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September 8, 2010 - The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 9th Holy Spirit Novena
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September 8, 2010 - The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

                Darkness and light —
                Time — we live in time
                Marriage is based on the teaching of Jesus Christ
                Marriage was instituted by God —

                The beauty of the ocean
                A busy city there below
                Summer skies turn into fall —
                The leaves fall from the trees
                After a display of royal beauty
                God the Creator

                God the Creator of marriage —
                If God can give us so much beauty
                A baby, so sweet, little fingers and toes —
                How beautiful the mystery of love —
                God in His Plan for marriage and in friendship —

                How do you describe the sun —
                The beauteous ocean
                A fall day with trees seen reflecting on waters
                    below —

                How much more then, you must agree
                    is love, relationship, harmony,
                    fruitfulness — the mystery of that
                    which is eternal —

                Oh men you see like blind men and a milky
                    glass —
                The clouds are white —
                The sky is blue
                The stars are studded —
                How beauteous far more love —
                    that God gives to us —
                    Why can't we be students to learn
                    from Him and learn to love —

                Stiff-necked — Walls — Blindness
                These are from men's hearts —

                God is love —
                Everlasting love —
                God is faithful
                God is trustworthy
                God is forever

                Man can make a mess and still want to
                    make others live by ice cold, unforgiving,
                    hateful hearts —

                You would think he would want to learn from
                    God about eternal love —
                    What a fool to make an ice-cold-cube and
                        crawl in it and try to force others
                        to live by this coldness —

                God is love —

                    Stubborn are many who 'hate' instead —
                    Who weave a rug of mud and doom —

                Look into my heart —
                Look into the Heart of Jesus —
                Thirst after knowledge of His love for us —
                Read the Blue Books and know His love for us —
                Reality knowing God's Plan.
                How soft is the snow God created —

                How beautiful the snow covered earth, the
                    trees —
                    the beauty of a lantern in the night
                    where it is softly going toward
                    evening and the snow lightly falling
                    past its light —

                How beauteous it is when one sees the
                    light of more and more what is real
                    as created by God where once he
                    was caught in his own blindness —
                    darkness by his own prideful
                    making —

                One who is wise is open and ready to be taught —
                    seeking insight into the hidden mystery of God —

                One who spends their life trying to teach
                    themselves they know it all —
                    misses the mystery of discovery and
                        insight into the hidden mystery of God —

                Oh God let me know more and more of Your
                    perfect love — more and more about Your
                    interior life —

                The Love of God —

   

Excerpt from Response to God's Love by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

The Mystery of Christ and Christian Existence

... 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. St. Paul tells us: "I became a minister of this Church through the commission God gave me to preach among you his word in its fullness, that mystery hidden from ages and generations past but now revealed to his holy ones. God has willed to make known to them the glory beyond price which this mystery brings to the Gentiles—the mystery of Christ in you, your hope of glory. This is the Christ we proclaim while we admonish all men and teach them in the full measure of wisdom, hoping to make every man complete in Christ" (Col 1:25-28).

   

                Some days are not as beautiful as others —
                    the beauty of a warm day and the ocean waves —
                    the blue sky —
                    The white of snow - falling in the near
                        night against a lantern and
                        the covered ground - the snow
                        coated trees —

                But there is the barrenness of winter
                    the gray skies —
                    the coldness —
                    a really bleak day

                Is not life like this, the death, the
                    resurrection —
                    the ups, the downs —
                    but I know Him —
                    the Victory is won
                    the rock rolled away from the tomb —  

                But reality is God's reality —

                Snow white Christmas' are memories
                    we have deep in our hearts —

                But it is love in our heart that brings
                    us joy —
                    Love for our Creator —
                    Love for His Goodness

                I see the night just beginning — not yet
                    dark, but the lights show through
                    the windows —

                So it was October 31, 1991 — darkness
                    against light because Jesus spoke
                    to me that early evening while
                    the tricker-treaters went about their way —

                Light for me against darkness
                Early morning when Jesus woke me and gave
                    me His letters of love in God's Blue Books —
                    Letters of love for all to know reality —
                    The love of His Heart —
                    His Intimate Love — Reality
                    Reality — The Love of the Father, Son and
                        Holy Spirit for us —
                    Reality — The Love of the 2 Hearts for us —
                    Reality — The foreverness of eternity —

                    Can you really not take the leap to
                        trust God —
                        to love God as He commands us to —
                        to love our neighbors as ourselves —

                    When love is according to the Father's will
                        it lasts forever —

                    Love — real love as God desires —
                        never dies —

                    We choose to not love when we do not
                        LOVE because we have a free will to love or not love.

                We are to be just and
                Give God what is His due as well
                    as give others what is their due —

                Save yourself for what?

                When God commands us to love Him and
                    love others as ourselves —
                    for our eternal reward —

                At any moment a cancer can come
                    and snatch us from our life
                    here below —

                Life is promised to no man —

                God calls us to love so we will be
                    more and more one in Him —

                Jealousy, envy, superiority, anger,
                    etc. — come from giving into
                    our wounded human nature —

                Live - Life —

                Don't give into the impurities that
                    rob us of life —

                I never thought Fr. Carter would die and
                    He died in his body, but
                        he moved on —

                Jesus said to me
                    "Would you have me deprive a soul
                        of his eternal reward"

                Let's live now with what we are given —
                    Why live stubbornly and deprive
                    ourselves of instruction and
                    life —

                God calls us to a vision of Himself —

                Oh God open our eyes and our hearts to
                    not waste our precious gifts
                    in blackness and remorse —
                    bitterness and pain —

                The Victory is won — Jesus rose from the dead

                Song: A Song from Jesus

                God calls us to love Him — NOW
                    to give ourselves to Him — Now
                    To serve Him now —

                The devil doesn't want us to serve God —
                The devil wants us to be unloving —

                God gives us Himself in the Eucharist to
                    teach us about love

                God has given us this Movement to teach
                    the world about the love of the
                    2 Hearts —

                We have light today —
                We have love today —
                We have the gifts God gives us today —

                God be before me —
                        beneath me —
                        in me
                        Help me to love, my God —
                        Help me to serve

                Life is promised to no man —
                God wants our gratitude for the gifts
                    He has given us —

                It is God's love for us that keeps us in
                    existence —

                The more we are likened to Christ —
                    the more we are great lovers —

                A lover is being one likened to Christ —

                Jesus endured pain out of love for us —

                Jesus teaches us about service —
                Jesus teaches us about suffering
                Jesus teaches us about love —
                Jesus teaches us about Victory!!

                Christ died on the cross for our sins —
                We can say 'yes' to darkness —
                We can say 'yes' to slothfulness —
                We will be accountable for our
                    days and what we did to do
                    or not do God's will —

                We are to live to be what God wants us
                    to be —

                We are created by God, He gives us a free will —
                    We can choose to turn away from Him —

                It is like walking in a black night —

                When we could have the light of day to guide us.

                Song: I Am Your Sacred Heart

 

                  What is love?

                God is love —
                The more we are likened to Him —
                The more we love —

                Finally we will surrender —
                    When we die — we have to surrender —

                What a pity to live your life to
                    hurt yourself, to punish others,
                    to be bitter and to think
                    God will reward this 

 

                The road was dark and the gray
                    skies pressed in
                    trees looked like dead men
                    standing —

                Life is full of ups and downs,
                    but joy is found in seeking
                    God on dark days and
                    on sunny ones —

                Love is learned by men who
                    are wise —

                Those who close their hearts —
                    stay where they are —
                    man has a wounded human
                    nature —
                    He was created to know, love
                        and serve God —

   

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

                 

                Parents are the first teacher of
                    most children —

                What they do that's not pure they teach
                    to their children —
                    God is the ultimate teacher —

                It is awful to lose someone we are
                    close to and love, but we know
                    about eternal life —
                    We know that for those who love and
                        serve the Lord they live forever —

                Life is short —
                We have a job to do here for God
                We keep growing older —
                That alone can make someone angry —
                This is God's world —
                This is God's Plan —
                If we are angry at God we need to look at that —

   

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

   

 

Litany of the
Most Precious Blood of Jesus

(For public or private use.)

Lord, have mercy on us.
   Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
   Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
   Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
   Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
   Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
   Have mercy on us.

Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, save us.
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, save us.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony, save us.
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, save us.
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, save us.
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us.
Blood of Christ, Price of our salvation, save us.
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, save us.
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us.
Blood of Christ, river of mercy, save us.
Blood of Christ, Victor over demons, save us.
Blood of Christ, Courage of martyrs, save us.
Blood of Christ, Strength of confessors, save us.
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins, save us.
Blood of Christ, Help of those in peril, save us.
Blood of Christ, Relief of the burdened, save us.
Blood of Christ, Solace in sorrow, save us.
Blood of Christ, Hope of the penitent, save us.
Blood of Christ, Consolation of the dying, save us.
Blood of Christ, Peace and Tenderness of hearts, save us.
Blood of Christ, Pledge of Eternal Life, save us.
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from Purgatory, save us.
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, save us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Have mercy on us, O Lord.

V.  Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood,
R.  And made of us a kingdom for our God.

Let Us Pray

   Almighty and Eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant, we beseech Thee, that we may worthily adore this Price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of this present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in Heaven. Through the same Christ Our Lord. R.  Amen. 

   

                        Spiritual Communion

                        Dear Jesus — we want to make a spiritual
                        communion, we cannot receive You
                        now, but we want to know Your
                        presence deep in our heart —
                        deep in our soul — Oh God fill us
                        with Your presence that we can
                        just focus on You and Your love
                        for us now — Love deep in us —
                        Oneness with You —
                        Quiet surrender to be alone in
                        this moment with You in our heart
                        in deep love —
                        We love You so much our beloved
                        God —

   

        Prayer of St Ignatius

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Permit me not to be separated from Thee
From the wicked foe defend me
at the hour of my death call me
and bid me come to Thee
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee
For ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Joyful Mysteries

                           

    The Annunciation

                            1. 

Luke 1: 26-33

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, you who enjoy God’s favour! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’

                            2.

 Luke 1: 34-38

Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. And I tell you this too: your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ Mary said, ‘You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as you have said.’ And the angel left her.

                            3.  An angel came to Mary —
                                 How would you be —
                                 The angel said "Do not fear"

                            4.  The angel told Mary about Elizabeth —

                            5.  Elizabeth was considered barren
                                 Mary believed the angel —

                            6. 

Luke 1: 35

The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God.

                            7.  Mary's response was 

Luke 1: 38

Mary said, ‘You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as you have said.’ And the angel left her.

 

                            8.  Gabriel came to Zechariah
                                 and this is what he said

Luke 1: 18-20

Zechariah said to the angel, 'How can I know this? I am an old man and my wife is getting on in years.' The angel replied, 'I am Gabriel, who stand in God's presence, and I have been sent to speak to you and bring you this good news. Look! Since you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time, you will be silenced and have no power of speech until this has happened.'

 

                            9.  Elizabeth conceived and
                                 went into seclusion —

                            10. 

Luke 1: 24-25

Some time later his wife Elizabeth conceived and for five months she kept to herself, saying, ‘The Lord has done this for me, now that it has pleased him to take away the humiliation I suffered in public.’

 

                            The Visitation

                            1.

 Luke 1: 39-45

Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

                            2.

Luke 1: 46-55

And Mary said:

My soul proclaims
    the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit rejoices
    in God my Saviour;
because he has looked upon
    the humiliation of his servant.
Yes, from now onwards
    all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty
    has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his faithful love extends age after age
    to those who fear him.
He has used the power of his arm,
he has routed the arrogant of heart.
He has pulled down princes
    from their thrones
        and raised high the lowly.
He has filled the starving with good things,
    sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the help
    of Israel his servant,
        mindful of his faithful love
—according to the promise
    he made to our ancestors—
of his mercy to Abraham
    and to his descendants for ever.

                            3.  Mary stayed with Elizabeth for 3 months —

                            4.

 Luke 1: 59-60

Now it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother spoke up. ‘No,’ she said, ‘he is to be called John.’

                            5. 

Matthew  1: 18-19

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being an upright man and wanting to spare her disgrace, decided to divorce her informally.

                            6. 

Matthew 1: 20-25

He had made up his mind to do this when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: 

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

a name which means ‘God–is–with–us’. When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home; he had not had intercourse with her when she gave birth to a son; and he named him Jesus. 

 

                            7.  It is a gift that the angel of the Lord
                                    appeared to Joseph in a dream —

                            8.  Joseph was told to not be afraid
                                 Joseph was of the house of David —

                            9.  Joseph was told it was by the Holy Spirit that
                                    Mary had conceived a child.

                            10.

 Matthew 1: 23

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

a name which means ‘God–is–with–us’.

 

       

                            The Birth of Jesus

                            1. 

Luke 2: 1-7

Now it happened that at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be made of the whole inhabited world. This census—the first—took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee for Judaea, to David’s town called Bethlehem, since he was of David’s House and line, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. Now it happened that, while they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first–born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the living–space.
 

                            2.  Joseph believed.
                                 Joseph helped Mary.
                                 Joseph loved Mary.

                            3.  

Luke 2: 8-12

In the countryside close by there were shepherds out in the fields keeping guard over their sheep during the watches of the night. An angel of the Lord stood over them and the glory of the Lord shone round them. They were terrified, but the angel said, ‘Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’                           

    4. 

Luke 2: 13-18

And all at once with the angel there was a great throng of the hosts of heaven, praising God with the words:

  Glory to God in the highest heaven, 
  and on earth peace for those he favours.

    Now it happened that when the angels had gone from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go to Bethlehem and see this event which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds said to them.

                            5.  Mary treasured all these things and kept
                                    them in her heart —

                            6.  Sing: Silent Night

                            7.  Sing:  What Child Is This

                            8.  Sing:  We Three Kings

                            9.  Sing:  See the Eyes that Look at Mary

                            10.  The Kings came —
                                       Jesus is the little, long awaited King.

 

 

                            Presentation in the Temple

                            1. 

Luke 2:  22-24

And when the day came for them to be purified in keeping with the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord—observing what is written in the Law of the Lord: Every first–born male must be consecrated to the Lord—and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is prescribed in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

                            2. 

Luke 2: 25-32

Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to the restoration of Israel and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:

    Now, Master, you are letting 
        your servant go in peace 
    as you promised; 
    for my eyes have seen the salvation 
    which you have made ready 
        in the sight of the nations; 
    a light of revelation for the gentiles 
    and glory for your people Israel.

                            3. 

Luke 2: 33-35

As the child’s father and mother were wondering at the things that were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Look, he is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is opposed—and a sword will pierce your soul too—so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.’

 

                            4.  The angel appeared in a dream to Joseph
                                    with a command —
                                    Joseph was told to take Mary and the child
                                        and flee to Egypt —

                            5.  Herod ordered the massacre of all boys
                                    2 years old and under in Bethlehem —

                            6. 

Matthew 2: 18

A voice is heard in Ramah, 
    lamenting and weeping bitterly: 
    it is Rachel weeping for her children, 
    refusing to be comforted 
    because they are no more.

                            7.  After Herod died
                                        again the angel appeared to Joseph in
                                        a dream and commanded
                                        Mary and Jesus to go to the town of Israel.

                            8.  Sing:  Little Baby Hand and Feet

                            9.

THE SEVEN SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
AT A SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST MEETING

February 22, 1995

The Prophecy of Simeon
Mary, Joseph and the child Jesus went to the temple. Simeon, the prophet, inspired by the Holy Spirit, met them and told Joseph and Mary of the great sufferings of Jesus and Mary. He told Mary that a sword would pierce her heart. From that point on, Mary ever remembered the prophecy of Simeon whenever she beheld her child. When she looked at His little body, even as an infant, she knew He would suffer. Every time she clothed Him and watched Him at play, her heart was torn in her chest as she knew what He would suffer. And a sword, too, shall pierce your Heart, O Mary!

The Flight into Egypt
Joseph was told by the angel to flee. Joseph, Mary and the child Jesus had to flee because of what might happen to Jesus. They had to pack for a long stay. The child Jesus was so small! They left on their journey, hearts full of fear, trying to protect Jesus. They were forced to flee into Egypt.                                                            

 

Jesus Is Lost, In the Temple
Imagine the sufferings in Mary's heart when she realized the child Jesus was not with them. Think of how it would be to lose your child and not know where he was or if anything happened to him. With sorrow in their hearts, Mary and Joseph returned to Jerusalem to look for the child Jesus. And a sword, too, shall pierce your heart, O Mary!

 

                            10. 

Jesus Carries His Cross
Song: See the eyes that look at Mary, her tender infant child. See the child's Heart beat so tenderly, the Savior of the world!
See the eyes of Jesus and Mary as they met on Calvary. Mary's Heart knew Jesus' Heart so well! From the first moment of conception and throughout His life, Mary was so connected with Jesus and now she peered into His eyes. The crown of thorns adorned His Head! Blood ran down His face! A heavy cross on His back! Wounded, His whole body covered with bleeding wounds! And her whole life flashed before her, the life that she had spent with Jesus. This was the beloved child that she had held in her arms when Simeon told Mary that 'a sword, too, shall pierce your Heart, O Mary!'

Jesus Dies on the Cross
Mary stood under Jesus' cross as He was put to death. The child that she had held in her arms as Simeon prophesied, And a sword, too, shall pierce your Heart, O Mary! Now Jesus is dead on the cross! He gave His flesh, He gave His blood so that we might be with Him forever in heaven. He held not back. He gave His all. He calls out to us this day to see through the eyes of His mother as she appears and calls out with a Heart of great love, "Return to the love of my Son! He is with you this day. He remains with you, no less present than the day that He hung on the cross, in the Eucharist. He longs for you to come and be with Him. He is in your brother. How can you not love your brother when Jesus died for your brother?"

Her Heart was pierced with a sword. His Heart was pierced with a lance. What came forth was blood and water, the sacramental life of the church. He lives with us this day in the Church. He gives to us His sacraments, the source of His life! He gives to us the Sacrament of Penance whereby any sin that we commit can be taken away through the priest. He wants us to be so close to Him! He gives us everything to be close to Him. But we see with such limited vision only those things that are right before our face, when the true reality is that which we don't see with our eyes, the reality of the invisible divinity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the consecrated Host! This is reality! This is our life! This is our power! This is God! And a sword, too, shall pierce your Heart, O Mary!

Jesus Is Taken Down from the Cross
If we ever doubted for one second that we were loved, we could visualize the picture of Mary as she sat beneath the cross with the lifeless, battered, bruised and bloodied body of her Son in her arms, the same child that she held when Simeon prophesied her suffering. He gave His last breath. He gave the last beat of His Heart. He gave His all! This is the way He complied with the Will of the Father. He came to show us the way. He died in perfect peace. To His death He was in peace because He knew the Father's love. The Father loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son for love of us! The Spirit descended upon the Virgin Mary and the Word was made flesh! The love of the Two Hearts! Such immense love beating for us!

In all love there is suffering. Her Heart was pierced with a sword. His Heart was pierced with a lance. And a sword, too, shall pierce your Heart, O Mary!

Jesus Is Locked in the Tomb
And now Jesus, His body lifeless, is locked in a tomb! What cold reality for Mary to realize that His body is now gone! A stone separated her from her Son!

He gave His last breath! He gave the last beat of His Heart for love of each one of us! And she comes to us this day with her sweet, beautiful voice and she asks us to go to her Son and love Him! How can we refuse Jesus who spread His arms and gave His life for each and every one of us? How can we not trust Him when He loved us so much that He allowed them to tear His flesh, to crown Him with piercing thorns and, lastly, to hang Him on a cross? He truly gave His life for us! He, truly God, is with us this day, the same as the day He died on the cross, in the tabernacle! And we take it so lightly! Death has no power over Him! Locked in the tomb for three days, He rose triumphant on the third day as He had foretold. He comes to give us life. He gives us the sacrament of Baptism that initiates us into His life, that makes us children of God and heirs of heaven if we remain in the state of grace. He asks two things: love of God and love of one another! He came to show us the way and His way is love. To His death on the cross He loved each one of us! He calls out to each one of us here today to be His soldiers, to march on a world that has forgotten God, that has forgotten what it is like to love! It is a battle to live in this world. But the battle is won with hearts that are filled with His love, empowered by the grace and might that He pours out in the Eucharist. He calls out for us to come to the Eucharist and to the tabernacle and be fed with His very flesh and blood. To feed on Divine Life, the greatest nourishment, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God! This is the love He gives. This is the love He asks us to share.

 

 

                            Finding In the Temple

                            1. 

Luke 2: 41-44

Every year his parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When the days of the feast were over and they set off home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it.

                            2.

 Luke 2: 45-47

When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere. 

    It happened that, three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies.

                            3. 

Luke 2: 48-50

They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, ‘My child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.’ He replied, ‘Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’ But they did not understand what he meant.

                            4. 

Luke 2: 51-52

    He went down with them then and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority. His mother stored up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and with people.

                            5. 

Mary's Message
from the Rosary of August 27, 1996

Mary:  I stood beneath the cross of my Son, and my Heart was in such pain for I saw Him before my eyes. I saw Him covered with blood. I saw Him die. My Heart, my children, my Heart to watch my Son, but my Heart, my Heart, how I suffered for my little children of the world that give in to this world and give up the love of my Son. O my little children of light, I give you this message. Carry this light into the darkness for your Mother Mary, for I stood beneath the cross and I cried. I cried for the little ones. I cried for the young ones, the ones that do not care and will lose their souls. How do I make you see for you will not listen to me? What can I do? I come. I appear. I beg. I plead. I give you these gifts from my Son, and you reject me. I do not deliver messages very often anymore for I have been ignored. The message is the same. You do not read the messages I have given to you. Please help me. Help the little children. I appear. I appear. I appear, and I am ignored. I stood beneath the cross, and I cried. I cried, and my Heart was in such anguish for my little children, for I am searching for them this day as I searched for the Child Jesus. Please, please help me. I cannot hold back the hand of my Son any longer. I am Mary, your Mother. I ask you to help my children. You are my children of light.

end of Mary's Message, August 27, 1996

 

                            6.  From Priestly Newsletter Book 2 by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

The late Archbishop Luis M. Martinez of Mexico strikingly speaks of the ongoing cooperation of Mary with the Holy Spirit regarding the reproduction of Jesus within us: "Christian life is the reproduction of Jesus in souls…

                            7.  From Priestly Newsletter Book 2 by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

"Now, how will this mystical reproduction be brought about in souls? In the same way in which Jesus was brought into the world, for God gives a wonderful mark of unity to all His works. Divine acts have a wealth of variety because they are the work of omnipotence; nevertheless, a most perfect unity always shines forth from them because they are the fruit of wisdom; and this divine contrast of unity and variety stamps the works of God with sublime and unutterable beauty.

                            8. From Priestly Newsletter Book 2 by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

"In His miraculous birth, Jesus was the fruit of heaven and earth…The Holy Spirit conveyed the divine fruitfulness of the Father to Mary, and the virginal soil brought forth in an ineffable manner our most loving Savior, the divine Seed, as the prophets called Him…

                            9. From Priestly Newsletter Book 2 by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

"That is the way He is reproduced in souls. He is always the fruit of heaven and earth.

"Two artisans must concur in the work that is at once God’s masterpiece and humanity’s supreme product: the Holy Spirit and the most holy Virgin Mary. Two sanctifiers are necessary to souls, the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, for they are the only ones who can reproduce Christ.

                            10. From Priestly Newsletter Book 2 by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

"Undoubtedly, the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary sanctify us in different ways. The first is the Sanctifier by essence; because He is God, who is infinite sanctity; because He is the personal Love that completes, so to speak, the sanctity of God, consummating His life and His unity, and it belongs to Him to communicate to souls the mystery of that sanctity. The Virgin Mary, for her part, is the co-operator, the indispensable instrument in and by God’s design. From Mary’s maternal relation to the human body of Christ is derived her relation to His Mystical Body which is being formed through all the centuries until the end of time, when it will be lifted up to the heavens, beautiful, splendid, complete, and glorious.

"These two, then, the Holy Spirit and Mary, are the indispensable artificers of Jesus, the indispensable sanctifiers of souls. Any saint in heaven can co-operate in the sanctification of a soul, but his co-operation is not necessary, not profound, not constant: while the co-operation of these two artisans of Jesus of whom we have just been speaking is so necessary that without it souls are not sanctified (and this by the actual design of Providence), and so intimate that it reaches to the very depths of our soul. For the Holy Spirit pours charity into our heart, makes a habitation of our soul, and directs our spiritual life by means of His gifts. The Virgin Mary has the efficacious influence of Mediatrix in the most profound and delicate operations of grace in our souls. And, finally, the action of the Holy Spirit and the co-operation of the most holy Virgin Mary are constant; without them, not one single character of Jesus would be traced on our souls, no virtue grow, no gift be developed, no grace increased, no bond of union with God be strengthened in the rich flowering of the spiritual life.

"Such is the place that the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary have in the order of sanctification. Therefore, Christian piety should put these two artisans of Christ in their true place, making devotion to them something necessary, profound, and constant." 18

18. Archbishop Luis M. Martinez, The Sanctifier, op. cit. pp. 5-7.

 

 

                            The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

                            September 8, 2010 -

 

 

 

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us (repeat after each invocation).
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the Covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
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,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Grant, we beseech You, O Lord God, that we Your servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body and, by the glorious intercession of the blessed Mary, ever virgin, be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

 

                            On December 12, 1531 — the Blessed
                                Mother appeared to Juan Diego.

                         

                        


 

                            Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
                                Mary appeared to St. Catherine
                                Laboure in Paris — 1830

                                "O Mary conceived without sin
                                    pray for us who have
                                    recourse to thee."

                            Our Lady of Lourdes — 1858 —
                                Mary appeared to Bernadette
                                She said she was the Immaculate Conception

                                There was miraculous water.

                            Our Lady of Fatima, 1917
 

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but, in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

 

        

    

     

      

         

 

 

 

 
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Excerpt from September 6, 2001 

Jesus speaks:        You must pray for your donors.

                        I appeared and my mother appeared

                            for the whole world.

                        The apparition is not appreciated.

                        The fact you cannot even make

                            the rent payment for the

                            building is proof.

                        So much money in the world and the

                            state of Florida.

                        Look at your news on television.

                        Look at what the news is on the
                            television.

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

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

                         It is a gift from God.

                         This shows you the focus of men
                            and your news.

                         Your eyes are blind.

                         I ask today September 6, 2001 to

                             see Our images and to help

                             do what We have asked you to do.

                         These messages are important.

                         You have ignored Me.

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                        Again I repeat, these revelations and

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                        Mary appears the Lady clothed in gold

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

                        My movement is to help the priests, the
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                        Because of My movement, the world is a
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                        You will feel the effects if the printing stops.

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

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Excerpt 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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$5.00 each

 

   

 

 


 

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 Shepherds of Christ

 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.

 

 

Crucifix — hand carved by Felix

   

Available for $750.00

      

 

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