love I have given — dwell

                                    deeply in My Heart and serve Me —

                                I am God. So many have sown the seeds

                                    before you, the harvest is ready for

                                    the reaping, leave behind your roses

                                    for the people. The smell is so sweet,

                                    the thorns prick at their toes —

                                Oh the rose of a sweet heart of My love —

                                    so sweet to My Precious Heart. I love you.

                                    Long may seem the journey — it is so short

                                    compared to the reward, the reward

                                    lasts forever.

                                    You are the spouse I love so deeply —

                                Come to Me, I want to lavish you with

                                roses and love — love from My Divine Heart

                                consumed with love for those who

                                come so willingly to serve Me and

                                consumed with love for all My

                                Precious souls.

                                I am God —

                                Bring Me Souls

                                I love them so deeply.

Messenger:              Oh Heart Divine how can we love You

                                    as You ought to be loved.

Jesus speaks:         Oh My Precious one, My baby, give Me

                                    your heart, know I am God and I love

                                    you. Give Me your heart. Come

                                    to the Eucharist. Come to Me.

                                So many words I speak to you.

                                    My love fills your heart — FIRE !

Messenger:           Oh life is so precious.

                       Oh Divine God help us

                       You are so Good to us

     


  

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.

                                                                           -God's Blue Book, December 27, 1995
   

    

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

   

 

  

May 3, 2003

Messenger:        Sweet love keep me and hold

                            me in your Heart.

                        My heart was burning to receive Him

                            in Holy Communion.

                        I am His bride and He comes to me.

                            He is my bridegroom.

                        I saw myself in white as I approached

                            the altar of my God.

                        He comes to me and He lavishly

                            pours out His love.

                        I see the lights of heaven always

                            before me, I long for the

                            completeness of being united to Him

                            for all eternity in heaven.

                        Oh Lights of Heaven — Oh God — I long

                            for You, I love You so very much.

                            My love for You is so very deep.

                                "Oh My child I love you so much —

                               feel the fire of My love within

                                you. See the Heart full of

                                fire."

                            Oh beauteous light —

                                the Heart of my God consumed

                                with love for me.

Jesus speaks:          Oh My child feel My presence within

                                you.

                            My Heart consumed with fire for

                                love of you.

Messenger:           Oh my beloved, I truly love Thee so

                                much my heart burns to receive

                                You in Holy Communion, my

                                heart craves eternal union

                                with You ——

                            Always before my eyes are the

                                glories of heaven — the delight

                                of knowing a deeper fullness

                                as I have experienced in

                                ecstasies with God ——

                            The light of heaven —

                            The warmth of that light —

                            The joy of being wrapped in His

                                Divine embrace for all eternity —

                            I reach for words to explain my joy

                                in knowing Him — my desire

                                for greater knowledge of Him —

                                the oneness I experience with

                                my Divine God is very deep —

                                but always the vision of heaven

                                before my eyes ——

                            Oh lights of heaven to be forever

                                in that eternal embrace —

                            Eternal Bliss of knowing Thee —

                                of being one with the Divine God —

                                to be . . . as I know a little from the

                                experiences God has given me and

                                the words do not come to me to 

                                express it —

                            The delight of my soul to be at one

                                more Mass —

                                the intensity of the moment of

                                consecration as I experience

                                it —

                            Oh God I want to write of the

                                warmth of yellow glows

                            I know of the heavens above, of being

                                wrapped in your Divine Eternal

                                Embrace, of the deep existence

                                in You for all eternity —

                            A love I cannot express —

                            Moments of the Mass I cannot write

                                about —

                            A desire for heaven —

                                a thirsting of my soul for completeness

                                in Thee —

                            Oh the preciousness of the Mass and

                                our priests —

                            Oh gift of gifts God gives

                                us in the Mass.

                            A gift our beloved priests.

  

  

    

May 3, 2003 message continues

Messenger:           Oh pray with me as Jesus has

                                taught us.
  

end of May 3, 2003

   

     

 

    

     

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