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September 7, 2010
September 8th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 2 Period I.
The Novena Rosary Mysteries
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September 7, 2010
Excerpts from the Rosary of
September 5, 2010
transcribed from a live tape
Wedding at Cana
Jesus: What is important in your life? That is the question that I ask of you today? For if you have anything in your life, before Me, you are missing the boat. I am your God and I will have no gods before Me.
Jesus: Live in the truth and the truth will set you free. If you tell lies you will be bound as one that is tied to a tree. And you are missing the great gift that I gave, for you, My precious, that I was beaten and crowned with thorns, that My body was filled with lacerations, My hands with nails, My feet nailed to the cross. And My last thoughts were of you, precious, sweet one. How is it that you want something that is like-holding on to an empty bag?
Jesus: And what good does it do Me to tell you about doing My will over and over and over again. And when you fail saying to you, My child, this offends My precious Heart of love, when I have so richly blessed you and in your willfulness, you turn away. I have put into this earth, you as a gift, to do the work that I have called you to, the way that I desire. When you fight Me, you fight the way that is the best way for your happiness.
Jesus: I have called you to serve Me. Why do you deceive Me?
Jesus: How many times have you chosen your own will, when you knew I was calling you to do something specific. And how the disaster unfolded to becoming bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger, and how empty you were inside. My child, live to do the will of your Heavenly Father, with love and enthusiasm, to give yourself in one accord in the plan of the Father.
R. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus I place my trust in Thee.
Kingdom of God
Jesus: And I called you My chosen one, I called you to follow in My footsteps. And you know the story, the story of the betrayer, the one who betrayed Me for 30 pieces of silver. And you know the story, the story of Peter who although, he made many errors and he sinned, was repentant in his heart. Let your hearts be holy that you are ready to confess your sin and say that you are sorry. I am a God of justice and I am a God of love. Do not offend your God who loves you.
Jesus: One of the things that you must learn is to go in and out of doors. You see the Apostles who saw the shining gift that was given to them before them. But in the great gift that was given, they soon came down the mountain, and their hearts were changed because of the miracle that was given to them. It is constancy that I seek. It is a heart that is in love with Me. It is the one that lives in truth that is united, most deeply to Me. For in any deception, your heart is driven far from Me, and in the lies, the heart is made more and more dark.
My little babies, I have given to you so many rich gifts. And you can call to mind Adam and Eve and the gifts they were given and how they offended God, because of their disobedience, because of their sin. When you have sinned, admit the sin. Say you are sorry. Help make reparation for your sin and the sins of the world. For what is it for you to say you do a good work, when the right hand that gives, is lying to the left hand that hangs. I say to you, fold your hands in reverence to the Lord, that your hands are a mighty gift in every prayer of your heart, that you give in truth and love. For you deceive yourself far more than anyone else and you set a trap that will lead to your own unhappiness. Be true to your heart. Be true to Me.
Jesus: The more you distance yourself from Me, the harder your heart becomes, for your heart was created for Me, and to know Me you must live in the truth, for I am the way, the truth, and the life. It is not that you can let yourself have little lies in your life, for little sins lead to bigger sins. And you open a door of disobedience to the commandments that I have given to you. I am a good God. If you can look at Adam and Eve and see the gifts that they were given, and ask yourself how could they offend God, and be disobedient. Ask yourself how do I offend my God who is so good to me today? And why do I tell myself that something else is more important than God?
Jesus: Oh yea, come to Me with a humble and contrite heart, that you see the good that you are doing, but that you do not close your eyes to the evil within you that needs attention, that you will grow more and more in My image and likeness, that you will not grow weary, but be strengthened as one trying to perfect an art, that they may perform the race for eternity.
Jesus: Think not of yourselves first, but for the love of God, that He is first in your lives, for what good does it do a man to run a race that leads to a dead end.
Jesus: And you came to Me and I said to you My child, I want to make you a fisher of men. Die to your ways, your bad habits and live the virtuous life.
Jesus: It is far better that you work out your problems here than on the other side.
Jesus: You have a free will. Use it wisely. Live according to the Father's will in love and your life will be a life of happiness. Choose your own will opposed to God's will and you are a rival to the plan of the Father and the author of your own misery.
The Institution of the Eucharist
Jesus: I have called you to the banquet table. I have given to you the feast, and the feast that I give to you is Myself, My Body and My Blood, for you are so precious to Me, My child. The Father created you and He gave you your life, uniquely, that you would serve Him, that you would tell others of His Kingdom, that you would realize how short your life really is and it is promised to no man. But as I speak you do not listen, for you think that your life will go on and on and on. When you could be snatched in your sleep. What will you say then to the one who calls you? Are you ready? Are you ready to meet Him? If this was the last day of your life, would you continue with your heart the way that it is now? This is the question that you must ask yourself, for My child you never know the day nor the hour.
For you have been called to the altar of the Lord to serve Him and to live in the truth, to be My disciples, to spread the love of My Sacred Heart and My Mother's Immaculate Heart through the world, to call to others to pray for the priests, the Church and the world. And I have watched many things that have led you far, far away from your calling. When I call will you be ready? Do you know the day or the hour? Do you think that you will be told? This is a mission that I have given to you that is a mission that is most serious to the world. So many distractions. Do not give into satan. For he wants to lead you astray and take you home with him. I call you. Will you answer Me? Will you answer Me?
Mary: And I came to you, My children for so many years dressed in such beauty. Days wasted. When I call to you, answer me please. I am Mary your Mother. God the Father allowed me to appear to you, that you would know the seriousness of this mission, that you would spread the devotion to my Immaculate Heart to my little ones and to tell them to make Jesus the King and center of their hearts, to spread the priestly writing and begin the prayer chapters all over the world. God has given to you such gifts. Do not turn inward and turn away from Him. Spread your arms in love. Look at Jesus on the cross. I cried bloody tears for my children this day that are being taught what they are taught even in the Catholic Schools. Your prayers are so important to God, in spreading the prayer chapters in the different languages and calling the people that He has asked you to call, in telling them of the Blue Books and of His love. Spread the pictures of my beauty to them, for I appear all dressed in white, your Mother, the perfect handmaid of the Lord.
Mary: From this building, my precious ones, I will reach the world, but you must have faith in your hearts, for Jesus has called you here and the Father has a plan. Be open. Do not control. Listen to the plan of your Heavenly Father. It is satan who tells you to control when you need to surrender and listen to me, Mary your Mother and my Son Jesus.
R. She just looks white. It just is strange. Like she said. And then I remember when she appeared like that once, as the Bridal Mary. It was a 5th, I think, March the 5th. Christ wants us to be the brides of Christ. The Church to be this unit -- so in love with God. ...
Hail Holy Queen
Mary: I cry blood for the little ones that will be lost forever. I come to you, Mary, the Immaculate Heart and I ask you to spread this devotion to the souls of this earth, that they will know a refuge in coming to my heart, for I will take them to the Heart of my Son and it is there they will know peace and they will know God's love. This is the message that I gave at Fatima. To spread the devotion to my heart and to the Heart of my Son. All these years later again, I give this message from this place where I appeared for over 7 years. And I have been ignored and ignored and ignored. My children, wake up to the 'wake up call' that God is giving to you this day. I am Mary your Mother. There is much sinfulness in the world.
And the Movement that Jesus has given to Fr. Carter and to you is the Movement to help renew the Church and world. But He has called you to serve. Have you answered, really answered as you know He has called you? Or do you always say to yourself, well I'll give this little bit and somebody else can take up my slack. No my children, the troops are very small and the mission is very large. There is no overlap. There's holes where many said no and live in misery. You too with a sheepish commitment have not answered the way you should.
I cry as your heavenly Mother from my building in Florida on this September the 5th to remember the darkness of September the 5th, 2001, before the catastrophe of the twin towers, for your buildings towered high into the sky, but they were destroyed, like the souls that are burning from their sins in the fires of hell. As your heavenly Mother I cry blood to heed the words that I give to you this day, to spread this Movement as God has asked, the writings, the prayer chapters, the devotion to Our Hearts in the homes, to the people, to the nursing home people, to the children, to give as God has called you to give, to come to the retreats, to pray on the 5ths and the 13ths. Oh let somebody else do it. I call you now, my chosen ones, to listen.
R. She is like so white, just pure white.
September 5, 2001
March 5, 2001
March 5, 2002
All 5ths - Our Lady of Clearwater Florida
November 5, 2003
December 5, 2003
Jesus: I have given you great men to
follow who followed in My
Messenger: There are 3 things that last
St. Paul wrote
faith, hope and love —
I surrender God —
I give you my love —
I follow Your footsteps
The devil attacks through those
opposing God's will.
Jesus: My life I gave for you, My precious
I fed them — I fed the multitude —
Today I give you Myself to eat,
I love you so much —
Messenger: Jesus cured a blind man —
the blind man said
"I can see, I can see."
Jesus worked miracles —
Jesus "Come unto Me all who labor
and are heavily burdened and
you will find rest for your
Messenger: The people were hungry —
Jesus performed a miracle
Jesus fed them — all of them
from 5 barley loaves and 2 fish.
Remember the Marriage at Cana —
Jesus turned water into wine —
Jesus prayed to the Father —
Jesus is a God of miracles —
Jesus is the Divine God
Oh God, I long to serve You —
to give myself to You —
Jesus suffered to His death on the
cross serving us —
Mysteries of Light
Baptism of Jesus
Matthew 3: 13
Then Jesus appeared: he came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John.
1. John the Baptist, baptized Jesus
in the Jordan
2. God is all powerful —
3. God is a God of miracles —
4. God gives us grace —
5. If we are good it is because
of God's grace.
6. What are we to do —
Live by God's will —
not have a bunch of ideas we
7. We will win by change within —
We follow Jesus —
We pray for those who disobey
Jesus and serve the devil —
8. This life is promised to no man —
God made the Sabbath that
men would worship God.
You are not to be angry and
do what you want on
the Sabbath —
9. We are to be holy —
be a holy nation —
to be pure and just —
To have a heart like Jesus —
10. You are to love God first and
love your neighbor as yourself —
Marriage at Cana
John 2: 1-11
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.’ This was the first of Jesus’ signs: it was at Cana in Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
1. The first public miracle of Jesus
was at the Marriage at Cana —
2. Mary we know your powerful
3. Jesus says: "Your faith is great
Go and sin no more."
4. Jesus: Go in peace, My child
I love you so much —
5. Help me Jesus, for I am tried by
those who are not living
to serve You —
I love You God help me.
6. Jesus sends us out as sheep among
7. Jesus: Be Not afraid —
Give freely of yourselves, loving
and serving —
as you give to others you
give to Me.
8. Mary — you are blessed among
Mary says: Obey your Father in heaven —
What you do to each other —
you do to God —
9. Jesus: Live to serve Me and keep
10. Jesus: A person can act to work another
up and not tell the truth —
The devil wants dischord —
I am peace —
To lie to work against your
brother to discredit
them and raise yourself
up — is a sin —
Kingdom of God
1. Peter said:
Matthew 16: 16-20
Then Simon Peter spoke up and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a blessed man! Because it was no human agency that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my community. And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ Then he gave the disciples strict orders not to say to anyone that he was the Christ.
2. Jesus was always going
Matthew 25: 31-46
‘When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right hand, "Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me." Then the upright will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you? When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?" And the King will answer, "In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." Then he will say to those on his left hand, "Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you never gave me food, I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink, I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, lacking clothes and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me." Then it will be their turn to ask, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or lacking clothes, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?" Then he will answer, "In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me." And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the upright to eternal life.’
4. Hail Mary
Matthew 5: 1-12
Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was
seated his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak. This is
what he taught them:
How blessed are the poor in spirit:
the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Blessed are the gentle:
they shall have the earth as inheritance.
Blessed are those who mourn:
they shall be comforted.
Blessed are those
who hunger and thirst for uprightness:
they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful:
they shall have mercy shown them.
Blessed are the pure in heart:
they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers:
they shall be recognised
as children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted
in the cause of uprightness:
the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and
speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this
is how they persecuted the prophets before you.
6. Jesus is always talking
about the Kingdom.
7. Make Jesus the King and
Center of Your hearts
Matthew 22: 36-40
'Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?' Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets too.'
October 1, 1994
God Calls Us to Love
I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you. John 13: 34
‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7: 7
R. Dear Jesus, I stand at the door of Your Heart and knock to come in. I want entry - to be lost totally and entirely in Thee. I want to be sheltered inside of Your Heart and wrapped deeply in Your infinite love.
Jesus: I call you, child, to love. Love is rooted in Me. I gave My all for love of you. I held nothing back. Love gives freely for the good of the other. Love exists to draw the other closer to God. If your relationship with your brother in anyway separates you from God, it is not love.
Love is not haughty, love does not demand its own way, love exists to lead the other to closer union with Me. I loved you to My death. I gave to you My all! I ask you to give your all for your beloved brothers. In loving them, you are loving Me. I live in your brothers. How can you love Me who you do not see, if you do not love your brother who you see.
I am the way. I am the truth. I am the life. I give that you will know Me and know how to love one another. Love your brothers as I have loved you. When they persecute you and holler every evil word against you, love them. This is My way - to lay down My life for My friends.
I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you. John 13: 34
R. And to those who heeded His words, their lives were lived in peace and love and they experienced joy in their hearts, for true love brings peace and true love gives joy to the heart of the beholder. It is in loving that you receive, it is in giving that you are rendered to and it is in following the way of Christ that we are led into a life of everlasting happiness.
Jesus: I have not gone. I live with you this day. I am in your brothers. Love them as I have loved you.
R. And He sent them such blessings in such abundance and they knew a little of His unending mercy and love.
I Feed the Hungry Soul
October 1, 1994
Jesus: Another person cannot feed your hungry soul. You search, you seek. Your starved soul craves only that which I can give. When your heart is searching for love, come, My sweet dear child, into My Heart. My Mother will take you to the deepest recesses of My Heart. There you will know such comfort - in My Heart on fire for love of you this day.
You are a child of dignity. You are precious to Me. You are the creation of the Father. I gave the last drop of My blood for you. This is love - you need grace to realize the immenseness of God's love. You are so special to God, all three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Mary loves you so much.
You can never be satisfied on this earth. If you find the dearest mother, father, lover, friend, they will not fill you with the love your soul craves. To find Me is to seek Me. You will not be satisfied on this earth.
You, My child, experience longing for My intense love. I love you to want Me. This is how I long for love of each precious soul. I long for them with the most tender Heart, beating and breathing with fire. I never falter. I never grow dim. I am the same, with the same burning love. Come to Me and jump into My precious Heart. I love you so much.
The prophets were persecuted
before you —
Your Father knows your
The Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
1. God is light
See Jesus as He walked the
2. Jesus is the Light of the World.
3. Don't think as men think —
but as God thinks —
Don't let the devil speak
4. Jesus told Peter
"Get behind me satan."
5. Jesus is the Light of the World.
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as dazzling as light. And suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you want me to, I will make three shelters here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and suddenly from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them, saying, ‘Stand up, do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but Jesus.
7. Jesus took Peter, James and John
8. Moses and Elijah appeared
9. Sing: Jesus the Light of the World
"Jesus, Jesus, Jesus the Light of the World"
10. Song: A Song from Jesus
Eucharist and Last Supper
Matthew 26: 20-30
When evening came he was at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating he said, ‘In truth I tell you, one of you is about to betray me.’ They were greatly distressed and started asking him in turn, ‘Not me, Lord, surely?’ He answered, ‘Someone who has dipped his hand into the dish with me will betray me. The Son of man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born!’ Judas, who was to betray him, asked in his turn, ‘Not me, Rabbi, surely?’ Jesus answered, ‘It is you who say it.’
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.’
After the psalms had been sung they left for the Mount of Olives.
John 13: 1-30
Before the festival of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father, having loved those who were his in the world, loved them to the end.
They were at supper, and the devil had already put it into the mind of Judas Iscariot son of Simon, to betray him. Jesus knew that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, and he got up from table, removed his outer garments and, taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘At the moment you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ‘Never!’ said Peter. ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus replied, ‘If I do not wash you, you can have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said, ‘Well then, Lord, not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!’ Jesus said, ‘No one who has had a bath needs washing, such a person is clean all over. You too are clean, though not all of you are.’ He knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said, ‘though not all of you are’.
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand’, he said, ‘what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.
‘In all truth I tell you,
no servant is greater than his master,
no messenger is greater
than the one who sent him.
‘Now that you know this, blessed are you if you behave accordingly. I am not speaking about all of you: I know the ones I have chosen; but what scripture says must be fulfilled:
‘He who shares my table
takes advantage of me.
I tell you this now, before it happens,
so that when it does happen
you may believe that I am He.
In all truth I tell you,
whoever welcomes the one I send,
and whoever welcomes me,
welcomes the one who sent me.’
Having said this, Jesus was deeply disturbed and declared, ‘In all truth I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.’ The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he meant. The disciple Jesus loved was reclining next to Jesus; Simon Peter signed to him and said, ‘Ask who it is he means,’ so leaning back close to Jesus’ chest he said, ‘Who is it, Lord?’ Jesus answered, ‘It is the one to whom I give the piece of bread that I dip in the dish.’ And when he had dipped the piece of bread he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. At that instant, after Judas had taken the bread, Satan entered him. Jesus then said, ‘What you are going to do, do quickly.’ None of the others at table understood why he said this. Since Judas had charge of the common fund, some of them thought Jesus was telling him, ‘Buy what we need for the festival,’ or telling him to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the piece of bread he went out. It was night.
Matthew 26: 30-46
After the psalms had been sung they left for the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, ‘You will all fall away from me tonight, for the scripture says: I shall strike the shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be scattered, but after my resurrection I shall go ahead of you to Galilee.’ At this, Peter said to him, ‘Even if all fall away from you, I will never fall away.’ Jesus answered him, ‘In truth I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will have disowned me three times.’ Peter said to him, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the disciples said the same.
Then Jesus came with them to a plot of land called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Stay here while I go over there to pray.’ He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him. And he began to feel sadness and anguish.
Then he said to them, ‘My soul is sorrowful to the point of death. Wait here and stay awake with me.’ And going on a little further he fell on his face and prayed. ‘My Father,’ he said, ‘if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it.’ He came back to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, ‘So you had not the strength to stay awake with me for one hour? Stay awake, and pray not to be put to the test. The spirit is willing enough, but human nature is weak.’ Again, a second time, he went away and prayed: ‘My Father,’ he said, ‘if this cup cannot pass by, but I must drink it, your will be done!’ And he came back again and found them sleeping, their eyes were so heavy. Leaving them there, he went away again and prayed for the third time, repeating the same words. Then he came back to the disciples and said to them, ‘You can sleep on now and have your rest. Look, the hour has come when the Son of man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up! Let us go! Look, my betrayer is not far away.’
Mark 14: 32-44
They came to a plot of land called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Stay here while I pray.’ Then he took Peter and James and John with him. And he began to feel terror and anguish. And he said to them, ‘My soul is sorrowful to the point of death. Wait here, and stay awake.’ And going on a little further he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, this hour might pass him by. ‘Abba, Father!’ he said, ‘For you everything is possible. Take this cup away from me. But let it be as you, not I, would have it.’ He came back and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Had you not the strength to stay awake one hour? Stay awake and pray not to be put to the test. The spirit is willing enough, but human nature is weak.’ Again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And once more he came back and found them sleeping, their eyes were so heavy; and they could find no answer for him. He came back a third time and said to them, ‘You can sleep on now and have your rest. It is all over. The hour has come. Now the Son of man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up! Let us go! My betrayer is not far away.’
And at once, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, came up and with him a number of men armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the traitor had arranged a signal with them saying, ‘The one I kiss, he is the man. Arrest him, and see he is well guarded when you lead him away.’
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Water from the side of Christ wash me
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O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Permit me not to be separated from Thee
From the wicked foe defend me
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and bid me come to Thee
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee
For ever and ever. Amen.
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
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.
December 27, 1995
LET US LOVE THE TWO HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY
HE GAVE HIMSELF TO US ON THE CROSS. HE GIVES HIMSELF TO US IN THE EUCHARIST.
How great was the act of love, God gave to this world, when He gave Himself and died on the cross. He gives Himself to us this day in the Holy Eucharist.
The greatest commandment is that we must love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, and our whole being. This is a commandment. If we are to enter heaven, we must follow the commandments. They are commands given by God for us to follow.
The greatest act we can do on this earth is an act of loving God. The reason for our existence is to love God. In the sacrament of His greatest love, He gives Himself to us. This is an act of love on His part. We are called to respond by giving ourselves in love to Him.
This is the purpose of the Holy Eucharist: to unite in such oneness with our Holy, Loving God. Our all consuming passion should be that of loving God. How many go to the Eucharist with the sole purpose of giving great love to God? He wants us to love Him. He wants souls to tell Him how much they truly love Him. This is the most intimate act of love when Jesus gives Himself-Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity to man. If it is such an act of love, how are we receiving Him in Communion? We should beg God, in this most intimate union with Him, to help us to love Him with greatest love.
Jesus is a Person. He wants our love. The Holy Spirit wants such intimacy with us. Our Father wants us to love Him. In the Eucharist, we unite with God. In this intimate act of uniting with our beloved God, with Divinity, we must pour out our love to God. We must pour out our heart to the most adorable Heart of Jesus. Jesus is so unjustly treated by many of His beloved souls He loves so much. Let us help make reparation to the Almighty God by loving God with our whole heart, our whole soul, and our whole being in the sacrament of His greatest love. This is the Gift of Himself.
Think of how it is to love someone and give your all for that person, to pour out your heart to him or her and then be treated with coldness and neglect. It hurts our heart so much more when we deeply love someone to be rejected by that person. Jesus loves us with the deepest love. We cannot fully comprehend this love. Let us love Him with the deepest love. Let us love Mary and her Immaculate Heart. Let us love her as the Mother of God. Let us love her as the virgin who bore the Son of God. May we, in the reception of the Eucharist pour out our love to Him, to this adorable Heart. May we pour out our love to His Holy Mother.
Mary said at Fatima that Jesus wants His Heart venerated next to the heart of His Mother. Let us love these two Hearts as we receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Then we are so deeply united with God. We see Their two Hearts surrounded with thorns for the injustices against Their Hearts. Let us help make reparation daily as we receive Him in the Eucharist. This is a special time to help make reparation to Their wounded Hearts.
Let us remember how He poured His love out to us on the cross and how He pours out His love to us now when He gives us Himself in the Eucharist, the Eucharist which contains His Heart of burning love. His Heart was pierced with a lance. Her heart was invisibly pierced with a sword. As the wounds in Their Hearts are deep, so too is Their love so deep.
He does not want "surface love". He wants hearts filled with deep burning love.
Excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, by Louis J. Puhl, S.J. pp. 141-146
313. RULES FOR DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS
Rules for understanding to some extent the different movements produced in the soul and for recognizing those that are good to admit them, and those that are bad, to reject them. These rules are more suited to the first week
314. I. In the case of those who go from one mortal sin to another, the enemy is ordinarily accustomed to propose apparent pleasures. He fills their imagination with sensual delights and gratifications, the more readily to keep them in their vices and increase the number of their sins.
With such persons the good spirit uses a method which is the reverse of the above. Making use of the light of reason, he will rouse the sting of conscience and fill them with remorse.
315. 2. In the case of those who go on earnestly striving to cleanse their souls from sin and who seek to rise in the service of God our Lord to greater perfection, the method pursued is the opposite of that mentioned in the first rule.
Then it is characteristic of the evil spirit to harass with anxiety, to afflict with sadness, to raise obstacles backed by fallacious reasonings that disturb the soul. Thus he seeks to prevent the soul from advancing.
It is characteristic of the good spirit, however, to give courage and strength, consolations, tears, inspirations, and peace. This He does by making all easy, by removing all obstacles so that the soul goes forward in doing good.
316. 3. SPIRITUAL CONSOLATION. I call it consolation when an interior movement is aroused in the soul, by which it is inflamed with love of its Creator and Lord, and as a consequence, can love no creature on the face of the earth for its own sake, but only in the Creator of them all. It is likewise consolation when one sheds tears that move to the love of God, whether it be because of sorrow for sins, or because of the sufferings of Christ our Lord, or for any other reason that is immediately directed to the praise and service of God. Finally, I call consolation every increase of faith, hope, and love, and all interior joy that invites and attracts to what is heavenly and to the salvation of one's soul by filling it with peace and quiet in its Creator and Lord.
317. 4. SPIRITUAL DESOLATION. I call desolation what is entirely the opposite of what is described in the third rule, as darkness of soul, turmoil of spirit, inclination to what is low and earthly, restlessness rising from many disturbances and temptations which lead to want of faith, want of hope, want of love. The soul is wholly slothful, tepid, sad, and separated, as it were, from its Creator and Lord. For just as consolation is the opposite of desolation, so the thoughts that spring from consolation are the opposite of those that spring from desolation.
318. 5. In time of desolation we should never make any change, but remain firm and constant in the resolution and decision which guided us the day before the desolation, or in the decision to which we adhered in the preceding consolation. For just as in consolation the good spirit guides and counsels us, so in desolation the evil spirit guides and counsels. Following his counsels we can never find the way to a right decision.
319. 6. Though in desolation we must never change our former resolutions, it will be very advantageous to intensify our activity against the desolation. We can insist more upon prayer, upon meditation, and on much examination of ourselves. We can make an effort in a suitable way to do some penance.
320. 7. When one is in desolation, he should be mindful that God has left him to his natural powers to resist the different agitations and temptations of the enemy in order to try him. He can resist with the help of God, which always remains, though he may not clearly perceive it. For though God has taken from him the abundance of fervor and overflowing love and the intensity of His favors, nevertheless, he has sufficient grace for eternal salvation.
321. 8. When one is in desolation, he should strive to persevere in patience. This reacts against the vexations that have overtaken him. Let him consider, too, that consolation will soon return, and in the meantime, he must diligently use the means against desolation which have been given in the sixth rule.
322. 9. The principal reasons why we suffer from desolation are three:
The first is because we have been tepid and slothful or negligent in our exercises of piety, and so through our own fault spiritual consolation has been taken away from us.
The second reason is because God wishes to try us, to see how much we are worth, and how much we will advance in His service and praise when left without the generous reward of consolations and signal favors.
The third reason is because God wishes to give us a true knowledge and understanding of ourselves, so that we may have an intimate perception of the fact that it is not within our power to acquire and attain great devotion, intense love, tears, or any other spiritual consolation; but that all this is the gift and grace of God our Lord. God does not wish us to build on the property of another, to rise up in spirit in a certain pride and vainglory and attribute to ourselves the devotion and other effects of spiritual consolation.
323. 10. When one enjoys consolation, let him consider how he will conduct himself during the time of ensuing desolation, and store up a supply of strength as defense against that day.
324. 11. He who enjoys consolation should take care to humble himself and lower himself as much as possible. Let him recall how little he is able to do in time of desolation, when he is left without such grace or consolation.
On the other hand, one who suffers desolation should remember that by making use of the sufficient grace offered him, he can do much to withstand all his enemies. Let him find his strength in his Creator and Lord.
325. 12. The enemy conducts himself as a woman. He is a weakling before a show of strength, and a tyrant if he has his will. It is characteristic of a woman in a quarrel with a man to lose courage and take to flight if the man shows that he is determined and fearless. However, if the man loses courage and begins to flee, the anger, vindictiveness, and rage of the woman surge up and know no bounds. In the same way, the enemy becomes weak, loses courage, and turns to flight with his seductions as soon as one leading a spiritual life faces his temptations boldly, and does exactly the opposite of what he suggests. However, if one begins to be afraid and to lose courage in temptations, no wild animal on earth can be more fierce than the enemy of our human nature. He will carry out his perverse intentions with consummate malice.
326. 13. Our enemy may also be compared in his manner of acting to a false lover. He seeks to remain hidden and does not want to be discovered. If such a lover speaks with evil intention to the daughter of a good father, or to the wife of a good husband, and seeks to seduce them, he wants his words and solicitations kept secret. He is greatly displeased if his evil suggestions and depraved intentions are revealed by the daughter to her father, or by the wife to her husband. Then he readily sees he will not succeed in what he has begun. In the same way, when the enemy of our human nature tempts a just soul with his wiles and seductions, he earnestly desires that they be received secretly and kept secret. But if one manifests them to a confessor, or to some other spiritual person who understands his deceits and malicious designs, the evil one is very much vexed. For he knows that he cannot succeed in his evil undertaking, once his evident deceits have been revealed.
327. 14. The conduct of our enemy may also be compared to the tactics of a leader intent upon seizing and plundering a position he desires. A commander and leader of an army will encamp, explore the fortifications and defenses of the stronghold, and attack at the weakest point. In the same way, the enemy of our human nature investigates from every side all our virtues, theological, cardinal, and moral. Where he finds the defenses of eternal salvation weakest and most deficient, there he attacks and tries to take us by storm.
end of excerpt of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
328. RULES FOR DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS
Further rules for understanding the different movements produced in the soul. They serve for a more accurate discernment of spirits and are more suitable for the second week
329. I. It is characteristic of God and His Angels, when they act upon the soul, to give true happiness and spiritual joy, and to banish all the sadness and disturbances which are caused by the enemy.
It is characteristic of the evil one to fight against such happiness and consolation by proposing fallacious reasonings, subtilties, and continual deceptions.
330. 2. God alone can give consolation to the soul without any previous cause. It belongs solely to the Creator to come into a soul, to leave it, to act upon it, to draw it wholly to the love of His Divine Majesty. I said without previous cause, that is, without any preceding perception or knowledge of any subject by which a soul might be led to such a consolation through its own acts of intellect and will.
331. 3. If a cause precedes, both the good angel and the evil spirit can give consolation to a soul, but for a quite different purpose. The good angel consoles for the progress of the soul, that it may advance and rise to what is more perfect. The evil spirit consoles for purposes that are the contrary, and that afterwards he might draw the soul to his own perverse intentions and wickedness.
332. 4. It is a mark of the evil spirit to assume the appearance of an angel of light. He begins by suggesting thoughts that are suited to a devout soul, and ends by suggesting his own. For example, he will suggest holy and pious thoughts that are wholly in conformity with the sanctity of the soul. Afterwards, he will endeavor little by little to end by drawing the soul into his hidden snares and evil designs.
333. 5. We must carefully observe the whole course of our thoughts. If the beginning and middle and end of the course of thoughts are wholly good and directed to what is entirely right, it is a sign that they are from the good angel. But the course of thoughts suggested to us may terminate in something evil, or distracting, or less good than the soul had formerly proposed to do. Again, it may end in what weakens the soul, or disquiets it; or by destroying the peace, tranquility, and quiet which it had before, it may cause disturbance to the soul. These things are a clear sign that the thoughts are proceeding from the evil spirit, the enemy of our progress and eternal salvation.
334. 6. When the enemy of our human nature has been detected and recognized by the trail of evil marking his course and by the wicked end to which he leads us, it will be profitable for one who has been tempted to review immediately the whole course of the temptation. Let him consider the series of good thoughts, how they arose, how the evil one gradually attempted to make him step down from the state of spiritual delight and joy in which he was, till finally he drew him to his wicked designs. The purpose of this review is that once such an experience has been understood and carefully observed, we may guard ourselves for the future against the customary deceits of the enemy.
335. 7. In souls that are progressing to greater perfection, the action of the good angel is delicate, gentle, delightful. It may be compared to a drop of water penetrating a sponge.
The action of the evil spirit upon such souls is violent, noisy, and disturbing. It may be compared to a drop of water falling upon a stone.
In souls that are going from bad to worse, the action of the spirits mentioned above is just the reverse. The reason for this is to be sought in the opposition or similarity of these souls to the different kinds of spirits. When the disposition is contrary to that of the spirits, they enter with noise and commotion that are easily perceived. When the disposition is similar to that of the spirits, they enter silently, as one coming into his own house when the doors are open.
336. 8. When consolation is without previous cause, as was said, there can be no deception in it, since it can proceed from God our Lord only. But a spiritual person who has received such a consolation must consider it very attentively, and must cautiously distinguish the actual time of the consolation from the period which follows it. At such a time the soul is still fervent and favored with the grace and aftereffects of the consolation which has passed. In this second period the soul frequently forms various resolutions and plans which are not granted directly by God our Lord. They may come from our own reasoning on the relations of our concepts and on the consequences of our judgments, or they may come from the good or evil spirit. Hence, they must be carefully examined before they are given full approval and put into execution.
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