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September 11, 2009

September 12th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 1 Period I.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for September 12th are Joyful

               

China Retreat

The retreat will start on the 10th at noon with mass

The retreat will start on the 11th at 11:00 am with mass

The retreat continues on the 12th and 13th

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September 11, 2009

 

China Retreat

                Day One -- Silence

                Thursday September 10th

                 Meditation #'s are from the
                    Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
                    by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.

                    #23

                    #45-54

                    #55-61

                    #65

                Meditate 1 hour on each

 

                    Do 6:20 prayers

                    Rosary March 21, 1995 Red Rosary Book

                    Read Discernment of Spirits

 

 

                Day Two -- Silence

                Friday September 11th

                Meditation one hour each

                Read Discernment of Spirits

                    1) #91-98 Meditate

                    2) #136-147

                    6:20 Prayers

                    3) Joyful Mysteries

                        July 31, 2009
                        Feast of St. Ignatius
                        Message and Rosary

                4) #149-156

 

 

                Day Three -- Silence

                Saturday September 12th

                Meditate one hour on each

                Read Discernment of Spirits

                    1) #165-168

                    2) August 1, 2009

                        Mysteries of Light and Message

                        Play Passion Movie - no sound 3:00pm to 6:00am

                    3) 6:20 Prayers

                        September 5, 2009 Rosary Sorrowful

                    4) Read the Passion in Church

 

 

                Day Four -- Silence

                Sunday September 13th

                Meditate one hour on each

                    #230-237

                Read Discernment of Spirits
                    in Church John

                Play Fr. Carter and Me
                    October 13, 1996

                Read Message March 13, 2009
                    John

                6:20 Prayer
                    Red Rosary Book
                    April     

 

 

 

Given August 1, 2009

Romans 14: 7-9

For none of us lives for himself and none of us dies for himself; while we are alive, we are living for the Lord, and when we die, we die for the Lord: and so, alive or dead, we belong to the Lord. It was for this purpose that Christ both died and came to life again: so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

 

  

John 14: 1-7

    Do not let your hearts be troubled. 
    You trust in God, trust also in me. 
    In my Father’s house 
        there are many places to live in; 
    otherwise I would have told you. 
    I am going now to prepare a place for you, 
    and after I have gone 
        and prepared you a place, 
    I shall return to take you to myself, 
    so that you may be with me 
    where I am. 
    You know the way 
        to the place where I am going. 

    Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus said: 

        I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. 
    No one can come to the Father 
        except through me. 
    If you know me, 
        you will know my Father too. 
    From this moment you know him 
        and have seen him. 

    

                Jesus says:

                    I am going to get a place ready for
                        you

                    Do not let your hearts be troubled —

                    R. Jesus knew He would undergo
                        crucifixion and this is what
                        He told those closest to Him —

                    100 years before Christ —
                        the Jews were persecuting
                            the Jews that were faithful

 

Wisdom 3: 1-9

But the souls of the upright are in the hands of God, 
and no torment can touch them. 
To the unenlightened, they appeared to die, 
their departure was regarded as disaster, 
their leaving us like annihilation; 
but they are at peace. 
If, as it seemed to us, they suffered punishment, 
their hope was rich with immortality; 
slight was their correction, great will their blessings be. 
God was putting them to the test 
and has proved them worthy to be with him; 
he has tested them like gold in a furnace, 
and accepted them as a perfect burnt offering. 
At their time of visitation, they will shine out; 
as sparks run through the stubble, so will they. 
They will judge nations, rule over peoples, 
and the Lord will be their king for ever. 
Those who trust in him will understand the truth, 
those who are faithful will live with him in love; 
for grace and mercy await his holy ones, 
and he intervenes on behalf of his chosen.

  

                R. Paul reminds us we have to stand
                    in judgment before the
                    Lord — we have to make
                    an account of our lives —
                    an account before God —
                    we will have to stand before
                    God —

                We are blessed, God is going
                    to judge us

                An old Jesuit said —
                    When I die, I am glad
                    God will judge me
                    and not St. Ignatius —

                God is merciful

                We are to be faithful to Him —

                We offer the bread and wine
                    at Mass —

                This is changed to the Body and
                    Blood of Jesus at the
                    Consecration

                Can we see how God can
                    change our stony hearts
                    to love

                I love You, My God —
                    You who are so good to me —
                    I love You with all my heart —
                    I thank You for giving
                        Yourself to me in the
                        Eucharist —
                    I thank You for Your light
                        and Your love —

                Oh God, I give myself to You —
                    I want to be faithful to
                    You

                God help me in all the problems —
                This is God's Movement  —
                Oh God help us to be holy —
                Oh God help us to praise You —
                Oh God help us to be thankful to You —

                Oh God help the United States, the world
                    now —

                Help us to do everything with
                    much love —

                Help us to be more and more
                    like St. Therese doing the
                    little way with much love —

                Oh Mary - our Mother - help us to
                    love Jesus —
                    Mother us — so we are more
                        likened to Him.
                    Holy Spirit sanctify us —

                Oh God this life is so short —
                    how have we showed
                    Him our love —
                    How have we loved one another —

                    How have we used our
                        talents to serve God &
                        build His Kingdom —

                    How will God judge us on
                        the Day of Judgment —
                    We will be held accountable
                        for what we did —

                    Confession helps us now —
                        to empty our hearts of
                        debris and to serve God —

                  

Mysteries of Light

 

                Baptism of Jesus

                (1) Matthew 3: 13-17

Then Jesus appeared: he came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. John tried to dissuade him, with the words, ‘It is I who need baptism from you, and yet you come to me!’ But Jesus replied, ‘Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that uprightness demands.’ Then John gave in to him. And when Jesus had been baptised he at once came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And suddenly there was a voice from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.’ 

                (2) R. Water is used for cleaning
                        Water is a symbol of being cleaned —
                        We are given this gift of baptism —
                        When we are conceived we are
                            marked with original sin —
                        God gives us baptism

                (3)

Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - Easter Sunday p. 65

When Jesus told his friend Martha when her brother died: "I am the resurrection and the life," he added: "whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." Because of this St. Paul tells us today: "If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth." (Coloss. 3, 1-4)

Jesus overcame the power of evil and death in his resurrection. This does not mean evil and death no longer exist in the world. And because they do exist, many people discount Jesus’ resurrection. It is true, the resurrection has not removed evil and death from the face of the earth, but it tells us evil and death will not have the last word. They are not the final outcome; they cannot ultimately defeat us if we share Christ’s life. Today we celebrate Jesus’ victory and our own. "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad." Amen.

                (4) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - Pentecost pp. 84-85

Let me give you a little history of Pentecost. It was not invented by the Church. The Jews were celebrating Pentecost 3000 years ago. It was one of their three most important feasts. It was originally a harvest feast on which the first fruits were offered in gratitude to God. It later came to be celebrated as the anniversary of the giving of the Law to Moses on Mt. Sinai. The word itself means simply 50th, the 50th day after Jewish Passover. The Jews were celebrating that feast when the Spirit came on Jesus’ followers. And so Pentecost is still celebrated, but we who are Christians celebrate it as the day on which God sent his Holy Spirit upon the Church.

Pentecost isn’t just the celebration of a past event. It is important for us today, because the Holy Spirit is important for us today. The Spirit is hard to picture because the Spirit is within us when we are in God’s grace. The Spirit is like the air we breathe, the light that goes on when we have an idea, the fire that burns in our heart. And so the Scriptures use these symbols help us know the Spirit; in the first reading the Spirit is a strong driving wind whereas in John’s gospel the Spirit is the gentle breath of Jesus who breathes on his apostles and says “Receive the Holy Spirit.” In either case, whether as a powerful wind or a gentle breath, the Spirit is like the invisible air we cannot live without. The Spirit is like the light that goes on in our mind when we have an idea: Jesus tells us in the gospel “he will guide you to all truth.” Jesus couldn’t explain everything to the apostles that he wanted them to know, but the Spirit turned on the light in their minds to be able to understand all that he had been teaching them. The Spirit also appeared to the apostles as tongues of fire, a fire that started burning in them to proclaim Christ with courage and conviction.

                (5) Matthew 3: 16-17

...and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And suddenly there was a voice from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.’ 

                (6) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - Pentecost pp. 85-86

God wants us to know him and love him and the Spirit helps us to do that. But because the Spirit works within us, we are not aware the Spirit is even there. I would like to share with you some thoughts from C.S. Lewis about how we grow in knowledge things, people and God. If we want to know something about rocks, for example, we go and we find rocks. They won’t come to us, they won’t run away from us. In no way do they cooperate with us in getting to know them. The initiative is all on our side if we are to know rocks. If we want to study wild animals, that’s a little different. We have to go find them and if we’re not really quiet they probably will run away from us (or eat us alive). The initiative is mostly on our part if we are to know about wild animals, but they could prevent us from knowing them. If we want to know another human being, and they are determined for us not to know them, we probably won’t. We have to win their confidence if they are going to open up to us. The initiative is equally divided: it takes two to make a friendship. When it comes to God, there is no way we could find him or know him if he didn’t show himself to us. And he has done so in Jesus Christ. But we cannot not know Jesus Christ without the help of the Spirit. As Paul tells us in today’s second reading: “No one can say Jesus is Lord except in the Holy Spirit.” Without the Spirit God is totally unknown to us. The Spirit makes the Scriptures alive for us and helps us to be aware of God's presence with us and God's love for us.

                (7) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - Pentecost p. 86

When we have this kind of a relationship with God it spills over into everything else we do. So St. Paul tells us in Galatians: if we live by the Spirit, the Spirit will produce in us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.” Most of us also are familiar with Paul’s description of the greatest gift of the Spirit: “I may be able to speak the languages of men and even angels, but if have not love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell…Love is patient and kind, love is not jealous, etc, etc.

One last point: it was on the Church, that God sent his Spirit. As the first reading tells us Christ followers were all together in one place. The Spirit gives different gifts to different members of the Church so we can help each other to know and experience God and God’s love. If we want to experience the fullness of the Spirit, we need each other, we need to come together, to worship together, to share our gifts with one another. Without the Spirit we are trying to breathe without air, think without light, love without fire.

                (8) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - Trinity Sunday pp. 86-87

INTRODUCTION - It’s only in modern times that people started doubting the existence of God.  In the thousands of years human beings have lived on this planet, the tendency has been just the opposite, people have usually worshipped a multiplicity of gods, with only one exception that I know of.  There was a pharaoh in Egypt about 1375 years BC, Akhnaton, who decreed that only the sun god, Aton, could be publicly worshipped in Egypt. Ten years after he died, the famous King Tut reinstated all the gods the people previously venerated.  The Romans had gods whose names are still familiar to us: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto.  The people of Israel were unique among all the nations.  They had only one God, the God who revealed himself to Abraham over 1800 years before Christ.  But they were not always faithful to their God, and were often seduced by the decadent worship of their pagan neighbors. In today’s first reading we hear Moses declare that there is no other God than the Lord and that only by being faithful to their God will they prosper. It’s still good advice for today’s world where polytheism and paganism have been replaced by atheism, hedonism and materialism. 

                (9) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - Trinity Sunday pp. 88-89

Jesus even more clearly revealed God to us as our father.  That’s the way he taught us to pray.  Many times when I pray, I just dwell on those two words.  God is our Father.  He belongs to us, he belongs to me.  I can call on him and know he is there and he is listening.  He doesn’t always do what I want him to do.  That wouldn’t be a good way for any father to raise a child, to do everything for his child or to give his child everything his child wanted.   

I think of the example of a father teaching his child how to build a bird house.  The father could do it much more easily himself, but he wants his child to learn and so he patiently holds back while the child hammers and saws and probably makes a few mistakes.  Life is much more complicated than building a bird house, but I am sure God could do lots of things much more easily than waiting for us to do them, but he tends to patiently hold back so we can learn, even as we make a few mistakes along the way.  So many times when I call on my Father in heaven, he says to me “I could do that for you, but I wouldn’t be helping you if I did.  There’s something here you need to learn.”   

As I talk about the Father today, I cannot ignore Jesus and the Holy Spirit, because today is Trinity Sunday.  This Sunday touches the basic mystery behind all the other mysteries of our faith.  The Father sent his Son to save us by his life, his teachings, his miracles, his death and resurrection.  And the Father and the Son sent us the Holy Spirit to fill us with divine life, to make us truly God's children.  Today at Mass as always we honor our Father, through Jesus his Son in unity with the Holy Spirit.  Does this puzzle us that there is a Father and a Son and a Holy Spirit, three distinct persons yet only one God?  Of course it does.  But it should not surprise us that we cannot fully understand God. Sometimes we think we’re so smart, but the things we know are like a pebble on the beach compared to all the things that are still a mystery to us, even in the material universe of which we are a part.  So we shouldn’t be surprised that the One who created of all these things is too much for us to fully understand.   

And if you think that the Trinity is a mystery, there is an even bigger one to try to fathom.  Why?  Why would God bother about us? Why would God invite us to share in his own life?  For the same reason a mother or father will sacrifice themselves for their child.  There’s only one answer to the question: Why?  Because God is a Father, a Father who is love. 

                (10) Excerpt from Response to God's Love, by Father Edward Carter, S.J. p. 1

   ...In reference to Christianity, God himself is the ultimate mystery. Radically, God is completely other and transcendent, hidden from man in his inner life, unless he chooses to reveal himself. Let us briefly look at this inner life of God.

    The Father, in a perfect act of self-expression, in a perfect act of knowing, generates his son. The Son, the Word, is, then, the immanent expression of God's fullness, the reflection of the Father. Likewise, from all eternity, the Father and the Son bring forth the Holy Spirit in a perfect act of loving.

    At the destined moment in human history, God's self-expression, the Word, immersed himself into man's world. God's inner self-expression now had also become God's outer self-expression. Consequently, the mystery of God becomes the mystery of Christ. In Christ, God tells us about himself, about his inner life, about his plan of creation and redemption. He tells us how Father, Son, and Holy Spirit desire to dwell within us in the most intimate fashion, how they wish to share with us their own life through grace. All this he has accomplished and does accomplish through Christ.

 

  

                Marriage at Cana

                (1) John 2: 1-10  

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

                (2) R. We see Jesus changed water into wine —
                        What a miracle

                (3)

 

Matthew 26: 26-28

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples. ‘Take it and eat,’ he said, ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he handed it to them saying, ‘Drink from this, all of you, for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

                (4) R. This is the marriage of our souls
                        to Jesus —
                        He is the bridegroom — we
                            are His —
                            He gives us Himself to eat —
                        He outpours His grace —
                        He fills us with His life

                (5) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time pp. 29-31

I have prayed many times over people who felt the devil had some power over them. I’ve never had such a dramatic experience as St. Mark describes here (people convulsing, crying out, sometimes falling down). I have read about people who have. The movie The Exorcist, which many people may have seen, was based on a true story of an exorcism. It’s interesting how popular angels are right now and how unpopular it is to believe in the devil. It’s especially interesting that so many people have this attitude when there is so much evil in the world around us. Personally I believe in good angels, but I find it much easier to believe in the bad ones. I think there’s so much more evidence of their existence. Our ignoring the presence of the devil gives the devil greater freedom to do his or her thing. The smartest strategy a devil can use is to convince us that he or she is not around. St. Peter tells us “your enemy, the devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be firm in your faith and resist him.” (1 Peter 5, 8-9) Although some instances of what was considered demon possession at the time of Jesus may have been psychological or physical (such as epilepsy), the gospels do take the devil seriously and Jesus did too. When I am asked to pray over someone who thinks they are under demonic power, I always try to rule out psychological problems. If I think it is warranted, I do suggest a psychologist or psychiatrist for them to see, but at times I have felt there was an evil power at work in their lives that went beyond psychology.

Notice the devil recognized Jesus immediately as the Son of God: “the Holy One of God.” Devils may not be good but they are very smart. It’s not until the end of St. Mark’s gospel, as Jesus dies on the cross, that any human person recognizes who Jesus really is. And that person was a pagan, a Roman centurian, who after seeing Jesus die, said: “Truly, this man was the Son of God.” It took people a long time to find out who Jesus was, the devil recognized it immediately.

St. Mark tells us when Jesus taught the people and healed the possessed man his audience was spellbound and filled with awe.

The gospels not only tell us about Jesus, they tell us also about ourselves. What is the gospel telling us about ourselves today? It is asking us: how do we react to Jesus? Are we filled with wonder and awe when we hear him or think of him. Aesop told us over 2500 years ago: “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Maybe we don’t have contempt of our Lord, but after hearing about him for many years, our sense of awe and wonder can get dulled. How do we rekindle that excitement of hearing about him again? One way I know of is not to think we know all there is to know about him. We have to keep discovering more and more about him. Jesus is the infinite Son of God and whatever we know about him is just a tiny little bit compared to what we have yet to discover. We can only do that through prayer. Today we pray the greatest prayer there is, a prayer Jesus himself gave us at the Last Supper. But our prayer life has to include more than just one hour a week in church. It must continue through the week. If Mass is the only prayer we pray all week, the Mass itself will become boring and dry.

Another way to recapture that sense of awe in Jesus is to praise him. Too often our prayers are limited to asking God for things we need or want. And that’s good. But praise is also an important part of prayer and praise helps to lift our hearts to a sense of wonder as we come before our God. In Mass today we try to capture that sense of wonder and awe through the selection of hymns of praise. We praise God who has come to teach us and to help us with our everyday struggles with life and with the powers of evil around us.

                (6) R. What awe and wonder —
                        the miracles of Jesus —
                        the gift of the Eucharist —
                        that God loves us so much —
                        that Jesus took on flesh and came
                            into this world —
                       
                        Jesus, the Son of God, a Divine Person who took on
                            flesh — who loves us so much —
                            He died for our sins

                (7) John 15: 12-13

This is my commandment: 
love one another, 
as I have loved you. 
No one can have greater love 
than to lay down his life for his friends.

                (8) Sing: We Have Been Told

                (9)

 

Jeremiah 23: 1-6

‘Disaster for the shepherds who lose and scatter the sheep of my pasture, Yahweh declares. This, therefore, is what Yahweh, God of Israel, says about the shepherds who shepherd my people, “You have scattered my flock, you have driven them away and have not taken care of them. Right, I shall take care of you for your misdeeds, Yahweh declares! But the remnant of my flock I myself shall gather from all the countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; they will be fruitful and increase in numbers. For them I shall raise up shepherds to shepherd them and pasture them. No fear, no terror for them any more; not one shall be lost, Yahweh declares! 

    Look, the days are coming, 
        Yahweh declares, 
    when I shall raise an upright Branch 
        for David; 
    he will reign as king and be wise, 
    doing what is just and upright 
        in the country. 
    In his days Judah will triumph 
    and Israel live in safety. 
    And this is the name he will be called, 
    ‘Yahweh–is–our–Saving–Justice.’ ”

                (10) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time p. 105

In the Scriptures, those who were leaders of God’s people: kings and priests, teachers and other spiritual leaders were often compared to shepherds.  Frequently these leaders were more interested in serving themselves than they were in providing good leadership for God’s people.  Jeremiah, today’s first reading, blames the kings of Judah for the destruction of the nation under the Babylonians.  In today’s gospel our Lord views the people of his day as sheep without a shepherd and has compassion on them.  He is a good shepherd.  He desires to lead his followers to glory and eternal happiness.  The way to follow him is through faith and love.  For the times we have failed, we ask his forgiveness and his help to do better.

 

                        R. Jesus is our lover —
                        Jesus wants this intimate love
                            with us
                        Jesus gives us Himself in the Eucharist.
                        Jesus gives us confession so we can
                            be pure and unite deeply in love
                            to Him — We can say no
                            to the marriage of our soul to
                            Jesus —
                            Jesus wants intimacy with us —
                            This is the message of the Blue Books

    

 

                Kingdom of God

                (1) 1 Kings 17: 10-16

So he went off to Sidon. And when he reached the city gate, there was a widow gathering sticks. Addressing her he said, 'Please bring a little water in a pitcher for me to drink.' She was on her way to fetch it when he called after her. 'Please', he said, 'bring me a scrap of bread in your hand.' 'As Yahweh your God lives,' she replied, 'I have no baked bread, but only a handful of meal in a jar and a little oil in a jug; I am just gathering a stick or two to go and prepare this for myself and my son to eat, and then we shall die.' But Elijah said to her, 'Do not be afraid, go and do as you have said; but first make a little scone of it for me and bring it to me, and then make some for yourself and for your son. For Yahweh, God of Israel, says this: Jar of meal shall not be spent, jug of oil shall not be emptied, before the day when Yahweh sends rain on the face of the earth.' The woman went and did as Elijah told her and they ate the food, she, himself and her son. The jar of meal was not spent nor the jug of oil emptied, just as Yahweh had foretold through Elijah.

                (2) Hebrews 9: 24-28

It is not as though Christ had entered a man–made sanctuary which was merely a model of the real one; he entered heaven itself, so that he now appears in the presence of God on our behalf. And he does not have to offer himself again and again, as the high priest goes into the sanctuary year after year with the blood that is not his own, or else he would have had to suffer over and over again since the world began. As it is, he has made his appearance once and for all, at the end of the last age, to do away with sin by sacrificing himself. Since human beings die only once, after which comes judgement, so Christ too, having offered himself only once to bear the sin of many, will manifest himself a second time, sin being no more, to those who are waiting for him, to bring them salvation.

                (3) Mark 12: 38-44

In his teaching he said, 'Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted respectfully in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets; these are the men who devour the property of widows and for show offer long prayers. The more severe will be the sentence they receive.'

He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the treasury, and many of the rich put in a great deal. A poor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, 'In truth I tell you, this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they could spare, but she in her poverty has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.'

                (4) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time p. 166

INTRODUCTION – (1 Kings 17, 10-16; Hebrews 9, 24-28; Mark 12, 38-44) I want to begin by saying something about the second reading. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews was interested in showing the superiority of Jesus’ sacrifice to those of the Old Testament. He is presuming those who received this letter would be thinking of the once a year sacrifice on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) which was just celebrated a few weeks ago on October 2. In the days before the Temple was destroyed by the Romans, the High Priest would enter the Holy Place, where no one ever went except on this occasion and he would offer sacrifice for the sins of God’s people. The Letter to the Hebrews emphasizes that Christ’s sacrifice for sins took place only once and didn’t need to be offered again and again because his sacrifice was perfect.

Our first reading will make more sense if we know that the events that are described in the reading happened during a severe famine.  We have to marvel at the faith of this widow.

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HOMILY – Humans have offered sacrifices to their gods since the dawn of history and before.  Human beings have sensed that someone higher and greater than we are put us here and that someone has a hand in our destiny.  Up until the era of the Jews, with one very brief exception, all peoples believed that someone was a multitude of powerful beings they called gods.  Sacrifice was a way to maintain communion with these gods, especially a way of acknowledging our dependence on them and seeking to win their favor.  Sacrifices were gifts to the deity that represented the giver and were usually something that symbolized the life of the person offering the sacrifice.  That’s why food, animals used for food, and blood were usually offered.  Some people even offered their own children as sacrifice. 

We read in the gospels that Jesus was a pious Jew.  He observed the Sabbath,  he went to Jerusalem for the feasts, he celebrated the Passover.  His life itself was a sacrifice in that he served his Father perfectly through prayer and by his ministry of teaching and healing.  His ministry got him into trouble with the powerful political and religious leaders of his day and, because he was faithful to it, in their eyes he had to be destroyed.  It was in perfect love he gave himself.  The Letters to the Hebrews tells us he only needed to die once, and we can tap into the power of his saving love through the Eucharist.  To communicate with our God, to acknowledge our dependence on him, to seek his favor, we no longer need to offer food and animals to represent ourselves.  We can offer our love through a perfect sacrifice, for through the Mass we unite ourselves with Christ’s sacrifice and we offer ourselves to the Father.

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That sacrifice will bring great blessings back to us.  The widow of Zarephath made a sacrifice of what she had to feed God’s prophet and God blessed her with a continuous supply of food.  Then there’s the woman in the gospel.  There were a number of receptacles in the Temple area where people dropped in their offerings.  Money was always in the form of precious metal, so when it was dropped into the receptacles it made enough noise that bystanders could guess whether it was a large sum or small.  Can’t you see this poor lady following a wealthy scribe whose donation made quite a loud noise (clang, clang, clang, clang) and hers just a couple of very tiny clinks.  An ordinary person would have been impressed with the large donations, but Jesus could look into hearts and he knew what her sacrifice cost her.  The widow in the gospel won Jesus’ overwhelming approval and most probably many blessings we do not know about.

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Several years ago I visited the Twin Towers in New York.  One particular exhibit struck me.  It was describing how people evolved from being hunters and gatherers to the development of agriculture.  The exhibit speculated that our early ancestors who were hunters and gatherers would offer their customary sacrifices of grain they had gathered in the woods and fields and sprinkle the grain around their sacred monuments or idols.  Someone discovered that grain grew more abundantly in their sacred areas and it suddenly dawned on them there was a connection between throwing the seed in that area and an abundance of grain in return.  I thought, of course, the more we give God the more God will bless us.  People discovered it with grain, but I believe it’s true of everything. Giving God time, money (to charity), our talents, our love will come back in abundant blessings.  The bible has always told us that: “He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully.” 

Today we are about to offer the perfect sacrifice to our Creator and Father. May our hearts overflow with love and gratitude and may God bless all of us. Amen.

 

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Daniel 12: 1-3

‘At that time Michael will arise–the great Prince, defender of your people. That will be a time of great distress, unparalleled since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, your own people will be spared–all those whose names are found written in the Book.

‘Of those who are sleeping in the Land of Dust, many will awaken, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting disgrace. Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightness, as bright as stars for all eternity.

 

  Hebrews 10: 11-14

Every priest stands at his duties every day, offering over and over again the same sacrifices which are quite incapable of taking away sins. He, on the other hand, has offered one single sacrifice for sins, and then taken his seat for ever, at the right hand of God, where he is now waiting till his enemies are made his footstool. By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all who are sanctified.

 

Mark 13: 24-32

'But in those days, after that time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will come falling out of the sky and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.  And then they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send the angels to gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of the sky.

 'Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that he is near, right at the gates. In truth I tell you, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 'But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.

 

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INTRODUCTION – (Daniel 12, 1-3; Hebrews 10, 11-14. 18; Mark 13, 24-32) The Greek word “apocalypsis” means revealing something or making something fully known.  There are many passages in the Bible that are apocalyptic in nature.  Most were written during a time when God’s people were being persecuted. They gave hope to God’s people during those times that if they remained faithful to God they would be victorious in the end.  The last book of the Bible is called the Book of Revelation. It is also called the Apocalypse because that is the word with which the book begins.  Today we hear another example of apocalyptic writing in the Book of Daniel.    Today’s first reading was composed about 165 years before Christ during the time when the Syrians were trying to obliterate the Jewish religion.  During this painful historical time, any books from the Hebrew Scriptures that could be found were burned, the temple was turned into a temple to the Greek god, Zeus, and any Jews who refused to offer sacrifice to pagan gods were put to death.  This passage contains a clear belief in the resurrection of the body by the year 165 BC.

HOMILY – There was an old monk dying in a little country monastery.  The monks living with him knew he was dying and so they tried to make him as comfortable as possible.  One of the things they did for him was to give him a little warm milk each day with a little brandy mixed into it.  This seemed to calm him down.  When he was getting ready to breathe his last, they asked him if he had any last words for them.  He said: “brothers, whatever you do, don’t ever get rid of that cow.” 

There was a funeral director who regularly ended his letters with the words: “Eventually yours.” 

We’re all headed toward that day when we’re going to meet our maker.  It’s a time very few people, especially those who are younger, care to hear about or think about.  But as the year comes to an end, the Church takes this occasion to make us aware that our life in this world will come to an end someday too.  Or as one of my friends often says: “everything has a beginning, a middle and an end.”  In reminding us of these things, the Church is not trying to depress us. It is trying to keep us in touch with reality.  The reality is God has better plans for us than for us to spend a few short years in this life, and then for that to be the end for us.  “You are my inheritance, O Lord” is our psalm refrain.  In other words, God created us to be with him.  God showed us through his Son the way to get there. 

I explained earlier that our first reading was an example of apocalyptic writing giving the Jews hope as they suffered through a time of great persecution.  The passage today from St. Mark’s gospel is also an example of apocalyptic writing.  Mark’s gospel was written during the early Christian persecutions.  Like all apocalyptic writing it tells us the time of suffering will be short and those who are faithful to God will emerge victorious. 

We know time is relative.  Christmas will be here in a little more than a month.  Most of us are running around frantically thinking how can it come so quickly.  For a six year old child, it probably seems like it will never get here.  To say the time of suffering will be short is relative.  How short is short?  Sometimes when we’re suffering it seems to go on forever and we get discouraged.  Compared to eternity, though, it will be very short.  In the meantime, we have the sacraments and Jesus’ word to sustain us.  His words will never pass away.  It is our sure rock. 

Jesus’ statement that “This generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place” is a confusing one.  Earlier in this chapter from Mark, Jesus had been talking about the destruction of the Temple and some of his thoughts about that catastrophic event got mixed in with his prediction of his second coming.  I’m sure in the minds of the early Christians the end of the Temple and of Jerusalem would have been happening at the same time that the world was coming to an end, and then Jesus would come the second time in glory.  There is something else Jesus said that indicates the second coming would not happen in the near future.  He said that when he came the second time in glory he would gather his elect from the ends of the earth.  Jesus’ words would not spread to the ends of the earth for a number of centuries. 

Tribulation and suffering will not last forever and if we are faithful to the Lord, he will bring us into a springtime of new life that will never end.  We must not let anything discourage us, but keep watch and be ready for we do not know when the Lord will tell us he’s ready for us. 

(I skipped this in later Masses and added some of these thoughts in an adlibbed fashion to the second last paragraph: In St. Mark’s gospel, two events are confused with one another: the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, on the one hand, and on the other hand, the end of the world along with Jesus’ second coming.  Mark was writing to a people who expected it to happen all at the same time and that it would happen very soon.  Several times in the gospels, Jesus warned his followers they would risk suffering and death if they were loyal to him.  By the time Mark was writing, the early Church was experiencing first hand what Jesus prophesized.  Peter and Paul probably had been put to death by this time.  The apocalyptic message in today’s gospel sounds gloomy and foreboding, but if we look at it closer it proclaims good news:  The Son of Man will come to rescue his people.  He will gather them from the four corners of the earth to himself.  Jesus tells us just as the branches of the fig tree starting to grow green and tender is a sign that winter is over, so when trouble and suffering come upon us, know that it will soon be over and spring will come.  And it will be a springtime bringing new life that will go on forever.  In the verses just before and right after our gospel Jesus tells his followers to be on guard, be alert.  We never know when any of these things will happen.)

 

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Daniel 7: 13-14

I was gazing into the visions of the night, when I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, as it were a son of man. He came to the One most venerable and was led into his presence. On him was conferred rule, honour and kingship, and all peoples, nations and languages became his servants. His rule is an everlasting rule which will never pass away, and his kingship will never come to an end.

 

Revelation 1: 5-8

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the First–born from the dead, the highest of earthly kings. He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood, and made us a Kingdom of Priests to serve his God and Father; to him, then, be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. Look, he is coming on the clouds; everyone will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the races of the earth will mourn over him. Indeed this shall be so. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.

 

John 18: 33-37

    So Pilate went back into the Praetorium and called Jesus to him and asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ Jesus replied, ‘Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others said it to you about me?’ Pilate answered, ‘Am I a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me: what have you done?’ Jesus replied, ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. As it is, my kingdom does not belong here.’ Pilate said, ‘So, then you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘It is you who say that I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this, to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.’

 

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Feast of Christ the King
November 26, 2006

INTRODUCTION – (Daniel 7, 13-14; Rev. 1, 5-8; John 18, 33b-37) Today again we hear from the book of Daniel, a book that was written during a time when the Jews were suffering a terrible persecution for their faith.  Today’s reading describes how God would triumph in the end.  God would establish a kingdom that would be everlasting.  God is here described as “the Ancient One.”  His kingdom would be ruled by one who is described as “like a son of man.”  God would give this “son of man” dominion, glory and kingship.  The term “son of man” simply means a human being, but today’s passage invests the term with new depth and mystery.  You might recall, “son of man” was the favorite term Jesus used to describe himself.

HOMILY – You may be surprised to know that today’s feast was not established during the Middle Ages when most of the world was ruled by kings or emperors.  Today’s feast is very recent. It was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, a time when kings and emperors were becoming increasingly a remnant of the past.  Pius XI instituted this feast as an attempt to counteract the atheism and secularism of that time. 

Today’s feast reminds us that with God there is no democracy.  It pleased God to establish a kingdom with Jesus his divine Son as our king.  In many ways he is unlike most of the other kings we may have heard of or read about.  I would like to mention just four of the things that are unique about Jesus as a king: 

(1) First of all, belonging to his kingdom is intentional.  He doesn’t come around with soldiers and weapons to force us into submission.  He invites us to follow him.  Coercion is not his style, rather he leads us by faith and love. 

(2) As a king he does not live in a castle or go parading around in fancy garb or expensive jewels or need to be transported in big limousines or private jets.  He does not need to display his position for his dignity and greatness are beyond this world.  We see him in today’s gospel, looking like the bad guy, on trial for violation of Jewish and Roman law. Yet it seems Pilate is the one on trial, not knowing how to honestly deal with this man in front of him.  Hearing this passage we realize we are on trial too as to whether we belong to the truth for he said: “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” 

(3) Kings tend to be distant and aloof from their people.  They can’t be otherwise, because they have so many people to govern.  Jesus, as our king, is close to each of us; not only close to us but he is one with us.  “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”  (Jn. 14,23)  He is the shepherd who seeks out the lost sheep, because each of us is important to him.

(4) Every king will enjoy his position of authority only for a time.  It may be many decades, such as Louis XIV who reigned for 72 years in France, or it may be a few days until death or a rival overthrows them.  Christ’s kingdom will last forever. 

As any king he gives us laws which he expects us to follow.  The obedience he demands is not for his own self-interest but for our well being.  He knows what will result in our happiness or unhappiness, so he commands us to do those things that will bring us happiness - not just momentary happiness (which sometimes sin brings us), but eternal happiness. 

Kings, indeed any ruling power, requires those that are governed to pay taxes.  How else can a government survive?  Even God has taxes.  In the Old Testament, God required 10% be given to the Lord and to the poor.  Jesus too asks us to help each other, especially those who are needy among us.  But there’s something equally important we must give to the Lord: our time.  People have to spend time together for any relationship to begin, be sustained or survive.  One minimum requirement he gave us is that we give God an hour on Sunday (or Saturday evening).  But that is a minimum.  If we want our relationship with God to grow, we need more than that. 

Our feast today reminds us there is a power in this universe that is greater than the power of physical strength, the power of hatred, the power of wealth and the power of bombs.  It is the power of truth and love.  This power is revealed to us in Jesus Christ.  The power of Jesus Christ will overcome all the powers of evil.  There may be challenging and difficult times.  We may wonder where our world is headed.  We may be worried about Iran, North Korea, terrorists, Iraq.  We may think, and rightly so, that morality is going down the sewer.  Yet, in the big picture, evil will not win out.  Returning to our first reading we heard that to the Son of Man was given dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations and languages would serve him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.  Amen.

 

    

 

                Transfiguration

                (1) Mark 9: 2-8

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain on their own by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became brilliantly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus, ‘Rabbi,’ he said, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.

                (2) Daniel 7: 7-10, 13-14

Next, in the visions of the night, I saw another vision: there before me was a fourth beast, fearful, terrifying, very strong; it had great iron teeth, and it ate its victims, crushed them, and trampled their remains underfoot. It was different from the previous beasts and had ten horns.

    'While I was looking at these horns, I saw another horn sprouting among them, a little one; three of the original horns were pulled out by the roots to make way for it; and in this horn I saw eyes like human eyes, and a mouth full of boasting.

While I was watching,
thrones were set in place
and one most venerable took his seat.
His robe was white as snow,
the hair of his head as pure as wool.
His throne was a blaze of flames,
its wheels were a burning fire.
A stream of fire poured out,
issuing from his presence.
A thousand thousand waited on him,
ten thousand times ten thousand
   stood before him.
The court was in session
and the books lay open.

I was gazing into the visions of the night,
when I saw,
   coming on the clouds of heaven,
as it were a son of man. 
He came to the One most venerable
and was led into his presence.
On him was conferred rule,
honour and kingship,
and all peoples, nations and languages
    became his servants.
His rule is an everlasting rule
which will never pass away,
and his kingship will never  

 

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INTRODUCTION – Our first reading is from the book of Daniel (Dn. 7, 7-10.13-14).  The author of this book lived during the time the Greeks dominated most of the known world.  The Greeks were trying to get everyone to follow their religion (paganism) and any Jew who remained faithful to his or her Jewish faith was put to death.  This was the first time in the history of the world that people were persecuted for their beliefs.  The book of Daniel tried to offer the Jewish people hope: hope of a savior. This salvation comes from one like a “son of man” whom God endows with kingship and power.  Our reading is one of Daniel’s visions and it first describes God who is called the Ancient One - indicating God’s eternity.  The term “son of man” means simply a human being, but this “son of man” would be unique and would be the savior of God’s people.  This was the favorite title Jesus used in referring to himself.  The glory of God is described in today’s first reading. It is shown through Christ in his Transfiguration, which is described in today’s gospel (Mk. 9, 2-10), and in today’s second reading from the Second Letter of St. Peter (1, 16-19).

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HOMILY – Last Sunday I said that for the next four weeks we would be hearing from the sixth chapter of St. John on the Eucharist.  I hadn’t looked ahead to see that this Sunday fell on August 6th which is the feast of the Transfiguration.  Although we hear about the Transfiguration every year on the second Sunday of Lent, the actual feast of the Transfiguration is on August 6.  It is an important enough feast that it replaces the normal Sunday liturgy. 

Tradition identifies Mt. Tabor as the mountain of the Transfiguration.  It’s quite a climb to get to the top.  There is a chapel on top of the mountain commemorating the occasion of the Transfiguration.  I said Mass there sixteen years ago when I went with a study group to the Holy Land.  They had cars and buses to take us up the mountain.  I’m not surprised that Peter, James and John fell asleep, as St. Luke tells us in his gospel, when they went there with Jesus.  They didn’t have cars and buses and they would have been very tired when they got to the top.  But when they woke up their efforts to make it up to the top of that mountain with Jesus were well rewarded.  “It is good that we are here,” Peter said.  “Let us make three tents here: one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  It sounds to me as if they were ready to stay there for several weeks, it was such an awesome experience.  As wonderful as it was, Jesus’ work wasn’t finished and neither was theirs.  They had to come back down to earth.

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Most of us, I’m sure, have had moments when we’ve felt God’s presence and closeness and special love, or when we knew God was helping us with some problem.  But I’m sure there are few, if any of us, who have experienced anything like the Transfiguration.  We may be a mystic and have ecstatic experiences in prayer or we may be a saint who receives visions of Jesus or Mary. Other than that, we’ve probably not experienced anything like the Transfiguration and may find it difficult to relate to. But we can learn from it.

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(1) We can learn that God has great glory reserved for us until, as the second reading tells us, “day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”

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(2) We can learn from what God spoke on the holy mountain about Jesus: “this is my beloved Son, listen to him.”  This is not something new, of course, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded once again that we must listen to him.

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(3) We can learn that we cannot expect mountaintop experiences every day when we pray, when we receive the sacraments, when we keep the Commandments.  There are those moments when we get a lot of consolation and good feelings from our faith and our prayers.  Then there are those moments when prayer is dry, when our faith is exactly what that word means, believing only on the word of another and not feeling anything except that we’re in a desert.  The apostles were with Jesus three years and there was only one experience like the Transfiguration, and only three of them experienced it.  Our religion can’t be based on feelings.  It’s based on faith in God and love for God and for one another.  Sometimes we feel it and sometimes we don’t.  It’s not how we feel it that counts, but how we live it.

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(4) Another thing we can learn from the Transfiguration is that we can’t always trust appearances.  In appearance Jesus looked pretty much like the rest of us.  Artists have pictured him with a halo, but I’m sure there was no halo when people saw him every day.  The gospels would have remarked about it if there were.  For a brief moment on Mt. Tabor, the apostles saw and heard things that indicated there was a lot more to Jesus than they ever imagined.

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Today, as we come to Mass, our faith calls us to look beyond appearances.  When we receive Communion, we receive what appears to be a wafer of bread and a sip of wine, but faith in the power and the words of Jesus tells us this host and cup offers us so much more.  It is food for eternal life.  We pray as always that the Lord will help us to know his presence with us today, and if we do not experience that presence, we pray for the faith to be able to see beyond appearances and still be able to say as Peter did on the mountain: “it is good that we are here.”

                (10) Matthew 17: 5

... ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’

 

  

                The Institution of the Eucharist

                (1) Matthew 26: 26-29

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples. ‘Take it and eat,’ he said, ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he handed it to them saying, ‘Drink from this, all of you, for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. From now on, I tell you, I shall never again drink wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in the kingdom of my Father.’

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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

 

                (3) From the Mass Book

January 2, 1997

"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen."

"The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."

God pours out His grace in this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is the greatest gift when God gives Himself to us.

We share with God His life, given to us abundantly in the Mass.

He gives Himself to us, and we give ourselves to Him. The great love affair between God and man: His Holy Mass.

The priest is another Christ to us. It is Christ present, through the priest, celebrating the Mass. We must see Christ in the priest, see Him celebrate the Mass, see His beautiful brown hair, His gentle face, see Him, Our Savior. This Jesus Christ that came was born an infant and gave Himself to His death on the cross that we would share His life. See Him now in the Mass, giving Himself in the greatest gift of all. He gives us His divine love and His divine life.

Oh, we thank You for Your life. We know He died and rose and gave us a sharing in His holy life. His life is now abundantly poured, as a fountain to us, especially in the Mass.

Then we hear His Word. Let the Word of God penetrate our being. Let us feel this Living Word of God. As a two-edged sword, it comes forth with such conviction and love and it penetrates the souls of the faithful with such love. It is food indeed, food for our soul.

He is the Good Shepherd. He speaks to us. He gives us all we want. "There is nothing I shall want." (The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need. Ps. 23:1).

He gives us green pastures, and His water pours out and refreshes us. He outpours His grace as a fountain to feed us with His life.

He is a just God, good and kind, all loving, for He is love. We want for nothing for He outpours His love and His life to us in the Mass. We feast on His Body and Blood and are fed with His Word. We become one in Him and He shares Himself with us.

It is through the Mass celebrated by the hands of a holy pries that we will experience the Mass the way Christ intends. These writings are insights which hopefully will help lead you to the spring of life-giving water, the fountain of love and life He outpours in the Mass.

There will be a new earth when men will see with the light of seven suns. They will know God. A people walking in darkness will see a great light. They will no longer be blind, they will be enlightened, they will love God with the greatest love in the Mass. They will feast on His Body and Blood and will be united as one body in His holy Church through His life given to us in the Eucharist.

We will drink copiously from the fountain of grace which He pours out in the Mass. We will be filled with His love, absorbed with the love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and feasting on His divine life.

We see with the vision of God. We partake in such a union with God. We see with the light the Spirit gives to us. The priest celebrates the Mass and we know God with such an intense knowing in this union. We are saturated with His life flowing from the hands of His consecrated priest.

And I look at Him, the priest, and I see Jesus there. I see Him giving Himself to me. I see the new and Holy City. I see with such clarity the great gift that God gives to us in the Mass!

We learn how to love in the Mass, for we unite to God. He gives us such an intimate sharing in His divine love that we carry His love out to the world. In this union we know His loving to an intense degree and we carry this love out to others. We share in an intense way in His divine act of loving. He, Who is Love, gives Himself to us and we are absorbed in His love and we know intensely how God loves. We are filled with love for God and for each other, for, in the oneness He is loving through us. He gives us lights into His loving capacity and we know His loving power in an intensity we did not know before.

We then pray. We offer up our intentions for this Mass. It is now we who intercede to Him to outpour His grace on us and help us with these intentions.

We pray for this reign of peace when the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph and men will fervently love and adore God with burning love. We pray for all souls and the Church and we beg for His help, His love, His grace.

We offer ourselves as a sacrifice. We offer the bread that will become the Bread of Life.

The priest mixes the water and the wine and we realize how His Divinity mixes with our humanity.

We offer the wine that will become our spiritual drink--His Blood.

I give myself to Him and I beg to be cleansed of my sins with the washing of the hands.

"May the Lord accept the sacrifice of your hands for the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of all His Church."

We ask Him to accept the gifts we want to give Him, we give Him thanks, we lift up our hearts in thanks and praise and we sing out:

"Holy, Holy God, of power and might..." we sing Him praise and thank Him, "Oh, God we love thee so much."

My heart is so filled with such awe. I cry because I love Him so much.

Every word in the Mass, I love. The priest consecrates the Host and changes it into the Body and Blood of Christ. Hear Christ say to us: "This is My Body", "This is My Blood".

Oh, it makes me cry for I am so struck with awe at what happens at the Consecration. I unite in the oneness with the priest, with Christ and with all present, with heaven and earth. I am one in that moment, united in the sacrifice of Christ giving Himself to the Father.

This is the moment when I unite in such oneness with Christ in the purity of Mary's heart. I give myself as a sacrifice. I offer myself to the Father.

The Father looks down and He sees us united to His Son's Sacrifice. It is in this oneness that His grace is outpoured on us, that we die to that which is not like Him and that the Holy Spirit works in the heart of Mary and fills us with His life.

I am in ecstasy as I realize more and more the great gift of love that God gives us in His holy Mass. I am taken to such heights, being wrapped in the presence of God. It is rapture, this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

It is a great gift, experiencing this intense presence of the Almighty God: Through Him, With Him, and In Him.

We pray to the Father the prayer as Jesus taught us and beg, "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

We pray: "For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are Yours, now and forever."

We beg for peace in our hearts. We share this peace with one another. Then we beg of the Lamb of God. I want to get down to the ground and beg for His grace, mercy, and forgiveness for our sins.

Please, God, I see us as a sinful people. I want the grace and mercy to flow abundantly.

He raises the Host and says: "This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, happy are those who are called to His supper."

We respond: "Lord, I am not worthy to receive You, but only say the word and I shall be healed."

I receive the Almighty God in Communion. All I want is Him. Oh, God, I want You, I adore You, I worship You, I love You.

Oh, for this moment when God gives Himself to me. Oh, God, words do not express this time--this intense presence of You within my being. Oh, sweet Savior, I love You!

You share Yourself so intimately with me. You imprint on my soul a knowing of Your Divine Being that is so intimate in this Communion when You give Yourself to me.

Oh, let our hearts be open to His grace that we may know this great gift more, that we will partake more fully in this greatest act of love with Divinity.

He shares Himself with us, the Almighty God, in such oneness. This is the greatest way to bind us with each other, to unite with each other in the Mass and Communion.

And so I sing the love of God, the love of His Mass. I beg you to pray for the grace that He can teach you in these writings about His most intimate love affair with man, the gift of Himself--the gift He gives us in the Mass.

The Holy Sacrifice, the sacrifice of Calvary, sacramentally-made-present in the Mass when He gives Himself to us with the greatest love!

And what does He ask in return? He asks that we love one another, that we give Him the glory, the thanksgiving, the adoration that is His due as the Almighty God.

He sends us forth with His blessing to share His most intimate love with all. We go forth as other Christs in the world. For He is alive this day and He lives in us and He gives His love to others through us. We act as channels of His life to one another.

The Mass is the richest source of His life. His life flows through the body, the Church, especially through the sacraments and the Mass.

Oh Jesus, from the fountain of life that pours forth from your pierced Heart, give us holy priests whose hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary to celebrate the Mass--that there is such oneness between the priest and Christ that His grace will flow copiously.

We thirst for the fountain of life pouring forth from the pierced Heart of Christ. It is His life we seek and find in the Church. It is His love we want and we experience the greatest love affair with God in the Mass.

These books on the Mass are accounts of my intimate love affair with our Almighty God. Many experiences were enlightenments I received in the Mass.

I strongly advise all to pray, to say the Holy Spirit Prayer, the consecration prayers, and the Prayer before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, before Mass.

This book is the journey into the red room, the inner chamber of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the gateway, the pure and Immaculate Heart of His Mother.

It is in the Mass we give ourselves in such love to our Holy God. He gives Himself to us and we give ourselves to Him.

 

                (4)

                        Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time pp. 153-154

Today’s first reading tells us about a person who sought wisdom before anything else.  In attaining wisdom, the author of this piece from the Book of Wisdom said he acquired all things besides.  St. Paul tells us Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.  (1 Cor. 1, 24)  As Jesus answered Peter in the gospel, no one who has given up everything to follow Christ will lose their reward.  Indeed, they will be rewarded 100 times over.  That is a fantastic return and it has been guaranteed by one who will not fail us.  But he warns us that when we follow him, when we give ourselves over to him to the extent that he asks us to, life will not always go easy.  One part of this process that is not always easy is simply trusting and waiting.  We like immediate results but God doesn’t always give them.  We have to trust in God's wisdom and rely on God's timetable, but if we do, we will surely find out God will not fail us and he is not going to let us outdo him in generosity.

                (5) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - 3rd Sunday of Easter pp. 69-70

(Acts 3, 13-15. 17-19; 1 John 2, 1-5a; Luke 24, 35-48) A mother proudly told her pastor: “My teenage son has finally learned one bible verse. It’s Luke 24, verse 41 where Jesus asks his disciples (as we just heard in today’s reading) ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’”

The apostles must have been in great confusion by Easter Sunday night. Jesus’ tomb was empty. Peter and John had seen the empty tomb in the morning, but they had seen nothing else. Some women, who were Jesus’ followers, had talked with an angel who assured them Jesus had risen. Mary Magdalene herself had seen our Lord. Later in the day Jesus appeared to two other disciples, walked and talked with them, broke bread with them and then disappeared. Those same disciples had just arrived at where the apostles were staying and were telling their story when Jesus suddenly appeared to all of them. Surprised, shocked, disbelief, St. Luke says “terrified,” probably embarrassed, too, realizing they had all abandoned him after his arrest. What a mixed bag of emotions they must have been experiencing. No wonder he greets them by saying to them: “Peace be with you.” Jesus dispels their doubts about whether they could believe what they were seeing and assures them they are not seeing a ghost by inviting them to feel him, to know that he is flesh and bone. He even ate a piece of fish, food they themselves had prepared, to prove to them that he was real and that he had really risen. And yet he appeared to be different than before. The wounds of the nails and the spear were still in his hands and feet and side. But when he appeared to Mary Magdalene she didn’t recognize him until he spoke her name. The two disciples didn’t recognize him until he sat down and broke bread with them. There was no doubt it was Jesus, but he was different.

                (6) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - 3rd Sunday of Easter p. 70

He not only looked different, but he was different in other ways too. He didn’t come knocking on their door in order to get in. He just suddenly stood in their midst. The same thing happened with the others who saw him. When his visit to Mary or the two disciples or the apostles had come to an end, he simply vanished. It was as if he was always with them, and sometimes he allowed them to see him but most of the time they couldn’t.

Human beings have invented all kinds of marvelous things. There are great discoveries in medicine that can add years to people’s lives. There are wonderful inventions that can make life much more comfortable and enjoyable. We can walk on the moon and we can explore the atom. We have powerful weapons that can cause untold destruction. But who has ever discovered how to overcome the power of death which every living thing must eventually succumb to? The resurrection of Jesus is the most fantastic event that this world could ever know. Since the days when human beings lived in caves, all our inventions, all our discoveries, all our power added together cannot begin to equal the glory of Christ’s resurrection that introduced into our world and our history new and eternal life.

                (7) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - 3rd Sunday of Easter pp. 70-71

The resurrection celebrated not just Jesus’ glory but our own future glory if we will open our minds and hearts to him. Jesus’ resurrection is a preview of God's plans for those who are his children in Christ. Is this one of those “something for nothing” offers? Have you ever received a phone call where someone said to you: “Mrs. Jones, I have good news for you, or I have this free gift for you!” I usually say, thank you, I’m not interested! We always know when someone we don’t know wants to give us something for free, he wants something. Is religion giving us something for free? The answer is “yes” and “no.” The answer is “yes” in the sense that God’s life offered to us in Jesus is not something we have earned or merited. It is a free gift. That’s why it’s called “grace,” the Latin word for gift. At the same time God does want something from us. Eternal life is not automatic. We are not saved without our participation and our cooperation. What does God want? It’s simple. He wants us to give up our sins. He tells us this in all three of today’s readings. In the first reading, St. Peter tells us: “repent, therefore, and be converted.” St. John tells us in the second reading we have to keep God’s commandments. Jesus, when the was talking with the apostles, told them to preach “repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” God is not really asking too much of a sacrifice from us because it’s our sins that keep us from the peace and happiness and joy God wants us to have. Remember it was sin that created problems for the human race in the beginning. God created Adam and Eve to be happy as was symbolized by the Garden of Eden. It was because of their sin that they lost that happiness.

                (8) Guiding Light - Cycle B by Fr. Joe Robinson - 3rd Sunday of Easter p. 71

A special help God gives us to keep us close to him, in his grace and in his peace, is the Eucharist. The fact that Christ gives himself to us as food tells us something. It tells us we always need him. A person can’t eat just every now and then. We have to constantly feed this body of ours if we are going to stay healthy and have the energy we need to get through each day. Jesus is telling us we can’t just come to him every now and then. We need his help all the time. So today we come to him again to be taught, to be fed, to be touched by his loving presence. We ask him to keep us filled with the life he has given us and which we hope to share in for all eternity.

                (9) Sing: I Am the Bread of Life

                (10) Sing: I Love You Jesus

 

                    Sing: Prayer for Union with Jesus

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

 

 

 

September 5, 2009

Clearwater, Florida

Transcribed from a tape

Recorded live

NOT EDITED

               

1. R. Jesus is appearing in here. He has His own fireworks.

Jesus says I am your Jesus Mercy.

 

The Resurrection

1. Jesus: I have called you by name. It is your response that will help My Movement to touch the hearts of so many souls. Know that I am calling you to My Heart now to listen to Me.

R. And He is really appearing. Oh the sight!

2. Jesus: I am Jesus. I am Jesus of Mercy.

3. Jesus: Help Me to reach the souls that I shed My Blood for, the souls that I love so, that are going astray this day, that may be lost for all eternity. For I have given to you the directions that you are to follow to reach many souls and I love them so. I have called you, My special apostles to reach My precious ones.

4. Jesus: Do not be afraid. Come to Me and read the letters of love I have given. For I am speaking to you to give you the strength that you need to carry out the mission, to help so many of My precious souls. Do not give into the evil one for I have called you by name. I have called you to this place. I have called you to be My soldier. I have called you to My Heart of love. For you wander so many places and nothing will fill your heart, but My Heart, consumed with love for you. Oh you, like a little child, looking at the grass for a bug or a rock, and I give to you the fires coming from My Heart of divine love.

5. Jesus: Search you no longer, for I have given to you great grace, to which you can respond or not respond. But My Heart is on fire for love of you, and I call you to spread My messages of love, that others will come to the Eucharist and be strengthened as soldiers in My army of love, to help the world to turn, to be consumed more and more, with the love that the Father wants the world to know.

6. Sing: One little light in the darkness, then there were two and were three. Three little lights in the darkness, then there were more set firmly in Me.

Jesus: I give to you the light coming from the fires of My Heart. How can you refuse these gifts, that I outpour with such generosity, to be somber and sad and to search for more, when I want you close to My Heart. My Heart is a Heart of love. Do not be angry, but forgive and love. Help one another, to be a strong body fighting in My world, the world that is cold and needs My love.

7. Sing: Come unto Me all who are weary

8. Sing: One little light in the darkness, then there were two and were three. Three little lights in the darkness, lights that were full of Me.

9. R. And from His pierced Heart the Church was born. He gives to us the sacraments. He gives to us the showering of His life. He gives to us the ability to go to the Eucharist every day. Don't you just love the Mass. Oh thank You God, for the gift of the Eucharist, for the gift of Confession, for the gift of Baptism, for the gift of Ordination and Confirmation, for the gifts that You have given in the sacraments, God. Thank You for the gifts. Thank You God. He just is so full of light. And He is with us. He is with us and He is so beautiful.

    Why should we fear when God is so close to us and with us, when He has written to us and told us so much of His love. Yet we listen to the negative conversation of the evil one, trying to trick us, because he's evil. You are so beautiful my Savior, consumed with the light and the love for men. Teach us to be holy. Help us to believe in You. Give us what we need to be able to do what you have asked us to do. Help us to spread the love of Your Heart throughout the whole, whole world. He is so beautiful. He is just magnificent. What a gift!

10. Hail Mary

 

The Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven

1. Hail Mary

2. Jesus: Consumed with light for you. I appear here that you will go forth from this place as My soldiers of light and love, that the world will know the fire of My Heart, because of you will be a soldier of My Sacred Heart.

3. Jesus: A Soldier of My love operating in obedience to the commandments of God, telling others how deeply I love them. And I want them to know the love of My Heart — the love of My Heart, for them, My children.

R. He is just so beautiful. I can't hardly even talk.

Jesus: The love of My heart for you My children, for you My beloved ones, that you will know I am the Bridegroom of your soul.

4. Sing: I come to you with greatest love I am your loving Savior etc.

5. Hail Mary
6. Hail Mary
7. Hail Mary

8. Jesus: Consumed with love for you, I give you My Heart.

9. Jesus: I outpour My grace to you My chosen ones.

10. Jesus: Do not reject Me for I love you so.

 

The Descent of the Holy Spirit

1. R. Oh my dear precious Savior, do not leave, for it is in the moments that we know You so close to us, that we are the strongest. Help us never to go from You.

I give you My Heart, Jesus says, I give you My Heart of love. Do not reject Me. Do the work I have called you to do, with love, for I am love. And I want you to be a soldier of love, in the world where hearts have turned cold, to spread My Movement to the far ends of the earth. To give and not to count the cost - for the souls that I gave My life for. How can you, to whom I have given so many blessings, not recognize the importance of My call. I love you with My Heart on fire.

R. I just can't even say anything about how He looks. How do you even say anything? To know God is with us, to know the reality of all that He has written, to know it in such depths, where words are like fly paper and yet it is His grace that is, what makes us know Him. It is His grace. It is not the things we touch and hear as much, as it is disciplining our own wills, believing in Him, choosing to look at the brightness, where His light is, rather than the darkness, that is really opposed to the reality where we know His Might, where we know the mystery, for we stay together because we love Him so much, and work together and want to know what He wants. Because we want to serve and to please Him. Where we see the magnificence of the calling that God has given, and the love for His souls, that we want to help them and know what He is telling us to do, with a thirsty heart, to know the plan of the Father, and to please Him like a little child that wants to please their Father. Not a pompousness but a desire, a desire of a child to please the divine Almighty God who created us.

This is a gift Jesus says. This building is a gift. My apparition is a gift. My messages of love a gift, the prayers I have given, a gift to which I have attached so many graces to those who pray them. I call you to obedience. I want the people to pray the prayers that I gave to Fr. Carter.

R. His face is the face of sweetness and the light that surrounds Him, is radiance.

Jesus: I am Jesus of Mercy.

2. Hail Mary

3. Sing: I come to you with greatest love, I am your loving Savior etc.

Jesus: I love you. I love you. I love you. I am Jesus who died for you. I am your Savior.

4. Jesus: I am outpouring My richest graces to the Apostles of My Sacred Heart, who say 'yes' now, so they will be strengthened and ready in the battles that you face every day. I am with you always.

R. He just has so much light and it's just hard to explain. It just doesn't stop. It doesn't stop flashing. It doesn't stop changing - this light. Now I know why they put halos around Jesus, but it isn't like that. It's much more beautiful and it's more than an halo. It doesn't end.

5. R. Oh sweet Jesus, hear our humble prayers and look upon us and mold our hearts, in the prayers that we have prayed, for the priests, and the Church and the world, and bless us please, bless us here, in China, in our new center. Bless us God, that we can have that fervor of loving You and serving you and praying and thanking you for this calling, of living by Your letters of love, of seeking Your love to fill us and letting go of the wounds of the past, where satan can work to cause discord and hardship. Oh blessed God, have mercy on this world and help them to see with the light of seven suns — the light that we know is Yours. Dispel the blindness. Open the ears. Let the eyes be filled with Your vision. Help us to reach the hierarchy and the priests. Help us to have all that we need.

    And He speaks to me — and as He speaks His mouth moves, and He says that He is with us. He is with us today. He wants us to be silent that He can speak in our hearts, that we will know how close He really is, that He is with us in this building, giving to us grace for strength, filled with such light and beauty, I just can't even express this. He is just awesome! The awesomeness of it all! The blindness of our hearts, not our eyes, but our hearts, the clogged vessels, the reaching for the senseless things. The hatred for others, where there should be love and compassion, the lack of unity where there is departments, that block the work that it be so easy to do, if we worked with one another, but we see through the tainted eyes of Adam and Eve, when God is showering us with greater vision. Oh sweet God, what a gift You have given to us all.

6. R. Do not leave us God. Stay with us forever and ever, that we may be strong in knowing You ever more, not afraid in moving from You, as we do in our fear and unloving ways toward each other. Make us strong, strong as a unit. Strong in our ways of love. Deeper in our ways of oneness with You, more fervent in our lives and everything that we do. He is so awesome! I just have never seen anything like this. Thank You God!

7. R. Let Your light shine on the whole world, that the world will see Your light and be transformed. Where there was darkness, a new morning — where there was the fear of troubled hearts in the darkness of sin — a renewal — a contrition — reparation. God - He just like so awesome! And sometimes I tire so much I cannot even look at Him because it's so strong and I don't feel that way.

8. Hail Mary
9. Hail Mary
10. Hail Mary

   

The Assumption

1. R. And I've seen a darkness against the light that I never saw before that surrounded parts of Him. And it makes the light shine ever more. For as we take on His light in us, against the darkness of the world today, we are brighter than ever before like the stars at night that shine so bright because they are in the darkness of the sky. And this is a sign to us that God has given to us over these years, this gift to know this intimacy with Him, that we can be these people, given us gifts that He has not given to the greatest saints, but it is our own weakness to give into the temptations of satan, to look at the darkness, to give into the impurities of jealousy, and anger, and envy, and putting ourselves into departments when He is asking us to open ourselves up as units — units — that we can operate as a mean, strong, lighted machine - in a world of terror.

2. And He (Jesus) says that a caboose comes at the end, and yet you will not see the caboose, for I am leading the train and it's end will be endless.

3. Jesus: But you must tell the people of the message I have given and tell them to follow in the footsteps that I have put before you, that they will know that My ways are direct and steadfast, and that I am speaking here to lead them to the hills flowing with milk and honey. Why is your face so waning, My little one, when I have given to you so many signs, and you reject Me, for the empty holes of darkness.

4. Jesus: When My Heart is an open fire - full, full for you, that you will not want ever of love, for My love will consume you and you will be made whole.

5. Jesus: And you say, "Oh Jesus, the thoughts of the saints" and I say "the thoughts were likened to yours, for they struggled like you, and they chose the light, always to the darkness, and they suffered. There was opposition. There was the fighting to do the will of God. And yet they were the victors. They were the ones that chose the white robes that led them to a crown of glory."

6. Jesus: It is like a doctor, for a doctor is one who studies many years. So they will have a profession to be able to know and to operate as is called upon them. But you have been called by Me, to be open to the profession of an apostle of My Sacred Heart, that your study will be one of theology, that I have given to you in My writings, the study of knowing God, in a mystical way, in your heart consumed with love for God and others. This is the greatest of them all, My child — to be in the study of loving God and others.

7. Jesus: Not one day should go by, when you are not connected at every moment to your power source, for what happens when the plug is pulled, and the electric is needed? What happens to you when you pull the plug from My Heart and your source is in My Heart?

8. Jesus: Did you ever see what was once a lake, that was filled with beautiful water and now just an empty hole? What would you rather have, the hole or the beautiful lake to look upon for cool refreshment? How is it that you do not see the need of your own soul? Oh My children, how little you see indeed, and how satan tricks you to tell you indeed how wise and perfect you are, when with this thought you are giving up on gaining what is needed for happiness.

9. Jesus: So you look at your world and you say "Oh, my Jesus, it looks dark out there!" and I say to you "I am the light of the world." Stray not from Me or you will fall into the pits.

10. Jesus: For My lamp never goes out, nor is the source ever without light.

 

Jesus: You think in quantities of being full, of being empty, of being so far, so high, so low. My child, I will tell you now a true riddle — there is no end to My love. Glory Be

Jesus: So how can you fathom this with your minds set on quantities, for I tell you, there is no way to measure My love. And yet in your finite mind you see things this way and that way, and you judge Me by what you know, and I try to tell you more and more the secret of the mystery, and you say "Shut up Jesus, I need not that today" — for I have called you to My school many days, and you said "I know it all."

 

The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth

1. Jesus: In your finite minds I give you great wisdom and I outpour My grace. I want to be so one in you. And I want to fill you more and more, that you will be so absorbed to know Me ever greater. But if you reach not with your heart, if you look for facts when indeed I am a God full of Divine love for you, you will not comprehend. For it is only in My grace, will you know more and more the insight into the hidden mystery, and you have but scratched the surface.

    Scratch your heads, scratch them and you will know that you are on the surface of your scalp, but there's much more within. There is your brain and all kinds of things that help you think. Now think of scratching the surface, and on the other side it is endless. There is depth. It is incomprehensible. There is no end. It is endless.

    My child, why do you limit yourself when I want to fill you with wisdom of the mystery? Coming to me as a child is the beginning, focusing on yourself as the child of the Father, realizing that as a baby crawls and then walks, you are still in the goo-goo stage, when sometimes you close the shade and say "Out to lunch".

    Listen to Me. Let Me be the Initiator. You the soul waiting My favors. You the child of the Father. You the one that is ready to be taught and to know that it is not in the books, but it is in union with God, that you will know Me. I have given to you My letters of love, My insight into the mystery, but it comes with the life of prayer, that you will know Me more and more, as I instruct you through My writings and My words. Listen to Me. Be taught in My school and lead others to these seeds of excellency, for I have given to you a great gift. (R. He is just so beautiful.) Come to Me. Come to Me, He says, My doll.

2. Jesus: I am a Heart consumed with love for thee, but you will not even let go to meditate on this and therefore, you are left empty many times, where you would be a heart consumed with My love.

3. Sing: Come unto Me all who are Weary and find rest for you soul etc.

4. Jesus: I love you. I love you. I love you. I am Jesus, the Son of God and I love you.

5. Hail Mary
6. Hail Mary
7. Hail Mary
8. Hail Mary
9. Hail Mary
10. Hail Mary

R. And He's gone.

Hail Holy Queen

R. And we will be in China from the 10th to the 13th. Amen.

 

 

 

 

From Sept 5, 2009 Daily Message

Given July 13, 2009

 

Jesus told me to put the

glass in the

Guadalupe Statues and Fatima Statues

12" Guadalupe Statues - $200

We have a very limited supply.
 

 

 

July 13, 2009

 

                R. Jews went to Egypt — because of famine

                Kings of Egypt were friendly to the Jews at first

                Then that changed

                Egyptians afraid of being
                    overrun by foreigners because
                    the foreigners were prospering.

                    So then Egyptians clamped
                        down on the Jews

  

                Today's First Reading

Exodus 1: 8-14, 22

Then there came to power in Egypt a new king who had never heard of Joseph. 'Look,' he said to his people, 'the Israelites are now more numerous and stronger than we are. We must take precautions to stop them from increasing any further, or if war should break out, they might join the ranks of our enemies. They might take arms against us and then escape from the country.' Accordingly they put taskmasters over the Israelites to wear them down by forced labour. In this way they built the store-cities of Pithom and Rameses for Pharaoh. But the harder their lives were made, the more they increased and spread, until people came to fear the Israelites. So the Egyptians gave them no mercy in the demands they made, making their lives miserable with hard labour: with digging clay, making bricks, doing various kinds of field-work-all sorts of labour that they imposed on them without mercy.

Pharaoh then gave all his people this command: 'Throw every new-born boy into the river, but let all the girls live.'

    

                R. Exodus sets stage for the coming of
                    Moses —

                It started out well for Jews in
                    Egypt then it got pretty
                    bad.

                The Exodus writing was about 1300 BC

                    

Matthew 10: 34 - 11:1

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth: it is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword. For I have come to set son against father, daughter against mother, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law; a person's enemies will be the members of his own household.

'No one who prefers father or mother to me is worthy of me. No one who prefers son or daughter to me is worthy of me. Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.

'Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 'Anyone who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will have a prophet's reward; and anyone who welcomes an upright person because he is upright will have the reward of an upright person. 'If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then in truth I tell you, he will most certainly not go without his reward.'

When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples he moved on from there to teach and preach in their towns.

   

                R. Jesus gives instructions to Apostles
                Jesus tells them it won't be
                    fun and games

                Jesus says some will not be
                    connected to God —
                    there will be friction in
                    one's own family —

                If a person wants to be Catholic the
                    priests said many times their
                    family is all upset about it.

                People may want religion to
                    feel good, not to be
                    challenging —

                The Reward is in sharing in God's
                    Kingdom

                Jesus gives us His Sacrifice on Calvary and
                    the Mass — the sacrifice of Calvary
                    sacramentally made present —

                We must ask Jesus to help us in difficult
                    times

                Let's pray for people who give into the devil today —
                    Lord You are holy
                    Lord You are the fountain of all holiness
                    Oh God help us to be holy
                    Jesus gives us His Body and Blood —

                    Jesus gives us Himself
                    Jesus died for us so sins can be forgiven
                    Jesus gives us Himself in Communion
                    Jesus is such a precious lover
                    Jesus gives us the cup of salvation
 


 

                R. Moses said
                    'Let My People go'

                Oh God help us to not give into satan —

  

Excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, by Louis J. Puhl, S.J. P.60-61
 

136. THE FOURTH DAY

        A MEDITATION ON TWO STANDARDS

The one of Christ, our supreme leader and lord,
the other of Lucifer, the deadly enemy of our
human nature

PRAYER.   The usual preparatory prayer.

window at a former Jesuit Seminary

137. FIRST PRELUDE.   This is the history. Here it will be that Christ calls and wants all beneath His standard, and Lucifer, on the other hand, wants all under his.

138. SECOND PRELUDE.   This is a mental representation of the place. It will be here to see a great plain, comprising the whole region about Jerusalem, where the sovereign Commander-in-Chief of all the good is Christ our Lord; and another plain about the region of Babylon, where the chief of the enemy is Lucifer.

139. THIRD PRELUDE.   This is to ask for what I desire. Here it will be to ask for a knowledge of the deceits of the rebel chief and help to guard myself against them; and also to ask for a knowledge of the true life exemplified in the sovereign and true Commander, and the grace to imitate Him.
   

FIRST PART

THE STANDARD OF SATAN

140. FIRST POINT.   Imagine you see the chief of all the enemy in the vast plain about Babylon, seated on a great throne of fire and smoke, his appearance inspiring horror and terror.

141. SECOND POINT.   Consider how he summons innumerable demons, and scatters them, some to one city and some to another, throughout the whole world, so that no province, no place, no state of life, no individual is overlooked.

142. THIRD POINT.   Consider the address he makes to them, how he goads them on to lay snares for men and bind them with chains. First they are to tempt them to covet riches (as Satan himself is accustomed to do in most cases) that they may the more easily attain the empty honors of this world, and then come to overweening pride.

   The first step, then, will be riches, the second honor, the third pride. From these three steps the evil one leads to all other vices.
   

SECOND PART

THE STANDARD OF CHRIST

143.   In a similar way, we are to picture to ourselves the sovereign and true Commander, Christ our Lord.

144. FIRST POINT.   Consider Christ our Lord, standing in a lowly place in a great plain about the region of Jerusalem, His appearance beautiful and attractive.

145. SECOND POINT.   Consider how the Lord of all the world chooses so many persons, apostles, disciples, etc., and sends them throughout the whole world to spread His sacred doctrine among all men, no matter what their state or condition.

146. THIRD POINT.   . . .
   

end of excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

       

                R. Oh Tender God

                Oh Precious Jesus You showed us
                    how to be obedient to Your Father

                Do men not see this sacrifice
                    How you gave yourself in obedience
                        to the Father's will
                    Oh God — you are with Me —
                        I love You so much
                        I live to serve You
                        To savor the moments I am so
                            close to You
                        To know my work for you is
                            a labor of love for Thee
                        The sweetness of this suffering —

                I see the cross you carried with our
                    sins I know the resurrection —

                I see you carry it with such love —
                I look into your bloody face as
                    Mary once did —

                Oh God your head crowned — not with
                    gold, but with a crown of
                    thorns

                Oh God they pierced Your precious
                    head and make it bleed —

                The blood You shed for our sins —
                The saving Blood —

                Oh God from Your fountain of
                    Your grace we receive a
                    more abundant sharing
                    in Your life —

                For life is in Your, God
                Life — Oh God — I long to be saturated
                    with Your grace

                Oh Mary, My Mother standing beneath
                    the cross — I stand with you
                    in the trials of this life

                Oh Mary, Mother of us all —
                    I love You —

                Oh Mary, Our Lady of Clearwater
                    hear the prayers of the Shepherds of Christ
                    this July 13, 2009

                We pray for the sins of this world — 

92 Years Ago Today

  

Excerpt from The Spirituality of Fatima

by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

July 13, 1917

    "During her appearance in July, Our Lady, in answer to Lucia's plea, promised that in October she would work a great miracle so that all might believe and know who she was. Again, the Mother of God told the children to sacrifice themselves for sinners and to say many times, especially when making a sacrifice, this prayer: "O my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of poor sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary." (11)

    "During this same July apparition, Mary showed the three children a vision of Hell. She told them:

    "You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish, in the world, devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.

    "The war (World War I, then raging) is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI. When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light [January 2, 1938], know that this is the great sign that God gives you that He is going to punish the world for its many crimes by means of war, hunger, and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. (12)

    "To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the five first Saturdays. If my requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed....

    "But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, Russia will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world." (13)

 11. For background material on Fatima, I am particularly indebted to 
    Our Lady of Fatima's Peace Plan from Heaven
(Rockford: TAN 
    Books and Publishers, Inc., 1983). pp.3-4.
12. Ibid., pp.4-5.
13. Ibid., p.5.

 

78 years later

                Click to a rosary I got July 13, 1995

14 Years Ago

   

                Oh God help us
                Oh God help us with the funds to do this

                We need $10,000 for Mass Book
                    to reprint Tell My People

                    $13,000 — $15,000 to finish priest house

                Money for bishops foreign mailing

                    Stucco in church
                    Statue Bill

                Please help us — we need your help —

                The building payment is due
                    the 19th of every month

                God please help us


                In dysfunctional families there is an
                    elephant in the living room —
                    when things are wrong and they
                        are addressed satan doesn't
                        like his secrets exposed —

                If satan is working he wants to keep
                    working in a sneaky way to
                    let things eventually move
                    more and more to where he
                    can block God's will through
                    people giving into him —

                Satan becomes angered even when we address
                    any problem —

                If a person is doing something wrong
                    like this bridge story —
                    I got several days ago

      

                Excerpt from July 9, 2009 writings

                A man wanted to build a very important bridge —
                    half way through, one fellow was doing
                    work that would make the bridge very
                    unsafe —

                the foreman corrected him telling him how he
                    must do it to make it safe so no one
                    would get hurt —

                the worker was angry that anyone would question
                    him — he caused discord for the foreman —
                    he made the men divided trying to get some
                    to stand with him against the foreman —

                The man did it out of pride —
                    his attitude inside him was dark to begin with
                    no one would tell him what to do — he was
                        prideful and thought only of himself —

                    he didn't see the big picture —

                    he worked for his own vain glory, with little
                        concern for the safety of others, or why
                        he worked to build a bridge —

                    His vision was distorted —

                    The person seeing through God's eyes does
                        things for love of God and others —

                    end of excerpt

     

                The person can say — I will never
                    be corrected — I can do what
                    I want —
                    I will retaliate and punish
                        anyone who stands in my
                        way

                In the world — there is a cloud of
                    darkness —
                    hovering over us —

                    The devil tries to make right look
                wrong and wrong look right —

                    Then when people are unloving,
                disrespectful, evil in their ways —
                jealous, envious, prideful — seeking
                glory for themselves

                    The movies, television, internet
                can act like brainwashing showing
                evil as good and good as evil —

                    But God's power is All powerful —

                Mary appeared at Fatima and
                    in the Tell My People Messages from
                        Jesus and Mary

                        and my messages —

                We see that people must make
                    Jesus the King of their hearts and
                    make
                    Mary the Queen of their hearts —

                We must consecrate our hearts to the
                    Hearts of Jesus and Mary —

                Until a sufficient number make Jesus
                    the King and Mary the Queen of their
                    hearts —
                    we won't have peace in the
                    world

                Mary is the Queen of Peace

                This is our mission in the Shepherds of Christ
                    to spread this devotion

                    The people look to the leader for
                leadership — if the leader teaches them
                to put themselves first above God — they
                teach them pursuit of false gods —

                    they teach them to peruse power
                and riches and affections

                    Dear God, I give my life
                to You that I will hear Your word
                as You speak through me —

                What do You see —

    

Jeremiah 1: 4-10

 The word of Yahweh came to me, saying:

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

    I then said, ‘Ah, ah, ah, Lord Yahweh; you see, I do not know how to speak: I am only a child!

    But Yahweh replied,
    ‘Do not say, “I am only a child,”
    for you must go to all to whom I send you
    and say whatever I command you.
    Do not be afraid of confronting them,
    for I am with you to rescue you,
    Yahweh declares.’

    Then Yahweh stretched out his hand and touched my mouth, and Yahweh said to me:

    ‘There! I have put my words
        into your mouth.
    Look, today I have set you
    over the nations and kingdoms,
    to uproot and to knock down,
    to destroy and to overthrow,
    to build and to plant.’

    

                Sing: By Name I Have Called You —

                Mary called 3 children at Fatima —
                    Mary gave the message to children
                    who could not read or write and
                    knew little of the war — World War I,
                    then raging

                Let the Word of God live in you —
                    turn to God with all your heart and
                    all your soul —

                Jesus: I am God and you shall have no gods
                    before Me —

                You will speak for me


 

August 16, 1993

R. Dear Jesus, Please come to me and write to me now, I really need to be alone with You and hear Your words, please talk to me.

Jesus:  My dear child, put your fear and anxiety aside. You are coming for My truth. I am the Truth. I live in you and you are watered by My words of truth. Deception is very troublesome to you when you live in My truth. On any scale deception is not at all funny. I know you cannot watch a movie anymore, it is not of God. Do not give in to the ways of this world. Feed yourself with only that which is of Me. Turn your entire life over to Me, trust in My ways and make them your own. Read and reread each letter, go back to your old letters, know them by heart so My words and thinking will become engraved in you. You must speak from My truth. You must be filled with My wisdom. You must not falter or wonder, but be confident in these words I write to you. My work for you is to speak My truths. You must study them and know all I have taught you. Those are your lessons. All that is not of Me will become so foreign, you will want only to choose My way, but you must teach yourself with My letters. I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE and he who abides in Me will have the light of life. The life I give you is not of this world. It is rooted in My words and My truth. Only I can teach you My truths. This world is so full of error. Unless you keep constant in My teachings by reading My words, you will go astray. My words are the food by which you are nourished and fed. My words are your drink, they are your food, they are your all. You will run and not grow weary, you will fly like an eagle. Joy will abound in your heart and you will know that true joy comes only from Me. All other joy is momentary. My joy is everlasting and full to the brim, You, My child, can have this joy if you stay fixed in My words. Savor them and decipher all their meanings for you, this is your truth, this is your victory over Satan’s lies. This is how you will help others to know Me. Your instructions are very clear, My child. STUDY each letter and try to understand all of its contents. They are words meant for you so you can speak these truths to others. It is not by chance you were chosen by Me, My child. You are a teacher, you are convincing in all you believe in. Believe in these letters and memorize My teachings until they flow from you as from your very soul. You must put aside your doubts now. Keep these letters by your side. Your life here will be always put into perspective. You will not get caught up in foolishness, or worry for any reason. I AM HE, I AM here. Your work is clear, study and learn My words so they become engraved in you. Speak of My words to all. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and you are My messenger. I speak the truth to you that you will speak the truth to all. No time to wait, time is so short. Be busy studying My teachings now. Keep them in your purse, underline and read them again and again. These are not just for you, they are teachings of My love for all My children. Each child needs to be told about My love. Reach as many as possible through your speech. I am by your side, giving you what you need. The crooked ways are made straight, the weary are sent away in rest. Your voice will be My tool to reach many. Make yourself like jello. I will form you into what I want you to be. You must remain formless and be molded by Me. I am this close to you, My child. You will take some knocks, but you will be the key to unlock many doors. Use you I will, let all busy things behind. Focus on Me at every moment. This is My desire for you to speak My truth. I will be with you, little one, do not be afraid. I will tell you the way.

R. Oh my Jesus, how You want me to do this I do not know. Show me how it is to come about or put me somewhere and I will now study Your words for me. For He made me humble and taught me His ways, which are the only ways to go. All other ways are not of any account. His way is the way to victory, the cross that leads us to glory, joy and peace in this life and glory and salvation in the world to come. He bound up my foolish ways and taught me His truths. My tongue was made clean, and my heart was full of His love. He cast away my doubts and fears and filled me with the gifts of the Spirit. His light He shined deep into my soul and He washed me in His Blood and I was made ready to do His work, an honor that I do not deserve, but long to fulfill for Him, my God, my All, my Jesus. Him I love and He has bestowed on me a great dignity. With love and respect He clothed me and made my broken heart and soul whole in Him. I am the fortunate one to know this one, true magnificent God. I bow in awe at all His greatness.

I am in awe at His love for us all. In our lowliness and sin He reached out and clothed us with dignity and showered us with His love and we were like the flowers after the rain, blessed by Him in His greatness. We are His children, Alleluia, Alleluia. Praise the Lord. Amen.

end of August 16, 1993

 

                Jesus: I call you to tell them My message —
                    to those who heed My words you
                    will be wise —
                    if you ignore Me you will know
                    the sufferings to come — I am
                    warning you about and
                    helping you to prevent with prayer —
                    Listen to Me and do as I tell you, for
                        My words are true —
                        Your lives must be rooted in
                            the Gospel

                    I call you to holiness —
                    I call you to listen now before
                        it is too late —
                    Your children will suffer more and more
                        if you ignore Me —

                God the Father sent Our Lady of Clearwater
                    13 years ago and you ignored Me

                My Mother appeared daily 15 years ago
                Listen now before it is too late —

                America, My Mother — Our Lady of Clearwater
                    has spoken to you

                Listen before it is too late —
                    do not ignore her messages any longer —
                    your children will suffer and suffer —

                America, I am Jesus, listen to Me

                I am the Son of God - America —

                Mary appeared Our Lady of Clearwater —
                    Mother of the Universe


                R. I tell you the message of the Lord —
                Read the Apostles Manual

                Mary: Pray the Rosary, My people

                Jesus: My Priestly Newsletter — the writings of Fr. Carter —
                    Fr. Joe's books must continue —
                    These writings are pertinent today —

                Shepherds of Christ has affected this world —
                All writings are to be sent in peace and love
                    to help bring about this era of
                    peace and love —

                    Reprint Tell My People
                    Reprint Response in Christ

                    Cycle C — Fr. Joe's homilies

                Send My letter given as in the past —

                These times are important times for the
                    Church and the role of the Shepherds of Christ

                All prayer chapters should be faithful
                All prayer chapters should report by
                    written record —

                More prayer chapters are to begin —

                Pray the prayers yourselves
   


   

                Tell others about starting prayer chapters


                I am Jesus, I speak to you


                R. I speak as a messenger of His truth —

                Peace and love and pleasing the Father
                    is found in living the Gospel message —


                We are asked to circulate His books — help us spread
                    the Priestly Writings and follow your
                    vocation in the Shepherds of Christ — in obedience to
                    the mission as given to Fr. Carter and to me —
                    to help establish an order to serve the Church
                    in love and obedience to the Holy Father
                    praying for the priests, the Church and
                    the world; Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
                    before the Blessed Sacrament,
                    2 days a week and being faithful to the
                    school rosary program — spreading Consecration
                    devotion, images, statues to all to help
                    bring about the Reign of the Sacred Heart and
                    triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart —
                    to help renew the Church and the world
                    and bring about this era of peace and
                    love —

                Mary: This is why God the Father allowed
                    me to appear 7 1/2 years at Clearwater —
                    you knocked off my head
   

 

   

     

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven: 

A time for giving birth, 
a time for dying; 
a time for planting, 
a time for uprooting what has been planted. 
A time for killing, 
a time for healing; 
a time for knocking down, 
a time for building. 
A time for tears, 
a time for laughter; 
a time for mourning, 
a time for dancing. 
A time for throwing stones away, 
a time for gathering them; 
a time for embracing, 
a time to refrain from embracing. 
A time for searching, 
a time for losing; 
a time for keeping, 
a time for discarding. 
A time for tearing, 
a time for sewing; 
a time for keeping silent, 
a time for speaking. 
A time for loving, 
a time for hating; 
a time for war, 
a time for peace. 

    What do people gain from the efforts they make? I contemplate the task that God gives humanity to labour at. All that he does is apt for its time; but although he has given us an awareness of the passage of time, we can grasp neither the beginning nor the end of what God does.

         

                July 13, 2009

                R. What a day to serve the Lord —
                    the sun is bright and
                    God is with us —
                    Be obedient to Him —
                    Pray with us

                Slavery to the evil one who wants
                    to tempt people to follow
                    him

                God is telling us to follow Him
                We must follow God

                Freedom is found in doing God's will —
                Respecting life —

                Living the Gospel message —
                Praying the rosary —

                Following the teachings of the Church
                Making Jesus the King of Our Hearts —
                Mary the Queen of our hearts —


                I speak the truth


                We must follow the teachings of God —
                Not follow the temptation of the evil
                    one

                Turn to God —

                Do not deceive yourselves —

                Do not give into satan —
                Repent —
                Pray to God

                Make reparation —

                Tell God you are sorry for
                    your sins —

                Be holy, not judgmental and
                    self-righteous


                Look how they treated Jesus —

                They crucified Him
                They whipped Him

                Crowned Him with a crown of thorns

                China is the Eucharistic Center —
                    to study the letters of love —
                    to be at peace —
                    to grow in spirituality
                    to pray —
                    to help RENEW the Church and
                        the world


                To help to bring an era of peace


                To pray during these days of retreat
                    for 4 days for reparation for
                    the offenses against God

                To pray for the priests, the Church
                    and the world


                Jesus: Harden not your hearts — Be grateful
                    for all the gifts I have given to you —
                    You in your willful ways,
                        persecute Me when you fight
                        My plan for peace and the
                        renewal of the world —

                    I have come not to destroy, but to
                        lead to this era of peace and
                        love where My Heart will
                        Reign and the heart of My Mother
                            will triumph —
                    Do not be enslaved to satan —
                        you have a free will —
                        Do not give into him —

                    Do not follow the ways of the
                        world

                    I am your King — you serve Me —

                    Do not judge —

                    Follow My way and thank Me —

                    R. Follow the way of the Lord —
                    Follow the mission of the Shepherds of Christ
                        to bring peace and love

                    Let go of inordinate attachments

   

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

21.                     SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

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

 

p. 12

                        23. FIRST PRINCIPLE AND FOUNDATION

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

                        p. 25

46. PRAYER.  In the preparatory prayer I will beg God
our Lord for grace that all my intentions, actions, 
and operations may be directed purely to the 
praise and service of His Divine Majesty.  

 

Prayer from St. Ignatius

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

  

                        Dear God — teach us to be generous —
                        help us to discern the spirits and
                        do Your will always —
                        help us to be thankful for our
                        vocation in the Shepherds of Christ and serve
                        You as You deserve to be served —
                        Oh God help us to love You and love and
                        respect those You have called us
                        to work with in the Shepherds of Christ and
                        work together according to Your
                        will to accomplish this great
                        work — for the priests, the Church
                        and the world —
                        God help us to be holy — to work
                        in peace, love and joy and let go
                        of inordinate attachments
                        God we thank and love You
                                                   
July 8, 2009 

 

                R. Think of the flood of Noah —

                Let's obey God's will

                Jesus: Admit your sins —
                    Say you are sorry

                    forgive others and
                    live to love and serve God and
                    others — doing work for His
                    honor and gory



           

  

Glorious Mysteries

 

                Resurrection

                (1) R. We must obey God's laws —
                    Moses received the commandments —
                    We must obey God's laws —

                (2) R. Jesus is a great King —
                    King of heaven and earth —
                    He loved us so much —
                        He died for us —
                    Jesus rose from the death —

                (3) Jeremiah 1: 4-10

 The word of Yahweh came to me, saying:

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

    I then said, ‘Ah, ah, ah, Lord Yahweh; you see, I do not know how to speak: I am only a child!

    But Yahweh replied,
    ‘Do not say, “I am only a child,”
    for you must go to all to whom I send you
    and say whatever I command you.
    Do not be afraid of confronting them,
    for I am with you to rescue you,
    Yahweh declares.’

    Then Yahweh stretched out his hand and touched my mouth, and Yahweh said to me:

    ‘There! I have put my words
        into your mouth.
    Look, today I have set you
    over the nations and kingdoms,
    to uproot and to knock down,
    to destroy and to overthrow,
    to build and to plant.’

                (4) Jeremiah 2: 1-3

The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, 'Go and shout this in Jerusalem's ears: 'Yahweh says this: "I remember your faithful love, the affection of your bridal days, when you followed me through the desert, through a land unsown. Israel was sacred to Yahweh; the first-fruits of his harvest; all who ate this incurred guilt, disaster befell them, Yahweh declares." '

                (5) Jeremiah 3: 11-14

And Yahweh said to me, 'Disloyal Israel is upright, compared with faithless Judah. So go and shout words towards the north, and say: "Come back, disloyal Israel, Yahweh declares, I shall frown on you no more, since I am merciful, Yahweh declares. I shall not keep my anger for ever. Only acknowledge your guilt: how you have rebelled against Yahweh your God, how you have prostituted yourself with the Strangers under every green tree and have not listened to my voice, Yahweh declares. "Come back, disloyal children, Yahweh declares, for I alone am your Master, and I will take you, one from a town, two from a family, and bring you to Zion.

                (6) Jesus: I am the Lord your God — you
                        shall not have any gods
                        before Me —

                (7) Jesus: I am Jesus, I died for you —

 

Colossians 3: 1-4

Since you have been raised up to be with Christ, you must look for the things that are above, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on things above, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed-and he is your life-you, too, will be revealed with him in glory.

 

                    R. Christ, sinless, reconciled sinners
                        to the Father —

                (8) John 20: 1-9

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. 'They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,' she said, 'and we don't know where they have put him.'

So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter, following him, also came up, went into the tomb, saw the linen cloths lying on the ground and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had still not understood the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

                (9) Sing: Psalm 118

                    Give thanks to the Lord for
                        He is good — His love is
                        everlasting —

                (10) R. God spoke through the prophets —
                    Jesus the greatest prophet —

  

                Ascension

                (1) Acts 1: 1-11

In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God. While at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’, he had said, ‘what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but, not many days from now, you are going to be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’

Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come for you to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive the power of the Holy Spirit which will come on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to earth’s remotest end.’
     As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky as he went, when suddenly two men in white were standing beside them, and they said, ‘Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way as you have seen him go to heaven.’

                (2) Matthew 28: 19-20

Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.'

                (3) Jesus: I speak to you —
                    I call you to follow Me.
                    I tell you to speak the
                        truth —
                    Amend your ways —
                    Do not be deceptive —

                    I want respect in My houses —
                    I want you to be holy —
                    I have given you so much —

                    Do not sin —
                    Do not worship other gods —

                    Don't do evil and come like
                        a hypocrite to My house —
                        come and be pure —
                        tell your sins to the priest —
                        go to confession

                    Pray to be forgiven
                    Say you are sorry for your sins —
                    Pray for God's mercy

                (4) R. The prophets were persecuted, but
                        they had a responsibility to God
                        to speak —

                    Men who wanted their way —
                        hated the prophets — they wanted
                        what they wanted — they did not
                        want to change

                (5) Jesus: Keep your hearts open —
                        be good —
                        God calls the prophet to speak —

                        R. I felt His fire in me and I spoke
                            His words!

                (6) Sing: Remember My Love

                (7) 1 Peter 4: 13-16

but in so far as you share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, so that you may enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for bearing Christ’s name, blessed are you, for on you rests the Spirit of God, the Spirit of glory. None of you should ever deserve to suffer for being a murderer, a thief, a criminal or an informer; but if any one of you should suffer for being a Christian, then there must be no shame but thanksgiving to God for bearing this name.

                (8) Jesus: What do you see?
                        Do you know I speak to you —
                        Pray My people —
                        Pray for the priests, the Church and
                            the world —
                        They fight you, but I am
                            with you —
                        You must listen — I call you
                            to reach My children —
                                        your children —

                (9) Jesus: You are to do as I say —
                        I love you so much

1 John 4: 11-16

My dear friends,
if God loved us so much,
we too should love one another.
No one has ever seen God,
but as long as we love one another
God remains in us
and his love comes to its perfection in us.
This is the proof that we remain in him
and he in us,
that he has given us a share in his Spirit.
We ourselves have seen and testify
that the Father sent his Son
as Saviour of the world.
Anyone who acknowledges
    that Jesus is the Son of God,
God remains in him and he in God.
We have recognised for ourselves,
and put our faith in,
    the love God has for us.
God is love,
and whoever remains in love
    remains in God
and God in him.
 

                (1) Jesus: Do as your God asks you — Do not
                        do our own will opposed to
                        My will —
                        I have called you, I want you
                            to obey
                        I will speak to you —
                        Will you listen?
                        You will suffer, but you will
                            know joy in helping men
                            to know Me —

   

                Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and Mary

                (1) Jesus: I call you to obey My laws —
                        I call you to do My will —

                (2) Joel 3: 1-5

‘After this
I shall pour out my spirit on all humanity.
Your sons and daughters shall prophesy,
your old people shall dream dreams,
and your young people see visions.
Even on the slaves, men and women,
shall I pour out my spirit in those days.
I shall show portents in the sky
    and on earth,
blood and fire and columns of smoke.’

The sun will be turned into darkness,
and the moon into blood,
before the Day comes,
that great and terrible Day.
All who call on the name of Yahweh
    will be saved,
for on Mount Zion will be those
    who have escaped,

as Yahweh has said,
and in Jerusalem a remnant
    whom Yahweh is calling.

                (3) R. God the Holy Spirit wants to lead
                        us in the ways of God —
                        listen to His counsel
                        pray for His counsel
                        discern the spirits

                (4) Acts 2: 1-11

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.

    Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, and each one was bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely,’ they said, ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; residents of Rome—Jews and proselytes alike—Cretans and Arabs, we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’

 

                    R. They were filled with the Holy Sprit and
                        began to speak in different languages —

                (5) Sing: Veni Sanctus Spiritus

                (6) Sing: Isaiah 49

                (7) John 1: 29-34

   The next day, he saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. It was of him that I said, “Behind me comes one who has passed ahead of me because he existed before me.” I did not know him myself, and yet my purpose in coming to baptise with water was so that he might be revealed to Israel.’ And John declared, ‘I saw the Spirit come down on him like a dove from heaven and rest on him. I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptise with water had said to me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is to baptise with the Holy Spirit.” I have seen and I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.’

                (8) Sing: Come Holy Ghost

                (9) Sing: Come Holy Spirit

                (10) Sing: Glory, Glory, Glory Lord

  

                The Assumption

                (1) R. Mary is the handmaid of the Lord.

                    Sing: Holy Is His Name

                (2) Sing: Immaculate Mary

                (3) Sing: See the Eyes that Look at Mary

                (4) Sing: The Rosary Song

                (5) R. Mary was taken body and soul into
                        heaven.

                (6) R. God calls us to get along —

                    Jesus: Pray for healing
                        I heal the sick.

                (7) Sing: Guiding Me

                (8) Sing: Little Baby Hands and Feet

                (9) R. I speak the truth —
                    We speak the Word, the Commandments.
                        the truth about the Church —

                    Prophets are rejected —
                    Prophets bring messages to heed —
                        Turn to God

                    Spread the consecration
                    Pray the rosary

                    Spread the books, writings to the
                        priests

                    Start prayer chapters —

                    Prophets receive messages —
                        people don't want to
                        change

                    Many people don't want to
                        obey —

                    God tells us we are to obey —

                    Prophets call for the Lord —

                    Many don't want to listen

                (10) R. They called Christ crazy
                        Jesus had enemies —
                        Jesus suffered.

  

                Mary is Crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth

                (1) Sing: Hail Holy Queen

                (2) Mark 1: 15

‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel.’

                (3) R. Many people will not listen
                    Many people won't obey God's commandments —

                (4) R. Many people tell themselves they
                        are right — when they are wrong

                (5) From the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Queen of angels,
Queen of patriarchs,
Queen of prophets,
Queen of apostles,
Queen of martyrs,
Queen of confessors,
Queen of virgins,
Queen of all saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy rosary,
Queen of families,
Queen of peace,

                (6) Luke 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21

Seeing that many others have undertaken to draw up accounts of the events that have reached their fulfilment among us, as these were handed down to us by those who from the outset were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word,  I in my turn, after carefully going over the whole story from the beginning, have decided to write an ordered account for you, Theophilus, so that your Excellency may learn how well founded the teaching is that you have received.

Jesus, with the power of the Spirit in him, returned to Galilee; and his reputation spread throughout the countryside. He taught in their synagogues and everyone glorified him. He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read, and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written: The spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has anointed me to bring the good news to the afflicted. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives, sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord. He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, 'This text is being fulfilled today even while you are listening.'

 

                (7) Revelation 12: 1-2

Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant, and in labour, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth.

 

                (8) R. Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

                        From Tell My People

The Holy Spirit

Jesus: "My beloved friend, tell My people to pray daily to the Holy Spirit. They are to pray for an increase in His gifts. My people must realize that the Holy Spirit comes to transform them. The Spirit desires to transform you more and more according to My image. Those who are docile to His touch become increasingly shaped in My likeness. He performs this marvel within Mary's Immaculate Heart. The more one dwells in My Mother's Heart, the more active are the workings of the Spirit. The Spirit leads Mary to place you within My own Heart. In both Our Hearts, then, your transformation continues. The more you are formed after My own Heart, the more I lead you to the bosom of My Father. Tell My people all this. Tell them to pray daily for a greater appreciation of these wondrous gifts. I am Lord and Master. All who come to My Heart will be on fire to receive the gifts of the Spirit in ever greater measure! I love and bless My people!"

Reflection: The Holy Spirit is given to us to fashion us ever more according to the likeness of Jesus. And the more we are like Jesus, the more Jesus leads us to the Father. Do we, each day, pray to the Holy Spirit to be more open to His transforming influence? Do we strive each day to grow in union with Mary? The greater our union with our Mother, the spouse of the Holy Spirit, the greater is the transforming action of the Holy Spirit within us.

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                (9)

Holy Spirit Novena

DAILY NOVENA PRAYERS

Opening Prayer

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Father, we come to You in the name of Jesus, in union with Him in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in the Holy Spirit. We come to You united to the Child Jesus of Good Health and the Infant of Prague. We come to You in the perfect, sinless heart of Our Mother Mary, asking her powerful intercession, uniting ourselves to her holy tears. We come to You united to all the angels and saints, and the souls in purgatory.

Prayer for Holy Spirit

We pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on us, to be baptized by the Holy Spirit, that He will descend mightily on us as He did on the Apostles at Pentecost. That the Holy Spirit will transform us from fear to fearlessness and that He will give us courage to do all the Father is asking of us to help bring about the Reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. We pray for the Holy Spirit to descend mightily on the Jesuits and the Poor Clares on the Shepherds of Christ leaders and members and on the whole Body of Christ and the world.

Protection by the Blood of Jesus

We pray that the Blood of Jesus will be spread on us, everyone in our families, and the Shepherds of Christ Movement, that we will be able to move steadfastly ahead and be protected from the evil one.

Healing

We pray for healing in body, mind, and soul and generational healing in ourselves, in all members in our families, and in all members of the Shepherds of Christ Movement, the Jesuit Community, the Poor Clares, the Body of Christ, and the world.

Prayer for Strength and Light

We adore You, oh Holy Spirit. Give us strength, give us light, console us. We give ourselves entirely to You. Oh Spirit of light and grace, we want to only do the will of the Father. Enlighten us that we may live always in the Father's will.

Eternal Spirit fill us with Your Divine Wisdom that we may comprehend more fully insight into Your Divine Mysteries.

Give us lights, Oh Holy Spirit that we may know God. Work within the heart, the spiritual womb of the Virgin Mary, to form us more and more into the image of Jesus.

Prayer to Be One with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

We long for You, Oh Spirit of Light, we long to know God, we want to be one with Him, our Divine God. We want to be one with the Father, know Him as a Person most intimately. We want to know the beloved One, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and live and dwell in Him at all times, every moment of our lives. We want to be one with You, Oh Spirit of Light, that You move in us in our every breath.

Prayer to Be One in Jesus

Let us experience life in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, so we can say as Saint Paul, "I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me...." Let us live, united to the Mass, all through the day being one in Him. Let us be able to love and know in this elevated state of oneness with our God. We long for Thee, oh beauteous God, we love You, we love You, we love You. We praise You, worship You, honor You, adore You, and thank You, our beloved God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Prayer to Dwell in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

We seek to be one in God, to live and dwell in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, our little heaven on earth, to experience life in the all perfect, pure, sinless heart of our Mother. We want the Holy Spirit to move in us and to be united to Jesus as the Bridegroom of our souls and be a most perfect sacrifice offered to the Father at every moment as we unite in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass around the world to help in the salvation of souls.

Prayer for the Holy Spirit and His Gifts

Come Holy Spirit, come, come into our hearts, inflame all people with the fire of Your love.

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

We pray for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, we ask for perfection in our souls to make us holy, holy souls likened to God.

Dear Holy Spirit, we give ourselves to You soul and body. We ask You to give us the Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord.

Prayer for the Word Alive in Our Hearts

We know, dear Holy Spirit, the Word in His human nature was brought forth within the womb of the woman. We pray that His word will be brought forth in our hearts as He lives and dwells in us. We want the incarnation to go on in our lives. Dear Holy Spirit, work in us.

Little Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Dear Holy Spirit, help us not to be ignorant or indifferent or weak, help us to be strong with the love of God.

Dear Holy Spirit, please pray for our needs for us.

Dear Holy Spirit, help us to respect God and to avoid sin. Help us to live in the Father's will.

Dear Holy Spirit, help us to keep Your commandments and to respect authority. Help us to love all things as You will us to love them. Help us to want to pray and always serve God with the greatest love. Help us to know the truth. Help us to have the gift of faith, hope, and love. Help us to know what is right and what is wrong.

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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                (10) Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven: 

A time for giving birth, 
a time for dying; 
a time for planting, 
a time for uprooting what has been planted. 
A time for killing, 
a time for healing; 
a time for knocking down, 
a time for building. 
A time for tears, 
a time for laughter; 
a time for mourning, 
a time for dancing. 
A time for throwing stones away, 
a time for gathering them; 
a time for embracing, 
a time to refrain from embracing. 
A time for searching, 
a time for losing; 
a time for keeping, 
a time for discarding. 
A time for tearing, 
a time for sewing; 
a time for keeping silent, 
a time for speaking. 
A time for loving, 
a time for hating; 
a time for war, 
a time for peace. 

    What do people gain from the efforts they make? I contemplate the task that God gives humanity to labour at. All that he does is apt for its time; but although he has given us an awareness of the passage of time, we can grasp neither the beginning nor the end of what God does.

 

                    Sing: Be Not Afraid

                    R. Jesus is King of Heaven and Earth —

                    We serve God

 

Isaiah 66: 1

Thus says Yahweh: 
With heaven my throne 
and earth my footstool, 
what house could you build me, 
what place for me to rest,

 

Matthew 7: 8

Everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened.

 

                    R. God wants us to obey —

                    God calls us —

                    If we answer His call —
                        we cannot look back —
                        turn back —
                        betray Our God

                    God is all powerful
                    God knows all things

 

Matthew 5: 23-24

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

 

Zechariah 2: 14-17

Sing, rejoice, daughter of Zion, for now I am coming to live among you -Yahweh declares! And on that day many nations will be converted to Yahweh. Yes, they will become his people, and they will live among you. Then you will know that Yahweh Sabaoth has sent me to you! Yahweh will take possession of Judah, his portion in the Holy Land, and again make Jerusalem his choice. Let all people be silent before Yahweh, now that he is stirring from his holy Dwelling!

 

                    R. God calls us and we cannot always
                        have what we want

                    Jesus: When I call why do you
                        disobey Me —
                        I tell you what I want —
                        You can answer or do your
                            own will

                    R. We will be rewarded for following
                        God's will as He tells us —
                        we suffer when we
                        oppose God's will

                    Jesus: You can do My will or
                        fight the Plan of the
                        Father —

                    R. We can't win over God —

                    God has all the power —

                    God lets us suffer when we
                        are rebellious —

                    How should God get our
                        attention when we disobey
                        Him and He wants us doing
                        a job

                    Sing: Taste and See

                    Jesus: Listen My children
                        Listen to Me — I want to
                        give you a garden to bear
                        great fruit —

 

Genesis 12: 1-4

Yahweh said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your kindred and your father’s house for a country which I shall show you; and I shall make you a great nation, I shall bless you and make your name famous; you are to be a blessing!

   I shall bless those who bless you,
   and shall curse those who curse you,
   and all clans on earth
   will bless themselves by you.’

   So Abram went as Yahweh told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy–five years old when he left Haran.

   

                    R. Holy Spirit give us grace, please —
                        Help us to discern the spirits —


                    Jesus: Turn to God —
                        Ask for forgiveness

                    R. The Lord has spoken and
                        We must heed His word

  

              

 


               

 

 

 

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St. Therese - 18

St. Rita - 18

St. Clare - 12
 
     

St. Rita - 12

St. Padre Pio - 12
Divine Mercy - 12

 

       


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

 

Toll free - 1-888-211-3041
Local - 1-812-273-8405
fax - 1-812-273-3182
web: www.sofc.org
e-mail: info@sofc.org

 

  Size Price Quantity   

 Holy Family

 24"

$180

 

 Limpias

 24"

$125

 

 St. Anthony

 24"

$125

 

 St. Claire

 24"

$125

 

 St. Francis

 24"

$125

 

 St. Joseph

 24"

$125

 

 St. Jude

 24"

$125

 

 St. Padre Pio

 24"

$125

 

 St. Therese

 24"

$125

 
 Divine Mercy

22"

$125  
 Angel

22"

$100  
 St. Philomena

20"

$100  
 St. Philomena

16"

$65  
 St. Joseph

18"

$65  
 St. Francis

18"

$65  
 St. Anthony

18"

$65  
 St. Rita

18"

$65  
 St. Therese

18"

$65  
 Pieta - Color 15" $75  
 Pieta - Marble 15" $75  
 Holy Family

12"

$60  
 St. Padre Pio - standing

12"

$40  
 St. Padre Pio - sitting

8"

$50  
 St. Rita

12"

$40  

 Divine Mercy

12"

$40  
 St. Claire

12"

$40  
 Limpias

8"

$25  
 Our Lady of Guadalupe w/glass

28"

$500  
 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel w/glass

24"

$500  

 Immaculate Heart of Mary w/glass

 24"

$500  

 Immaculate Heart - Ivory w/glass

 24"

$500  

 Infant of Prague w/glass

 24"

$500  

 Our Lady of Grace w/glass

 24"

$500  

 Our Lady of Lourdes w/glass  

 24"

$500  
 Sacred Heart of Jesus w/glass

 24"

$500  
 Sacred Heart -Blessing w/glass

 24"

$500  

 Sorrowful Mother w/glass

 24"

$500  
 Immaculate Heart of Mary w/glass

18"

$300  
 Immaculate Heart - Ivory w/glass

18"

$300  
 Sacred Heart of Jesus w/glass

18"

$300  
 Our Lady of Lourdes w/glass  

18"

$300  
 Our Lady of Grace w/glass

18"

$300  

 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel w/glass

18" $300  
 Our Lady of Guadalupe w/glass

12"

$200  

 Fatima w/glass

11"

$150  

 Fatima w/glass

 18"

$250  
 Pilgrim Virgin w/glass

 12"

$160  
 Pilgrim Virgin w/glass 15" $200  
 Pilgrim Virgin w/glass 18" $250  
 Pilgrim Virgin w/glass

27"

$450  


Call for Shipping Price (1-888-211-3041)
 

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 Order Total

 

 

      

Fr. Joe's Homily Books  

Guiding Light -
The Word Alive in Our Hearts

$10.00


Guiding Light -
Focusing on the Word

$10.00
 

 

Fr. Carter's Books
  

Priestly Newsletter Book I

12 Newsletters
July 1994 - June 1996

$12.00


Priestly Newsletter Book 2

17 Newsletters
1996 - 1999

$12.00
 

Priestly Newsletter Book 3

4 Newsletters & Prayers
2000

$12.00


Synopsis of the Spiritual Life

Spirituality Handbook
$3.00


Messages given
by Jesus and Mary 1994

Tell My People
$10.00
 


The Pain and the Joy

$10.00

 


Priestly Newsletter on CD
2000 - Issue 1

$10.00


Priestly Newsletter on CD
2000 - Issue 2

$10.00

 

Fr. Pasquini's Books
   

Authenticity


 
Prayers and Meditations

$10.00

In Imitation of Two Hearts

For those suffering or
in Nursing Homes
 
$10.00

Light, Happiness and Peace

Journeying through traditional
Catholic Spirituality

$10.00

Medicine of Immortality

Prayers and Meditations - will assist the reader in growth toward a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Eucharist

$10.00


Ecce Fides - Pillar of Truth

Ideal for RCIA, Adult & Youth Bible Study, Homeschooling, Catholic
Identity Studies

$10.00

Shepherds of Christ Newsletters
9 Newsletters
2006 - 2008

$36.00

  

DVDs and CDs by Fr. Pasquini
 


 

Authenticity DVD
Prayers on the Ocean

$10.00
 

Nursing Home Mass DVD

$10.00

Consolation DVD

$10.00

Medicine of Immortality
Read by Rita Ring

2 CDs - $17.00

In Imitation of Two Hearts DVD

$10.00


 

Consolation CD
by Fr. John

$8.00
 


 

Nursing Home Mass CD

$8.00
 

Holy Spirit Novena DVD

$10.00 

Divine Mercy Chaplet DVD

$10.00 

plus shipping
   

 

Call Kathleen

1-888-211-3041
1-812-273-8405
1-888-321-7671

 

God’s Blue Books

God’s Blue Book 1
Teachings to Lift You Up

    $10.00


God’s Blue Book 4
The Love of the Hearts of
Jesus and Mary

$5.00
 


God’s Blue Book 2
The Fire of His Love

$10.00
 

God’s Blue Book 5
So Deep Is the Love of His Heart

$5.00


God’s Blue Book 3
Love God, Love One Another

(Fr. Carter's favorite)
$10.00
 


God’s Blue Book 6
He Calls Us to Action

$10.00
 

  

 

Rosary Books
 


Rosaries from the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary

$10.00
 

Rosaries from the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary

$12.00

Rosary Meditations for
Parents and Children's

$10.00


Mysteries of Light 1

$5.00
 

Mysteries of Light 2

$5.00


Little People & Elderly Rosary Book

$10.00

Coloring Book
$5.00 each


Coloring Book
$5.00 each

 

Coloring Book
$5.00 each

Coloring Book
$5.00 each

Coloring Book
$5.00 each


Coloring Book
$5.00 each

 

 

 

 

 

   

Available for $10.00 each plus postage

1-888-211-3041

Call Kathleen

   

We are trying to get

Response to God's Love

and the Mass Book out.
 

Anybody who wants to help us

with a donation to get these 2 books

out in the Priestly/hierarchy mailing —

Please call Kathleen 1-888-211-3041

   

 

 

Prayer Cards

size 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
$1.00 plus postage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Card  4" x 6"

.50 each plus postage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

Holy Cards available

2" x 3"

     
Holy Spirit Prayer Act of Consecration to
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Act of Consecration to
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Prayer for Priests

 

Prayer before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
 

Prayer for Union with Jesus

Available for .25 each plus postage

Call Kathleen

1-888-211-3041

  

     

 

We are trying to get

Response to God's Love

and the Mass Book out.
 

Anybody who wants to help us

with a donation to get these 2 books

out in the Priestly/hierarchy mailing —

Please call Kathleen 1-888-211-3041

 

 

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)

 

  

 

  


 

The China Church is over 140 years old

and we pray in there 24 hours a day.

It needs stucco and so does

the community building.

Can you please help us?

Call Kathleen 1-888-211-3041

 

Likewise the priest house

is 150 years old.

Jesus told us to repair it

which we have been doing.

We need $13,000.00 for this work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can help put the Blue Book V

in the hands of 1,000 people

we need $1,200 postage for this

It is ready to go

Call Kathleen

1-888-211-3041

  

You can help put Fr. Joe's homily

book in the hands of

1,000 priests — it costs $1,100

This can help 1,000 parish priests

talk about Covenant for Lent 

Please help us

It is ready to go

Call Kathleen  1-888-211-3041

1-888-321-7671
1-727-725-9312

 

Crucifix — hand carved by Felix

   

Available for $750.00

 

 

 

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