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September 9, 2010

September 10th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 4 Period I.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for September 10th are Glorious.

 

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                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 —
                        Quite 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.

     

September 9, 2010

                We are children of God
                That makes us happy —

                Do to others what you
                    would have them do to you —

                Treat others as you would
                    wish them to treat you —

                That we remember to act
                    like children of God —

                We pray for our Church that we love

                To thank God for His
                    many gifts —

                We are children of the Father's family

                Sing: You Are the Voice

                The snow was falling and it
                    was quickly collecting deeply on
                    the ground and the trees, bushes
                    and housetops —

                People hurried in and out with many
                    things to do —

                    Thanksgiving was almost here
                    And now the day arrived —

                    There was a blizzard and many
                        had trouble making it to
                        family gatherings —

                    The day was a day of joy for
                        many who tried to have
                        a good dinner and lots of
                        fun —

                    But some knew the reality of
                        past memories and hurts —
                        struggling more than their
                        daily struggle for all the
                        years they had cheated
                        themselves of love —

                What does it mean to live one's life
                    being a burden on others
                    punishing innocent others,
                    for living our lives angry
                    at others, who did nothing
                    to us — putting up walls like
                    a man building a room —
                    built of concrete —

                God created us to love Him and to love
                    others as ourselves —
                    He commanded us to do this —
                    How can you disobey
                        commandments of God and
                        be happy — you can't
                        disobey commandments of God
                        being unloving to others and have
                        happiness —

                Happiness is found in God —
                God, the Creator, Commands us to love —

                Driving ourselves away from God
                    by being angry, isolated
                    in unloving, punishing
                    ways —
                    makes us more angry
                    more miserable
                    more isolated

                Hatred in our hearts — that grows
                    bigger — more isolating —
                    more angry as we spend
                    40, 50 years of unloving angry
                    Thanksgiving, Holidays —
                    punishing others for our anger
                        and blaming them —

                It is addiction to anger —
                It is from years of saying "no":
                    day after day to love —
                    to happiness — to working
                    in harmony with others —

                It is us — we are miserable when we
                    live angry lives

                Fr. Mike says a person controls to
                    reward or punish —

                They control because they are weak
                    and they want power —
                    Then that puts them in a position
                    of using what is needed for operations
                    by punishing if they desire
                    rewarding if they desire —

                It reminds me of the everlasting
                    reward God promises to
                    those who keep His commands
                    and serves Him

                And the everlasting punishment
                    given to those who punish
                    others, act unloving —
                    not building the Kingdom —
                    not loving and serving and
                    sinning mortally —
                    We choose love with our free will —
                    Love is a choice —
                    We choose hatred
                        Anger at our brothers
                    some in the habit of provoking
                    others on purpose to punish —
                    withholding needs, things for
                        everyday operations for punishment

                Fr. Mike said it is like this

                A person who controls against God's Plan

                            Control for 2 reasons

                    To Reward                    To Punish

                A person can punish to force their rules
                    of abuse —

                The cycle of abuse is a constant
                    cycle one uses to provoke and
                    constantly provoke, punish,
                    be hard to get along with —
                    abusive, unloving ways they
                    choose to get a big explosion
                    or climax — as the tension
                    mounts from their abuses over
                    a period of time 

 

                The person who is the victim
                    if they stay —
                    is constantly going through the
                        angry person
                        punishing them with the
                                            abuse cycle

                Provoking
                Provoking
                Provoking

 
                Climax
 
It will never happen again
False promises
bring flowers

                They have the honeymoon cycle
                so they can get back to the abuse cycle
                they are angry
                they need to act it out —

                As they commit sin being unloving
                    and angry then —
                    the angry person, not taking
                        responsibility for their actions
                    becomes more angry
                    presses down in greater control
                        to
                        FORCE their dysfunctional
                                    behavior

                God is love
                God is order
                God forgives

                God gives mercy to the contrite sinner —

                A person caught in an abuse cycle
                    by one punishing and
                    holding out in control —
                    lives on a roller coaster
                    and the devil helps run the roller coaster

                Emotions are controlled by the
                    angry person

                Life becomes unmanageable

                A person because of the past can
                    act out their childhood over
                    and over again on innocent others —

                Unfinished business —

                Like Jumping Beans inside that
                    wants resolve —

                God created us in the image and likeness
                    of Jesus —

                God is the Creator

                We can grow in the virtues of faith,
                    hope and love as God intends
                    for His creatures —

                We are called to community — working
                    with each other —

                To model our relationships more and
                    more after the love of the Trinity

                Perfect love

                3 Persons — one God —

                You can see how a person has built
                    real relationships in their lives
                    doing God's work and being nice —
                    loving — meek — like Jesus

                When people get old and their bodies don't
                    work the same they can't control this and
                    if they are angry - can become rageful

                I went to a funeral and the man had
                    several children
                    he died and his wife, children,
                    grandchildren, great grand-
                    children filled the Church —
                    a big church - on one side

                He was always smiling, laughing,
                    talking about his Parish — he
                    was a parishioner 83 years —
                    he was baptized there —
                    that was the center of his joy —
                    His family cried —
                    children grew up loving
                        granddad —

                He could have been selfish and angry
                    and a church full of people
                    would have not been touched by
                    his smile, his love, his giving —

                Another policeman died — he grew up
                    on Carson across the street from
                    us — Church was a 4 minute
                    walk —
                    The funeral parlor was so crowded
                        my sister and I waited outside
                        for over 45 minutes in the heat —

                His family so big and not only looked
                    like him, but loved like him

                People from everywhere he
                    helped

                We have a choice to isolate and sit
                    on a pity pot and destroy work
                    others try to do to build a Kingdom
                    of God —

                That is what satan does
                    He tempts people to be
                        unloving, angry —
                    then it turns into vices inside —
                        provoking to control —
                        to put your dark way of life
                            in by force —
                    Angry people want company —
                        to rule over others and force
                        them to live under their
                        anger —

                The devil hates structure —
                    He doesn't want any love
                    He doesn't want anybody:
                        Loving God
                        Loving others
                        Loving themselves —

                They may have yielded to temptation
                    on the outside in the beginning —
                    now they don't have to see anything —
                    the darkness for why they
                        operate inside has turned
                        to bad habits or vices —

                That is how they are
                    jealous eyes
                    hurting others who are working
                        together
                    punishing, provoking
                    envy — wishing harm to another
                    like Joseph's brothers were to him —

                We are Jesus' brothers and how we
                    treat our brother is how we
                    treat Jesus —
                    we will be judged on how we
                        loved God
                        loved others
                        loved ourselves

                It is the greatest commandment
                    of God

                When one is isolated and punishing people
                    on Thanksgiving —
                    it's not the pretty snow —
                    it's not the great day to be thankful —
                    It is a habit to be angry —
                    "I should be happy they say —
                        and its your fault" —
                    So they punish others —

                I have been called by Jesus to pray
                    8 days a month —

                    singing
                    reading scripture
                    making reparation for our sins

                This is the Plan of Jesus and Mary for the
                    Shepherds of Christ Movement

                When we lived our lives without
                    making loving relationships and
                    loving ourselves and others —

                We are disobeying the greatest
                    commandments

                We are closed down when a person
                    lives an addiction to abusing
                    others, punishing others, hurting
                    others —

                How do you want to be treated
                    by God —

   

Luke 6: 27-38 

‘But I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To anyone who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek as well; to anyone who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from someone who takes it. Treat others as you would like people to treat you. If you love those who love you, what credit can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit can you expect? For even sinners do that much. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to get money back, what credit can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount. Instead, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

‘Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you.’

  

                Heaven is a reward promised
                    to those who love and serve
                    the Lord

                How can a person who sat punishing
                    people on Christmas for
                    12-13 years —
                    the day of Christ's birth
                        Celebration — your brother, Jesus
                    Jesus' birthday — expect to
                        go to the golden gate and get in
                        for loving —

                There is eternal punishment

                            Hell

                There is purgatory —
                    because the person was closed
                        in and
                        never opened
                        and never learned to love

                There is the heavenly Church
                    for those who opened up
                        and lived their life
                        loving God
                        loving others
                        loving self —

                They prepared for heaven

                They deserve a reward —
                    a heavenly reward

                Jesus will say to those who loved and served Him
                    and did the Father's will
                    "Well done good and faithful
                    servant — enter into
                    My Kingdom — I have
                    a place for you"

                The angry person projects his
                    anger on others —

                He doesn't feel good

                He becomes blacker inside —
                    more shut down —
                    vices
                    He lacks hope and can be full of despair

                    

                Excerpt from Response in Christ by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

e) Relationship with Members of the Church

There is but one true Church of Christ. Yet this one Church has three different states of existence. There is the pilgrim Church, the Church of this world, composed of members who have received the grace of Christ and strive for its development. They have not yet obtained the goal of their efforts, as have the members of the heavenly Church, who enjoy God in eternal happiness. The Church suffering is an intermediate state of existence necessary for those who had not achieved the required purification as members of the pilgrim Church. Although there are these three phases of the Church’s existence, there is a profound union existing between all the members. All these members possess the same basic life of grace in Christ, and this common life establishes the most intimate bonds of love. In our preceding chapter, we discussed the pilgrim Church. Let us now consider the Church suffering and the heavenly Church.

The members of the Church suffering are those who have departed from this life in an incomplete state of Christian development. Their development is incomplete in the sense that grace has not fully taken possession of them, and, as a result, they are yet closed in upon themselves to a greater or lesser degree. They as yet cannot open themselves out in complete love to the Triune God in the beatific vision. They must undergo a further purification, a purification which could have been achieved upon earth with merit. Now the purification must be achieved with no merit attached. The pain of this purification is mixed with the certain expectation of achieving the vision of God. We can hasten the advent of this vision for this people by the offering of prayers and other good works. Scripture itself refers to our action on behalf of those in purgatory in Chapter 12 of the Second Book of Maccabees beginning with verse 38.

The members of the heavenly Church are those in whom the life of grace has taken full possession and has reached its completion in the life of glory. Faith now is unnecessary, as the light of glory gives the human intellect a new strength and capacity for seeing God face-to-face. While the Christian was a wayfarer, he received the imprint of the indwelling Trinity as he shared in God’s own life. Now in heaven that grace-life and possession of God reaches its completion—the absolute completion is not achieved, however, until the resurrection of the body. The divine persons give Themselves to the beatified in a profound union far surpassing that of the indwelling of the Trinity experienced here below.

This life of heaven is still the Christ-life, for just as we possess a share in Trinitarian life here below as mediated by Christ, and exercise this grace-life as structured by Him, so also in heaven is the mediation of Christ present. In the words of Rahner, "One always sees the Father through Jesus. Just as immediately as this, for the directness of the vision of God is not a denial of the mediatorship of Christ as man."14 And not only does the humanity of Christ unite the blessed to God, but also, in some way, to the whole of creation. This is merely a completion of what is begun here below, namely, the union with Christ in His humanity establishing the Christian in a special relationship with God, with other men, and with the whole of creation. We have a glimpse, therefore, of the fullness of life which members of the heavenly Church possess.

The heavenly Church, as St. Thomas says, is the true Church.15 The Church of this earth and the Church of purgatory are, each in its own way, reaching out in loving hope for the heavenly Jerusalem. Vatican II puts it very simply: "The Church, to which we are called in Christ Jesus, and in which we acquire sanctity through the grace of God, will attain her full perfection only in the glory of heaven."16

The members of the heavenly Church can help us in living our life of grace until we too share its fullness with them. Their power of intercession on our behalf is but another ramification of the communal aspect of Christianity. We are meant to help others grow in Christ. We, in turn, are intended by God to receive aid from others—yes, from members of the heavenly Church, as well as from those with whom we dwell here below.

Not only can we be aided by the saints’ intercession, but the example of the canonized saints can also be of great value to us. They have concretely proved that full holiness is possible. Such an inspiration is of real worth when we are tempted to think that Christian sanctity in its higher degrees is impossible of attainment. Moreover, the canonized saints, in their diversity, teach us that there are many authentic versions of Christian holiness. They can be innovators in showing us that there are numerous possibilities in assimilating the mystery of Christ, although the basic assimilation remains the same for all Christians of all times. In the opinion of Rahner this is one of the chief roles the canonized saints exert in the life of the Church.17

 


NOTES:

 14Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Vol. III (Baltimore: Helicon, 1967), p. 44.
 15
Cf. St. Thomas Aquinas, In Ad Ephes., c. 3, Lect. 3.
 16Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Church, No. 48.
 17Cf. Karl Rahner, Op. cit., pp. 100-101.

 

 
 

 

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