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

September 11, 2006

September 12th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 3 Period I.

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September 11, 2006

 

Genesis Chapter 3

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
        in childbearing,
    you will give birth to your children
        in pain.
    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.

 

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:           Right after the fall they began blaming
                        each other.

                            We can fall into a trap when we blame
                        someone else — it can keep us stuck —
                        we blame then we can put the problem
                        on hold because it may stop us from
                        acting when our part in it may be what
                        needs to change.

                            The sun shines out amid clouds
                        that encamp around it, but if we
                        only look at the clouds we may miss
                        the sun peeking through — clouds can
                        move in a hurry and the sky can become
                        clear and the sun shine brightly. Looking
                        only at the clouds may lead us into seeing
                        gray. Some clouds cover the sun — move
                        over it and there we see a dark day.

                            In autumn up here — the sun can sparkle
                        on the lakes, rivers and when the body of
                        water is lined with trees there is a radiant
                        display of color on the shimmering water —
                        I love the leaves of autumn — it was Fr. Carter's
                        favorite time of year. Beauty like our souls
                        hopefully after a long journey from spring
                        to summer to fall — growing more and more in
                        our spiritual life — shining in radiant
                        color in the light — even though our leaves are
                        about ready to drop off and we go into a new
                        life.

               

      

 

Excerpt from Priestly Newsletter 1998 - ISSUE FOUR

    Shortly before he was to die from cancer, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin left us these inspiring words about peace: "It is the first day of November, and fall is giving way to winter. Soon the trees will lose the vibrant colors of their leaves and snow will cover the ground. The earth will shut down, and people will race to and from their destinations bundled up for warmth. Chicago winters are harsh. It is a time of dying.

    "But we know that spring will soon come with all its new life and wonder.

    "It is quite clear that I will not be alive in the spring. But I will soon experience new life in a different way...

    "What I would like to leave behind is a simple prayer that each of you may find what I have foundGod's special gift to us all: the gift of peace. When we are at peace, we find the freedom to be most fully who we are, even in the worst of times. We let go of what is non-essential and embrace what is essential. We empty ourselves so that God may more fully work within us. And we become instruments in the hands of the Lord."
3


Notes:

3. Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, The Gift of Peace, Loyola University Press, pp. 151-153.
    


end of excerpt from Priestly Newsletter 1998 - ISSUE FOUR

           

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:           On September 22, 2000 Fr. Carter was opened
                        up with cancer and he saw his last fall while
                        on earth. His favorite time of year was marked
                        with chemotherapy — his face was so thin and
                        he went into his final days before death —

    

December 14, 2000

 

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:           But I could tell he was suffering the beginning
                        of 2000 — we had to cancel a trip to Florida January 22, 2000 —
                        he liked to go then because of the message to the earth —

    

A message for the Earth from Jesus

January 22, 1998

    I am the Good Shepherd, these are My prayers, the prayers I give to help renew the Church and the world, all prayer chapters are asked to include these prayers (found in the Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual). As My Apostles and Shepherds I ask you to encourage all existing Chapters to try to encourage all existing prayer groups to pray the Shepherds of Christ prayers. Encourage all Churches to pray these prayers. It is most urgent that the people of this earth concur with the Father's wishes to begin Prayer Chapters. This is an urgent request from the Good Shepherd. The flock will become one when they have given their hearts to Jesus and Mary. Encourage all priests to pray the Shepherds of Christ prayers. Your world will be lighted with great light as the people of this earth pray these prayers.

    My promise is this to you My beloved earth: When you give your heart to Me and spread the devotion to My Sacred Heart, I will write your name In My Heart. I promise to give the greatest graces when you pray these prayers for renewal of the Church and the world and take all who pray them deeply into My Heart. The prayers I give will bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. I am Jesus Christ, this is My message of January 22, 1998, Please circulate this message to your world. I am the Good Shepherd, I know Mine and Mine know Me and they follow Me. Grace My Shepherds, I will give you the greatest graces for spreading these words to this earth and to your Church. I love you, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, it is the Plan of the Father that Prayer Chapters are begun immediately and the Priestly Newsletter is given to all priests. The Voice of the Good Shepherd speaks through it.

end of January 22, 1998

      

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:           His second Newsletter — on suffering — he read it
                        on tape and he felt every word —

   

   

From the Priestly Newsletter 2000 Issue #2

Suffering: A Source of Life

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and runs away, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep; he runs away because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep. (Jn 10:11-15)1

Yet ours were the sufferings he was bearing, ours the sorrows he was carrying, while we thought of him as someone being punished and struck with affliction by God; whereas he was being wounded for our rebellions, crushed because of our guilt; the punishment reconciling us fell on him, and we have been healed by his bruises. We had all gone astray like sheep, each taking his own way, and Yahweh brought the acts of rebellion of all of us to bear on him. Ill-treated and afflicted, he never opened his mouth, like a lamb led to the slaughter-house, like a sheep dumb before its shearers he never opened his mouth. (Is 53:4-7)

Truly the Good Shepherd had laid down His life for His sheep. That magnificent Heart, overflowing with love for His Father and all of us, had beat its last.

On the third day, Jesus rose: ‘Destroy this Temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews replied, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple: are you going to raise it up again in three days?’ But he was speaking of the Temple that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and what he had said. (Jn 2:19-22)

Yes, the Good Shepherd died and rose for our salvation. Behold, the paschal mystery of Jesus!

When we are baptized we are incorporated into Christ's paschal mystery of death and resurrection. St. Paul speaks of this marvelous union with Jesus: You cannot have forgotten that all of us, when we were baptised into Christ Jesus, were baptised into his death. So by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we too should begin living a new life. (Rm 6:3-4)

Christ has structured the Christian life by the way He lived, died, and rose from the dead. It is obvious, then, as Paul tells us above that the pattern of death-resurrection must be at the heart of the Church’s life. Individually and collectively, we continually die in Christ so that we may continually rise in Him. Thus we pass over in a process of ongoing religious transition to a greater participation in Christ’s resurrection. It is true that our participation in Christ’s resurrection will reach its completion only in eternal life. Nevertheless, we begin the life of resurrection here upon earth, in the here and now of human life, in the midst of joy and pain, in the experience of success and failure, in the sweat of our brow, in the enjoyment of God’s gifts. As Christians, we should have a sense of dynamic growth concerning our here and now life of resurrection.

We cannot maintain the life of resurrection or grow in it without a willingness to suffer. This does not mean that we need to feel overwhelmed and heavily burdened in our lives. The greater portion of suffering for most Christians seems to be an accumulation of ordinary hardships, difficulties, and pains. At times, however, deep suffering, even suffering of agonizing proportions can enter into one’s life. Whether the sufferings one encounters are of the more ordinary variety or of the more rare and extreme type, Christians must convince themselves that to relate properly to the cross is to grow in resurrection, and growth in resurrection means we will also have an increased capacity to help give resurrection to others.

  • Pope John Paul II speaks of the role suffering plays in the Christian life: "Every man has his own share in the redemption. Each one is also called to share in that suffering through which the redemption was accomplished. He is called to share in that suffering through which all human suffering has also been redeemed. In bringing about the redemption through suffering, Christ has also raised human suffering to the level of the redemption. Thus each man in his suffering can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ…

"Those who share in Christ’s sufferings have before their eyes the paschal mystery of the cross and resurrection, in which Christ descends, in a first phace, to the ultimate limits of human weakness and impotence: Indeed, he dies nailed to the cross. But if at the same time in this weakness there is accomplished his lifting up, confirmed by the power of the resurrection, then this means that the weaknesses of all human sufferings are capable of being infused with the same power of God manifested in Christ’s cross. In such a concept, to suffer means to become particularly susceptible, particularly open, to the working of the salvific powers of God offered to humanity in Christ. In him God has confirmed his desire to act especially through suffering, which is man’s weakness and emptiness of self." 2

  • Dom Hubert Van Zeller observes: "Men and women who might be turning their afflictions over to God, who have only to unite themselves in spirit with Christ’s passion, are found so often to stop short, and even to make of their trial further matter for selfishness. Even if we do not rebel positively against God’s providential will, we can become so preoccupied with our troubles as to leave God out of account.

"Instead of making us compassionate for others we can squander compassion on ourselves. Suffering is meant to enlarge our hearts, not shrink them. With suffering goes the grace of patience, peace, fortitude, penitence and love. All this can be missed if we make the mistake of turning in upon ourselves as the result of our trials.

"To the Jews the cross was a stumbling block, and to the gentiles foolishness. What is it to us? Often it can be an emblem merely, the significance of the symbol forgotten. The cross is something in which we are, by reason of our Christian inheritance, inextricably involved. Do we yield to it or harden ourselves against it? The cross is not just two planks fitted together on a certain day in the history of the world, and of all the relics which we venerate the most sacred, but a fact of our human experience which may or may not be sacred according to what we do about it." 3

  • Contrary to what many think, Fr. Edward Leen reminds us that suffering is compatible with happiness: "If men are prone to err in conceiving the nature of happiness, they will necessarily err in judging of its opposite. They commonly think that a man cannot possibly be happy if he is a prey to constant sickness; if he is condemned to experience habitual poverty and to be buried in obscurity; if he fails to take an important part on the world stage; if he is unsuccessful in his enterprises; if he is deprived of the opportunities of intellectual or aesthetic development; and finally, if he fails to gain the applause and the esteem of his fellows. Now though all these things mean grievous sufferings for men, neither singly nor in combination have they the power to rob him of essential happiness.

"Apart from the consideration of the life of the Redeemer, certain undeniable facts of history justify this contention. The saints, in all ages, have been persons whose lot it was, generally speaking, to undergo greater trials and sufferings than others are called upon to endure. Yet they were habitually happy, buoyant and joyous human beings…

"The saints were not violently wresting words from their literal meaning when they proclaimed themselves happy. For the happiness they enjoyed was that which is proper to, and satisfying for man…

"God planned an unbroken life of happiness for man. The Fall modified, but did not prevent the realization of this plan. Suffering, but not unhappiness, becomes the condition of the earthly portion of men’s existence. God does not make unhappiness here to be the price to pay for happiness hereafter. To be happy, in the minds of all men, is to fare well, that is, to live excellently... The Saviour Himself suffered intensely, but He lived the highest life possible for men. He was, therefore, happy. He assured men that He could share His own blissful experience with them. It may appear paradoxical to associate happiness with the mental image of One Who is called the Man of Sorrows. But an analysis of the nature of happiness will show that it was fully realized in the earthly life of the Saviour…" 4

  • Caryll Houselander writes with great sensitivity regarding the second station of the Way of the Cross: "They put His own garments on Him again, and Jesus comes out from the judgment hall of Pilate to receive His cross.

"He comes to it gladly! This is a strange thing, for the cross is a symbol of shame, and it is to be His deathbed. Already He sees the very shape of His death in the wide-spread arms. From this moment He will be inseparable from it, until He dies on it. He will labour and struggle under the weight of it… Yet Christ welcomes the cross. He embraces it. He takes it into His arms. He lays His beautiful hands on it tenderly, those strong hands of a carpenter that are so familiar with the touch of wood." 5

  • Henri Nouwen tells this story: "I would like to tell you the story of a middle-aged man whose career was suddenly interrupted by the discovery of leukemia, a fatal blood cancer. All his life plans crumbled and all his ways had to change. But slowly he was able to ask himself no longer: ‘Why did this happen to me?’ but instead: ‘What is the promise hidden in this event?’ When his rebellion became a new quest, he felt that he could give strength and hope to other cancer patients and, that by facing his condition directly, he could make his pain a source of healing for others. To this day, this man not only does more for patients than many ministers are able to, but he also refound his life on a level that he had never known before." 6

  • St. Paul tells us: 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. (2 Co 4:7-11)

end of excerpt from Priestly Newsletter 2000 Issue #2

    

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:           Then we taped all his little short
                            homilies in China —

      

From a Lenten Homily, March 24, 2000

Live in the Moment

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

end of Father Carter's homily

    

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:           He got a spurt of energy May 2000 — he wrote
                        his 3rd account of the Synopsis of the Spiritual
                        Life — I couldn't believe he could do all he did —
                        20 pages — he explained it so excitedly and said it was
                        so important to Jesus.

 

 
  Priestly Newsletter 
  Issue #3  2000

 

Click here to view the PDF format of this issue.

  click for pdf file

 

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:           When he went to record it we did it in my house
                        instead of China, he had been coughing since May 31, 2000,
                        but he made it through the taping — I can still see
                        him sitting there — my friend Delores who helps me
                        was cleaning in the other room — we both knew
                        he didn't feel good.

                            On June 12, 2000 he brought in Margaret and Jerry
                        as handmaid and servant.

                            Here is a picture of Jerry and his dad — we knew
                        Jerry's dad was sick dying of cancer —
                        we never knew Father Carter would die
                        right after Jerry's dad — then 3 years later
                        Margaret.

  

Fr. Carter, Jerry, and Jerry's dad

   

June 12, 2000 Margaret becoming a handmaid

 

Margaret

   

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:           Jesus told me to
                        take this picture of Margaret
                        and buy her roses —
                        She bought her car
                        I use a lot in Florida.

 

Margaret's funeral

       

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       Here is the homily Fr. Carter delivered that day
                            June 12, 2000.

                        On July 5, 2000 — he said Mass — his last in the Florida
                            building. John took this day picture and at night this picture. 

   

Mary by day
July 5, 2000

by night
July 5, 2000

  

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:           but all the lights went out in the hotel
                            across the street and Father had
                            to move to another hotel —
                            he was really sick.
                            We have this Mass on disc.    

Mass with Father Edward J. Carter, S.J. - July 5, 2000

    

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       I took this picture of Fr. Carter on my birthday
                            August 8, 2000 — 

    

Father Carter August 8, 2000

   

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       We were in a restaurant and he looked so bad —
                            I cried and said Father — you could die —
                            John and I thought it was diabetes —
                            my daughter a doctor said it sounded like
                            cancer, but I didn't like that explanation.

                        He became sicker and was teaching at Xavier —

                        Xavier started and he was too sick — he asked me to
                            take some classes for him, but was insistent
                            on going to China for Mary's birthday
                            September 8, 2000.

                        Here is his last homily from his last Mass in China.

  

Homily delivered by Father Carter 

in China, Indiana

September 8, 2000

     

Matthew 1:18-23

Joseph adopts Jesus as his son

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being an upright man and wanting to spare her disgrace, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet:

Look! the virgin is with child
    and will give birth to a son
whom they will call Immanuel,

a name which means ‘God–is–with–us’.

  


Father Carter's homily

    We notice that the Church in Her liturgy for the celebration of the birthday, the Birth of Mary, immediately puts her with Jesus:

    "She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins." (Mt 1:21) – words from today's Gospel.

    And so the Church reminds us that Mary was born for the sake of Jesus. Again, in celebrating her birth, the Church links her very, very directly with Jesus. Yes, this is the reason for her birth: to be Mother of Jesus, and in doing that, everything else about her takes its proper place.

    And just as Mary was dedicated entirely to Jesus and to His cause, we in giving her a birthday present of the highest value can only promise her, "Mary, as you were completely dedicated to Jesus, help me be completely dedicated to Him. You were His first and perfect disciple. Teach me to imitate you in the putting on of Christ."

end of Father Carter's homily

     

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       It was interesting my daughter insisted on taking
                            his picture outside — It was in lent —
                            she wanted it outside because of the good
                            light — Here are our best pictures of
                            Fr. Carter with barren trees.

 

 

 

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       Well the days of winter began and on
                            December 18, 2000 after the 6:20 prayers —
                            the day after Mary's apparition in
                            Clearwater (4th Anniversary)
                            he died at Columbiere —

  

Columbiere

 

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       But he gave us his final blessing
                            December 14, 2000 and my last hug.

 

December 14, 2000 Final Blessing

 

December 14, 2000 Last Hug

 

December 22, 2000

    

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       He loved Danny boy — lets sing it!

                        We thank him for being the founder of the
                            Shepherds of Christ and writing all he did

 

 

   

   

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       We have prayed for 12 years this prayer —
                            The main focus of the Shepherds of Christ is the
                            Priestly Newsletter —

                        Fr. Carter's last Newsletter 2000 #4 had
                            this cry for donations to continue the
                            newsletter.

   

CAN YOU HELP US?

As you know, we distribute the Newsletter free of charge. We have been publishing the Newsletter for six years. Although the fine print on the last page of each Newsletter says that donations are always welcome, we have, to this date, only made one major appeal for donations.

Now we come to you again and ask for your financial assistance. It is considerably expensive to print the Newsletter and to mail it here in the U.S.A. and to other countries around the world. With our English and Spanish editions, we send the Newsletter to readers in about 90 countries. We soon hope to add a French edition.

With the help of God’s grace, the Newsletter seems to be accomplishing much good. The numerous letters we receive from around the world regarding the Newsletter’s helpfulness are one indication of this.

If you share with us our belief that the Newsletter is a very worthwhile ministry, we urgently ask you to seriously consider sending us a donation. We are always struggling to obtain the funds to continue publication of the Newsletter.

If you are financially able, we would be extremely grateful to receive your donation — whether it is small, large, or medium-sized! We thank all of you who have previously sent donations.

Some of you may know of possible benefactors who would be interested in helping a worthy cause. And we firmly believe that a ministry which offers an aid for spiritual growth to priests especially, but to others also, is a most worthy endeavor.

For your convenience, we have enclosed a self-addressed donation envelope.

Very importantly, we also ask for your prayers that we may obtain the funds necessary to continue publication of the Newsletter and that the Newsletter will be spiritually beneficial to its readers. We hope to continue to publish it four to six times a year. The number of issues will depend upon various factors. Thank you very much for your attention to our urgent plea.

end of excerpt

    

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       We circulated Newsletters to mostly 75,000 priests for
                            the 6 1/2 years in English and Spanish
                            6 times a year —   

                        We need your prayers and support to continue
                            this Newsletter as God intended — 6
                            times a year for the purpose of spreading
                            this great devotion to the Sacred Heart and Immaculate
                            Heart Mary asked for at Fatima and spreading
                            the prayer chapters —

                            And sending this message to the priests of
                                God's burning love —
                                so the Church will be filled more deeply
                                with the love of Jesus.

                            Here are some thank you letters from the Priestly
                                Newsletter 2006 #1

 

 

Diocese of _______

August 25, 2006

Dear Mr. Weickert:

I am grateful for your work of promoting prayer chapters for the perseverance and sanctification of priests. This is an intention that is certainly close to the heart of the Church.

The Diocese of _____ is a small diocese in the Philippines with more than half a million Catholics. We have only forty eight priests serving thirty five parishes.

May I respectfully request you to send us fifty copies of the red prayer manual and fifty copies of the book "Authenticity" for the priests of our diocese. I promise you my full support for this worthy apostolate.

I will lift you up to the Lord when I lift the host and chalice in my Masses at the Cathedral of Saint _____.

Sincerely yours,

Bishop of _____

  

  

Date:   Sun, 3 Sep 2006 07:30:34 +0530
From:   Bishop in India
To:  info@sofc.org

Dear and Rev. Fr. Weickert,
Thank you for your kind letter that you sent recently with the Authencity by Fr. John. Yes, we had been receiving the newletter for sometime and we send them to the priests in the diocese. I know of many priests who used the same for their meditation and prayer. I would like to continue getting the same. It was sent in the name of my Vicar General.... Now that he is transferred and has gone to a parish, please send the same to my address to the new residence of the bishop which is 75 km away from ___. I am giving below the new address:  _______

I would also like to get 200 (two hundred) copies of the book Authenticity by Fr. John. It is a very useful book for us. Ours is a missionary diocese in the _____ part of India with 35 parishes catering to 55,000 catholics. Our state is predominently a christian state. The rest are all baptists who were evangelized by the American Baptists about 130 years ago. Hence, the vast majority are Christians.

Wishing you all the best and praying for you,
I remain,
Yours in Christ Jesus,

Bishop of ____

    

 

Click below for the new Newsletter

New Priestly Newsletter
 

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       God has blessed us with a very gifted holy
                            priest to do this work. 

 

    

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       Here are a few prayers from the
                            yellow Authenticity Book.

 

A new prayer book from
 Shepherds of Christ Publications
 by Fr. John

  

   

To Pray

O God to pray to you is to experience the fruits of joy,

the ascent of my being,

the surge of my heart,

a look toward heaven,

a cry for recognition and love,

an embrace of life.

 

Petitions

When I pray, O Lord, I affirm my relationship with you.

In my asking, beseeching, pleading, invoking, entreating, and crying I show my need and love for you.

In my petition I recognize I am needy of love, of forgiveness, and of salvation.

When I pray, O Lord, I affirm my need for, you, a Savior.

    

September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       Help us begin a prayer chapter.

 

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September 11, 2006 message continues

Messenger:       Call Glaci to order the Newsletter
                            and yellow book.

                            Newsletter $4.00
                            Yellow book 10.00 plus postage

                        Call today and please pray the prayers
                            in the prayer manual for
                            the priests, the Church and
                            the world.

 

 

                

  

  

  

We need to know if you have a

prayer chapter.

Please e-mail this information today.

Your name - complete address -

how many members.

info@sofc.org

You need only have 2 members.

  

           

Excerpt from August 2, 2006

Messenger:             I appreciate your mail —
                                    e-mail telling me how you
                                    work to do these Ministries
                                    Jesus has asked us to do.

                                info@sofc.org

                                Shepherds of Christ
                                P. O. Box 627
                                China, IN 47250

                                Our new mailing address is
                                    in China — where we have
                                    24 hour adoration and our
                                    retreats —
                                    write to me to tell me how
                                    you are being a Shepherd of Christ
                                    Associate, Apostle —

                                Anyone who has a prayer petition
                                    can e-mail   info@sofc.org
                                    and we will put your prayer request
                                    in a basket under the altar in
                                    China, Indiana —

                                    you can see the basket on the
                                    internet —

                                    We pray every half hour
                                     for the intentions in the basket

                                    We will pray for you —

 

     

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