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August 8, 2010
August 9th Holy Spirit Novena
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Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.
e) Relationship with Members of the Church
There is but one true Church of Christ. Yet this one Church has three different states of existence. There is the pilgrim Church, the Church of this world, composed of members who have received the grace of Christ and strive for its development. They have not yet obtained the goal of their efforts, as have the members of the heavenly Church, who enjoy God in eternal happiness. The Church suffering is an intermediate state of existence necessary for those who had not achieved the required purification as members of the pilgrim Church. Although there are these three phases of the Church’s existence, there is a profound union existing between all the members. All these members possess the same basic life of grace in Christ, and this common life establishes the most intimate bonds of love. In our preceding chapter, we discussed the pilgrim Church. Let us now consider the Church suffering and the heavenly Church.
The members of the Church suffering are those who have departed from this life in an incomplete state of Christian development. Their development is incomplete in the sense that grace has not fully taken possession of them, and, as a result, they are yet closed in upon themselves to a greater or lesser degree. They as yet cannot open themselves out in complete love to the Triune God in the beatific vision. They must undergo a further purification, a purification which could have been achieved upon earth with merit. Now the purification must be achieved with no merit attached. The pain of this purification is mixed with the certain expectation of achieving the vision of God. We can hasten the advent of this vision for this people by the offering of prayers and other good works. Scripture itself refers to our action on behalf of those in purgatory in Chapter 12 of the Second Book of Maccabees beginning with verse 38.
The members of the heavenly Church are those in whom the life of grace has taken full possession and has reached its completion in the life of glory. Faith now is unnecessary, as the light of glory gives the human intellect a new strength and capacity for seeing God face-to-face. While the Christian was a wayfarer, he received the imprint of the indwelling Trinity as he shared in God’s own life. Now in heaven that grace-life and possession of God reaches its completion—the absolute completion is not achieved, however, until the resurrection of the body. The divine persons give Themselves to the beatified in a profound union far surpassing that of the indwelling of the Trinity experienced here below.
This life of heaven is still the Christ-life, for just as we possess a share in Trinitarian life here below as mediated by Christ, and exercise this grace-life as structured by Him, so also in heaven is the mediation of Christ present. In the words of Rahner, "One always sees the Father through Jesus. Just as immediately as this, for the directness of the vision of God is not a denial of the mediatorship of Christ as man."14 And not only does the humanity of Christ unite the blessed to God, but also, in some way, to the whole of creation. This is merely a completion of what is begun here below, namely, the union with Christ in His humanity establishing the Christian in a special relationship with God, with other men, and with the whole of creation. We have a glimpse, therefore, of the fullness of life which members of the heavenly Church possess.
The heavenly Church, as St. Thomas says, is the true Church.15 The Church of this earth and the Church of purgatory are, each in its own way, reaching out in loving hope for the heavenly Jerusalem. Vatican II puts it very simply: "The Church, to which we are called in Christ Jesus, and in which we acquire sanctity through the grace of God, will attain her full perfection only in the glory of heaven."16
The members of the heavenly Church can help us in living our life of grace until we too share its fullness with them. Their power of intercession on our behalf is but another ramification of the communal aspect of Christianity. We are meant to help others grow in Christ. We, in turn, are intended by God to receive aid from others—yes, from members of the heavenly Church, as well as from those with whom we dwell here below.
Not only can we be aided by the saints’ intercession, but the example of the canonized saints can also be of great value to us. They have concretely proved that full holiness is possible. Such an inspiration is of real worth when we are tempted to think that Christian sanctity in its higher degrees is impossible of attainment. Moreover, the canonized saints, in their diversity, teach us that there are many authentic versions of Christian holiness. They can be innovators in showing us that there are numerous possibilities in assimilating the mystery of Christ, although the basic assimilation remains the same for all Christians of all times. In the opinion of Rahner this is one of the chief roles the canonized saints exert in the life of the Church.17
14Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Vol. III (Baltimore: Helicon, 1967), p. 44.
15 Cf. St. Thomas Aquinas, In Ad Ephes., c. 3, Lect. 3.
16Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Church, No. 48.
17Cf. Karl Rahner, Op. cit., pp. 100-101.
God calls us to relationship
The greatest commandment is
Matthew 22: 36-40
'Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?' Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets too.'
loving ourselves as God desires
We are the creation of God the Father
God doesn't make junk
God made us to know, love and serve Him —
When we are baptized we are given a
sharing in His life —
We are given God's grace
In heaven, if we get there, we
will have the beatific vision —
the fullness of grace —
Mary is pure gift — she is full of grace —
Mary was conceived without sin —
Adam and Eve sinned
Now, the snake was the most subtle of all the wild animals that Yahweh God had made. It asked the woman, 'Did God really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?' The woman answered the snake, 'We may eat the fruit of the trees in the garden. But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, "You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death." ' Then the snake said to the woman, 'No! You will not die! God knows in fact that the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good from evil.' The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was enticing for the wisdom that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that they were naked. So they sewed fig-leaves together to make themselves loin-cloths.
The man and his wife heard the sound of Yahweh God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from Yahweh God among the trees of the garden. But Yahweh God called to the man. 'Where are you?' he asked. 'I heard the sound of you in the garden,' he replied. 'I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.' 'Who told you that you were naked?' he asked. 'Have you been eating from the tree I forbade you to eat?' The man replied, 'It was the woman you put with me; she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.' Then Yahweh God said to the woman, 'Why did you do that?' The woman replied, 'The snake tempted me and I ate.'
Then Yahweh God said to the snake, 'Because you have done this,
Accursed be you
of all animals wild and tame!
On your belly you will go
and on dust you will feed
as long as you live.
I shall put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
it will bruise your head
and you will strike its heel.'
To the woman he said:
I shall give you intense pain
you will give birth to your children
Your yearning will be for your husband,
and he will dominate you.
To the man he said, 'Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat,
Accursed be the soil because of you!
Painfully will you get your food from it
as long as you live.
It will yield you brambles and thistles,
as you eat the produce of the land.
By the sweat of your face
will you earn you food,
until you return to the ground,
as you were taken from it.
For dust you are
and to dust you shall return.
The man named his wife 'Eve' because she was the mother of all those who live. Yahweh God made tunics of skins for the man and his wife and clothed them. Then Yahweh God said, 'Now that the man has become like one of us in knowing good from evil, he must not be allowed to reach out his hand and pick from the tree of life too, and eat and live for ever!' So Yahweh God expelled him from the garden of Eden, to till the soil from which he had been taken. He banished the man, and in front of the garden of Eden he posted the great winged creatures and the fiery flashing sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.
We are the children of Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve sinned —
We are conceived with original sin —
In baptism this sin is taken away,
but we are wounded — we have
tendencies toward the deadly sins
pride, greed, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, sloth
Satan said he would not serve —
We have a free will to follow satan
or do God's will —
Satan wants division, disharmony.
hatred, seeking dominance for
dominance sake —
People can be wounded
They grew up in dysfunctional families
and learned dysfunctional rules -
They can try to FORCE their rules
on others — like they were
forced on them —
How dark is darkness —
there is no limit —
In a vision I saw to the left of
the China mural — it kept
getting darker and darker —
Excerpt from January 21, 2008
When Jesus appeared to me in the mural
over the altar in China — light was on
Him — like a bolt of lightening coming
First I saw this light as if it came
upon Him, His whole body shown
lighted — so brightly, but it was
as if a light came as a beam from
the direction shown — from
LIGHT, LIGHT, LIGHT
Jesus spoke through me then —
Then the blackest, black around
the left arch particularly the
end of excerpt
Darkness — sinning - takes us
further and further from God —
This makes us miserable —
We were created for God —
If we give into more sin because
of our misery caused by ourselves
sinning and distancing more from
We become more miserable
How dark is dark?
Say I walk in a room and it is dark
and I put down black out
shades over already darkened
no matter how many blackout
shades I use —
the room can only get darker
Happiness comes from God —
from loving and serving God —
When I had intellectual visions
it was as if a shade went
up in the room and the great
light — poured in —
poured in — like a great
and I knew insight deeply into a
hidden mystery —
The joy was filling me to see the
light — see through this
intellectual vision in my heart
about God —
When I had many visions with my
eyes — I saw light sparkling
around the edges —
a golden veil covered the area —
like the sanctuary — it
is so very awesome — light —
the most beautiful light —
When I had visions of Mary and
Jesus — so much light —
all different visions —
all different lights —
Visions of God leading me to
greater enlightenment — filling
me with joy beyond words —
from knowing Him more
We know of the Annunciation and
the angel appeared to Mary —
94 years ago 1916 — The angel of peace
appeared 3 times to the Fatima
In the first visit the angel said —
"My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You."
Then, rising he said: "Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications."
Our Lady of Fatima's Peace Plan from Heaven (Rockford: TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., 1983).
We should say this prayer
"My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You!"
We know that Adam and Eve sinned
and this is a journey for us
so we can serve God and
love God and someday hope to
be wrapped in the embrace
of God's love — possessed by
God and have the beatific
vision and the fullness of
Here we, members of the human race
are to tell God we are sorry we
sinned, we are sorry the human
race is sinning —
We have offended God —
We are to make reparation for our
sins and the sins of the human race —
So we hear the angel of Fatima in the
first visit to further say —
"I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You."
We also hear the angel of peace
say in that first apparition —
"Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications."
Oh God — help us — we are sinful —
we have sinned and offended You, Our God
Mary — pure gift — Mary a human
person conceived without
Mary appeared in rainbow color
Our Lady of Clearwater —
CLEAR - WATER —
Mary appeared in the state of Florida
like an ark in the water —
In the Fatima message Mary
told us about Conversion —
Mary told us to pray for sinners
The angel of peace said to pray —
pray a great deal
Offer sacrifices —
The Mass is a gift —
the sacrifice of Calvary
sacramentally made present
The priest is given to celebrate
Grace is outpoured from the
We as members of the mystical
body of Christ are united to
the Masses going on around
the world —
all day —
It's important we say the
Morning Offering and
we spread it —
The Mass is celebrated in
in praise of God
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
A Prayer before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Let me be a holy sacrifice and unite with God in the sacrament of His greatest love.
I want to be one in Him in this act of love, where He gives Himself to me and I give myself as a sacrifice to Him. Let me be a holy sacrifice as I become one with Him in this my act of greatest love to Him.
Let me unite with Him more, that I may more deeply love Him. May I help make reparation to His adorable Heart and the heart of His Mother, Mary. With greatest love, I offer myself to You and pray that You will accept my sacrifice of greatest love. I give myself to You and unite in Your gift of Yourself to me. Come and possess my soul.
Cleanse me, strengthen me, heal me. Dear Holy Spirit act in the heart of Mary to make me more and more like Jesus.
Father, I offer this my sacrifice, myself united to Jesus in the Holy Spirit to You. Help me to love God more deeply in this act of my greatest love.
Give me the grace to grow in my knowledge, love and service of You and for this to be my greatest participation in the Mass. Give me the greatest graces to love You so deeply in this Mass, You who are so worthy of my love.
-Mass Book, December 27, 1995
On July 5, 1994 Mary appeared
all adorned in light.
Excerpt from the Red Rosary Book
July 5, 1994 6:30 p.m.
R. I was told to go to Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center to pray the rosary with my children. There were people in the front of the church, so we decided to pray the rosary in the back before the Sorrowful Mother statue. I had the following vision at the end of the rosary.
The statue of the Sorrowful Mother was lit up as if she had fire around her. The light was very bright. Her whole gown was all-white, but the statue's gown is blue and pink. She was all aglow. It looked like the glow that comes off of a fire. Her face kept changing but remained totally sorrowful-the sorrow of an older woman. She was in such pain and sorrow! (It was hard to explain how she looked-extremely pained!) Her face looked as though she was in such pain that she could hardly bear it.
The vision remained like this for about ten minutes, having begun during the last Hail Mary of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary. She was holding something-it was all bright white-the brightest light ever!
Mary told them at Fatima
about Devotion to the 2 Hearts
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"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.
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