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This manual was compiled at the direction of Jesus for the 13th gatherings. We encourage you to copy and share this book with all who are interested. If copied, materials in this book cannot be changed or edited in any way.

All messages were discerned for theological errors by Father Edward J. Carter, S.J., Professor of Theology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio and Spiritual Director of the Shepherds of Christ Ministries.

In conformity with the decrees of Pope Urban VIII, we recognize and accept that the final authority regarding these messages rest with the Holy See of Rome, to whose judgment we willingly submit.

- Shepherds of Christ Ministries

©Copyright 1997 Shepherds of Christ Publications
First Printing: August 1997

February 6, 1997
My Dear Companions in the Shepherds of Christ Movement,

We have purchased a new International Center for the Shepherds of Christ Ministries. Our new P.O. Box, address, fax and phone numbers are shown below:

Please contact us for these materials from the new Center. If you call the new Center, there will be other apostles there to help you with any problems you have encountered circulating the materials and spreading the Movement.

In Their Hearts, Shepherds of Christ Ministries


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Picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Prayer for Union with Jesus

Come to me, Lord, and possess my soul. Come into my heart and permeate my soul. Help me to sit in silence with You and let You work in my heart.

I am Yours to possess. I am Yours to use. I want to be selfless and only exist in You. Help me to spoon out all that is me and be an empty vessel ready to be filled by You. Help me to die to myself and live only for You. Use me as You will. Let me never draw my attention back to myself. I only want to operate as You do, dwelling within me.

I am Yours, Lord. I want to have my life in You. I want to do the will of the Father. Give me the strength to put aside the world and let You operate my very being. Help me to act as You desire. Strengthen me against the distractions of the devil to take me from Your work.

When I worry, I have taken my focus off of You and placed it on myself. Help me not to give in to the promptings of others to change what in my heart You are making very clear to me. I worship You. I adore You, and I love You. Come and dwell in me now.


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Apostles Manual

Contents

Go To ChapterIntroduction

An Overview of Shepherds of Christ Ministries
Prayer for Union with Jesus
Chapter Meeting Prayer Format
Intentions
        - for Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
        - for the Rosary Novena

Go To ChapterChapter 1: Introductory Material by Father Carter and Apostles on Mission

The Birth of the Full Ministries of the Shepherds of Christ
Ministries at a Glance
January 30, 1997 - Jesus' Directions for Apostles
Apostles in Florida
Letter from Very Rev. Joseph F. Schaedel
The Role of Private Revelation in the Life of the Church 
The Spirituality Handbook

        - Words of Jesus to Members of Shepherds of Christ Associates
        - Introduction: How It All Began
        - Chapter Guidelines for Shepherds of Christ Associates
        - A Way of Spiritual Life
Message about the Infant of Prague

Go To ChapterChapter 2: Important Messages given before October 13, 1996 and Messages Concerning Satan

May 26, 1996 - Pentecost Sunday - Jesus' Directions for Apostles
March 26, 1996 - The Presence of God and a Message to Fr. Carter
August 1, 1995 - Message from Jesus and Mary for Shepherds of Christ Associates 
September 26, 1996 - Division, the Devil, and Talking About Others

November 26, 1996 - Satan is Prowling This Earth

Go To ChapterChapter 3: Important Messages given after October 13, 1996

1st Major Message from God the Father - January 11, 1997
2nd Major Message from God the Father - January 18, 1997
December 19, 1996 - Message from Jesus
December 19, 1996 - Message from Mary
February 8, 1997 - There will be a Great Era in which the King will Reign
February 1, 1997 - My Gift is My Heart: A Tool for Greater Intimacy with Jesus
February 19, 1997 - Intimacy with Jesus and Others
February 6, 1997 - Candlelight Rosary
November 14, 1996 - Directions from Jesus
March 18, 1997 - Directions from Jesus

Go To ChapterChapter 4: Mary's Image in Florida

Press Release
Instructions for Florida Apostles
Messages Pertaining to This Image
        - December 19, 1996

        - December 12, 1996 - Mary's Message
        - January 18, 1997 
        - January 16, 1997

        - March 31, 1997
        - A Message from Florida

Go To ChapterChapter 5: From October 13, 1917 - October 13, 1997
Sample 13th Meeting Format as Given by Jesus

On October 13, 1917:
The Birth of the Full Ministries of the Shepherds of Christ
For Apostles Today From Jesus
Mary's Peace Plan as given to Lucia 
Song: Song from Jesus

October 11, 1996 - Study the Rosaries
Holy Spirit Prayer
Prayer to St. Michael
Act of Consecration to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts
Petitions
Song: The Rosary
Song: I Love You, Jesus
Song: Here I am Lord 

Go To ChapterChapter 6: Rosaries

January 25, 1997 - Mary's Rosary Novena Intentions 
February 26, 1997 - A Live Rosary

February 6, 1997 - Candlelight Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries of May 11, 1996
The Sorrowful Mysteries of September 10, 1996
The Glorious Mysteries of October 13, 1996
The Sorrowful Mysteries of November 13, 1996
The Joyful Mysteries of December 13, 1996
The Joyful Mysteries of January 13, 1997
The Sorrowful Mysteries of February 13, 1997

Go To ChapterChapter 7: The Shepherds of Christ Movement and the Completion of the Fatima Message

Chart: The Completion of the Fatima Message
December 13, 1996 - The Vision, the Plan Unfolds
December 29, 1996
        - Mary's Message from the Rosary of August 27, 1996
        - October 5, 1996 - Message from Mary
        - Excerpts from Urgent Messages
        - December 6, 1996 - First Friday
        - December 27, 1996 - The Mass and Fatima
        - December 7, 1996 - Revelations on the Light

        - December 27, 1996 - Conclusion
        - December 19, 1996
        - December 22, 1996
        - December 19, 1996 - Urgent Message
        - December 22, 1996 - Urgent Message
August 11, 1996
March 20, 1994 - before the end of the building collapsed at the Holy Spirit Center

Go To ChapterChapter 8: Visions

July 23, 1996 - Love is Giving
Vision as seen by Mary Rettig on the February 13, 1997
Visions as seen by Ellen Sartori and Mary Rettig
March 20, 1997 - Our Lady of Fatima

Go To ChapterChapter 9: The Ministries of Shepherds of Christ and the 13th Gatherings

October 21, 1996 - Importance of the 13th
Chart: The Shepherds of Christ Plan
October 27, 1996 - Message for Chart
The Birth of the Full Ministries of the Shepherds of Christ
Ministries at a Glance

Go To ChapterChapter 10: Materials

Table Chart for the 13th - Materials
Table Descriptions and Material Descriptions
        - Priestly Newsletters, Books, Tapes by Father Carter
        - Shepherds of Christ Associates Materials
        - Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
        - Junior Shepherds of Christ Associates
        - Books
        - Audio Tapes
        - Video Tapes
        - Printed Rosary Messages
        - Rosaries in the School
        - Nursing Home and Prison Ministry
        - Pictures of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts

Go To ChapterChapter 11: Messages and Revelations given after October 13, 1996

February 23, 1997 - Sacrifice
February 27, 1997 - After the Death, There is the Resurrection
February 28, 1997 - Our Wounds are Glorified When We Die in Him
February 28, 1997 - A Love Letter to Jesus
February 9, 1997
January 25, 1997 - Jesus' Directions for Apostles 

Go To ChapterChapter 12: Contact Priest, Contact School, Contact Family

Priests
        - Priest Newsletter and Prayer Manual are the Heart of our Material
                - What should be said to the Priests

        - January 17, 1997 - I Want My Priests to Come Back
        - Benefits of Consecration
        - Introduction for the Mass Book
       - Priestly Newsletters
                 - September - October 1996 Issue
                 - November - December 1996 Issue
                 - July - August 1997 Issue
        - Come Follow Me (Newsletter for the Religious)
                 - Volume 2 Issue 1 - Spring 1996
                 - Volume 2 Issue 3 - Fall 1996
Schools
        - Letter to Principals

        - Consecration to Jesus and Mary (for duplication)
        - Children's Morning Offering and Consecration to the Holy Spirit (for duplication)
        - Imprimatur Letter from Most Rev. Carl K. Moeddel for Children's Prayers
        - Meditating on the Rosary Aves (All 15 Mysteries)
        - Children's Rosary - April 25, 1996 (Glorious)
        - March 18, 1996 - Mary wants Children to Pray the Rosary
        - Junior Shepherds of Christ Associates
        - A Letter from a Teacher
Families
        - Letter from Mary Rettig
        - Consecration to Jesus and Mary (for duplication)
        - Shepherds of Christ Associates
                 - Questions on Forming a Prayer Chapter
                 - Membership Form
                 - Chapter Guidelines
                 - Letter from John Weickert
                 - Spanish Chapter Meeting Prayer Format
                 - Ministering to the Elderly

Go To ChapterChapter 13: Prayers, Promises, and Devotions

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart
        - Program
        - The Two Hearts and the Mass
        - Enthronement of My Sacred Heart
        - Images of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
        - Find Refuge in My Most Sacred Heart
        - Consecrate Your Churches, Homes, and Workplace to Our Hearts
        - Certificate
        - Promises of Our Lord to Those Devoted to His Sacred Heart
Morning Offering (for Shepherds of Christ Members)
Morning Offering for Children
Short Prayer of Consecration Before Mass
Prayer Before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Prayer to Say When Working for Jesus and Mary
Family Consecration
Consecration of an Unborn Child to Jesus and Mary
Chaplet of St. Michael
Promises of Mary Given to Those Who Pray the Rosary
Five First Saturday Devotion
Daily Prayers

Go To ChapterChapter 14: Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

Letter 
Letter without Message (it can be passed out in churches)

Membership Form
Newsletter - Vol. 1 Issue 1 - October 1996

Go To ChapterChapter 15: Excerpts from God's Blue Books for His Children of Light

Cling to Me
You Are the Light in the Darkness
Angels Will Read the Message
A City on a Hill Shines to the World
I Died For You
I Wake You, Knocking

Click here to access the Songs from Jesus. Chapter 16: Songs from Jesus

About the Songs
    The Rosary Song
    A Song from Jesus
    I Love You Jesus
    Little Child
    Teach Me to Love With Your Heart
    God's Love
    I Am Your Sacred Heart
    See the Eyes That Look At Mary
    Little Baby Hands and Feet
    Come to My Heart
    Your Presence Pervades My Soul
    Glory, Glory, Glory Lord
    My Open Heart

Go To Chapter Chapter 17: Jesus' Urgent Messages

May 25, 1995 - I Am Alive!
June 26, 1995 - The Pain 

Footnotes
Appendix


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Introduction

An Overview of Shepherds of Christ Ministries
Prayer for Union with Jesus
Chapter Meeting Prayer Format
Intentions
        - for Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
        - for the Rosary Novena


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An Overview of
Shepherds of Christ Ministries

Our movement is a Catholic apostolate which strongly supports our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. As you explore this manual, you will find there are three main levels of commitment in Shepherds of Christ Ministries. All three levels are important to the functioning of the ministry. To assist you in exploring this manual, this brief overview may help. All three commitment levels were defined by Jesus in messages either given through Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J. or through the visionary/locutionist Rita Ring.

Jesus revealed these levels over a period of three years as He built the ministry. The three levels were given by Him in order of increasing personal commitment. The three levels are: Shepherds of Christ Associates, Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, and Shepherds of Christ Apostles. At any level, there are no vows taken which bind a member under penalty of sin when ending your commitment. Our hope is that you will be led by the Holy Spirit to the proper place to help you in your journey closer to God. Jesus has promised many graces to anyone who participates in the movement.

Shepherds of Christ Associates: These are prayer groups of two or more people which meet at least monthly. Many groups meet weekly before the Blessed Sacrament. These groups follow the format outlined in the Prayer Manual found on pages iii to x. Meetings normally last about an hour. See pages twelve through fourteen for additional information.

Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus: This prayer movement within Shepherds of Christ Ministries is a personal commitment to pray twice weekly for one hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus gives the instructions for this movement on pages 396 to 405 of this manual.

Shepherds of Christ Apostles: The highest level of commitment in the movement at this time is to be a Shepherds of Christ Apostle. It is truly a serious commitment, for we live in very serious times. An apostle is one who is sent to help lead people to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus gives the details of this calling on pages four through six.

This book has many goals which are difficult to meet all at once. Jesus spent three years carefully revealing His plan step by step. He led us along into ever increasing levels of commitment. So as you read this manual, know that it will take even the fervent of heart some time to live the messages. You must also realize that the manual covers many different ministries. Many people are called to help out with one of these ministries. We hope and pray you will find a home in the Shepherds of Christ family. May God bless you and your loved ones now and into eternity!

In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Shepherds of Christ Ministries


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Meeting Format

The following format should be followed at chapter meetings of Shepherds of Christ Associates.

Prayers
All of the following, not just the prayer which is said specifically for priests, should include the intention of praying for all the needs of priests the world over.

  1. Hymns. Hymns may be sung at any point of the prayer part of the meeting.

  2. Holy Spirit Prayer. Come, Holy Spirit, almighty Sanctifier, God of love, who filled the Virgin Mary with grace, who wonderfully changed the hearts of the apostles, who endowed all Your martyrs with miraculous courage, come and sanctify us. Enlighten our minds, strengthen our wills, purify our consciences, rectify our judgment, set our hearts on fire, and preserve us from the misfortunes of resisting Your inspirations. Amen.

  3. The Rosary.

  4. Salve Regina. "Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, our mourning, our weeping in this vale of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary."

  5. 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."

  6. Seven Hail Marys in honor of the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Mary has promised very special graces to those who do this on a daily basis. Included in the promises of Our Lady for those who practice this devotion is her pledge to give special assistance at the hour of death, including the sight of her face. The seven sorrows are:
    (1) The first sorrow: the prophecy of Simeon (Hail Mary).
    (2) The second sorrow: the flight into Egypt (Hail Mary).
    (3) The third sorrow: the loss of the Child Jesus in the temple (Hail Mary).
    (4) The fourth sorrow: Jesus and Mary meet on the way to the cross (Hail Mary).
    (5) The fifth sorrow: Jesus dies on the cross (Hail Mary).
    (6) The sixth sorrow: Jesus is taken down from the cross and laid in Mary's arms (Hail Mary).
    (7) The seventh sorrow: the burial of Jesus (Hail Mary).

  7. 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 the 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.

  8. Prayer to St. Joseph. St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste spouse of Mary, you passed your life in perfect fulfillment of duty. You supported the Holy Family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly turn to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes; and they turn to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too have known trial, labor, and weariness. But, even amid the worries of material life, your soul was filled with deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with the Son of God entrusted to you, and with Mary, His tender Mother. Amen. -(Pope John XXIII)

  9. Litany of the Sacred Heart, Promises of the Sacred Heart.
    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 (repeat after each invocation).
    God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    God the Holy Spirit,
    Holy Trinity, one God,
    Heart of Jesus, Son of the eternal Father,
    Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
    Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
    Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty,
    Heart of Jesus, sacred temple of God,
    Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High,
    Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven,
    Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,
    Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
    Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
    Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
    Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
    Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
    Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
    Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity,
    Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased,
    Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
    Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
    Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,
    Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke You,
    Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
    Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
    Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
    Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
    Heart of Jesus, obedient even to death,
    Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
    Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
    Heart of Jesus, our life and reconciliation,
    Heart of Jesus, victim of sin,
    Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in You,
    Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in You,
    Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints,
    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.
    Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
        make our hearts like unto Yours.

    Let us pray: O almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Your dearly beloved Son and upon the praise and satisfaction He offers You in behalf of sinners and, being appeased, grant pardon to those who seek Your mercy, in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

    Promises of Our Lord to those devoted to His Sacred Heart (these should be read by the prayer leader):
    (1) I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
    (2) I will establish peace in their homes.
    (3) I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
    (4) I will be their refuge during life and above all in death.
    (5) I will bestow a large blessing on all their undertakings.
    (6) Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
    (7) Tepid souls shall grow fervent.
    (8) Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
    (9) I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored.
    (10) I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
    (11) Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
    (12) I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the first Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

  10. Prayer for Priests. "Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock, we pray that in the great love and mercy of Your Sacred Heart You attend to all the needs of Your priest-shepherds throughout the world. We ask that You draw back to Your Heart all those priests who have seriously strayed from Your path, that You rekindle the desire for holiness in the hearts of those priests who have become lukewarm, and that You continue to give Your fervent priests the desire for the highest holiness. United with Your Heart and Mary's Heart, we ask that You take this petition to Your heavenly Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

  11. Prayer for all members of the Shepherds of Christ Associates. "Dear Jesus, we ask Your special blessings on all members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. Continue to enlighten them regarding the very special privilege and responsibility you have given them as members of Your movement, Shepherds of Christ Associates. Draw them ever closer to Your Heart and to Your Mother's Heart. Allow them to more and more realize the great and special love of Your Hearts for each of them as unique individuals. Give them the grace to respond to Your love and Mary's love with an increased love of their own. As they dwell in Your Heart and Mary's Heart, abundantly care for all their needs and those of their loved ones. We make our prayer through You to the Father, in the Holy Spirit, with Mary our Mother at our side. Amen."

  12. Prayer for the spiritual and financial success of the priestly newsletter. "Father, we ask Your special blessings upon the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ. We ask that You open the priest-readers to the graces You wish to give them through this chosen instrument of Your Son. We also ask that You provide for the financial needs of the newsletter and the Shepherds of Christ Associates. We make our prayer through Jesus, in the Holy Spirit, with Mary at our side. Amen."

  13. Prayer for all members of the human family. "Heavenly Father, we ask Your blessings on all Your children the world over. Attend to all their needs. We ask Your special assistance for all those marginalized people, all those who are so neglected and forgotten. United with our Mother Mary, we make this petition to You through Jesus and in the Holy Spirit. Amen."

  14. Prayer to St. Michael and our Guardian Angels.
    "St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen."
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    "Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen."

  15. Pause for silent, personal prayer. This should last at least five minutes.

  16. Act of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
    "Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock, I consecrate myself to Your most Sacred Heart. From Your pierced Heart the Church was born, the Church You have called me, as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, to serve in a most special way. You reveal Your Heart as a symbol of Your love in all its aspects, including Your most special love for me, whom You have chosen as Your companion in this most important work. Help me to always love You in return. Help me to give myself entirely to You. Help me always to pour out my life in love of God and neighbor! Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You! Amen.

    "Dear Blessed Virgin Mary, I consecrate myself to your maternal and Immaculate Heart, this Heart which is symbol of your life of love. You are the Mother of my Savior. You are also my Mother. You love me with a most special love as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, a movement created by your Son as a powerful instrument for the renewal of the Church and the world. In a return of love, I give myself entirely to your motherly love and protection. You followed Jesus perfectly. You are His first and perfect disciple. Teach me to imitate you in the putting on of Christ. Be my motherly intercessor so that, through your Immaculate Heart, I may be guided to an ever closer union with the pierced Heart of Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock. Amen."

The Shepherds of Christ prayers above, one through sixteen, have the following ecclesiastiea approval:

Imprimi Potest: Rev. Bradley M. Schaeffer, S.J.
                                 Provincial
                                 Chicago Province, The Society of Jesus

Imprimatur: Most Rev. Carl K. Moeddel
                                 Auxiliary Bishop
                                 Archdiocese of Cincinnati


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Intentions for Apostles
of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

Jesus is calling special apostles to join a new division of the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Here is a message from Jesus given to Father Carter:

"My beloved priest-companion, I am requesting that a new prayer movement be started under the direction of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. I am asking for volunteers who are willing to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for one hour, twice-weekly. Members of the Shepherds of Christ prayer chapters, as well as others, are to be invited to join this movement.

"These apostles are to pray for the intentions I am giving you. For part of the hour they are to use the prayers of the Shepherds of Christ Associates Handbook. They may spend the rest of the hour as they so choose.

"I will use this new prayer movement within My Shepherds of Christ Ministries in a powerful way to help in the renewal of My Church and the world. I will give great graces to those who join this movement. The name, Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, is to be given to this movement.

"I am inviting My beloved Rita Ring to be coordinator for this activity.

"I pour out the great love of My Sacred Heart to all. I am Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock."

This is indeed a special calling for us to unite in one heart with His Eucharistic Heart and pray for the following intentions:

  1. For the spread of the devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary culminating in the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
  2. For the Pope.
  3. For all bishops of the world.
  4. For all priests.
  5. For all sisters and brothers in the religious life.
  6. For all members of the Shepherds of Christ Movement, and for the spread of this movement to the world.
  7. For all members of the Catholic Church.
  8. For all members of the human family.
  9. For all souls in purgatory.

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Intentions
for the Rosary Novena

Given by Mary on January 25, 1997:

Mary: I am Mary. I am requesting that you continue to pray the rosary novena daily for the following intentions:

1) For the spread of the rosary, circulation and publication of these rosary meditations, for the Rosary Book and Children's Rosary Books, for the Rosary Aves and consecrations to be distributed and used by school children, for the Priestly Newsletter Books, for the Mass Book, for all materials receiving the imprimatur, for its publication and quick distribution, for the distribution of Mary's Message tape and the Rosary Book and the connection with the Shepherds of Christ Movement and the apparition in Florida;

2) For Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, that the Father's plan will unfold there as He intended;

3) For the new Center, for the new chapel, for the right to reserve the Blessed Sacrament there, for the funding, for the circulation of materials from there, for the beginning of new prayer chapters.


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Chapter 1

Introductory Material by Father Carter
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Apostles on Mission

The Birth of the Full Ministries of the Shepherds of Christ
Ministries at a Glance
January 30, 1997 - Jesus' Directions for Apostles
Apostles in Florida
Letter from Very Rev. Joseph F. Schaedel
The Role of Private Revelation in the Life of the Church 
The Spirituality Handbook

        - Words of Jesus to Members of Shepherds of Christ Associates
        - Introduction: How It All Began
        - Chapter Guidelines for Shepherds of Christ Associates
        - A Way of Spiritual Life
Message about the Infant of Prague


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The Birth of the Full Ministries of the Shepherds of Christ

"I wish to share with you part of a message which Jesus gave us on October 13, 1994. The message tells us about the expansion of the Shepherds of Christ movement:

'My beloved priest-companion, today I come to you with another mission. I am asking you to establish Shepherds of Christ Ministries. At My request you have already begun the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, and the prayer chapters, Shepherds of Christ Associates...

'I am giving you this message on this day, the 77th Anniversary of the Great Apparition at Fatima, because of the close connection between the Shepherds of Christ movement and the Fatima message. The Fatima message is centered in devotion to My Heart and My Mother's Heart, especially in consecration to Our Hearts. Shepherds of Christ Ministries is also centered in devotion to Our Hearts. I will use Shepherds of Christ Ministries as a great instrument in helping to bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. When this occurs, My Church and the world will be experiencing the great era of peace promised by My Mother at Fatima.

'Today, then, October 13, 1994, the 77th Anniversary of the Great Apparition at Fatima, marks the birth of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. I pour forth the great love of My Sacred Heart to all. I am Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock.'

Jesus has told us that Shepherds of Christ Ministries includes: the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, Shepherds of Christ Associates prayer chapters, various publications, including books, whatever else Our Lord directs us to undertake.

As members of Shepherds of Christ Associates, you are an extremely important part of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. You have given great joy to the Heart of Jesus by responding to His invitation to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. As He draws you closer to His Heart and to His Mother's Heart as Associates members, He will fill you with an ever-increasing experience of His love, peace, and joy."

- From In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Newsletter of Shepherds of Christ Associates
by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J., Volume 1, No. 1, 1995. p. 2.


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Ministries at a Glance

Since its formation, Shepherds of Christ Ministries has grown rapidly in both scope and function. The ministries outlined below are defined in further detail inside this manual, at the tables set up on the 13th of every month or at the Shepherds of Christ Internet site.


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January 30, 1997
Jesus' Directions for Apostles
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: My Dear Beloved Apostles,

How tenderly I caress you and hold you to My Heart. Do not be afraid. I have taught you these long months. I am forming you for your mission as My apostles. I am telling you, you must study the messages I have given to you in God's Blue Book and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. I am giving to you my directions to bring about My Father's plan for the completion of the Fatima message which will culminate in the reign of My Sacred Heart and triumph of My Mother's heart. The directions I am giving to you, My beloved apostles, on the 13th of the month must be studied. You must see the Father's plan as unfolding and your work as My apostle is crucial to the unfolding of His plan. His directions are given to you in the messages. Today I am asking that a book be compiled with the messages given in the 17th Blue Book Meetings. The apostles must study this book in addition to the other messages given and study the Apostle's Manual. I am calling you an apostle in these last times. You must study My direction given. I ask you to read the message "The Carpenter" June 12, 1994 in Blue Book III. I ask you to study all messages with reference to the Father's plan and the Father's will.

When traveling to Florida or as My apostles, you must spend time daily alone with Me. As an apostle, I am asking you to spend one hour with Me that day, especially when on duty in Florida or elsewhere. This is very important. I will give you great graces in this hour. I will sort out all the debris in your heart. I will instruct you on your Father's will for you and I will saturate you with My divine love. In this hour, we will share intimately in our love for each other.

I am telling you that when you are on a mission, an assignment in Florida and elsewhere, you must go to daily Mass and Communion and spend twenty minutes after Communion. I will give you My intimate love in these moments after Communion.

I am telling you, My apostles, to pray the consecration to My Heart and My Mother's heart and the Holy Spirit Prayer all through your day. Whenever you gather together, begin with the Holy Spirit Prayer, St. Michael Prayer, Guardian Angel Prayer, and Consecration prayers as listed on the prayer card. This will bind you in one mind and one heart and you will work together in harmony according to the Father's will.

You will be protected greatly from the evil one when you pray these prayers on the prayer card.

Your mission is a holy mission to spread My love and the love of My Mother. Your mission is a mission of love. You are working for Me and My Mother. You are the apostles of Our Hearts.

You must realize if you do not follow the directions I give to you, you will tend to do your own will and not the Father's will and the devil will taunt you and make headway because you are not properly protected.

See My Mother crushing the head of the serpent. When you give your heart to her, the Holy Spirit works within her heart and fills your heart, and she crushes the head of the devil.

You are in a spiritual battle with the evil one. You must realize he is cunning and sly. He comes in a smooth talking person to trick you. You must stick to the directions I am giving to you. You are there to spread the messages given in God's Blue Book, Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Tell My People, all Fr. Carter's publications, and all publications of the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

Any material not discerned or approved of by Fr. Carter is not to be distributed under the title of Shepherds of Christ or in connection with Shepherds of Christ.

Nothing is to be distributed without his approval.

So I am summarizing. These are My requirements when on mission as an apostle to Florida or other locations spreading the Shepherds of Christ Movement:

The Apostles Prayer Schedule:
1. The Morning Offering
2. Daily Mass and Communion
3. One hour of private adoration, preferably before the tabernacle.
4. Consecration Prayers
5. Rosary, the prayers in the Handbook (Prayer Manual) should be recited daily when on mission and several times a week when not on mission.

The Morning Offering will bind all members of the Shepherds of Christ Movement in union with each other, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass all day. You will be one flock with one Shepherd all dwelling within My Heart which is your home. Oh, how I love you! You must obey these directions I give to My apostles.

Beware of the workings of Satan to distract you and lead you away from this mission.

I am asking all members in the Shepherds of Christ Movement to be apostles. Some will be able to give more time than others. When traveling to Florida, I am asking you to follow the Apostles Prayer Schedule.

I am asking all members to circulate the Mary's Message tape, the short message sheet, and the Rosary of December 13, 1996 and January 13, 1997 to connect Mary's Message to her apparition in Florida. I love you. I am your beloved Jesus.

Mary said on December 19, 1996:

"I am Mary, your Mother. I do not appear as I once appeared to you. I am asking you today to circulate my message given on a tape on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, 1996. Please circulate this tape now. Give it to as many people as you can. I am Mary your Mother. Please circulate my Rosary Book."


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Apostles in Florida
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: My Dear Apostles in Florida,

I am Jesus, your Savior. The Florida site will help with the completion of the Fatima mission. In addition to all material being distributed there, you are asked to spread the Shepherds of Christ Associates Prayer Manuals, rosaries, and consecration cards. Many will be reached from this site with rosary and consecration. This will aid greatly in bringing about the completion of the Fatima mission.

I am Jesus. Please help to bring about the reign of My Heart and the triumph of My Mother's heart by spreading this material.

I love you, My apostles. Please tell all priests that come to the Florida site about the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ.


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The Role of Private Revelation in the Life of the Church

In these our times there have been numerous reports from around the world of events regarding alleged private revelations. Messages from alleged visionaries and locutionists abound. Many people are at least somewhat confused regarding how one should react to all this.

It seems appropriate, therefore, to offer some thoughts concerning the role of private revelation in the life of the Church.

First of all, we must realize the Church recognizes that private revelation has a role to play in the life of the Church. The Catechism says:

Throughout the ages, there have been so-called 'private revelations,' some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ's definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history.1

We would now like to offer the thoughts of some contemporary theologians regarding this role of private revelation: Harvey Egan, S.J., says:

Private revelations often presuppose the gift of prophecy. Prophetic revelations commission the mystic to address the entire Church, or a significant portion. He must deliver a message, plead for a particular devotion, call for conversion and penance, warn against certain aberrations in Church life...suggest new styles of life or spiritual doctrine, or foretell the future. Those post-apostolic, prophetic revelations, therefore, apply the faith in a practical way to daily Christian living.2

Jordan Aumann, O.P., observes:

There have always been persons gifted with prophecy, as is testified by Scripture and the processes of canonization of the servants of God. Nevertheless, private revelations do not pertain to the deposit of faith, which consists of the truths contained in Scripture and Tradition under the vigilance of the Church.3

Karl Rahner, S.J., offers the following regarding private revelation:

A private revelation as a mission to the Church signifies...an imperative which within the context of a particular historical situation of the Church, points out a particular course of action from among the many possible according to the universal and public revelation as the one most urgently needing to be realized. The new feature in such a private revelation consists therefore not in its particular material elements but in the imperative marking and shifting of accentuation within the possibilities of Christianity...Hence the private revelation as a mission to the Church can be conceived as a heavenly imperative interpretation of the particular situation of the Church at this time; it answers the question as to what is most urgently to be done here and now in accordance with the general principles of the faith.4

It would be wrong, consequently, to deny the existence and proportionate importance of private revelation in the life of the Church. Such an attitude would be in opposition to the teaching of the Church and that of reputable theologians. Private revelation is yet another sign of God's overwhelming love towards us. In His great love He has given us the truths of faith as contained in public revelation. In His ongoing love for us He gives us private revelation to aid us in the living of public revelation. We should not, therefore, be indifferent to the role God has assigned to private revelation in the life of the Church.

It might be well at this point to offer a description of what occurs when a person receives an apparition and/or locution (message). Joseph de Guibert, S.J., one of the most eminent mystical theologians of this century, says:

A distinction is made between corporeal, imaginative, and intellectual visions. This distinction can also be applied to locutions. In corporeal visions and locutions there is a real perception by the external senses; the person who is seen or heard may be really present, or (in corporeal visions) the body which appears may be formed in the air, or a change may be affected at the moment the light-rays impinge on the eye, or (in corporeal locutions) a real acoustical vibration may be produced in the ears. In imaginative visions and locutions there is no perception by the external senses, but, rather, a Divine action on the imagination or the internal senses...In intellectual visions and locutions the Divine action directly affects the intellect.5

What should one's attitude be regarding alleged instances of private revelation which have not yet been the subject of official Church investigation- and perhaps never will be? First, one should always recognize that the final authority regarding private revelations rests with the Holy See of Rome, to whose judgment we should willingly submit. Secondly, one may personally act upon these messages of private revelation if a person observes that they contain nothing contrary to faith and morals and that they help bring one closer to God. Our Lord has said: "...a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit. A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit." (Mt 7:17-18).

A good example of what we have just said is the situation regarding the alleged apparitions and messages at Medjugorje. The Church's investigation of this site is ongoing. No definitive decision has been made. In the meantime, the Church is not forbidding the faithful to go to Medjugorje. She is not forbidding them to personally accept the messages, presuming, again, they contain nothing contrary to faith and morals. Millions of pilgrims have gone to Medjugorje, including thousands of priests and hundreds of bishops.

An outstanding example of the importance of the role of private revelation in the life of the Church is that of Fatima. The Church has formally approved the message of Fatima as being worthy of belief. In her July 13, 1917, message, Our Blessed Mother said:

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

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

But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, Russia will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.6

There is more to the requests of Our Lady of Fatima besides those elements contained in the above message. But these aspects of the Fatima message are obviously critical ones.

Because enough people did not respond to Mary's requests made at Fatima, we did have World War II and all the horrors connected with the rise of Russian dominated Communism. Again, Fatima is a prime example of the importance the role of private revelation can assume in the life of the Church. Popes Pius XII and Paul VI made visits to Fatima, as has Pope John Paul II.

- From Shepherds of Christ, A Spirituality Newsletter for Priests by Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.
May/June 1995 Issue. pp. 3-5.


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Words of Jesus to Members of
Shepherds of Christ Associates:

"My beloved priest-companion, I intend to use the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, and the movement, Shepherds of Christ Associates, in a powerful way for the renewal of My Church and the world.

"I will use the newsletter and the chapters of Shepherds of Christ Associates as a powerful instrument for spreading devotion to My Heart and My Mother's Heart.

"I am calling many to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. To all of them I will give great blessings. I will use them as instruments to help bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. I will give great graces to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. I will call them to be deeply united to My Heart and to Mary's Heart as I lead them ever closer to My Father in the Holy Spirit."

- Message from Jesus to Father Edward J. Carter, S.J., as given on July 31, 1994,
feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits).


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Introduction:
How It All Began

During the summer of 1993, Father Edward J. Carter, S.J., Professor of Theology at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, began to receive mystical locutions (messages) from Jesus and Mary on a regular basis.

In a message given on May 31, 1994, Jesus asked Father Carter to begin the publication of a spirituality newsletter for priests. To be sent to more than 45,000 priests in the U.S.A., and also to priests in other countries, the newsletter is published by Shepherds of Christ Publications, and is distributed bi-monthly. The title of the newsletter is Shepherds of Christ.

Jesus has asked that chapters be formed to pray for the needs of priests and religious around the world. The chapters are to pray in a special way for the spiritual success of the priestly newsletter, as well as to aid in the financial support of this publication. The chapters and members are to be called Shepherds of Christ Associates.

Our Lord has stressed that Shepherds of Christ Associates become an international movement.


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Chapter Guidelines for
Shepherds of Christ Associates

  1. A primary purpose of the chapters of Shepherds of Christ Associates is to pray for all priests throughout the world in all their needs. A coequal purpose is to provide a spiritual way of life for members of the chapters. The chapters are to pray in a special way for the spiritual success of the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ Associates. Prayer for the acquisition of monetary funds to publish the letter is also in order. The chapters are to meet on a regular basis, with the members of each chapter to determine the exact frequency of meetings. All chapters are encouraged to meet on a weekly basis. If for various other reasons certain chapters cannot meet weekly, they should meet at least once a month.
  2. All persons-lay persons, diocesan clergy, and priests, brothers, and sisters in religious life-are invited to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. Those who are already committed to a certain way of spiritual life may adapt the spirituality of Shepherds of Christ Associates to their own particular spirituality.
  3. In addition to the purpose of the chapters as put forth above, the members of each chapter are encouraged to help raise money to defray some of the newsletter publication costs and some of the financial needs of the Shepherds of Christ Associates movement. One way for chapters to financially aid the newsletter is to pledge to pay for a certain number of newsletters each year. The cost per newsletter per year for each priest is slightly more than $1.00. Our Lord has asked that the newsletter be sent to the priests free of charge, although donations may be requested in the newsletter itself.
  4. A further purpose of the chapters is to undertake those activities which Jesus, through the Spiritual Director, further reveals to be His will.
  5. The formation of as many chapters as is reasonably possible is to be encouraged. Multiple chapters may exist in the same city or area. Each chapter is to have its own local coordinator, and each country its own national coordinator.
  6. A periodic newsletter for associates will be published to help establish the desired bond or union between all chapters and all members.
  7. Members of Shepherds of Christ Associates pledge their loyal support to the Holy Father, the Pope, and to the teaching authority of the Church.
  8. Shepherds of Christ Associates exists under Church law as provided in canons 298 and 299.
  9. The existence and activity of all chapters is to be placed under the special protection and guidance of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Chapters exist so that they may, according to the mission of Shepherds of Christ Associates, help to establish the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. All chapter members are strongly encouraged to consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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A Way of Spiritual Life

The way of spiritual life proposed to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates is centered in consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. All aspects of the spiritual life discussed below should be viewed as means to help members develop their lives in consecration to Christ, the Sacred Heart, and to Mary, the Immaculate Heart.

An Overview of the Spiritual Life

The Christian life is rooted in the great event of the Incarnation. We must consequently always focus our gaze upon Christ, realizing that everything the Father wishes to tell us has been summed up in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It only remains for us, then, to strive to understand with greater insight the inexhaustible truth of the Word Incarnate: "In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Son, Whom He appointed the heir of all things, through Whom also He created the world." (Heb. 1: 1-2)7

What was the condition of the human race at the time of Christ's coming? In some ways, people were much the same as we are today. There were those just being born into this world of human drama. There were those who, in death, were leaving it, some of whom had grasped but little of life's meaning. There were those who were healthy and vigorous. There were those who were sick and lame. Some especially felt the burdens, the grief, the suffering of the human condition. Others were ebullient and desired all the pleasures life could provide. There was some good being accomplished. Immorality, however, was rampant. What St. Paul tells us concerning the time that immediately followed Christ's existence certainly could also be applied to the time of His entrance into the world. It is, in short, an ugly picture that St. Paul depicts for us (Rom. 1: 22-32).

Into such a depraved condition Jesus entered, with a full and generous Heart, to lead the human race from the depths of sinfulness to the vibrant richness of a new life in Himself. Through His enfleshment, this Christ became the focal point of all history. The authentic hopes and dreams of the human family, now so overshadowed by the ugliness of sin, came converging upon this Christ. He would gather them up in Himself, give them a new luster and brilliance and dynamism, and would lead the human family back to the Father in the Holy Spirit.

Christ was radically to release us from the dominion of sin and elevate us to a new level of existence. This life Christ has given us is not a type of superstructure which is erected atop human existence. Although nature and grace are distinct, they do not lie side by side as separate entities. Rather, grace permeates nature. The Christian is one graced person. The Christian is one who has been raised up, caught up, into a deeper form of life in Christ Jesus. Nothing that is authentically human in the life of the Christian has been excluded from this new existence. Whatever is really human in the life of the Christian is meant to be an expression of the Christ-life. The simple but deep joys of family life, the wonderment at nature's beauty, the warm embrace of a mother for her child, the agony of crucial decision making, the success or frustration that is experienced in one's work, the joy of being well received by others, and the heartache of being misunderstood-all these experiences are intended to be caught up in Christ and made more deeply human because of Him.

Jesus has come, then, not to destroy anything that is authentically human, but to perfect it by leading it to a graced fulfillment. This is the meaning of the Word's becoming flesh, the meaning of the Incarnation. The more God-like we become through Christ, the more human we become.

We, through our incorporation into Christ which occurs at Baptism, are meant to relive the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In doing so, we are not only accomplishing our own salvation, but we are assisting in the salvation of others also. The Incarnation continues all the time. Christ, of course, is the one Who fundamentally continues the Incarnation. But He enlists our help. The world no longer sees Jesus, no longer is able to reach out and touch Him. We are the ones who now, in some way, make Christ visible and tangible. In union with the invisible, glorified Christ, and depending on Him as our source of life, we continue the Incarnation in its visible and temporal dimensions. This is our great privilege. This is our great responsibility.

The Christian is initiated into the mystery of Christ, into his or her role in prolonging the Incarnation, through Baptism. In the words of St. Paul: "Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by Baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." (Rom. 6: 3-4).

It is not sufficient, however, that we be incorporated into Christ through Baptism. All forms of life require nourishment. So, too, our life in Christ must be continually nourished. How can we continually keep in contact with Christ? There are various ways. We contact Christ in a most special way through the liturgy, above all in the Eucharistic liturgy. Here the entire course of salvation history, as centered in Jesus, is sacramentally renewed and continued. Through our most special and most personal meeting with Jesus in the Mass, we are more deeply incorporated into Christ. Also, we should remember that all the sacraments make up part of the Church's liturgy.

The reading of Scripture provides another special opportunity for meeting Jesus. This is true for both Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament prefigures the New Testament and leads to it. It is obvious, however, that we meet Christ especially in the pages of the New Testament. How true it is to say that not to be familiar with Scripture is not to know Jesus properly. We should resolve to read from Scripture daily.

We also meet Jesus in our interaction with others. Everyone we meet, everyone we serve, is in the image of Jesus. We have to take the means to grow in this awareness. If I truly believe that everyone has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, how should I treat everyone?

These, then, are some of the ways we keep in contact with Jesus. Common to the various ways of meeting Jesus is a certain degree of prayerful reflection. Our contact with Jesus in the liturgy, in Scripture, and in our interaction with others, and so forth, will not be all that it should be unless we are persons of prayer. The light and strength of prayer enables us to keep in contact with Jesus as we should.

We live out our Christ-life in an atmosphere of love. Indeed, the life Jesus has given us is centered in love. It has its origins in the mysterious love of God: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (Jn 3: 16).

Our new life in Jesus has arisen out of God's fathomless love. Christ, in His descent into human flesh, has established a milieu of love. The life He came to give can flourish only in the framework of love. Indeed, we can summarize the meaning of the Christian life by stating that it is our loving response to God's love. The pierced Heart of Jesus, this Heart which shed its last drop of blood in the greatest love for each one of us, is the symbol of God's tremendous love for us. Christ's Heart also calls us to respond by giving ourselves in love to God and neighbor. Yes, Jesus invites us to respond to God's love by giving ourselves in love to Him in an ever closer union. The more closely we are united to Him, the greater is our capacity to love God and neighbor. The more closely we are united with Jesus, the more closely He unites us to the Father in the Holy Spirit, with Mary our Mother at our side.

Consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

We have already spoken of how we are incorporated into Christ at Baptism. Now we shall speak of the life which comes to us in Baptism in terms of consecration:

To consecrate means to make sacred, to make holy. Only God can make a being holy. So to speak of our consecration is to speak of God's activity in making us holy, His activity of giving us a share in His own holiness. At Baptism we receive a share in God's life, a share in His holiness. Christ is the Mediator of this grace life. We are baptized into Christ, into His death and resurrection. In Baptism we become holy by sharing in the holiness of Christ. We become consecrated, sealed with the divine holiness. We belong to the Father, through Christ, in the Holy Spirit.

On our part, we must respond to God's consecration of us. We must live out the consecration of Baptism. We must realize what God has done for us in Christ and live according to this awareness. We need to live the life of holiness and grow in it. In other words, we must develop the life of grace, the Christ-life.

What God has done for us in Christ involves Mary. God has given us a Christ-life, our life of grace, and Mary is the Mother of this Christ-life. Consequently, living out our life of consecration to God-living out the Christ-life-includes allowing Mary to increasingly be the Mother of our Christ-life.

Consecration to Mary, therefore, is an aspect of our consecration to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is entrusting ourselves entirely to her maternal love so that she can bring us ever closer to Jesus, so that we can increasingly live out our consecration to God in Christ.

At Fatima, Our Lady asked that we consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart. Mary shows us her heart as a symbol of her love for God and us. She asks us to make a return of love to her, to consecrate ourselves to her, to give ourselves to her completely. She wants us to entrust ourselves to her completely so that she may help us love God and neighbor.

As stated above, consecration to Mary is an aspect of our consecration to God in Christ and she has asked for consecration to her Heart so that she may assist us. Christ, in turn, invites us to live out this consecration to Him through consecration to His Sacred Heart. We see the divine symmetry: consecration to the Immaculate Heart helps us to live out consecration to Christ Who reveals His Heart as symbol of His life of love in all its aspects, including His tremendous love for each of us individually. His Heart also asks for our love in return, a return which ideally is summed up in consecration to Jesus' Heart. Through this consecration we give ourselves completely to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart. In this consecration to Jesus, we promise to strive to live according to His Father's will in all things.8

Our Personal Relationship With Jesus

He hung upon a cross on a hill called Calvary. Death was near. How much Jesus had already suffered! He had been brutally scourged. Much of His sacred body was a bloody, open wound. He had been derisively crowned with thorns. In a terribly weakened condition, He carried the heavy cross to the hill of Golgotha. There He was stripped of His garments and mercilessly nailed to the cross. Try to imagine the excruciating pain Jesus suffered as the nails penetrated His sacred hands and feet! After all this brutal and agonizing suffering-of body and spirit-Jesus finally died.

And He did it all for you! Yes, you can truly say that Jesus did it all for you. I can say that Jesus did it all for me. He suffered and died for the whole human race, but He did it in a way which makes it true to say He also did it for each individual. When He was undergoing all the brutal and horrible suffering, He knew you and He knew me by name. He was loving each of us with the most tender, and tremendous, and unique love! He gave the last drop of His precious blood for you individually and for me individually!

What should be our return to this magnificent Heart of Jesus which gave until there was no more to give? No less than our entire selves. No less than a total consecration to this tremendous Lover, to this magnificent and tender Heart! No less than a day-by-day resolve to strive to live our consecration with the deepest faith, hope, and love. No less than the deepest desire to develop the most intimate, personal relationship with Jesus. The total and the most tender love of Jesus' magnificent Heart for you and for me deserves nothing less!

Mary Our Mother

As Jesus hung upon the cross in His excruciating suffering, He gave Mary to us as our spiritual Mother:

...standing by the cross of Jesus were His Mother, and His Mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His Mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His Mother, 'Woman, behold, your son!' Then He said to the disciple, 'Behold, your Mother!' (Jn 19: 25-26).

Yes, John, the disciple, represented all of us. Jesus, in giving Mary to John as His Mother, was giving her to all of us as our spiritual Mother. We can never thank Jesus sufficiently for this great gift. Mary is your Mother and she is my Mother. Pope John Paul II tells us how Mary is Mother to each of us according to each one's uniqueness:

Of the essence of motherhood is the fact that it concerns the person. Motherhood always establishes a unique and unrepeatable relationship between two people: between mother and child and between child and mother. Even when the same woman is the mother of many children, her personal relationship with each one of them is of the very essence of motherhood...

It can be said that motherhood 'in the order of grace' preserves the analogy with what 'in the order of nature' characterizes the union between mother and child.9

Let us always thank Mary that she is the Mother of each of us according to each one's uniqueness. I can truly say that Mary is my Mother in an unrepeatable way, and you can truly say that she is your Mother in an unrepeatable way. Realizing what a great and unique love Mary has for each of us, what reason could we ever have for not always going to her? What reason could we ever have for not asking her to take us as her beloved children and to hold us close to her maternal and Immaculate Heart where we always experience the love, the warmth, the tenderness of this magnificent Mother?

Mass and the Sacraments

The best way to return love to Jesus is through participation in the Mass. Indeed, the Mass is the chief source for growth in our life of consecration. Everything in the life of the Church-including the sacraments-centers around the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

All the faithful are privileged to be able to enter into the offering of the Mass:

The sacrifice of the Mass, as we well know, makes truly present the sacrifice of Calvary. At His sacrifice on Calvary, Christ was Priest and Victim. We obviously did not offer together with Him. At the Mass, however, Christ, although He is the chief Priest and Victim, does not act alone. Through God's gracious design, at Mass all the members of the Church are priests and victims together with Christ. To be sure, there is a very significant difference between the priesthood of bishops and priests and the priesthood of the faithful. The point we wish to stress, however, is that the universal priesthood, given in Baptism to all the faithful, is a real participation in Christ's priesthood.

Vatican II has stressed this concept of the priesthood of all the Church's members. Speaking of the Mass, the Council says: 'The Church, therefore, earnestly desires that Christ's faithful, when present at this mystery of faith, should not be there as strangers or silent spectators. On the contrary, through a proper appreciation of the rites and prayers, they should participate knowingly, devoutly, and actively. They should be instructed by God's word and be refreshed at the table of the Lord's body; they should give thanks to God; by offering the Immaculate Victim, not only through the hands of the priest, but also with him, they should learn to offer themselves too. Through Christ the Mediator, they should be drawn, day-by-day, into ever closer union with God and with each other, so that finally God may be all in all.'

During all our Christ-like activities, we are living the Mass. Working, recreating, laughing, weeping, enjoying success but also experiencing failure, enjoying the beauties of nature-through all such activities, we are living the Mass. We are continually offering ourselves in loving conformity to the Father's will. From time to time during the day, we should make a conscious act of uniting ourselves and our activities with the sacrifice of Calvary as it is made present throughout the world through the Mass.

A very precious time during the Mass is, of course, our reception of Jesus in Holy Communion. We should make the most of these special moments. Let's properly thank Jesus for coming to us with His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Let's thank Jesus for the tremendous suffering He experienced in order to be able to give us the Eucharist. As Jesus dwells within us in this precious way at Communion time, the very Heart of Christ-this Heart which is symbol of His great love-dwells within. This Heart cries out for our love in return.

One of the great means God has given us to help prepare ourselves for better participation in the Mass is the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our Lady of Medjugorje asks us to go to Confession at least once a month.

Indeed, we should use all available means to prepare ourselves for a more fruitful participation in the Eucharistic Sacrifice. It is a great privilege to be able to be present at, and to participate in, the Mass. We should show Jesus our appreciation for such a great gift by preparing ourselves as best we can, and in this way we will gain the greatest possible benefit from the Mass, both for ourselves and for others.

Included in our devotion to the Eucharist should be our desire to make Eucharistic reparation. One way to do this is to say often the following Fatima prayer: 'Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly. I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and (the intercession of) the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of sinners.10

Besides saying the above prayer, there are other acts of Eucharistic reparation we can make. One of these is to be sure we make adequate thanksgiving after Mass. One of the intentions we should have at this time is to help make reparation for the lack of proper thanksgiving on the part of many. Pope Pius XII speaks about the duty of spending the proper time in thanksgiving:

When at Mass, which is subject to special rules of the liturgy, is over, the person who has received Holy Communion is not thereby freed from his duty of thanksgiving; rather, it is most becoming that, when the Mass is finished, the person who has received the Eucharist should recollect himself and, in intimate union with the Divine Master, hold loving and fruitful converse with Him. Hence they have departed from the straight way of truth who, adhering to the letter rather than the sense, assert and teach that, when Mass has ended, no such thanksgiving should be added, not only because the Mass is itself a thanksgiving, but also because this pertains to a private and personal act of piety and not to the good of the community.11

Life in the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is given to us to transform us in the likeness of Christ. This is an ongoing process. Here is a message of Jesus which speaks to the issue:

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 My Mother's Heart. The more one dwells in My Mother's Heart, the more active are the workings of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit leads Mary to place you within My Heart. In both of 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! (Message of Jesus given to Father Carter).12

Life Within the Church

God calls us to live Christian existence, the spiritual life, within the Church-the Church which Christ has established. This Church is a many splendored reality. It has many different names, images and dimensions that variously attest to and manifest this multifaceted richness. All of them, however, speak of the one, same reality. Here is a message of Jesus which speaks of His Church:

My beloved priest-companion, remind My people that the Church was born from My Heart, pierced with the soldier's lance on Calvary. From My pierced Heart the Church and her sacraments were born. Two of these sacraments, the Eucharist and Baptism, were symbolized by the blood and water which flowed from My pierced side.

As the Church was born from My pierced Heart, so does the Church's life grow from the graces I continually give to her from My pierced Heart, this Heart which is now glorified.

I call all the members of My Church to help build up My Body, the Church, by coming to My pierced Heart. United to My Heart and dwelling within It, I will give to each the light and strength to carry out My Father's will in the building up of My Church.

Mary is Mother and Model of the Church. As Mother of the Church, she intercedes for all the graces the members need to contribute to the building up of My Church. As Model of the Church, as perfect imitator of Me, she shows the children of the Church how all, individually and collectively, are to be increasingly formed in My image. As all come to My Heart for the building up of My Church, let them do so united in the Heart of Mary.

My Church is experiencing critical and difficult times. There are many divisions within My Church. There are many false teachings, including some put forth by certain theologians. These false teachings occur because those responsible for such are not in proper union with My vicar, the Pope, and the Church's Magisterium. I want all My children to pray daily for the cure of the many and serious ills of the Church. With the increase of prayers and sacrifices for the health of the Church, that day will soon come when the Church will be purified and revitalized. When that day comes, the renewed Church will be characterized by the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. Thus the message of Fatima will have reached its completion.

I am Lord and Master. I request that all My people listen to My words and respond to them. I love My people with a tremendous love and, in this great love, I give them this message! (Message from Jesus given to Fr. Carter).13

The Spiritual Life and the Christian Virtues

The life of sanctifying grace expresses itself through the various Christian virtues. Let us take a brief look at this life:

The Persons of the Blessed Trinity have communicated Themselves to us in lavish love. When a person is in the state of grace, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit dwell within that person in an extraordinary fashion.

Such is the intimacy of this Trinitarian communication that the Persons of the Trinity imprint Their image upon us. This image is our life of grace, our created participation in the life of the Trinity. We receive this life at Baptism, and our privilege and responsibility are to develop it as fully as possible during our earthly journey before experiencing its culmination in eternal life.

"Because Christ in His humanity is Mediator of our life of grace, it possesses not only a Trinitarian dimension, but a Christic aspect as well. We can readily understand, then, why our grace-life is very appropriately also called the Christ-life.

Our Christ-life is centered in faith and love. Christian faith gives us an extraordinary capacity to know realities about God and the things of God. The virtue of Christian love allows us to accompany this faith-knowledge with an appropriate love-response. Christian hope is the chief support of faith and love. Finally, all the other Christian virtues are variously connected with these three main Christian capacities.14

We hear much about faith and love, the two main Christian virtues. However, hope is also extremely important. One of the aspects of the virtue of hope is trust. Let's listen to a message of Jesus regarding trust:

My beloved priest-companion, tell my people to trust Me unreservedly. I am Lord and Master. I am God. So many fail to trust Me as they should. I love all My people much more than they love themselves! The great love I have for each person should encourage all to trust Me! The more you realize how much a friend loves you, the more you place your trust in that person. I am your perfect Friend. I love you much, much more than your best earthly friend! Tell My people to trust Me completely. Tell them to say often, 'Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You.' (Message of Jesus as given to Father Carter).15

Prayer

Here is a message from Mary on prayer. She tells us of the great importance of prayer regarding the spiritual life:

My beloved priest-son, many times I have taught you the great importance of prayer. I have obtained for you the grace so that you love to pray, not only during your set periods of prayer, but also during the day in a way which permits you to perform your daily duties. I have taught you to always be aware that all prayer should be made in union with the Mass. Indeed, the Eucharistic sacrifice is itself the greatest prayer. All other prayer should be consciously united with the Mass which is constantly being offered throughout the world. I have taught you the great importance of praying before the tabernacle. My Son is present there in the Eucharist-Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Special graces are given to those who pray before the tabernacle.

There is much to pray for in these most critical times. The Church and the world exist in most difficult times. I desire that all my children pray daily for all the needs of the Church and the world. I ask for special prayer for the conversion of sinners.

I ask that my children pray the rosary each day. Very special graces are given to those who do so. During these days of great purification, I promise special protection to those who regularly pray the rosary. I also promise protection to their loved ones.

Whatever form of prayer my children use, it should always be made in union with my Immaculate Heart. The more my children are united to me, the more I lead them to make their prayer in the Heart of my Son, Jesus. He, in turn, places all prayers in the bosom of the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

My dear son, keep reminding all my little ones of the great importance of prayer for their own needs and the needs of all others. Keep telling them of the great necessity of prayer for growth in love of God and neighbor. I love all my children with the most tender love. I desire that all listen to my words and live them in their daily lives! (Message of Mary as given to Father Carter).16

The Cross Leads to Life

Our incorporation into Christ at Baptism, and the gradual nurturing in that life, is centered in the pattern of death-resurrection. Indeed, the theme of death-resurrection is at the heart of salvation history. Let us briefly consider its place in the Old Testament, in the New Testament, and in our own lives, always remembering that any form of death-that is, any form of suffering-is meant to lead to greater life, greater peace, greater happiness.

The theme of death-resurrection is at the heart of Old Testament history. The Jewish people, under the leadership of Moses, experienced death-resurrection as they were formed into the people of the covenant, God's people. In the great Exodus event, they escaped Egyptian slavery, went on to Mt. Sinai where the covenant was ratified, and then progressed to the Promised Land. As members of the Mosaic covenant, as God's people, the Jews experienced religious transition. They passed over to a higher level of religious existence, to a more intimate union with God.

This religious transition contained death-resurrection. For the Jews to become people of the covenant, to remain so, and to grow in the life of the covenant, it was necessary that they undergo a mystical or spiritual death. In short, the Jewish people had to be willing to bear that which was difficult in covenant life. They had to be willing to die to that which was not according to God's will. This mystical death, however, had a very positive purpose. It was directed at life in the covenant and at growth in that life. This spiritual death, in other words, was aimed at resurrection.

Christ perfectly fulfilled the Old Testament theme of death-resurrection. In doing so, He, too, was experiencing a religious transition. He was passing over-gradually at first, then definitively in His death-to a new kind of existence, to the life of His resurrection, which He achieved not only for Himself, but for the entire human race. To achieve this newness of life, Jesus was willing to pay the price. Jesus was willing to suffer, even unto death. That it had to be that way, that the only way Christ could have achieved resurrection was through suffering and death, was pointed out by Jesus Himself to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus: "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His Glory?" (Lk 24: 25-26).

Christ has structured the Christian life by the way He lived, died, and rose from the dead. It is obvious, then, that the pattern of death-resurrection must be at the heart of the Church's life. Individually and collectively, we continually die with Christ so that we may continually rise with Him. Thus we pass over, in a process of continued religious transition, to a greater participation in Jesus' resurrection. It is true that our participation in Jesus' resurrection will reach its completion only in eternal life. Nevertheless, we begin the life of resurrection here on earth, in the here and now of human life, in the midst of joy and pain, in the experience of success and failure, in the sweat of our brow, in the enjoyment of all of God's gifts. As Christians, we should have a sense of growth concerning our here-and-now life of resurrection. Some seem to have a rather static view of the Christian life. They do not seem to have a vital and efficacious realization that the spiritual life, centered in death-resurrection, should become more conscious, more experiential, more dynamically relative to daily existence.

We cannot maintain the life of resurrection-our newness of life in Christ-without a willingness to suffer, a willingness to follow Jesus in the carrying of the cross. This does not mean that we need to feel overwhelmed and heavily burdened by the suffering in our lives. The greater portion of suffering for most Christians seems to be an accumulation of ordinary hardships, difficulties, and pains. At times, however, deep suffering, even suffering of agonizing proportions, can enter one's life. Whether our sufferings are of either the ordinary variety or the extreme and rare type, we must convince ourselves that to properly relate to the cross is to grow in resurrection. And to grow in resurrection ourselves means that we have an increased capacity to help give resurrection to others.

The pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary are the great symbols reminding us that to love God and neighbor requires a willingness to suffer. How much Jesus and Mary suffered for love of you and me! Our consecration to Their Hearts includes a willingness to carry the cross, not as an end in itself, but as a means to greater life. As we bear the cross in loving conformity to the Father's will, we grow in the Christ-life. With Mary at our side we come closer to Christ. Jesus, in turn, leads us closer to the Father in the Holy Spirit. And as we ourselves grow in the Christ-life, we become more apt instruments in helping to channel this life to others. Yes, the cross of Christ always points to life!

Relationships with Others and the World-at-large

The true Christian is imbued with a proper consciousness of others. That is to say, the true Christian is keenly aware that a great part of God's plan for us tells us that we must, according to His will, relate in various ways to our fellow human beings. Indeed, the Christian imperative tells us that we are to walk life's path, not in isolation, but hand in hand with our brothers and sisters of the human family.

To relate to others according to God's will, we must be properly aware of who they really are. We must, in short, be able to go beneath surface appearances, which may or may not be appealing to us, and contact others in their core existence. When we are truly in touch with others at the core of their beings, we are aware of their awesome dignity. We are conscious that these persons are created and redeemed by God's love. We are conscious that our merciful and loving Jesus shed His last drop of blood for each of them, that His Heart was pierced on the cross because He loved each of them without measure! We are conscious that this magnificent, pierced Heart, now in Its glorified state, still beats with the most special love for each individual upon this earth. Realizing all this, and doing so consistently, gives us the basis and the motivation to try to relate to all-both those we directly contact and those billions we never physically meet-with the greatest love.

In order to be in touch with the inner self of others, we must be aware of, or in touch with, our own true self. This awareness is a realization that our self is likewise made in the image of God, that we have been redeemed by Christ, and that we can only find true happiness through the constant effort to grow in love of God and neighbor. Here, then, we can see the profound interaction among the three awarenesses and loves-awareness and love of God, neighbor, and self. As Christians, consequently, we should have a maturing sense of how our existence is, in varied ways, profoundly linked with the existence of others. Again, this feeling of union with others is not limited to those we directly meet, but, in various ways, is directed to all members of the human family.

The world in which we live is an amazing mixture of that which is good and beautiful and brilliant and that which is sinful and ugly and dreadful. We have the privilege and responsibility of shaping this contemporary world according to its Christological imprint. Jesus put this image of Himself upon the world order by the way He lived and died and rose. We have to help in directing our fellow humans and their values along the path which has been made by the footprints of Jesus of Nazareth-a task that is not always easy. There are so many forces in today's world that work against Christ, His message, and the order He came to establish! But are we going to allow the forces of evil to discourage us from doing all we possibly can to make this a better world according to the designs of Christ? Jesus paid a terrible price to redeem the world. His Heart, which was pierced on the cross for our redemption, cries out to us in His great love for us. He asks us to do our part in helping make the world better reflect His image. In response to the great love which the Heart of Jesus has for each of us, let us, in union with Mary our Mother, often ask ourselves, "What have I done for Christ, what am I now doing for Christ, what am I going to do for Christ?"

Devotion to St. Joseph, Other Saints and the Angels

St. Joseph is Patron of the Universal Church. His power of intercession is indeed great. Joseph, while on earth, enjoyed extraordinary closeness to Jesus and Mary. And His union with them in heaven is even greater. Let us each day pray to St. Joseph to obtain for us the grace to come ever closer to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

We should also pray to the other saints in heaven, especially our favorite saints. The saints are members of the Church triumphant. We should also pray for the souls in purgatory and to them (they can help us). The souls in purgatory are members of the Church suffering. We, who are members of the Church militant here on earth, make up one Church with the saints in heaven and the souls in purgatory. We should be aware of the common bond which unites us in Christ.

We should also pray to the angels for help, especially to the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and to our own guardian angels.

Summary

We have given a proposed way of spiritual life for members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. All aspects of this way of life center in the living out of the act of consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Making and living out this consecration is our return of love to Jesus and Mary and, through them, our return of love to the Father and the Holy Spirit. Indeed, our consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary is also consecration to the Father and the Holy Spirit. We should always remember that our consecration to the Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart is the way according to which Jesus and Mary invite us to live out our baptismal consecration, the consecration which originally made us belong to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Let us always remember that we go to the Father through Christ, in the Holy Spirit, with Mary our Mother at our side.

We strongly encourage members of Shepherds of Christ Associates to reread regularly all of the above in a prayerful manner. This will provide an ongoing aid to help members grow in their consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.


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We have been given the following message from Our Lord. The message is meant for all members of Shepherds of Christ:

"...I will aid the Shepherds of Christ Ministries through honor and praise to Me as the Infant of Prague. Begin a true devotion to the Infant of Prague and watch as the Ministry begins to flourish, and the funds needed come to rest in the till. Ask all members to participate in this devotion. Request all religious involved to begin or renew a devotion to Me through the Infant of Prague. The more you honor Me the more I will help you. Trust and you will see. Open your hearts children and pray as a child, and I will respond to the needs of the Movement."


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Chapter 2

Important Messages given Before October 13, 1996
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Messages Concerning Satan

May 26, 1996 - Pentecost Sunday - Jesus' Directions for Apostles
March 26, 1996 - The Presence of God and a Message to Fr. Carter
August 1, 1995 - Message from Jesus and Mary for Shepherds of Christ Associates 
September 26, 1996 - Division, the Devil, and Talking About Others

November 26, 1996 - Satan is Prowling This Earth


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May 26, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring
Pentecost Sunday
7:45 a.m.

Jesus: I am writing to each member in the Shepherds of Christ chapters, each member in the movement, each apostle in the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Movement.

On this great feast of Pentecost, I have chosen to deliver the following message to each of you: The Apostles proceeded fearlessly ahead in one mind, in one heart, and thousands were converted. The Church has grown to its size this day from the love and the fervor of the apostles, led by the Holy Spirit.

You are My apostles for the renewal of the Church and the world and for future generations to come. This is not a little task. I am giving to you abundant graces that you will proceed fearlessly ahead.

The Holy Spirit will descend upon you. You must pray fervently for His grace and direction. Before every gathering, business meeting, any time that you are called to meet, I am asking you to pray the following prayers from the Handbook:

Pray always the Holy Spirit Prayer,

Pray always the consecration prayers,

To be joined in one mind and one heart, you must take the consecration to your heart. Praying the consecration prayers together will bind you in one mind and one heart, in Our Hearts.

Pray the consecration prayers as a family. Pray the consecration prayers before the Mass. I am asking that prayer cards be published with the consecration prayers. I am asking that some laminated prayer cards be made available.

The Movement will proceed in one mind, in one heart, led by the Holy Spirit as the plan of the Father unfolds.

I am asking that you circulate the Morning Offering, in which all members offer every prayer, work, joy, and suffering to the Father in union with Me in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in the Holy Spirit.

You will unite in one mind and one heart in this offering of your lives to the Father, united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in the Holy Spirit. You will be one in all the Masses offered around the world. The graces will flow and many souls will be saved through this offering.

I am asking you to continue fervently to publish the Mass Book.

I am asking that you pray the rosary fervently, and from the heart, that you circulate the rosary meditations given to you from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. You will be joined in one mind and one heart, in Our Hearts. Our lives will live in your lives from praying the rosary.

I am asking you to publish the Rosary Book and the Children's Rosary Book as soon as possible. I am asking you to publish the Children's Rosary Book with meditations and to receive an imprimatur. The book should not be referred to as children's rosaries only, it is rosaries for children and their parents, given through the Junior Shepherds of Christ's meetings. In the beginning of this book, the messages of Fatima from Fr. Carter's book on Fatima, are to be included.

It is through the Shepherds of Christ Movement that I will greatly renew the Church and the world. You, the members. must unite in one mind and one heart and offer your lives, united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Then, grace will speedily spread across the earth and souls will be saved through your prayers. You are My apostles this day. I am sending you into the darkness to light the world with the fire of My love.

All members in the Movement are encouraged to read the Blue Books. These are messages of My on-fire love for you. This Movement will flourish with burning hearts filled with My love when you circulate these messages. All members should read the second Blue Book, if possible before the tabernacle. I am talking to you and giving you My tender love letters.

The earth will be lighted and hearts, filled with My love, will sing the Song of Jesus across the land. I beg you to sing to Me the song, I Love You, Jesus. I long to hear you tell Me of your love for Me.

I am waiting for you to unite in deeper and deeper union with Me. There will be one flock and one Shepherd. Hearts united as one in the Shepherds of Christ Movement will spread the fire of My love on this earth.

I am Jesus. I am begging you to publish sheets with the Handbook prayers, to make available the red prayer books with the imprimatur, to circulate tapes with the prayers on them.

The prayers in the Handbook are a key to spreading the Movement. All must have access to these prayers. The prayers should be recited daily by the members.

Encourage apostles in the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to continue their commitment to pray before the tabernacle twice a week.

When the apostles proceeded fervently ahead in one mind and one heart there was no bumping of heads and many were converted because of the burning love of God in their hearts. Millions and millions of souls are at stake. Millions and millions of souls will fervently love Me and adore My Heart with greatest love because of the work you do.

You are the apostles this day. This is the feast of Pentecost. This is My message for each one of you.

You do not know how I suffered for the loss of one precious soul. Your Mother is calling you in a special way on this feast of Pentecost to help to save her children from going into hell. As you join in one mind and one heart and unite every action to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, many souls will be converted--many souls will be saved and many souls will fervently love Me.

I am Jesus. Please publish the message of March 26 (1996) to Father Carter telling him how the fire of My love will spread across the earth when hearts fervently love Me.

I love you, I love you, I love you. I show you My Heart - My Mother shows you her heart--this is a symbol of Our love for you. I gave My life that you would have life. I want to live in you. Many will be converted as I become one in you. I no longer walk this earth-you are My apostles that I am sending into the world to spread the fire of My love.


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March 26, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring

R. I came to All Saints Church before a beautiful Monstrance of gold that contained Our beloved Savior. He was adorned in light, the altar beneath shone with the brightest light and the cross behind was entirely silhouetted with the same celestial light. I was overwhelmed with the presence of God and cried deeply from the awe of it all.

To be so aware of the Almighty God truly present in His splendor and glory--to know the presence of God, to see the glistening of the gold and the light and reflection of the cross behind Him--my beauteous love--words do not exist to describe the rapture of a heavenly embrace! I cry because of the immense awe within my being to know Him. God truly present in His majesty and glory and oh, God, I behold the presence of a heavenly court. You opened wide the heavens and lifted up the veil and I knew You in Your splendor and glory. I behold God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." He is the Almighty God. He shows us the celestial lights with which He will light this earth. Many must surrender their hearts to His Heart and Mary's heart. It is in surrendering, the Spirit will move in the hearts of men and the light of God will shine on the darkened earth. Not with a light that you comprehend, but a light that is divinely granted--a light beyond all lights, a vision beyond all visions. It takes the surrender of minds and hearts to God. The Spirit cannot move in us when we are in control. Surrender and give Him our heart and He will make us fishers of men.

We are His apostles in the Shepherds of Christ Movement. He is sending us out into the world to light the hearts with His burning love. We are chosen by Him and He is giving us abundant graces to grow in our union with Him. He will light this world with His burning love. Our hearts must be open. We must surrender and let go and reach beyond the senses, reach with our hearts. Pray for faith, pray for the vision of God.

Note: I cried all through this writing, having the presence of God and being in great ecstasy to behold Him. May God touch your heart and may His Spirit move within you. May you be filled with the grace of God to surrender and let Him accomplish a great work within you.

And I was filled on high with His miraculous light and He reached down and spoke within me. I was filled as never before and knew the presence of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Note: As I finished, the bells at All Saints Church rang at 9:00 A.M. As I began to experience the immense splendor, the bells of 8:00 rang. Words do not express anything that I saw or experienced or know from this ecstasy. This was the greatest and the first of three visions, which defined clearly to me our role in the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Jesus defines clearly the role of Fr. Carter in this great mission given to him by the Father.

For Fr. Carter from Jesus:

To him who has eyes to see, they will see - not with earthly vision, but with the eyes of faith, and to him who has ears to hear, he will hear with the fluttering of the Spirit moving within him.

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I am the Almighty God. I say to the rocks to fall and they fall and to the grass, grow, and it grows, and to the sun, shine, and it shines. I give to you My love in these letters. Filled with My love, you will conquer this earth, not with weapons and powder or force, but with fires of My love. The fire will wipe out the hatred in the cold hearts and the earth will be covered with My celestial light. The earth will rock and I will appear in the heavens adorned in power and glory and the contrite hearts will be saved. I came to separate the sheep from the goats, the light from the darkness. I come and no one pays Me heed.

To you, My beloved son, Father Carter, I have sent you on a mission to spread this fire that will cover this earth. The hearts of men will turn from their sick and desolate ways to hearts gentle as a little lamb.

There will be one flock and one Shepherd and My staff will rule over all. Hearts consecrated to Our Hearts will lead the light across the earth. This light will be a light of intense brightness, brighter and hotter than any light from a flame. It will be the fire of God's love. The Spirit will move in the hearts of all consecrated to My Heart, and you will know how fire truly spreads, for the love of God is a fire. It is vibrant. It is encompassing. It is smoldering, burning deep within and speedily spreading on the outside. No fire on this earth can ever describe the burning embers that burn from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. No fire burns like the fires coming from My Heart and hearts filled with the love from the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I have written your name, Fr. Carter, in My Heart, never ever to be blotted out and this earth will be renewed with the fire of God's love through you. You are My beloved priest-son, forever, according to the order of Melchizedek. Most holy and most sacred are your hands that consecrate the Host and write My precious newsletter for My beloved priest-sons. You are never unguarded. You are held within the deepest chamber of My Heart, and you will spread My love to the priest-sons of this earth.

I am Jesus. You will spread My love to all souls on this earth. I love you with the tenderest burning love. I am Jesus, your beloved Savior.


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Messages from Jesus and Mary for Shepherds of Christ Associates

Jesus: My Dear Shepherds of Christ Chapters:

I am Jesus, your beloved Savior. Satan is pressing on My beloved members causing much confusion and doubt. It is in moving steadfastly ahead that this Movement will turn many hearts that have turned from God's love back to His love.

You are My chosen ones. I am sending you into the fields. You will plant the seeds in the hearts of all you touch. I will provide the water and the sunlight and many hearts will be united to the Immaculate Heart and Sacred Heart throughout this world.

I am molding you. I am shaping you. I am drawing you more and more closely to My Heart. Pray every day the Prayer for Union for union with Jesus.

My special ones, you are chosen and called by My Father for the plan of salvation. You are My special apostles to spread the love of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart across the land. I am giving you abundant graces to carry out the plan of the Father. As you proceed steadfastly ahead, the plan is unfolding.

You are commissioned in Baptism to carry out My life, death, and resurrection in your lives. Meditating on the mysteries of the rosary helps you to do this.

As you are in your hearts, so shall you be to this world. I am Jesus, your beloved Savior. I am filling you with My life. As you come more and more to the Eucharistic Sacrifice and receive Me in Holy Communion, as you come and spend time with Me in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, you are more and more saturated with My life. My life I give to you. You partake in My divine life and I live in you and minister to hurting souls.

I have chosen the Shepherds of Christ Movement as a powerful instrument for renewing My Church and My world. You are the instruments I have chosen to help in this renewal. You have been called, hand-picked by My Father, to be apostles spreading Our love to the world. Through this network of Shepherds of Christ Associates chapters I will reach many starved souls.

I am calling you to the deepest union with Me. As you unite more and more with My Heart, as you live in Me, through Me, and with Me, I will spread My burning love to the world.

I am Jesus. The seeds of time work exceedingly slow. The hearts of many men have turned to stone. I am applying abundant graces to all you touch. Pray each prayer in the Handbook every day. As you unite more and more to My Heart, your intercessory prayer is greater and greater.

Pray always with Me to the Father, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in the Holy Spirit, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, and with all the angels and saints and souls in purgatory.

Come and dwell in the heart of My Mother. Let her cradle you in her abundant love. As you dwell in her heart, you will dwell ever more deeply in My Heart. I will bathe you continually in My tender and gentle love. This world will know the fire of My love through you!

When the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, the Apostles were transformed from fear to fearlessness. Pray to the Holy Spirit to transform you in the heart of My beloved Mother. Your hearts will be filled, burning with love for God. You will proceed fearlessly into the world and spread My love to hurting souls.

The love of God within, His life within, is a power too mighty to be contained. It radiates from your eyes and your face. It is heard in your voice. Let the vibrancy of the Divine Love and the Divine Life be transmitted to the world. Surrender, unite ever closer to My Heart.

I am using the Shepherds of Christ Movement to renew My beautiful souls in this world. It is through this movement that I am reaching the nursing homes and will contact the hurting souls of this world-prisons, hospitals, etc. I am using the Shepherds of Christ Junior Movement to renew the children of America."17

Mary: My children are hurting and in pain. It is through the tender and pure hearts of children that many will be led back to the Heart of my Son.

Each moment souls are going more deeply into darkness. Through the Shepherds of Christ Movement my Son will reach so many hurting souls in the world. I am Mary, your Mother. We are teaching adults and children alike through the rosary. Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are gifts we are giving to this world. As you meditate more and more on the mysteries of Our lives, you will live more and more according to the Father's will. I am giving you these rosaries to enkindle this burning love in your hearts. Pray the rosary with these meditations and messages and Our lives will fill your whole being.

Pray, my little children, with your whole heart, your whole soul, and your whole being. My Son, Jesus, loves you so much. I am Mary, your Mother. I am begging you to pray for my little lost children of this world. Many of my precious children will be lost to the fires of hell. I am calling out to you to come to Our Hearts. You will be the light that shines in the dark night when you are filled with burning love of my Son, Jesus.

I am Mary, your Mother, and thank you for responding to my request.18

- From "In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Newsletter of Shepherds of Christ Associates"
Volume 1, No. 2, 1995. pp. 1-2.


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September 26, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring

R. When we go to confession our souls are made clean and we can unite in deepest union with Jesus.

It is wrong to slander, to talk about one another. The devil is attempting to pry us apart and rip us apart at the seems.

The way of God is peace and oneness. The way of the devil is disruption and division.

His grace permeates my soul. After confession I am cleansed and I can be so close to Jesus.

The devil tries immediately after confession to get us to sin.

It is in the purity I can unite deeply to Him.

Confession is a new beginning. Acting as Jesus, the priest has the power to take away our sins.

The moment I begin to talk about or engage in conversation against others, my purity falls and I am less able to be one with Jesus, who is love.

Jesus is not divided against any soul. He showed us how He suffered persecution to His death and He did not talk about them.

He accepted Mary Magdalene despite all her sin. He did not talk about her, He loved her.

Do we want to follow Jesus? Could we see Jesus talking about others?

The devil is stealing our hearts. He is trying to get us to talk about one another. When we talk about others, we sacrifice the purity of our soul.

There is a negative spirit moving in the Movement. The spirit wants to divide us. We will undergo horrendous testing. Do not give into the bad spirit, to pry us apart and make us sin.

When one person, who has not spent time with Jesus, begins to complain about others, we must not give in to them. There is an energy that comes forth from a person talking about others that is negative and wounding. It zaps the energy of the person listening. They must be holy to withstand this attack from Satan. There is division, created by a divided heart and fed by Satan's evil hand.

The devil is using this to divide the Movement, this energy created by a few of his souls who refuse to do as Jesus told us.

Jesus: Leaders in the Movement must pray one hour before the tabernacle daily. If you do not, Satan will work on the weakest link and create great problems in the Movement.

No one is exempt. I am telling you once and for all, your Movement is a movement of love. There is division among you. You will not proceed ahead as I wish with such divided hearts.

Some continue to discuss one another in hatred and pass a negative energy from one to another where there should be love and peace.

Satan is working on the tongues that lash out at others. Satan is in the hearts of those who make themselves better than others. You are to be in one heart.

To make yourself right and other wrong is NOT from God. My way is peace and love!

The negative energy is being passed through your Movement and wounding the hearts of many. You sacrifice your purity when you discuss others angrily.

I say to you, woe to those who harbor anger in their hearts. I am watching every move you make and I know your every thought and word you utter. DO NOT GIVE INTO SATAN! He is permeating your Movement with a negative energy of people who continue to give into his tauntings. I do not want you to angrily discuss one another. It is indeed a sin and divides your heart from Me.

Please publish this letter to all members of the Shepherds of Christ Movement.


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November 26, 1996
Messages given through Rita Ring
Mike Arlinghaus' Home
Excerpts from Joyful Mysteries, The Visitation

Jesus: My beloved ones, Satan is prowling this earth like a roaring lion looking for My beloved shepherds to devour. You are the shepherds that I am sending into the world to lead the stray ones to My Heart. He aims to stop you, to create confusion, doubt and division in your life, to make you feel fearful. I am giving to you My abundant grace that your hearts will be filled with immense love. You must not give into Satan, but you must be aware of his working in your life. He is near to you--the fallen angel wants to stop you. I am telling you that you will experience so much confusion, so much pressure in your life--but you must be calm, you must come to Me, you must move steadfastly ahead despite the distractions and trouble that you are feeling in your life. All through the day, you will be taunted and pressed on. You must spend time in private prayer with Me, preferably before the tabernacle. If you cannot come to the tabernacle, you must take time each day to come to Me that I can fill your hearts with My messages of My love. I will tell you what you need to know to face the troubles in your life. If you do not spend this time alone with Me each day, you will not be able to handle the pressure of the evil one that is pressing hard on you, My beloved ones. You will be distracted and you will lose your way. Time is of the utmost importance in your life each day. If you come to Me in the night, if you come to Me in the early morning, I will spend this time helping you to understand the problems in your life. Do not try to go through the day without coming to Me. You will experience the difficulties that will be impossible to handle. I am giving to you the grace of My love in this time that you come to Me to help you handle the difficulties in your life. You are My chosen shepherds, he will press on you, will make you want to run away--you must not give in. The more you are tempted and say you cannot take the pressure, the more he will press on you. You must realize his presence, that he is working on you all through the day, but know I am with you. Come to Me. You will receive grace when you go through these trials. You must know that this is happening in your life. You must not close your eyes to the workings of Satan for he aims to stop My beloved shepherds. It is in time spent alone with Me that you will withstand the trials in your life.

I am sending St. Michael to your aid. You must pray for the strength. You must pray all through the day to the Father, in the name of Jesus, in union with Jesus in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in the Holy Spirit, with all the angels and saints, and the souls in purgatory, to the powerful intercession of Our Lady. You must pray, for you do not understand the power of a heartfelt prayer. It is through prayer that this Movement will move ahead across this earth. It is only in prayer, through Me, that My Movement will move ahead. You must not overestimate your power. Your power must come through Me. You must be entirely rooted in Me. You must become one in Me. Pray the Prayer for Union with Me. I am Jesus. I have spoken to you, My beloved apostles, for you will be pressed on but I am your strength for I am guarding you. You are precious to Me.

Satan will create division between you and the ones you love. You will have confusion, you will have doubt, you will have trouble, you will have misunderstandings. You must always remember how you love one another and operate according to My love.

He will divide you from the ones that you are closest to, the one that you must love, the one that will give you the strength to proceed ahead in this Movement. Do not give into his tauntings to divide you. He will trick you. You will not even understand how your heart has turned to negativism and to division. I am Jesus. You must pray for the grace to be able to withstand the tauntings of Satan.


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Chapter 3

Important Messages given After
October 13, 1996

1st Major Message from God the Father - January 11, 1997
2nd Major Message from God the Father - January 18, 1997
December 19, 1996 - Message from Jesus
December 19, 1996 - Message from Mary
February 8, 1997 - There will be a Great Era in which the King will Reign
February 1, 1997 - My Gift is My Heart: A Tool for Greater Intimacy with Jesus
February 19, 1997 - Intimacy with Jesus and Others
February 6, 1997 - Candlelight Rosary
November 14, 1996 - Directions from Jesus
March 18, 1997 - Directions from Jesus


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January 11, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring

God the Father: My plan will unfold despite the willfulness of any of My children. I am the Father. I have guided you in all of your activities.

I am telling you that the members of the Shepherds of Christ must be made aware of the importance of living the Blue Book messages.

Planning is up to Me. This is My plan and it will unfold. Men plan for the future. I AM.

I am directing the Shepherds of Christ Movement through these messages.

I am angered at the lack of response on the part of some to back these messages. You must support these messages so they are lived by man.

These messages are given from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the triumph of My beloved Mary's Immaculate Heart.

You are given all you need. You must adhere to My plan.

I am the Father. I AM WHO AM. I was in the beginning, I am now and I will be forever.

I am telling you to obey the directions given by Jesus in these messages.

My plan will unfold. The completion of the Fatima message will greatly come through the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

You must circulate the tape, Mary's Message. You must circulate the messages given to you in God's Blue Books and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

The renewal in the Church will greatly come through the newsletter and the books published with the imprimatur. You must publish all books on the Mass with the imprimatur. Prayer chapters must be started in the churches.

The instructions for the priests will come from doing as I have requested. I beg you to circulate the Priestly Newsletter Book to the priests as soon as possible. The priests must be made aware of the Mass Books.

The Children's Rosary Book must be published immediately. Your work, Fr. Carter and Rita, is to publish this material.

Heaven has contacted the earth primarily in these messages to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart.

The plan will unfold. It is My plan. You must be obedient to the directions I give to you here. The Movement is a great star of light to this world. From the Movement the earth will be covered with stars of light and the earth will be lighted through your efforts, Fr. Carter.

I will give you all you need. The plan will unfold. It is My plan to turn sinful men into obedient, loving children.

I have delivered this message that you will know My plan is unfolding. Many will be lost because of their willfulness. I demand obedience to My requests. The plan will unfold. It pleases Me greatly that you obey My messenger. She is delivering these messages to you from the Son, My beloved Son, God-made-Man.

The messages of the love of God will be written on the hearts of men through the writings of Fr. Carter and Rita to bring about the reign of His Most Sacred Heart.

I am displeased with those who have blocked these messages. Anyone continuing to block My messages given through the Hearts of Jesus and Mary will receive a shock that will envelope them.

The time is very urgent. The time has run out for sinful man. I am angered at the way the world has treated their Mother. Willful children must be punished. I demand obedience. Mary gave to her children her peace plan and she was ignored by the Church and her children. Mary is Mother of the Church and Mother of her children. Willful children must be admonished. Children must obey their Mother.

Mary appeared on the building in Florida as Mother of all. You have made money your god. You have ignored God and made this world your end.

I am God. I AM WHO AM, without a beginning, without an end. I am today, tomorrow and always. You do not comprehend My ways with your feeble minds. You must obey the messages given by My Son and His Mother. These messages I give to you as a gift and a great revelation from heaven. You must be thankful and cherish this gift given. I will not remove My gift to you for I know you will obey Me. I will admonish you when you do not respond as you should.

I have called you and anointed you, My holy priest (Fr. Carter), to lead this world to the light. The Light of the world is My Son, Jesus. His Heart will reign and the heart of your Mother will triumph. I beg you to surrender and obey and watch My plan unfold. There will be a great era of peace very soon, My little children. All you do today will help to save many souls. Many souls will know the love of God through the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Many souls will love God with burning love.

I give you this gift. Your writings, Fr. Carter, and the writings of My messenger, Rita, will help greatly to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart.

I am the Father. I am the Almighty God. You must believe I have chosen you. I have called each member here this day to hear this message. I have called you to be the apostles of the new era of peace. I have called you by name. You will lead men to the Heart of My Son. You must listen and focus all of your attention to this mission I have given to you.

I am the Father. From the day you were conceived, I formed you in your mother's womb, knowing the great mission I would call you to today. My children, My children, do not be distracted by the evil one to lead you astray. I am counting on you, My beloved shepherds. You must not be led astray by doing other good works. I have called you, this is My plan, it is unfolding. You are a major part of the success of this plan for the renewal of the Church and the world.

Your work in the Shepherds of Christ Movement greatly pleases Me.

I AM, WHO AM. I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the Almighty God. You must be obedient children. It is through your obedience that the consecration will spread to many souls on the earth.

It is through your obedience to help spread the priestly newsletter and start prayer chapters in churches that many priests will love God with the greatest love in the Mass. I am asking you to spread the Mass Book to priests and sisters. Please pray for the priestly newsletter, the quick spread of the material given in the newsletter and for the priests reading the newsletter.

Heaven has contacted the earth. The light will shine in the dark corners of the world. Men will respond to the Shepherds of Christ Movement. You must not be afraid. You must do as I have asked you.

I have called you by name, My chosen ones, from the beginning I formed you and I gave to you the talents needed to accomplish this mission on the earth.

Your talents are gifts from Me to be used for this purpose. You are the Shepherds of Christ. You are the apostles of the new era.

There will be a new earth, there will be love on this earth as I intend it to be. My children will love one another, you will walk hand in hand, loving God and one another in harmony and peace.

R. ...Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven...

Jn 1:1-18 (From The New Jerusalem Bible):

In the beginning was the Word:
the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.

Through Him all things came into being,
not one thing came into being except through Him.
What has come into being in Him was life,
life that was the light of men;
and light shines in darkness,

and darkness could not overpower it.

A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
to bear witness to the light,
so that everyone might believe through him.
He was not the light,
he was to bear witness to the light.

The Word was the real light
that gives light to everyone;
he was coming into the world.
He was in the world
that had come into being through him,

and the world did not recognize him.

He came to his own
and his own people did not accept Him.
But to those who did accept Him

he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name

who were born not from human stalk
or human desire
or human will
but from God himself.
The Word became flesh,
He lived among us,
and we saw His glory,
the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father,
full of grace and truth.

John witness to him. He proclaims:
'This is the one of whom I said:
He who comes after me
has passed ahead of me
because he existed before me.'

Indeed, from his fullness we have, all of us, received--
one gift replacing another,
for the Law was given through Moses,
grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God;
it is the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart,
who has made him known.

R. We do not even see Our Father as so important to us.

A little child is always aware of their father. A little child knows how dependent he is on his father, always wanting to please his father.

A little child is always aware of his mother and obeying her. A little child loves his mother. Look at how unloving we are to Mary.

We are children of God, with God the Father as Our Father and Mary as our heavenly Mother.


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January 18, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring

God the Father: My Dear Children,

I am the Father. My plan is unfolding through you, My beloved priest, Fr. Carter, and Rita and the core group in the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

I tell you all to read the accounts concerning Noah. Nowhere in history has God been offended as He is this day by this sinful world. You will suffer a fate for the offenses against God.

Mary appeared at Fatima to warn you, the sinful children, how they were offending God, but you did not listen. The war did not change the hearts of many evil men.

I warn you through My beloved daughter, Mary. You did not heed her warnings. Disobedience against the Mother I gave you displeases Me greatly. Mary is the Mother of all children. Mary is a gift from Me, but you are willful and abuse the gift I send you.

You do not make reparation to her Immaculate Heart; you continue to offend her. I will not tolerate the deeds of evil men any longer.

My plan will unfold. Any disobedience to these messages given by Me, My Son, or your Mother Mary will cause Me great displeasure.

I am the Father, the Almighty God, the Alpha, the Omega; you are a sinful people, a chosen race sinning against a loving God.

I am angered at your ways for they are not My ways, you have run amuck, you have offended your God, you have disobeyed your Mother and My beloved Son who died to save you.

I will act on all who continue in such sin. The sheep will be separated from the goats; the goats will receive punishment for their deed. Heaven and earth will kiss, there will be love in all hearts, justice will prevail and My children will be children of light, children that obey as I intended from the beginning.

Oh indeed My sweet messenger, I look to the earth and see the darkness, I see the disobedience of men against their Mother. I know the deeds committed and the evil in the hearts of so many. Justice will prevail and I will wipe out the earth. Only the children of light will remain, those who have given their hearts to their Mother Mary.

Do you think I send your Mother Mary as a messenger to be disobeyed by willful children? What do you think about at night, the cat, the dog, the fish? You don't know love. You don't love God or one another. This is My command to you, to love. You are a sinful, willful race, and the devil will vanish from the hearts of the children of light for they will be under the protection of her Immaculate Heart, the other children will be wiped off the face of the earth.

Disobey My messenger, ignore your Mother, ignore the Son in these messages. Ignore My Son who died for you.

Oh you sinful people filled with pride and disobedience, I give you the directions here to turn your hearts to love.

My Son has revealed Himself as never before in history into His tremendous love for men and you treat Our gift with such indifference.

I am angered at the lack of support to spread the messages of My Son's love for all.

You worry for funds, worry more, I am God the Father, the Almighty God. You disobeyed Mary, you disobeyed Jesus, now you will disobey Me?

You must obey My directions, the directions given through My Son, Jesus for the unfolding of the Father's plan.

No longer will I wait while willful men check and deliberate and disobey.

My plan will unfold through the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

I am talking through these messages given by My Son and Mary to tell you how to accomplish this task of carrying out My plan.

You must obey. The directions are given in these messages to spread the fire of God's love across this earth, to renew the Church and the world.

Because of willful men these messages have been held in check.

I am God, the maker of all things. You have made money your god. I want obedience, the funds will come when you obey all of the directions I have given to you.

Anyone who interferes with these messages will be removed.

These are the messages I give to the world. Fr. Carter's newsletter will teach the priests, all they need to know to be holy, loving priests.

Many priests are not loving, they are cold in their hearts. I will instruct the clergy through the newsletter.

My Son is the Chief Priest and Teacher. He has taught the world the secrets of His Heart through the writings of Fr. Carter and Rita, to go to men to check the value of these writings displeases Me.

You must have faith, you must study the entire revelations given here. You are not valuing My great gift to you.

I am the power, I am God, to the ends of the earth, I will be with you. My plan will unfold. You must think big, not on a human level. You must come to Me.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I am telling you to circulate the tape of January 13 (1997) as soon as possible. This tape must be released to the world. It is the message to go with the apparition on the building in Florida.

You must make every connection with Mary's message given December 12 (1996) and the messages given by Mary with the apparition of her on the building in Florida.

Time is very short and My patience is very thin. I will strike the earth and the evil men will scatter and there will be a reign of peace where men will love God as I intended. The evil men will be chastised for I sent your Mother to warn you and you disobeyed. I gave My Son as a sacrifice and you treated Him with indifference. I am angry at the creatures on this earth. I will lessen the chastisement if you make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Oh willful children, you disobey your Mother, you are unloving and willful and your ways are evil. You are a sinful race.

I am sending water, rain to quench your thirst, My beloved children of light; I am sending fire to burn the fields for the sinful children, they will suffer drought and will fall to the ground dead, they will know fire, they will know the wrath of God. For I speak and I am ignored.

I am using the Shepherds of Christ Movement to majorly carry out the plan begun at Fatima. Every day lost is a lost day. I give to you Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary as your directions to help the plan unfold. Circulate these rosaries to all chapters and stress their importance.

The tape of January 13 (1997) is important to the world. The tape must be circulated with the apparition in Florida and the messages typed and put on the Internet with the rest of the messages I have given. The connection must be made between the apparition and the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

Satan will attack you strongly, he will create division and give messages through other visionaries to get you off coarse. You must obey My directions given in these messages to help bring about the completion of the Fatima message.

I will weed out anyone interfering with My plan.

I will tell you when you have deviated from My plan, do not taunt My messenger, this displeases Me. Read the messages for direction and obey them.

The directions given are strong to correct a sick world. You must quit focusing on the messenger and obey Me.

I am the Father, these are My messages to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart.

You think of money and miss the gift given. You are men bolted to the earth. You must obey Me. I have all the power.


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December 19, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: My Children,

I am Jesus. I am calling you on the l3th of each month. I will give you, My apostles, My special messages to light the world with My love. You are My lights. I send you into the darkness. Please study My messages. I am operating through you. You must live your consecration to Our Hearts. You will lead the strayed ones home to My Heart. I want your tender love. Oh, please give your hearts to My Mother and Me. I want your hearts. I love you.

I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus.


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December 19, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring

A Christmas Message for the Shepherds of Christ Associates,

Mary: My little Children in the Shepherds of Christ Movement,

My Son and I give you this gift this Christmas, Rosaries from Our Hearts. We will write the messages of Our love on your hearts. You will hear Us speak to you in your hearts whenever you read the rosaries in this book or listen to any tapes recorded from Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

I am your Mother. My Son is giving to you abundant graces to dwell in Our Hearts when you read, study or pray these Rosaries from Our Hearts.

I appeared at Fatima on the 13th of the month.

My Son, Jesus, has called you on the 13th of the month to hear His messages.

My Son, Jesus, is asking you to help in the completion of the Fatima message. These messages, given from Him on the 13th, are of major importance to the completion of my mission given at Fatima.

You are His shepherds He is sending into the world to lead the strayed ones to His Heart through the consecration.

The Ministries in the Shepherds of Christ Movement must spread to all souls on the earth.

You are His apostles to spread the consecration to the world. You must contact the Church, the schools, and the family as we have instructed in the Shepherds of Christ Apostles Manual.

Please, my beloved shepherds, let go of other distractions in your life and focus on what my Son, Jesus, is asking you today.

Will you commit yourself to His Movement to renew the Church and the world? Will you be His apostles to lead the strayed ones to His Heart?

You were given a special calling from Him to be an apostle. Oh, the world needs His light. You will make ready a pathway for Him. Carry His light into the darkness.

My Son is majorly communicating to you in this Movement in the Blue Book messages. We are communicating to you in the Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Please help Us. Please come on the 13th of the month.

This is a major part of the completion of the Fatima message.

My Son, Jesus, calls you now. Will you say 'no' to Him? The rosaries, with messages from my Son, are available on live tapes, discerned by Fr. Carter. Please listen each day to a small amount of the tape. Advance the tape to any place and listen for at least five minutes. He will talk to you. He will speak in your heart.

Included is my message on tape for you, titled Mary's Message. I have requested and My Son, Jesus, has requested you spread my message and this the tape to the world. I have requested the tape be made on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Please pray to me under this title and pray to the Infant of Prague for the funds to circulate these messages to the world.

This is the gift I ask you to give my Son this Christmas. Commit yourself to serving Him in this Movement and live the messages you are given in God's Blue Books and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

I am your Mother. The Child Jesus gives you Himself. Will you give Him yourself?


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February 8, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring

There will be a great era in which the King will reign on His throne as never before. He will reign in their hearts.

Men will fervently love God and each other. Now the world is living in a dim light. Oh, it is there, the Mass, the sacraments, the priests. Oh, they are a people walking in darkness, they are blind, they do not see, they do not know.

And so the Lady appeared at Fatima and she told them what would bring about this great era and promised that it would come. She told to them the secret to bring it about. The Father sent her, the messenger, the woman clothed as the sun, and men did not listen. And the streets are dark and dingy, and the men on the earth will remain in a half-lighted fog when the day could be bright.

Only in giving themselves in consecration will they see the light. Only in giving themselves to Mary will they be brought forth, the children of light. Only in going to her pure and sinless heart will we be able to unite in such depth to the Heart of Christ that we will know Him and His love and He will live in us in a profound union.

She is the key. She unlocks the treasure - the treasure promised and foretold in all the books in the Bible: ...Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

And they walked hand in hand, the children of light, and the children of darkness. The Lady appeared and coaxed them to come to her heart. They said 'no', my Lady, I don't need you and your motherly ways. I need only my world. And they went down a road that led to the destruction of their souls. And you could hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth as they fell into the pit of darkness.

And the children of light marched into the new era. They were living as one, holy, happy family as the Father intended according to His will and relishing the great gifts of the era.

The light reigned in their hearts. We spread the light when we encourage priests, religious, men, women and children, to consecrate their hearts. We are walking hand in hand.

The veil will be removed and people will know God so much more. To know Him as we should only comes in immense love and adoration given to Him. The Mass and sacraments will be the fountain in which His divine life will flow copiously and feed the people. They will feast on His life, they will know His love and live His Word. His Word will penetrate their heart and soul and they will cry because they will be in awe of God. They will have this profound oneness with the Divine God, knowing and being united to all Three Persons and they will be one with each other, united in such love, according to His will.

And now the Church is walking in darkness. They do not know how it will be when He is the King on His throne. He has been moved from His throne in many churches and His reign appears weak. Men see themselves as the authority, when in fact there is no authority or power except His. Men have become haughty, arrogant and domineering.

He will reign, He must be accepted as the King with power. Men have tried to take control of His power.

When the King reigns in full power in the Church and the hearts of men, the lights will shine, the grace will flow, the earth will be bright and beautiful as the Father intended.

In the Shepherds of Christ Movement He is giving us great grace to live as the Father intends us to be. We truly are the light shinning in the dark night. We will be one family, as a small Church, loving God with the love He deserves. He is reigning in the hearts of His apostles and in the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

He is the King. He has given His instructions through these writings to help bring His reign into fullness. He has lifted the veil and we are living as it will be during this new era.

Jesus: I urgently request that the rosaries be prayed in the chapters. I will give to them the great grace I have granted in your core chapter when you received the rosary. I promised, and Mary promised to be with you when you prayed the rosary and give great graces to bring you into Our Hearts.

I now promise that when the rosary is prayed, preferably in candlelight as My Mother requested, with the tape, the chapters will receive extraordinary graces that will draw them into My Heart. I will be there and My Mother will be there in the live rosary. This is called a live rosary for I am there, reigning in a special way in their hearts. Men's hearts will burn for love of Me with these rosaries. I am giving abundant grace in these live rosaries to help bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart and triumph of My Mother's Immaculate Heart.


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February 1, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring
First Saturday
Title: My Gift is My Heart: A Tool for Greater Intimacy with Jesus

Jesus: My Dear Beloved Ones,

I am asking you for greater intimacy with Me in order to accomplish this task. I am asking you daily in the hour that you spend with Me, preferably before the tabernacle, or in your room, in this intimate hour, that you write to Me a love letter. For 10 minutes of the hour, I am asking you to answer the question--how do I feel in my heart about My beloved Jesus? In this love letter you will talk to Me as your most intimate friend. You will share with Me the sores you feel in your heart. You will share with Me your joy, your praise, your sorrow, your weak points, your strong points. You will focus on Me, as your Divine Healer. You will keep these letters to Me in a notebook entitled, "My Love Letters to Jesus." I then will ask you to open up the Blue Book messages which are My love letters to you. You will then read My love letters to you. You will continue talking to Me for l0 minutes about your letter to Me and My letter to you. At the same time I ask you to continue publishing all the love letters I have given to man.

This is the tool that I give to you that you will become My most intimate lover and I say to you, "To be an intimate lover, you must spend time being intimately involved. This time will become a most cherished half hour daily."

When you go to Mass and Holy Communion, always pray the Prayer Before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Mass is the greatest love affair between God and man. I ask you during the Mass to continue your love affair with Me as you give yourself to Me in complete love. It is in the time after Communion, in the 20 minutes spent alone with Me, that we will share the most intimate love secrets of our hearts. We will be joined in such oneness with each other. I am calling you to circulate this letter immediately for you will soon see how urgent the situation in the world has become. The Father will not tolerate the sinfulness of men. Your day will be turned to more days of prayer because of this situation.

I am Jesus.

R. We do not want to give deeply within ourselves because we may get hurt, so we remain closed because we are afraid.

Jesus: This will teach you to give yourself deeply to Me. I was wounded with the deepest wounds and I continued to love.

R. He was opened up raw, jabbed in the wounds and He still loved We are wounded by so many love relationships, parents, children, relatives, friends. We carry around in our hearts a life of disappointments, we know pain. We think, if we do not open ourselves, we will not be wounded. If the flower does not open, it remains a bud, to be in full bloom, it must open.

Jesus: I will be the King and center of your heart. Before writing the letter to Me, pray the Holy Spirit Prayer and the consecration prayers.

This method of communication with Me will help heal the wounds in your heart. I am giving to you several Mass Books. Study these books so you will participate in this celebration and receive the greatest outpouring of My grace.

I give Myself to you in Communion and I am not recognized or even talked to by many souls. How this wounds My Heart. I give you Myself completely and I am treated as if My gift is nothing. How would you like to open yourself up to the deepest part of your heart, give yourself as a gift to others and be rejected? How would it feel to share yourself as you have never shared before, give yourself completely and be ignored? I give you Myself and you treat it as if it is nothing.

R. The sun is covered with the clouds many times. Every day is a sunny day when our hearts are one with Him. Our days must be spend in oneness with Him. We must always be living with His light shining in our hearts. Writing an intimate letter to Jesus every day and following this procedure, will make Him our most intimate lover. We must be intimate with Him to have an intimate relationship with Him. We must give ourselves to Him.

Jesus: I am calling you to a deep, intimate relationship with Me. All of you will not be able to do all I have listed. The more you follow this plan, the deeper your relationship will become with Me.

1) Morning Offering
2) Daily Mass and Communion
3) One hour of private time with Me
4) Praying the Rosary
5) Continual consecration, praying the Holy Spirit Prayer and the Consecration Prayer from the prayer cards.

My beloved shepherds, you will give Me the burning love I desire. You will lead others to this great gift of My Heart. Many will be led home to My Heart. My Heart will reign. I will be King and center of many hearts through this message and the letters I write to you in God's Blue Book. The Father is giving to you His plan through these messages in God's Blue Book and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. I am the Teacher. I am the Word. I have spoken to you in plain talk. My Heart will reign and My Mother's heart will triumph. This is the beginning. I give to you this message on first Saturday as a great gift to My Mother.

You must circulate this message. It is My plan for greater intimacy with your most loving God.


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February 19, 1997
Intimacy with Jesus and Others

R. We can only become as intimate with Jesus and with others in the degree we open ourselves up and are accepted by the other.

If we open ourselves totally to another and speak from the depth of our heart, and are accepted by the other, we are in the depth of intimacy.

The very depth of intimacy occurs when we can freely express the feelings in our heart.

If we freely express the feelings in our heart and are rejected, then we must back up, be less open, and hence are not intimately involved with them.

Intimacy occurs when we can freely discuss the depth of the feelings in our heart and they are accepted.

Jesus wants greatest intimacy with Him. He wants the feelings we feel in the deepest part of our hearts.

He wants our deep pain and suffering. He wants our ecstatic joy. He wants us to pour out our deepest love for Him.

He never, never, never rejects us! He accepts us with an open Heart on fire for love of us.

He is waiting for this deep, deep intimate sharing. He wants us to tell Him of our sins, our failings, our struggles. He wants it all. He wants the deepest feelings in our heart and He won't reject us.

This is what He wants in our letter to Him. When we cannot be intimate with any soul, we can be most intimate with Jesus. He wants to share everything in our heart. He wants to be one in our every thought. He wants us to be entirely open with Him.

I tell my best friend how I love him. Can I share the very depth of my heart with him? To the degree I can open up to another, this determines the degree of my intimacy. If they do not accept the deepest feelings in my heart they tell me, "You shouldn't feel that way". They are not accepting me and I cannot be intimate with them.

There are levels of intimacy. With Jesus we can be most intimate. With others we can only be as intimate as the other person allows. Intimacy is an exchange of give and take. I give myself to you, you accept me as I am, you give yourself to me, I accept you. When there are imperfections, there are problems. To be extremely intimate with another, to merge toward oneness, the parties must work against imperfections. I will unite in the deepest oneness the more I am like Christ. The more we intimately give ourselves to one another, the more our imperfections come to the surface. When imperfections arise between two people they cause tremendous pain.

To grow and lessen our imperfections we must be willing to change. It takes a dying process, a dying to the imperfection so a more perfect way can be developed as part of our personality.

It is painful to change. It takes great grace to die to our old pattern ways that are imperfect.

The greatest way to change is at the Mass. Jesus gives Himself as a Sacrifice in the Mass to the Father. We offer ourselves, all our imperfections, and tell God we want to die to them.

The all perfect God loves me. It is relatively easy uniting to Him. So, He sends me another holy person to love and I begin to grow in my relationship with that person. As we grow in greater intimacy, we unite in great oneness in Jesus. But, problems arise. I give myself and it gets scary, as that person doesn't always act like he accepts me. I want to pull back but then I am not acting according to my heart. I can love Jesus with an unguarded heart. I want to love this person in deep love but when I give him the feelings deep in my heart, I feel I expose myself too much to him and I want to pull back to feel more comfortable. When I do this, I am not freely acting from my heart.

To have the greatest intimacy, I must be able to freely expose the greatest desires of my heart to him and be accepted. If he rejects me and tells me I am too close, we will back up rather than grow in intimacy and I will be forced to operate with him with a guarded heart.

The intimacy Jesus wants is the gift of myself, all of myself, faults and all. He is the all-perfect God.

The more we can give ourselves totally to another and be accepted, the more we will grow in intimacy. Intimacy requires a freedom to express feelings. If feelings are held in check, then intimacy cannot be achieved. When feelings are expressed from the depths of our hearts, the imperfections begin to surface.

Two people who love each other are willing to suffer with one another in this dying process as they both die to imperfections. It is a painful process, so painful is this process that in today's world a great amount of people give up the relationship and give up the opportunity to grow. To work in relationships with others helps us grow to be more like Jesus, if we are willing to admit our imperfections and take them to the altar. The Mass is the greatest opportunity to die to the false self and grow more according to the ideal self.

How deep is your love affair with God and others? We recommend writing love letters. In the letters we express the deepest feelings in our heart. We do not hold back our feelings, we express them with tender love. Sharing your feelings in a love letter to Jesus, sharing your feelings in a love letter with another, helps us to grow in deeper intimate relationships.

We must be humble and admit our faults. No one is perfect. God gives us Himself and His sinless Mother as a model. We must give ourselves to Their pure and sinless Hearts and unite to Them. This is the greatest road to holiness: to unite to the pure Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

I gave myself and He loved me. He accepted me with all my faults and He loved me. I grew in greater intimacy with Our Divine Lord. I consecrated my heart to Mary and Jesus' Hearts all through the day. I was immersed in her sinless heart and united in a deep union with Him. I love you, my all-perfect God. I thank you for the gift of Yourself and I give myself to You.

Many men do not naturally share their feelings. Jesus' Heart is the most tender, feeling Heart. His Heart longs to share feelings with us. Women tend to talk about feelings continually.

He made them male and female. He told the women to obey the man--He told the man to love her.

She is the key to helping men grow in greater intimacy with God and with others. She cares for the sharing of feelings. Jesus' Heart contains all the emotions in the human hearts of men and women.

As men and women unite and learn from each other, they grow more and more towards the all-perfect Heart of Christ.

Men's hearts must be tender and filled with emotion and love. Women's hearts must be submissive and patient.

Why did God make men and women so different? We are imperfect. We must grow in His ways. We cannot be prideful and domineering. We must be humble and loving.

We are never finished learning. As the hearts merge in love, male and female, our hearts come forth more like His.

Haughty hearts are not like the Heart of Christ. Hearts cannot be prideful--they must be meek and open.

His Heart is open. It is when they opened His Heart that the blood and water poured out - pointing to the sacramental life of the Church.

When people open their hearts and unite to His Heart, He will outpour His grace. He wants heartfelt love. Our hearts must unite to His.

The world is not ready for the inside of the Sacred Heart of Jesus--they want noise, video games and television. They want pleasures.

He opens up His Heart. He gives us letters from the depth of His Heart.

I want to talk about the Eucharist, Jesus and the Mass, and the depth of His mysteries. I want to talk about "love", deep love so I can unite as one. I know the depth of the Heart of Christ.

I know heaven. I know hell. I will write my love letters to Him.

I can hear Jesus say this about His intimate letters: I opened Myself raw. I gave you the inside of My Heart. I gave you My burning love and they say, "Jesus, I don't want the depth of your Heart. Jesus, I don't want to feel the emotion."

Many priests do not want heartfelt love at the Mass. They want words spoken from the lips--they want lip service love. How this offends the Heart of Jesus when He opens Himself raw and pours out His blood and water. He poured it out from the depth of His Heart--all the way to the last drop, and we say, "I want words, I don't want to be deeply involved in the depth of your heart!"

I speak of the depth of my soul. We do not share the depth of our soul with Jesus and with one another. We are sharing on the surface.

So where can we go with intimacy--we can't go at all.

Jesus: I open myself raw in My love letters. Many do not comprehend. Many do not listen because they will not open their hearts to love. Many are closed in their hearts. Their greatest possession is cold, hard money, it is not burning love, it is paper and ink and money and things. They utter words from their lips that do not come from their hearts. Their lips speak the hollow love in their hearts. Many offer sacrifice at the Mass that is not from the depth of their souls, it is hollow words spoken. It is time many spend going through a ritual. It is not a gift to Me where they give themselves. I give Myself to you in the Eucharist and many run from the church. How this offends Me, when I give Myself completely. The Divine God gives Himself and many do not accept His gift, they run for money and cars. Many have made everything god but God. Many take My gift and abuse it. I am sorry to open My Heart in these letters and be rejected.

R. I know the feeling Heart of Jesus. I have cried over knowing what He wants when He wants oneness in the Mass. I have been taken to the heights of ecstasy in the Mass and been taken to the pits of hell. I have united to the feeling part of the Heart of Christ. He has allowed me to experience His most intimate feeling when He is united with a soul in the Mass. He takes a soul to heaven in the Mass.

I write about the love of Jesus. I know deep in my heart. When I share this with you, it reaches an immense fullness. When I keep it locked and hidden, it is not anything like the intenseness when I share it. He has written His feelings on my heart to share with the world. When I share it, I am rewarded with a greater depth of union with Him. When I share it with others, some are jealous, except the people that are deeply united to Jesus in their heart. Many do not comprehend because they are not opening their heart. They want to be the messenger so they miss the gift that God is giving to them in these revelations.

When a person opens his heart, I share this most intimate feeling of love He has shared with me--secrets into His Heart. When a person is closed, I cannot share what I know. I have been in the depth of the Heart of Christ with ecstasies and sufferings. He has opened Himself raw and exposed His most intimate love.


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February 6, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: My Dear Beloved Ones,

I have given to you the messages on the 13th of the month that will greatly bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart. I am asking you to gather at least once a month with your group in a private home or non-church related center and listen to the tape of the 13th as a group, as you pray the rosary, with the tape. I am giving to you special graces when you gather and pray the rosary from the tape. It will be very pleasing to My Mother if you pray the rosary with candlelight and a picture of My Sacred Heart and her Immaculate Heart. We will teach you the secrets of Our Hearts in this time. We will be with you and great graces will be granted.

Please listen and pray the entire rosary from the live, recorded tapes of October 13, 1996, November 13, 1996, December 13, 1996, January 13, 1997 and any further live tapes. Also included may be the tape of September 10, 1996. I will bless your group in a special way during the rosary. This is a special gift from My Most Sacred Heart and the heart of My Mother, Mary. Your group will grow in great holiness from the graces you will receive.

I love you. Jesus


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November 14, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring
Message to All Members in the Shepherds of Christ Chapters and to Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

Jesus: I am Jesus, your beloved Savior. You have been called to the Shepherds of Christ Movement to be My chosen apostles. You are called by Me. I beg you to answer this call. You are My apostles I am sending into the world to light up the darkness with the fire of My love. It is through the consecration to My Heart and Mary's heart that hearts will be turned to hearts of love.

I am sending you two tapes of live rosaries, one received at the October 13th, 1996 gathering at Tom's Farm and the other from September 10th, 1996, also given at Tom's Farm at a weekly Shepherds of Christ meeting. These are My directions for you. Also included is the written copy of each rosary. You are asked to play a tape for five minutes daily. Put the tape in the tape recorder, advance it forward to any spot and listen for five minutes. Then reflect through the day on the message I have delivered to you.

I am directing you, My apostles, in these live rosaries. Each day, read a message from God's Blue Book, Volume 1, 2, or 3. Reflect on this message through the day. Pick the message at random.

Always begin your day with the Morning Offering for the members of Shepherds of Christ chapters, the Holy Spirit Prayer, and the consecration prayers...(The Morning Offering, Holy Spirit Prayer, and consecration prayers are in this manual and on separate prayer cards for your convenience).

When you pray the Holy Spirit Prayer and the consecration prayers with your family and others, it binds you in one heart.

There is a Morning Offering prayer for Children (which can be found in this manual). There are very short consecration prayers for children and Rosary Aves (which can be found in this manual).

I am calling you, My apostles, this day, to help in the renewal of the Church and the world.

Please study the booklet provided and order any materials you wish for your groups.

I am Jesus, I am begging you to let Me live in you and do My work through you.

The work you do will lead millions of souls to heaven. As you consecrate your hearts each day and fervently attend your Shepherds of Christ meetings, I will work in your hearts and draw you ever closer to Me.

Oh, how I love you! Please read My love letters and messages. Read My love letters as a love letter from Me to you. Know that every word I speak I am speaking to you. These are My love letters to you to help strengthen you and grow more and more in love with Me. Oh, I love you, I love you, I love you, My chosen one. Come to Me. I will never abandon you. I kiss you and hold you in My Divine Heart.

I am giving to you a leader apostle from the core group in Cincinnati. He will tell you of My weekly messages for you. You must pray for each other.

The 13th is a special day for the Shepherds of Christ Movement. I am giving special messages in a rosary at 12:00 noon on the 13th of each month. I am asking you to attend if at all possible. You will hear My messages and be given talks from Fr. Carter, Rita Ring, John Weickert and Bonnie Kaelin. These are special meetings for My apostles.

If you cannot attend, join with us during that time offering up whatever you are doing as a sacrifice for the Shepherds of Christ Movement that you will be one in your hearts with My Heart and the heart of My Mother.

There will be days of recollection in the future at Centers near Cincinnati. All materials are available at these meetings or they can be obtained through the leader apostle. [Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus can obtain materials by calling our Center at (513) 932-4451.]

You will soon be able to order these items from My main center in Cincinnati.

I am telling you to be leery of Satan who wants to stop you. You must try to pray as often as possible before the tabernacle and go to Mass and Communion as often as possible, daily if you can. Pray the rosary every day as mentioned in the booklet, under the title, October 1, 1996, Continued.

You are My apostles. The booklet is My guide for you. Study the messages and its contents.

Oh, sweet loved ones, I am so pleased with your efforts to comply with these requests.

The fire of My love will spread on this earth through you, My chosen apostle. Come to Me and I will bathe you in My burning love. I love you, I love you, I love you,

Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock


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March 18, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring
Directions from Jesus
Subject: What You Must Say to My Coordinator:

Jesus: My Dear Apostle,

I am writing to you and communicating to you through My Apostle Coordinators. The coordinators will try to call you weekly to tell you the directions the Father wishes you to follow as His apostles.

As Paul contacted the first Apostles, you will be contacted with directions to tell you the instructions I wish you to follow.

1. Only, only in prayer will the Movement spread to the far corners of the earth.

a) All apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus are asked to spend two hours each week before the tabernacle. Many apostles have become busy. Please, you must try to live up to this commitment. Try to encourage others you know to join the Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Movement. Give them a Prayer Manual.

b) Be faithful to your Shepherds of Christ meeting. This meeting should be weekly, if possible. You need to gather for the support and love you will receive there. If you have been led away by the devil, come back to the meeting. This will be your little family, rooted in God's love. It will be little families all over the world as the Father intends His family to be. All Shepherds of Christ chapters will be united in a special way as one family through the Morning Offering and the consecration prayers.

As you go deeper into Our Hearts, you will become further away from the world. You will need this intense family love for support and nurturing.

Encourage others to begin prayer chapters.

c) I am requesting that you pray for Fr. Carter daily.

I am giving the greatest graces as I promised to Fr. Carter in the message of July 31, 1994.

Only, only in prayer will you accomplish the plan the Father intends. God is the might and the power. You are entirely dependent on His might and His grace.

You must pray the Prayer for Union with Jesus, the Morning Offering and the consecration prayers.

2. I am asking you to have a candlelight rosary monthly. You will be the lights in the dark world. I am with you in these rosaries. When you play the live tapes I will be with you and My Mother will be with you. You will receive special graces to be My most fervent apostles when you listen to the live rosary tapes. You will be strengthened and taught by Me. I am giving crucial messages in these live rosary tapes to bring about the completion of the Fatima message. Please, I am stressing the importance of a monthly rosary. Candles must be placed before the pictures of My Sacred Heart and My Mother's heart.

All rooms used for this rosary should be consecrated to Our Hearts.

Say, before the rosary:

We consecrate this place to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. We consecrate our hearts to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Come, Holy Spirit, enkindle in us the fire of God's love.

Unless the Pastor gives permission to play the live rosary tapes in the church, the rosary tapes should be played in a private place.

3. Listen to the tape of February 13 (1997). The rosaries of February 13 (1997) and March 13 (1997) were rosaries for greater intimacy with Me. There were full houses at the Holy Spirit Center. These were very grace-filled days with Fr. Carter's Mass, the Rosary and talks. I am asking that you listen to these rosaries and circulate them to the members. Also, the talk given by Fr. Carter on February 13 (1997) is now included on the Mary's Message tape.

In Summary:

1. I am asking for prayer:

(a) Apostles of Eucharistic Heart,
(b) Prayer Meetings,
(c) Father Carter.

2. I am asking for monthly candlelight rosaries.

I love you, My beloved apostles. Do not feel overwhelmed with these directions, try to study them at your own pace. Stay close to one another and pray the consecration prayers whenever you gather. This will protect you from Satan. I love you, My sweet Apostles,

I am Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock


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Chapter 4

Mary's Image in Florida

Press Release
Instructions for Florida Apostles
Messages Pertaining to This Image
        - December 19, 1996

        - December 12, 1996 - Mary's Message
        - January 18, 1997 
        - January 16, 1997

        - March 31, 1997
        - A Message from Florida


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Instructions for Florida Apostles
Message given through Rita Ring

God the Father: To All Florida Apostles,

I have asked Joe Lee to be the Apostle Coordinator in Florida. He is in charge of this mission. Therefore, he acts in My authority. I am the Father. I have sent Mary, your Mother, to you to change the hearts of men.

Please, I beg you, if you do not follow the instructions in the apostles message given on January 30, 1997, you will have serious problems. You must use the Apostle's Manual. Study it and pray the consecration often when on the site with each other. You must remain in one mind and one heart.

I am with you in this mission. Many, many souls throughout the world will be reached through your efforts there. You must love God and love each other. Pray to the Holy Spirit and take your mission with the greatest seriousness.

This is My plan for the renewal of the world. I am the Father.


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December 19, 1996
Message from Mary, Received by Rita Ring.

Mary: My dear children, I give to you, my Son, Jesus, born in a stable in Bethlehem on Christmas morn. He is the Almighty God, the Light of the World.

I appear to you, my children, on a (former) bank in Florida. You have made money your god! Do you know how cold are your hearts? You turn away from my Son, Jesus, for your money. Your money is your god.

I am Mary, your Mother. I do not appear as I once appeared to you. I am asking you today to circulate my message given on a tape on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, 1996. Please circulate this tape now. Give it to as many people as you can. I am Mary, your Mother. Please circulate my Rosary Book.


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The Message from the tape Mary's Message December 12, 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.

Song: O Lady of Light, shining so bright, be with us this day, guiding our way, O Lady...

Mary: I appear to you as Our Mother of Sorrows.


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January 18, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring

God the Father: My Dear Children,

I am telling you to circulate the tape of January 13, 1997 as soon as possible. This tape must be released to the world. It is the message to go with the apparition on the building in Florida.

You must make every connection with Mary's message given December 12 (1996) and the messages given by Mary with the apparition of her on the building in Florida.

I am using the Shepherds of Christ Movement to majorly carry out the plan begun at Fatima. Every day lost is a lost day. I give to you Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary as your directions to help the plan unfold. Circulate these rosaries to all chapters and stress their importance.

The tape of January 13, 1997 is important to the world. The tape must be circulated with the apparition in Florida and the messages typed and put on the Internet with the rest of the messages I have given. The connection must be made between the apparition and the Shepherds of Christ Movement.


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January 16, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: Mary appeared on the building in Florida and has asked that you circulate the tape of Mary's Message.

This message, the Rosary of December 13, 1996 and the messages given on December 19 (2) and December 22, and from the Father, must be circulated with pictures of the apparition of Mary.

It is very important that the messages in God's Blue Books and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary reach the people. Children must consecrate their hearts and pray the rosary. I am teaching them in the Children's Rosary Book.


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March 31, 1997
Message from Mary given through Rita Ring

Mary: I am Mary, your Mother. I will continue to talk to you...as Our Lady of Fatima from my Florida apparition site.

I give you my Son, Jesus, born in the town of Bethlehem. I appear on a former bank to bring about the reign of His Heart. These are His messages of love given to all.

...I am your Mother. I hold you in my arms and press you as a tender child to my breast...I love you so much.


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A Message from Florida
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: You are the leader. There will be no one in line behind you. You may be on the hill and look around and no one will appear to be near, but I am there in the silence of that moment. Know I am with you. The Father and the Holy Spirit are with you. You are one with My Mother and are surrounded by angels and saints.

The world is blind and they do not see. You must see with spiritual vision. See the world beyond. It is real. You are not alone. I am with you at every second, watching you and controlling your breath.

If you cease to believe, who will be the leader? All I have called through you must realize they are the leaders. No one may appear to be near, no one is in line behind you.

You must be constantly motivated by faith. It comes down to this--it is your belief. For, if I call you and you do not hear Me, then My work will not get done. For I am calling you and you can plug up your ears, but souls are being lost at this very moment that you can be helping through your faith. You must have fervor in your prayers.

Satan attacks you all day, in prayer and in work. Will you listen to him or to Me?

I am begging you to see Me alive before you as I came forth from the tomb, glistening and all white. I am here. I have called you by name. You are the apostles I am calling. If you say 'no' the work will not get done.

Read this letter over and over and when you are alone and feel as if you are standing on the hill by yourself see the heavens open up. See Me in celestial light as you saw Me transfigured on the altar. See the great vision of March 26, 1996. Read that message. See Me almost dead on the cross as I was on December 5, 1996 at Immaculata. See My lips move and hear Me speak. No one is listening. They will hear you speak. They will respond to you.

If you give into Satan, they will not hear and they will not know for his whole attempt is to silence you.

So you go to the hilltop. You are close to Me. You look around and you see no one. Below the hill is a throng of people. They have forgotten I exist. The heavens open and I appear and the sky is filled with saints and angels. They continue talking and laughing at the bottom of the hill. The celestial light falls upon them and they continue as in a fog and as blind men to focus on the rocks and the things of this earth.

And you speak. The voice they hear is your voice from the top of the mountain. You appear to be alone by these blind men, but the heavenly court has surrounded you and you see not with earthly vision but with the eyes of faith and you speak in My Name...

"Glory and Praise to God! Hear the words of your Savior. Listen from the mountain top for He has risen and we are His witnesses."

He calls you from the mountain and you say nay for your foolish whims. Come to the mountain top with Me and you will taste of milk sweeter than honey. You will run and not get weary, you will be His faithful witnesses. You will be the children of light shining from the mountain top on the dark world below.

Oh, do not say no, My chosen ones, you are My children of light. I have called and you have responded. Do not be discouraged, but encouraged for (she) appears, the Lady of Light, the Lady of Fatima, the Lady of the Holy Rosary. She appears Our Lady in Clearwater to bring about the completion of the Fatima message there. If you do not believe, who will I send to do the work for I have chosen you!

The Fatima mission will greatly unfold there through the Shepherds of Christ Movement. She appears Our Lady of Light in all the splendor to call her children to her Son, Jesus. She appears as Our Lady of Fatima, 80 years later, to call to the world, to deliver the same message she delivered then. Come to the water and drink and you will not be thirsty for God has visited His people. He has risen. He sends great gifts in the woman clothed as the sun on your building. Some look and they do not see. Some are touched for their hearts are open to the graces that are pouring out there.

Mary: I appear to you, the woman clothed as the sun, Our Lady of Fatima, in splendor and glory to lead a sick race to holiness, to lead them to healing in the Heart of my Son.

For His Heart will reign despite all the actions of men. I appear Our Lady of Fatima on the (former) bank in Florida to you this day. This is my message. This is my little Fatima in the Americas. A permanent sign I give to you this day on the building, a sign for the world and for you.

And you, my chosen one, have faith for it is faith that will save you. The devil wants you stopped. If you listen to him, who will lead the people to my Son? You have been called and chosen by me, Our Lady of Fatima, the woman clothed as the sun and there will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth for many will be lost forever. I send you in the darkness as a beacon light to the world.

I love you. I am your Mother Mary.


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Chapter 5

From October 13, 1917 - October 13, 1997
Sample 13th Meeting Format as Given by Jesus

On October 13, 1917:
The Birth of the Full Ministries of the Shepherds of Christ
For Apostles Today From Jesus
Mary's Peace Plan as given to Lucia 
Song: Song from Jesus

October 11, 1996 - Study the Rosaries
Holy Spirit Prayer
Prayer to St. Michael
Act of Consecration to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts
Petitions
Song: The Rosary
Song: I Love You, Jesus
Song: Here I am Lord   


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On October 13, 1917:

" 'As the Lady was about to leave, she pointed to the sun. Lucy excitedly repeated the gesture, and the people looked into the sky. The rain had ceased, the clouds parted, and the sun shone forth, but not in its usual brilliance. Instead, it appeared like a silver disc, pale as the moon, at which all could gaze without straining their eyes. Suddenly, impelled by some mysterious force, the disc began to whirl in the sky, casting off great shafts of multicolored light. Red, green, blue, yellow, violet - the enormous rays shot across the sky at all angles, lighting up the entire countryside for many miles around, but particularly the upturned faces of those 70,000 spellbound people. After three minutes the wonder stopped, but was resumed again a second and a third time - three times in all - within about 12 minutes. It seemed that the whole world was on fire, with the sun spinning at a greater speed each time.

Then a gasp of terror rose from the crowd, for the sun seemed to tear itself from the heavens and come crashing down upon the horrified multitude. 'It's the end of the world!' shrieked one woman. 'Dear God, don't let me die in my sins!' implored another. 'Holy Virgin, protect us!' cried a third. All were on their knees in terror, asking pardon for their sins. Just when it seemed that the ball of fire would fall upon and destroy them, the miracle ceased and the sun resumed its normal place in the sky, shining forth as peacefully as ever.

When the people arose from the ground, cries of astonishment were heard on all sides. Their clothes, which had been soaking wet and muddy, now were clean and dry. Many of the sick and crippled had been cured of their afflictions.'

The above describes the great miracle which brought to conclusion the series of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima which took place six times, from May to October 1917. The Miracle of the Sun was the sign God gave to the world in proof of the authenticity of the apparitions. The event was reported in newspapers around the world.

With one exception, Mary always appeared on the 13th of the month, above an holm oak tree in the valley named Cova da Iria. The only deviation from the 13th was the August 19. The children were in jail on the 13th of that particular month. The mayor, in an attempt to stop the events, had had the young visionaries kidnapped and imprisoned, but fearing violence on the part of the people, he soon released them."

-- From Fr. Carter's book, The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje pp. 3-4.


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The Birth of the Full Ministries of the Shepherds of Christ

"I wish to share with you part of a message which Jesus gave us on October 13, 1994. The message tells us about the expansion of the Shepherds of Christ movement:

'My beloved priest-companion, today I come to you with another mission. I am asking you to establish Shepherds of Christ Ministries. At My request you have already begun the priestly newsletter, "Shepherds of Christ", and the prayer chapters, Shepherds of Christ Associates...

'I am giving you this message on this day, the 77th Anniversary of the Great Apparition at Fatima, because of the close connection between the Shepherds of Christ movement and the Fatima message. The Fatima message is centered in devotion to My Heart and My Mother's Heart, especially in consecration to Our Hearts. Shepherds of Christ Ministries is also centered in devotion to Our Hearts. I will use Shepherds of Christ Ministries as a great instrument in helping to bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. When this occurs, My Church and the world will be experiencing the great era of peace promised by My Mother at Fatima.

'Today, then, October 13, 1994, the 77th Anniversary of the Great Apparition at Fatima, marks the birth of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. I pour forth the great love of My Sacred Heart to all. I am Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock.'

"Jesus has told us that Shepherds of Christ Ministries includes: the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, Shepherds of Christ Associates prayer chapters, various publications, including books, whatever else Our Lord directs us to undertake.

"As members of Shepherds of Christ Associates, you are an extremely important part of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. You have given great joy to the Heart of Jesus by responding to His invitation to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. As He draws you closer to His Heart and to His Mother's Heart as Associates members, He will fill you with an ever-increasing experience of His love, peace, and joy."

- From In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Newsletter of Shepherds of Christ Associates
by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J., Volume 1, No. 1, 1995. p. 2.


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For Apostles Today From Jesus

October 1, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: My Beloved Ones Gathered Here Today,

I have called you, each one, here this day. You are My special apostles. I called the Apostles to go out to spread the good news and the Church. I am calling you, My apostles this day, to go forth to help bring about the renewal of the Church and the world culminating in the reign of My Sacred Heart and the triumph of My Mother's Immaculate Heart.

"When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves." (Acts 2:1-4)19

I beg you to study the Rosary of May 11, 1996. There will be available a live tape of this rosary. Please listen to this tape five to ten minutes daily and reflect on your mission. It is through the Shepherds of Christ Movement, I will greatly renew the Church and the world.

You are My apostles. This is a calling from Me to you on this October 13, 1996. I am Jesus. I called the Apostles. I am calling you My apostles today. I am giving to you abundant graces to carry out this great mission that will lead to the new era.

I love you with the greatest love, My apostles, and I am guarding you.


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September 24, 1996

R. And He reached down and lifted me up and I was enveloped in His rapture. I knew nothing but God.

We see with a veil over our eyes and He is there, behind that veil. If He but lifted this veil, we would fall on our faces. In our bodies we cannot take His overwhelming presence--we could not see because of His splendor and brightness.

We are but feeble creatures, living here with faith - but He could show us His splendor and glory and give us a touch of His overwhelming presence.

And a symbol of grace danced on the altar and the whole area surrounding the Eucharist had a celestial aura of glistening grace and it was awesome. Truly, I was awe struck. He gave me the following instructions:

Jesus wants a chapel with the Sacred Heart statue and the Immaculate Heart of Mary statue. Until this is possible, whenever we pray the rosary He would like an area designated, with those two statues for the purpose of holy prayer.

Jesus: I would like you to gather on the 13th of each month, My beloved shepherds, at the time of 12:00 noon to venerate My Sacred Heart and My Mother's Immaculate Heart. People are requested to bring chairs and to gather at this time.

The Shepherds of Christ Movement is a main part of the completion of the Fatima message. It is crucial to the renewal of the Church and the world. I will continue to give messages to the apostles on the 13th of the month. You will continue to gather on the 5th of the month as requested by My Mother.

I am requesting you to gather on the 13th of the month and to invite all chapter members to this special rosary. It is there on the 13th of the month. I will talk to the apostles and teach them about My love. They will go into the world and spread this love to the far ends of the earth. This rosary will be taped and the messages published and sent to you. Please study these messages during the month and listen to the tape. The fire of My love with spread across the earth and many will be saved. I am Jesus. I am asking this message be distributed on October 13, 1996.

The location of this rosary will be determined by Fr. Carter. It is through the Shepherds of Christ Movement, I will greatly renew the Church and the world. It is through him, the fire of My love will be spread to the far corners of the earth. He is My special anointed priest-son. You must obey him for I am directing him in this mission.

I will direct John as the president of this organization. All must remain humble. The Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary need to be circulated and distributed to the apostles. These are My directions for the apostles.

Please join on this date. It is important to carry out this mission I have imparted to you.

The messages in God's Blue Book and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary must be lived by all members of the Movement.


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October 1, 1996 continued...

Jesus: The Shepherds of Christ Movement will have centers of renewal.

As requested by My Mother, I am asking you to pray the rosary as a continued novena for the Movement. Pray beginning this day, 27 days in petition, 27 days in thanksgiving for these requests given by My Mother:

The new intentions for the rosary novena given by Mary on January 25, 1997:

Mary: I am Mary. I am requesting that you continue to pray the rosary novena daily for the following intentions:

1) For the spread of the rosary, circulation and publication of these rosary meditations, for the Rosary Book and Children's Rosary books, for the Rosary Aves and consecrations to be distributed and used by school children, for the Priestly Newsletter books, for the Mass Book, for all materials receiving the imprimatur, for its publication and quick distribution. For the distribution of Mary's Message tape and the Rosary Book and the connection with the Shepherds of Christ Movement and the apparition in Florida;

2) For Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, that the Father's plan will unfold there as He intended;

3) For the new Center, for the new chapel, for the right to reserve the Blessed Sacrament there, for the funding, for the circulation of materials from there, for the beginning of new prayer chapters.

I am asking each of you to spread the messages I have given connecting My apparition in Florida with the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Please circulate the Mary's Message tape.

Please help circulate the love letters of my Son found in God's Blue Books and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Please circulate the live rosary tapes.

Jesus is asking that you spread the Ministry. It is through this ministry the Fatima message will greatly unfold. Please support the Ministry. You are pleasing Jesus and pleasing me. The Father's plan will greatly unfold through this ministry. Jesus has asked you to obey His and my messages to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of my Immaculate Heart."

Jesus: I am requesting that you continually pray this rosary novena from this day forth for these intentions. I am Jesus. I am giving My directions to you, My apostles, in these Rosaries from Our Hearts. Please study the rosaries.

I am here and My Mother is here in a special way on the 13th of each month. I am giving to you abundant graces to grow closer to Our Hearts during this rosary. Whenever you use these rosaries, I will give you special graces to help you in this mission, My apostles. Open your hearts and let Me fill your soul with My love. I am alive. I am alive. I am alive, and I live in you. I am Jesus. I come to you with greatest love. Please read the message of Pentecost 1996 and March 26, 1996 found in this book.

R. For the rosary novena as requested by Jesus and Mary, we begin on the first day with the Joyful Mysteries, on the second day the Sorrowful Mysteries, on the third day the Glorious Mysteries. Pray the rosary this way for 27 days in petition, and continue praying the rosary for 27 more days in thanksgiving. Jesus and Mary want us to continue this novena perpetually, 27 days in petition, 27 days in thanksgiving. Please tell all members of the Shepherds of Christ Movement about this request of Jesus and Mary and circulate the prayer charts with the above message.

God has entrusted the peace of the world to Mary, she is the Queen of Peace. Mary appeared at Fatima in 1917.

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Mary's peace plan was given at Fatima:

  1. Until a sufficient number of people have consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will not have peace in the world.
  2. Mary has requested all to pray the daily rosary.
  3. We must observe the First Saturday devotion.
  4. We must make reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Song from Jesus

Refrain: I come to you with greatest love. I am your loving Savior. I am your God. I died for you. I come to you this day.

  1. You are My precious little one. I love you, oh, so dearly. Come close to Me, My little one. I loved you to My death.

  2. Reach out to Me and do not fear. I want to be so close to you. You are My child, My precious one, I love you tenderly.

Directions from Jesus: Pass out the live rosary from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and the live tape. Read this message and distribute the tapes. This is the continuation of circulating the live rosaries. These will greatly help in bringing about the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.


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October 11, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: My Dear Chosen Shepherds,

I am asking you to study and circulate the rosaries of May 11, 1996 and September 10, 1996. Please listen to the live tape of September 10, 1996. It is in this recording you will hear Me speak deep in your heart. I am giving to you my chosen Shepherds great graces in the Shepherds of Christ Movement that you may be one in Our Hearts. It is through you many will know the love of Our Hearts. I am begging you to listen to these rosaries daily. In these live rosaries, I will live more and more in your lives. Listen to small segments of the rosary of September 10, 1996. (Also available is the written copy). Study the content of the rosaries. They are My teachings for you My chosen apostles. You will receive a live rosary monthly. The fire of My love will spread across this earth. You are key to spreading this Movement. I give Myself to you. I love you, I love you, I love you.

These rosaries are key to helping bring about the completion of the Fatima message. I beg you to circulate the Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. I am Jesus, please answer this urgent request.

Mary: I am Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. I will appear and be present in a special way this day which is the anniversary of my 6th apparition at Fatima.

The Rosaries given from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are key in helping with the completion of the Fatima message. I am asking you to study and circulate these rosaries and publish all rosary books.

Please spread the Rosary Aves and consecration cards to the children in the school. Please put the Rosary Aves with the imprimatur in churches.

I am Our Lady of the Rosary, I appear and am present this day.

Holy Spirit Prayer.
Come, Holy Spirit, almighty Sanctifier, God of love, who filled the Virgin Mary with grace, who wonderfully changed the hearts of the apostles, who endowed all Your martyrs with miraculous courage, come and sanctify us. Enlighten our minds, strengthen our wills, purify our consciences, rectify our judgment, set our hearts on fire, and preserve us from the misfortunes of resisting Your inspirations. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Act of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock, I consecrate myself to Your most Sacred Heart. From Your pierced Heart the Church was born, the Church You have called me, as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, to serve in a most special way. You reveal Your Heart as a symbol of Your love in all its aspects, including Your most special love for me, whom You have chosen as Your companion in this most important work. Help me to always love You in return. Help me to give myself entirely to You. Help me always to pour out my life in love of God and neighbor! Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You!

Dear Blessed Virgin Mary, I consecrate myself to your maternal and Immaculate Heart, this Heart which is symbol of your life of love. You are the Mother of my Savior. You are also my Mother. You love me with a most special love as a member of Shepherds of Christ Associates, a movement created by your Son as a powerful instrument for the renewal of the Church and the world. In a return of love, I give myself entirely to your motherly love and protection. You followed Jesus perfectly. You are His first and perfect disciple. Teach me to imitate you in the putting on of Christ. Be my motherly intercessor so that, through your Immaculate Heart, I may be guided to an ever closer union with the pierced Heart of Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock.

Petitions
We offer these prayers to the Father, in the Holy Spirit, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world.

We ask Jesus and Mary to be so united with us and to pray with us each prayer. We ask all the angels and saints and the souls in purgatory to pray with us. We offer this rosary for the spread of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for Their intentions. We pray for priests the world over, for the success of the priestly newsletter, the chapters, and for the finances needed for the newsletter.

The Rosary

Refrain: O the Rosary, the Rosary, is the love of Their two Hearts.
            O the Rosary, the Rosary, is the love of Their two Hearts.

  1. Ave Maria, Ave Maria.
  2. Jesus, we love You. Mary we love you. Refrain...
  3. This is her peace plan. Children must pray it. Refrain...
  4. We turn to Mary. She is the Queen of Peace. Oh, Sacred Heart Divine, Oh Heart of Mary pure. Ave Maria, We love to pray it. Refrain...

[Begin the Rosary]

I Love You, Jesus

Refrain: I know Your love a little now. So dear You are to me. Come give me life, abundant life. I thirst to be with thee.

  1. O burning Heart, O love Divine, how sweet You are to me.  I see the Host. I know You are here to love and care for me.
  2. I cannot say there are not words to say what my heart feels. I love You so, I scarce can breathe, when You come into me.
  3. Your tender Heart, O how it beats for love of each this day. I want to give You all my love, surrender totally.

Here I am Lord

  1. I, the Lord of sea and sky,
    I have heard my people cry.
    All who dwell in dark and sin,
    My hand will save.
    I, who made the stars of night,
    I will make their darkness bright.
    Who will bear My light to them?
    Whom shall I send?

Refrain: Here I am Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

  1. I, the Lord of snow and rain,
    I have borne My people's pain.

    I have wept for love of them.
    They turn away.
    I will break their hearts of stone,
    Give them hearts for love alone.

    I will speak My word to them.
    Whom shall I send? Refrain...
  2. I, the Lord of wind and flame,
    I will tend the poor and lame.
    I will set a feast for them.
    My hand will save.
    Finest bread I will provide
    'Til their hearts are satisfied.
    I will give My life to them.
    Whom shall I send? Refrain...

Copyright 1981 by Daniel L. Schutte, S.J., and NALR, 10802 N. 23rd Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85029
Reprinted with permission.


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Chapter 6

Rosaries

January 25, 1997 - Mary's Rosary Novena Intentions 
February 26, 1997 - A Live Rosary

February 6, 1997 - Candlelight Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries of May 11, 1996
The Sorrowful Mysteries of September 10, 1996
The Glorious Mysteries of October 13, 1996
The Sorrowful Mysteries of November 13, 1996
The Joyful Mysteries of December 13, 1996
The Joyful Mysteries of January 13, 1997
The Sorrowful Mysteries of February 13, 1997


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Intentions for the Rosary Novena,
Given by Mary on January 25, 1997:

Mary: I am Mary. I am requesting that you continue to pray the rosary novena daily for the following intentions:

1) For the spread of the rosary, circulation and publication of these rosary meditations, for the Rosary Book and Children's Rosary books, for the Rosary Aves and consecrations to be distributed and used by school children, for the Priestly Newsletter books, for the Mass Book, for all materials receiving the imprimatur, for its publication and quick distribution. For the distribution of Mary's Message tape and the Rosary Book and the connection with the Shepherds of Christ Movement and the apparition in Florida;

2) For Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, that the Father's plan will unfold there as He intended;

3) For the new Center, for the new chapel, for the right to reserve the Blessed Sacrament there, for the funding, for the circulation of materials from there, for the beginning of new prayer chapters.


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February 26, 1997
A Live Rosary.

Mary began to appear on July 5, 1994. She told me to pray a meditation of the rosary on every Hail Mary. As we prayed the rosary, Fr. Carter leading, my children Cathy and Joe and I would be told insights into Their lives and the words would come from my mouth. I did not hear the words, they came from my mouth as I spoke them. There was no idea what I would say, They would speak Their teachings and messages through my mouth.

Today this is a great gift of teaching God has given to us. They are called Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Jesus and Mary have revealed in these rosaries great insights into the love They have for us in Their Hearts. Jesus has revealed secrets into His most intimate love, never revealed before.

Jesus has asked Fr. Carter to lead the rosary and promised whenever he does that He will grant special graces. Fr. Carter is the founder of the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Jesus and Mary have promised that They are present, in a special way, at every live rosary and when a live rosary tape is played. They have promised that when we open our hearts, They will flood our hearts with grace that will turn our hearts on fire for love of Him.

It is hard to explain what happens in the rosary. Mary appeared almost daily for 14 months when I was given the live rosaries and I focused on her. Now I close my eyes and I am removed from the world around me and share a very special dialogue with God. It is Jesus and Mary and me.

I have the presence of the Holy Trinity and am united to Them in a special way. I feel Them and then I hear a word or two and speak it, the rest comes out of my mouth as I speak. These are special messages and teachings that They are using to teach the world about the secrets into Their Hearts.

I cherish this great gift He gives to us. The messages are for everyone. Jesus wants all to use the live rosary tapes and printed Rosary Aves. He has promised when you use the live tape with candlelight, if possible, and pray the entire rosary with the tape, He and Mary will be there and you will receive the same graces as when the rosary was originally delivered. So gather in a candle-lighted room and hear Jesus, and sometimes Mary, speak to you.

He has also promised great grace for praying the rosary with the printed sheets. This great promise includes the children's rosary aves we circulate in the schools. Mary has asked us to circulate these rosary aves to the children and they will receive great grace.

Jesus and Mary have called you the messengers. They will give great grace when the rosary is prayed with these meditations. Please pray the rosary with an open heart and circulate these live tapes and printed rosaries as They have requested.

Soon we will have a Children's Rosary Book with rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, given at the Junior Shepherds of Christ meetings.

Jesus said they are not just for children. They are short and will have the imprimatur.

Mary has requested we pray the rosary daily for the success of spreading the rosary and to help in the publication and circulation of these rosaries and tapes. Will you answer both Jesus and Mary's requests to pray and circulate these rosaries?


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February 6, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: My Dear Beloved Ones,

I have given to you the messages on the 13th of the month that will greatly bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart. I am asking you to gather at least once a month with your group in a private home or non-church related center and listen to the tape of the 13th as a group, as you pray the rosary, with the tape. I am giving to you special graces when you gather and pray the rosary from the tape. It will be very pleasing to My Mother if you pray the rosary with candlelight and a picture of My Sacred Heart and her Immaculate Heart. We will teach you the secrets of Our Hearts in this time. We will be with you and great graces will be granted.

Please listen and pray the entire rosary from the live, recorded tapes of October 13, 1996, November 13, 1996, December 13, 1996, January 13, 1997 and any further live tapes. Also included may be the tape of September 10, 1996. I will bless your group in a special way during the rosary. This is a special gift from My Most Sacred Heart and the heart of My Mother Mary. Your group will grow in great holiness from the graces you will receive.

I love you. Jesus


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Rosaries from the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary

This rosary was received in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, May 11, 1996, the feast of Mary, Queen of the Apostles. The meditations and messages were given to Rita Ring during the rosary. This rosary was received live and transcribed from the recording. This live recording can be obtained by writing Shepherds of Christ Publications. All of these meditations have been discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.

THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

The Resurrection

  1. Let us focus on our hearts. God is the source of all life. It is from the Father in the Holy Spirit, through the pierced Heart of Jesus and through the heart of Mary that life flows into our hearts and we act as a channel of this life to all those we touch. God wishes to fill us with His life at this moment. But our hearts must be open to receive His grace that He wishes to give to us.
    Jesus speaks:
    Open wide your hearts, My beloved ones. I am Jesus, the Son of God. I come to you in a special way in this rosary, to fill you with My life. You must open wide your heart that I may penetrate your heart and come deeply into your soul. I am the Almighty God, My power is endless. Look around you at the world that surrounds you. You see the sun as it comes up and the moon in the sky. You see the change of seasons. You see the life in a blade of grass and the life in the leaves of the tree, but you do not see the power of the Almighty God as it surrounds you. I am the Almighty God, all powerful, without limits. I am there with you at this moment and I will help you. You must open your heart and let Me come into your heart. I am Jesus and I love you with the most burning love.
  2. We do not fully comprehend the fire of the Heart of Jesus. We are so limited in our vision. We must pray to the Holy Spirit to give us more and more this vision of God that we may see with eyes unveiled. What is really real on this earth is that God truly exists, that God is alive and that He lives in a graced soul in a special, special way. Who are we that the Almighty God lives within us. This is a rosary about life, the life that He came to give to us, that we may be channels of this life as we operate and we touch each other.
  3. See vividly before your eyes the body of Jesus as He hung on the cross, covered with blood and withered. Picture this in your mind, so clear. See His body so battered and so bruised, and next to this picture see the Almighty God as He rose victorious on the third day. See Him adorned in the brightest light beyond all human comprehension, a light that we cannot even imagine or describe. The Almighty God comes forth from the tomb, the stone is rolled back and Jesus, the Son of God rises victorious from the dead.
  4. It is through His life, and mostly His death, that He merited for us the grace for our salvation. It is through His Resurrection and Ascension into heaven that we receive this life, this grace within us. Let us open our heart and realize that in this rosary He wishes to give to us a deeper sharing in His Divine Life. He is the source of all life. He is giving to us such grace at this moment, but we must open our hearts and let Him fill us.
  5. Song: Spirit Song..
    There will be one flock and one Shepherd. We must unite in one heart, in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Mary said at Fatima that until a sufficient number of people are consecrating their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, giving their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will NOT have peace in this world. It is in this consecration that we will have peace. Let us give our hearts to Jesus and Mary, and as I give my heart to Jesus and Mary and you give your heart to Jesus and Mary, we will be one in Their Hearts and the love of God will shine to this darkened world.
  6. This rosary is a story about life, the life of the Almighty God as He lives in each one of us, each one of us uniquely created by the Father, with a special plan to help in the work of redemption. What a calling, that the Almighty God has created us with such uniqueness and such talent and that we help in the work of redemption through our lives, that God lives in us and He touches those that we come in contact with.
    Jesus speaks:
    You are My hands. You are My feet. You are My Heart, the heart that loves in this world today. I want to unite to your heart that I will love through you. I am calling each one of you present to let Me come so close to you, to fill you with My life and My love, that I will live in this world this day in you. I am Jesus, the Son of God, and I am calling you to come to My Heart.
  7. Song: Come Holy Ghost...
  8. Souls are being lost at this very moment. On the edge of death, is my brother. If my sister or my husband or my child was standing on the edge of death, I would pray so fervently for God to release His grace. Yet, Mary told me, almost every day for nine months, how souls are going into hell like rain. This was part of the message of Fatima: that souls are being lost and God is offended, that we must change our lives. Mary said at Fatima that if we do not heed her words, a war will happen and communism will spread its errors throughout the world. As a sign that she was truly speaking, there was the miracle of the sun and it came crashing to the earth, but people still did not listen to the message of our heavenly Mother that God is offended and we are being called to give our hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. And there was WWII. Our heavenly Mother is speaking this day. She has spoken to me every day for fourteen months, and the message is for you. Mary is calling to you, her beloved children. Jesus is calling you as apostles, to go out into this world and to carry the message of His love in your heart, for He is alive, and He lives in us this very day.
  9. He walked with the disciples on the way to Emmaus and they did not recognize Him, and He interpreted for them all the Scriptures from the time of Moses that pertained to Him. When they got to Emmaus, He broke the bread and they recognized Him, and then He vanished. "Then they said to each other, 'Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?'"(Lk. 24:32)1 Are not our hearts burning within us for He is alive. In every word of the Scriptures life is delivered to us. In every word of the Mass, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, God gives Himself as a gift to us. Are not our hearts burning within us, that God gives Himself to us? The Almighty, all powerful God, loves us so much that He came to this earth and He rose on the third day that we would share in His life, and He gives Himself to us this day in the Holy Eucharist. Are not our hearts burning within us for this is what is really real! The unseen is really real. He no longer walks the earth, but He lives in each one of us.
  10. Song: Are not our hearts burning within us..

The Ascension

  1. Mary said on October 13th, the final message of Fatima, "I am the Lady of the Rosary. I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and to ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day."2
  2. To prove that Mary was really speaking from May 13, 1917 until October 13, 1917, Mary gave this sign: "As the Lady was about to leave, she pointed to the sun. Lucy excitedly repeated the gesture, and the people looked into the sky. The rain had ceased, the clouds parted, and the sun shone forth, but not in its usual brilliance. Instead, it appeared like a silver disk, pale as the moon, at which all could gaze without straining their eyes. Suddenly, impelled by some mysterious force, the disk began to whirl in the sky, casting off great shafts of multi-colored light. Red, green, blue, yellow, violet - the enormous rays shot across the sky at all angles, lighting up the entire countryside for many miles around, but particularly the upturned faces of those 70,000 spellbound people. After a few moments the wonders stopped, but resumed again a second and a third time, three times in all, within about twelve minutes. It seemed that the whole world was on fire, with the sun spinning at a greater speed each time. Then a gasp of terror rose from the crowd, for the sun seemed to tear itself from the heavens and come crashing down upon the horrified multitude...Just when it seemed that the ball of fire would fall upon and destroy them, the miracle ceased, and the sun resumed its normal place in the sky, shining forth as peacefully as ever. When the people arose from the ground, cries of astonishment were heard on all sides. Their clothes, which had been soaking wet and muddy, now were clean and dry. Many of the sick and crippled had been cured of their afflictions."3
  3. On May the 13th, 1917, Mary said to the children of Fatima, "Do not be afraid, I will do you no harm...I am from Heaven. I have come to ask you to come here for six month in succession, on the 13th day, at the same hour. Later on, I will tell you who I am and what I want. Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners? Pray the rosary every day in order to obtain peace for the world, and the end of the war."4
  4. Jesus took the apostles out near the town of Bethany. He raised His arms and He ascended into heaven, and they were awe struck as they looked from the field below, and a cloud took the Almighty God out of sight.
  5. God gives to us a sharing in His Divine Life. He opens wide the vision of the Almighty God and we see more as we are filled with His life. Let us pray fervently for this grace, this life, that we will be filled, to comprehend more the divine mysteries.
  6. Are not our hearts burning within us that God has chosen us as His apostles? There will be the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart throughout this world. There will be an era of peace in which all men will love God as fervently as each one of us in this room. He has given to us great graces to understand His love and to draw closer to His Heart, that we may be the lights that are shining in this darkened world, that we will lead others to His life. We have truly been called as His apostles. He ascended into heaven, but He left behind His apostles to carry out the work He had begun.
  7. Jesus speaks:
    You are My apostles this day that I have called to this room. I am sending you into the world but you must open wide your heart for the world is suffering and in pain. It is in darkness but I have called you for I knew you would answer this call and carry My light into the darkness. I am Jesus, the Almighty God and I love you with the deepest love. Please, My dear ones, listen to this urgent cry for the souls are dropping into hell like rain. It is through your prayers and other acts of your love of God that you will help in the work of redemption.
  8. We do not fully comprehend the mystery of God's love. He reveals this to us more and more each day. Our vision is so limited, but Jesus writes to me these messages, these messages that are given to you, each and every word He speaks. He cried out, two days ago after Communion, "Bring Me souls, bring Me souls." It felt as if He said this 500 times, "Bring me souls, the souls of the priests, the souls of the religious, the souls of the youth. I long and I thirst for souls." When we unite in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, when He lives in us and we unite to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we help save souls.
  9. The bell tolls. Do you hear the bell toll at every moment? When you hear the bell toll, be united deeply to the Almighty God for He is in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Sacrifice of Calvary is sacramentally made present throughout the world. When we unite our activity, whatever it is, if it is sleeping or eating, if I unite my activity to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, if it is what the Father is willing me to do and I am doing it in love, I can help those souls, at this moment, on the edge of death. Mary, our heavenly Mother, said to me for nine months, every day, how sorrowful she was for her little lost children that were going to hell, going as drops of rain, into hell. But the good news is that when we unite in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, grace is spilled out upon this earth, and we help in the act of redemption. What a heroic deed, at every moment, when we are united to the Almighty God, in this sacrifice and grace is released.
  10. Jesus speaks:
    Come to Me, My beloved ones, and give Me your heart. Consecrate your hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Let Me live in you and as you move and as you breathe, I will operate in this world. You are My channels of this life. I am sending you out into the dark world that this life may flow through you.
    Song: From the day you were born...

    Our days of greatest torment, think of this magnified, forever and ever, and never ending! The souls in hell are tormented by knowing they will never possess the Almighty God. The souls in heaven are embraced forever and ever by the presence of God. We do not have a full knowledge what it is to be wrapped by the presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, where there is not wanting, where there is completeness in all love, where our humanity is elevated to such heights!
    Jesus speaks:
    I put before you, My dear ones, life or death. Many of your brothers, at this very moment, are dropping into the fires of hell. I am calling you to come to My Heart, unite to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and offer every deed that you do as a sacrifice to help save the souls. Bring Me souls, My dear ones, bring Me souls, for I long and I thirst for souls.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit

  1. During this same July apparition, Mary showed three children a vision of hell. She told them, "You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish, in the world, devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The War (World War I, then raging) is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI. When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light (Jan. 2, 1938), know that this is a great sign that God gives you that He is going to punish the world for its many crimes by means of war, hunger, and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the five first Saturdays. If my requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed...But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, Russia will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world."5
  2. The apostles were filled with fear after the Ascension, and they locked themselves in the upper room. There was a gigantic wind and there appeared over their heads, parted tongues of fire, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
  3. "When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves." (Acts 2:1-4)6
  4. You are My apostles this day, and I am calling to you. Do you see the world? Do you see the sin? Do you see the darkness? Do you see the children and how their minds are being poisoned with the vileness of this world? Do you see the hatred and the anger? I come to you with a kind and generous Heart, with a Heart that is filled with love, and I am giving to you My life and My love in your heart. I am giving to you abundant graces that you will see, with eyes unveiled, many wonders that many do not see, for I have called you and I have chosen you to come to this place this day that I may speak to you and tell you how I have called you and want you to spread My love to the hurting world. You are My apostles this day that I send forth into the world.
  5. They went forth in one mind and one heart to preach the Gospel and many were converted. They were locked in prison, but they were not afraid. They got out and they were singing for they knew the love of God. Whereas before, they would bump heads and they would be afraid and they would worry who was first. When they were filled with the Holy Spirit, they proceeded ahead fearlessly to carry out the love of God for this is the greatest message that there is: that God is alive and He lives this day in the hearts of men.
  6. Many hearts this day are in darkness and in need of conversion. Many souls are on the edge of death that will go to hell for all eternity. You are My soldiers that I am sending into the darkened world to carry the light of My love to the nations.
  7. I call you to consecration, to give your hearts to My Mother's heart and to My Heart that we will be one with you, My beloved ones, that you will be one, one, one body, one body.
  8. Song: One Bread, One Body...
  9. Let us see the tragedy, the hideousness of the souls that are dropping into hell, but let us see the glory of the vision of this life where grace is being spilled out on the earth. On March 26, 1996 I saw with eyes unveiled a vision that started with the bell tolling at 8 o'clock in the morning and ended with the bell tolling at 9 o'clock. I saw a light that was beyond all comprehension, beyond all that I had ever seen before as if the earth cracked open and I could see into eternity, a wide band of light. Another vision on Holy Saturday: the light was on the whole wall of the church at Holy Saturday Mass, and it rained on the flowers around the statue of the risen Jesus, which came alive. And the light went up and surrounded St. Joseph, and the Child Jesus looked as if He was coming out from his arms. And surrounded by me, were many young people that Jesus told me would be the leaders into this new era where there will be the reign of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We see with such limited vision. We do not comprehend that grace is truly being spilled out on this earth and that we help in salvation. When we unite in one heart with Jesus and Mary, so much grace is released, and many souls will be saved through our sacrifices united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
  10. The apostles proceeded fearlessly into the world. They went from town to town. Many were converted. O Holy Spirit, descend upon us and fill us with this fearlessness. Fill us with the fire of God's love. Give us the vision to see that what is important, the reason for which we were created: to be with God forever in heaven. Our job here is to love God, love one another and help each other to be in heaven forever. We are fighting a battle constantly. The battle is against us, that we will not get to heaven. The battle is waged against us, against the souls so that they will fall forever and ever to the fires of hell. We must go to the Heart of Jesus and the heart of Mary and dwell there that we will be saturated with this life and that His life will flow through us today to help in the salvation of souls. Jesus no longer walks the earth. He lives in us.

The Assumption

  1. I see the sweet face of Jesus before me, the sweet, beautiful face, and this is what is really real. If we realize that the sun comes up and then darkness covers the earth, if we realize that there is life in every blade of grass, we must realize that this is really real and that He is truly talking to us!
  2. The Fatima message will reach completion soon. We are part of this completion. These messages are given from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, that hearts will be converted and turned to the Almighty God.
  3. We see a movie on a screen about three children and the Blessed mother appearing, and we think, "Isn't that a nice movie." These messages are a main source of communication to help bring forth the completion of the Fatima message. Let us thank the Almighty God that He has called us as His special apostles to help bring about the light shining on this earth.
  4. Mary said at Fatima that we will have peace or war, depending on three things: 1) If hearts consecrate their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary; 2) if people pray the rosary, and 3) if people make reparation, including the First Saturday practices, then we will have peace in the world. If not, we will have war. This message is so simple. Why do we not listen to our heavenly Mother? This is the message in 1917. She has appeared to me, over and over again, every day for l4 months, delivering this same message. The time is near. There will be a time when the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph, but we must pray fervently with all our hearts, that hearts will unite to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
  5. Mary said that we must pray the rosary every day.
  6. Lucia received a vision. The Father was above the Holy Spirit, and then Jesus on the cross with His pierced Heart, with a cup and Mary beneath Him. These are the visions that I have received, (3 in number). The vision is similar to this of Fatima and what He speaks of during the Mass: that life flows from the Father, in the Holy Spirit, through the pierced Heart of Jesus, through the heart of Mary, to us and it is released through us. When we unite in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, an immense amount of grace is released. I have seen the light as it shines on the flowers, a light beyond all description, a thickness, a depth far beyond that I cannot even describe. I know this day that grace is being spilled out on the earth when hearts are united to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is what Mary has called the urgent message: to offer everything that we do as a sacrifice.
  7. Sacrifice is an offering. Love is the giving of oneself to the other. He wants us to give ourselves entirely to Him, not just the good parts, the total gift of self, all of our thoughts, all of our actions, all of our being, for He wants us, all of us.
  8. As grace rains on this earth through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign in the hearts of those united to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
  9. He took me to the deepest chamber of His Heart and I felt the embrace of the Almighty God. Nothing feeds the starved soul but the love of God. We do not fully comprehend what it is to be embraced by Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There is no wanting. There is a feeling of completeness, a feeling that our humanity is elevated to such heights. He gives Himself to us in such intimacy in the Holy Eucharist. Let us give our hearts, give ourselves to Him, that we may share in this act of love with the Almighty God.
  10. He is love. God is love. "My dear friends, let us love each other, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is love. This is the revelation of God's love for us, that God sent his only Son into the world that we might have life through him. Love consists in this: it is not we who loved God, but God loved us and sent his Son to expiate our sins. My dear friends, if God loved us so much, we too should love each other." (1 John 4: 7-11)7

The Coronation

  1. "Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." (Rev. 12:1)8
  2. Mary is always bringing forth her children in their Christ-life. It is through Mary that we will join in deepest intimacy into Jesus' Heart. Jesus came into this world in the womb of His Mother, through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is today, in the womb of Mary, in the heart of Mary, that we are transformed through the Holy Spirit, more and more to the image and likeness of Jesus. Let us go to the heart of our Mother and ask the Holy Spirit to sanctify us that we may go deeper and deeper into the Heart of Jesus, the Heart of endless love, endless love. We do not comprehend, fully, the love of God. We are so limited in our vision. We do not fully know how His Heart is truly burning and on fire. Do we know what it is to feel love burning in our heart? This is what Jesus felt when He allowed Himself to suffer during His Passion and to die on the cross. His heart was on fire.
    Jesus speaks:
    As you feel love in your heart for one another, you know a little of the intensity of My love for you. My heart burned so in my chest for love of you that I gave Myself on the cross. I was consumed with this burning love, this radiating love for you, for you, My chosen one, for you, for you are so precious to Me. Every thought that you have, I ponder. Every desire and every wish, I know. I know your heart far more than you yourself know your heart. I am with you this day. I am with you because I have called you here to tell you how I love you and want to be so close to you. Do not hide from Me. Do not close your heart. Your every breath and heartbeat depends on Me, but I give you a free will because I love you so. I want you to freely love Me as I freely gave My all for love of you.
  3. Jesus speaks:
    Sweet love of mine, sweet tender one, I love you with the most intimate love, but you must give yourself to Me that we can unite in the deepest love. Love is the gift of self to the other. We cannot join in this deep love, if you do not give yourself to me. When you give yourself, our love will become ever deeper. I am Jesus. I am waiting for you to come, to be with Me.
  4. So few souls come to Me and tell Me of their love. So few say, "Oh, I love Jesus." You say how you love pie, but you do not tell Me how you love Me! How My heart aches for your love, for the love of one precious devout soul pleases Me far more than thousands who come with a cold, indifferent love. I am waiting for the love of your soul, the love that you will give to Me.
  5. Song: I come to you with greatest love...
  6. Jesus speaks:
    This is serious, My beloved ones. Souls that are dead in sin will go to hell. You must pray with all your hearts for the souls of your brothers.
    Song: I have set before you life or death...choose life.
  7. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and asked her to be the Mother of God. She always complied to the will of the Father and now we see Mary crowned "Queen of Heaven and Earth". The Father has a unique plan for each one of us, a plan just for us, and someday we will be with Him forever and ever in heaven if we know, love, and serve Him. As we see the plan of Mary's life, we should know that the Father has this unique plan for each one of us, and the salvation of many depend on whether or not I stay rooted in God and allow God to live and act in me. He no longer walks the earth. He lives in us this day and touches His beloved ones through us. He gives Himself in love, to others, through us. I see the priest, at Mass, hold the Body of Jesus, and I see that Christ, acting in the priest, gives us the Almighty God. This is the way that Jesus chose to come to us, through the hands of the priest. God comes to us also today, through the hearts of each other. He lives in us. What honor is given to us. If we saw our own graced soul, we would fall on our face from the beauty of His life, alive within us!
  8. Jesus speaks:
    Many secrets of My love, I have revealed to you in this rosary. They are seeds that I plant in your heart. You must open your heart and let me fill you with My life that they will grow to full maturity. I am Jesus. I love you with the most burning love.
  9. God so loved this world that He gave His only begotten Son. He loved us first. We are to respond to God's love. To have an intimate relationship takes both parties giving to one another. We cannot have intimacy with Jesus if we do not give. Divinity unites with humanity. Who are we that God loves us this much? If we want this intimacy with Him, we must give ourselves in love to Him. Let us give our hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary for the fastest way to holiness is in consecrating our hearts to Jesus and Mary and dwelling in Their Hearts.
    Jesus speaks:
    I give to you My Mother, and she will lead you to the deepest chamber of My Heart. I am Jesus and I am waiting for you. Please do not say "no." I long for souls that love Me with this deep, deep love!
  10. Song: Eye has not seen, ear has not heard...
    Song: You are the voice of the living God...

    Jesus speaks:
    I have told you many secrets of My Heart. I ask you to read the messages in the Blue Book II, for I long for you to come to be with Me in the Holy Eucharist and before the tabernacle. When you read these love letters, I will live more in your heart, and you will know the great grace that I give to you through the Eucharist.

Notes:

1. Scripture quotations are taken from The New American Bible, Saint Joseph Edition, Catholic Book Publishing Co.
2. Edward J. Carter, S.J., Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje, Faith Publishing Co. p. 16.
3. Edward J. Carter, S.J., Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje, Faith Publishing Co. pp. 3-4
4. Edward J. Carter, S.J., Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje, Faith Publishing Co. pp. 12-13.
5. Edward J. Carter, S.J., Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje, Faith Publishing Co. pp. 14-15.
6. Scripture quotations are taken from The New American Bible, Saint Joseph Edition, Catholic Book Publishing Co.
7. Scripture quotations are taken from The New American Bible, Saint Joseph Edition, Catholic Book Publishing Co.
8. Scripture quotations are taken from The New American Bible, Saint Joseph Edition, Catholic Book Publishing Co.


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Rosaries from the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary

This rosary was received on Tuesday, September 10, 1996 at a Shepherds of Christ Associates Meeting at Tom Arlinghaus's farm in Kentucky. The meditations and messages were given to Rita Ring during the rosary. This rosary was received live and transcribed from the recording. This live recording can be obtained by writing Shepherds of Christ Publications. All of these meditations have been discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.

THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

The Agony in the Garden

  1. Jesus speaks:
    My sweet one, I waited for you day and night. I waited for you to come. I waited for you and you did not come, and My Heart was in such anguish for I knew the sorrow within your heart, and I knew that I could comfort you and I could make you feel full of love in your heart, but you refused to come. You went to the world. You went to your friends. You went every place, but you did not come to Me and I waited. I watched you in your struggle. I watched you go from place to place searching, searching for that that would fill your starved soul, and you did not find what you wanted, but I waited, and I hoped, and I gave you the grace, but you continued. I waited for you. I am waiting for you now. I am waiting for you in this rosary to open your heart, to let Me come into your heart, and to penetrate your soul. I want to give you My Divine love. I want to be so close to you. Let go, My sweet, sweet, sweet one, for in this rosary I will give you great gifts. I will give you My undying love.
  2. Jesus speaks:
    I knelt in the garden in such anguish for My beloved priests, the priests that I love, and I sweat blood for I long for their love. They have gone to the world, and they treat Me as a dead object. Many of My priests have turned from Me, and their hearts are cold. I am telling you this, My chosen one, My shepherds. I am telling you this. Do not criticize your priests. You must not criticize the priests. You must pray for them and help Me to circulate these messages in this world, for the world is starving and hungry for My love. My chosen priests will feed the hungry souls. You must pray for the priests this day.
  3. Jesus speaks:
    It was for them I sweat My blood. My dear ones, I long for a drop of heart-felt love from My chosen religious, and many do not come to Me. They do not tell Me that they love Me. I ask for a drop of love, a drop of love for the blood that I sweat in the garden for love of them. I tell you these things, My dear ones, that you will pray fervently for the religious, My chosen ones, that you will pray with all your heart, that you will not criticize, but that you will pray, and that you will spread this movement to the ends of the earth. You do not know how I will magnify all of the efforts that you make and how many souls will be saved because of the efforts that you put forth. It was for My religious that I sweat blood, and today I ask for a drop of love from many of My religious and they do not love Me. Do you hear this message? Do not criticize the religious. You must spread this movement. This is My instrument for the renewal of the Church and the world. Do you see Me in the garden with blood on My face. Will you help Me to reach the religious in the world? It is through the hands of the priests that many will be fed and lead home.
  4. Jesus speaks:
    Buckled over in the greatest pain, I sweat blood for them. Will you pray. Will you go to the churches and spread this movement, that hearts will be consecrated to My Heart and the heart of My Mother, that hearts will be holy hearts, that hearts will be hearts of love? And I will be pleased to receive the love of My dear ones.
  5. You come to me, Jesus, and You deliver these messages to me, and my heart is in such pain and anguish. Deep within my being, in my cells, in every inch of My body, I feel the message delivered to me, and words, words are so simple and do not express the message that I know within my soul. It is such great pain to know what I know and not be able to deliver this message to this world. I pray that You give to all of us the grace to know the will of the Father to carry the message, that You deliver here, to the world. We hear You lamenting, Jesus, and we feel within our hearts sorrow for the state of the world and the Church, but we come to You as a dependent child and we beg You to give us the grace to carry out the plan that the Father has for us.
  6. Deep within my insides, I feel this pain. I cannot express what I know and what He has told me. It is beyond words to be with Jesus in the garden and to feel the utter anguish, heartache, pain envelope you, to feel as if you are sweating blood, to know the anguish especially that He suffered for the religious. How, how can you know this and not carry this movement into the world? We are met with resistance on every corner. We are pressed on by the forces of Satan. It is so difficult, and it is so hard. I ask You, Jesus, to help us, to give us the grace, to tell us what we need, to help this plan of the Father to unfold.
  7. Jesus speaks:
    It is in fervent prayer, My beloved ones, that the plan of the Father will unfold. It is a plan that is a mighty plan. From the time of Adam and Eve until all eternity, it is the plan of the Father. It is through the might of the Almighty God that it will unfold. I will bring men to their knees, and they will realize that the power is in God, that it is in fervent prayer, that it is in prayer before the tabernacle. Prayer by holy hearts during the Mass, uniting every action with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, it is in this prayer, this sacrifice, that the Church will be renewed and that the world will be turned to holy hearts.
  8. Jesus speaks:
    It begins with your surrender, My dear ones. You must give your heart to the heart of My Mother. It is in her pure heart that she will place you within My Heart, and your prayers will be holy prayers, that your prayers will be one with Me, that grace will be out poured on this earth. This is a mighty plan. It will be accomplished through your prayers. Many think today that they must shuffle papers and be busy about their work. It is only according to the Father's will that this great plan will unfold. You are My apostles. You must heed the directions given. The most important direction is that you become one in Me.
  9. Jesus speaks:
    And so you say, "My God, should I pray all day?" And I say to you, "Every action is a prayer when you unite every action as a sacrifice to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that is being said at this moment in all parts of the world." You must go into the darkness that your light will shine. I am not asking you to spend all day in church and pray. I am asking you for daily Mass, daily Communion. I am asking you for time alone with Me everyday, and I am asking you to pray the rosary with all your heart for these intentions. Go to your Father. Close your door. Beg the Father, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in the Holy Spirit, with all the angels and saints, with consecrated hearts, beg your Father as you have have never begged your Father before for help to spread this movement to the world, for it was in the garden that I sweat blood for My beloved religious and many do not give Me a drop of love this day. It is through your prayers that the cold hearts will be turned to hearts of love. It is through your prayers and your efforts to spread the consecration that hearts will be turned from cold hearts to holy hearts.
  10. Song: O Lady of Light, shining so bright, be with us this day, guiding our way, O Lady, O Lady of Light.
    Jesus speaks:
    March into the darkness with your light that your light may shine and others may know your heavenly Father and will love the Almighty God.

The Scourging at the Pillar

  1. His divinity was hidden all through the mysteries of the rosary, all through these mysteries of the rosary, during His Passion. We see Jesus in the garden, and we see Him tied to the pillar. Jesus, the Almighty God, at any moment He could have released Himself, and the power of the Almighty God could have come upon these men that were beating Him. But He hid from them His divinity, and He withstood all of the torture that they gave to Him. See Jesus in a bloody sweat and see Him at the pillar with His raw flesh, with His wounds, the wounds surrounding His precious face and His head. See the ugly look on the faces of the men that beat Him, the anger within their hearts, their laughing, jousting Him. It was funny. It was anger. It was all these things in the hearts of these men, for they were not holy hearts. They were hearts that were filled with the devil. Jesus, all pure, the Almighty God, all powerful, and He stood there tied to the pillar and let the men beat Him raw. O Jesus, we are so blind. We see with such limited vision, and You are the Almighty God and You are with us this day. We reach with our own wills to try to accomplish this Divine plan. It is only in surrendering our wills to the Almighty God that this plan will be accomplished.
  2. The holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of our supplication. Mary tells us at Fatima exactly what we must do, but she is ignored and there is World War II. Jesus is telling us today what we must do. He is asking us to spread this movement to the corners of this earth, and He is giving to us great graces in order to do this, but the devil presses in on all sides and tries to stop us. What were the words of Mary at the marriage feast? The words of Mary were, "Do whatever He tells you." You must do exactly what He is telling us to do. We must listen to His words and proceed steadfastly ahead despite all of the pressure by Satan for many souls are at stake and we will be met with the greatest opposition, but we must do exactly as He tells us.
  3. Jesus speaks:
    Do you see the world, My dear ones. Do you see the little children? Do you see little children that are filled with anger and nastiness, little children? What have My little children been taught today? I send a child into this world with a pure heart, and your world has contaminated the children's hearts. It is for the men that are contaminating the hearts of children that I was beaten raw at the pillar. I am Jesus. I am truly speaking to you. I am calling out to you. I am begging you. I am asking you from My most Sacred Heart to go into this world and to work as you have never worked before to spread the message of My love for you see the fervor in the hearts of those that are spreading such filth, but where is the fervor in the hearts of those that are spreading My love? They walk sheepishly into this world and are afraid to speak. You, My apostles, I am sending you into the world and giving you the most abundant grace to proceed without fear. See Me at the pillar. This is the love that I had for these little children, the little children that are mean and cruel at such an early age, babies within the wombs of their mother that are murdered. Your world is vile. I am alive, and I am with you. I am filled with love for My beloved souls. Carry the message of My love to this world. I am Jesus. I appear to you, My beloved ones.
  4. Song: O Lady of Light, shining so bright, be with us this day, guiding our way, O Lady, O Lady of Light.
    Jesus speaks:
    I am alive. I am alive. I am alive, and I live in you. I live in this world in you. You are My chosen ones that will carry the light into the darkness.
  5. Do you see Jesus at the pillar, the blood on the side of His mouth? Do you see the wounds on His cheek? Do you see His head covered with blood? Do you see His Heart aglow? The fire of His love is a mighty fire that cannot be wiped out. Despite all they did to His body, Jesus came forth from the tomb on the third day victorious. The victory is won. We must carry this message to the world. This is the good news: that He is alive and that souls will be saved the more we spread this movement to the world.
  6. Jesus speaks:
    Do you see the hatred in the eyes of those who spread such filth? Do you see the fervor in their hearts? Do you see the dynamics of all that they teach on the television? And you go into the world with feeble little voices and scarcely want to say My name. I am Jesus. I am all powerful and almighty. I am the reason that you breathe and the reason that your heart beats. I make the thunder, and I make the sun to shine and the moon to shine in the night, and you are afraid in this Godless world to speak My name. But look at the brazenness of the men that spread the filth. Why are you afraid when I am God, and I am behind you?
    Response:

    I see Jesus at the pillar. I see a man beaten and wounded, looking helpless, and tied, but He came forth from the tomb on the third day victorious.
    Jesus speaks:
    You will be persecuted. You will be bloodied. You will be beaten by those who hate My name, but I am with you and you too will be victorious, for the victory is already won. I am God.
  7. Hail Mary...
  8. He came into the world a naked baby, and He when out of the world naked on the cross. Jesus was tied to the pillar, and they beat His raw flesh. What do we hide behind that is keeping us from being close to Him? What are we attached to that is keeping us from being close to Him? He shows us. He gave His bare flesh. How much are we willing to give for our King, for our Majesty?
  9. Jesus speaks:
    You are to carry My messages of burning love into this world, for many hearts are cold and dead. I ask for a drop of heart-felt love, and I receive so little love from those that I gave My life for. I beg you. I beg you to spread the message of My burning love to the world. Look at the children. See the little ones. See how their hearts are cold at such an early age. Do you love your brothers? Will you mother the children?
  10. Hail Mary...

The Crowning With Thorns

  1. See a kingdom, and God is the King of the kingdom. See another kingdom, and Lucifer is head of the kingdom. Jesus sends into the world His workers, His workers to spread love, and Lucifer sends into the world his workers to spread hate. Jesus wants all of His workers to come home and to enjoy the rapture of His embrace for all eternity, and Lucifer wants souls to burn in hell.
    Jesus speaks:
    You, My dear ones, are in a spiritual battle. You do not see the angels and the devils that surround you. You do not realize the forces that are working around you. You are My holy ones that I am sending into the world to bring the souls home to Me.
  2. He is the King of the kingdom of the Almighty God. He did not wear a crown of gold, but He wore a crown of thorns.
  3. He promises to us the glories of His kingdom if we love and serve Him in this world. His is the King of all kings, the Almighty God, and He wore a crown of thorns, and from this crown, the blood poured down the sides of His most precious head.
  4. Jesus speaks:
    The kingdom of God is at hand. You are My cohorts. I am sending you into the world, into the darkness to spread My light.
  5. Hail Mary...
  6. Jesus speaks:
    I am sending you into the darkness with My messages of love, and I am asking you to feed the hungry hearts with these messages. Feed the hungry. Feed the hungry. Feed the hungry, and pray for your priests, My beloved ones, that the hearts of many will be fed through My beloved priests.
  7. The kingdom of God is at hand, and we are battling the evil forces that Lucifer has sent into the world to stop us.
  8. The Almighty God, the King of all kings, crowned with a crown of thorns, and His garment a gown covered with blood, not with jewels, but with blood.
    Jesus speaks:
    Will you follow Me, My beloved ones, for My way is the way, and I lead you to the resurrection and the life.
  9. Song: Only this I want, but to know the Lord and to bear His cross, so too wear the crown He wore.
    Jesus speaks:
    I love you. I love you. I love you. Will you follow Me? Will you carry My light into the darkness? The kingdom of God is at hand, and you are My apostles that are marching into the darkness, carrying the flag of My light.
  10. Jesus speaks:
    Do you know what it is like to suffer? Do you know what it is like to be wrapped in pain? Do you know what it is like to sweat blood? Do you know what it is like to be beaten at the pillar? Do you know what it is like to be crowned with thorns and to have the blood run down your eyes and into your mouth? Do you know what it is like when you are hit in the head and the blood comes from your mouth? This is the love that I have for My souls. I ask you to bring Me the souls of My beloved ones, the souls that I shed My blood for. I beg you. I beg you to go into the darkness and to carry the banner of My light. Go into the world and carry the consecrations to this world, for many hearts will be holy hearts when they consecrate their hearts to My Heart.

The Carrying of the Cross

  1. Jesus speaks:
    There is a heaven, and there is a hell. There is a place that is called heaven were souls are wrapped in celecial bliss and filled with such love. There is a hell were souls are damned for all eternity and where souls will be tormented far worse than any torment that you have ever experienced on this earth. Many souls this day are falling into the pit of hell. You do not know for you do not see. This is an urgent message that I am delivering to you. You do not know how I will magnify all of your efforts and how many souls will be saved by the work you do, by the sacrifices that you make, by the prayers that you say, by the people that you touch. I am Jesus. If you turn away, who will I send?
  2. And they walked on a straight line. They thought they walked on a straight line. They followed the world. They followed the world and all of its whims. They followed the line. They wore all of the things that the world told them to wear. They ate all of the things the world told them to eat. They watched and gave their hearts to the world, and one day, one day, they were snatched from their place, and it was too late.
  3. We watch Jesus with a cross on His back. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He gives to us immense crosses sometimes, and our backs feel like they will break as we carry this cross, and He looks into our eyes and He says, "Carry the cross." And we whine and we cry, and we say, "Jesus, Jesus, where are You?" And we do not hear anything, and the cross bears down and is so heavy, and He says, "Look at Me. Look into My eyes as I carried My cross. See My eyes filled with blood and My head crowned with thorns. I know every pain that you suffer in your little heart. I am with you in every agony and thought that you have, and you search and you wander and you look for something to fill your heart, and nothing fills your heart. Why do you not come to Me? I am allowing you to suffer for it is in the suffering that you will have My life. Accept the suffering I give to you. It is suffering for the purification of your own soul. In order to have this union with Me, your hearts must be purified."
  4. Jesus speaks:
    As souls are purified in purgatory before heaven, you are purified here in the sufferings, for I am giving to you abundant grace that you will join in deep union with Me. In order to have this union, your hearts must be purified. Accept the suffering that I give to you for it is given to you with great love.
    Response:
    And He carried the cross on His back and He did not complain, and He fell to the earth and His chin hit the earth, and they poked at Him and in utter anguish and pain He got up only to fall again and again, but He did not complain. And on the third day He rose victorious from the dead.
  5. My God, I feel sometimes in the utter pain that I will die, but I am still close to You. Help me to always stay close to You, that I will know You in suffering and in joy.
  6. Jesus speaks:
    I am with you in the suffering and in the joy. Accept all that I send to you and offer it as a sacrifice to your heavenly Father, for it is in the acceptance that many souls will be led to greater life in Me.
  7. Jesus speaks:
    In all of your sacrifices united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, you are helping in the act of redemption. This is a most heroic deed. Do you feel the cross as it digs into your back? Do you feel the pains pressing on your head? Are you taunted by Satan and confused in your thoughts? You must accept the suffering and go to the heart of My Mother. As a little, dependent embryo, take shelter in her womb, and let Mary crush the head of Satan for you are suffering for greater life in Me. You will be purified, and you will know immense union with Me.
  8. Jesus speaks:
    Do you feel like screaming in utter pain, My dear ones? Sometimes it is so hard. I know the suffering that you are experiencing. I am with you in the suffering and in the joy.
  9. After the suffering, look for the light. Look at the knowledge that you acquire. Look at how you have grown.
  10. And I cried and cried and felt as if I would not smile, but I knew in the utter anguish that He allowed me to suffer, and in the morning the sunlight came out and I saw the glory of the heavens above and I knew Him, and in that moment, He touched my soul, and one moment uniting to Him in this Divine embrace was worth all the hours of immense suffering. For He gives us even a drop of His Divine life, a drop of a mystical experience with Him, and we are filled with such immense joy. O Jesus, how good You are to us in the suffering and in these great gifts in which we see Your glory.

The Crucifixion

  1. See Jesus with His hands nailed to the cross. See Jesus as He hung in such utter anguish for three hours, covered with blood, whithered, and beaten.
  2. He gave Himself as a sacrifice for love of us that we would be saved. Today, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the sacrifice of Calvary is sacramentally made present. Immense grace is released at every Sacrifice of the Mass.
  3. It is when hearts are holy hearts, consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, when the priest's heart is consecrated the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, when the faithful's hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and they are one, that immense grace flows in this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
  4. This is the Father's plan for the renewal of the Church and the world. We must go to Him as holy hearts. We must tap into this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We must do all that we can in order to help priests to be holy hearts, for as each Mass is celebrated around the world by a holy priest, an immense amount of grace is released when we unite all of our activities to that Mass. There will be such oneness when all of us in the Shepherds of Christ Movement are united in all of our activities, as hearts consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, one with each other and united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
  5. Think of the grace that is released when we are all one in this sacrifice all through the day with holy hearts, one with Jesus and Mary, one with each other, one in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
  6. Jesus speaks:
    This is My movement for the renewal of the Church and the world. I am asking you to fervently spread this movement throughout the world that hearts will be holy hearts consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. United in this oneness in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, grace will be spilled out on this earth and many hearts will be saved through this grace that is released as you, My beloved shepherds, are praying and offering sacrifice.
  7. How do we, sinners, offer a holy sacrifice to the Almighty God? It is in going through the heart of our Mother, the pure and sinless one, that we offer the most holy sacrifice to God. Beneath the cross stood His Mother, the pure and sinless one. Jesus Christ without sin, Mary His Mother beneath the cross without sin. It is in going to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary that we will offer a holy sacrifice, for we are sinners. It is in her heart that our sacrifice is made more pure.
  8. As priests give their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, they will offer a most holy sacrifice and grace will cover the earth, and the fire of His love will spread like wildfire all over this land.
    Jesus speaks:
    Please, I beg of you, My shepherds, My apostles, to spread this movement to the corners of the earth.
  9. Song: Here I am, Lord. Is it I Lord? I have heard, You calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if You lead me. I will hold Your people in my heart.
  10. And she stood beneath the cross and she watched her Son as He died, and she asks us this day to help her, to be her children of light, to go into the world, and to spread the light in the darkness. For her heart was pierced with a sword, and she cries out this day to us to help to lead the children back to her Son.
    Song: "I have called you by name. You are Mine," says the Lord. "You are precious to Me. Be not afraid, because I love you."
    Jesus speaks:
    I have given to you this rosary from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. You are My chosen ones, My chosen apostles. I give you this message week after week. I call out to you, for the world is blind and deaf. I beg you. I beg you. I beg you from My most Sacred Heart to carry the message of My love to this world.

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Rosaries from the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary

This rosary was received on Sunday, October the 13th, 1996 at a International Shepherds of Christ Associates Meeting at Tom Arlinghaus's farm in Kentucky. The rosary was led by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J., spiritual director of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. The meditations and messages were given to Rita Ring during the rosary. This rosary was received live and transcribed from the recording. This live recording can be obtained by writing Shepherds of Christ Publications. All of these meditations have been discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.

THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

The Resurrection

  1. Jesus has told us how He is the vine and we are the branches. We must stay rooted in Him so that His life flows through us. We cannot become disconnected from the vine. We are one, joined with Him.
  2. Hail Mary...
  3. Jesus speaks:
    I am calling you, My special apostles, to this farm on this day of October 13th, 1996. I will fill your hearts with the fire of My love, and the fire of this love will spread across the earth and many hearts will know My love and be touched through you. Open wide your heart during this rosary that I may speak to you and tell you of My burning love for you. I am giving to you an abundant sharing in My life. Open your heart. I am knocking at the door of your heart. You must not close your heart. Open wide that I can come in and fill you with My divine love.
  4. Oh, My beloved Jesus, I see You glistening and covered in white. I know that You rose on the third day and that there is such glory in the resurrection. My life is a constant death and resurrection as I live in You.
  5. Focus on the body of a man hanging on the cross. You see this vividly before your eyes-a man covered with blood, His head crowned with thorns. He is beaten and withered. This is the Almighty God, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came and gave Himself for love of us. Focus on this picture in your mind. Make it so clear as if you were there, as if you are seeing this with your eyes, at this moment, this man on the cross, with flesh covered with blood. Jesus died. He was locked in a tomb for three days. Now see next to this picture of this man the glorified body of Jesus, His glorified wounds, as He comes forth from the tomb. The Almighty God, our beloved and loving Jesus-He is alive, He is with us this day. He lives in us in a special way. When we are baptized and in the state of grace, God is alive within us and He shares with us His divine life. We are Christ to one another for He is alive in us.
    When I talk to you, I am seeing the Jesus that is alive inside of you. We are all gathered as one body. We see Jesus. We see Him dead on the cross. This is how much that He loved us. Do we not know that He died for us because of this great love, that He wants us to be one body? I see the vine and the branches and I see how they are so connected that the life and the fluid runs through the vine to the branches-it's all one. We are one in Him. He has given us a sharing in His divine life. Look at us, how separate we are with each other, how we hold ourselves at arm's length and separate ourselves from one another. We are called in the Shepherds of Christ Movement to be one flock with one shepherd.
    The Almighty God is alive and He lives in us. I went to Mass and Communion this morning and I received the Body of Christ; you receive the Body of Christ. He gives to us His life. He gives to us Himself. We must strive in this Movement to be one, to live this consecration in our lives that we are one with each other, that we put aside all of the tauntings by the devil to divide us, that we realize that division is from Satan. As we march across this United States and this world, we will carry the fire of His love, alive inside of us, for He is alive and He lives within our hearts. We are called to this special mission as His apostles to carry this message, this message of His love to the world.
    Oh, Jesus, how tenderly I love you. You are alive in my very being. You are all that I live for and I want to carry this message out to the world for you have delivered this message with such love. You are so good. Fill our hearts with the fire of Your love and give us Your abundant grace that we will have the courage to carry this message to the ends of the earth. And there was darkness. I see the darkness in the night, but the light steals across the sky and the fire of His love spreads across this earth as His life lives in us and many are touched by the fire of His love.
    Song: Spirit Song
  6. We are not like the world, we see this world and it is Godless. In many cases the world has turned away from God. It is at Fatima that Mary said that we must stop offending God. She has given to us the peace plan that we will have peace on this earth-it is in consecrating our hearts. She said until a sufficient number have consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary we will not have peace in the world. She said we must pray the rosary, that we must observe the First Saturday devotion, that we must make reparation to Their Hearts. Why-why do we not do what Mary is asking us to do. It is so simple?
  7. Mary appeared at Fatima in July, 1917 and she told the children, "You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war (World War I then raging) is going to end, but if people do not stop offending God, another and worse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI. When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light (January 2, 1938) know that this is a great sign that God gives you that He is going to punish the world for its many crimes by means of war, hunger and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father."1
    Mary has appeared to me, almost every day from July the 5th of 1994 until September the 5th of 1995-14 months-this same cry that came from our Heavenly Mother at Fatima, that we must quit offending God, that we must do what she is telling us to do. This is the peace plan. He is alive and He lives in us. We are being asked to go into the world and to spread His love to the far corners of the earth.
  8. He gives to us His life in the Eucharist. Who are we that the Almighty God gives to us, human persons, a sharing in His Divine Life. He is treated with such indifference and such neglect. If we knew, if we could see, the glories of the Almighty God, but we are so blind in our sight. We do not see and we do not hear. We must pray for the grace that we will see, that we will be the apostles that He is calling to carry this message out to the world.
  9. He rose from the dead and He appeared to the apostles. We see Thomas-he did not believe. How are we this day? Do we believe? The Almighty God is truly present in His Divinity and humanity in the Holy Eucharist and He is outpouring His grace, His life to us. Do we believe? Do we believe that He is truly present and that He is giving Himself to us this day? He is here! He is truly present in the Eucharist and He is alive in our hearts!
  10. He laments and laments how He is treated as a dead object. He is ignored in the Tabernacle.
    The Almighty God is here. We spend all this money and go to concerts, go to football games, all this time in recreation and the Almighty God is ignored. Mary appeared in 1917 and said that we must stop offending God. Look at our world. He has called us in the Shepherds of Christ Movement and is giving to us abundant grace that we will grow more and more in our relationship with Him and we will be His leaders going into this world carrying the fire of His love to the far corners of the earth.
    He is alive. He says, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and I am with you this day. Open your eyes and see. Open your hearts and live for I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Our Lord Ascends Into Heaven

  1. He took His apostles out to the place of His Ascension and He raised His arms and He ascended into heaven. Do we see the glories of these mysteries, that the Almighty God rose from the dead, that He ascended into heaven? We do not see the glory. We are so focused on the details in our lives. We see with such limited vision. The Almighty God is alive and He is here and He is calling us. Each one of us has been called to this farm, this day, for He knew you would answer this calling. He knew that in your heart you want the deepest love affair with Him, that you want to be one with Him. He has called you as His apostles to carry out His love to the world, to light up the darkness with His life alive within us.
  2. We look out and we see the beauty of this day, with the sun in the sky and the light, and all the colors in the trees. We see the life in each blade of grass and in each leaf on the tree and tonight the darkness will cover this earth and although the trees and the leaves are still there, and this beautiful river, we will not be able to see with this clarity. The earth this day is covered with darkness for many souls have cut themselves off from the vine. They are withering and dying in their hearts. He is calling us and giving us abundant grace that we will be one in Him, that He will live in us, and as we live on this earth, He will touch others through us. This is a tremendous calling from the Almighty God-that we have been chosen and called and given this grace to be so close to Him.
  3. Song: A Song From Jesus
  4. Song: Little Child
  5. Hail Mary...
  6. On Ascension Thursday, 1995, I went through such an experience. First, Jesus took me to the height of heaven and I experienced such ecstasy. I was at church and later that day when I went home I was given great anguish and suffering and He called out, "I am alive, I am alive, I am alive!" and He said that He wanted Fr. Carter in the Shepherds of Christ Movement to reach the souls on this earth with the fire of His love. It was in such pain and suffering that I was buckled over and hearing the Almighty God call out, "I am alive, I am alive, I am alive". How do we treat Jesus? Do we treat Him as if He is alive? Do we love Him with all our heart, our whole soul and our whole being? Do you hear the laments of our beloved Savior, the Almighty God, who gave Himself and died on the cross? He is alive. He wants this burning love affair with us. Many of the Masses, many of our prayers, are said with lack of emotion in our hearts. He wants us to love Him with the deepest burning love, not to go through the motions. Every prayer is a love affair with our beloved Savior. The Rosary we sing-(the Rosary song), and He wants us to say from our heart, the bottom of our heart, "Jesus, we love You. Mary, we love you. Oh, the Rosary, the Rosary, is the love of Their Two Hearts. Oh the Rosary, the Rosary, is the love of Their Two Hearts."
    In the September 10th rosary that we circulated to you, Jesus laments how He does not receive a drop of heartfelt love from many of His beloved religious that He has chosen and loves so much. This is why He has called us in the Shepherds of Christ Movement, to pray, to pray for His beloved religious. He loves them so much and He wants, He wants this burning love from them, His chosen ones. We are gathered here for this reason-to realize that the Almighty God really is talking to us, that He has called us, that this is an important mission, that we need to pray so fervently for our priests and our religious, that this is His instrument, the Shepherds of Christ Movement, to help in the renewal of the Church and the world.
  7. Jesus speaks:
    I am alive, I am alive, I am alive, and I live in your heart. Open your heart and let Me come inside of you. I want to touch My beloved souls this day. Will you say "yes" to this calling? Will you go to the ends of the earth and spread this movement? Will you pray, pray fervently for this intention: to lead the religious to the fires of love, found in My Most Sacred Heart?
  8. Song: Spirit Song
    Jesus speaks:
    I am alive, I am alive, I am alive, and I live in your hearts.
    Response:

    Jesus no longer walks this earth, but He is alive and He lives in us.
  9. Song: "Come Unto Me All Who Are Weary.."
    Jesus speaks:
    I am alive, I am alive, I am alive, and I am the Almighty God, all powerful. You see with such limited vision. You must surrender and let go and let Me run your life. You are holding on, My beloved ones. You must realize that I am all powerful, all mighty, and that I am guarding you and I am with you in a special way this day.
  10. Jesus speaks:
    Carry My light into the darkness.

    Response:
    And the light came across the dark sky and many were touched with the fire of His love.
    Because you answered this call, the call to be His apostle, to pray for the priests, to help spread the consecration as Our Lady has asked us at Fatima. We will not have peace in the world until our hearts are filled with love, and she says until a sufficient number have consecrated their hearts to the hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will not have peace. This is the good news. As the Movement spreads across this earth, as hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will have the peace that Our Lady has promised at Fatima but we must do as she has told us to do. We must consecrate our hearts and spread this to the world. We must pray the rosary, observe the First Saturday devotion, and make reparation to Their Hearts.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit Upon the Apostles

  1. "When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves." (Acts 2: 1-4)2
  2. Jesus speaks:
    I call you, I call you, I call you, My beloved apostles. I call you to go out to the ends of the earth and to preach My love. I am longing and thirsting for My beloved souls to come to Me. Bring to Me the souls, the souls I love. I am Jesus, do you hear this call? Will you bring to Me the souls of My loved ones? Will you pray for the priests and the religious, for it is through them that I will feed the hungry souls?

    Response:
    Look at the priest, see the priest in the Mass, the priest that consecrates the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. He gives to us the Body and Blood of Christ. See Jesus in the priest, giving us His Body. Each one of us go to the communion rail and God gives to us Himself. We are one in Him. Jesus has told me how we sit in church, like stiffs, all separate, going through the motions. This is not love! He wants heartfelt love in our hearts, to realize that the Almighty God, in the greatest act of love gave Himself as a sacrifice on the cross and this sacrifice is sacramentally made present in every Mass. The Mass is a love affair with God. The deepest union with Him is to give ourselves to Mary, for we are sinners. She is the pure and sinless one. We give ourselves to Mary and we go to Him in her pure and sinless heart, to the very depth of His Heart.

    He is alive and we are the apostles that must carry this life into the world in our hearts. He is operating through us. Will we say "yes"? Do we see the world, do we see the suffering children, do we see the babies that are murdered in the wombs of their mother, do we see what the children are being fed on television..but we hold back our tongues about the love of God? When I began to receive these messages, for six weeks before, constantly I heard, "Feed the hungry, feed the hungry!" I prayed and I prayed and I prayed to know His will. In September of 1991, He called out to me, for six weeks, constantly, " Feed the hungry!" The world is starving for the love of God! Let us feed the hungry with this love of God. Let us pray for the priests for He gives us them.
  3. We encounter Christ through the sacraments. His life is outpoured in the Mass. Grace is outpoured in part according to the disposition of the person offering sacrifice. As we become one in Their Hearts, as the priest becomes one in Their Hearts, consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, an immense amount of grace is released on the earth. It is through this that many souls will know God, that many souls will be saved. We help in the act of redemption. We must spread this Movement to the far corners of the earth. It is as Mary said: we must consecrate our hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. This is the key-Mary's heart is the gateway to going to the deepest chamber of the Heart of Christ.
  4. We see how Peter denied Christ. We see how the apostles were afraid. We see Thomas did not believe. We see them stumble and fall and run away, and then we see them, after the Holy Spirit descended upon them. They went out into the world and thousands were converted. They were filled with the fire of God's love. Let us, God, be filled with the fire of Your love.
    Dear Holy Spirit, give us this fearlessness to go into this darkened world and to carry the light, to carry the messages of Your burning love to the souls that are starving and are longing to be fed.
  5. Song: Lady of Fatima
    Jesus speaks:
    I am alive, I am alive, I am alive, and I live in you. Open your heart that I may touch so many of My beloved souls through you. I am Jesus. Will you say "yes", My beloved apostles?
  6. Look into the eyes of the children that are suffering this day. Mary has sent us on a special mission to spread the rosaries and the consecration to the children in the schools. Do you see the children, the children in the schools today that are hard in their hearts, the children that are suffering, that do not know the love of God? Mary is giving us special help to spread these rosaries in the schools. She wants this all over the United States. For nine months Mary asked me to spread the rosary and the consecration to the children. We are the apostles that He is sending into the world this day. This is what Mary and Jesus are asking us to do. It is so little-to spread these rosaries and consecrations to the schools, but Mary said at Fatima we will not have peace in the world until we do what she has told us to do. The Shepherds of Christ Movement is a great part of the completion of the Fatima message. These rosaries are a big part of the completion of the Fatima message. We must carry these rosaries to our children in the schools.
  7. Satan presses down on us and tries to stop us. The pressure that has gone on just to have this today is unbelievable, how Satan can try to stop this. Look at the Fatima message, how it has been blocked. Why, why, why are not we paying attention to this Fatima message that Mary gave in 1917? It is the devil that has blocked this message. This is a major part of the completion of the Fatima message so we will be met with such resistance. Jesus, Jesus wants us to bring Him souls. So many souls would be saved through the First Saturday devotion. Why, why do we not talk about the Fatima message like we should-about praying the rosary and consecrating our hearts, and the First Saturday devotion, and making reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary? It is so simple but the devil has blocked this. If we want peace we should do what Mary has told us for she is the Queen of Peace and the peace of the world has been entrusted to her. We are the apostles. We are being sent into the world to carry this message.
  8. Hail Mary...
  9. Hail Mary...
  10. Hail Mary...

The Assumption of Our Lady Into Heaven

  1. We see Mary taken body and soul into heaven. We live here, we struggle everyday with so many struggles. We are so focused on the daily events. We do not realize that soon we too will go to heaven, if we love and serve the world, if we love and serve God. The world has turned Godless to a large degree. Mary appeared to me every day, except for a few days, for fourteen months and begged and pleaded that we spread the love of her Son to this world, that we spread these rosaries to the world, that we go to the children with the rosaries and the consecrations. It is so hard to see our heavenly Mother and to know what she is saying and to not do more. Jesus and Mary have called you here this day. You have been chosen by them. This is the message that they wish to deliver to you, that many souls are suffering and going to hell. Over and over again I heard Our Lady call out, "Please, please the souls are dropping into hell like rain. You must go out to the world and spread the love of my Son."
  2. On October 13th, Mary said, "I am the Lady of the Rosary. I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and to ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord anymore for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the rosary. Let them continue saying it every day."3 This is a great gift that God has given to us-rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. For in the rosary this week Jesus said that the times ahead will be very dark and unless we discipline our minds by praying the rosary all through the day, it will be very hard for us when these dark days come. Mary is our heavenly Mother. She was taken into heaven but she is very much with us. She has told us what we must do. We must pray the rosary. She is our heavenly Mother. As a mother that tells a child what to eat and how to dress, Mary is telling us this: that we must try to pray l5 decades of the rosary every day for the times ahead will be dark and we need to have disciplined thoughts. In praying the rosary, our thoughts become disciplined. We are meditating on the lives of Jesus and Mary.
  3. Hail Mary...
  4. I saw a documentary on Fatima and in this documentary, Mary appeared to the three children and then they showed the events of World War II. The bodies were being thrown on a heap. And it just about tore my insides apart because I identified so much with watching Mary appear and then nobody listened or not a lot of people listened and World War II happened and so many people were killed. John brought a statue and asked me to read this, "One day during World War II, a group of soldiers wondered into a small French village which had been badly bombed. They stood in the village square and looked at the desolation around them. Nearly everything seemed battered and broken. Suddenly, one of the soldiers noticed something interesting close by on the ground. It looked like a statue. There were cracks and chips in it and several pieces were missing. It was badly damaged. A few of the soldiers stood it up right. Immediately they knew that it was a statue of Jesus. The men began to look for the missing parts. They put them together as best as they could and then they set the statue on a pedestal that was still standing, but the hands were missing. The men looked very carefully for the hands, but they were no where to be found. When the men were about to give up, one of them said he knew exactly what to do. He made a rough sign and hung it over the arms of the statue. The sign read, 'I have no hands but yours.'"
  5. Jesus gave me a message that we are His hands and we are His Heart beating in this world. We must truly be real lovers, lovers living in this world loving one another, one with each other. It is in going to the pure heart of Mary, that we will unite in this deep love affair with Jesus.
  6. Jesus speaks:
    You are My hands. You are My Heart beating in this world. My beloved apostles, will you say "yes"? Will you go into the world? Will you carry my light in the darkness? Will you tell the children who are suffering how I love them? Will you go to the nursing homes and tell the elderly how I am longing to be with them, to talk to them, to hear the words from their lips that they love Me? You are My apostles of love.

    Response:
    This is the anniversary of the sixth apparition at Fatima. Mary appeared every day for fourteen months to me and delivered these rosaries. That is all she kept saying: that we must lead others to the love of her Son, Jesus. The message is so simple. It is love God and love one another. All the fanciness and the frills! Why can we not live this message which is the message of love God and love each other.
  7. We are so focused on the things of this earth and our heavenly Mother has appeared so many times and told us what we must do-she made it so clear at Fatima. Do we think our Blessed Mother will change, that she will change her peace plan? We must, we must carry this message into the world. We must do what Jesus and Mary are asking us to do.
  8. Hail Mary...
  9. Hail Mary...
  10. Hail Mary...

The Coronation of Our Lady

  1. Mary speaks:
    I am Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. I am asking you this day to carry these rosaries into this world. It is through the rosary that you will have peace in your hearts. My little children, you must learn to discipline your thoughts. You must come to Our Hearts and meditate on Our lives. Our lives will live in your life as you meditate on the mysteries of the rosary.
  2. Mary speaks:
    There is a time, a time of struggle. There is a time of joy. There is a time when the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign. The time for these things is near at hand. My little children, I have called you on this October 13th, 1996. I have called you to go into this world and to carry the rosary as your weapon against Satan. It is through the rosary and the scapular that I will save this world. I am Mary, your Mother. I am Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
  3. We see the angel appear to Mary and ask her to be the Mother of God. This is the Father's plan-that Mary would be the Mother of God, and we see Mary as crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. Do we see the plan of the Father unfold in our lives? That our lives are so important to help in the salvation of many? That He is truly calling us to be apostles to carry His love, His light, into the dark world?
  4. Jesus speaks:
    I am with you in a special way, My beloved apostles. I am calling you this day. This is an urgent call. You must go into the world and carry My messages of love to the souls that are hungry and suffering and in pain.
  5. Think vividly of the moment of death. There is a soul at this moment on the edge of death. How did they live their life? Think of the world today. Is the world living according to the way that God has told us that we must live? He told us that we must love God and love one another. There is a soul at this moment on the edge of death. Where will this soul go? Did the soul love God? Did it matter about his clothes and his house and all his riches? I heard Mary, Our Mother, call out time and time and time again about the souls that were going into hell. It is like the Fatima documentary-she called and people did not heed what she said and there was World War II. Mary does not appear as she once appeared and she has ceased giving messages as she once did. She still gives messages but they are not as many. She says that we are not listening to the messages that she has given and that she cannot hold back the hand of her Son any longer.
  6. This is the good news: if we do what Mary tells us at Fatima, we will have peace. There will be the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of her Immaculate Heart in which souls will fervently love Jesus with the greatest love. Her plan is so simple but Satan has blocked this plan. Satan has blocked these rosary messages and meditations. We must pray that we can circulate the messages of Jesus and Mary to the world that is hungry and in need of help.
  7. One day soon we will be with God in heaven, forever and ever.
  8. Wrapped in the embrace of the Almighty God for all eternity. Heaven is a place of love for the Almighty God is love. We will be satisfied. We will know love. We will be at peace.
    But, hell is a place where there is no love, there is no community, there is isolation, there is longing for God for all eternity.
    He is alive, He is alive and He is with us this day. You must spread this message to the ends of the earth.
  9. Mary speaks:
    My little children, I call you children because you are My children, willful in your ways. I have called to you to pray My rosary and to spread the rosary to the hurting children in this world. I am asking you on this special day that you carry the rosary to as many souls as possible. I will aid you in all efforts to spread the rosaries to the world. Read these meditations to the elderly in the Nursing Homes, teach them about the power of the rosary, bring the rosary to the children, tell them about our lives, about our love for them.

    I am Mary, your Mother, I am Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
  10. Song: The Rosary

Ending Message:

Jesus speaks:
How tenderly I love you, My beloved ones. I am Jesus. I have called you this day for this special meeting. I have called you, My apostles. Will you go into the darkness? Will you spread the message of My love? Will you carry the rosary into the world? Will you touch the hearts of those that are hurting and in pain? Will you be My apostles of love? I am calling you to love God and to love one another, to be one in your hearts, to put aside all hatred and bitterness within your heart, to not give into the tauntings of Satan to divide you, to always operate in love, to focus on God. Let your hearts be filled with love.

Glory be...

"My dear friends, let us love each other, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is love." (1 John 4: 7-8)4

Notes:
1. Edward J. Carter, S.J., Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje, Faith Publishing Co. p. 14.

2. Scripture quotations are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, Catholic Edition, Doubleday and Co.
3. Edward J. Carter, S.J., Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje, Faith Publishing Co. p. 16.
4. Scripture quotations are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, Catholic Edition, Doubleday and Co.


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Rosaries from the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary

This rosary was received on Wednesday, November 13, 1996 at a International Shepherds of Christ Associates Meeting at Tom Arlinghaus's farm in Kentucky. The rosary was led by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J., spiritual director of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. The meditations and messages were given to Rita Ring during the rosary. This rosary was received live and transcribed from the recording. This live recording can be obtained by writing Shepherds of Christ Publications. All of these meditations have been discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.

THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

The Agony in the Garden

  1. Let us join in one mind and one heart in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Let go of all the distractions in our minds and in our hearts.
    Jesus speaks:
    I beg you, My beloved ones, to open your heart that I may pour My love and My grace into your heart. I am Jesus. I have called each and every person to this rosary. This is an urgent cry. You are My chosen ones that I am sending into this world to carry My light into the darkness. You are here because I have called you and prompted you to come. Open your heart and let Me speak to you. As you walk with Me through the Passion experience the suffering that I suffered, but know always that the glory of the resurrection is close at hand. In your life you suffer this day, but you know there is the resurrection. The victory has been won. I am pouring into you My abundant life that you will be closer and closer to My Sacred Heart, but you must open your heart and listen to the message that I deliver to you. I love you, My beloved ones. I love you. To My death on the cross, I loved you.
  2. God is love. We were created in His image and likeness to love and to be loved. He commands us to love God and to love one another. This is not an invitation it is a command from the Almighty God that we must love. We were made for love, to give love, and to receive love. This is what will make us happy. We are the children of God and God is love.
  3. Be with Jesus in the garden. Be there. Hear the sounds of the night. Picture the garden as vividly as possible in your mind. Jesus wants us to study pictures when we are meditating on the rosary. Let us create the perfect picture of the garden in our mind. Let us hear the sounds of the night and let us see our beloved Savior, our beloved Jesus, bent over in the garden in utter anguish and pain. Let us go to the Heart of Jesus. Let us feel as Jesus felt in the garden. In our heart, we know what it is to love someone so much-to love and to give, to love and to give, to love and to give, and how it hurts when we are rejected. How it is utter pain within our heart. Jesus is love. Jesus loves perfectly. Jesus loved each one of us in the garden. Jesus loved me with the most perfect love. Let us experience the love in His Heart, love and giving from the Heart of Jesus and let us experience the rejection, the indifference, the hatred that Jesus receives from His beloved souls.
  4. The Heart of Jesus, a burning furnace of Divine love, Jesus loving each one of us perfectly. We do not comprehend the love of our Savior, but we know how we love and how we are hurt when we are rejected, when others do not accept our love. Feel this pain in your heart. Think of Jesus this day in the tabernacle, the Almighty God, all powerful and almighty, remaining in the tabernacle, giving Himself to us in the Eucharist and look at how He is treated! I have heard Him say over and over again, "I give Myself to you! I give Myself to you and I am rejected and forgotten and treated as a dead object." Jesus is alive. How do we treat Jesus? Do we treat Jesus as He is alive. Jesus, Who longs and thirsts for our love. Jesus, Who is love Himself, how is He treated?
  5. Song: Oh Burning Heart...
  6. He has chosen His beloved priests. He has anointed them. He has given to them the great gift of changing bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ and administering the sacraments. It is through His most Sacred Heart, that His life flows through the hands of His holy priests. He has chosen them and He loves them. I hear Him lament over and over again how He is longing and thirsting especially for their love. He has told us over and over again not to criticize the priests for they are His chosen ones, but to love them and to pray for them. It is in this movement as it spreads across the earth that many fervent and holy souls are praying for His beloved priests. For it is through their hands that the grace flows as they administer the sacraments, as they consecrate the Host into His Body and Blood.
  7. Song: I have called you by name...
  8. He has said that it is because of His beloved religious that He sweat blood in the garden, for He longs and thirsts and wants their love. He has chosen His religious in a special way, yet He is rejected by many of them. In the garden, He was comforted the most by the love of the holy priests, by the holy religious, and He was wounded most by their indifference and their neglect.
  9. The priest is another Christ in this world. The more he is one in his relationship with Christ, the more grace will flow through him. We must pray-pray as we have never prayed before for our beloved priests. This is an urgent message that Jesus has delivered-that He wants us to pray for the priests. The fire of His love will spread across this earth and many souls will be fed through the hands of the priests. We must pray for the priests. We must spread this consecration. It is through the newsletter that many priests will know more and more about the Heart of Jesus. It is only in going through the pure and sinless heart of Our Lady, that we can go to the very depth of the Heart of Christ, for we are sinners. We must spread this consecration to the priests. The priestly newsletter is Jesus' instrument to touch the priests.
  10. We see Jesus as He kneels in the garden. His face is covered with blood and sweat. This is the Almighty God. He loved us so much that He suffered such anguish for us. He is asking us to pray for His beloved priests, to help spread the newsletter, to contact the priests, and to ask them if they receive this newsletter. It is through the hands of holy priests that the grace will flow more abundantly on the earth.

The Scourging at the Pillar

  1. He has called us, His special apostles, to hear this message. Each and every person in this room has been called by Jesus. Do not focus on me. Open your heart and listen to the message that He wishes to deliver to you. The Almighty God is calling us to help in the renewal of the Church and the world. As we meditate on these Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary, as we see how Jesus suffered to His brutal death on the cross, why do we not think that He would send messages this day to help in the renewal of His beloved Church to help to lead souls to His most Sacred Heart? There is sickness in the world and in the Church. He is delivering these messages to draw all to the mighty medicine which is His burning love. We are hungry. We are starving. We want to be fed. We will only be fed with the love of God. He is delivering these messages of His love. We are His apostles that He is sending out to the world to carry this message of His love, to light up the darkness. Can we say "no" to Jesus? Open your heart and listen to the message. Do not focus on me. Focus on the message He wishes to deliver to you and meditate on His suffering, how He gave Himself to His death on the cross.
  2. It is in consecration that we will have peace in this world. It is in the Shepherds of Christ Movement, as we the apostles press forward to the Church, to the school, and to the family, that hearts will be turned to consecrated hearts. He is calling us His apostles. He is giving us abundant grace to join in such oneness with His Heart. We are His shepherds that He is sending to lead the strayed ones home, home to His Heart. As we take the consecration to the Church, to the school, and to the family, the strayed ones too will be led home, home to His Heart. Why has Jesus chosen us? He has given to us a great grace that He has called us here, that He has given us the desire to consecrate our hearts, that He has given us a desire for the Eucharist and for His life. This is a special grace that He has given us, that we will become more and more united to Him, that He will operate in us for Jesus no longer walks the earth. Jesus is alive. Jesus wants to live in us in a special way and touch the hearts of His beloved souls. Will we say "yes"? Will we open up our heart, rid ourselves of bitterness and anguish, put aside all of the dividing factors that are in our heart, and let our hearts be turned into hearts of love as Jesus wants our hearts to be? He is giving to us an abundant grace in the Shepherds of Christ Movement to be one in His Heart. Let us give our hearts to Jesus and Mary.
  3. See Jesus, the Almighty God, all powerful, almighty, tied to the pillar. See Jesus, His hands tied, and see the anger in the faces of the men that beat Him. See His flesh torn and the blood fly into the air. Does Jesus love? Jesus loves us so much, the Almighty God, that He gave Himself for love of us. How we complain about the little sufferings! Are we persecuted? Look at how Jesus was persecuted. He gave the message of His love to this world and He was hung on a cross. Do we expect any different when we go into a world that has rejected Him? See Jesus, look into His eyes as He is tied to the pillar. See the love in His eyes. Even when He is beaten and His flesh is torn, there is love in His eyes. He gave, He gave, and He gave because of the love that consumed Him. This is what He wants of us-hearts of love to give and to give and to give. Oh how we act like Jesus and we give and we give and we give and then we are persecuted and we want to run the other way and cry. His way is to give. He laid His life down for us. He wants us to love that we will lay our lives down for each other, that the priest will give his life for his flock, that the husband will love his wife that he would give his life for his wife, that the parent would love their children this way, that we love one another as brothers in Christ. His way is love. It is not an invitation; it is a command. We were created to love, to love God and to love one another. This is the way to happiness in our hearts.
    Jesus speaks:

    You are My beloved apostles of love that I have called in this room this day. Who will I send if you say "no". I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is My movement to go into the world to help lead the strayed ones to My Heart. As you go to the churches, the schools, and the families, they will be led through the consecration to Our Hearts of love. You are My chosen ones. You are My apostles. I am giving to you an abundant grace that you will become one in Me. I am begging you to answer this request. You can say "no" and turn away. You can focus on My messenger. You can say it is somebody else's job. I am calling you this day. On November the 13th, you were called by Me. It is an urgent request that you spread the consecration to this world. This is the good news: if you comply with My mother's wishes at Fatima, many hearts will be turned to hearts of love and many souls will be saved. I am begging you to listen to this message. To give yourselves, give yourselves to the heart of My Mother. It is in her pure and sinless heart that you will go into My Heart and be united in such oneness with Me. I love you. I love you. I love you. To My death on the cross, I loved you. I beg you, My beloved ones, to help Me to spread the consecration to this world.
  4. See Jesus at the pillar. See His flesh torn. See how deep the wounds are. See the angry faces of the men that are beating Him, their hearts filled with hatred, filled with the work of the devil. And His Heart was torn within His chest for He loved those men that beat Him and tore His flesh.
  5. Jesus speaks:
    I give you Myself, My beloved ones. This day I give you Myself in the Eucharist. I long and I thirst for your love. I am consumed with love for you. I will never abandon you. I am thirsting, thirsting, thirsting for your love. Will you come to Me and pour your love out to Me? I want your love. I want you to come to Me and tell Me how you love Me. I am God. I am love. I want this love from you. I am alive, I am alive, I am alive and I am treated as a dead object. I deliver these messages to you. I know your heart. I know each heart in this room and I want your love. I want this love relationship with you. Will you say no to Me? Will you turn away or will you give your heart to Me? Will you spend the moments with Me after Communion when I am waiting and longing to be so close to you? Will you tell Me, "Oh Jesus, I love You. I love You. I love You. I love You, God." This is what I want to hear from you. You are longing and thirsting and wanting love, and I have this love to give to you. And you want to give your love, but you are rejected by many. I am waiting for this love. Will you give it to Me? I will never reject you. I will not abandon you. I am your God. You were created to love and to be loved. I am Jesus. I am alive and I am waiting for your love.
  6. To be wrapped in rapture, in the embrace of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to be in that place where there is no wanting, to be in a place where there is total peace, to be wrapped by love itself, to be in the deepest chamber of the Heart of Christ, to be filled with everything, to be satisfied-this is what we will have for all eternity if we love and serve Him. His Heart is a little heaven on earth. He wants us to go to His Heart now and to share in this deep burning love that He has for us, but we are afraid. We do not want to get too close to our beloved Jesus, which keeps us at an arm's length from Him. He is thirsting, thirsting, thirsting, for love from souls that He loves and how few souls come to Him and outpour their burning love back to Him. How He waits for that one precious soul to come, to be with Him as He is waiting in the tabernacle for that soul to come and to be before the tabernacle and say, "Jesus, I love You. I love You. I love You," to recognize Him as alive and present with His Divine love. He wants us to be one in our hearts, but we are rigid. At the Mass, we are rigid. We are not connected. It is in the Shepherds of Christ movement, as more and more consecrate their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, that we will be united in one heart, that we will be united in the Hearts of love, the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, that our hearts will burn for love for each other. We are one body in Him. Look at how we are. We beep our horns at each other and say vile things and many curse the Lord. Are our hearts cold or are our hearts a burning furnace as Jesus wants us to be?
    Jesus speaks:
    You are My soldiers of love. I am asking you this day to consecrate your hearts all through the day. To give yourself to Me. I am Jesus. I gave Myself for love of you.
  7. See Jesus at the pillar and experience in all your senses this picture. Do you hear the blows as it hits the flesh of Jesus? Do you see Him clearly with your eyes? Do you see the light in the room. Do you hear the angry crys of the men? This is the Almighty God, bound at the pillar, in a human body, nailed to a cross. At any second, He could have released Himself, but because of His furnace of burning love within His most Sacred Heart, He gave Himself for love of us.
    Jesus speaks:
    I am Jesus. I am giving Myself to you this day, but I am rejected and forgotten and ignored, treated with indifference, treated with hatred. I am treated as a dead object. I am calling you, I am alive, I am alive, I am alive and I am begging you, My beloved apostles, to spread the good news to this earth. Many souls will suffer the pains of hell forever and ever. And as you spread this consecration, hearts will be turned to hearts of love. I am alive and I live in you.
  8. Song: "Come Unto Me All Who Are Weary..."
    Jesus speaks:
    The time is at hand for many souls this day will be condemned forever to the fires of hell. You can forget your brothers, but I will never forget you. I love you, My beloved ones. I loved you to My death on the cross.
  9. Jesus wanted me to read this message. This is from May the 4th in the third Blue Book. "Dear ones, I am calling you to love your brothers. I have loved you. Would you, dear ones, lay down your lives for your brothers? How are you loving this day? Are you following Christ in your actions? I am the Way, I am the Truth, I am the Life. You must constantly put the world aside and look to the Master for all your directions. I call you, My little ones, to holiness. I call you to pure hearts, hearts that are full of love and empty of hate and anger. I call you to guard your hearts and watch that they stay forever holy. You, My precious bride, I want your soul white. Do you criticize your dear brothers? I gave the last beat of My Heart and the last drop of My blood for the soul you are displeased with. I would die for them this day. Will you not love them for Me? They are so precious to Me! Quit sizing up your brothers. You do such unloving things in your mind. You do not even know how unloving are your thoughts. You judge your brothers by their exteriors, by their education, by their money. You do not see the beautiful creation of God the Father. He created your brothers just perfectly and He loves His creation. Who are you to criticize His creation? Love your brothers when they are hurting. It is in your loving the hurting ones that they will see the reflection of Christ in you. Do not hold on to foolish things. One moment and your days on this earth have ended. All that remains is how you loved. Did you love God? Did you love your neighbor? Love is not selfish. It gives of itself. Its whole purpose is to draw the other closer to Jesus. Study the crucifix. It is such a comfort! I loved you so. I died for you. I would die for you alone this very day, little ones! Look at Me dying on the cross! The way to Me is to follow Me. Be Christ-like in your ways. You must study Me to know My ways. Do not give in to yourselves. My way is love. Will you be the reflection of the love of God within you? My way is the way of the cross. They persecuted Me, they hurt Me, they tore My flesh and spit on Me. They did this to Me for My love given to all! This world is not your end. You follow My ways and you move as you should toward your goal. I am Jesus, I am the Son of God. I love you so ardently. I died and shed My blood, My beautiful blood, for love of you. I await you this day, My little ones. I loved you so I remain with you in the Eucharist. I await, I long for you to come and share in our love. I am the tenderest of Hearts. No man can be close to you as I. I love you so. I want to dwell and live within you. I want to fill you with all My love and radiate My love to your beloved brothers. I want to shine from your souls. Oh, little ones, take Me seriously. I am truly here, begging for you to live in My love. You are the light that will shine in this dark world. You will light up the darkest night with My love. The best gift you can give to this world is to busy yourself about your love affair with Me. I love you, My little ones. I love you and I want to share this love with you. Love your brothers. Do not let Satan talk in your heads and make them wrong and you right. Love them as I have loved you. Do not look at your brothers and size them up. See them with the eyes of God, the beautiful creations of the Father. Will you love My beloved ones for Me this day, or will you say "no" to My call? Love your brothers in darkness. They need your love. I am calling you to love them for Me this very day. They may scoff at you and persecute you, but you will plant a seed that I Myself will water and give sunlight to. Plant seeds of love. This is the most important seed you will plant, a seed of love. Watch it grow as I provide it with water and nourishment. I will shine on your brothers through you if you stay in My love. Be the light that shines on this dark world. They are crying out for the love of God. They are suffering. They need your love. Put yourselves aside. Die to yourselves. Live only for the love of God. If the world goes one way, you stay focused on My love. Do not follow the world. Follow the risen Christ! I love you so, little ones. I bring you new life. I fill your hearts with My love. Pray to the Holy Spirit for His gifts. Pray the Our Father. Let My mother mother you as she mothered Me. She loved you so. She suffered so for love of you. She appears to bring you back to her beloved Son. Will you answer her call? She is calling you to put God first in your life. She is calling you to love, love of God, love of one another. Forgive your brothers. Empty your hearts of hate and anger and let go. Let all your anger go. Give Me your resentments and let Me heal your hearts. Forgiveness is the way to peace. Let go. Do not size up your brothers. Love them all. Pray for them. Unite in My love. Love is a miracle cure. Say you are sorry. Be gentle in your ways. Pray for your needs. I love you, little ones. I am with you this day. Will you answer the call and love for Me? I love you. I am your beloved Jesus. I would die this day just for you. I love you the same as I did the day I died. Turn to Me and give Me your life. I will care for you and love you. I am your Savior. I am Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God. Let Me live in your heart!"
  10. Hail Mary...

The Crowning with Thorns

  1. See our beloved Jesus crowned with thorns. See the men as they pound the thorns into His skull.
  2. Did He call out? Did He say, "Why are you doing this to Me?" Do you hear Jesus? Does He scream as the men pound the thorns into His head? Jesus was silent. Think of today, all the sins of pride that are in the hearts of men, all the ugly thoughts within the heads of men. Jesus paid the price for the evilness in our hearts and the thoughts in our heads.
  3. It is in consecration that our hearts are turned to hearts of love. Mary told us at Fatima that we must give our hearts to her heart and to the Heart of her Son if we want to have peace in the world.
  4. The devil is busy. He is going into the hearts and the minds of so many young children, people in all walks of life. It is our job. Jesus has given us this job: to spread this consecration. Mary, our mother at Fatima, has asked us to go to the churches to try to set up Shepherds of Christ chapters in which people are praying in one mind and one heart for the priests, for the renewal of the Church and the world. She asks us to go to the schools, to take the rosary and the consecration, to teach little children to tell Jesus they love Him, to give their heart to Jesus, to tell Mary that they love her and give Mary their heart. How many things do we teach the children on this earth today with the computers, with the school, with everything that is so important? Yet we do not listen to the words of our mother and teach them about the consecration. Mary appeared to me everyday for nine months asking that we spread this consecration to the children in the schools. This message is for you this day. She asked me to ask you to help to spread the consecration to the children in the schools.
  5. Song: "Jesus we love you, Mary we love you..."
  6. The Almighty God withstood the greatest torture for love of us. We do so many things that seem so important, but we do not listen to the words of our mother, Mary, given at Fatima: that we will not have peace in this world until a sufficient number of people have consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, that we must pray the rosary and do the first Saturday devotion, and make reparation to Their Hearts. Satan has blocked this message. Satan will work in our hearts so that we will not want to carry out the messages that Jesus is delivering in this rosary. The message is that this is urgent. The time is at hand. Many, many, many souls are falling into the fires of hell. This is the good news: that we take the consecration to the churches, to the schools, and to the family. We will help in the salvation of millions of souls. The Shepherds of Christ Movement is His instrument for the renewal of the Church and the world. It is greatly centered in the completion of the Fatima message and these rosaries on the 13th are very important to the completion of the Fatima message. They will be taped and sent to all the chapter members. They will hear the message of Jesus and help spread this consecration to every corner of the earth.
  7. When priests' hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the fire of His love will spread across this earth and many will love Jesus with such love. For it is through the hands of His holy priests that we are fed. The world is starving for the love of God. We must pray as never before for our priests. We must take the priestly newsletter to the priests and tell them about the prayer chapters, nothing about private revelation, just praying, praying the prayers in the Prayer Manual. Jesus' head was crowned with thorns. He suffered so much. Can we answer this cry of our beloved Savior? Can we answer the cry of Our Lady and take the consecrations to the churches, to the schools, and to the family?
  8. Jesus speaks:
    I thirst, My beloved ones. I thirst for a drop of heart-felt love from many of My beloved priests. You must pray. It was the holy priests that comforted Me so during My Passion and I suffered so for those that do not show Me their love.
  9. Jesus speaks:
    I am alive. I am alive. I am alive. I am treated as a dead object. Will you spread My messages of love to this world. This is the mighty medicine for this world-My burning love.
  10. Hail Mary...

The Carrying of the Cross

  1. Mary kept all these things in her heart. Be in the heart of Mary as we meditate on this mystery of the rosary. Be in the heart of Mary. See through her eyes her beloved Son as He carries the cross on His back and as He falls to the ground. Be in the heart of Mary and feel her suffering. Feel the sword pierce her heart as she looks into His eyes and she sees His eyes covered with blood and the wounds all over His body. Be in the heart of Mary for Mary appeared everyday for fourteen months and delivered these messages to me that many souls are going to hell. It was an urgent cry. I do not know any other way than to tell you this message but it burns in my heart and my heart is pierced with a sword, for you speak and you speak and others do not hear, but you know, and the Almighty God has given these messages to you, and Mary has appeared over and over and over again. Will you help, will you help to take this message that They have given to me and to you into this world?
  2. For nine of the fourteen months, she focused on the importance of taking the rosary and the consecration to the children. Jesus is asking us to reach the children in the schools with this rosary and consecration. Jesus said to the women of Jerusalem, "Weep not for Me but for yourselves and your children." Mary said, "How hard are the hearts of so many children." How can we teach our children all these things and not teach them about the love of Jesus and Mary. Do we see Their eyes meet? Do we know the suffering that Jesus and Mary suffered? Do we care? And we know that we will suffer when we go into this world to spread this message, but the time is urgent and souls are being lost for all eternity.
  3. See Jesus and see His chin hit the ground. Look into His eyes. See His love. See the crown of thorns on His head piercing His most precious head and the blood running down His face. See the wounds all over His body. He showed us the way. He gave His all to His death on the cross. He wants us to love one another that we would be willing to give our lives for one another. We are not loving the way Jesus is telling us to love. We are His chosen ones, and He is revealing to us the mysteries of His Heart.
  4. He withstood torture, but the greatest agony was not the torture and the wounds to His body. It was what He suffered to His Heart of pure, Divine love for He loves, He loves most perfectly each and every soul.
  5. Consumed with love, He calls out, "I thirst. I thirst. I want your love." Do we go to Jesus and outpour our love to Him? Do we realize that He is longing for this love?
  6. Song: "I watched Him as a baby..."
    Mary is calling our name out in the dark night of this world. We are the lights that Jesus and Mary want to send into the darkness with our hearts lighted with His love. Will we answer this call? Will we spread this consecration to the far ends of the earth? Do we want peace? Then we must do what our heavenly Mother has told us at Fatima.
  7. Look at the wounds of our beloved Savior. How do we suffer? Do we complain?
  8. The world is not like us. The world is so different than us. We must be strong and pray for the grace to do whatever He asks us to do.
  9. Hail Mary...
  10. Hail Mary...

The Crucifixion

  1. Song: "Oh Burning Heart"
  2. See the withered body of Jesus as He hung on the cross. See the nails in His hands and His feet, and think of the angry men that pounded these nails into His hands and His feet, the angry men that crowned our beloved Savior with a crown of thorns, the angry men that beat Him. Think of how Jesus is treated this day. Jesus suffered. He suffered the wounds to His body, but His greatest sufferings were not the wounds to His body but the wounds to His Sacred Heart, the Heart of most tender love.
  3. Think of how He is treated today, how He thirsts for heart-felt love. We are His chosen apostles in the Shepherds of Christ Movement. He has given to us a great grace that we will be ever closer to His Heart and to His Mother's heart. He is thirsting for our love. See Jesus hanging on the cross. See how He suffered and how much anguish He is in. See the hurt in His Heart, and then think that the love that we give to Him this day is His comfort in all of that bitterness.
  4. I looked at the window at the Center where Jesus was tied to the pillar and I was crying, and I said to Jesus, "Jesus, what were You thinking of when they were beating You on Your back?" And He said to me, "I was thinking of you sitting in the pew and telling Me how you loved Me."
  5. The perfect match, the desire within us to be loved, to be loved by the Divine God. But we do not see. We do not comprehend. We go every place and look to try to satisfy this craving within us-the perfect match. And He is outpouring His Divine love. He is giving Himself to us in the Eucharist. He is waiting for us in the tabernacle to come to give us an abundant sharing in His life-the perfect match. We long for love and He has the Divine love that will satisfy us-the perfect match. Jesus is love. He is thirsting for our love. And we want to give ourselves, give ourselves. And we give ourselves here and many times we are rejected so we hold back and put up walls. When we give ourselves to Jesus, He accepts all our love. He wants us to give ourselves completely to Him.
  6. Song: "Oh Burning Heart"
  7. Our little heaven on earth-the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Will we help to lead the strayed ones home, back to His Heart? He is giving to us this great grace in the Shepherds of Christ Movement to help us to carry this consecration to the world. He is feeding us with these messages, with these rosaries that we will be on-fire for love of Him and that we will go into these institutions and not be afraid and tell them about the love of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
  8. Stand beneath the cross of Jesus. Be in the heart of Mary. Experience what Mary experienced in her heart as she looked at her Son, as she saw Him covered with blood, withered, and suffering, moments before His death. Be in the heart of Mary as she cries out as she did to me over and over again about her lost children, that would go to the fires of hell, despite all that He did. And hear her pleading as I heard her pleading to please, please go into the world and to reach the children, her little children that are suffering and in pain. What do we think of when we look at the cross of Christ? Do we realize that we carry out His life, death, and resurrection in our lives, that He died, that He rose to give us a sharing in His life, that He ascended into heaven and He no longer walks this earth? He came to show us the way that we would be His shepherds this day that would lead many to His most Sacred Heart. We are His apostles. We must pray to the Holy Spirit for the fearlessness to go into this Godless world and to carry the message of His love, for this is the good news. The more we spread this consecration, the more hearts will be turned to hearts of love, and as Mary, our mother, promised, there will be peace when a sufficient number have consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. There is not another way. We must do as she has told us to do.
  9. This is a major part of the completion of the Fatima message. We must take this mission to our heart. We must give ourselves to Mary. It is in her pure and sinless heart, despite our sinfulness, that she will take us deeply into the Heart of Christ and we will be one in Him, that He will operate through us and touch many of the souls in this world today that are hurting and in pain. This is a call from our beloved Savior. If you continue to focus on me, you will miss the message. This has been my fate for all the years, over five, that I have received these messages. The focus is on me, the words, and the English, and we miss the message. This is the message of Mary at Fatima that we must go into the world, carry the consecration into this world, pray the rosary, we must observe the first Saturday devotion, and we must make reparation to Their Hearts.
  10. Jesus speaks:
    I love you. I love you. I love you. To My death on the cross, I gave Myself to you. I give Myself to you today. This is My Body that you receive in the Eucharist. This is My Blood. Will you give yourself to Me? I will never abandon you. I will give you My Divine love. You will never be alone, My beloved one. I am with you forever and ever and ever. Will you help Me? Will you help spread My love to the hurting world. Will you take the messages that I have given in the Blue Books to this world and tell them that each and every word is My message of love that I give to them? These are rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. This rosary I have given as a tool to help to teach you so that you will be ever joined closer to My Heart. I love you. I love you. I love you. I am Jesus, your beloved Savior.

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Rosaries from the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary

This rosary was received on Friday, December the 13th, 1996 at a International Shepherds of Christ Associates Meeting at Tom Arlinghaus's farm in Kentucky. The rosary was led by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J., spiritual director of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. The meditations and messages were given to Rita Ring during the rosary. This rosary was received live and transcribed from the recording. This live recording can be obtained by writing Shepherds of Christ Publications. All of these meditations have been discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.

THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES

The Annunciation

  1. Mary speaks:
    I stood beneath the cross of my Son and my heart was in such pain for I saw 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 into this world and give up the love of my Son.
  2. Song: "Jesus, oh Jesus, come and fill your lambs..."
    God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son into this world that we would be saved from our sins.
  3. Think of the time of Adam and Eve when they were given such great gifts and they were in such light for they knew God in such a special way. And because of their willfulness they sinned and the light that He had given to them, this knowledge of God that they knew was dimmed. And they no longer saw as they once saw because of their sin.
  4. The plan of the Father. And the Father sends into this world His only begotten Son, born of the Virgin Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit. The plan of the Father unfolds. Adam and Eve sinned. He sends His Son into the world, His Son, the light of the world. And today we are here. We are here, called here as His apostles to carry this light into the darkness. He is giving to us abundant grace that we may be ever closer to His Heart, that we will be one in Him, that His light will go forth into the world as we march as children of light to carry this light into the darkness.
  5. Do we see how important our life is? We see the angel Gabriel appear to the Virgin Mary. She became the Mother of God. At the Holy Spirit Center, we see the angel appear to Mary in the first window of the rosary windows. At the Holy Spirit Center, across from this, we see the Assumption where Mary is taken into heaven. The plan of the Father unfolds in the life of the Virgin Mary. We watch her through the life of Christ as she walked beside Him in sufferings and in joys and Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. Do we see our life unfold in the Father's plan? For we have truly been called by the Almighty God, His special servants, to go out into the world and to carry this Good News that God loves us so much. The world, at this time, is covered with darkness; for the Father looks to the earth and men are not loving as He intends us to love. We are the children of God. We are to be as one family loving God and loving one another. But the world is covered with darkness. We are His children of light that will carry this light into the darkness as we cooperate with the grace that He is giving to us, His special apostles, and He will act in us and many will know Him through our actions.
    Song: "Jesus, oh Jesus, come and fill your lambs..."
  6. We are so limited in our vision that we do not see. We must pray for the grace that we will see more and more. Let us look down from above. Let us see the sin of Adam and Eve. And the Father sends His Son into the world, the light to lead His children in darkness into the light. And Mary appears, she appears over and over again and she says to us, "You are sinful, you must turn your ways. You must convert. My beloved children, God is displeased. You are sinning. You must love God and you must love one another." Mary appeared to Bernadette. She appeared at Fatima. She told them, if you do not do this, that the world war would follow and the war followed. Mary appeared again, she appeared to me everyday for fourteen months and she still appeared on the 5th until October the 5th of '96. This same message "we are sinful in our ways, there are souls that are dropping into hell, you must turn from your ways" and then she gives this message in the rosary on August 27th. This message to us she says, "Carry this light into the darkness for your mother, Mary. For I stood beneath the cross and I cried and 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. This is the same plan of the Father that is unfolding in our lives. We have been called by Jesus. Jesus has called us here at 12 o'clock on the 13th of the month. His apostles and any person that hears this tape, Jesus is calling you to be His apostle, to be His child of light, to carry the light into the darkness, for man has sinned and God loves. He wants the world to know His love.
  7. "Please, please help me," she says. "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." Jesus, the Almighty God, comes into this world in the womb of a human person for love of us. Who are we that God comes into this world in a human person and remains in the womb of a human person for nine months because of His great love for us. He came to this world, He gave Himself on the cross, and He gives Himself to us this day.
  8. Do we see the oneness between Jesus and His Mother? The oneness that They are one in her body. His Heart was formed within her body. They are in one body. Do we see ourselves, how separate we are? How this displeases our Lord, how this displeases our Father? For we are to be one body, united in the greatest love, one family. There will be one flock and one shepherd. He has called us to be one with each other that we will lead this across this world, that as we join as one family in the Shepherds of Christ movement, in great love, united in Their Hearts, we will lead the light across the earth and that many of His children will be united in His Heart.
  9. Jesus speaks:
    Oh My beloved ones, give Me your heart. Come, come to My Heart. You will be one in My Heart. And as you go to the churches, the schools, and the family, you will lead the strayed ones home to My Heart and the world will know the love, the love of God, the love as the Father intends, the love of His people to be in one flock with one shepherd.
    Response:

    The Almighty God so loved this world that He sent His only begotten Son into this world. Look at how we are treating God. Look at how indifferently He is treated-forgotten and ignored. This is an urgent message for Mary no longer appears as she once did. She is crying out, "I cannot hold back the hand of my Son any longer." And she said on October the 5th, when she appeared the last time on the 5th, "His hand is struck with power."
  10. Song: "Jesus, oh Jesus, come and fill Your lambs..."

The Visitation

  1. Jesus and Mary, the new Adam and the new Eve. For she said, "I stood beneath the cross of my Son and my heart was in such pain."
  2. Mary went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. She goes to visit one person to tell her the good news. At the Holy Spirit Center, I see this window where Mary goes to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, and across from this is the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. We see that they are called to go out into this world to spread the good news. This is how it is today. We are called to go out into this world to tell all the good news-that Jesus has come, He has died and He has risen and He is alive and with us this day.
  3. She carried the life of the Almighty God within her womb. And He was formed within her body. His little body formed in the womb of a human person. It is today when we go to the heart of our Mother, that the Holy Spirit forms us more and more into the image and likeness of Jesus. This is our refuge, this is our place of great love, the heart of the Virgin Mary.
  4. Jesus came into this world in the womb of Mary. Man sinned and Jesus came to save us from our sins. It is through Mary, the pure and sinless one, that we must go too, to be so united to the Almighty God. For we are sinners, tainted by the sin of Adam and Eve, and it is only in going through the pure and Immaculate sinless one that we can truly reach the great depths of the Heart of Christ.
  5. I think of the child Jesus within the womb of Mary. The Almighty God within her. And I think of my great moments of greatest joy when I am united to my beloved Savior in the Holy Eucharist, when He gives Himself to me and I know His presence in such a special way. It is in Mary that I go more deeply into His Heart. It is in giving myself to Mary, the pure and sinless one, that I go deeper and deeper into the Heart of my beloved Jesus, my Divine Lover. Mary carried the child Jesus within her womb, but God gives Himself to us in the Holy Eucharist and we carry the Almighty God within us, the Almighty God within us. What a great honor God has given to us that He gives Himself to us. In our sinfulness, that He comes and He enters into us. It is in Mary that we unite more and more to Him.
  6. The devil has waged this war against Mary and the priests especially, against Mary and her children of light. It is in Mary that we unite so deep to the Almighty God.
  7. The Father shows us how He sent His Son into the world in Mary. What makes us think that we will be so close to God if we do not go through Mary. The devil has really pressed on the relationship between Mary and her children. We must spread this news to the world that we must give ourselves to Mary and to Jesus.
  8. Hail Mary...
  9. Song: "O Holy Dwelling Place of God..."
    Response:
    We must go through the heart of Mary in order to unite in great depth with our Almighty God. He sent His Son into the world in the Virgin Mary, the pure and the sinless one. He tells us that we must go through her heart, that He wants His Heart venerated next to her heart. Mary said that we will not have peace in this world until we give our hearts to her heart and the Heart of her Son.
    Song: "O Holy Mary, Holy Mother of God."
    Response:
    The Hearts of Jesus and Mary, our little heaven on earth.
  10. Hail Mary...

The Nativity

  1. Song: "Come Holy Spirit..."
  2. Within the womb of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Spirit works to sanctify us and to make us more into the image and likeness of Jesus. Let us pray for the light. Let us pray that we may see more fully, see more clearly, not with our eyes but with our hearts. That we may know God. The desire that is so great within us, that we want so much to know our Almighty God, God who is love.
  3. The child Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, not adorned in gold and silver, but He comes in great poverty and is laid on bare wood. This is the Almighty God. Who are we that we are so high and mighty, that we want so many things of gold and silver? The Almighty God comes to show us His way and His way is the way of love. The most important thing that we must do is to love. This is the real treasure, love of God and love of one another.
  4. Jesus speaks:
    I want to talk to you, My beloved ones, and tell you My love. But My Heart is sad for the world today. They are willful in their ways. I am calling you, My children of light, to go into the darkness and to spread My love. I am silent, I have been quieted. Many ignore Me, they treat Me with such indifference. My beloved ones, how I love you, and love all My precious souls. Will you carry My light into the dark world? Will you tell them that I am alive and that I am with you and that I want to give them My love. I am the Almighty God. I give to you My divine love. My beloved ones, I have given to you great gifts each and every one of you present. My great grace I have outpoured to you as members of the Shepherds of Christ movement. I am giving to you abundant graces to come to My Heart. This is an urgent message. You will carry this light into the darkness and many hearts will be lead home to My Heart. Please, I beg you to put aside the other distractions that Satan has created in your life and listen to this message for I appear on the cross on December 5th and My lips were moving, but silent for you do not hear. There are so many things that have distracted you and led you astray. Satan will come into your life and tell you that you must do this and that. I am calling you, My apostles. The time is urgent, souls are being lost forever, for all eternity. I have called you. You are My special ones. Will you answer this call, will you help to spread this movement to the far ends of the earth for many will be led back home to My Heart. I am Jesus, your beloved Savior, come to Me and I will bathe you in My love.
  5. I see Jesus in the window at the Holy Spirit Center. I see the little baby in the crib and He is surrounded by the little sheep. The Almighty God, humbled Himself so that He came into this world in the womb of a human person and remained there for nine months. We are so haughty and so filled with pride. We are so blind that we do not see. It is in living according to the Father's Will that we will all have peace in our lives. There is not another way. The Almighty God is all powerful. We must do what He is telling us to do. Why He has called me, why He has called Fr. Carter, why He has called you to this movement, why He is giving us the grace to see, why He is lifting the veil, why He is showing us the light as we unite more and more to His Heart, as we are filled more and more with His life, why? I do not know, but it is a great gift from God and He wants our thankfulness. He wants us to thank Him and to be His loving servants, His children of light, to spread the light in the darkness. And the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend. There are many this day in this world that are in total darkness. Many that will lose their souls for all eternity. I saw Mary, I saw her before my eyes and she appeared day, after day, after day, and cried out and cried out and cried out how the souls were dropping into hell like rain. And it is so hard for me, it is so hard for Mary and Jesus speak to you and people do not listen. They focus on you as a person and do not hear the message. Let us hear the message of the Almighty God this day for it is so urgent. Many appeared from July the 5th of '94 until October the 5th of '96, over two years on these special dates and then Jesus appears on the crucifix with His mouth moving. Do we hear His words in this rosary? For He is speaking, He is speaking to us, His apostles.
    Jesus speaks:

    What you do here, My beloved ones, will make the difference to this world. I have called you and I am magnifying all your efforts. Will you answer this call as My apostles? Will you help Me to go into the darkness to spread the light? I am the light of the world.
    Response:

    And the light shone in the darkness. But the darkness grasped it not.
  6. Song: "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus the light of the world..."
    He came into this world and He was laid on bare wood and He went out of this world hanging on a cross. He is the King of Kings. The Kingdom of God is at hand. He is calling us to spread this consecration to the world. For we will be given the greatest gift of all when we are one in Their Hearts, when there is one flock with one shepherd. This is a calling from Jesus to us. This date on the 13th is a calling from Jesus. Mary appeared at Fatima, Mary appeared to Bernadette, Mary appeared on the 13ths. Jesus is calling us on the 13ths to hear this most urgent message. The message is that we must go into the world and we must tell people that Jesus loves them. And they must tell Jesus that they love Him and that they love Mary, that they give their hearts to Jesus and Mary. When people do this, they will see the light. For we have disobeyed our Mother. This is her peace plan for the world. Jesus is telling us today that we must carry out Mary's peace plan or we will not have peace. The Father sends Jesus into the world, the light of world. He comes as a baby. Mary comes and says, "You are sinful. You are sinful. You must change your ways." We ignore Mary. Our willfulness. It is only in living according to His will that we will be children in one family and one fold. We have disobeyed Mary. When we give our hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will see the light.
  7. And the light will steal across the sky as from the darkest night to the brightest sunlit day. The light will steal across the sky as hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, as hearts are turned to hearts of love. Mary told us the way. We must give Mary our heart and give our heart to Jesus. This is what we are being commissioned to do.
    Jesus speaks:

    My beloved ones, My apostles, I have called you to go into the darkness and to spread this consecration to the church, the family, and the school. This would delight My Heart and the heart of my Mother for it is when hearts are hearts of love that you will have peace. You must lead the strayed ones home to My Heart.
  8. Satan has blocked this message from the time of Fatima, in the churches, in the schools. Satan is blocking this message today. It is so simple and so clear. He is giving to us great grace in the Shepherds of Christ movement that we will be able to go out and spread the consecration and the rosary as Mary has told us. To tell people about the First Saturday Devotion and making reparation to Their Hearts. For we are sinful, we must tell God that we are sorry. Jesus is asking us today. People have ignored Mary. They have not listened to their mother and they have disobeyed her. She is the Queen of Heaven and Earth and we disobey her. This displeases God. Jesus has told me over and over again of the importance of the 13th of the month. In four strong messages He told me how important this is to the Shepherds of Christ movement, to the apostles in the Shepherds of Christ movement. For He is directing them in order to carry out Mary's peace plan in the world that we will be one flock and one shepherd.
  9. Oh beloved Mary, I see you, I see you in Bethlehem and I see the child Jesus in the crib and St. Joseph by your side. This is the Holy Family, the family of love. Look at our family today, they are so disconnected. Look at how we sit in the pews at church, so disconnected. This is not what God wants. He wants us to be one body where we are united in the deepest love. Let us model ourselves after the lives of Jesus and Mary. Let us look at the Holy Family and see the intense love between Jesus and Mary and Joseph. Today we cannot even find Jesus, Mary, and Joseph on a Christmas card. We must go to a religious store to look for a Christmas card. Jesus is displeased. Man has sinned. The Father sent His mother and we did not listen. Jesus is talking to us this day.
  10. Song: "Oh Lady of Light..."
    Song: "I come to you with greatest love..."
    Response:
    And He will write the messages of His love on their hearts. These are rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, messages of love that God wishes us to spread to this world, that the hearts will be hearts of love, that the love will not just be spoken from lips, that love will be true love. That hearts will fervently love God with all their heart. This is what we will have when the Sacred Heart of Jesus reigns. But we in this room must love Him with all our heart for we are the leaders that He has called. Jesus, I love you and I give you my heart. Mary, I love you and I give you my heart.
    Song: "Oh the rosary..."
    Jesus speaks:
    This is My teaching to you, My beloved ones. I am teaching you in the rosary how to be My apostles of love to go into the darkness and to carry My light. I love you, I love you, I love you. I am Jesus, the Almighty God. I am who am and I have called you. I have called you by name.

The Presentation in the Temple

  1. Joseph and Mary took the child Jesus to the temple and the old man, Simeon, told them that this child is destined for the rise and fall of many in Israel.
  2. Hail Mary...
  3. And her heart was filled with immense sorrow for she knew from that point on that her Son, Jesus, would suffer. It was a connection deep within her heart and the Heart of her Son. For Jesus in His divine knowing, knowing all things, and Mary knowing from the prophecy of Simeon, They shared this immense secret, knowing of the sufferings to come.
  4. And she looked at her child, Jesus. She looked at Him at play. She looked at Him from that moment on. There was a constant suffering within her Immaculate Heart for she knew that the day would come.
    Mary speaks:

    I stood beneath the cross of my Son. I stood beneath the cross of my Son and my heart was in such pain.
  5. Song: "I rocked Him as a baby. I fed Him as a child..."
  6. Hail Mary...
  7. Song: "See the eyes that looked at Mary..."
  8. Song: "Let us build the city of God. May our tears be turned into dancing..."
  9. Song: "Awake from your slumber. Arise from your sleep..."
  10. We look out and we see the light of day and we see the trees and we see the beauty that God created. At night time we look out the window and the same trees and all the beauty of the river are still there, but we do not see. There are so many people this day that Mary talked about when she appeared, that are walking in darkness. They do not see. For it is not with earthly vision that we see. But we see within our hearts. We feel His presence. I do not see Jesus in this room, but it is in my heart that He is so present to me, that I feel so one in Him. He is giving to us abundant grace. We are saturated more and more with His life, we see more, we see and know Him more. The darkness turns into light. For He is lifting the veil and giving to us graces that even some of the greatest saints did not receive. Why is He doing this for us? To much that is given, much is expected. He is giving this to us that we will carry out this light to the world, that we will help spread the light in the darkness.

    Message before the Glory Be:


    The Child is destined for the rise and fall of many in Israel.

    Jesus speaks:


    The time is urgent, My beloved ones, every day is a great amount of time. The devil will distract you and lead you astray. I am calling you in the Shepherds of Christ movement, My apostles, for the light will spill across the earth and many hearts will be converted through the work that you do. I am magnifying your efforts. It is through the consecration that hearts will be turned to hearts of love and that there will be peace in this world. This is the good news. As you spread this to the world, many souls will know Me and they will be saved. Please, I beg you, do not say "no". These are My messages that I am giving to you on this 13th of December and every 13th that follows. I will give you the instructions, My apostles, for leading the strayed ones back to My Heart.

The Finding in the Temple

  1. Song: "See the eyes that look at Mary..."
    Jesus speaks:
    I am calling you, My beloved ones, to be My beating Heart in this world, gathered in one fold in the Shepherds of Christ movement. Many will be led to My Heart through the consecration. You must go to the churches, to the families, and to the schools and to lead the strayed ones home.
  2. Mary went in search for the child Jesus for He was lost in the temple. She appeared over and over and over again every day for fourteen months and for the last nine months, every time I prayed the Joyful Mysteries, through this mystery she kept telling me of the souls that were going to hell, her little lost children that she loved so. She lamented under the cross at Immaculata and I went through such agony feeling within my heart the suffering that she allowed me to experience for the loss of her little children and the loss of these children forever to the fires of hell.
  3. For she says in this message, "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 any more 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.
  4. She was in such anguish to lose the Child Jesus. But how sorrowful her heart this day. Look at the little children in the world how they are being taught such filth that they do not even know the love of Jesus and Mary. And Jesus says that the children are the sickest of all because many of the adults are sick and they are teaching the children and as the generations go on and on, the children become more sick. We are feeding our children garbage. We are telling them what is important is material wealth and things and they do not even know the ten commandments. Mary, our mother, appeared to me every day. I deliver this message. It is for you. I beg you, I beg you to listen to this message on this tape. This is the message Jesus and Mary asked me yesterday on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe to record and to give to you, to listen to frequently, that you will be in Their world, that you will feel close to Them and close to Their Hearts. For the hearts of so many in the world today are so cold. But even though there are many, many, many hearts that are cold, the reality is that God is speaking and this is what He is saying-Adam and Eve sinned, God came, Mary appeared (and she does not appear as she once did), she cannot hold back the hand of her Son any longer. And she says "His hand is struck with power."
  5. We are so blind. There are so many horrible things that are going on in the world. We must do what Mary, our Mother, told us to do. This is the good news. This is a great gift from God. This is all that will make us happy: to do what God is telling us to do.
  6. There is something I want to read out of Isaiah. This was on First Saturday that this was the reading. And Jesus gave me very much revelation.
    Isaiah 30: 19-26:
    "Yes, people of Zion living in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious to you when your cry for help rings out; as soon as he hears it, he will answer you. When the Lord has given you the bread of suffering and the water of distress, he who is your teacher will hide no longer, and you will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your ears will hear these words behind you, 'This is the way, keep to it,' whether you turn to right or left. You will hold unclean the silver platting of your idols and gold plating of your images. You will throw them away like the polluted things they are, shouting after them, 'Good riddance!' He will send rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the bread that the ground provides will be rich and nourishing. That day, your cattle will graze in wide pastures. Oxen and donkeys that work the land will eat for fodder wild sorrel,spread by the shovel-load and fork-load. On every lofty mountain, on every high hill there will be streams and water-courses, on the day of the great slaughter when the strongholds fall. Then moonlight will be bright as sunlight and sunlight itself will be seven times brighter-like the light of seven days in one-on the day Yahweh dresses his people's wound and heals the scars of the blows have received."1
    Response:

    The world is very sinful in their ways. They have ignored Mary, their Mother. She says, "His hand is struck with power." There will be the era of great peace. There will be the time when the grace abundantly flows in such proportion from our churches and hearts will fervently love God with the greatest love. And we will be one flock and one family. We will be the family that the Father intends us to be. The reign of the Sacred Heart is coming and her Immaculate Heart will triumph. We are a major part of the completion of the Fatima message. In these rosaries we are receiving the directions that will help bring this about. We are the apostles that He is sending into the world to lead the strayed ones home. With the consecration, He is giving to us great grace that we will be one in Him, that He will operate through us. And all will see with light brighter than seven suns, see within Their Hearts and know God, not with earthly vision but with this great knowing of the Almighty God. He has given to us a great light. We are to lead the others into the light. The people in darkness have seen a great light. It is as bright as seven suns.
  7. Mary speaks:
    The child Jesus was lost in the temple. There are many children that are lost today. You, my beloved ones, You, my beloved ones are my children of light.
    Song: "Awake from your slumber. Arise from you sleep..."
  8. Song: "Prepare in the wilderness a highway for God."
  9. Song: "A voice cries out in the wilderness..."
  10. Jesus speaks:
    My beloved ones, I cry out to you this day. This day, December the 13th, My apostles, I have called you to this place, to this farm. I have called you to give this message to you. I have called you on the 13th of the month. I am Jesus, your Savior. Will you answer this call? Will you go into the darkness and carry My light? You must go into the darkness. You must spread My love. You must carry the consecration for there will be one flock and one shepherd when hearts are united in My Heart and the heart of My Mother. Come to Me, My beloved ones. Come to Me and I will fill your heart with the greatest love. I will outpour My life to you and you will see the light brighter than seven suns. You will see and know Me. I am your God. I love you.

    Message before the Glory Be:
    Song: "A voice cries out in the wilderness..."
    Jesus speaks:
    These are My directions for you, My beloved apostles. I am asking you to study these tapes and the messages in God's Blue Book, to live according to these messages, to come to the tabernacle, to daily Mass and Communion. It is there that I will saturate you with My life, that you will see and that you will know, that you will spread My light into the darkness. I am begging you every day to study these messages. I am calling you, My apostles. It is through this study that you will carry the light into the darkness. When you listen to this tape, I am asking you to forward the tape to a spot on the tape and to listen for five minutes to the message that I deliver verbally to you. I am Jesus. What you do is so important to so many of My beloved souls. And I cry out to you bring Me souls, bring Me souls, bring Me souls, for this will delight My most Sacred Heart. I love you, I love you, I love you.

Notes:
1. Scripture quotations are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, Catholic Edition, Doubleday and Co.


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Rosaries from the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary

This rosary was received on Monday, January the 13th, 1997 at an International Shepherds of Christ Associates Meeting at Tom Arlinghaus's farm in Kentucky. The rosary was led by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J., spiritual director of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. The meditations and messages were given to Rita Ring during the rosary. This rosary was received live and transcribed from the recording. This live recording can be obtained by writing Shepherds of Christ Publications. All of these meditations have been discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.

THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES

The Annunciation

  1. We offer this rosary as requested by Our Lady for the following intentions: for the spread of the rosary throughout the world, for the publication and circulation of these rosaries, the rosary books, the children's rosary book, the Mass book, for Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center and for our centers, for the funding and for all of the improvements in order to make that an international headquarters for the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Let us be joined in one mind, in one heart. Let us give our hearts at this moment to our beloved Mother, Mary. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to work within our heart that we will see, that we will know God more than we have before, that He will fill us with this light of knowing God. And let us go to the Heart of Jesus and be so one with Him. Let us be one with one another in this room that we are one joined with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through the powerful intercession of Our Lady as we pray this rosary.
  2. And the Father looks to the earth and what does He see? Does He see His children loving one another in harmony, in such oneness, using the great gifts that He has given to them, respecting one another, caring for each others' needs as the loving children that He intends us to be? The Father looks to the earth at this time and He sees that the earth is covered with much darkness. Mary appears at Fatima and she tells us that we are sinful and we must amend our ways. But we disobey our heavenly Mother and we continue to do as we please. Why do we not listen to our Mother?
  3. The angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary and asked her to be the Mother of God. Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
  4. The child Jesus was formed within the womb of His mother for nine long months. The Holy Spirit, the spouse of Mary, works within the womb of Mary. The Incarnation goes on this day. We are formed more and more in the womb of Mary into the image and likeness of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. What a holy place, this womb of Mary. Let us contemplate the place that the Almighty God came and lived in this world, in her most holy womb.
    Song: "Oh holy dwelling place of God..."
    We love you, Mother Mary, our heavenly Mother. How do we treat our Mother? We love our Mother. What is wrong with the men on this earth today that in His dying words on the cross Jesus gives to us His Mother and we do not treat Her with love? We do not think of her. In 1917, almost eighty years ago, Mary gave to us the peace plan that we would have peace on this earth and look at how we have disobeyed our Mother. And she appeared over and over and over again. And to prove this she gave to us signs and she told that we would be punished. And she appeared over and over again to me everyday for fourteen months as Our Lady of Light and she was ignored. And Jesus in these messages that He gave in December that were so intense and so strong told us that we must stop offending God that we must give our hearts to Mary. And now the Father gives to us this strong message. What is wrong with man that he is ignoring his Mother, that we do not love our Mother? She is our heavenly Mother and we are children of God.
  5. And so Jesus spoke of the Father's plan. And I thought of the Father's plan and the Father's plan and how it unfolded in the life of Mary. The angel appeared to Mary. This was the Father's plan. Mary was taken into heaven. She was crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth and within my heart I thought, "This is the Father's plan. It unfolded in the life of Mary; it is unfolding in my life." But the Father spoke to me with such strength and I felt within me the connectedness with the Father as He delivered this message, and it is His plan. The Shepherds of Christ Movement is the Father's plan to help to renew the Church and the world. Hear the Father speak to you as you read this message, for we are a major part of the Father's plan. He has made Himself known in this message that the Shepherds of Christ Movement is very important to His plan. How are we treating our Father? Do we feel close to Him as a child is close to his father? At every moment, the child is thinking of his father. Little children are always aware of their father and they want to please their father. Do we really live our lives as children of God, little children, small and humble, that are always thinking of pleasing their father and are loving their mother? Are we really living the way the Father intends us to do?
  6. The Almighty God came into this world in the womb of the Virgin Mary and He was in her womb for nine months. He was born a child. Why are we so high and mighty that we do not realize that we must be children, that we must recognize our Father as our Father and our Mother as our Mother, that we live as a little child lives, always aware of his father and what would please him, always loving their mother. Look at how far this world is from giving the Father the honor that is His due and from loving and obeying their Mother.
  7. Jesus came within the womb of the Virgin Mary. We too must go to the spiritual womb, the Heart of Mary. It is there that the Holy Spirit works and, oh, how He works. He works to sanctify us, to make us holy, to make us more and more into the image of Jesus. It is there that He gives to us great lights, that He gives to us grace that we know God more and more.
  8. On December the 29th, Jesus woke me at 1:30 in the morning to deliver a message which is included in the booklet, the message put together by Jesus. He told me of several messages and He put them together in this message. It is a very important revelation for us to help bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. In this message as He woke me, I heard Him saying that He was the teacher and that He was teaching in these messages. From a still sleep I heard this and I got up to write the message. "He who is your teacher will hide no longer and you will see your teacher with your own eyes." Jesus spoke and He said to me, "Yes, I am the teacher of whom they speak and I will reveal to them the secrets of My Heart through these writings and the teacher will be brought to light as the children of light are conceived and brought forth from the womb of the woman. She is the woman clothed as the sun. She is Our Lady of Light bringing forth her children into the world. As children are conceived and dwelling within the Immaculate Heart of My Mother, she will smite the dragon, and they will be protected, My children of light."
  9. And they march together, children of light and children of darkness. In the darkness you could hear the wailing cries go forth and the gnashing of teeth. They cried forth a brutal cry of death as they fell into the everlasting abyss of destruction and doom. The lady appeared adorned in light. She coaxed them to come to her heart, the womb in which they would be transformed and know the light. And they said, "No, my lady. We need not your Immaculate Heart. We are tainted in our souls and we will remain children of darkness, enveloped in our sins for we wanted our world and your demands for purity were too high."
  10. The Son of God came to this earth. He came in the womb of the Virgin Mary. He is the light of the world. It is in going to the heart of Mary, her spiritual womb, that we will receive lights whereby we know God and love Him more.

The Visitation

  1. And Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Mary went forth to proclaim the good news; she told her cousin Elizabeth. We are called to go into this world, to go into the darkness that exists in the world today, and to proclaim the good news.
  2. Song: "A voice cries out in the wilderness..."
  3. Mary brings forth her children of light. As we give our hearts to Mary, we are brought forth children of the light. As we walk into the darkness, His light shines from us. To be a child of light we must consecrate our heart to Mary. We must give ourselves as a child to Mary.
  4. Many are so filled with pride this day for they do not feel that they need their mother. But Christ showed us, Christ showed us the way. He came to this earth in the womb of the Virgin Mary. We must be as children as the Father intends us to be. We must love our heavenly Mother, Mary. We must do what the Father intends us to do. Our every effort and thought must be the thought of pleasing our heavenly Father.
  5. And how are we shining in this world today? Are we the lights that are shining in the darkness? Does the light of Christ shine from us as we go to others, as we visit others? Is He alive in our hearts? Is His life and His light shining from our eyes? Are we acting as He intends us to act?
  6. Song: "A voice cries out in the wilderness..."
  7. Jesus speaks:
    My beloved ones, I am near. I am with you this day and My Mother Mary is with you in a special way on this 13th of January. I have called you to this holy place, this place to gather that I can deliver to you the messages of My Heart, that I can reveal to you the secrets of My Heart. I will write the messages of My love on your hearts. I will be alive within you and others will know Me through you. You are My apostles, you will go into the darkness and others will see, they will see Me alive in you. Surrender at this moment. Let go of all the cares in your heart, all the bitterness and come as a little child. At every moment, your life must be lived to please your heavenly Father. Your heart must be filled with love for your mother for you are children of God. Mary is your Mother and God the Father is your Father.
  8. Jesus speaks:
    And how do you walk? Are you haughty in your hearts? Do you feel left out? Do you feel that you are cheated? My beloved ones, I have given to you great gifts and you do not thank Me. I am here, Jesus, the Almighty God. I give to you My love and you feel you are cheated. You must come to My Heart and I will bathe you in My love. And you will be strong as you march into the world that is covered with darkness. You will be strong soldiers, spreading My light and My love to this world. This is an urgent request for the time is short, for men are sinful in their ways. I am Jesus. I will act on these sinful people.
  9. Jesus speaks:
    I give to you My messages of love. I am asking you to carry these messages to the far corners of the earth for they are the medicine for the sick world. The medicine that the world needs is My burning love. Please, My beloved ones, carry the messages that I have given to you to the far corners of this earth. Do not say "no" for many souls this day will be lost.
  10. Song: "My soul rejoices..."

The Nativity

  1. Look at how haughty we are. Look at how we act and then look, look to the child Jesus, born in a stable in Bethlehem in such poverty. The Almighty God surrounded by the beast of the earth. He came into this world a little child. We are called to be children. We are called to be humble. We are called to be loving, to put aside our haughtiness and our pride and to work as one. For what plan? To love God, to love one another, to help to save souls. This is a serious message for my heart is torn within from the nights that Jesus woke me. And with the seriousness He delivered these messages I can not even express the pain that I feel within to know what He is saying. So many souls are being lost. So many people are sick; they are sick and the medicine is the burning love of Jesus. We have been called as the apostles to prepare a way for the Lord for He is coming. And men will know. They will see with a light that is brighter than seven suns. They will know God and they will fall to their knees and they will praise Him and adore Him. But now they are a people walking in darkness for they have disobeyed their Mother. She told them that they must go to her heart. It is there that we are transformed into children of light. But we have been disobedient for how many years since Fatima. We do not give our hearts to Jesus and Mary. Why would God reward us when we are disobeying our Mother? The fourth commandment tells us that we must obey our father and mother, but we are disobeying our heavenly Mother and God the Father.
  2. She told us exactly what we must do at Fatima: we must consecrate our hearts, we must pray the rosary, we must observe the First Saturday devotion, and make reparation to Their Hearts. But we have ignored her; we have ignored her peace plan. And Jesus is calling us on the 13th of the month, His apostles, to go out to the world to spread this consecration. For it is through the consecration, it is in the giving of our hearts to Jesus and Mary, that we will be brought forth as children of light.
  3. We are a people walking in darkness. It is in the heart of Mary that we receive the lights through the Holy Spirit to know God. We are the apostles that He has called to take this consecration out to the world, to spread the rosary. We must listen. We must listen to Jesus, to Mary, and to God the Father.
  4. And why the rosary? Why do we pray this rosary meditating on the mysteries of the lives of Jesus and Mary? It is here in the rosary, as we give our heart to Mary and to Jesus, as we give our heart to Mary, that the Holy Spirit works within her heart and we receive lights, lights, insights into understanding these mysteries of Christ. We pray the rosary and we understand more the life of Christ from the heart of Mary.
  5. Little children obey their mother. Their mother tells them, "You must put on your coat. You must eat your carrots. You must do this." Our Mother Mary has appeared and she has told us what we must do and we have ignored her. We have disobeyed. Look at how the Fatima message has been suppressed. We are the apostles that He is calling to help carry out this consecration. For it is in this consecration that we will be brought forth, the children of light, that we will be led home to the Heart of Jesus and that we will lead the strayed ones home to His Heart. It is in the consecration. This is our mission, to spread the consecration to the Church, the family, and the schools.
  6. The Almighty God came, a little child conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary. He was a baby. The Almighty God was a baby. Why are we so haughty? We are children of God. We must obey our heavenly Mother. We must obey our Father. Heaven is not pleased with the disobedience of men. Heaven is not pleased with the way that we are ignoring our Mother.
    Jesus speaks:
    I came in this woman, God Almighty, perfect holiness, comes in this holy womb and I am born, the light of the world. My light shines on that night, the day of My birth, and I lived and I was carried and I was so close to this woman of light, the one chosen by the Father. I stuck close to her. So important were those years I walked the earth for I showed you. I walked hand in hand with you, My creatures, always by the side of Our Mother, your Mother and Mine. So you think you needn't heed her warnings and her call for purity and prayers. You think she appears over and over again and the Father, Myself, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are pleased with your pride and the audacity found in your hearts? Do you think that you can ignore your Mother and Mine, a gift I have given you at My death? Do you think you can ignore the spouse of the Holy Spirit, the temple in which He dwelt to bring forth the Son of God? Do you think, oh wicked men, that you can ignore Mary your Mother, the gift I give to you on My deathbed, the throne they hung Me on? You think, oh audacious men, that My hand will not strike you and smite your pleasure seeking bodies, when I gave you the greatest riches, the greatest treasures and you spit on Me and you walked away.
  7. On the 29th of December, Jesus woke me from my sleep to deliver this message and it continues: "You have now ignored My Mother and Me, oh sinful world, and you will suffer a fate far worse than any chastisement I once planned to turn you around. She came, the Lady of Light for fourteen months everyday and you ignored her and said, 'Not I my Lady, I am wanting for the world.' You did not see her stand at the foot of My cross and see her weep, for in her heart she knew from the prophecy of Simeon that some of her children would rise and some would fall and she knew under the cross, before I officially gave you My Mother in My dying words, that many of her beloved children would be lost forever. And she knew the fate to come."
  8. For the hell you will have, oh children of darkness, those who refuse the grace filled womb of my Mother and yours, the hell you will experience is forever. For a few pleasures in the world below you said "no" to the Lady clothed as the sun. And the dragon came and he wiped you off the face of the earth and he took you home with him. You did not go to the heavenly home I had planned for you where there is eternal light and life. You went to the anguishing pit of darkness and she heard your cries, anguishing cries under the cross, her little children, and she cried, "I stood beneath the cross of my Son and I cried."
  9. He came into the world, the light of the world. And the light shone in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend. There are many this day that do not understand. It is because we have disobeyed our Mother Mary. We must go to her, the woman clothed with the sun. We must go to her heart, her spiritual womb. It is there that the Holy Spirit will give to us His light that we will know God more and we will be brought forth children of light walking in this world. And as we go forth, we will spread His light to the darkness. As we spread this consecration, more and more children will be brought forth as children of light. This is what Mary told us at Fatima, that we must spread the consecration. This is what she told me everyday for nine months, the last nine months of the fourteen months she appeared. I must reach the school children with the consecration and the rosary. It is so hard to see Mary before me to know what she is saying to have this suffering within my heart and not be able to deliver this message. I implore you and I beg you to listen to the words that Mary speaks on the tape "Mary's Message" to realize that the time is nigh that the time is short, that the Father is calling us to go into the world and to spread this consecration. Heaven is not pleased with how we have ignored our heavenly Mother. This is her peace plan. There is not another way. We must obey our Mother.
  10. Hail Mary...

The Presentation in the Temple

  1. And so the Father speaks, "I am the Father, I am the Almighty God. You must believe I have chosen you. I have called each member here this day to hear this message. I have called you to be the apostle of the new era of peace. I have called you by name. You will lead men to the Heart of My Son. You must listen and focus all of your attention to this mission I have given to you. I am the Father. From the day you were conceived, I formed you in your mother's womb knowing the great mission I would call you to today. My children, My children, do not be distracted by the evil one to lead you astray. I am counting on you, My beloved shepherds. You must not be led astray by doing other good works. I have called you. This is My plan. It is unfolding. You are a major part of the success of the plan for the renewal of the Church and the world."
  2. Jesus speaks:
    The work in the Shepherds of Christ Movement greatly pleases Me. I Am Who Am. I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the Almighty God. You must be obedient children. It is through your obedience that the consecration will spread to many souls on the earth. It is through your obedience to help spread the priestly newsletter and start prayer chapters in churches that many priests will love God with the greatest love in the Mass.
  3. He came our Savior, our King, our Almighty God. He took flesh in her womb through the power of the Spirit. He was carried in her arms as a helpless baby. He went to the temple and there Simeon 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.' As the child's father and mother were wondering at the things the 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.'" (Lk. 2: 24-35)1
  4. For within the heart of Mary, she will bring forth the children of light that will carry His light into this world. We must spread this consecration. We must tell the children that they must give their hearts to Mary. We must go to the priests and ask them if they are receiving the priestly newsletter and tell them about the priestly newsletter. We must tell them about the consecration and what it does that our parishes will be turned into centers of light, centers of power in which His light will radiate. When our hearts are one, when the hearts of the faithful are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the hearts of the priests are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will be one in Their Hearts. There will be one flock and one shepherd. We must obey our Mother and do what she has told us to do. We must spread the consecration to the youngest child to the oldest person. We must tell them to give their heart to Mary and to Jesus.
  5. And the children of darkness walked next to the children of light. And those that will be saved will be those that are children of light. We must do as Mother Mary has told us.
  6. And Mary speaks and she says that she stood beneath the cross of her Son. And Simeon said to Mary that a sword too will pierce your heart, oh Mary. And she stood under the cross and her heart was in such anguish for she knew of the children that would be lost, her little children, the ones that she loves so dearly. She saw her Son covered with blood. And she speaks and says, "I saw Him die. My heart, my children! My heart to watch my Son! But my heart, my heart, how I suffer for my little children of the world that give into this world and give up the love of my Son. Oh 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. I cried for 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 and 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.
  7. Song: "Oh Lady of Light, shining so bright..."
  8. Hail Mary...
  9. And on December 19th, I received a message from Mary and she speaks, "My dear children, I give to you my Son Jesus born in a stable in Bethlehem on Christmas morn. He is the Almighty God, the light of the world. I appear to you, my children, on a bank in Florida. You have made money your God. Do you know how cold are your hearts? You turn away from my Son Jesus for your money. Your money is your god. I am Mary your Mother. I do not appear as I once appeared to you. I am asking you today to circulate my message given on the tape on the feast of Our Lady of Guadeloupe. Please circulate this tape now. Give it to as many people as you can. I am Mary your Mother. Please circulate the rosary book to the Shepherds of Christ chapters."
  10. And Mary that day gave a message with Jesus. Jesus gave such a strong message and Mary said, "Oh my children, my little children of light. The time is nigh and many will be lost forever. I appeared and I warned and I told all to mind their ways and to come to the Heart of my Son. And they said 'No, my Lady, not for you or any mother. We are children of darkness and that we remain, for we seek our pleasure by day and feast on sin at night. And when You called, Mother, we laughed at your Son and ignored Him in His ways. And He called and His call fell on deaf ears.' Please, my children of light, come to my heart now for although you walk next to the children of darkness, I smite the dragon that whirled around you and protected you in my heart. You will now feast on the glories of His kingdom, my little children of light."
    Message before the Glory Be:

    She saw Him. She saw Him as He carried His cross on His back. She saw Him as He hung on the cross and died. She saw Him and her heart was pierced with a sword as they buried Him. And she is calling out to us, "My Son, My Son gave Himself for love of you and you reject Him and treat Him with such indifference." She is calling out to us this day to spread the love of her Son to this world. The world is sick. The time is nigh. How many more strong messages can I receive? This has not happened with this intensity as it has this month. It is so intense. And the Father, I do not receive many messages at all from the Father. One, two, three, so few messages and the Father is calling us to spread the message of Mary to this world, to spread the love of His Son to the world, to go out into the world and to spread the consecration to the world, the rosary to the world and to the children, to do as Mary has told us to do. Do we see Mary? Do we see the sword in her heart? Do we hear her cries? She appeared in the Lady of Sorrows statue everyday for fourteen months and I saw her there. This message is a message from Mary to you. I am the messenger. She has chosen you from all the people on the face of the earth to hear these messages. You are the messenger. You can say "yes" or "no" to Mary. If it comes through me, it is only coming through me. You are the messenger. The message is from Mary. You have been called and you have been chosen by Mary, by Jesus, and by the Father. The time is nigh and many souls will be lost.

The Finding in the Temple

  1. And the woman of Jerusalem saw Jesus as He carried His cross. And He said to them, "Weep not for Me but for yourselves and your children." We have disobeyed our Mother Mary. She is telling us what we must do. The child Jesus was lost in the temple, but the agony within her heart is for her little children today that will go to the everlasting fires of hell because of their willfulness, because they did not assume the role as little children. They were willful and they were disobedient. They ignored their Mother and their Father and they did not love their Mother.
  2. Her daily apparitions ended on September the 5th of 1995. Do we know how long ago that was? It is now 1997. Jesus, very angered, told me about the fate of what would happen at the Center because of the messages that were ignored. He told me everyday after a month of going through such agony. Finally, I was relieved when the building collapsed. For the intensity was so strong within me and I delivered the message and delivered the message and delivered the message and was ignored. I am pleading with you, the messages of this past month are so intense and now to receive the message from God the Father. We must do what they are asking us to do. We must take our mission seriously. It is to spread this good news, to carry out the consecration to the church, the family, and school, to reach the priests with the priestly newsletters, to set up prayer chapters in the churches. Jesus and Mary and the Father are asking us to do this. The time is short. The time is nigh. We will watch more and more as things happen. But each day is so important and the evil one will taunt us and distract us and lead us into doing other good works. We have truly been called and chosen by the Almighty God as His apostles in the Shepherds of Christ Movement to lead the strayed ones to His Heart through the consecration. We must do what They are telling us to do. These messages are Jesus' and Mary's messages for you. Do not look at me. Please I beg you. I beg you for souls are being lost and the more we do what They tell us to do, the more souls will be saved.
  3. Over and over again she appeared during this mystery and she begged me to reach the children. It was so painful and so hard to see Mary and to hear her say how children of the world would be lost forever.
  4. And the Father looks to the earth this day and He sees that it is covered with much darkness. He wants us to be brothers and sisters to truly love each other as brothers and sisters with God as our Father and Mary as our Mother. How do we treat one another? We are so disunited from each other. We should be thanking God for the great gifts that each of us have for we do have enough. We have been given great gifts from God. We must use these gifts and thank God.
  5. Jesus speaks:
    I am Jesus and I am asking you this day to read the messages that I have delivered to you in God's Blue Book. Satan is pressing on you. If you read these messages, your hearts will be turned to hearts of love.
  6. Jesus speaks:
    This is My medicine for this world. It is a mighty medicine. It is My burning love. Will your carry the medicine to the sick children. Will you tell them about the love of God? Will you spread these messages, the rosaries that I have given to you, the messages of love in the Blue Books to the children? Many souls this day will be lost. I am communicating to you, My beloved ones. You are My messengers. I am the Almighty God. Will you turn away or will you march into the darkness and give the children their medicine?
  7. And as the priests' hearts are led more and more into the Heart of Jesus, as the priests become so one with Jesus and celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, immense amount of grace will be released and the faithful will love God with a more burning love. We must do as Jesus has asked. We must do all that we can to spread the priestly newsletter. We must do all that we can to start the prayer chapters centered in consecration. This is what Jesus has asked in the Shepherds of Christ Movement: to spread the consecration to the priests and to the faithful through the prayer chapters and through the priestly newsletter, to spread the consecration to the sisters through the sisters' newsletter. Jesus is calling on us today. It is so hard to know what I know and to try to deliver this message for it is deeply embedded within my soul. These are words that I am telling you. It is by opening up your heart that He will deliver this message into your heart. For you are the messenger that He has called to spread the consecration to the world.
  8. And the children were not lost children and the Mother did not weep any longer for the children were children of God, loving one another, loving their Mother, and doing as she has told us to do.
  9. We will all walk hand in hand, loving God and loving one another. There will be this great era of peace in which the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph. These messages given through Fr. Carter and to me are important to bring about the reign of His Most Sacred Heart. We are the messengers. These are not Fr. Carter's messages or my messages. They are Jesus' messages given to you, the messenger, to help bring about the completion of the Fatima message which will culminate in the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.
  10. Song: "I have called you by name..."
    Jesus speaks:
    I have called you by name, My beloved ones. I am Jesus. You are My chosen apostles. This day I have called you to this room to deliver these messages to you. You are My messengers that will carry My message out to the world. I beg you for the time is urgent. I love you. I love you. I love you.
    Response:

    And holy priests will offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the grace will be poured forth in such abundance. And the hearts of men will fervently love God and love one another. The era of peace is coming and we are His apostles that He has called to help spread His light to the world that will bring about this great era.
    Message before the Salve Regina:
    Song: "Here I am Lord..."
    Response:
    And as we give our hearts to Jesus and Mary we dwell in Their Hearts and we are home. And as we go out to the world, we will lead the strayed ones home to His Heart through the consecration and there will be one flock and one shepherd and men will love God and love one another as the Father intends. For we are brothers, we are brothers in Christ. God is our Father and Mary is our Mother. God is love. We must love one another.

Notes:
1. Scripture quotations are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, Catholic Edition, Doubleday and Co.


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Rosaries from the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary

This rosary was received on Thursday, February the 13th, 1997 at an International Shepherds of Christ Associates Meeting at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center. The rosary was led by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J., spiritual director of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. The meditations and messages were given to Rita Ring during the rosary. This rosary was received live and transcribed from the recording. This live recording can be obtained by writing Shepherds of Christ Publications. All of these meditations have been discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.

THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

The Agony in the Garden

  1. Jesus speaks:
    I have promised to be with you in a special way, My beloved ones. I am Jesus. I am with you this day, this special time to deliver to you messages that will help to bring about the completion of the Fatima messages. Mary appeared at Fatima from May the 13th until October the 13th of 1917. I am Jesus. Beginning October the 13th of 1996, the Fatima message will unfold through these messages that I deliver to you on the 13th. I am Jesus. These are My messages that I am giving to you, My apostles, that I have called here, to help bring about the completion of the Fatima message. My Heart will reign, My Sacred Heart will reign in the hearts of men and from the tabernacle. Many people will love, love God with the deepest burning love. You, My beloved ones, I have called you to come this day to be My apostles to go into the world, to carry out My burning love to the souls that are suffering and in pain. Will you answer this call? You are here because I have called you. You are the apostles. You are the messengers. I am giving to you the messages to help bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart. I am Jesus. I have spoken. My Father has spoken from this church. He has delivered to you two messages that you must read in the Apostles Manual. The Apostles Manual is given to you to study that you will know what I am asking. I am asking you to go out and to carry My love letters to this world. It is through these love letters that many will know My burning love. Men will love God in a way that they have not loved God before, with a deep, burning love. It is through these letters they will know the most intimate secrets of My Heart. I love you with such love, My beloved ones. Open your heart now and listen to the messages that I deliver to you, My apostles.
  2. Jesus has asked that I read the following message from the third Blue Book on June the 12th, 1994 entitled "The Carpenter". "You are he who goes to a carpenter to learn to make a cabinet. You know nothing. You do not have any idea of what you are to do. The carpenter knows exactly. He has a procedure whereby his plan will be accomplished. Every detail must be observed. He is the Master. You do not have the talent. You need talent to do woodwork. If you were given the talent and the directions, you could accomplish this task with such beauty. I am the carpenter. You are he who needs to be taught. You lack the talent. You need the gifts of the Spirit to accomplish My task! You come to Me in total ignorance. You are open, the Spirit fills you with the gifts. You have everything you need to do My work. The Father created you to accomplish His tasks. You are perfect. You must come open. You must know the plan. The plan is His will for you. If you do not follow the plan, the cabinet will not be built correctly. I am the Master. I guide you. I love you. I give you all you need. I walk you through every move. If you try on your own, you have a problem. You know not the way to build cabinets. You know not the way to Me on your own. You must come to Me to be taught. To go it alone is to your own detriment. Oh, little one, it is so simple. You, and your will, want to work your own plans. You know not how to do it. Only I can teach you what you need to know. Oh, please come to Me. I have all you need. The Spirit fills you with the gifts to know, love and serve God. To go it alone is like trying to build the cabinet with no knowledge of woodworking. Oh, little ones, I love you. Come to Me. Let Me teach you. The will of the Father is the happiness of your life. I am Jesus Christ, Son of God. I am God. I, God, long to be with you and to teach you. Go not off on your own. Come to Me. I love you so!"1
  3. Song: "Oh the rosary, the rosary..."
  4. And the Father told me on January the 5th of 1995 that the Father's plan will unfold despite all the willfulness of all those involved. He gave to us two messages in January of 1997, the messages from the Father. Mary appeared everyday for fourteen months and she gave messages and she cried out. People did not listen to the pleadings of their Mother. Jesus has given to us these messages to bring about the reign of His Sacred Heart. Mary appeared on the 5th of every month for two years and four months. And Jesus on the 5th of December appeared instead of Mary, dying on the cross with His mouth moving. And He said that people were not hearing Him. Then He began to deliver very strong messages starting December the 19th. I received these strong messages. Every night He would wake me and give me very strong messages. In January the Father began to speak, on the 5th of the month neither Jesus nor Mary appeared. On the 5th of February, I was sick and could not go to the rosary and receive this message. The messages in the Apostles Manual, these are His messages for you. For in these live rosaries, Jesus is delivering the messages to help bring about the completion of the Fatima message. He speaks in the message and He says that when you listen to the live tapes in a candlelight setting, when you pray the rosary fervently that He will be there and His Mother will be there in a special way and grant to you special graces. And all those present will receive special graces to be drawn ever closer to His Heart and the heart of His Mother. They appeared, both Jesus and Mary, over and over again. Now the Father has spoken. He is calling you the apostles to go out to carry the tapes and the live rosaries to your individual chapters, not in the churches but in private homes, in private settings where you can play these live rosaries where the people there can participate in the rosary and Jesus and Mary will be there with you. They will give you special graces to draw you ever closer to Their Hearts. And you will receive the graces He says that He has given when He was there and delivered the rosaries. This is His calling. These rosaries and messages will spread throughout the world and people will know the special grace when they pray this rosary in candlelight as Mary has requested. You are the apostles. You will carry Their messages to the far ends of the earth. And the world will know the fire of His love. For this is a new era, it is a new way. It will be a new earth in which men will love God with this great intimacy as never before and He is revealing in these messages, the intimate secrets into His Heart. He is longing for our love. Look at Him now in the tabernacle. See Jesus. Know that He is with us. Hear Him crying out to you, "Oh, come to Me and tell Me of your love. I am a Person and I am longing for you to tell Me how much you love Me. I am Jesus." This will be the era of great love. When we love one another as the Father intended and we love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, and our whole being and there will not be bumping of heads on this earth, but the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign in all hearts and the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign from His throne, the tabernacle, in all churches. And the earth will be lighted with the burning fire of His love.
  5. And so how do we feel now? Are we persecuted? As Father said in his homily, we are suffering. But there will be the new life and there will be this new earth and we will fervently love God with the deepest love. See Jesus in the garden. I know how it has felt many times to hear Jesus call out from the tabernacle, "Come to Me. I long for that soul that loves Me so dearly, for that soul that comes to Me and just outpours their love to Me." See Jesus in the garden and see the sweat come from His brow on the ground. For His greatest agony was not the agony of knowing that He would suffer, of knowing the wounds, His greatest agony was for the neglect, for the indifference, for the hatred, for what is inside of the hearts of men when He is love and He longs for love and He wants us to love one another. The greatest agony was the agony within His most Sacred Heart filled with divine love.
  6. Song: "I come to you with greatest love..."
    Jesus speaks:
    You are My apostles that I am calling to go into this world. And I am giving to you a heart filled with love. As you come to Me, as you come and you adore the Almighty God and you pray before the tabernacle, I outpour to you the greatest grace and you will carry My love into this world. Many will know the burning fire of My love through you.
  7. Jesus wants intimacy with us. He wants communication with us. He gave a special message that is in the front of the book. The new messages are in the front of the book. Jesus wants this: for ten minutes everyday, He wants you to take a notebook, He said a red notebook for the fire of His love, and to write in that notebook everyday how you feel in your heart about your beloved Jesus. In this ten minutes that you write to Him, you will communicate to Him the desires in your heart, the troubles in your heart, the feelings that you have in your heart to the Almighty God, our Divine Lover. We will become intimate with Him as we write to Him in this love letter. And after the ten minutes of writing to Him, telling Him whatever is in our hearts, if it is love, if it is joy, we are sharing with Him intimately the depth of our heart. And then He has requested that you open the Blue Book messages which are His love letters to you and for ten minutes read love letters from Him. Read each word as if Jesus is speaking to you and hear His words of love as He outpours them to you. And after this for the following ten minutes to spend this time conversing with Jesus, being intimate with Jesus, sharing whatever is in your heart with His Heart. This tool that He has given to us will increase our intimacy with Him. How can we be intimate with Jesus if we do not really share the desires that are deep in our heart with Him? This is His tool. These are His love letters that He writes to you.
  8. Oh, my beloved Jesus, I love You so much. How many times I have come to this tabernacle and I have sat before the tabernacle and I felt your presence, the King on His throne, the Almighty God. And I have cried and cried and I have heard You call out to me and say, "I long for the soul that comes to Me and tells Me how much they love Me. I long for that soul. I want to hear the words of love from your lips. I want love from you. Bring Me souls. Bring Me souls for I long and I thirst for the precious souls that I love, that I gave My life for, that I suffered for, that I sweat blood for. I am God. I am love. And I long for love from My beloved souls, but how few come to Me and tell Me how they love Me."
  9. And so I know this Person, this Person, a Divine Person, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, that came and gave Himself for love of me and gives Himself to me everyday in the Eucharist. He comes and He gives Himself to me. And I write these letters to Him and He becomes more and more alive in my heart, as I read the messages that He has delivered to me. These are His messages to bring about the reign of His Sacred Heart, where there will be such intimacy between God and man as there has never been before in the past. These are His letters given to bring about the completion of the Fatima message as Mary promised. The Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph. Mary appeared at Fatima. She told us her peace plan. Jesus gives to us this day the most intimate secrets into the love in His Heart.
  10. Mary appeared over and over and over again. She appeared at Fatima. She appeared here in the Cincinnati area and her call was to bring in the children, the children of light, that they would consecrate their hearts to her and that she would then take them to the Heart of her Son. The plan was to bring the children to her heart and then to lead them to these messages that would bring about the reign of His Sacred Heart. For they are Jesus' love letters, love letters that will help us to love Him with the greatest intimacy. But Satan blocked this plan. Mary called and the people came and Satan was strong for he did not want the reign of the Sacred Heart to come. So he blocked the messages that would lead people deeply into the Heart of Jesus. The Father has assured me and in these messages that His plan will unfold despite all of the tactics of Satan and anyone to try to block these messages. These are great revelations that He has given to us, that we will know Him in a most intimate way as we have never known God before.

The Scourging at the Pillar

  1. And so we must be protected against the wiles of the evil one for he aims to stop all messages that will take men deeply into the Heart of Christ. Mary called and the children came. And it is in consecrating our heart to Mary that we will be able to go deeply into the Heart of Christ.
  2. I sat in this chapel and received so many messages. There are so many stories given from the Father, from Jesus, and from Mary, that they have given to us to tell us about the Father's plan. I remember sitting in this chapel and I looked at the window where Jesus was being whipped at the pillar and I said to Jesus, I said, "Jesus, what were You thinking when You were being beaten?" And He said, "I was thinking of you sitting in the pew and telling Me of your love." For Jesus suffered such bitter persecution, such bitter wounds, but the love that we give to Him was sweetness during His bitter Passion. He was beaten, His flesh was torn, His Heart was broken, for He knew all the souls that would neglect Him, hate Him, and would be condemned to hell despite all that He did. But He also knew the great love that we give to Him and it was such sweetness to His Heart as He suffered during His Passion.
  3. And so the plan of the Father unfolds and He said how important this chapel is to His plan. We look at the mysteries of the rosary in the windows from the beginning, from the Annunciation all the way to when Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. We walk these mysteries in the lives of Jesus and Mary and their lives live in us as we meditate on the mysteries of the rosary and as we read these meditations that He has given to us. It is in these meditations that His life lives in us in a special way. He is in my heart, and my soul, and my whole being from these revelations. This is what He wants. He wants to be so one with us that He lives in us, that every word of scripture vibrates within us as we hear the words. We know Him and we love Him in each word in scripture, in each word in the Mass. We cry. We fall to our face. We worship, we adore the Almighty God. If we could see at this very moment, if we could see with eyes unveiled, we could not even see because of the immensity of the power of the Almighty God. He is here. God. And He is on His throne in this room and He is longing for us to tell Him of our great love for Him. Oh, Jesus, how dearly I love you. And the great gift that we are here and that God is in this room with us. Who are we that the Almighty God is here in this room with us? Oh, what a gift He has given to us. I want to cherish and love Him with all my heart for He is all my heart craves. God is here.
  4. There is bitterness and there is sweetness. There is bitterness and there is sweetness. There was a time when I prayed in this chapel for years and then I was told to pray in a different place and there was bitterness. As I sat in the pew, I felt such sorrow within my heart because I had all these special rendezvous with my beautiful Jesus and Mary in this chapel, times that I met Him most intimately and I loved Him. And I did not want to leave and I went and prayed elsewhere. And He gave to me greater intimacies with Him. We are sitting here in the pew this day. We do not know what the future will hold. We only know that the Father's plan will unfold and that men will love God with greater and greater love. Jesus is here in the tabernacle with us today, the Almighty God. Do we treasure this within our heart? For tomorrow we may not have this great gift in the availability that we have it today. We do not know. Think of the great gifts that God has given to us in the Mass and in the Eucharist and how He is treated. I was sick and I could not go to Mass and I am writing the Mass Book. And in that book I recalled the most intimate times all through the Mass when I was so close to Jesus and He spoke to me and He told me of the great intimacy that He wants with us and that the Mass is the greatest love affair that there is, when He gives Himself to us and we give ourselves to Him. This is what the Mass is. It's a great love affair with Jesus. And so I could not go to Mass for a week and it was so hard as it was when I could not pray in this chapel for a while. It was hard but He was there in another tabernacle and He outpoured His great gifts. God is in this room at this moment in all His might and divinity. God is present. What a great gift He gives to us. He is outpouring His grace to us at this moment. We are being saturated with His divine life. He is outpouring His love. He wants us to open our heart and to tell Him, "Oh, Jesus, I love You." He is a Person and He is waiting for an intimate love. He is revealing to us the secrets of His Heart that we will more fervently love Him than any people before in history. He wants us to love Him, to love Him now.
  5. On March the 13th, I remember this as if it happened yesterday, in 1994, Jesus called out from the tabernacle. This was at St. Phillips and it was so strong. He says, "I died for you, sweet one." This is from the Blue Book Two, "I allow you to suffer. This is suffering. You are given this to know how I suffered. You I only give such little things. I suffered, sweet one. I suffered, bloodied, bruised and beaten. Blood rolled down My cheeks. My head was pierced with sharp thorns. They spat on Me. They whipped Me. They beat Me on My head, My precious head. They hit Me on My thorns and the pain was so intense--the piercing thorns! I was slapped hard by these senseless ones. Oh, such evil in the hearts of those who beat Me, the Son of God! My whole Body ached from head to toe. I suffered so, My child. You will never know how I suffered for love of you. I am God and I loved all My precious ones to My death--and they ignore Me! Oh, how I suffer from this wounded heart. They will never know what love I have to give them. They will never know how I, God, love them. They are so busy with their worldly lives!" And He was so emotional here, I cryed and my insides felt like I was torn within from what He hollered at me and it was this, "You must tell them how I wait for them. I wait. I want them to come and I will give them such love! Tell them, Rita, tell them! Your discontent is from what emotions I give you and you keep them inside. I want all to know Me and My love. I am crying out to you, little one. Tell them, tell them. Do not waste any time. I am crying out for you to spread this message. I want you to tell all of My love and how I am waiting. Emotion! Emotion! I am crying out to you in your heart! I long for their love. I died for them. How do I make them know if you, to whom I speak, hold back? I want you to get the messages out, child. I loved all My beloved ones to My death."2
  6. Song: "I come to you with greatest love..."
  7. Jesus speaks:
    And so, My soldiers of love, I call you this day to be the soldiers that will go into the dark night and will spread My love to My beloved ones. I give to you the letters of My love. I give to you this special gift, the gift of knowing Me in the most intimate way. You must come to Me everyday. You must spend an hour with Me everyday, if you can, before the tabernacle for it is there that I give you a great sharing in My life. But if you cannot, you must spend an hour alone with Me in your home everyday. In this hour I will tell you of My intimate love for you. Write to Me your letter. Read My letters to you. Spend this hour alone with Me and I will sort out in your mind all of the confusion. I will give you secrets into My Heart. I will call you to the deepest chamber of My Heart and I will give you great love. I am Jesus. You are My lovers that will carry My love to the world today. You must put aside all of the bitterness and hatred in your heart for a heart that is filled with anger cannot unite to My Heart. My way is love. You are My apostles of love. You must be loving in your heart.
  8. Look at Jesus tied to the pillar. See Him with the sores all over His body and His flesh is torn. Do you see Jesus there. This is how He loved us. He loved even those men that beat Him. My beloved Jesus, I know how it is today and how hard it is to love. I beg You for the grace that my heart may be more and more like Yours for I fall and I want to love like You. It is only through Your grace that I can be better.
  9. Jesus speaks:
    I am giving to you great grace in the Shepherds of Christ Movement to come ever closer to My Heart. I am asking you to spread the chapters to this world. I am asking you to pray the prayers, to consecrate your hearts all through the day, to say the Holy Spirit prayer and the consecration prayers that you will be joined in one mind and one heart for you are My shepherds that will go into the darkness and will help unite all of the people with the fire of My love.
  10. Hail Mary...

The Crowning With Thorns

  1. And the King will reign on His throne. All men will love God with a burning love. This great era will come soon. He is giving to us great grace at this moment that we will know Him more intimately, that we will be able to help carry out what the Father is asking us to do to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart.
  2. So Mary appeared at Fatima and she told us what we must do. We must carry the consecration into this world, to the church, to the family, to the school. It is in giving our hearts to Mary that we become children of light, that the Holy Spirit works within our hearts to make us more and more like Jesus. And that when we go to the heart of Mary in her pure and Immaculate Heart, we can then go into the Heart of Christ and unite to Him.
  3. There will be this great era in which men will do what the Father wills them to do. There will be great love among men. We will live as the Father intended us to live. It is in the Shepherds of Christ Movement that He is calling us to be one in His Heart. And as we are one in His Heart and as we spread the consecrations, we lead the strayed ones home to His Heart.
  4. See the Heart of Jesus surrounded by a crown of thorns. See His head pierced with a crown of thorns. He is the King. He is the King of heaven and earth. He does not wear a crown of jewels but He wears a crown of thorns for He longs for love. He gave Himself for love of us. It is up to us to give ourselves to Him in love and to give ourselves to one another in love. His Heart is a heart of love. He wants us to be one with each other and to be one in Him.
  5. And so how is it that I can say, "I can love you, but not love you. And I can love you, and not love you" when the Heart of Jesus loves all souls. He gave His life for each and every soul. If I am divided in my heart toward any person, I am dividing myself from Jesus, for I will not be able to unite in the deepest union with Him when there is anger and bitterness and hatred in my heart. So we are hurting ourselves when we are hating and feeling angry in our heart towards others. His Heart is pure, His Heart is love. He gave Himself for each and every soul. He loved those that crowned Him with thorns, that tore His flesh. He walked with the wounds wide open on His body and He loved those men. He did not shout at them. He was not arrogant. He walked and He gave Himself for love of each and every soul.
  6. Jesus speaks:
    You are My soldiers of love. I am calling you to be the soldiers that will help bring about this great era.
  7. Hail Mary...
  8. And the soldiers walked across the earth. And you could tell that they were soldiers for Christ for they loved one another, they lived in harmony, they saw the problem, and they worked together to figure out the problem according to the Father's will for His honor and glory. The kingdom of God is at hand. We are the people that He is calling to help bring about this great era in which the King will reign on His throne. But we cannot be divided with each other. We must love and do the Father's will.
  9. Jesus speaks:
    I give to you these messages, My beloved ones, to bring about the reign of My Heart. They are the directions that I am giving to you. You will be My lights that will shine in the darkness. But you must surrender. You must do as the Father is asking you to do. You must come each day and spend this hour alone with Me.
  10. Jesus gave to me a message last week and He said that the bombs would fly around us. And He said only those that spent this hour would be the ones that would survive. For Satan is trying to stop us. He knows that we have been called, the apostles, to help bring about this era. We cannot do it on our own. It only is in holiness that we can do this. It is only by God's might that we can do this. If we do not spend the hour alone with God everyday, we will have a problem. So Jesus gave to us this special tool of writing these letters so that we will be more intimate with Him. In this time we will share the most intimate desires of our heart with Jesus. This is what He wants, intimacy with us.

The Carrying of the Cross

  1. Let us be there next to Mary as she walks and she sees her Son with a cross on His back. She sees Him covered with blood. He is not clothed in a golden robe. He is clothed in a cloak of dried blood and the cross bears heavy on His back. And they poke at Him and they laugh at Him and they scorn Him. Think of how we are and how we worry about what other people think of us. How we worry about how they are looking at us, what we are wearing. Was Jesus thinking about what people were thinking of Him when He walked with a cross on His back?
  2. His Heart was consumed with the greatest divine love. He was filled with such love for men. His greatest agony was not the poking, not the bleeding, not the torn flesh but His greatest agony was the rejection. Think of how it is in your life. Think of how it is when you feel rejected and you do not feel loved. How painful that is. Think of Jesus carrying the weight of the sins of men on His back, loving them with the most perfect love, and seeing before His eyes all of the men that would hate Him and ignore Him and not even have a thought of Him, that would go to the Holy Eucharist, that would come to the church and not even realize that He is there. Think of the people how many times they walk in front of the tabernacle and they do not even genuflect and recognize the Almighty God, the King of all kings, truly present. God, God is there as He is here.
    Song: "In this very room there's quite enough love for one like me..."
    Jesus, Lord Jesus, is in this very room. How are our hearts for our King? Is the King of all kings reigning in our hearts? Or are there places in our hearts where there are debris and bitterness where we love some and we hate others? How are our hearts? Oh, Jesus, King of all kings, give to us the grace to be more like You.
  3. I love Jesus so much and I want to be so one with Him, but it is so hard. I know that I must pray more and more. And He is showing to me more and more everyday that it is in this hour that I spend alone with Him that this is the true treasure after the Mass and the Holy Eucharist, that this is the treasure. That Satan attacks and he comes as a wolf in sheep's clothing, if I do not have this intimate time with Him everyday. Just as Jesus said, He said "If we do not spend time alone with Him that the devil will tear us to shreds because of the great mission that God has called us to in the Shepherds of Christ Movement." The plan of the Father will unfold. And it will unfold around us for this is Jesus' plan for the renewal of the Church and the world. You have been called, an apostle. I have been called, an apostle, and I must spend this time alone with Him everyday or Satan will cause us to act in ways that are not like God.
  4. Hail Mary...
  5. "He put another parable before them, 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, then the darnel appeared as well. The owner's laborers went to him and said, "Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?" He said to them, "Some enemy has done this." And the laborers said, "Do you want us to go and weed it out?" But he said, "No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn."'" (Matt. 13: 24-30)3
  6. The Father gave me a very strong message in this chapel and He said that I should read the accounts of Noah. I have not been taught greatly in the Scriptures. I only know what Jesus has taught me and what I have read. I went and read the account of Noah and someone that was typing the rosary said, "Exactly what you said was in Matthew." And so I read this from Matthew 24:37-44. It says: "As it was in Noah's day, so will it be when the Son of man comes. For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and they suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept them all away. This is what it will be like when the Son of man comes. Then of two men in the fields, one is taken, one is left; of two women grinding at the mill, one is taken, one is left. So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect."4
  7. And Mary said, "The time is nigh that the children of light walk next to the children of darkness." And she called and she called and she called and men in their willfulness ignored her call. How do we think that the Father expected us to respond to the calling of our heavenly Mother. We are to obey our earthly mother but look at how we have disobeyed our heavenly Mother at Fatima.
  8. She appeared over and over and over again and she called to the children of light to come to her heart. And it was there that she would take them to these messages to lead men deeply into the Heart of her Son. But Satan blocked these messages. Mary appears now as she did not appear before. She appears on the building in Florida. On December the 19th, I got a very strong message from Jesus and Mary both of which are in the Apostles Manual. And Mary said, "I appear on a bank in Florida, my children, because you have made money your god." She said, "I do not appear as I once did." And then she told me to spread the tape, Mary's Message, which I was told to make on December the 12th. Mary appears on a building in Florida. She wants to lead men to these messages given by her Son that will help bring about the reign of His Sacred Heart.
  9. The time is nigh.
  10. The more that we spread the consecration, the more souls will be turned to children of light. Mary has told us at Fatima what we must do. Jesus is giving to us these messages to help bring about the completion of the Fatima message in which His Heart will reign and her heart will triumph.

Jesus Dies on the Cross

  1. In John 16: 23-28, it says, "When that day comes, you will not ask me any questions. In all truth I tell you, anything you ask from the Father he will grant in my name. Until now you have not asked anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and so your joy will be complete. I have been telling you these things in veiled language. The hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in veiled language but tell you about the Father in plain words. When that day comes you will ask in my name; and I do not say that I shall pray to the Father for you, because the Father himself loves you for loving me, and believing that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world and now I am leaving the world to go to the Father."5
  2. Jesus has told me that He is giving His teachings to us in plain talk. He has given twenty books of messages since the end of 1993. As we read these messages we know Him more and more and He lives within our heart. Every word in the Scriptures penetrates our heart as a two-edged sword. The more that I read these messages, the more that every word comes alive to me in the Scriptures and in the Mass. He is unveiling the Scriptures in these messages and He is writing the messages of His love on our hearts in plain talk.
  3. Jesus appeared on December the 5th hanging on the cross for twenty minutes and His mouth moved and moved and moved and moved. And He looked as a man hanging on the cross dying and it was horrifying, after seeing Mary appear every single month for over two years and then seeing Jesus instead of Mary when I went there. This is from the Mass Book: "God wants union with us. He wants fire. Many try to love God with a cold heart. They tell Him words that they think they should say that are loving. When one loves, they do not need to be prompted to say words. From the depth of their being they cry out their words of love. It is a cry from within, from the fire within their chest, behind the words. The words are burning in their chest and must be released because of the fire behind them. We are as blind men. We do not see the great gifts that God gives to us. It is as if we stand by the shore of the sea and throw little words at Jesus. We must not be afraid to jump into the water and be completely immersed in His love. He was consumed with such love for us. He gave Himself to His death on the cross. There is a man on a cross and He tells us so many things. He does not have to speak. When we study Him on the cross, He speaks to us with His pierced hands, His head covered with blood, His body withered and beaten. He speaks to us of His undying love. Oh, beloved Savior, I am blind. I am selfish. I do not see the great reservoir of love that you give to Me. I see the man dying on the cross. How do I see Him?"
  4. I saw Jesus on the cross on December the 5th and He looked as a dying man on the cross. His body was that of a live man. And in all His agony, I saw His mouth move and move and move. For He has spoken over and over and over again of His love and we do not hear. He is asking you today to help to spread His letters of love into this world. It is through these revelations that He has given that He will greatly bring about the reign of His Sacred Heart. For men will intimately love God in a way that they have not loved God before. He has opened Himself up wide and revealed the deepest secrets into His most intimate love. And we have not treated this great gift with the gratitude that we should. He wants us to take these letters and to spread them to the souls that are hurting and in pain, that they will read His words of love and that He will reign as King in their hearts.
  5. And what is the mighty medicine for the sick world, for the world that is hurting, that longs for love, that has suffered so many abuses? What is the mighty medicine? It is the burning love of Jesus Christ. It must be in the hearts of men. As men give themselves in consecration to the heart of Mary and to the Heart of Jesus, the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign in their hearts and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph.
  6. There is a man hanging on the cross and He does not have to speak. If we study Him, we will see His undying, everlasting love.
  7. Jesus speaks:
    I have delivered to you this day this rosary, My beloved ones. I want your love. I want you to come to My Heart. I want you to give Me your heart, all through the day to tell Me, "Oh, Jesus, how I love you and I give myself to you." I will be King and Center of your heart when you come to Me and you spend time with Me after you have received Holy Communion, when you come to Me and you spend time before the tabernacle, when you spend intimate moments with Me in your room at home. I want intimacy with you. It takes time to be intimate. I am Jesus. I am the Almighty God. I have all that you need. You must come to Me and I will heal your wounds, I will love you and I will give you My divine love.
  8. And how do we feel when we go to the tabernacle? How do we feel when we go to the tabernacle or when we spend time alone with Him? He gives us great gifts, gifts of peace and joy in our heart. There is not another way. We must spend this time alone with Him or as He said in the message the bombs are going to fly around us. And if we do not have this intimate time with Him, Satan will tear us to shreds.
  9. We give our hearts to Mary and she takes us into the deepest chambers of the Heart of her Son.
  10. There is a man hanging on the cross. He gave Himself for love of us. He did not holler and scream. In His last dying words He gave us His Mother. We must give ourselves to our Mother Mary and give ourselves to Him.
    Jesus speaks:
    I am Jesus, My beloved ones. This is the message that I give to you on the 13th of February to help with the completion of the Fatima message. I am asking you to carry these rosaries and messages to the far corners of the earth for I give to you My love letters to bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart. You are the apostles that will help bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart. You are the messengers. I have called you. I have chosen you. You must do the Father's will. I am giving to you the directions in these messages that are needed to help bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart. The Shepherds of Christ Movement is major in bringing about the renewal of the church and the world. You have been called to this movement. Satan will try to lead you astray by doing other good works. He will cause division in your hearts. You must know that I, Jesus Christ, am calling you this day. You are a major part of the completion of the Fatima message. You are part of the Father's plan. You have been called to this chapel and great miracles will happen in your heart this day if you open your heart to Me. I love you. I am waiting for your most intimate love.

Notes:
1. Rita Ring, God's Blue Book Vol. 3, Shepherds of Christ Publications p. 122.

2. Rita Ring, God's Blue Book Vol. 2, Shepherds of Christ Publications p. 159.
3. Scripture quotations are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, Catholic Edition, Doubleday and Co.
4. Scripture quotations are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, Catholic Edition, Doubleday and Co.
5. Scripture quotations are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, Catholic Edition, Doubleday and Co.


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Chapter 7

The Shepherds of Christ Movement
and
the Completion of the Fatima Message

Chart: The Completion of the Fatima Message
December 13, 1996 - The Vision, the Plan Unfolds
December 29, 1996
        - Mary's Message from the Rosary of August 27, 1996
        - October 5, 1996 - Message from Mary
        - Excerpts from Urgent Messages
        - December 6, 1996 - First Friday
        - December 27, 1996 - The Mass and Fatima
        - December 7, 1996 - Revelations on the Light

        - December 27, 1996 - Conclusion
        - December 19, 1996
        - December 22, 1996
        - December 19, 1996 - Urgent Message
        - December 22, 1996 - Urgent Message
August 11, 1996
March 20, 1994 - before the end of the building collapsed at the Holy Spirit Center


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December 13, 1996 - the Vision, the Plan Unfolds

September-

October, 1991:

"Feed the Hungry" for six weeks

 

October, 1991:

 

Jesus: "Go to the ends of the earth, I have all
the power".

December 17, 1991

 

Shows me His Heart, tells me the mission to
spread His burning love to the world

May 13, 1993:

First message for God's Blue Book I

May 13, 1993

-March 31, 1994:

God's Blue Book I and II

 

March 22, 1994:

 

He is ignored - Building at Center, wing fell
off.

July 5, 1994 -

Sept. 5, 1995:

Mary appears almost daily.   We receive
rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

July 5, 1994 -

Oct. 5, 1996:

Mary appeared every 5th of the month.

August 13, 1996:

 

 

St. Michael appears at the Farm.   There is a
blue light over John Weickert's head.  Mary
gives important messages.

August 27, 1996:

 

 

Mary pleads - she cries out.   She is so
sorrowful.  She cannot hold back the hand of
her Son anymore.

October 5, 1996:

 

Mary says she cannot hold back the hand of
her Son anymore.  It is struck with power.

October 13, 1996:

Mary appears as Our Lady of the Rosary.

October 13, 1996:

Jesus calls us to the Farm at 12:00 noon.

Oct. 16, Oct. 21,

Oct. 30, Nov. 3:

 

 

 

Strong messages from Jesus.   Tell us He is
calling us on the 13th.  He is very displeased
that we are taking this so lightly.  This is a
major part of the completion of the Fatima
message.

October 30, 1996:

 

 

 

Jesus: "I have spoken.   You are not dealing
with My  messenger any longer.  To persecute
her is to persecute Me and I will take action. 
I have spoken and delays will displease Me."

December 5, 1996:

 

 

 

Jesus appears on the crucifix.   His mouth
moves for 20 minutes.  Mary did not appear. 
Jesus is handling it.  He is speaking in the
rosaries and in the Blue Book messages.

December 6, 1996

First Friday:

 

 

 

Message from Jesus how the   Shepherds of
Christ Movement will majorly assist in bringing
about the completion of the Fatima message in
carrying out Mary's peace plan given at
Fatima.

December 7, 1996

First Saturday

Revelation on light

December 19, 1996:

Strong message from Jesus and Mary

December 22, 1996:

Strong message from Jesus

December 29, 1996:

 

Very strong message from Jesus - Jesus
outlines the message that follow

January 5, 1997

Neither Jesus nor Mary appeared

January 11, 1997:

Message from God the Father

January 18, 1997:

Message from God the Father

February 5, 1997:

 

 

 

After receiving rosaries for two years and
seven months, I was sick and could not pray
the rosary, so the apostles played a live rosary
tape.

February 6, 1997:

 

 

Jesus wants the chapters to gather for a
candlelight rosary with the live rosary tapes. 
He promises special graces.

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January 9, 1997:
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: I am Jesus, I am requesting My beloved apostles to study the entire message given on December 29, 1996. In this message, I have tied together the Shepherds of Christ Movement with the completion of the Fatima message. You are to study all of the enclosed messages given as My teaching for this purpose.

The Father's plan will unfold. I have given you special insights into His plan in this teaching.

Continue to pray the Morning Offering daily. Pray the consecration prayers and the Holy Spirit prayers often during the day with your family and friends this will bind you in one mind and one heart, and protect you from the evil one.


Comment by Rita Ring:

On December 29, 1996, Jesus woke me at 1:30 A.M. and continued to teach me for six hours. At this time, He gave to me the directions to organize the following revelations given in December in the following order. It is important to understand the connection of the Shepherds of Christ Movement and the completion of the Fatima message. Jesus requested at this time that the apostles study the following revelations. The understanding of this material is crucial to help bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart and triumph of her Immaculate Heart.

All quotes from the Bible taken from:
The New Jerusalem Bible (Doubleday, 1985).


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December 29, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring

R. "...he who is your teacher will hide no longer, and you will see your teacher with your own eyes." (Isaiah 30:20)

Jesus: Yes, I am the Teacher of whom they speak and I will reveal to them the secrets of My Heart through these writings and the teacher will be brought to light as the children of light are conceived and brought forth from the womb of the woman.

She is the woman clothed as the sun. She is Our Lady of Light bringing forth her children into the world and the devil's deadly influence will be no more for, as children are conceived and dwelling within the Immaculate Heart of My Mother, she will smite the dragon and they will be protected, My children of light.

And they marched together, children of light and children of darkness and in the darkness you could hear the wailing cries go forth and the gnashing of teeth. They cried forth a brutal cry of death as they fell into the everlasting abyss of destruction and doom.

Oh, I warned them all. The Lady appeared, adorned in light. She coaxed them to come to her heart, the womb in which they would be transformed and know the light and they said, "No, my Lady, we need not your Immaculate Heart. We are tainted in our souls and we will remain children of darkness enveloped in our sins, for we wanted our world and your demands for purity were too high."

R. How could we think Christ's last words on the cross were not important to us? In His dying moments, He gave us His Mother.

He came, our Savior, our King, our Almighty God. He took flesh in her womb, through the power of the Spirit, He was carried in her arms as a helpless baby, He went to the temple and there Simeon said..."Now Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised; because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see, a light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people, Israel." (Luke 2:29-32), and "..You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected--and a sword will pierce your own soul too--so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare." (Luke 2:35).

Israel, being the holy city in which He built His temple, in which He lived, in which the Blessed Virgin walked and talked and carried the Son of God in her womb.

For nine long months she carried Him within her womb. Oh children of Mary, some of you listen to His dying words on the cross, some of you do not hear. And darkness covered the earth. For as Simeon predicted, this child is destined for the rise and fall of many in Israel. Many would reject their Mother. The Lady, clothed as the sun, the woman that carried the Light within her womb for those long nine months while He was formed within her body through the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Counselor, the One who is forming the Church into all it is to be.

Christ showed us the way.

Jesus: I came in this woman. The Holy Spirit sanctifies and makes holy. I, who am God Almighty, perfect holiness, comes in this holy womb and I am born the Light of the World. My Light shines on that night, the day of My birth. I lived and I was carried and I was so close to this woman of light, the one chosen by the Father. I stuck close to her. So important were those years I walked the earth for I showed you, I walked hand-in-hand with you, My creatures, always by the side of Our Mother, your Mother and Mine.

So you think you needn't heed her warnings and her call for purity and prayers? You think she appears over and over again and the Father, Myself, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are pleased with your pride and the audacity found in your hearts? Do you think that you can ignore your Mother and Mine--a gift I gave you at My death? Do you think you can ignore the spouse of the Holy Spirit, the temple in which He dwelt to bring forth the Son of God? Do you think, oh wicked men, that you can ignore Mary, your Mother, the gift I give you on My death bed, the throne they hung Me on? You think, oh audacious men, that My hand will not strike you and smite your pleasure-seeking bodies, when I gave you the greatest riches, the greatest treasures and you spit on Me and walked away!

You have now ignored My Mother and Me. Oh, sinful world, and you will suffer a fate far worse than any chastisement I once planned, to turn you around. She came, the Lady of Light for 14 months, every day and you ignored her and said, "Not I, my Lady, I am wanting for the world."

You did not see her stand at the foot of My cross and see her weep for in her heart she knew from the prophecy of Simeon that some of her children would rise and some would fall and she knew, under the cross, before I officially gave you My Mother in My dying words, that many of her beloved children would be lost forever and she knew the fate to come.

For the hell you will have, oh children of darkness, those who refused the grace-filled womb of My Mother and yours, the hell you will experience is forever! For a few pleasures in the world below you said 'no' to the Lady clothed as the sun and the dragon came and he wiped you off the face of the earth and he took you home with him. You did not go to the heavenly home I had planned for you where there is eternal light and life. You went to the anguishing pit of darkness and she heard your cries, anguishing cries under the cross--her little children--and she cried, "I stood beneath the cross of My son and I cried."


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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.

Song: O Lady of Light, shining so bright, be with us this day, guiding our way, O Lady, O Lady of Light.

Mary: I appear to you as Our Mother of Sorrows.


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October 5, 1996

Mary: I am Our Lady of the Rosary. The Fatima message will unfold around the Shepherds of Christ Movement. I am begging you, please, publish these Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. I appeared daily for 14 months and delivered rosaries for the world. Why have these rosaries been held back from this world? Souls are dropping into hell. Do you comprehend the importance of these rosaries to the Fatima message?

I have appeared as Our Lady of Light and Our Lady of Sorrows delivering these rosaries.

I am now delivering this message as Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

A great mission I give to you, my beloved apostles in the Shepherds of Christ Movement is to live these rosaries and spread the messages to the world. You must reach the world with these teachings I am giving in the rosary.

On this October 5, 1996, I beg you as your heavenly Mother to not ignore the importance of these rosaries. I have appeared, I have begged, I have warned you. I cannot hold back the hand of my Son any longer. His hand is struck with power.

Today is the 5th of the month, first Saturday. I beg all to study this message and to tell all that come on October 13th, 1996 the importance of these live rosaries and the completion of the Fatima message.

I am Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. This is the key to watching the Movement spread. I am assisting you in publishing and circulating these rosaries. Anyone who stops the rosary messages and meditations will deal with my Son, Jesus!

Souls are at stake and souls have been lost because of the delays to hold back the messages in God's Blue Book and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Any negative references in the Movement to these messages displeases my Son for you have been given the greatest gifts in these revelations. I am asking all to help in the circulation of these rosaries and messages. We are communicating to the world majorly in these messages. The completion of the Fatima message is greatly dependent on these messages. Do not give into Satan any longer to block these messages. You are dealing with my Son, Jesus. This is a great gift given to the world. It would please my Son greatly if you expressed to Him your great thanks for the gifts He has given to you. Your answers are found in these messages. They must be studied and recognized for the great gift they are. You were chosen by God to deliver this message to the world. The ingratitude of many displeases my Son greatly. It is now time for the leaders of the Movement and all apostles to support these messages. It is now time to study the content in its entirety. You are missing the key directions because you do not even read the messages.

I am Mary, your Mother. You will be rewarded with the funds needed when you publish these messages and rosaries.


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November 9, 1996
Messages given through Rita Ring

Jesus gave four very strong messages concerning these gathering on the 13th. The messages given were on: Oct. 16, 1996, feast of St. Margaret Mary, Oct. 21, 1996, Oct. 30, 1996, and Nov. 3, 1996.

Included are a few excerpts from these urgent messages.

October 16, 1996

Jesus: ...This is a crucial rosary on the 13th of each month to help in the completion of the Fatima message...The 13th is a time to draw you together in harmony...These are My messages, given through Rita, for the Shepherds of Christ Movement. These messages are for you...I tell you of the urgency of these messages. The dark times are at hand...The Rosary from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary is a crucial part of the completion of the Fatima message...

October 21, 1996

Jesus: I Am, Who Am, I am God. These messages are My messages...I am telling you of the importance of the 13th of the month to this world...The 13th is a major part of the completion of the Fatima message...The 13th is of the utmost importance. The tape from October 13 (1996) must be circulated on November 13 (1996)...The time is very short and many will not know because of the delays. I beg you to please circulate this letter immediately.

November 9, 1996

Jesus has requested we...tell you about the importance of the 13th for the spread of the Movement. If at all possible, please attend. These meetings will take place every 13th at 12:00 noon. You will be notified of the location.

Jesus: My dear beloved ones, I am asking you to spend 5-10 minutes daily listening to the live tapes sent to you. These live tapes of the rosaries will instruct you as My apostles. I am pleased with your efforts to obey these directions. You will help many souls to be saved by your effort to listen and act on these live tapes. I am giving to you abundant grace for listening and meditating on the rosaries. I am Jesus. I thank you for answering this urgent message.


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First Friday - December 6, 1996

Jesus: I am calling you as a family. You will be joined in one heart, acting as My Heart beating in this world. All the apostles in the Shepherds of Christ Movement are joined in one Heart.

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R. The core leaders will contact the coordinators. The coordinators will contact the individual apostles. All are apostles with a job directed by Jesus to do. Her peace plan was given at Fatima:

  1. Until a sufficient number of people have consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will not have peace in the world.
  2. Mary has requested all to pray the daily rosary.
  3. We must observe the Five First Saturday devotion:
    - Communion, confession (within 8 days before or after the Saturday), recital of the rosary, meditating for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the rosary. All this is to be done in spirit of reparation.
  4. We must make reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

His plan centers around this.

We have heads functioning in the individual ministries. Everything we do leads to consecration of hearts. As the apostles press on the three institutions, the Church, family, and school to help spread the consecration, the strayed ones will be led home to His Heart.

Mary said at Fatima until a sufficient number of people have consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will not have peace in the world.

The present condition of the world

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Peace will come when hearts are hearts of love. The scales must shift. It will happen through the consecration. Mary's peace plan: until a sufficient amount of people consecrate their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will not have peace.

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The Father looks to the earth; He sees much darkness.

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The Father looks to the earth. There are few hearts fervently in love with God. The hearts of love light up the earth. It is as lights on a Christmas tree. It is sparsely lighted by a few hearts. Therefore, the tree looks dark.

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As the Shepherds of Christ Movement spreads (as well as other movements focused on spreading consecration to Their Hearts) the tree is covered with more hearts and the earth becomes more lighted.

The tree is covered with hearts consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The tree is illuminated.

As the Shepherds of Christ apostles spread the consecration to the Church, the family, and the school, the tree is covered with lights and the earth is covered with the fire of His love.

The Father looks to the earth now. He is displeased with the hearts of men. The Father wants us to love God and love each other. He wants us to live according to His will in love.

Mary appears at Fatima. She tells us that we are offending God. She tells us what we must do. Mary's peace plan:

  1. Until a sufficient number of people have consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will not have peace in the world.
  2. Mary has requested all to pray the daily rosary.
  3. We must observe the First Saturday devotion.
  4. We must make reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Mary said there will be an era of peace, no matter what we do, in which the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph.

Man disobeys, the devil blocks the Fatima message. World War II happens just as Mary said.

Mary appeared to me for 14 months daily. She gives us the same message as Fatima. Jesus and Mary give us God's Blue Book and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He writes His message of love on our hearts. His life lives in our hearts. The Scripture and the Mass live in our hearts.

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November 6, 1996

I saw today, our home is the Heart of Christ. Mary is the gate-keeper of this most sacred place. The Lord, the Good Shepherd, is leading us home to His Heart. We are fed on His life. The graces flow abundantly in the Mass and the sacraments through the priest. Christ has chosen them to be special, the chosen ones, anointed, through which His life flows. The priest is another Christ to the world.

Jesus is angered. Mary is the gate-way to the Heart of Christ. She is the key for the priest to have such oneness with Christ. Many priests are bitter in their hearts toward Mary. They do not honor her, respect her, or love her. The Holy Spirit is espoused to Mary. The priest must love Mary to be united to God.

The life flows from the Father, in the Holy Spirit through the pierced Heart of Christ. The fountain of Divine life flows through Mary, through the priest to us. The priest celebrates the Mass, acting as another Christ and administers the sacraments. The more he is one with Christ, the more grace flows through him, the more the people are fed.

Jesus picked the priest. He chose them. He gave them this great gift. The priest is given the highest honor to be another Christ, to celebrate Mass, to consecrate bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, to baptize, to forgive sins, to administer other sacraments.

Jesus is wounded by his ungrateful priests. Many do not treasure this great gift given to them. Jesus laments. He is angered. He cries out, "Many priests do not love My Mother; they do not love Me. They are the Shepherds to lead the stray ones back home (back to His Heart)."

John 10: 2-3:
"The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in..."

Mary is the gate-keeper; there is not another pure and sinless human person. We cannot enter any other way because we are sinners. He gave us the sinless one as the way we enter into His most Sacred Heart. The fountain of life flows from His Heart through the pierced wound.

Mary is the gate-keeper. Satan is trying to separate the priest from Mary. Satan does not want the priest to be one with Christ for he is the one who celebrates the Mass and administers the sacraments. So Satan vehemently attacks the priest who is the main administrator of this fountain of life. So Satan has waged a war against the priest and Mary.

Mary is the key to oneness with Christ. Only in going through the pure and sinless one will we be one with Christ. It is in this oneness with Christ that the graces flow.

Many priests are like a clogged pipe. The grace does not flow as freely as Christ wants, because they are divided from Mary and attached to the world.

Consecration to Mary and Jesus is the way home to the depth of His Heart, our little heaven on earth. We are barely scratching the surface of His Heart. We must enter deeply into His Heart for the grace to flow as fire across the earth. The fire of His love will cover the earth when priests' hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and celebrating the Mass.

Oh fountain of life! The lance pierced His Heart deeply. The thorns surrounding His Heart, press in deeply. Many today love Him with a shallow love.

The words in the Mass and Scriptures are not tasted deep within. The depth is not there. We must love Him with our whole heart, our whole soul, and our whole being.

We must pray for the priests as Jesus has instructed us. It is through the priestly newsletter that Jesus will lead the priests to dwell deeply in His Heart. It is our job in the Shepherds of Christ Movement to be His Shepherds to help lead the strayed ones back to His Heart.

We become one in His Heart, through the great grace He is giving to us in the Movement as promised to Fr. Carter July 31, 1994:

...I will give great graces to the members of the Shepherds of Christ Associates. I will call them to be deeply united to My Heart and to Mary's Heart as I lead them ever closer to My Father in the Holy Spirit.

As we become one in His Heart we are leading the strayed ones home to His Heart through the consecration. There will be one flock and one Shepherd as hearts are led home to His Heart through the consecration. We are shepherding His flock as we spread the consecration to the churches, schools, and families.

We are richly fed with the Eucharist. We encourage the priests to read the priestly newsletter. We ask them to start prayer chapters in the churches centered in consecration, and we beg them to leave the church open so people can spend time with Jesus before the tabernacle.

The institutions are intact, we must encourage them to consecrate their hearts. We are attempting to reach the school children with the consecration and the rosary. We are trying to reach the family with starting prayer chapters in their homes and daily praying the consecration and rosary together.

Mary has asked us to observe the first Saturday devotion. If many did this, many, many souls would be saved. It is all in the spirit of reparation, we give our love to God. For Mary's and Jesus' Heart have greatly been offended. We must make reparation to our God.

The Father looks to the earth. He wants one happy family in which we are loving each other as real brothers. He showed us the depth of His love that he laid down His life for us. This is the love He wants from us.

He wants us to be one happy family in the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Deeply loving one another, deeply united in love that we would love as He showed us how to love, that we would lay down our lives for our brother.

We are the leaders to lead men into this new era. This is the good news as we spread the consecration and the Shepherds of Christ Movement across the earth. Our heavenly Mother has promised peace to the world.

There is not another way. This is Jesus' instrument to help renew the Church and the world. It is through the Shepherds of Christ Movement and Fr. Carter the fire of His love will spread across the earth.

An immense amount of grace will be outpoured. Hearts will fervently love God. We will be one body in Him. We will be one, happy family as the Father intends - loving God and one another.

December 29, 1996 Continued...

Jesus: "Yahweh has said: Because this people approaches me only in words, honors me only with lip service while its heart is far from me, and my religion, as far as it is concerned, is nothing but human commandment, a lesson memorized..." (Isaiah 29:13)

I will write the messages of My love on their hearts through you, Fr. Carter and Rita. I will renew the Church and the world greatly through these writings.

My Mother appears and they ignore My Mother. I am talking to you, Fr. Carter. I must make you understand the importance of these revelations to the church and the world.

I beg you to focus all your attention on releasing these writings for the world in their entirety.

I am the Teacher, "He who is your teacher will hide no longer and you will see your teacher with your own eyes." (Isaiah 30:20)


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December 27, 1996
Title: The Mass and Fatima

Can I tell you what it is like, for all eternity, to want God so much and to know you will never have Him? This is the fate of the souls in hell.

I plead and I beg to circulate this book (The Mass Book) that all may fervently love God through the Mass, that His life will flow copiously through the hands of consecrated priests.

This is the center of it all: holy, consecrated priests celebrating the Mass.

We have disobeyed the Fatima message. In Lucia's vision of 1929 we see how the life, His divine life, is flowing from the Father, in the Holy Spirit, through the pierced Heart of Jesus, through Mary's heart--held in her left hand--offering this to Lucia. We see the drops of blood pouring forth from His wounds.

It is through the hands of consecrated priests the grace will flow copiously. Oh, God, have mercy on men for they have sinned. They will die a death far worse than any fate on this earth. They will die the death of the soul.

Lucia saw this vision: Our Lady of Fatima stood beneath the right arm of her Son. Mary appeared at Fatima. She gave her peace plan to the world. Mary was sent by the Father to tell men they are sinning and offending God and they must repent.

Lucia said she received lights into the mystery of the Trinity. The lights I have received into the mystery of God's love were received in the Mass. His burning, undying love for us. When priests are holy priests and consecrated to the heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus, the grace will flow and the light will cover the earth. The light will be the fire coming forth from the pierced Heart of Jesus, adored and loved in the Sacrifice of the Mass.

Then the light will steal across the sky and the dark hearts will be turned to light. This will only happen when priests and the faithful consecrate their hearts to Jesus and Mary as she requested at Fatima.

We become one in this Sacrifice of the Mass. We must unite all of our activities all through the day to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We are one with Jesus and Mary when we consecrate our hearts to Them and we are one with each other, for if I am in Their Hearts and you are in Their Hearts, we are one in Their Hearts.

We are now a people walking in darkness for we have disobeyed Our Lady.

All of the great gifts of God are in place and grace is coming forth from the Mass and from our prayers but the day of the deluge is at hand, when the flood gates will be open and grace will pour forth from the pierced Heart of Christ as in Sr. Faustina's Divine Mercy picture.

When hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the holy priests are celebrating the Mass and are united at every moment to that sacrifice, we will be immensely united and the fountain of God's life will flow on the earth and with this, His great mercy.

There will be this great era of peace in which the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph.


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December 7, 1996 First Saturday -
Revelations on the Light

Isaiah 30: 19-26:

Yes, people of Zion living in Jerusalem,
you will weep no more.
He will be gracious to you when your cry for help rings out;
as soon as he hears it, he will answer you.
When the Lord has given you the bread of suffering
and the water of distress,
he who is your teacher will hide no longer,
and you will see your teacher with your own eyes.
Your ears will hear these words behind you,
'This is the way, keep to it,' whether you turn to right or left.
You will hold unclean the silverplating of your idols

and goldplating of your images.
You will throw them away like the polluted things they are,
shouting after them, 'Good riddance!'

He will send rain for the seed you sow in the ground,
and the bread that the ground provides will be rich and nourishing.
That day, your cattle will graze in wide pastures.
Oxen and donkeys that work the land

will eat for fodder wild sorrel,
spread by the shovel-load and fork-load.
On every lofty mountain, on every high hill

there will be streams and water-courses, on the day of the great slaughter
when the strongholds fall.
Then moonlight will be bright as sunlight
and sunlight itself be seven times brighter

-like the light of seven days in one-
on the day Yahweh dresses his people's wound
and heals the scars of the blows they have received."

Isaiah 40:1-8:

'Console my people, console them,'
says your God.
'Speak to the heart of Jerusalem
and cry to her
that her period of service is ended,
that her guilt has been atoned for,
that, from the hand of Yahweh, she has received
double punishment for all her sins.'

A voice cries, 'Prepare in the desert
a way for Yahweh.
Make a straight highway for our God
across the wastelands.
Let every valley be filled in,
every mountain and hill be levelled,
every cliff become a plateau,
every escarpment a plain;
then the glory of Yahweh will be revealed
and all humanity will see it together,
for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.'
A voice said, 'Cry aloud!' and I said, 'What shall I cry?'
-'All humanity is grass
and all its beauty like the wild flower's.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of Yahweh blows on them.
(The grass is surely the people.)
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God remains for ever.'

Song: A Voice Cries Out in the Wilderness

Adam and Eve are given great gifts and insights into God. They sin, the light of knowing God is dimmed because of their sin. They do not know God as they did before the sin.

Christ comes, He is the Light of the World. He dies, He gives Himself. He shares His life with us through sanctifying grace.

Through Baptism we receive this sharing in His divine life. The more He shares His life, the more we are saturated with His life, the more we know Him. He reveals Himself to us--we see the light.

The Kingdom of God is at hand. It is all here: the Mass, the Eucharist, God giving Himself.

To partake more in His life we must give ourselves to Him.

Mary appears to Bernadette. She tells her she is the "Immaculate Conception." We are sinners, but through Mary, the pure and sinless one, we can unite deeply in Him.

We are in darkness in varying degrees. The more we are saturated with His life, the more we see.

The reign of God is at hand. Since He came to the earth, everything is in place to see the light.

God is giving to us great graces to see the light now. He is lifting the veil.

There will be the era of peace.

Isaiah 30:26:
"Then moonlight will be bright as sunlight
and sunlight itself be seven times brighter

-like the light of seven days in one-..."

We see the darkness. As at night, we do not see the colorful leaves, they are there, we do not see them.

In the morning light, we see the glory of the beautiful day, the colorful leaves.

As the light steals across the sky, we see more and more. As the sun gradually comes up, we see more clearly the beauty of the leaves.

At first, our vision is not so clear because the light does not show in its deepest intensity. As the sun comes up we see more and more vividly until finally we see clearly the beauty of the colorful leaves.

Isaiah 30:26:
"Then moonlight will be bright as sunlight
and sunlight itself be seven times brighter

-like the light of seven days in one-..."

In a message to Fr. Carter on July 31, 1994, Jesus has promised us: "I will give great graces to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. I will call them to be deeply united to My Heart and to Mary's heart as I lead them ever closer to My Father in the Holy Spirit."

As stated above, the more we are saturated with his life, the more we are one in Him, the more clearly we see. It is in this union, in the depth of His Heart, that we receive such life, that we know Him with great clarity, that we are given this vision of God.

It is not with "eyes" that we see, but the illumination is in the knowing power that He gives to us. He reveals insights into the divine mysteries. We share most intimately with Him when we are one with Him in the Mass and after Communion. These are treasured moments in which He gives us a special sharing to know Him, our Divine Lover.

We see clearly when our hearts are hearts of love. We see vividly when our hearts are filled with love and peace. We were created to love, to love God and love each other.

Adam and Eve sinned. They lost the great gift given to them. The light of knowing God was dimmed because of their sin.

Christ comes into the world. He is the Word. He is the light of the world. He comes to save man from his sin. He comes in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Mary is the pure and sinless one. Jesus comes to pay the price for the sin of Adam and for our sins. We are all tainted by this sin of our first father and mother. Mary is the Immaculate and pure one, the highest human person. Divinity unites with humanity in the womb of Mary. They are one. Jesus is carried within the body of His mother. Such unity from the beginning, for His life is formed within her body. Is it surprising to us, then, if Christ comes within the womb of the Virgin Mary, that we too must go through Mary to unite to Him? Where is the pride in the hearts of men that think they do not have to go through their Mother Mary? If Christ comes in the womb of Mary to pay the price for man's sins, and we are tainted by the sin, in order to unite to the Almighty God who is all holy, we must go through the pure and sinless one.

Adam and Eve sinned. The Father sends His Son into the world to pay the price for man's sins. Jesus is the New Adam; Mary is the New Eve. Man continues to sin, greatly displeasing God. The Father allows Mary to appear to Bernadette at Lourdes as the Immaculate Conception, as having been conceived without original sin. The Father then allows Mary to appear to the children of Fatima as the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

We are sinners, we cannot unite closely to Him unless we go through Mary.

Mary is the pure and sinless one. We can unite deeply to Him. We are in darkness in varying degrees. The more we are saturated with His life, the more we see.

The reign of God is at hand. He came to the earth, He died, He rose on the third day. He gave to the Apostles the power to change bread and wine into His Body and Blood. He gave to them the power to forgive sins. He established His Church pouring forth from His pierced side. We do not see the great gifts that He has given to us. He is giving to us great insights into these gifts. God is giving to us great graces to see the light now. He is lifting the veil.

There will be an era of peace and all will see with such light as Isaiah speaks of in chapter 30, verse 26:

"Then moonlight will be bright as sunlight
and sunlight itself be seven times brighter

-like the light of seven days in one-..."

Man sinned. Jesus came to redeem us. Man is still so sinful. Mary appears at Fatima. She tells us that we are offending God, that we must make reparation to her heart and the heart of her Son.

She gives us the peace plan for the world. She tells us that the Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign and her Immaculate Heart will triumph but we must do what she says. The Church has approved Fatima. The devil has blocked the message. How can we disobey our Mother? How can we ignore her? Mary appeared at Fatima and was ignored. Mary appeared to me almost daily for 14 months--she does not appear as she once did. Jesus has told me that He will handle these messages, that He is in charge, that the plan of the Father will unfold despite any person's willfulness.

In August 1996, Mary spoke in the rosary: she said she could not hold back the hand of her Son any longer. On the 5th of this month, instead of Mary appearing as she had in the past, Jesus appeared alive on the crucifix with His mouth moving for twenty minutes. We are not listening to Mary or to Jesus. Man has sinned. Jesus came to redeem us. Mary tells us what we must do. Men are disobedient. They disobeyed their Mother. They do not do what she told them what they must do at Fatima. When hearts are consecrated to Jesus and Mary they become holy hearts, deeply one with God. The reign of the Sacred Heart is at hand for He has given to us abundant grace that we are seeing with such clarity this vision of God. He has imparted to us understanding into His divine mysteries.

The more we focus on what Jesus and Mary have told us, the more we will have peace. He is angered by the willfulness of man. He will get their attention. We are spreading the good news when we spread the consecration.

We must heed the words of our Mother. She will not go away because of willful men. We have angered God more by ignoring her. There is only one way: it is the plan that Mary has given to us at Fatima. He is lifting the veil for those whose hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Many in the Shepherds of Christ Movement are fervently loving Him. In the Shepherds of Christ Movement, as the apostles spread the consecration to the Church, the family, and the school, the fire of His love will cover the earth and it will be lighted with this love coming from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart of Jesus will reign and the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph.

We, in the Shepherds of Christ Movement, are spreading the fire of His love across the earth through the consecration.

The hearts of men will turn from their sick and desolate ways to hearts gentle as a little lamb. There will be one flock and one Shepherd and His staff will rule over all. Hearts consecrated to Their Hearts will lead the light across the earth. This light will be a light of intense brightness, brighter and hotter than any light from a flame. It will be the fire of God's love. The Spirit will move in all hearts consecrated to His Heart, and we will know how fire truly spreads, for the love of God is a fire, it is vibrant, it is encompassing, it is smoldering, burning deep within and speedily spreading on the outside. No fires on this earth can ever describe the burning embers that burn from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. No fire burns like the fires coming from His Heart and hearts filled with the love from the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

On October 13, 1917 Our Lady gave to Lucia and 70,000 spellbound people, a great vision: the sun spun in the sky, casting off great lights. This happened three times in about 12 minutes. As quoted from Our Lady of Fatima's Peace Plan from Heaven:

It seemed that the whole world was on fire with the sun spinning at a greater speed each time. Then a gasp of terror rose from the crowd for the sun seemed to tear itself from the heavens and come crashing down upon the horrified multitudes...just when it seemed that the ball of fire would fall upon and destroy them, the miracle ceased, and the sun resumed its normal place in the sky, shining forth as peacefully as ever.

Mary gave this tremendous sign at Fatima and people did not listen. The events that followed were as she had predicted since we disobeyed her. There was a brutal war, WWII. Mary appeared to me (Rita Ring) almost daily - very few have listened. She told me over and over again of the souls going to hell. She told me in August she could not hold back the hand of her Son anymore. Adam and Eve sinned. God, the Father, sent His Son. Man continues to sin--the Father sends Mary but she is ignored!

On July 2, 1996, my son, Joseph, was taking pictures of all of the Shepherds of Christ members at Tom Arlinghaus' farm. He took one picture of each person. Jesus told me to tell him to take two pictures of Fr. Carter. The first picture was a normal picture. The second picture was of Fr. Carter covered with a pillar of light.

In front of a statue of Our Sorrowful Mother, Mary was alive in the statue.

Jesus: "Peace will abound when nations, churches, families, and individuals are consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Shepherds of Christ Movement...is a pillar of light in the darkness."

R. We must encourage all to consecrate their hearts to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to join the Shepherds of Christ chapters, and the Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Movement, to pray for our Church and our world.

Jesus: This is My Movement for renewal of the Church and the world, based in consecration, joining your every act to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, praying the rosary, and making reparation to Our Hearts, especially on first Fridays and first Saturday. It is through your prayers and sacrifices many souls will be saved. Grace will flow from those whose hearts are consecrated to Our Hearts and the fire of My love will light up this darkened world.

R. Many are living in darkness because they are not obeying Our Lady. The people will see the light when they obey her and consecrate their hearts to her heart and the Heart of Jesus.

To have this intense union with Jesus, with God, we must give ourselves to Our Lady. It is there in the intimacy with Him that we are saturated with His life and that He reveals to us great lights, great insights into His divine mysteries. Yes, indeed, the light will steal across the earth and the hearts of men will be hearts filled with His love. They will know their God with great light imparted to them by the Holy Spirit given to them because of the deep union that they have with Jesus. The reign of the Sacred Heart is at hand. He is giving to us these great lights at this time for He has lifted the veil and we see many things and the light steals across the sky and we see with clear vision.

Isaiah 30: 26:
"Then moonlight will be bright as sunlight
and sunlight itself be seven times brighter

-like the light of seven days in one-..."

Isaiah 30: 25:
"On every lofty mountain, on every high hill
there will be streams and water-courses, on the day of the great slaughter
when the strongholds fall."

Truly His Heart is the fountain of divine life. It flows through the Church, through the hands of His holy priests. When priests are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and celebrating the Mass, and administering the sacraments, an immense amount of His grace will be outpoured on the earth.

A people in darkness have seen a great light. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, the Light of the World!

Our Father...thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We will all love as the Father intends, for now He looks to the earth and He sees it covered with darkness. As hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the earth will be covered with His light.

Revelation 12:1-12:

Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant, and in labor, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth. Then a second sign appeared in the sky: there was a huge red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and each of the seven heads crowned with a coronet. Its tail swept a third of the stars from the sky and hurled them to the ground, and the dragon stopped in front of the woman as she was at the point of giving birth, so that he could eat the child as soon as it was born. The woman was delivered of a boy, the Son who was to rule all the nations with an iron scepter, and the child was taken straight up to God and to his throne, while the woman escaped into the desert, where God had prepared a place for her to be looked after for twelve hundred and sixty days.

And now war broke out in heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels, but they were defeated and driven out of heaven. The great dragon, the primeval serpent, known as the devil or Satan, who had led all the world astray, was hurled down to the earth and his angels were hurled down with him. Then I heard a voice shout from heaven, 'Salvation and power and empire for ever have been won by our God, and all authority for his Christ, now that the accuser, who accused our brothers day and night before our God, has been brought down. They have triumphed over him by the blood of the lamb and by the word to which they bore witness, because even in the face of death they did not cling to life. So let the heavens rejoice and all who live there; but for you, earth and sea, disaster is coming-because the devil has gone down to you in a rage, knowing that he has little time left.'

We are in her spiritual womb (heart). She is pregnant, bringing forth her children of light. As we go to her heart, she crushes the head of the serpent. Some of the brightest stars that will light up the earth are in the Shepherds of Christ Movement. We are the children of light. We are being sent forth as she brings us forth her children of light to stamp out the darkness. We must give ourselves to Mary.


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December 27, 1996 Conclusion

In Lucia's vision of 1929, Lucia saw Our Lady of Fatima under Jesus' right arm. He will put her peace plan into action. We have ignored her.

On October 13, 1917 Mary gave the following message:

I am the Lady of the Rosary. I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and to ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord anymore for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue praying it everyday.20

Mary told Jacinta:

Priests must be pure, very pure. They should not busy themselves with anything except what concerns the Church and souls. The disobedience of priests to their superiors and to the Holy Father is very displeasing to Our Lord.

I can no longer restrain the hand of my Divine Son from striking the world with just punishments for its many crimes.21

God allowed the world to suffer the brutal war after Mary was ignored. God is angry with the world. He is all just.

The second message of the angel says:

Pray, Pray a great deal. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs on you. Offer prayers and sacrifices continually to the Most High. Make everything you do a sacrifice and offer it as an act of reparation for the sins by which God is offended and as a petition for the conversion of sinners.22

We must unite our every action as a sacrifice to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass all over the world.

In the fall of the same year, the angel visited the visionaries a final time:

The angel came...bearing a golden chalice in one hand and a Host above it in the other. The amazed children noticed that drops of blood were falling from the Host into the chalice. Presently, the angel left both suspended in mid-air and prostrated himself on the ground, saying this beautiful prayer: "Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly. I offer you the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred heart of Jesus and the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.23

"Sr. Lucia relates how the angel gave them Communion:

Then, rising, he took the chalice and the Host in his hand. He gave the Sacred Host to me and shared the Blood from the chalice between Jacinta and Francisco, saying as he did so:

'Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.'24 "25

"The Angel also reminded us that the Eucharist is at the center of the Church's life. And, very importantly, in each of his three messages, the angel drew attention to the critical role which the Hearts of Jesus and Mary play in our Christian lives:

Another remarkable fact is that in each of the three apparitions, the Angel already mentions the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary, as though linked to one another by an indissoluble union. The account of the first apparition even presents a striking phrase which seems to have been hardly noticed. After having taught this completely God-centered prayer, "My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love you," the angel added: "Pray thus, The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications." We pray to God and it is the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary that hear and answer our prayers! How could it better express the truth that we can only go to God, and it is the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary that hear and answer our prayers! How could it better express the truth that we can only go to God and please Him by this unique and universal meditation?

Similarly, in the summer of 1916, when the Angel announces to the three seers their future vocations, it is the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary that appear in the foreground as the inseparable mediators of the "Father of Mercies." "The Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary," he tells them, "have designs of mercy on you."

Finally, the third time, in the prayer of Eucharistic offering, it is by "the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and [the intercession of] the Immaculate Heart of Mary," that the Angel begs "the conversion of poor sinners" of the Trinity.

With this constant thought of the mediation of the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we are already at the very center of the Message of Fatima.26"27

The key to bringing about the reign of the Sacred Heart and triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart, centers in consecration. It is through consecrated hearts joining as one, united at every second to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being offered around the world, that grace will be spilled out in abundant proportions on the earth. We need His life!

December 29, 1996 Continued...

Jesus: I am teaching the world through these writings. The secrets of My Heart I reveal in these messages.

I have revealed Myself in these writings as never before. I will form their hearts and make them whole as they read the writings I write on their hearts.

I have revealed the secrets of My Heart to My beloved ones.

My last words under the cross were words in which I gave you My Mother.

I am speechless. I am the man on the cross that is not heard. I beg you to study My messages for the souls of the faithful will turn to the light through these writings.

I am the Light of the World. My Mother is Our Lady of Light. We are leading the children deeply into Our Hearts with these writings.

The reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart will come about. These writings are major to the completion of My Mother's work begun at Fatima.

You must let go of other distractions in your life and study these messages. I will teach the world the secrets of My Heart through your two hearts.

The Mass Book must be published immediately. I have given to you the deadline of January 15 to have the book to the censor for the imprimatur. Pray for the success of these writings. The devil will do everything to stop you.

My directions are clear. Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary will draw many hearts to the woman clothed with the sun.

R. We are not working separately, we are working harmoniously as the beating Heart of Christ to the world.

Jesus: You must focus on the Mass in your writings. I ask Fr. Carter to work with Rita on the Mass section of the book in the beginning and to include this in your newsletter. Your writings will lead the world to My Heart, which is their home.

Holy priests celebrating the Mass will light the world with the fire of My love.

They must be priests loving their Mother and celebrating the Mass with hearts consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

This consecration will bring about the unity of hearts. All will be united throughout the world in one mind and one heart in the Mass.

I beg you to listen to these revelations and to use them in your newsletter.


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From the Message of December 19, 1996:

Jesus: And the light shone in the darkness and the darkness grasped it not, but to as many as responded, they became the children of the light and from them His life flowed into the hearts that were cold and dark and slowly, very slowly, the light began to steal across the darkened sky and the moon was covered with blood. The blood was the blood of the Lamb. The blood represented the blood He shed to give us life.


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From the Message of December 22, 1996:

Jesus: And the moon will be covered with blood. It was the blood of the Lamb and it poured forth on a sinful world to cleanse them of their sin, and I give you My Body and Blood in the Mass and I am ignored.

R. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us...

John talks about the light. John was given Mary as his Mother. He knew she was the Lady of Light and he was a son of the light.

John 1:1-10:

In the beginning was the Word:
The Word was with God
And the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.

Through Him all things came into being,
Not one thing came into being except through Him.
What has come into being in Him was life,
Life that was the light of men;
And light shines in darkness,

And darkness could not overpower it.

A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
To bear witness to the light,
So that everyone might believe through him.
He was not the light,
He was to bear witness to the light.

The Word was the real light
That gives light to everyone;
He was coming into the world.
He was in the world
That had come into being through him,

And the world did not recognize him.

R. Jesus is alive in the Holy Eucharist this day. He is ignored. He is treated with great indifference.

Many are not even aware that God is truly present. Many do not even know what is going on. This is His lamenting cry from the tabernacle.

John 1:11-14:

He came to his own
And his own people did not accept Him.
But to those who did accept Him

He gave power to become children of God,
To those who believe in his name

Who were born not from human stalk
Or human desire
Or human will
But from God himself.
The Word became flesh,
He lived among us,
And we saw His glory,
The glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father,
Full of grace and truth.

We, His people, have not yet seen His glory in its fullness.

Until we go to the womb of Mary, we will not be children of light to the degree God desires. We are walking in partial darkness. She told us at Fatima what we must do to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart, when men will see with the light that will be brighter than seven suns.


The two messages that follow are very strong messages received from Jesus (December 19, 1996 and December 22, 1996).

Mary also delivered a short, urgent message on December 19, 1996.


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December 19, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring
Received in a few minutes after Communion
St. Gertrude Church

Jesus: My Beloved Ones,

You will know a great time of trial and darkness. I have written to you of the great sufferings to come. The sinfulness of this world greatly displeases Me. I beg you to pray for forgiveness and turn your hearts to love.

And darkness covered the earth and the light was cast in little corners of the earth. Those who were willful remained in intense darkness, those who were rooted in God, and giving themselves to consecration, were the children of the light.

And the light shown in the darkness and the darkness grasped it not, but to as many as responded, they became the children of the light and from them His life flowed into the hearts that were cold and dark and slowly, very slowly, the light began to steal across the darkened sky and the moon was covered with blood. The blood was the blood of the Lamb. The blood represented the blood He shed to give us life. But the blind just saw ordinary blood and were scared to death. They responded with the greatest fright and lacked peace, but those rooted in God, those whose hearts were consecrated to Mary and Jesus, knew the sign was from God--that the time of reckoning was at hand. Many were punished and suffered a great chastisement. Many were left to death, but the children of light prayed the rosary and trusted in God.

And the night was no more for the light of day came stealing across the sky and myriads of angels filled the sky and the heavens. Sing Alleluia, Praise the Lord, you saints and angels, show yourselves to the survivors for they walked in darkness and could not see, but the light was alive in their hearts and they dwelt within the furnace of His Heart.

Have no fear now, My people, for you are the children of the light and My hand is forever upon you. You may suffer now a little, but it is nothing compared to the splendor to come.

R. Oh, reign of peace, reign of the Sacred Heart, triumph of her Immaculate Heart, we wait for you anxiously for the nights have been cold and dark and we cried a bitter cry in the darkness but we knew of the glories to come for we forever trusted in You and Your mighty hand.

Your hand is struck with power. The Virgin Mary warned the poor children that died an eternal death to mind their ways and they cried out, "Not me, oh, no, God -- your ways are stiff necked and cruel. I want for foolish pleasure now and tomorrow will care for itself."

And the Lord called and called and they marched into the darkness with cold hearts, telling the Almighty God, 'no'.

Mary: Oh, my children, my little children of light, the time is nigh and many will be lost forever. I appeared and warned and told all to mind their ways and come to the Heart of my Son and they said "No, my Lady, not for you or any mother. We are children of darkness and that we remain, for we seek our pleasure by day and feast on sin all night and when you called, mother, we laughed at your Son and ignored Him and His ways." And He called and His call fell on deaf ears.

Please, my children of light, come to my heart now for although you walked next to the children of darkness. I smite the dragon that whirled around you and protected you in my heart and you will now feast on the glories of His Kingdom, my little children of light.


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December 22, 1996:

Jesus: Brace yourselves in the Shepherds of Christ. You want to be Christ-like. Is this the true desire in your heart or is it just words like the other words you give to Me?

Brace yourselves. I will lead the way with My rod and My staff, but you must be strong to follow for the way is rocky and the rocks are sharp. They cut through to the soul. They cut through to your heart.

You will be brought to your knees, you will beg for Me, you will be molded and helped with in the abundant grace flowing from My Heart. My little shepherd, so willful and so stupid in your ways, but I love you just the same to My death, child. I love you and you do not see that all I give to you is for your good.

I am not angry with you, My messenger. You must suffer now to write My messages for the world. How could you write had you not experienced My pain in your soul? You are My hand, that I am using to write the messages of My Heart for the world. My Heart was crowned with thorns. So, too, will your heart be pierced and wanting to bleed. Bleed, little heart, My Heart bled for you.

And the moon will be covered with blood. It was the blood of the Lamb and it poured forth on a sinful world to cleanse them of their sin, and I give you My Body and Blood in the Mass and I am ignored.

He slapped their hands and He smite their cheeks and they laughed in their pain and continued their willful ways. But the day of reckoning is at hand and I will separate the sheep from the goats and the sheep I will take home with Me. The goats will know a day as they never knew before for My justice will prevail.

When I warned they would not turn from their evil ways and I could not reach them. They walked as blind men down the path of destruction and who would have thought that the end of the road was so near. And at the end of the road they continued to walk for in the darkness they could not see and they fell into an everlasting pit of doom and suffering.

Justice will prevail. I am a good God. Justice and truth will kiss. When I gave to them My warning they said, "Oh no, Lord," and continued their sinful ways.

The time is at hand. My efforts and yours were in vain. I will wipe their sick smiles from their evil mouths and they will suffer forever the death of the soul.

I will not have mercy on these hard-necked cowards who thought, in their pride, they could smite Me. I will throw the book at them and they will suffer for their sinful ways.

Woe to them who led My children astray. Woe to them. They will burn the eternal death of intense suffering for the murder of My young. And who will help them then? They will know a death beyond all deaths and suffering beyond all suffering. For a few moments of pleasure, they lost their souls forever.

I am a just and merciful God. I give water to quench your thirst, I bathe you in My divine love, but to the evil doers, I will curse their name and wipe them from the face of the earth. I have spoken. Justice will prevail. My hand is struck with power. The senseless ones will know My might.

Who will you call? You said 'no' to God and He struck you for your sinful ways.

All honor and glory be to God for He has visited His people and they cast Him aside. I will light the earth with My love and the dark hearts will curse the night for they will be no more.

And justice will flourish in His time and fullness of peace forever.

I have spoken. The deaf will not hear. My hand is the hand of God and it is struck with power.

I say to the grass to grow and it grows, to the sun to shine and it shines and to you I say, "Be ready for you know not the day nor the hour. I come as a thief in the night to take your soul home to Me. Will you be ready or will you be caught unprepared?"

Prepare ye a way to the Lord. Make ready His steps, My shepherds. I guard you but you will suffer. You must be strong and not caught off guard.

Purify your souls for I am coming and the earth will know My light this Christmas for I will shine in the hearts of the just. I will shine on My shepherds this Christmas. My light will shine in the hearts of those consecrated to My Heart and the heart of My Mother.

Alleluia, a King is born this day. Put aside your silly ways, your bows and tinsel, and praise God. He is in your midst. He reigns this day. You are ignoring the King of Glory. Oh, sinful world, you are in for a weird awakening.

And the light stole across the sky and the light of day shown brighter than seven suns, not to the eye but in the hearts of His faithful ones, the hearts consecrated to God.

December 29, 1996 Continued...

R. He is still with us, we are walking in partial darkness. In order to see the light more fully, to comprehend this glory which John speaks of, we must do as Mary said at Fatima--we must go through her heart and be born more and more as children of the light - then we will see.

On December 22 (1996), Jesus said: "And the moon will be covered with blood. It was the blood of the Lamb and it poured forth on a sinful world to cleanse them of their sin and I give you My Body and My Blood in the Mass and I am ignored."

Revelations 12:1-12:

Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant, and in labor, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth. Then a second sign appeared in the sky: there was a huge red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and each of the seven heads crowned with a coronet. Its tail swept a third of the stars from the sky and hurled them to the ground, and the dragon stopped in front of the woman as she was at the point of giving birth, so that he could eat the child as soon as it was born. The woman was delivered of a boy, the Son who was to rule all the nations with an iron scepter, and the child was taken straight up to God and to his throne, while the woman escaped into the desert, where God had prepared a place for her to be looked after for twelve hundred and sixty days.

And now war broke out in heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels, but they were defeated and driven out of heaven. The great dragon, the primeval serpent, known as the devil or Satan, who had led all the world astray, was hurled down to the earth and his angels were hurled down with him. Then I heard a voice shout from heaven, 'Salvation and power and empire for ever have been won by our God, and all authority for his Christ, now that the accuser, who accused our brothers day and night before our God, has been brought down. They have triumphed over him by the blood of the lamb and by the word to which they bore witness, because even in the face of death they did not cling to life. So let the heavens rejoice and all who live there; but for you, earth and sea, disaster is coming-because the devil has gone down to you in a rage, knowing that he has little time left.'

We are in her spiritual womb (heart). She is pregnant, bringing forth her children of light. As we go to her heart she crushes the head of the serpent. Some of the brightest stars that will light up the earth are in the Shepherds of Christ Movement. We are the children of light. We are being sent forth as she brings us forth her children of light to stamp out the darkness. We must give ourselves to Mary.

Jesus: Only when priests' hearts are consecrated to My Heart and Mary's heart will grace flow from the Mass as it should.

Now a trickle of grace is pouring out compared to what it will be when the priests give their hearts to Mary and Jesus.

This is the importance of the newsletter and these revelations: to lead the priests home to the Sacred Heart. Through consecration to the heart of Mary they increasingly become children of light and the light shines in the darkness. They see the Mass, the Scriptures, the sacraments as a fountain of His life. They see, they see, they see the glory of God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Now many priests are hiding the tabernacle and act as partially blind men in celebrating the Mass.

The Marian Movement of Priests led some priests to the heart of Our Lady that transformed them into children of light. It was not enough but Jesus will turn the priests' hearts to hearts of love.

If the priests in the Marian Movement of Priests read the newsletter they will hear the Heart of Jesus speak to them.

Our Lady called her children to Falmouth and called her children at Cold Springs and to the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center. She called through Sandy, through the Batavia visionary and through Rita. They were here to pave the way to get children to give their hearts to Mary. When Jesus' messages came, the devil knew he had to block them for they would bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart.

Mary called her priests. They gave their hearts to her. Jesus called these same priests to feed them and to reveal the secrets of His Heart through Fr. Carter's newsletters which are influenced by these revelations received by Rita.

The devil was trying to block the flow of the Father's plan to lead the Marian Movement of Priests to the newsletter.

Fr. Edward Carter, S.J. has been given a special mission from Our Lord. He has authored 14 books. He has been molded and taught by Our Lord. His books are not the ordinary insights of other authors. His training was to prepare him to write the newsletter for the priests and the Spirituality Handbook, which is from Our Lord.

It is through the newsletter and the revelations He has given to Fr. Carter and Rita that the teacher will to a great extent further reveal Himself to the world.

The blood of the Lamb was shed for our sins. It is given to us this day "...The Word became flesh, he lived among us, (...and we saw His glory, the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.)" (John 1:14).

Jesus told me in the summer of '95 in the rosary how the stars would fall from the sky and how the sun would cease to shine.

Mary said over and over again when she appeared to me as Our Lady of Light, "Souls are dropping into hell like rain."

Revelations 6:12-14:

In my vision, when he broke the sixth seal, there was a violent earthquake and the sun went as black as coarse sackcloth; the moon turned red as blood all over, and the stars of the sky fell onto the earth like figs dropping from a fig tree when a high wind shakes it; the sky disappeared like a scroll rolling up and all the mountains and islands were shaken from their places.

Revelations 12:3,4:

...Then a second sign appeared in the sky there was a huge, red dragon seven heads...Its tail swept a third of the stars from the sky and hurled them to the ground and the dragon stopped in front of the woman as she was at the point of giving birth, so that he could eat the child as soon as it was born.

Mary said on December 19, 1996:

Oh, my children, my little children of light, the time is nigh and many will be lost forever. I appeared and warned and told all to mind their ways and come to the Heart of my Son and they said "No, my Lady, not for you or any mother. We are children of darkness and that we remain, for we seek our pleasure by day and feast on sin all night and when you called, mother, we laughed at your Son and ignored Him and His ways." And He called and His call fell on deaf ears.

Please, my children of light, come to my heart now for although you walked next to the children of darkness, I smite the dragon that whirled around you and protected you in my heart and you will now feast on the glories of His Kingdom, my little children of light.

We must spread the consecration. All forces in hell are against us, for the children of light will be saved.

Very many are not giving glory to God--the reign is at hand when hearts will give glory to God.

Jesus: I am the teacher, it is through Fr. Carter and Rita I am revealing the secrets of My Heart that will bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart and greatly renew the Church and the world. I beg, beg you to study these messages in their entirety, I am revealing your directions in these messages for the completion of the Fatima message. My hand is struck with power. The more you spread the Movement, the more souls will be saved and I will give to this world My mercy. I beg you to circulate the tape, Mary's Message, and the messages of December 19, 1996 and December 22, 1996 together. I am Jesus. You must focus on what I am telling you.

I am counting on you, Fr. Carter. I have chosen you and I will guard you. It is through you I will greatly renew the Church and the world. My directions are given here to spread the consecration to the world. You must obey or souls will be lost. I am calling My apostles to days of instruction to spread the consecration. Please emphasize the tapes and the importance of the 13th.

I love you with the tenderest love. I am ONE with you. I operate through you.

Jesus: I ask you to take My messages seriously. PLEASE read them as from God. I am counting on you, Fr. Carter. You will light the dark earth through the Shepherds of Christ Movement. The rosary of July 16, 1995 is important.


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August 11, 1996

Jesus: I have given permanent signs of the authenticity of these messages. Time is urgent and the messages need to be supported and circulated by the leaders in the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

Over and over again, I have told you what would happen if you ignore the messages. I am asking you to see that each and every person involved in the Shepherds of Christ Movement read the message of March 7, 1994 and March 13, 1994. Please discern and circulate the message of March 20, 1994, before the end of the building collapsed.

I am asking all to help circulate the video of April 17, 1994. I have given several permanent signs in this video. The sun spins in the beginning: the sun spins when Rita is reading a message from God's Blue Book 1. These are permanent signs I have given to prove that I am delivering these messages.

I ask you to circulate the video from September 15, 1995. The mist received around the Sorrowful Mother is her sign given that she truly appeared daily from July 5, 1994 until September 5, 1995. This is your sign to help in circulating the Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

You do not realize the importance of these rosaries and messages to help bring about the completion of the Fatima message.

The rosaries given are teaching tools to help bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.

This is the plan of the Father to help bring about the era of peace. Hearts will fervently love My Heart and that of My Mother's heart when you help in circulating the rosaries and messages.

I have given three permanent signs to be used to help circulate these messages which are a main source of communication for the completion of the Fatima message.

Time is urgent. I am asking again that a special gathering be held on October 13, 1996 and the chapters from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio be made aware that I am strongly encouraging them to come to the gathering.

At this time, I am requesting you have available these three signs: the video of April 17, 1994, the video of Sept. 5, 1995, and Fr. Carter's picture of July 2, 1996.

I am requesting that you circulate as many live rosaries as possible and that these and all three Blue Books be made available. I am asking you to please publish the Rosary Book as soon as possible.

The funds will come when you circulate the messages and rosaries. The live rosaries on tapes will help move many hearts and teach them about their role as My apostles.

I am Jesus. This is the mighty medicine I am sending to you to help move the hearts to My love. These messages are of great importance in the completion of the Fatima message.

This is the Father's plan. These are My messages I am sending to you to help bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.

I am Jesus. I thank you for all of your work in spreading the movement. I am giving to you great grace and financial assistance when you help spread these messages.


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March 20, 1994 -
before the end of the building collapsed
at the Holy Spirit Center.

Jesus: You don't have to prove the authenticity of these letters. You know they are true. If they doubt, let them get their proof. You don't have to give them signs. If they want the love of God, they will search and know the letters are from Me. Everything else is everybody else's responsibility.

I want you to speak always. I speak through you. I want you to circulate the letters. You do not prove the letters to any man. You write, you talk. Their doubt is their problem. You answer no more than I tell you to. They can turn their backs and lose the true treasure here.

I am Jesus, the Son of God. Say little in your defense. You know they are the fools if they question you. They miss My divine treasure here. I love each child ardently to write to them. Silly to not listen when I speak to you!

You are My messenger. You must only do the delivering. You owe no man any valid reasons why it is true. Publish these messages. I want the book published. What happened to Volume II? I, Son of God, am talking to you and who listens? Now they are holding it up because of the priests. I am Jesus I want all these messages published. If the devil creates enough doubt and confusion as he did, then you deal with that instead of the messages.

I am God. I am so tired with you to publish these letters. You are going to suffer for the souls will be lost while you tarry. Tarry more and do your own thing. Why should I give you any messages? You have not published any that I gave you. If you do not do this work, I will give them to someone who will. I am so tired with you. You are not doing My will and this world is suffering for your delays.

You check, you tarry, and I am God and I am talking to you. You test My messenger. You try her. You want proof. I give you messages, so many messages, and you want a sure thing. You test them on man. Does man know why God tells you here? Why is the world in this state if man is so smart? Why did he not cure it by now? All those you ask, ask them, why are you not curing the world!

I am God. I have spoken. I am so upset with these delays. What do I do to shake you into listening? You want proof. You lack faith. No human being has this knowledge. She is a math teacher and has not even studied theology or the Scriptures. She doesn't even know the books in the Bible. She only loves Me dearly. You test and waste My valuable time. I grow very tired of this.

I am Jesus Christ. I am the Son of God. You are all afraid or you would listen. You are afraid of the priests, afraid of the people, afraid. l have all the power, I am God. I can turn the world upside down. I have all the power. I am tired to give you more messages. You are not publishing anything. You want to be safe. The world is suffering and sick.

You want what you want in the way you want it. I am God and I do things the way I, God, know best. If I did things your way you would have no faith. Man gives into himself. I teach you to reach within your souls to the things and ways of God. You want Me to act like you. I am God and I do not act like the way you want. I am tired!


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Chapter 8

Visions

July 23, 1996 - Love is Giving
Vision as seen by Mary Rettig on the February 13, 1997
Visions as seen by Ellen Sartori and Mary Rettig
March 20, 1997 - Our Lady of Fatima


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July 23, 1996

R. Last week during Tuesday's rosary at the Farm, (July 16, 1996) instead of receiving a meditation or message on the last Hail Mary, I saw a miracle of the sun. It began as Fr. Carter prayed the second last Hail Mary. I was in such awe and detached from my surroundings that I could not pray this last meditation or message. It continued for 10 to 15 minutes. I looked at it without any discomfort to my eyes.

The sun looked like heart tissue. It was dark reddish. It kept dividing. There were red and yellow rays of light coming forth from this heart. It looked as cells dividing. It was pulsating.

He told me, that it was His beating Heart. That as we in the Shepherds of Christ Movement give our hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, though we are many, we are one in Their Hearts and rapidly growing in His beating Heart, pulsating in this world as He lives in us with His burning love.

I did not say anything later, because if you look at the sun you can damage your eyes. We are not encouraging anyone to look at the sun, and we are not responsible if you do look at the sun.

Love is Giving
Message given through Rita Ring

R. This is transcribed from a tape at 5:00 A.M. Jesus wished this message passed out at the Farm.

Jesus: My dear child, I ask you to surrender. When will you come to the womb of My Mother and surrender? It is there that you will receive My life. It is there that the Holy Spirit works in you to sanctify you, to change you from your willful and controlling ways. Love is the gift of self to one another. You must give yourselves. I gave Myself on the cross. Your life is a constant learning process of how to love more perfectly. Your ways of love are imperfect ways. You are molded. You are shaped by the Spirit within the heart of My Mother to My ways of love. As you dwell in her heart and My Heart, you are My work of art, for you are formed and molded into My image through the Holy Spirit. You must die to yourself child, die to yourself that I can live in you. You are resistant to change. You want to hold on to those things that are familiar to you. Many times those things that are familiar to you are not My ways. I am calling you to surrender, that the Holy Spirit can work within you and form you in the womb of My Mother more to My image and likeness. I am Jesus. I come to you to make you holy and loving. I live in you. I minister to this hurting world through you. You are transformed more and more into My image and likeness through the Holy Spirit. The incarnation continues, and you are formed and molded into My image and likeness. I live in this world in you, My beloved ones. You must surrender and let Me possess your soul. Let Me live in you. You are afraid. You are afraid in your hearts that you will be left out. Love is the gift of self to another. You will not give as long as you hold on to your selfish ways. It is in giving that you receive. It is in loving that you will be loved, I loved you first, and I give to you Myself. You must focus on how I love you. You act lovingly when you feel loved. I love you so much. Will you listen to Me and realize that I love you? You are saturated with My love, but your hearts must be open that I can fill you and mold you into My ways. Within the heart of My Mother, the Holy Spirit works to make you holy. It is in dwelling in Our Hearts, the Hearts of greatest love, that you will be saturated with My life and My love. The more I live in you, the more I act in you. You must surrender. It is an act of your will to love one another. I loved to My death. I loved when I was persecuted. I loved when I was beaten. I loved you so much. I came into this world a helpless baby to show you how to love. You must surrender and give yourself. Love is giving of yourself. The key is to focus on the giving and not the receiving. Surrender to Me, and I will give to you My divine love. And you, My child, will have enough, I provide for all your needs. You act selfishly when you are afraid. It is in fear that you punish yourself and punish all those you touch. My life will flow through you when you are an instrument of love.

R. When I give of myself, I am happy. When I am selfish, I am unhappy. Happiness is a loving heart.

Prayer: I love You, Jesus. I love you, Mary. It is for the sake of the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart I am working. God, come and strengthen me, I want to be one in Thee. Come and live in my soul.


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Vision as seen by Mary Rettig on February 13, 1997
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center
11:30 AM After Mass

"On the way to the Holy Spirit Center, I could see Our Lady in the sun. (Jesus said in a message to me that she appears in the sun to me to remind me of her Fatima Peace Plan that she wants to spread to the schools.)

Upon arriving at the Holy Spirit Center, Mary Ann Henry and I were carrying materials into the Social Hall where the tables were set up. The scent of roses was very strong near the School Rosary table where stood the Our Lady of Fatima statue. Mary Ann Henry, Cathy Ring and Mary Ann Mackey smelled the roses also.

During the Mass, it seemed as though lightning was flashing around the altar. There was a bright light around Fr. Carter as he read the Gospel and gave the Homily. The light was so bright that my eyes began to water. During the Homily, I saw another flash of light and I was aware of the Holy Spirit going into Fr. Carter. At the same time, Mary's statue at the altar lit up and I saw her hand with the scapular in it move. I could see Mary in her statue.

During the Consecration, Fr. Carter's fingers lit up as he picked up the Host. His fingers remained that way during the Consecration. I could feel a very strong presence during the Mass and I knew it was the presence of the Almighty God because I had never felt anything as strong as that. It was incredible. I felt tears coming down my cheeks. I couldn't control my tears.

As Rita started the Rosary at noon, we all entered the Chapel. I could see Jesus, Mary, and Joseph standing at the bottom step of the altar. I was just a few feet from the Holy Family. I was in awe of them. I couldn't move. Jesus had me close my eyes and I couldn't open them until the Rosary was half-over. When I was finally able to open my eyes I could see Jesus and St. Joseph in the statue of St. Joseph and the Infant Jesus. Mary was present in Our Lady of Grace statue.

I could still feel the strong presence of Our Lord. It was incredible. I could tell that other people were being touched by Our Lord during the Rosary. I saw many crying and wiping their eyes. Many sat there with their eyes closed unable to move."


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Vision as seen by Ellen Sartori, August 13, 1996
Arlinghaus' Farm, Shepherds of Christ meeting

"I had a profound experience this evening. As soon as the rosary started, I looked up towards the sun and I couldn't turn away. I realized there was a covering over the sun and that I would perhaps witness the miracle of the sun. Instead, after a few rotations, I began to see clear pictures: first, I saw the cross, Mary and Joseph holding our baby Jesus, and then what seemed to be a large Host, the Monstrance, and an angel holding up the Host, but I wasn't sure so I closed my eyes and said to myself, 'Dear Lord, I would love to see an angel as I have never seen one.' And with that within a split second a huge figure appeared, bigger than life, and came crashing to the earth, right before our group and returned. It was St. Michael! I recognized him immediately - his short, curly blond hair, his armor, which was brownish, but the whole figure of Michael was orange. His presence filled the whole area with bright light. It is difficult to describe, but I see St. Michael before me now as he appeared and want to share this with everyone because, surely, he has appeared to assure us of his protection for the Shepherds of Christ."

* Warning: Eye damage can occur from staring at the sun.


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Vision as seen by Mary Rettig, August 13, 1996
Arlinghaus' Farm, Shepherds of Christ meeting

"On August 13, 1996 during the Shepherds of Christ prayer meeting, I saw the miracle of the sun.

When John started the Seven Sorrows of Mary, the sun appeared to be spinning through the trees. There was a disk in front of the sun. The disk was turning different colors including "Virgin Mary Blue". Different colored lasers also appeared to be coming from the sun.

The sun started growing brighter than normal that I had to close my eyes. When I opened them, the tree below the sun had turned to a brilliant light. The Angel of the Lord was in the tree.

I then noticed a very blue line coming down the middle of the river towards our side of the shore. After the blue line reached the shore, I felt a drop of water on my forehead. I looked up and saw nothing. I proceeded to pray when, I felt another drop of water fall on my forehead. One more time I looked up and saw nothing. When I looked towards the river again there was a brilliant golden light standing on the river. The brilliant golden light, which was the Angel of the Lord, ascended from the river and disappeared over the state of Kentucky.

I then looked straight ahead towards the deck, and when I did, I noticed more brilliant lights in the bushes and trees surrounding the deck and us. *There appeared to be angels encamped all around us.

Next I noticed the bottom branches of the tree directly in front of the deck moving and bending, it is then that I saw the brilliant outlines of Jesus and Mary in the tree. They were standing side by side in the tree during the entire rosary."

*Footnote~ On Monday night I kept waking up from my sleep hearing myself say, "The angel of Yahweh pitches camp round those who fear him; and he keeps them safe."

Psalm 34: 7 (The Jerusalem Bible, Doubleday & Co.)


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Vision as seen by Mary Rettig August 20, 1996

Arlinghaus' Farm, Shepherds of Christ meeting

"Upon arriving at Tom Arlinghaus' farm, the miracle of the sun started right away. The members of the Shepherds of Christ were in front of Tom's house. The sun was spinning very fast and different rays of colors were shooting from the sun. A blue light came out of the sun and started coming towards us. The blue light grew bigger as it got closer to us. The blue light turned out to be Our Holy Mother Mary.

She stood in the tree right above the house. She was clothed with the sun and light rays were all around her. Mary remained in the tree for several minutes.

We could also see about a dozen angels all around us. They were in the trees, in the air, and standing on the river. They appeared as large pillars of light.

The rosary was said inside Tom's house. At the start of the Sorrowful Mysteries, Rita was sitting near the large window facing the river. The large picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was above the window. I saw a flash of light at the window and Jesus entered the room through His picture and within seconds, Rita was delivering the first message from Jesus.

The Blessed Mother entered in the room through the ceiling right over Anne Araya's and Ellen Sartori's heads. She came in the form of her "blue light" again. I could smell roses in the room. She was invisible to the rest of the members, but she was there and had even kissed my forehead during the rosary. (In my own private moments with Jesus and Mary, I often blow Them a kiss towards heaven, and I received a kiss on the forehead from Them.)

There was another flash of light during the start of the rosary. This light was outside in the large tree to the left of the deck. There Michael, the Archangel, stood guard during the entire rosary. Even when the sun went down, I could see his brilliance shining from the tree.

There was another angel standing in mid-air to the left of the house until we were finished with our prayer meeting."

Vision as seen by Mary Rettig September 24, 1996

Arlinghaus' Farm, Shepherds of Christ meeting

"I was late in getting to the Shepherds of Christ prayer meeting that night. While riding in the van with my friends, we could see the miracle of the sun. The Eucharist was indeed in front of the sun.

The rosary was starting just as my friends and I arrived. Rita was saying the Joyful Mysteries that night. The rosary was said outside. The sun was setting behind the trees to the right of me. I could no longer see it.

Rita was sitting on the deck facing the river. We were sitting in chairs facing Rita. She began the rosary. I saw the familiar blue line of the water appear in the middle of the river. It came towards us. When the blue line came to our shore, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were there in the tree by the deck. I could see Their outlines and feel Their presence with my soul.

The first message from Jesus was given to Rita. The Holy Family remained in the tree, in front of the deck, during the entire rosary. St. Michael, the Archangel, was also present in the tree left of the deck. There were other angels around us in the trees.

Because of the cold, Rita moved the reading of the Handbook into Tom's garage. The large picture of Jesus was placed in front of Rita during the prayers. I sat in back of Rita and I could see the light on Jesus' face change. The structure of His face changed as if the picture had turned into His real presence. It remained that way until the end of the prayer meeting."


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Vision as seen by Mary Rettig, October 13, 1996
Arlinghaus' Farm, Shepherds of Christ meeting

"Upon leaving my home that morning, before getting into my car, I saw the miracle of the sun. An angel came out of the sun and was standing in the tree above my car.

I believe he was there for me because I was carrying in my car the "live rosaries" that were printed up and were to be distributed at the rosary that day.

During the rosary I could see the miracle of the sun. In fact, it really hadn't stopped since I left home. While we were praying, the Holy Spirit appeared in the air across the river. The Holy Spirit was huge (probably the length of a football field) and white. It was then that I saw Our Lady and she stood just as tall. She wore a pink veil, a light blue mantle, and a pink dress. She appeared as Our Lady of Grace and she appeared to be standing over the river.

There were many angels standing shoulder to shoulder around us. There were so many that day, I believe because of all the people there to honor Our Holy Mother.

After Mary disappeared from the river, Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph stood by the deck where Rita Ring and Fr. Carter were saying the rosary.

When the people were leaving, Dorothy, Emily and I walked toward the deck because the Miracle of the Sun was still taking place. Little Emily, Chris, and Cathy were on the deck (they seemed to be praying). John Weickert was close by and we all saw the miracle together and for the first time, even through the rosary had ended and the people were leaving, Mary, Jesus, and Joseph were still in front of the deck."


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Vision as seen by Mary Rettig, November 13, 1996
Arlinghaus' Farm, Shepherds of Christ meeting

"It was very gloomy this day. We were expecting snow later in the afternoon. Even though it was so cloudy the sun came out as I was traveling to Tom Arlinghaus' farm. I could see that an angel was once again escorting me to Tom's farm. When I arrived at the farm it was very cold and cloudy. I could not longer see the sun. The rosary was said inside Tom's house. Rita Ring, Fr. Carter, and John Weickert were in the main living room with the members from out of town. I was sitting in the sitting room, off the hallway, with other members of the Shepherds of Christ. I was talking to Mary Ann Henry when Rita started singing. As I looked around, I saw a very large angel standing in the room with us. He stood right in front of Melanie Noe and I wondered if she felt his presence. As we continued to sing and pray I saw a flash of lightning in the dreary sky. I knew that the Holy Family had arrived. I decided to go into the room with Rita and Fr. Carter and the others. I saw our Holy Mother's blue light enter through the huge window (the window covers the entire wall) and there stood Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and many angels. Mary stood above her statue. Jesus was standing to the right of His Mother and St. Joseph was on her left. When Fr. Carter started the Apostles Creed, I saw JESUS ENTER INTO THE STATUE OF HIS SACRED HEART."


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Vision as seen by Rita Ring, March 20, 1997
Junior Shepherds of Christ Meeting
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center

Mary appeared as Our Lady of Fatima for one hour and l5 minutes. Mary appeared in the Sorrowful Mother statue at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center.

I was at Our Lady's House for the Junior Shepherds of Christ meeting. I cannot remember any great apparition of Mary in the Sorrowful Mother statue since August l2 and l3, l996. She appeared all night and two times on August l3, l996, once right before I went to the rosary at Tom's farm about 5:30 p.m. (the night John was there and St. Michael came out of the water). Mary comes when you least expect her.

Tonight I went to the Holy Spirit Center for the rosary with the Junior Shepherds of Christ. We could not pray in the Rosary chapel because Fr. Smith was going to say Mass. We could not pray in the Sorrowful Mother's chapel because the pews were draped with work clothes. We could not pray in the social hall because the band was playing. The only place left was in the hall on the other side of the wall from the band. The youth in the Shepherds of Christ chapter decided this was the place and moved pews in front of the statue.

As we began the rosary I began to see Mary, covered with a mist. Then I saw light around her. She got bigger than the statue, her face softened to that of the most beautiful woman--the same as the picture I took on Mother's Day l995 when she told me to buy film and take her picture. She was all adorned in light. She changed, around her head and she became a young, beautiful girl. She then changed into a lady of immense light, all white, beautiful and young. I wanted to cry in awe looking at her. I wanted to stop the rosary and just see the apparition, but I continued to speak as she spoke through me.

The whole rosary was on Our Lady of Fatima. She turned into Our Lady of Fatima, so white, so beautiful, young in her face. I have seen many statues of Our Lady of Fatima. I have seen her all white and adorned in light before--Our Lady of Light, that is what she called herself.

On October 5, l996 I saw her at Immaculata in the grotto. She had told me earlier that day she was Our Lady of the Rosary and gave a very strong message.

I do not recall seeing her in an apparition in the Sorrowful Mother's statue since August l3, l996.

She was clearly, clearly, "Our Lady of Fatima" - LIVE. I saw her. I am in awe and wanted more, it was so beautiful!

She may have appeared as Our Lady of Fatima the first time. She was covered with the greatest light - a light as from a fire and all white, but on July 5, l994 when she first appeared,

I did not know what Our Lady of Fatima looked like.

I know tonight she was like every statue I have ever seen of Our Lady of Fatima, glistening,, and all white. She had beads or embroidery around her cloak. I know she looked like the Lady of Fatima statues but LIVE.

Every time we sang A Song From Jesus she would shine with the brightest light and her face would fill with the greatest joy.

are, even a lighted hall, Mary would appear to us.

There was no place for Jesus to be born--He was born the Light of the World in a stable in Bethlehem and the brightest star shone above His bed.

This rosary on Fatima needs to circulate to the youth. Mary appeared to tell us to tell the youth this rosary. It does not have any message from Mary, only information from her for the youth.

Mary's message for the youth: a rosary on Fatima--as she appeared to deliver it.

This is a great comfort to me. She appeared, Our Lady of Fatima, to tell us that this is truly a major part of the completion of the Fatima message.

The youth told me they could not hear the rosary, only the loud music of the band. I did not hear the band at all - but was in awe with Mary's appearing and the rosary!

At one point I saw a little blond hair sticking out from under her veil at the top of her head.

At least three times I saw this immense Lady of Light turn into Our Lady of Fatima. It was as if she was transformed from the Lady of Light into the Lady of Fatima.

The room was a brightly lighted hallway with big balls of light that came down from the ceiling.

She was adorned in light, brighter than the hallway, light as bright as seven suns, the Lady of Light.

It is in her womb we see the light, the light of knowing God through the power of the Holy Spirit.


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Chapter 9

The Ministries of Shepherds of Christ
and
the 13th Gatherings

October 21, 1996 - Importance of the 13th
Chart: The Shepherds of Christ Plan
October 27, 1996 - Message for Chart
The Birth of the Full Ministries of the Shepherds of Christ
Ministries at a Glance


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October 21, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: On the 13th of each month I will give special messages concerning the spread of the devotion to My Sacred Heart. I beg you to come if at all possible. The time is short and it is urgent that you comply with the requests of Our Lady at Fatima.

The rosaries and consecrations must be taken to the school children. The apostles must go to the churches and try to establish prayer chapters in the churches with the Prayer Manual. You must publish the letter concerning the benefits of consecration in parishes and churches. You are focusing on the devil's distractions and missing My messages. You are to encourage the family to consecrate their hearts to My Heart and My Mother's heart.

I am operating in the Shepherds Movement for the renewal of the Church and the world. I beg you to circulate the monthly tapes of the 13th and to encourage attendance on each 13th. Please, the time is urgent. All members of the Shepherds of Christ Associates must encourage the priests to study the newsletters. I am communicating to the priests and sisters and brothers in the newsletters.

You will be one flock and their will be peace when you follow the requests of Our Lady at Fatima. She is the Queen of Peace. She is Mother of the Church. She is not honored and loved by many of her beloved priests sons. She is your Mother. Without properly recognizing her, the Church will not be as she should be. You must, My beloved apostles, spread the consecration to the following institutions: The schools, the Church, and the family.

You are My shepherds. You are shepherds of Christ! You are carrying My messages into the world. Oh, how Satan will attempt to stop you. He has attempted to block the Fatima message.

I beg you to come on all 13ths, if possible, and to listen daily to the live rosaries. A few moments each day will keep you focused on this mission. Please, the souls of many are dependent on your fervor and love.

Come to Me and I will refresh you and I will give you rest. I am the Lord, your God. There will be one flock and one Shepherd. I am calling you to lead the stray ones home. It is in consecration that hearts will be holy hearts. Please, this is an urgent message. This is to you, My beloved shepherds.


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October 27, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: I am sending you, My apostles, to spread the consecration in the churches, the schools, and the family. Go to the churches and try to set up Shepherds of Christ Prayer chapters. Encourage as many as possible to join the Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart. It is in fervent prayer that the Shepherds of Christ Movement will spread and many hearts will give themselves to Our Hearts.

Dear apostles, you must reach the children in the schools with the rosary. Use the aves and give them the consecration cards and the letter that I will dictate to you.

Please encourage members in the chapters to pray the prayers with their families, especially the Holy Spirit Prayer and the consecration prayers. These should be prayed aloud daily with the family, either before meals or with the family rosary. The family that prays these prayers will be united in a strong way and will withstand the attacks of the devil.

The Church is the good grazing ground. This is My sign to you. I am Jesus. My sign is these revelations I am giving. From studying these revelations, you will know I am truly speaking here. I am directing you as My apostles, to help bring about the renewal of the Church and the world. When the stray sheep are lead back to the Church, they will be fed with My Body. They will feast on rich pastures. They will be fed with the Bread of Life.

The prayer chapters that form in the church will influence the priest. They will fervently come to the tabernacle and pray for their parish. It is absolutely essential that the associates encourage the priest to read the priestly newsletter. When priests are living the consecration to Our Hearts the people will be richly fed by the Eucharist and will be receiving the great benefits given through the sacraments administered through the holy priests. You have not tapped into the fountain of grace that pours when a holy priest is administering the sacrament.

My grace will pour copiously and they will feast on My life flowing through the sacraments.

R. Oh, fountain of life that flows upon the people. Give them the grace to consecrate their hearts to Thee. And there will be one flock and one Shepherd.

Jesus: They will be one in Our Hearts and feasting on the Bread of Life with the greatest fervor and love.

R. Oh, Holy Mother, the Church, we long for the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart. There will be holy, holy priests and His Heart will reign in all hearts of both priests and people and the world will know the fire of His love.

It will spread like wild fire across the earth and souls will be filled with love and His life.


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The Birth of the Full Ministries of the Shepherds of Christ

"I wish to share with you part of a message which Jesus gave us on October 13, 1994. The message tells us about the expansion of the Shepherds of Christ Movement:

'My beloved priest-companion, today I come to you with another mission. I am asking you to establish Shepherds of Christ Ministries. At My request you have already begun the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, and the prayer chapters, Shepherds of Christ Associates...

'I am giving you this message on this day, the 77th Anniversary of the Great Apparition at Fatima, because of the close connection between the Shepherds of Christ movement and the Fatima message. The Fatima message is centered in devotion to My Heart and My Mother's Heart, especially in consecration to Our Hearts. Shepherds of Christ Ministries is also centered in devotion to Our Hearts. I will use Shepherds of Christ Ministries as a great instrument in helping to bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. When this occurs, My Church and the world will be experiencing the great era of peace promised by My Mother at Fatima.

'Today, then, October 13, 1994, the 77th Anniversary of the Great Apparition at Fatima, marks the birth of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. I pour forth the great love of My Sacred Heart to all. I am Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock.'

Jesus has told us that Shepherds of Christ Ministries includes: the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ, Shepherds of Christ Associates prayer chapters, various publications, including books, whatever else Our Lord directs us to undertake.

As members of Shepherds of Christ Associates, you are an extremely important part of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. You have given great joy to the Heart of Jesus by responding to His invitation to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. As He draws you closer to His Heart and to His Mother's Heart as Associates members, He will fill you with an ever-increasing experience of His love, peace, and joy."

- From In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Newsletter of Shepherds of Christ Associates
by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J., Volume 1, No. 1, 1995. Page 2.


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Ministries at a Glance

Since its formation, Shepherds of Christ Ministries has grown rapidly in both scope and function. The ministries outlined below are defined in further detail inside this manual, at the tables set up on the 13th of every month or at the Shepherds of Christ Internet site.


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Chapter 10

Materials

Table Chart for the 13th - Materials
Table Descriptions and Material Descriptions
        - Priestly Newsletters, Books, Tapes by Father Carter
        - Shepherds of Christ Associates Materials
        - Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
        - Junior Shepherds of Christ Associates
        - Books
        - Audio Tapes
        - Video Tapes
        - Printed Rosary Messages
        - Rosaries in the School
        - Nursing Home and Prison Ministry
        - Pictures of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts


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Table #1 Newsletters, books, and tapes

Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J.

1.

Priestly Newsletter - Shepherds of Christ Newsletter
First published in July, 1994, this newsletter marked the beginning of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. It is mailed, personally and at no charge, every two months to all priests in the United States and now to a growing number of English-speaking priests throughout the world. It will soon be available in various world languages first in Spanish, Portuguese and Ukrainian, later in Italian, French, German, Russian, etc...
A book is published with the first twelve newsletters to the priests.
2. Books by Fr. Carter
  • Tell My People - messages given to Fr. Carter from Jesus and Mary since August 1993. Messages, reflections, and prayers for growing in holiness through devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
  • The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje - by Father Edward J. Carter, S.J. God has entrusted to Mary the peace of the world. She gave to us her peace plan at Fatima. It is a simple message: 1. Until a sufficient number of people have consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will not have peace in the world. 2. Mary has requested all to pray the daily rosary. 3. We must observe the First Saturday devotion. 4. We must make reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. This book tells about this message and it's connection with Medjugorje. The Shepherds of Christ Movement is a great part of the completion of the Fatima message. All members of the Movement should read this book and study the messages given by the angel to Lucia and the children. All members must become familiar with the Fatima message. The messages in this book, given at Fatima, need to be studied by all members.
  • The Priestly Newsletter Book

3. Miraculous pictures of Father Carter
4. Tapes by Fr. Carter
  • Prayer Manual - Prayers in the Shepherds of Christ Associates Handbook led by Father Carter.
  • Shepherds of Christ Associates Handbook - This is a tape in which Fr. Carter reads the Handbook. The Shepherds of Christ Movement is a powerful instrument of Jesus for the renewal of the Church and the world. Through the inspiration of Jesus and his life's work, Fr. Carter wrote the inspired spirituality section of the Handbook. This gifted work comes alive as he reads these words. The tape also includes Fr. Carter leading the prayers in the Handbook which Jesus wishes us to pray daily.
  • The Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Shepherds of Christ, a talk given by Fr. Carter at St. Ignatius, Cincinnati, Ohio. - Father Carter talks about the two Hearts and the Shepherds of Christ Movement. He also talks about the connection between the Movement and Fatima.
  • Tell My People - read by Fr. Carter. These messages, received by Fr. Carter, come alive as he reads them. The messages received from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary cover all aspects of spiritual life. They are so beautiful when Fr. Carter reads them as they were told to him from Jesus and Mary.
  • Video - from Denver Colorado January 4, 1996. - Fr. Carter talks about Fatima, the two Hearts, and the Shepherds of Christ Movement.
5. Brochures about Shepherds of Christ Ministries

Rita Ring

1. God's Blue Book vol. 1 - messages given by Jesus to Rita Ring. Jesus tells us how precious we are to Him and how He loves us. He is with us this day, so close. He is a Person who longs and waits for our love. He wants such union with us. These are His teachings to lift you up! Tapes are available with messages and songs given from Jesus.

2. God's Blue Book vol. 2 - messages given by Jesus to Rita Ring. Jesus is on fire for us. The Heart on the cover is a vision received on December 17, 1991. The power is in the Eucharist. The power is released when hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Jesus wants His beloved souls to pray before the tabernacle and after Communion. It is in praying to Him at these times that we become very close to Him. His Heart is an endless furnace of burning love on fire for each of His precious souls. He wants union with us. Only in surrendering ourselves to the will of God can we be close to Him. Tapes are available with messages and songs given from Jesus.

3. God's Blue Book vol. 3 - messages given by Jesus to Rita Ring. Love God, love one another. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. How can we say that we love Him when we do not love one another? Each person was divinely created by the Father. If we do not love our brother, we are not loving His creation. We are the lights that shine in this world. Jesus loves us so much, He gives Himself to us in the Eucharist. He remains with us in the tabernacle, and we take His gift so lightly. In this book, He tells us about His immense love. He ask us to rid ourselves of hate and anger and to love our brothers. He talks about Mary. Two rosaries are included.

4. Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

5. Mass Book, A Journey Into the Heart ot Jesus

6. Rosary Meditations for Parents and Children

7. Prayer Cards

8. Pictures of Mary's image in Clearwater, Florida


Table #2 Future Centers

Jesus has indicated to Fr. Carter that He would like four Shepherds of Christ Centers in the Tri-State area. These Centers will be places to bring priests, religious, and associates for instruction. We need overnight facilities and funds. The first of these properties has been purchased. You can help by contributing your time, talent, or treasure to this effort.

Table #3 Internet and International

1. Brochures about Shepherds of Christ Ministries

2. Overview of Internet efforts

3. Plans for future overseas expansion

4. Spanish material


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Table #4 Shepherds of Christ Associates

The prayers of the chapters are critical for the success of the priestly newsletter and offer an opportunity to grow in personal holiness.

1. Spirituality Handbooks and Prayer Manuals

2. Shepherds of Christ Associates Packets - packet to form a prayer chapter

3. Associates Newsletter

4. Brochures about Shepherds of Christ Ministries


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Table #5 Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

1. Letter explaining and inviting people to join Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus - people volunteer to spend one hour, twice a week, before the tabernacle and pray the Shepherds of Christ prayers in the Handbook for listed intentions. Letter includes the message given to Fr. Carter to form the Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

Note: Included in the back of the book is the letter sent to the Shepherds of Christ chapters in which Jesus invites the Associates to join the Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

Also in the back of the book is a letter describing the Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus without the original message from Jesus. We have removed the private revelation from this set of forms to encourage all to join us in praying for the Church and the world.

2. Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus red prayer cards they list the intentions and the message given to Fr. Carter to form this new movement. Also, when the membership form is sent to the address indicated on letter, a laminated card will be sent with the prayer volunteer's name on it.

3. Membership Forms

4. Shepherds of Christ Prayer Sheets

5. Apostles of Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Newsletter

6. The letter, red prayer cards, and membership forms without the message given to Fr. Carter. This is available so that it can be distributed in the parish churches.


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Table #6 Junior Shepherds of Christ Associates

Junior Shepherds of Christ Associates packets - all the materials needed to form a prayer chapter, which includes: Letter explaining and instructing how to form a chapter, membership forms, an example flyer, Shepherds of Christ prayer sheets, a Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual, a Rosary Ave sheet, and a children's rosary tape.


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Table #7 Books

1. Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

2. God's Blue Book vol. 1 - messages given by Jesus to Rita Ring. Jesus tells us how precious we are to Him and how He loves us. He is with us this day, so close. He is a Person who longs and waits for our love. He wants such union with us. These are His teachings to lift you up! Tapes are available with messages and songs given from Jesus.

3. God's Blue Book vol. 2 - messages given by Jesus to Rita Ring. Jesus is on fire for us. The Heart on the cover is a vision received on December 17, 1991. The power is in the Eucharist. The power is released when hearts are consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Jesus wants His beloved souls to pray before the tabernacle and after Communion. It is in praying to Him at these times that we become very close to Him. His Heart is an endless furnace of burning love on fire for each of His precious souls. He wants union with us. Only in surrendering ourselves to the will of God can we be close to Him. Tapes are available with messages and songs given from Jesus.

4. God's Blue Book vol. 3 - messages given by Jesus to Rita Ring. Love God, love one another. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. How can we say that we love Him when we do not love one another? Each person was divinely created by the Father. If we do not love our brother, we are not loving His creation. We are the lights that shine in this world. Jesus loves us so much, He gives Himself to us in the Eucharist. He remains with us in the tabernacle, and we take His gift so lightly. In this book, He tells us about His immense love. He ask us to rid ourselves of hate and anger and to love our brothers. He talks about Mary. Two rosaries are included.

5. The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje - by Father Edward J. Carter, S.J. God has entrusted to Mary the peace of the world. She gave to us her peace plan at Fatima. It is a simple message: 1. Until a sufficient number of people have consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will not have peace in the world. 2. Mary has requested all to pray the daily rosary. 3. We must observe the First Saturday devotion. 4. We must make reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. This book tells about this message and it's connection with Medjugorje. The Shepherds of Christ Movement is a great part of the completion of the Fatima message. All members of the Movement should read this book and study the messages given by the angel to Lucia and the children. All members must become familiar with the Fatima message. The messages in this book, given at Fatima, need to be studied by all members.

6. Tell My People - messages given to Fr. Carter from Jesus and Mary since August, 1993. Messages, reflections, and prayers for growing in holiness through devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This book is available on tape. The messages are read by Fr. Carter.

7. Personal Revelations of Our Lady of Light vol. 3 - Edited by Gerald Ross. Accounts of appearances of Our Lady of Light at Cold Spring, Kentucky since 1992 and at other locations in the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio areas. Messages from Our Lady and Our Lord through a Batavia, OH visionary.

8. I Am Your Jesus of the Cross - messages given to Charlene Huber from Jesus and Mary. Powerful lessons in living in today's world and in loving His people, especially His clergy and religious, in these trying times.


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Table #8 Tapes

1. Audio
  • Love Songs and Messages from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary - October 1, 1995. This is a tape from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. This is the message in which Jesus says He wants us to be so close to Him. He is longing and waiting for our love. On this tape are His love songs to us. Also, Mary is calling out to reach her little children who are suffering so in this world. The Songs include: 1) A Song From Jesus, 2) I Love You Jesus, and 3) Little Child. There is a special message from Mary on September 5, 1995.
  • Shepherds of Christ Associates Handbook
    This is a tape in which Fr. Carter reads the Handbook. The Shepherds of Christ Movement is a powerful instrument of Jesus for the renewal of the Church and the world. Father Carter is the author of 14 books on spirituality and the priestly newsletter. Through the inspiration of Jesus and his life's work, Fr. Carter wrote the inspired spirituality section of the Handbook. This gifted work comes alive as he reads these words. The tape also includes Fr. Carter leading the prayers in the Handbook which Jesus wishes us to pray daily.
  • The Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Shepherds of Christ - a talk given by Fr. Carter at St. Ignatius, Cincinnati, Ohio. Father Carter talks about the two Hearts and the Shepherds of Christ Movement. He also talks about the connection between the Movement and Fatima.
  • The Sorrowful Mysteries, July 11, 1995
    This rosary was received during a Shepherds of Christ Associates meeting on July 11, 1995. We are struggling in the world today to be His strong soldiers and carry His love to the world. Satan is pressing on us as we struggle. It is in meditating on His Passion and focusing on His love that we will withstand the everyday trials. This rosary is an excellent help for today's world.
  • Tell My People - Read by Fr. Carter.
    These messages, received by Father Carter, come alive as he reads them. The messages received from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary cover all aspects of the spiritual life. They are so beautiful when Fr. Carter reads them as they were told to him from Jesus and Mary.
  • Songs and Messages from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Oct. 25, 1995
    Tender messages from Jesus to us about His burning love. This tape includes Jesus' special love songs about His Sacred Heart, given from Jesus to us. Jesus speaks about consecrating our homes to His Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mary calls us to go to the tender Heart of her Son, Jesus.
  • The Sorrowful Mysteries, July 28, 1995
    This rosary is lead by Fr. Carter. This is another tender rosary received from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The messages, given from Jesus, are very touching, helping us deal with our struggles in our life today. There is also a section of the rosary which discusses the Mass.
  • The Glorious Mysteries, July 15, 1995
    This rosary is a special rosary from Jesus and Mary about the children. Jesus and Mary are calling us to reach our beloved children. This rosary has urgent messages concerning the children.
  • The Joyful Children's Mysteries and Handbook prayers
    Several children recite all the prayers in the Shepherds of Christ Handbook. The rosary is prayed with meditations received on December 25, 1994. The youth take turns praying the prayers. It is a very good tool for children interested in starting a Junior Shepherds of Christ chapter or for existing prayer chapters. Children can pray these prayers daily with this tape.
  • Choose Life - Messages from God's Blue Book
    Messages from Jesus and Christian hymns. This is a call to wake up before it is too late. Several messages are read from Blue Books, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. There is also a message from Mary given during a rosary.
  • Prayer Manual - of the Shepherds of Christ Associates
    Read by Father Edward J. Carter S.J. A short version of the prayers are on the back.
  • Talk given by Fr. Edward J. Carter S. J. at Denver, Colorado, January 4, 1996
    This talk, given by Fr. Carter, is about the Fatima message and it's connection to the Shepherds of Christ Movement. He talks about consecrating our hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and having a close union with Jesus.
  • The Glorious Mysteries, May 11, 1996 LIVE in Toledo, Ohio
    This is a LIVE rosary. Jesus and Mary want us to circulate this rosary. You are hearing the actual tape as it was received on May 11, 1996, feast of Mary, Queen of the Apostles. This rosary shows the deep connection between Fatima and the Shepherds of Christ Movement. The rosary was received in Toledo, Ohio.
  • The Sorrowful Mysteries, September 10, 1996 LIVE
  • The Glorious Mysteries, October 13, 1996 LIVE
  • Mary's Message - excerpt from the rosary on August 27, 1996 LIVE
  • The Sorrowful Mysteries, November 13, 1996 LIVE
  • The Joyful Mysteries, December 13, 1996 LIVE
  • The Joyful Mysteries, January 13, 1997 LIVE
  • The Sorrowful Mysteries, February 13, 1997 LIVE
  • The Sorrowful Mysteries, March 13, 1997 LIVE
  • All future rosaries on the 13ths of each month - these tapes will be available the following month of the date of the rosary
2. Video
  • Talk given by Fr. Edward J. Carter S. J. at Denver, Colorado, January 4, 1996
    This talk, given by Fr. Carter, is about the Fatima message and it's connection to the Shepherds of Christ Movement. He talks about consecrating our hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and having a close union with Jesus.
  • Messages from Jesus, An Interview with Rita Ring 4/17/94
    Rita sings songs and reads messages. The messages are message from God's Blue Book - vol. 1. They are messages about Jesus' love for us. They are messages about visiting Jesus in the tabernacle. Rita talks about how she started to receive messages.
  • A Mist Around Mary, September 5, 1995
    Mary appeared almost everyday from July 5, 1994 until September 5, 1995 at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center. A video taken at the last rosary revealed a pink mist over the statue during key meditations of the rosary. This video is part of a live rosary. A live rosary is a rosary in which Rita Ring receives messages directly from Jesus and Mary. Most rosaries last about one hour. They are taped and these meditations and messages are transcribed from this tape. Mary has requested that we circulate this video of the mist and the messages given. These messages are the messages Jesus and Mary want you to hear. An audio tape is available on request dated October 1, 1995.
  • Mary's Message and Witnesses given in Clearwater, Florida

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Table #9 Rosary Meditations

1. Rosary May 11, 1996 - A rosary from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, received in Toledo, Ohio. It was the feast of Mary, Queen of the Apostles. These Glorious Mysteries are strongly urged by Jesus to be circulated and read each day, if only 5 or 10 minutes a day. The meditations and messages were given to Rita Ring during the rosary. This rosary was recorded live and transcribed from the recording.

2. Rosary July 9, 1996 - A rosary from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, these Sorrowful Mysteries were led by Father Carter on Tuesday during the Shepherds of Christ Associates Meeting at Tom Arlinghaus' farm. The meditations and messages were given to Rita Ring during the rosary. This rosary was recorded live and transcribed from the recording.

3. The Sorrowful Mysteries, September 10, 1996 LIVE

4. The Glorious Mysteries, October 13, 1996 LIVE

5. The Sorrowful Mysteries, November 13, 1996 LIVE

6. The Joyful Mysteries, December 13, 1996 LIVE

7. The Joyful Mysteries, January 13, 1997 LIVE

8. The Sorrowful Mysteries, February 13, 1997 LIVE

9. All future rosaries on the 13ths of each month

10. Rosary Meditations and Aves - short meditations and/or messages on the mysteries of the rosaries. They have the imprimatur.

11. The Stations of the Cross - messages and meditations for each station, given to Rita Ring from Jesus.

12. The Seven Sorrows of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - messages and meditations for each sorrow given to Rita Ring.

13. Rosary Meditations and Messages for Children - all mysteries available

14. Rosary Meditations and Messages for All - published sheets of messages and meditations to be used in praying Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries. They are published in a book called Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary which is discerned by Fr. Edward J. Carter S.J.


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Table #10 Rosaries in School

1. Meditating on the Rosary Aves - short meditations for each Hail Mary of the rosary, for all 15 decades of the rosary. It has the imprimatur from Most Rev. Carl K. Moeddel.

2. Consecrations for Children - short and easy consecrations for children to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with the imprimatur from Most Rev. Carl K. Moeddel.

3. Morning Offering / Holy Spirit Consecration cards for children

September 24, 1996

At the continued request of Our Lady we are attempting to get the children in the schools to pray the rosary and to consecrate their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Mary has requested that we circulate the Rosary Aves and consecration cards to the schools. We have sent a letter to all pastors in the archdiocese of Cincinnati. Several individuals are circulating these rosary aves and consecration cards to schools--both have the imprimatur from Bishop Carl Moeddel.

To accomplish this task for Our Lady we need the funds to print this material.

Any donation you can contribute to this cause would help get the rosaries and the consecrations to the children. Please make checks payable to:

Shepherds of Christ Ministries, and designate on the check, "for the rosaries in the schools."

Thank you,
Rita Ring


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Table #11 Nursing Homes and Prison Ministry

1. Book for Nursing Home Ministry Leaders - this book will guide a person who wishes to lead a prayer chapter in a nursing home.

2. Songs and Prayers for Members - this book is in large print for the members of the nursing home prayer chapters.

3. Jesus' Messages - for prayer chapter members in rest homes, (in large print).

4. Large print Shepherds of Christ Handbooks

5. Large print prayer cards


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Table #12 Pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

1. Pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary as on the front cover of this manual.

2. Pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the inside front cover.

3. Holy Cards of Sacred Heart of Jesus on the inside front cover with the Prayer for Union with Jesus.

4. Pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - with the promises of the Sacred Heart on the back.

5. Pictures of the Immaculate Heart - with the promises of the rosary on the back.

6. Large pictures of the Sacred Heart for candlelight rosaries.

7. Large picture of the Pope.

8. Other pictures.


Table #13 Registration


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Chapter 11

Messages and Revelations given After
October 13, 1996

February 23, 1997 - Sacrifice
February 27, 1997 - After the Death, There is the Resurrection
February 28, 1997 - Our Wounds are Glorified When We Die in Him
February 28, 1997 - A Love Letter to Jesus
February 9, 1997
January 25, 1997 - Jesus' Directions for Apostles 


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February 23, 1997
Rita Ring
Sacrifice

When I go to Mass I offer a sacrifice. God wants our all. He wants to be first in our life. He asked Abraham to sacrifice his son.

Gen. 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18:

It happened some time later that God put Abraham to the test. "Abraham, Abraham!" he called. "Here I am," he replied. God said, "Take your son, your only son, your beloved Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, where you are to offer him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I shall point out to you.

When they arrived at the place which God had indicated to him, Abraham built an altar there, and arranged the wood. Then he bound his son and put him on the altar on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.

But the angel of Yahweh called to him from heaven. "Abraham, Abraham!" he said. "Here I am," he replied. Do not raise your hand against the boy," the angel said. "Do not harm him, for now I know you fear God. You have not refused me your own beloved son." Then looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. Abraham took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.

The angel of Yahweh called Abraham a second time from heaven. "I swear by my own self, Yahweh declares, that because you have done this, because you have not refused me your own beloved son, I will shower blessings on you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will gain possession of the gates of their enemies. All nations on earth will bless themselves by your descendants, because you have obeyed my command.

The Father gave His Son for us. This is how great the Father's love is for us.

When we go to the altar many times we are suffering. We want something really bad, but we know we love God the most. What the Father asks for us is to offer that which we are so attached to as a sacrifice, united to the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. If we offer this sacrifice to Him, the Father will pour out blessings that will be divine blessings, greater than anything we could have here on earth.

The Mass is the perfect sacrifice we offer to the Father, in which God pours out His blessings and we are one with Him and with all others in a profound expression of love. God shares His divine love with us and we partake in an intense way in His divine loving capacity. In order to become one in Him and to feel His love like this, we must surrender ourselves and be open.

He told Abraham to offer his son. God gave him his son back. He wanted Abraham to love God above all things and people.

Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice to the Father. This is the most pleasing sacrifice to the Father. If He gave His Son Who died for love of us, will He deny us when we unite our petitions with Jesus and offer these at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?

He took them to the highest mountain and He was transfigured before them in the greatest light.

Mark 9:2-10:

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

As they were coming down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what 'rising from the dead' could mean.

We go to the altar of sacrifice. The mountain to come, in which so many graces will flow, is the altar of sacrifice where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered through the hands of consecrated priests.

We hear the Father say, "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, listen to Him." He is speaking to us. He is the Word. He is speaking in these messages. He is unveiling the Scriptures and speaking to us in plain talk. This is a great gift He is giving to us.

We are transformed in the Mass. We unite with the greatest sacrifice offered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We have the most perfect sacrifice to offer to the Father when we offer this sacrifice. He gives us great blessings. We die to ourselves, we become white.

We must unite all of our sacrifices to this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being said all over the world. This is the greatest way to magnify all of our offerings - by uniting everything we do as an offering, a sacrifice to the Father in union with His Son.


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February 27, 1997
Rita Ring
After the Death, There is the Resurrection

My love affair is with You, my crucified Lord. I kiss Your cross and caress You tenderly. I smoother You with kisses and I know Your love.

This is love - to kiss the cross of Christ. I cursed the darkness and the light came across the sky, ever so gently as if it grew in intensity to a bright brilliant shade of glistening light. And in this I beheld my Beloved. I saw His glory in the wonders of the earth and I embraced Him, the divine, all-powerful, all Almighty Lord!

He took away those things I was attached to. I held on with a gripping hand. Oh, I cried out in pain and I heard the words in my heart: beyond the surrender is the real gift.

Is it not after the death there is the resurrection, after the dying, there is the glory?

Oh, my Divine Lord, I feel as if my eyes have crusted over. I laid down on the floor and pounded my fists to the earth. I did not see the miracle in the grass that touched my hand. I did not see the power and the might behind the work of endless beauty. A blade of grass, you say? Oh, yes indeed, for it lives and is not life the real miracle? For I am not a rock, but a living creature, created in the image and likeness of God and oh, you say, how much do you share in the life of the Divine Being? And I say, "I share through Baptism. He, God, gives me a sharing in His divine life!"

I pounded the earth and I cursed the darkness. I scoffed and I complained and beyond the horizon the sun slowly stole across the sky and the light appeared in glistening glory. The darkness was black and the night was cold. I heard the clamor of fear in my heart. I felt like screaming in that night and oh, I beheld the crucified Lord. He spoke no words to me, the Holy Spirit filled my heart with light and I saw the glory. I saw the resurrection, not with my earthly eyes, but with the awakening of a joyous heart within.

I saw the glorified wounds, the wounds once covered with blood, inflamed and red, gushing with deep, red blood. I saw the glistening wounds in the hands and feet and I knew behind His robe was the most tender of all wounds, the piercing wound to His side. It was there, the pierced wound of His most precious Heart. It was the wound of glory, from which His divine life would pour forth to a hungry Church. It would rain and fall as gently as the new fallen snow. It would go across the sky like the light and the souls would be transformed into the whitest light. The graced soul, oh, the glory of this soul, the soul that is filled with His divine life!

Oh, need I say more, my Lord? I see the life in a blade of grass. I see the tiniest potato bug with its dots and beauty and I behold the face of God. I behold life, His life, alive in us and in the world.

Well, the night was black, as black as black could be and the cold pierced my bones. I felt its chill go through my entire body and I wanted to scream and it happened--He gave me an outpouring of His life in my soul and my darkness was truly turned to light, another light, not the light of the eyes, a light of knowing God, the joy of beholding His heavenly embrace, the great illumination of another mystery. Oh, sweet gifts He gives when He gives me new knowledge of Himself. Sweet gifts He gives when, in an instant, I pray my rosary and the Holy Spirit fills my heart with lights and the mystery lights up and I know, I just know and I experience a great insight into God.

This is the reason for this letter, for I laid in my bed and I wanted to cry and I was deeply afraid for the devils pressed in as rocks poking at me and hurting my precious skin. I laid in bed and I went into the womb of my Mother and I asked for the Holy Spirit to flood me with His light and it came. I speak His words to you, they are the words He gives: death-resurrection, darkness-light, sorrow-joy, suffering and pain, but oh, the joy of His light, the joy of His glory, the sacrifice I offer to Him that He turns into blessings and I experience His glory. It is in the death there is the resurrection. It is in the anguishing days of lent we come to the glory of Easter.

So, my dear brothers, I walk the road to Calvary. I mount the cross and I die. I offer sacrifice and in the morning when the night is done I see the glory of the resurrection. I experience His joy in my heart.

So I went to bed and went into the womb of my Mother and the Holy Spirit flooded me with light and I united deeply to my precious Jesus on the cross. I knew Him and His love. I reminisced on all the places of deepest intimacy I had shared with Him and my heart burned. I wanted Him so close and I loved Him so much. I cried out, "I love You, I love You, I love You." In that moment I knew and wanted only Him. He had removed my bonds and set me free to be engulfed by His divine love. I then knew Him as never before, the most Holy One, in this union with Jesus.

I felt my great love for God the Father. I have been experiencing my littleness as a child and knowing my Father, seeing myself real little and knowing my Father and wanting, as a little child, to please Him. Then tonight I realized more His Fatherly love. I see myself depending on Him, needing Him, crying to Him, loving Him and then I realized His power and might and love coming to me.

So I knew in an instant. He just gives you a light and you know, you experience--I knew, I experienced the Trinity. I loved Them, all three Persons, so much and I loved Them as one, my heart, being consumed with the presence of God and sharing the love of each Person--love beyond all love, and I stopped to be in this embrace, wanting it to never end, for in this embrace I felt peace, a peace I had not felt before, so different from the days that proceeded this moment, the days of suffering and trial.

I mounted the cross. I felt the nails press deeply into my hands and feet. I felt the crown of thorns on my head. I said to Him, "Oh, why, my God, if You love me, do You make it so hard?"

And then I saw Him on the cross. I saw His mouth with blood running from the corner of it. I saw the body of a man, close to death. I saw His wounds, blistery and red, pouring out His precious blood. I saw the hollowness of His cheeks and the exhaustion of a body ready to expire in death. I saw the anguishing Lord who came to show us His way. His way is death and resurrection. His way is pain and glory. His way is the way to eternal life.


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February 28, 1997
Rita Ring
Our Wounds are Glorified When We Die in Him

He heals our wounds. His were glorified. So too, are our wounds glorified when we die in Him.

I mount the altar of sacrifice, I die with Him. I die more to all my imperfections that I may be raised in glory.

I must die to my imperfections to be raised to greater glory. In the Mass, I offer myself as a sacrifice with all my imperfections. I give myself and die to myself that I will be raised up and share in His glory.

In order to have oneness, we must be willing to recognize our imperfections with humility and die to them. It is in the dying there is the new life.

It is in dying to ourselves, our selfish imperfections, at every moment, being united at every moment to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, that we die to our will and live only according to the Father's will, as a little child, pleasing his Father at every second, offering ourselves as a sacrifice to Him.

Not our will, but Thy will.

That is what Jesus teaches us in His life. He lived according to the Father's will to His death. At every second, we unite to this great sacrifice, being sacramentally made present in the Mass. We die to ourselves to rise to greater life. The bell tolls--it is in that moment that we participate in the act of helping to save souls. The bell tolls. How are our moments spent in helping to save souls? We offer up all we suffer for His greater glory. We are one with each other in this sacrifice.

If everyone lived this way there would be no "bumping of heads."

I spent time blaming others and Jesus showed me His body bruised and bloodied! He died giving Himself for love of us. I must die to myself, it is the only way to new life.

My wounds become glorified in dying on the cross.

(Also on February 28, 1997):

Greatest intimacy takes the giving of ourselves. God wants our all. We mount the altar of sacrifice in humility. We give Him all of ourselves. I cannot change another person. I am responsible for being like Christ. Christ can change others, I cannot.

For years I made my job the job of changing you. For years we fought and hurt one another. From studying Our Lord, I learned His ways are gentle and kind. He walked the walk to Calvary. He loved His attackers. They spit on Him and He was silent. But, I say, "Oh, I cannot be silent, the suffering is so great." He tells me I must be silent and suffer for souls.

I am responsible for myself. The devil comes as a gentle lamb and wants to devour us.

Many times others tell us their problems. They tell us how others are talking about us and hurting us. We become angry and try to control the people around us.

We cannot, cannot, change another person. Only the grace of God can change them. We must surrender and give our problems to Him.

The devil aims to trip us up. His way is division. God's way is the only way. When I give in to division in my heart, it hurts me in my relationship with God - this is hell. I cannot be divided from others, I suffer when I am.

We are imperfect. The devil is working through many in the Movement that want to be first. There is a plan. It is His plan. We must do His will or we will not have peace.

Anyone complaining about others must stop and turn their hearts to love. God will take care of the troublemakers. God is unveiling the workings of Satan in the Movement. We must be in constant prayer. As these people identify themselves through their willfulness and lack of love, they will be divided by their own actions. We must try to work with people who encourage us and keep us on track. The devil will work through the mouths of the willful people to create negative feelings in our hearts. We are better working with those who are focused on Jesus. We must be loving to all, but it is easier for us to work with someone who is focused on their consecration and spends one hour in front of the tabernacle.

The devil has less of a chance to attack us if we work with those who are one in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

We will work as a family, in one mind and one heart. Our whole function must be to operate in love and oneness.

The devil works through the willful parties to cause division. By staying united to each other and operating with people who are consecrated firmly in their hearts to Jesus and Mary and have a steady prayer life (Mass, Communion, one hour of intimacy with Jesus, preferably before the tabernacle) we will be able to accomplish more work.

I am not telling you to ignore others. I am telling you how it is easiest to accomplish the most work. People who are constantly complaining drag us down. We must spend time with each other talking about Jesus. We must spend time keeping our focus on Him...

(Also on February 28, 1997):

I am truly to be more like Christ. I can be more like Jesus if I am constantly dying to myself with Him in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

So why do I operate? I operate for the honor and glory of God. I give myself as a sacrifice for His honor and glory.

I will meet with people with so many imperfections who think they are perfect, but God will love through me if I am so one with Him.

I love others as He loves through me. His love is perfect. He loved us so much He gave Himself to death on the cross! This is perfect loving.

He said we must die to ourselves.

Oh, I do not love you, my brother, when you hurt me. My wounds are glorified wounds when I die to my way of loving and love as He did. He loved to His death on the cross.

It is easiest to love those who are like Christ. I strive to be like Christ. I am the most imperfect of all.

The only answer to dealing with other's imperfections is to grow to be more like Christ ourselves.


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February 28, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring
A Love Letter to Jesus

My Beloved Jesus,

How tenderly I love Thee. I love Thee to the greatest heights. I love You in the Eucharist. I want You now, my God. I want You to love me and I want to be wise and loving like You.

My whole life is to be like You, but I am so imperfect. Dying to myself is such a struggle because I want to get down from the cross and hold on to my old ways.

I see You on the cross, Jesus, with Your hands opened wide and the way You hung. You endured it until the end. Three agonizing hours. You did not get down and You gave Your all. In humbleness, I will admit my faults and grow to be more like You. Oh, God, I can't get down from the cross and put the old imperfections back on.

When You light the way and show me how evil I am, I have to go all the way to the death of the imperfections as much as possible. I cannot get off the cross and keep any of them. I want to be like You, but I fall so short of true holiness. I only know I really, really love You and I want to be like You. When You were beaten raw, You loved those who hated You. Oh, our way is so hard. I don't want to open myself up to those who have hurt me, but I know I should.

Jesus: I tell you, you must die to your selfish ways and love. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Admit your failings so you can die to them.

R. I talked about a friend and I was so sorry. I was sorry I demanded perfection. We are all imperfect in our ways. No matter how holy we think we are, we must admit our faults. To become more like Jesus we must die to ourselves. Division with others closes up our relationship with them. In order to open myself up to them, I must be willing to admit my faults to them and tell them I am sorry. I cannot change you. I can only change myself. My way must be love. I must give myself in love to you and others.

Division is the poison of the soul for it separates not only friends but far worse than any separation between human persons, it hurts our relationship with God.

I cannot have a divided heart and love God as I should. I cannot be condemning and hateful. I cannot create division with others because I hurt them and others.

There are two kinds of holes in the heart. Both cause bleeding and pain. One hole is caused from wounds of rejection when we are genuinely loving. The other is the wounds we inflict on our own hearts by giving in to division. We wound our own heart when we are divided and we make ourselves bleed, for it hurts our relationship with Jesus.

January message from Jesus: Bleed little heart. I am teaching you the most intimate secrets of My Heart, never taught before. In order to have intimacy with Me and others, you must die to imperfections.

R. Pure hearts are the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The more we grow in purity, the more our hearts will be one with Theirs. To be one in our hearts, we must die to imperfections.

My Jesus, this is my love letter to You, but You have instead answered my letter with the secret of a pure heart. I thank You, Jesus, for Your love and I beg You to forgive me and help me to be like You.


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February 9, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring

Jesus: I am promising the greatest graces to anyone praying the rosary this way. That is why it is important that the Rosary Aves reach the children as well as the Children's Rosary Book.

Ask Ellen to please continue working on the Children's Rosary Book. The book needs to be published immediately. Ask Sheila to work on all rosaries for publication with the imprimatur.

Abundant graces will be given, overwhelming experiences when these rosaries and the stations, the seven sorrows are prayed on the sheets or from the tape.

Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary will change many hearts. Abundant graces are given to take them to Our Hearts and permanent experiences will happen in their hearts.

These are My writings to help bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart. When they are used, I will draw them ever closer to My Heart. Anyone living the Blue Book messages and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary will know My life alive in them. The Scriptures will live in their lives, they will know Me and My Mother in their very being. I am writing the messages of My love on their hearts. I am giving them insights into the mysteries of My love when they fervently use these writings and live them. They will become My apostles for the new era when they live and meditate on these writings.

I have unveiled the Scriptures in these writings. I have lifted the veil between you and Me. I have given you insights into My most intimate love I have never revealed before. I have given you the greatest love of the Mass. As others use this Mass Book, I will give them the grace to love the Mass, to see it with eyes unveiled.

These are My writings to help bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart. The devil has blocked these writings. The grace I give with My words and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are so great that anyone using My words given here will develop the most intimate love affair with Me.

These are the writings I give to bring about the greatest era where men will most intimately love Me. I have revealed the most intimate secrets of My Heart here and I have been treated with hatred by some men. This wounds Me. Will you take this great gift to the far ends of the earth for Me? It is greatly through these writings, the writings of Fr. Carter and Rita, that My Most Sacred Heart will reign and the heart of My Mother will triumph.

Oh, listen to Me, listen to Mary, listen to My Father. Give these books to all souls and I will give them the grace to have an intimate love affair with Me. Every book should include a consecration and morning offering card. Ask Don to print as many as possible. Each book must include a donation envelope to help the Ministry to continue. The hearts of men will be changed through these writings. They are My writings to change men's hearts to hearts of love. Please circulate God's Blue Books and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary to a hungry soul. I will write the messages of My love on their hearts. Please circulate the Priestly Newsletter Book, priestly newsletters, and Tell My People, to the priests. Include the Prayer Manual and brochure. You must contact the Church, the family, and the schools with the consecration.

Please, I beg you, My shepherds, it is through your work that many will come to My Heart and My Mother's Heart. There will be one flock and one Shepherd. Pray for the support, both financially and prayfully, from all members. Oh, how I love you. I love you, My shepherds, I love you, My apostles of love for the new era. You are My apostles of My Eucharistic Heart. My Heart will reign and I will be King and Center of the hearts of men. I will be the King in all churches and all families and schools. You will help greatly to bring this about. I love you. Jesus

Read God's Blue Book II, p. 68:

I am the Good Shepherd. I know Mine and they follow Me. I am truly there directing you. The littlest detail in your life is tended to by Me. You do not have to worry for one thing. I will take care of you. Let go and surrender to Him Whose love for you surpasses all your desires on this earth. It is in spiritual bankruptcy, you will feel a new closeness and intense love with Me.

I am Jesus, your God. I care for you like a doting mother. I never leave your side. I watch you. I wait for you. I am the most tender of hearts. Bring your cares to Me and I will tuck you into My Sacred Heart. You will be made whole in Me. My Blood I drip on you and you are cleansed by My Blood. You are engulfed in a sea of love. This is true love, come down from the Father and with the Holy Spirit. You know Mary was with you all day yesterday. She is always with Me and I am with you. She loves you so much!

I am feeding the flock the messages of My love in these love letters in God's Blue Book. I ask you now to feed the hungry with My words. Feed the hungry and I will give them the grace to know and love Me with the most intimate love.

People will beg for Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary for they will receive great graces and experiences when they pray them.

See page 25, God's Blue Book II. "Do not worry", August 25, 1995 noon:

You think that you know suffering. Look at Me as I knelt in the Garden. I saw before Me all of the sufferings that I would undergo, but My greatest sufferings were not the sufferings that I would experience to My body, even to My death on the cross, but the sufferings of My Heart, the rejection of those that I loved, I loved so dearly that I gave My life and they rejected me. This was to their own detriment. They would lose their souls to the fires of hell, despite all that I was about to undergo.

I love you to My death!

I am Jesus, My life lives in the Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. It lives in your hearts when you use the messages I have given to you, My gift of love to you, Jesus.


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January 25, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring

Mary: I am asking each of you to spread the messages I have given connecting my apparition in Florida with the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Please circulate the Mary's Message tape.

Please help circulate the love letters of my Son found in God's Blue Books and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Please circulate the live rosary tapes.

Jesus is asking that you spread the Ministry. It is through this Ministry, the Fatima message will greatly unfold. Please support the Ministry. You are pleasing Jesus and pleasing me. The Father's plan will greatly unfold through this Ministry. Jesus has asked you to obey His and my messages to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of my Immaculate Heart.

Jesus: My chosen ones, I have called you as apostles in the Shepherds of Christ Movement. This is My Ministry. I have given to you messages for the Church and the world to bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart. I am asking you to support this Ministry with your donations and time. It is through your prayers and support that the Ministry will spread. This is My Ministry to bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart. I thank you and I love you. I am Jesus.

I am asking you, My beloved apostles, to pray the Morning Offering every day. This will unite you in one mind and one heart with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

I am asking you to continually pray the Holy Spirit Prayer and the consecration prayers when you gather. These prayer cards must be duplicated and circular. Prayer cards with the Morning Offering for children and the Holy Spirit consecration for children, must be circulated in the schools with the children's consecration prayers.

Your organization will rapidly increase because of the Florida apparition. You must see that you are circulating many tapes of Mary's Message. You must ask coordinators to ask all members to duplicate and circulate Mary's Message.

I thank you for all of your work and support. I ask that you realize that millions of souls are at stake. I ask you please to help spread the movement and publish the Apostles Manual soon.


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Chapter 12

Contact Priest, Contact School, Contact Family

Priests
        - Priest Newsletter and Prayer Manual are the Heart of our Material
                - What should be said to the Priests

        - January 17, 1997 - I Want My Priests to Come Back
        - Benefits of Consecration
        - Introduction for the Mass Book
        - Priestly Newsletters
                 - September - October 1996 Issue
                 - November - December 1996 Issue
                 - January - February 1997 Issue
        - Come Follow Me (Newsletter for the Religious)
                 - Volume 2 Issue 1 - Spring 1996
                 - Volume 2 Issue 3 - Fall 1996
Schools
        - Letter to Principals

        - Consecration to Jesus and Mary (for duplication)
        - Children's Morning Offering and Consecration to the Holy Spirit (for duplication)
        - Imprimatur Letter from Most Rev. Carl K. Moeddel for Children's Prayers
        - Meditating on the Rosary Aves (All 15 Mysteries)
        - Children's Rosary - April 25, 1996 (Glorious)
        - March 18, 1996 - Mary wants Children to Pray the Rosary
        - Junior Shepherds of Christ Associates
        - A Letter from a Teacher
Families
        - Letter from Mary Rettig
        - Consecration to Jesus and Mary (for duplication)
        - Shepherds of Christ Associates
                 - Questions on Forming a Prayer Chapter
                 - Membership Form
                 - Chapter Guidelines
                 - Letter from John Weickert
                 - Spanish Chapter Meeting Prayer Format
                 - Ministering to the Elderly


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Contact Priest

Do we want peace? Then we must do as Mary said at Fatima: we must consecrate our hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

When the priest gives his heart to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, he becomes one in Their Hearts and he offers a most holy sacrifice. He becomes one in Their Hearts.

When the people give their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, they become one in Their Hearts and they offer a most holy sacrifice.

The priest and people are united in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, they become one with Christ in a very deep way and an immense amount of grace is poured out on the priest and people, the Church and the world.

Do you want peace and unity in your parish? Do you want the most abundant grace to flow in the Mass? Then say this simple consecration before Mass with the people:

Jesus and Mary, we love You. We give ourselves to You. We consecrate our hearts to Your Hearts. Dear Holy Spirit, enlighten and strengthen us. We give You ourselves.

Contact School

Do you want peace in your school? The Blessed Mother said at Fatima that until a sufficient number of people give their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will not have peace!

How do we give our hearts to Jesus and Mary? Before school each day, say the small prayer to the Holy Spirit, the small consecration prayers to Jesus and Mary, and the morning offering (all available from Shepherds of Christ at no cost). Each time the children enter a classroom, say the consecration and Holy Spirit prayers. This binds the children in one heart with Jesus and Mary and there is less disharmony.

Contact Family

Do you want peace in your family? Then you should do as our heavenly Mother said at Fatima. Mary said until a sufficient number of people consecrate their hearts to Jesus and Mary, we will not have peace.

If we consecrate our hearts to Jesus and Mary, we are in one heart and there is not discord. We must do what Mary says if we want peace.

Family Consecration: We consecrate our family to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. We give ourselves to Them. We love You, Jesus. We love you, Mary. We give our hearts to You. We pray our family is a family of love, modeled after the Holy Family.


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Contacting

Priests

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Consecration,
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The Priest Newsletter and Prayer Manual are the heart of our material.

Jesus gave the following message on November 3, 1996:

Title: Contact the Priests

This is what you should say when you speak to the priests:
"Do you receive the Shepherds of Christ Newsletter for priests?" (if not) "Would you like to receive it?  It is published six times a year.   Many priests have replied telling how much it helps them in their spiritual lives and their ministry as well."
(Both for those who are receiving newsletters and those who are not)
"Here is a brochure explaining all the various activities of Shepherds of Christ Ministries."
(Send to us the names and addresses of the priests who wish to be added to the mailing list)

Jesus: It is through the holy priest celebrating the Mass and administering the sacraments that immense grace will be outpoured on the earth and the fire of my love will cover the earth. 

The Newsletter for the Priests and the Prayer Manual are the heart of all materials distributed by the Shepherds of Christ Ministries.

It is your responsibility as a Shepherd of Christ to contact the priest and tell them about this.  I am Jesus.  It is through the Shepherds of Christ Movement I will greatly renew the Church.  I am writing this newsletter through Fr. Carter to reach My beloved priests.  Your personal contact with the priest will encourage them to study the newsletter.

My priests will be led to My Sacred Heart and the heart of My Mother through the Newsletter.  My people will be fed through My holy priests.

This is an urgent message to you, My apostles.


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January 17, 1997
Message given to Rita Ring

Jesus: My Dear Beloved Ones,

On January 17, 1994, At 3:40 A.M. I delivered the following message to My beloved world:
The message is recorded in God's Blue Book - vol. II p. 33.
The title: I Want My Priests to Come Back

In this message, I stated, "...I want My priests to come back...When they are led back to Jesus, they will lead the flock home...Pray for your priests...Read the messages at prayer meetings. There is no secret here. They are from Me and I want them out. I want you to speak...Lead the priests back to adoration and the people will follow...This is the key, the key to unlock the doors to the world's problems. It is found in front of the tabernacle, at daily Mass and Communion. Do the priests ever preach any of this? You have forgotten your Center, Jesus, in the Eucharist! All power is found in Jesus...Spread the messages on the tabernacle, I what them out!

I am requesting that you read this message.

R. At 10:00 in the morning of the 17th, in one minute, Jesus gave to me the Prayer for Union with Jesus. The Shepherds of Christ Movement was begun several months later. The next year on January 17, 1995, it was a special day for the Shepherds of Christ Ministries. Three years later, Jesus delivers this message to you:

Jesus: My Beloved Ones,

I am asking you to contact two priests with the priestly newsletter, the Prayer Manual, and the brochure. I am asking you to use the format outlined (on pg. 289) to ask the priest if he receives the priestly newsletter and if he reads it. You are My special apostles. This is an urgent request from your beloved Jesus to reach the priests with the newsletter and the Prayer Manual. (The Prayer Manual has the imprimatur) I will bless you in a special way when you contact the priests in love and tell them about the newsletter and the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

The priest must be aware of his great gift. I am the Chief Shepherd. You are beloved apostles leading the strayed ones to My Heart. You must contact the priests with the priestly newsletter. I am writing the messages of My love on their hearts through this newsletter. I am teaching them insights into the mysteries of My most Sacred Heart, never revealed before, through the newsletter. I am writing the newsletter for My beloved priest-sons to help renew the Church. I have chosen Fr. Carter, and I am speaking to you, My beloved priest-sons, through the newsletter.

My dear apostles, I am asking you to personally contact two priests, pray for them, and love them in a special way. Give them My gift. Tell them about the Shepherds of Christ Movement. I am giving you abundant grace for any of the work that you do to help spread this Movement to the world. The gift I ask you to give to Me on this January 17, 1997 is the gift of yourself. I want to unite and be so close to you. I am asking you to please contact the priests for Me. Pray especially for these priests, the ones you have chosen to contact. Pray that they will cooperate with the grace I am giving to them to respond favorably to you.

I am further asking you to support the messages I give to you by obeying them.


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Benefits of Consecration
October 28, 1996

R. The priest is another Christ. It is through the priest that Christ administers to the people.

Priests must be one in their hearts with Christ. The more priests are one with Christ, the more the graces flow to the people, to the Church, and to the world.

In order to have deep union with the Heart of Christ, we must give ourselves to the heart of Mary.

We are sinners. How can we, in our sinfulness, unite deeply to Christ? God has given us the pure, sinless one, the one human person conceived without sin with an Immaculate Heart, totally pure. We go to this Immaculate Heart, we give ourselves to her. Although we are sinners, we can tell God we are sorry and go to her heart and unite in deep union with God. She is the pure and sinless one. She is the gateway to the Heart of Christ. Jesus told Lucia, the main visionary from Fatima, that He wants His Heart venerated next to the heart of His Mother.

We encounter Christ in the sacraments, through His priests. When a priest offers sacrifice or administers the sacraments, the graces flow.

The Church is the fountain of life. The Church is the sacrament whereby Christ actively gives Himself to us and outpours His life to us.

The priest gives his heart to Jesus and Mary and he is one in Their Hearts. It is there, in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we are made holy, as the Holy Spirit works in Mary's heart to sanctify us.

The people give their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. They become one in Their Hearts. The priest and people are then joined in this oneness in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and this is a most powerful and pleasing sacrifice to the Father.

Life (His divine grace) flows from the Father, in the Holy Spirit, through the pierced Heart of Jesus, through the heart of Mary, to us, and we act as channels of His life in the world today.

The devil has waged a war against the hearts of many priests. The devil has separated many priests from the heart of their Mother.

To go to the deepest chamber of Christ's Heart, to unite in deep love with God, we must go through the pure and sinless one - Mary. It is through our oneness in our hearts that we connect. We need to be one in the sacrifice, one in our hearts with the priest, one in our hearts with Jesus and Mary.

There is such division in the Church. There is separateness in those attending Mass. This should be the time of greatest unity- when we are one in Him.

Mary said at Fatima that until a sufficient number of people have consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary we won't have peace in the world. Do we want peace? We must do as our heavenly Mother has told us at Fatima. We must do as Jesus told Lucia-venerate Mary's heart next to His. Consecration of priest and people brings peace. Consecration of priest and people brings unity.


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Introduction for the Mass Book by Rita Ring

Note: Jesus has requested that several books be published with the teachings He gave to me during the Mass. These teachings are meant to help us grow in union with Him during the Mass and also outside the Mass.

We wish to obtain the imprimatur for these writings.

Enclosed is the introduction to the first book about the Mass.

Jesus has asked me to ask you to pray daily in your prayers and rosary novena for the success of the publication of these books and the success of obtaining the imprimatur on these books.

This is not a complete study on the Mass. I am not a theologian. I am accounting here my personal experiences on my journey into the Heart of Jesus. I am accounting my experiences in the Mass and before the tabernacle. Many experiences in this particular book were received at Immaculata-Holy Cross Church in Mt. Adams and during holy Mass.

Under the guidance of my spiritual director, Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J., I have accounted my experiences here. He is a major part of all of my enlightenments. I am most grateful for all his gifts and time he has shared with me. This book, which contains my daily journal experiences, is a joint effort of his guidance and my accounting these experiences.

This book, I hope, will lead you deeper into the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary, Our Mother, through her pure and Immaculate Heart. I hope it will help you to love God more and more through the Mass and the Eucharist, I love you. Rita.

This is the first of a series of books:
January 2, 1997:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Shepherds of Christ

A Spirituality Newsletter for Priests

September/October 1996

CONTENTS


Chief Shepherd of the Flock

God is Love

"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep; this is because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep." (Jn 10:11-151)

He hung upon a cross on a hill called Calvary. Death was near. How much Jesus had already suffered! He had been brutally scourged. Much of His sacred body was a bloody, open wound. He had been derisively crowned with thorns. In a terribly weakened condition, He carried the heavy cross to the hill of Golgotha. There He was stripped of His garments and mercilessly nailed to the cross.

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

Jesus' life was a life of love. He mightily loved His Father and all of us. The poverty, the hiddenness, the disappointments, the accomplishments, the weariness, the joy and the happiness, the pain and the agony-all that constituted the earthly life of the Incarnate Son of the Father, was experienced within the framework of love. Jesus, Who is divine and human, was the great man that He was as He walked this earth because He loved tremendously. He loved in everything He did-tenderly, manfully, with understanding and sympathy. He loved with complete devotedness and a deep concern for the individual. He loved with a passion for that which was true and beautiful and good. He loved with a complete conformity to the Father's Will. He loved always and completely. He loved with the gift of Himself, always pouring Himself out, even to the point of death. He gave Himself in love to His Father and to us until there was no more to give.This was the poignant beauty of Christ's life. He was a giant of greatness because He was one Who loved tremendously.

We can be tempted to reject this marvelous example of Christ. We can seek our greatness and fulfillment in a manner that necessarily results in disappointment. We can strive after greatness in ways that God does not intend. These wayward wanderings, however, result in a feeling of dissatisfaction and frustration. If we follow these false leads, we will eventually come to realize that they have betrayed us. Indeed, these wayward wanderings possess the potential for nothing but betrayal, because they are not rooted in Christ and His way of life-which is the way to true greatness.

We must incessantly remind ourselves of the example that Jesus has given us. We must deepen our realization that our fundamental greatness consists in what we are, and we are to the extent we love God and others. St. Paul, in his own inimitable way, tells us of this: "If I had all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever." (1 Cor 13: 1-3)

Our greatness, then, lies in our relating in love to both God and others-yes, even to that vast majority whom we will never see or know directly, but whom our love can nevertheless reach out and touch because of our union with Christ. With Christ, there are no space barriers, and, therefore, uniting our love to His can unite us to people the world over.

We grow as Christians through a life that is centered in love within the milieu of the human condition. This is the only framework we have for achieving our greatness, our true personhood, and, consequently, we must not shirk the human condition. Jesus did not shirk it, but rather accepted it and manifested His greatness within it, despite the pain and agony that the human condition at times heaped upon Him. It is true that Jesus rejoiced during the course of His life because of the goodness, sincerity, and response of some of those with whom He dealt. The love that Mary and Joseph showered on Jesus, for instance, gave Him great joy. During His life, however, Jesus often suffered because of the evil side of others-their pettiness, cowardice, insensitivity, selfishness, egotism. In other words, Jesus suffered at the hands of others because they were not what they should have been. However, these experiences did not thwart the greatness of Jesus. He was always what He should have been. Jesus was always the tremendous lover, and He loved even at those times when it was very painful to do so.

Our own greatness in Christ, our growth as Christians, can develop smoothly and joyfully because we, in a special way, experience the goodness and love within the hearts of others, and this makes it easy for us to love as we should. Sometimes, however, the less wholesome side of others crowds in upon us, and we find it difficult to go on loving as we should. In the same way that Christ suffered because of others, we, too, as we try to love, suffer because of others. We suffer because others do not always understand us-this can be true even of those who dearly love us. We suffer because some do not appreciate what we do for them, and sometimes what we do exacts great personal cost. We suffer because others either reject us or make us the objects of their meanness and selfishness. We suffer because there are some who ignore us. At times we suffer so much that we are tempted to withdraw from the pain of giving ourselves in love into an egotistic enclosure of self-seeking, where, we think, we will no longer suffer at the hands of others, or at least will not suffer so much. To surrender to such a temptation, however, is to forget what Christian greatness really is, namely, a life of love for God and others, a love that does not shrink from the pain that results from loving in an imperfect world, a love that is meant to become greater and more selfless regardless of the way other might treat us. Love, then, accepts both the joy and the pain of life and carries on under both conditions. Yes, we are made for love.

The first letter of John tells us: "God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him. Love will come to its perfection in us when we can face the day of judgment without fear; because even in this world we have become as he is.
"In love there can be no fear, but fear is driven out by perfect love: because to fear is to expect punishment, and anyone who is afraid is still imperfect in love.

"We are to love, then, because he loved us first. Anyone who says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, is a liar, since a man who does not love the brother that he can see, cannot love God, whom he has never seen.

"So this is the commandment that he has given us, that anyone who loves God must also love his brother." (1 Jn 4:16-21)


Reflections on Love

The more love matures, the more it concentrates on the present. Love welcomes each day with a fresh joy and a renewed gratitude to God for the opportunity to once again be and become for Him and others. Love realizes that it does not fully possess the past or the future-it can only fully grasp the present, and it loathes to waste any of the preciousness which "the now" offers.

Love is gentle, love is tender. Love is sensitive to the gentleness in nature. It is moved by the softness of the freshly fallen snow, the coolness of an autumn breeze tenderly stroking the brow, and the softness of the grass in May-time greenness. Much more important, love is sensitive to the need for gentleness, for tenderness, in human affairs. Consequently, love gently comforts the grief-stricken parents of a child so tragically and suddenly snatched away in death. Love gently encourages those to whom life seems hopeless. Love sensitively tends to the needs of those who are so often and so easily forgotten. Yes, the gentleness of love manifests itself in these and in many other ways, and, in so doing, imitates the gentleness, the tenderness of Jesus Himself: "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often have I longed to gather your children, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you refused!" (Mat 23:37)

The fact that love is gentle does not mean that it is not strong. It is precisely this, and the blend between its tenderness and its strength constitutes one of love's most attractive traits. Love is strong in many ways. It is not discouraged by the evil in the world that threatens to thwart the accomplishments of love's goals. It realizes that the strength of goodness is mightier than the force of evil and that ultimately love wins out. Love is also strong in bearing with the temporary failures that are experienced in the pursuit of its purpose. Although love may be disappointed, it nevertheless realizes that the only failure it cannot conquer would be love's refusal-love's failure to go on loving-and true love will never quit. Love is strong in its willingness to take the necessary means to achieve its goals, even though this might entail great personal cost or cause misunderstanding, or even cause pain to those who are the recipients of this love.

Love is secure. A person who properly loves is in touch with one's true self and realizes that he or she is tremendously loved by God. Such a person feels secure in the exercise of love towards others. He or she feels secure enough to extend love towards others in various ways, even when little or no love is returned.

Closely allied to love's feeling secure is love's intuition in realizing the evils of possessiveness. Love does not try to possess the person one loves, but leaves the other free. In fact, authentic love for the other makes the other more free and helps the other to grow in all ways, including growth along the paths of real freedom. The one who loves authentically leaves the other free to grow in all sorts of ways, for example, to relate to other people and to undertake new things, activities which might well make the loved one less accessible.

Love is reconciliatory and integrative. Loves hates divisiveness. It knows the difference between diversity and divisiveness. It knows that healthy diversity reflects the varied richness of human existence and is something to be desired. It knows, too, that divisiveness is the sworn enemy of community. Divisiveness perniciously eats away at those bonds of love and union that are meant to unite the members of God's human family. Love, consequently, works to promote the integrative process which unites us and human events according to God's holistic plan, a plan in which the numerous and richly diversified parts become increasingly beautiful the more they contribute to the health and functioning of the whole.

Love is trusting. Regarding a person's relationship with God, this attitude grows in proportion to the atmosphere of love. As one grows in the realization of how much God loves him or her, and responds with a love of his or her own, trust in God matures and is a dominant facet of one's daily existence. A serenity of spirit becomes more obvious as the person grows in the awareness of both how much God cares and how supportive His loving embrace is, come what may.

This attitude of trust also characterizes one's relationships with others. One who is exercising true love is not naive or oblivious to the fact that one can be needlessly hurt by this: that one's trust can be betrayed. On the contrary, one who loves realizes that there is certainly an evil side to human nature, but, nevertheless, prefers to concentrate on the basic goodness of the human heart. This positive focus allows a person to trust that people not only will frequently act according to this goodness, but, as a matter of fact, will actually be encouraged to do so when they themselves are the recipients of a true and sincere love.

Love is affirming. By the very fact that one loves another, the other is encouraged to be and to become according to his or her uniqueness. Being loved enhances a person's sense of worthwhileness. A person who is loved is encouraged to develop his or her uniqueness, to feel more at home with oneself, and to accomplish further the special mission in life that only he or she can fulfill.

Love is patient. Love realizes that, for the most part, the growth of God's kingdom occurs at a very gradual pace. Sometimes this growth process seems exceedingly slow, and a person is tempted to wonder if the efforts of love are actually producing any effects. Patience conquers this temptation, however, and enables love's work to continue. Patience consequently helps prevent the waste of talent in the work of the kingdom. It seems that certain talented people have never realized their potential in promoting Christ's cause precisely because they were not patient enough with others and themselves. Patience is a virtue that is not much discussed, but is nevertheless extremely necessary.

Love is not proud, is not egotistical. Love is interested, of course, in the self and the good of the self. One who loves authentically, however, realizes that the love of one's true self is based on the awareness that one has been created and redeemed by God's love, that one has been endowed with various gifts by the Creator, and that these gifts are to be exercised in the loving service of God and others. Love, then, does not become selfishly proud in its accomplishments. Rather, love realizes that God is the ultimate source of personal accomplishments, that one can achieve only what God helps a person to accomplish. Love is very much aware of Jesus' words that without Him we can do nothing.

Love is both universal and specific. Love is universal in that it excludes no one. For example, love includes all members of the human family in its prayer. Love is very much aware, however, that one can say he or she loves everybody, but be sadly lacking when it comes to manifesting love in various ways according to the concrete setting of every day. True love, then, does not shy away from the painful aspects of loving specific individuals in definite, concrete circumstances. Admittedly, such a service of love can be difficult, demanding, and unattractive in certain ways. Personality flaws in others, or particular personalities that are not attractive to the one who is trying to be of help, or indifference, or even hostility on the part of those one strives to serve-these and other realities are a true test of a person's willingness to concretely implement one's avowal that one does indeed love his or her neighbor as the Lord commands, even when it is difficult to do so.

The Christian's fundamental relationship is his or her union with God in Christ. The more one realizes how much God loves him or her as this unique individual, and the more the person responds to this love, the greater the happiness. If this basic love relationship with God in Christ is alive and healthy, everything else in life falls into place. There may be problems, at times very severe problems. There may be great suffering. But all of this becomes bearable for the one who feels reasonably secure in God's love. A poll has been taken which finds that unhappiness is about five times greater among non-religious people than among people who would be classified as being very religious.

The saints' progress in holiness was accompanied by their conviction that God loved them mightily. We also have to allow the realization of how much God loves us to accomplish our ongoing transformation in Christ. Since it's true that God loves each of us so uniquely, so intimately, why don't we take greater effort to arrive at the existential assent to this consoling truth? By an existential assent we mean one which reaches deep down, an assent which permeates our being so thoroughly that it erases and makes repugnant the thought of compromising for a life of spiritual mediocrity. At times we foolishly shy away from God's love. We foolishly think that to give ourselves ever more to this love, to allow it to possess us more radically, will mean that our lives will be too much hemmed in, too much cut off from the pursuit of our self-designed ideas of happiness. If we succumb to such a temptation, we become similar to the prodigal son who thought happiness existed elsewhere than in his father's house. His pursuit of this false happiness ultimately ended up in his willingness to eat the food given to pigs. We ourselves are not totally blameless. To the extent we refuse to be more possessed by God's love, and choose to be directed by it, to that degree we also are willing to settle for food which is unworthy, food which can never satisfy our true cravings.

Love is contemplative. It realizes it must sustain and develop a contemplative awareness of reality if it is to love properly. To relate in love to reality as we should means that first we must view reality according to its true nature, that is, we must see things according to our faith vision. Jesus has left us with the proper view of God and creation. Jesus has told us how to relate to God and His creation, how to love. This faith vision must be consistently actualized through a contemplative or prayerful awareness of the people, events, and circumstances that are part of our daily lives. If we fail, for example, to see people as they really are in their core existence, namely, as created and redeemed by God's love, and instead allow ourselves to be absorbed by more superficial aspects of their persons, then we will not love them as we should.

Love seeks, therefore, a certain degree of solitude in order to nourish this contemplative attitude. A person cannot hope to exercise a contemplative awareness throughout the myriad and often complex happenings of daily existence unless there are periods of withdrawal during which one can drink more deeply of the wisdom which contemplation offers. A person must conquer the temptation that deceitfully suggests that the seeking of solitude is a selfish desire to flee the pain of human encounter. Authentic solitude is never selfish; rather, it is a renewed opportunity for refurbishing both one's contemplative vision and one's determination to love more maturely according to this perspective.

Love knows what love really is, and this awareness is a result of love's contemplative thrust. One of the truths that emanates from the act of contemplation is the realization of what actually constitutes true love. This is no small accomplishment, for, despite the numberless volumes that have been written about love, one can still have only a blurred idea of what it really is. Giving love is the gift of self to promote the authentic good of the other loved. Being loved is receiving the other's gift of self as a help in achieving one's real good.

The manner in which the gift of self is made is commensurate with the type of relationship. A doctor gives himself or herself to one's spouse in one way, to one's children in another, to one's patients in yet another way, and to his or her friends in a way that is still further differentiated. Whatever way the gift of self is made, however, it has the same basic goal in mind, namely, to promote the real good of the other. Love realizes that it is not always easy to discern what really promotes the true good of the other. However, despite this difficulty, love is aware of its true identity. Love, in short, knows what love really is.

When we experience love-hurt in abundant measure, we can be tempted to think that it may be better not to love at all. But a moment's mature reflection tells us otherwise. We are made for love. We are to love God and human persons. The only way we can grow is to love. Despite the pain, we have to love if we want to grow, if we want to be happy, if we want to be what God destines us to be. At times, and especially when the love-pain is particularly keen, we should look at the example Jesus has left us. He came upon the earth to love. He did not flinch, He did not renege. He did not quit loving when it was painful to do so-even when it became agonizingly painful to do so. This is the poignant beauty of His life.

"After saying this, what can we add? With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that He will not refuse anything He can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us-He rose from the dead, and there at God's right hand He stands and pleads for us.

"Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked'

"For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus Our Lord." (Rom 8:31-39) 


Thoughts About Christ

From the spiritual classic, The Imitation of Christ, we read: "Make room for Christ. When you possess Christ you are a rich man, for he is sufficient for you. He himself shall provide for you and faithfully administer all your cares. You will not have to place your hope in man. Put all your trust in God, let him be both your fear and your love. He will respond on your behalf and will do whatever is in your best interest.

"You have here no lasting city. For wherever you find yourself, you will always be a pilgrim from another city. Until you are united intimately with Christ, you will never find your true rest.

"Let your thoughts be with the Most High and direct your prayers continually to Christ. If you do not know how to contemplate the glory of heaven, take comfort in the passion of Christ, and dwell willingly in his sacred wounds. Endure with Christ, suffer for him, if you wish to reign with him.

"Once you have entered completely into the depths of Jesus, and have a taste of powerful love, then you will not care about your own convenience or inconvenience. Rather, you will rejoice all the more in insults and injuries, for the love of Jesus makes a man scorn his own needs."2

Fr. Paul de Jaeger, S.J., writes: "Why do we not once and for all spread wide the sails of the ship of our trust? Did we but do this, how utterly our lives would be changed! How this would enable us to ride before the wind, to ride fast towards the greatly desired anchorage of perfect union with Jesus! Only when she had made strong her trust did St. Teresa of the Child Jesus, trust's great Saint, set out to walk the ways of divine love. From that day on her life was changed. Is that not our need also? Would that for us too this change could be made without delay, could be made this very day! Would that, making a supreme effort to respond to the full to the infinite goodness of Jesus in the Eucharist, we could bid a final farewell to all our cowardice, to all our vain fears, to all things conducive of faulty trust'"3

Fr. Peter van Breeman, S.J., observes: "The matter of joy in the risen Lord has a great deal to do with faith, for a sad Christian is really not an authentic Christian. In this regard the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta are impressive. She has devoted her life to the lowest form of human misery; her days are wholly taken up with the sufferings and the sorrows of the most forsaken. And, yet, her words are unqualified: 'Never let anything fill your heart with so much grief that you forget the joys of the risen Lord.' These are the words of a woman of faith'Mother Teresa can work with the poor because she has Christ's own intense joy and gladness in her heart. It is this which makes her so radiant, so appealing. For this reason people flock to her, and she is able to console them truly, not just with money or medication-she has too little of these-but above all with the true consolation that comes from faith, the faith embodied in her own life."4


Our Father

The Catechism states: "By calling God 'Father,' the language of faith indicates two main things: that God is the first origin of everything and transcendent authority; and that He is at the same time goodness and loving care for all His children. God's parental tenderness can also be expressed by the image of motherhood, which emphasizes God's imminence, the intimacy between Creator and creature. The language of faith thus draws on the human experience of parents, who are in a way the first representatives of God for man. But this experience also tells us that human parents are fallible and can disfigure the face of fatherhood and motherhood. We ought therefore to recall that God transcends the human distinction between the sexes. He is neither man nor woman: He is God. He also transcends human fatherhood and motherhood, although He is their origin and standard: no one is father as God is Father."5


The Holy Spirit in Our Lives

The Catechism succinctly explains the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives: "Jesus is Christ, 'anointed,' because the Spirit is his anointing, and everything that occurs from the Incarnation on derives from this fullness. When Christ is finally glorified, He can in turn send the Spirit from his place with the Father to those who believe in him: he communicates to them his glory, that is, the Holy Spirit who glorifies him. From that time on, this joint mission will be manifested in the children adopted by the Father in the Body of his Son: the mission of the Spirit of adoption is to unite them to Christ and make them live in him."6


Mother of Our Christ Life

Rita Ring writes: "Mary is always desiring to bring forth her children to a greater Christ likeness. It is through Mary that we join in deepest intimacy with Jesus' Heart. Jesus came into this world in the womb of His Mother through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is today, in the womb of Mary, in the heart of Mary, that we are transformed through the Holy Spirit more and more to the likeness of Jesus. Let us go to the heart of our Mother and ask the Holy Spirit to increasingly sanctify us that we may go ever more deeply into the Heart of Jesus, the Heart of endless love. We do not fully comprehend the love of God. We are so limited in our vision. We do not fully know how Jesus' Heart is truly burning and on fire. Do we know what it is to feel love burning in our heart? This is what Jesus felt when He allowed Himself to suffer during His Passion and to die on the cross. His Heart was on fire."7


Aquinas on the Eucharist

St. Thomas Aquinas has left us these inspirational words on the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian life: "Since it was the will of God's only begotten Son that men should share in his divinity, he assumed our nature in order that by becoming man he might make men gods. Moreover, when he took our flesh he dedicated the whole of its substance to our salvation. He shed his blood for our ransom and purification, so that we might be redeemed from our wretched state of bondage and cleansed from all sin. But to ensure that the memory of so great a gift would abide with us forever, he left his body as food and his blood as drink for the faithful to consume in the form of bread and wine.

"O precious and wonderful banquet, that brings us salvation and contains all sweetness! Could anything be of more intrinsic value. Under the old law it was the flesh of calves and goats that was offered, but here Christ himself, the true God, is set before us as our food. What could be more wonderful than this? No other sacrament has greater healing power; through it sins are purged away, virtues are increased, and the soul is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual gift. It is offered in the Church for the living and the dead, so that what was instituted for the salvation of all may be for the benefit of all. Yet, in the end, no one can fully express the sweetness of this sacrament, in which the spiritual delight is tasted at its very source, and in which we renew the memory of that surpassing love for us which Christ revealed in his passion.

"It was to impress the vastness of this love more firmly upon the hearts of the faithful that our Lord instituted this sacrament at the Last Supper. As he was on the point of leaving the world to go to the Father, after celebrating the Passover with his disciples, he left it as a perpetual memorial of his passion. It was the fulfillment of ancient figures and the greatest of all miracles, while for those who were to experience the sorrow of his departure, it was destined to be a unique and abiding consolation."8


Pope John Paul II on the Priesthood

Pope John Paul II speaks on the relationship of the hierarchical priesthood and the common priesthood of the faithful: "We must consider down to the smallest detail not only the theoretical meaning but also the existential meaning of the mutual 'relation' that exists between the hierarchical priesthood and the common priesthood of the faithful. The fact that they differ not only in degree but also in essence is a fruit of a particular aspect of the richness of the very priesthood of Christ which is the one center and the one source, both of that participation which belongs to all the baptized and of that other participation which is reached through a distinct sacrament, which is precisely the sacrament of Orders. This sacrament, dear brothers, which is specific for us, which is the fruit of the special grace of vocation and the basis of our identity, by virtue of its very nature and of everything that it produces in our life and activity, serves to make the faithful aware of their common priesthood and to activate it: the sacrament reminds them that they are the People of God and enables them 'to offer spiritual sacrifices' through which Christ Himself makes us an everlasting gift to the Father. This takes place, above all, when the priest 'by the sacred power that he has'in the person of Christ (in persona Christi) effects the Eucharistic Sacrifice and offers to God in the name of all the people,' as we read in the conciliary text quoted above.

"Our sacramental priesthood, therefore, is a 'hierarchical' and at the same time 'ministerial' priesthood. It constitutes a special ministerium, that is to say, 'source,' in relation to the community of believers. It does not, however, take its origin from that community, as though it were the community that 'called' or 'delegated'. The sacramental priesthood is truly a gift for the community and comes from Christ Himself, from the fullness of His priesthood. This fullness finds its expression in the fact that Christ, while making everyone capable of offering the spiritual sacrifice, calls some and enables them to be ministers of his own sacramental Sacrifice, at the Eucharist-in the offering of which all the faithful share-in which are taken up all the spiritual sacrifices of the People of God.

"Conscious of this reality, we understand how our priesthood is 'hierarchical', that is to say, connected with the power of forming and governing the priestly people and precisely for this reason 'ministerial.' We carry out this office, through which Christ Himself unceasingly 'serves' the Father in the work of our salvation. Our whole priestly existence is and must be deeply involved with this service, if we wish to effect in an adequate way the Eucharistic Sacrifice in persona Christi.

"This priesthood calls for a particular integrity of life and service, and precisely such integrity is supremely fitting for our priestly identity. In that identity, there are expressed, at the same time, the greatness of our dignity and the 'availability' proportionate to it. It is a question of the humble readiness to accept the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to transmit to others the fruits of love and peace, to give them that certainty of faith from which derive the profound understanding of the meaning of human existence and the capacity to introduce the moral order into the life of individuals and of the human setting.

"Since the priesthood is given so that we can unceasingly serve others, after the example of Christ, the Lord, the priesthood cannot be renounced because of the difficulties that we meet and the sacrifices asked of us. Like the apostles, we have left everything to follow Christ: therefore we must persevere beside Him also through the cross."9


Merton on Prayer

Thomas Merton speaks to us about the place of love in prayer: "The instinctive characteristic of religious meditation is that it is a search for truth which springs from love and which seeks to pursue the truth not only by knowledge but also by love. It is, therefore, an intellectual activity which is inseparable from an intense consecration of spirit and application of the will. The presence of love in our meditation intensifies our thought by giving it a deeply affective quality. Our meditation becomes charged with a loving appreciation of the value hidden in the supreme truth which the intelligence is seeking. The affective drive of the will'raises the soul above the level of speculation and makes our quest for truth a prayer full of reverential love and adoration striving to pierce the dark cloud which stands between us and the throne of God. We beat against this cloud with supplications, we lament our poverty, our helplessness, we adore the mercy of God and His supreme perfections, we dedicate ourselves entirely to His worship."10


Poetic Reflections

Sr. Judith Wessels, SNDN, gives us these spiritual thoughts:

It comes into my mind
    as if it were yesterday.
It's been so many years now
    since that day.
His friends told Him
    to send us away-
    but He didn't.
In fact, he brought
    us closer.
He picked me up
    and sat me on
    His knee.
His hands were strong
    and sure-
    and what a smile!
I felt so special,
    And I still remember
    Him!11


Act of Consecration

Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock, I consecrate my priestly life to your Heart, pierced on Calvary for love of us. From your pierced Heart the Church was born, the Church you have called me, as a priest to serve in a most special way. You reveal Your Heart as symbol of Your love in all its aspects, including Your most special love for me, whom You have chosen as Your priest-companion. Help me always to pour out my life in love of God and neighbor. Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in you!

Dear Blessed Virgin Mary, I consecrate myself to your maternal and Immaculate heart, this Heart which is symbol of your life of love. You are the Mother of my Savior and you are also my Mother. You love me with the most special love as this unique priest-son. In a return of love I give myself entirely to your motherly love and protection. You followed Jesus perfectly. You are His first and perfect disciple. Teach me to imitate you in the putting on of Christ. Be my motherly intercessor so that, through your Immaculate Heart, I may be guided to an ever closer union with the pierced Heart of Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock, who leads me to the Father in the Holy Spirit.


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Dear Fr. Carter,

    Deo Gratias and also to you for your Shepherds of Christ newsletter-a gem. Your articles always have solid meditation material and an inviting way of leading us priests on that path of holiness to which we are called.
    May your work be graced by the Lord.

Sincerely in Jesus and Mary,
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Grand Rapids, Michigan


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NOTES:

  1. Scriptural quotations are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, Doubleday & Co.
  2. "The Imitation of Christ," as in The Liturgy of the Hours, Catholic Book Publishing Company, Volume II, pp. 527-528.
  3. Fr. Paul de Jaeger, S.J., The Virtue of Trust, P.J. Kenedy & Sons, p. 59.
  4. Fr. Peter van Breeman, S.J., Called By Name, Dimension Books, pp. 201-202.
  5. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 239.
  6. Ibid., No. 690.
  7. Rita Ring, Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, to be published by Shepherds of Christ Publications.
  8. St. Thomas Aquinas, as in The Liturgy of the Hours, op. cit., Volume II, p. 611.
  9. Pope John Paul II, "To All the Priests of the Church on the Occasion of Holy Thursday, 1979," as in Set Apart for Service, St. Paul Editions, pp. 85-87.
  10. Thomas Merton, A Thomas Merton Reader, Thomas P. McDonnell, editor, Doubleday, p. 325.
  11. Sr. Judith Wessels, SNDN, manuscript to be published.

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1996 ISSUE
Shepherds of Christ

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Shepherds of Christ

A Spirituality Newsletter for Priests

November/December 1996

CONTENTS


Chief Shepherd of the Flock

The Word of God

"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep; this is because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep." (Jn 10:11-151)

A faithful shepherd takes care of his sheep in all their needs. This includes providing them with the proper food. Jesus, the perfect Shepherd, abundantly provides for the nourishment of His flock. In the Eucharist, He gives Himself in His body, blood, soul, and divinity, for our spiritual growth. He also feeds us through His word, through His teaching. The gospel of John, in Chapter 6:35-59, combines both of these ways, Christ nourishing us through His teaching and through the Eucharist. This particular section of John's gospel gives us Jesus' great discourse on the Bread of Life. The first part, verses 35-50, speaks of the teaching of Jesus as nourishment. This first part contains, therefore, the so-called sapiential theme. The second part, versus 51-59, speaks of the Eucharist as our heavenly nourishment. This part, therefore, contains the sacramental theme.

Concerning the teaching of Jesus which has been left to His Church, the Second Vatican Council states: "But in order to keep the gospel forever whole and alive within the Church, the apostles left bishops as their successors, 'handing over their own teaching role' to them. This sacred tradition, therefore, and sacred Scripture of both the Old and the New Testament are like a mirror in which the pilgrim Church on earth looks at God, from whom she has received everything, until she is brought finally to see Him as He is, face to face."2

We priests have a special privilege and responsibility to nourish ourselves with the teachings of Jesus. The more we meditate on this teaching, the more we love it, the more we ourselves live it, the more apt instruments we become in assisting the Good Shepherd in the feeding of His flock.


Reflections on the Word of God

"Philip said, 'Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.' 'Have I been with you all this time, Philip,' said Jesus to him, 'and you still do not know me?'"(Jn 14:8-9)

We can come to know Jesus in various ways. To hear about Jesus during the Scriptural readings of the liturgy, or to hear about him in a homily, or to experience Jesus in other ways through life within the Christian community-these are all means by which we can meet Jesus and come to know Him better.

We should also realize that prayer is a very effective and necessary means for growing in knowledge and love of Jesus. Some apparently think that, if they meet Jesus by experiencing Him in and with their neighbor in various ways, this is sufficient. We should not underestimate this communitarian manner of experiencing Jesus. It is extremely important, and we cannot do without it. But in order to know and love Jesus as we should, we also need the one-to-one situation which prayerful quiet offers. At times we need to be alone with Jesus.

We can see the necessity of this by considering how a friendship with a human person develops and grows. We can certainly grow in knowledge and live with a friend as we experience him or her in the company of others. But I think we all admit that at times we must also be alone with the other if the friendship is properly to be and to grow. I can never get to know a friend as I should merely by being with him or her in the company of other people. I also need the one-to-one experience so that I and my friend can share on a more personal and intimate basis. If this holds true for my personal relationship with a human person friend, it also holds true for my friendship with Jesus. And it is especially as I receive Jesus in the Eucharist and pray before the tabernacle at other times that the one-to-one, intimate experience of Jesus is greatly nourished. It is at such moments that Jesus offers me a supreme opportunity to grow in knowledge and love of Him-this Jesus who is God, my teacher, my friend, my Savior, who died a brutal death for love of me.

"God, you are my God, I am seeking you, my soul is thirsting for you." (Ps 63:1)

God is the one who gives ultimate meaning to our lives. He reveals to us how the laughter and the tears, the work and the play, the pain and the joy, all fit together. As we live in Him, He gathers up what would otherwise be the all-too-fragmented pieces of our lives and arranges them into a harmonious unity. This unity emanates from our living according to His plan, a plan embodying a way of existence that leads us to an ever greater experience of the true, the good, and the beautiful.

As we long for God and draw nearer to Him, we may possibly experience a certain fear. We realize that the closer we come to Him, the more He will ask of us, gently but firmly. We fear the white heat of His love. Such episodes along the spiritual journey are crucial. If we keep pulling back from the intensity of His love, if we keep refusing what this love wants to accomplish in us and through us, then we live on a rather superficial level. We can still be friends with our God but we are refusing to live deeper down where the really real is more intensely experienced. We have to resist this fear which, if succumbed to, prevents us from achieving a closer union with God. God's love for us wants our happiness; God's love for us also brings about our happiness-if we are open to what He wants to do for us.

When we experience a greater yearning and thirst for God, we should, then, abandon ourselves to this desire. In doing so we will experience in greater measure the warmth and security of God's love,this God Who is the ground of our being, the goal of our existence, the source of our happiness.

"The word of Yahweh was addressed to me, saying,
        'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
        before you came to birth I consecrated you;
        I have appointed you as prophet to the nations.'
        I said, 'ah, Lord Yahweh; look, I do not know
        how to speak; I am a child!'
"But Yahweh replied,
        'Do not say, "I am a child."
        Go now to those to whom I send you
        and say whatever I command you.
        Do not be afraid of them,
        for I am with you to protect you-
        it is Yahweh who speaks!'"
(Jer 1:4-8)

At certain points along the journey of life, we become rather overwhelmed with a certain kind of fear. It is a fear emanating from the realization that God is asking something very special of us. We are afraid because of the effort required, or because we feel that we have only mediocre talent for the task to which we are being summoned.

Whatever the case may be, we can all profit by reflecting on the above scripture passage dealing with God's call to Jeremiah. Jeremiah told God, in so many words, that he was not capable of the task he was being asked to accomplish. God replied, telling Jeremiah that he surely could perform the task he was being assigned-not because of what he was in himself, but because He, God, would be with Jeremiah.

To live the Christian calling in all its myriad aspects certainly demands our own effort. But this is an effort assisted mightily by God's grace. God calls, invites, inspires. We are meant to respond, to cooperate, to open ourselves to the Spirit's touch and guidance. We have a part, obviously, in accomplishing our Christian destiny. Yet God has the greater part. Whatever He asks of us, we can accomplish. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is beyond us if God calls us to it. Why, then, at times, do we tend to think and feel and act differently?

"If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other's feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you." (Jn 13:14-15)

There are two basic ways according to which we can go about the performance of work. One way focuses attention on the self; the other directs attention outward toward the God-appointed service of others.

A person who assumes the first attitude is being driven by a basic selfishness. During the years of formal education, such a person studies to acquire knowledge primarily so that his or her intellectual acquisition will later make possible various kinds of personal benefits and aggrandizements. Such a person works primarily to make money, or for the personal satisfaction involved. Such a person seeks out positions of authority, power, and status, primarily in order to be looked up to and to be ministered to.
A person who performs according to the other attitude projects a different image. If one pursues knowledge, it is not only for one's personal benefits. It is that he or she might also be variously capable of greater service to God and one's fellow human beings. When one works, it is not only for the money and personal satisfaction involved. It is that he or she might also be of service to others. If one attains positions of authority and influence, the person is motivated, not by illusions of grandeur, but rather by the desire to labor for others, to be for others, to serve others.

The attitude the true Christian should assume is obvious. The true Christian may sometimes find it difficult and wearisome to live according to such an attitude. But he or she has no doubt it is the correct attitude. He or she has no doubt it is Jesus' attitude, this Jesus who girt Himself with a towel and washed and dried His disciples' feet.

"So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it." (Mat 16:18)

The Church is experiencing trying times. Over the ages the Church has always received various kinds of criticism from those outside her fold. Currently she is also experiencing much criticism from within. Some of this criticism is bad-negative and unrealistic. During this period of the Church's transition, a time which has seen more than its share of pain, turmoil, confusion, and anguish, the question, "why the institutional Church?" has been raised more than once. The ultimate answer, of course, is because this is the way God wants it. God has established the Church through Christ, and, as we say, that's the way it is and that's the way it's going to be.

We help one another in the Church in many different ways, in many different circumstances. We do this not sporadically, but consistently. We live the Gospel, not as isolated individuals, but as the People of God whose members are meant to be united through the closest bonds of love.

Yes, there are many good things about the Church. But there are also things which should not be. There is jealously and pettiness. Such attitudes, unbecoming people who claim to be followers of Jesus, consistently hinder the Church's work. There is also on the part of some the exercise of power politics which makes one want to cry out that this is the Christian community, not a ruthless political machine. There are also injustices perpetrated against innocent individuals, impersonalism, mediocrity. These are some of the faults existent within the Church. We should do all we can to lessen these. We should labor at diminishing these failings so that the Church's Christic image may be more apparent. Yet we also have to realize that there will always be things wrong with the Church. We are a Pilgrim Church. This means we have not yet arrived at perfection-this is the state of the heavenly Jerusalem, the Church of heaven. Here below the Church will always be marred with blemishes even as she reaches out in a spirit of ongoing conversion for a greater assimilation of the Gospel ideal.

We should, then, view the Church realistically. We should remind ourselves that it was established by God, not by any human person or persons. We should rejoice over the Church's good points, sorrow over her failings. We should contribute our share to making the Church's goodness more dynamic, more evident, more sensitive to the needs of the times, while being consumed with a holy dissatisfaction which allows us no respite concerning the evils which plague the Church, and which should not be. And, very importantly, we should mightily love the Church despite her failings. We should love the Church deeply, consistently, tenderly. The Church belongs to Jesus; it is His body. It was born from His pierced side as He hung upon the cross. The Church is Jesus' great gift to us, a gift born of the magnificent love of His Heart.

"We are in difficulties on all sides, but never cornered; we see no answer to our problems, but never despair; we have been persecuted, but never deserted; knocked down, but never killed; always, wherever we may be, we carry with us in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus, too, may always be seen in our body." (2 Cor 4:8-10)

"I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness. Let your tolerance be evident to everyone: the Lord is very near. There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:4-7)

Certain people look upon religion as a type of enslavement. Religion, claim these people, puts shackles on one's desires for full living, pleasure, and happiness.Religion, they continue, makes one fearful, forces one into a rigid pattern of do's and don'ts which restricts and even suffocates a person's thrust toward full personality development. Whatever the causes may be for arriving at this view, such an attitude grossly misrepresents the nature of true religion.

Jesus has come to make us happy, not to make us participate in a religion which destroys the joy-dimension of human life. Jesus has come to increase our capacity for true self-fulfillment, not to restrict us with a religion which, while encouraging morbid self-enclosements, destroys possibilities for healthy self-expansiveness. Jesus has come to show us the way to real pleasures, not to prevent us with a religion which looks askance at such. And the happiness and fulfillment Jesus has come to give us is meant for this life, not only for eternal life. Christianity is a religion which gives a here-and-now happiness which develops into a future and eternal happiness which satisfies our deepest desires to be fully alive.

Jesus has not promised us that the process of achieving happiness is without pain and suffering. Jesus was the happiest man who ever walked this earth. He was also the man who suffered the most. Observing the life of Jesus Himself, then, we come face to face with this undeniable Christian truth: suffering, even deep suffering, is not incompatible with deep happiness. On the contrary, whether we experience suffering or whatever, such an encounter is a means to further happiness, providing we are living in Christ Jesus.

The Christian who is not fundamentally happy presents, then, a contradiction. He or she claims to be a follower of the Jesus who has promised more abundant life and happiness. To remove the contradiction, such a Christian must look to himself or herself. Such a person does not lack a basic happiness because there is anything wanting in Jesus' message. This person lacks happiness because there is something wanting in the self. In some way or another, for some reason or another, this person has failed to assimilate properly the Gospel message. The Gospel is the good news. Jesus invites us to listen to His Gospel, to respond to it, to live it ever more fully and dynamically. Jesus tells us that, if we do, we will experience a peace and happiness beyond comprehension. We know that Jesus does not lie, that Jesus does not deceive, that Jesus does not cruelly excite the expectations of His followers and then fail to fulfill them. Again, then, if a Christian is unhappy, he or she has to look at the self and ask why. But such a person should not ask the question in isolation. It should be asked in the company of Jesus. Jesus will help the person find the answer. Jesus will help remedy the situation.

"If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever." (1 Cor 13:1-3)

Jesus has told us love is what it's all about. Christianity, the religion of Jesus, is a religion of love. This is what Jesus wants us to realize. This is what we must realize. We understand the work of the Incarnation when we consider it in terms of love. We ourselves live Jesus when we live the love ethic He came to preach. Love marks the beginning of a truly Christian life. Love is also its main inspiration and motivation. Love is no less its goal. To be a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus. To be a follower of Jesus is to assimilate His message of love. To be a Christian, then, is to be a lover-in imitation of Jesus Who is the tremendous lover.

Jesus shows us His Heart as symbol of His life of love, including His mighty and tender love for each of us individually. His Heart calls for our return of love. His Heart invites us to pour out our lives in love of God and neighbor.

As we do so, love expands us, makes us grow, develops our capacity to be authentically and to become authentically. Love brings to mature expression the various potentialities of Christian personhood. It makes us what Jesus wants us to be. Christian love is meant to express itself at all times in all kinds of circumstances. It is truly a virtue for all seasons. Whether it is a time to laugh or a time to cry, it is a time to love. Whether it is a time to rejoice or a time to be sorrowful, it is a time to love. Whether it is a time to experience exhilarating success or to suffer the anguish of crushing failure, it is still a time to love. Whether it is a time to work on despite boredom, monotony, and lethargy, or a time to be carried along riding the crest of enthusiasm, it is a time for love. Love's labor is never done; there is no day which is not meant to be a love-day. Love should be as constant and as certain as the never-failing cycle of night following day and and day following night.

"Then he took some bread, and when he had given thanks, broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body which will be given for you; do this as a memorial of me.' He did the same with the cup after supper, and said, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood which will be poured out for you.'" (Lk 22:19-20)

In the Eucharist, through the humanity of Jesus, Father, Son and Holy Spirit communicate themselves to us anew. Through the intimate gift of the Eucharist, they strikingly manifest their love for us and ask for our response of love. In, with, and through Jesus we respond. Each experience of the Eucharist is meant to strengthen our love-bond with Jesus, so that we can say with increased meaning along with St. Paul, "For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom 8:38-39)

The Eucharist not only deepens our union with God in Christ. In receiving the Eucharist we pledge ourselves to deepen our love-union with all members of the Body which is the Church. We pledge to use those means which foster union. We determine to avoid that which causes selfish divisiveness.

The Eucharist also reminds us of our relationship with all members of the human family. Jesus died and rose for all. The Eucharistic making present of this paschal mystery nourishes our determination to assist in the work of ongoing redemption. The light we receive from the Eucharist points to what we should be doing. The strength of the Eucharist assists us to act according to the light we receive.

The Eucharist, then, possesses the rich capacity to help us maintain and develop our personal relationship with God, with members of the Church, and with all other members of the human family. And it will do just this-if we so allow it.

"Then Jesus said to the Twelve, 'What about you, do you want to go away too?' Simon Peter answered, 'Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.'" (Jn 6:67-69)

Even after years of close friendship with Jesus, a Christian can decide to make a radical break and go his or her way. In the mysterious depths of one's free will, a person decides, for whatever reason, no longer to walk side by side with Jesus. This Jesus, who was once such an inspiration, who so often manifested His mercy, who offered a challenging goal to achieve the true, the good, and the beautiful, who whispered His loving and tender concern-this Jesus is now rejected.

On a lesser scale, a Christian can variously reject a deep intimacy with Jesus while still fundamentally maintaining the friendship. It may be a case of superficial living in general. Jesus keeps calling to a more dynamic Christian existence, but the person keeps resisting, because he or she is fearful, or perhaps just too lazy, or whatever. Or it may be the barrier between the person and Jesus is more pin-pointed: Jesus is asking a very definite something, and He is refused. Such a Christian presents a paradox. The person knows there is no other way but Jesus, and, therefore, he or she basically commits one's life to Christ. On the other hand, the person does not commit oneself as fully as one could, and thus seems to be saying, "You are the only one, Jesus, who can lead me to real happiness here and hereafter-but I don't want to follow you too closely."

The only mature Christian attitude, we know, is to choose Jesus once and for all, and to live out the full implications of this choice. Of course, there will be failings on the part of the Christian who makes this option for Jesus. But he or she will strive to avoid developing that attitude which says, "I will go so far with you, Jesus, but no farther. I want to come close to you, Jesus, but not too close." To choose Jesus, then, and to live this choice consistently, dynamically, lovingly, and without reserve, is true Christian logic. It is to realize with Peter that Jesus is the one and the only one.


Christmas Meditation

At this Christmas season, these words of Fr. Edward Leen, C.S.Sp., are particularly appropriate:

"The swaddling bands in which Mary wrapped the Infant afforded but an imperfect shelter against the chilliness of the icy draughts. There is no doubt but that the straw was rough and course in spite of all Mary's efforts to make of it a clean and smooth bed for the tender Infant limbs. The manger, to be sure, was a sorry cradle for a King, and that the august King of heaven and earth. Doubtless, it was all very comfortless, but that is only one aspect of the birth of Jesus in the stable. It was not all wretchedness and misery. In this life of the God-Man loveliness and greatness, obscurity and splendor, weakness and power ever go hand in hand, and it is the splendor and power and greatness that dominate. They are but enhanced by the dark shadows of poverty, isolation and suffering. The shadows of the life of Jesus but serve to throw the splendors into stronger relief. The stable was a wretched abode, but in it was a sanctuary as worthy of God as it is possible for a created thing to be worthy of Him. That sanctuary was Mary's soul. In it the Child-God could nestle to His Heart's content and find delight. He is God and for Him, therefore, spiritual realities are more real than material realities. In His eyes the splendors of His Mother's soul transformed the cavern into an abode of palatial splendour and beauty. The mother love of Mary wrapped the soul and heart of Jesus in a mantle of warmth that was grateful in the extreme. God had never before experienced the like from a human person. Mary lavishes tenderness mingled with adoration on the Child. She ministers to Him the warmth, the light, the comfort, denied by the cavern. Joseph's affection and adoration were a pale but still a true reflex of the love and worship of Mary. It is not easy to satisfy God. The saints, even great ones, find Him exacting in His requirements. Yet here God was satisfied. He could ask no more from the two than they had given. For they had given without niggardliness. They had given all that their hearts and souls were capable of. The hostelry in which the new-born God found shelter was not, after all, such a mean one. It was the greatest and the most beautiful that our earth has ever seen or ever will see. It was not all lowliness and sordidness that surrounded the nativity of the Saviour. Man could not take from Him His greatness, nor could the humble circumstances to which their blindness condemned Him obscure it. He was great, in spite of all that man could say or do or judge and His greatness burst in splendour through the lowly conditions of the Nativity. Trumpets proclaim the birth of princes. Never did earth re-echo to strains comparable to those that announced the birth of the Great Prince of Heaven, Mary's Son. Never was such a radiance diffused through the palaces of kings as flooded the wide spaces in the center of which was the manger. Men may not, but God always does recognize true greatness, and He sets His seal upon it."3


In Memory of Henry Nouwen

The recent death of Fr. Henri Nouwen, one of the most widely read of contemporary spiritual writers, offers us a special occasion to share with you the following excerpts from his voluminous writings:

During his stay in the monastery, Nouwen derived this insight concerning the life of contemplation, a life all are called to share according to their state of life and particular occupation: "Contemplative life is a human response to the fundamental fact that the central things in life, although spiritually perceptible, remain invisible in large measure and can very easily be overlooked by the inattentive, busy, distracted person that each of us can so readily become. The contemplative looks, not so much around things, but through them into their center."9


Words From John Welch, O.Carm.

Here are some excerpts from the writings of Fr. John Welch, O. Carm., a contemporary commentator on Carmelite Spirituality:


Help Needed

Shepherds of Christ Ministries is expanding, including the increased mailing of the newsletter to priests in various parts of the world. The more we expand the circulation of the newsletter, the more it needs to be translated into other languages. We have begun a Spanish edition. We need help regarding all other languages.

We need culturally sensitive priests to review translations for theological correctness, and also to possibly help in the translations themselves. If you are able and willing to help in the ministry to priests around the world, please contact me (Edward Carter, S.J.) at the Shepherds of Christ mailing address which you will find on the back of the newsletter.

If you yourself are not able to help us, perhaps you could suggest names of others-clergy and/or laity-who could possibly be of assistance. Thank you very, very much for your prayerful consideration of this important request.


The Heart of Mary

Pope John-Paul II gives us these inspiring words: "Be blessed above all things, Handmaid of the Lord, who obeyed the Divine Call in the fullest way! Be greeted, you who united yourself entirely with your Son's redemptive consecration! Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God on the way of faith, hope and charity! Help us to live with all the truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family in the contemporary world. By entrusting, O Mother, the world, all individuals and all peoples to you, we also entrust to you the very consecration of the world, putting it in your Maternal Heart.

"O, Immaculate Heart! Help us to overcome the threat of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of men today and, with the incommensurable effects, already weighs upon our contemporary existence and seems to close the way toward the future.

"Free us from hunger and war! From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, free us! From the sin against the life of man at its dawning, free us! From the hatred and debasement of the children of God, free us! From every kind of injustice, national and international, free us! From the ease treading down God's commandments, free us! From sins against the Holy Spirit, free us! Free us!

Receive, O Mother of Christ, this cry charged with the sufferings of all mankind! Charged with the suffering of entire societies. Reveal yourself once again, in the story of the world, to be merciful! May this cry halt evil! May it transform consciences!
May the light of hope, reveal itself to all in your Immaculate Heart! Amen".14


Act of Consecration

Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock, I consecrate my priestly life to Your Heart, pierced on Calvary for love of us. From Your pierced heart the Church was born, the Church You have called me as a priest, to serve in a most special way. You reveal Your Heart as symbol of Your love in all its aspects, including Your most special love for me, whom you have chosen as Your priest-companion. Help me always to pour out my life in love of God and neighbor. Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You!

Dear Blessed Virgin Mary, I consecrate myself to your maternal and Immaculate Heart, this Heart which is symbol of your life of love. You are the Mother of my Savior. You are also my Mother. You love me with the most special love as this unique priest-son. In a return of love I give myself entirely to your motherly love and protection. You followed Jesus perfectly. You are His first and perfect disciple. Teach me to imitate you in the putting on of Christ. Be my motherly intercessor so that, through your Immaculate Heart, I may be guided to an ever closer union with the pierced Heart of Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock, Who leads me to the Father in the Holy Spirit.


Letters

We thank all those who have taken the time to write to us. We very much appreciate your letters. Space limitations permit us to publish only a few of them:

Dear Fr. Carter,
Thanks so much for the spirituality newsletter. I'll be using the Sept.-Oct. issue for meditations for the rest of the year and beyond.

I was a little down due to the fact that there are four terminal cancer patients in the parish and it is hard to cope-with them, their families, and oneself. Then your lovely newsletter came and truly lifted my spirits.

Please accept the enclosed to support your grace-filled ministry.

In Christ,
Fr. Walter E. Heinz
Pomeroy, Ohio


Dear Father,
Using your reflections is like making a retreat-great for reviewing.
God bless you,

Fr. Edmund Schreiber
Franklin Park, Illinois


Dear Friend,
I want to thank you for publishing Shepherds of Christ. I really do appreciate your thoughtfulness of helping us pastors to keep our mind's focus on Jesus.

Thank you,
Rev. Gerald Cernoch
Shiver, Texas


NOTES:

  1. Scriptural quotations are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, Doubleday & Co.
  2. The Documents of Vatican II, "Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation," No. 7, American Press Edition.
  3. Fr. Edward Leen, C.S.Sp., In the Likeness of Christ, Sheed & Ward, pp. 45-46.
  4. Henri Nouwen, The Inner Voice of Love, Doubleday, p. 12.
  5. Ibid., p. 59.
  6. Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved, Crossroad, pp. 75-76.
  7. Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out, Doubleday, pp. 88-89.
  8. Henri Nouwen, The Genesee Diary, Doubleday, p. 14.
  9. Ibid., p. 361.
  10. Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus, Crossroad, pp. 62-63.
  11. John Welch, O. Carm., The Carmelite Way: An Ancient Path for Today's Pilgrim, Paulist Press, p. 84.
  12. Ibid., p. 84.
  13. John Welch, O. Carm., When Gods Die, Paulist Press, p. 205.
  14. Pope John-Paul II, Prayers and Devotions, edited by Bishop Peter Canisuis Johannes van Lierde, O.S.A., Viking, pp. 357-358.

"Go now to those to whom I send you
and say whatever
I command you."
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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1996 ISSUE
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Shepherds of Christ, a spirituality newsletter for priests, is published bi-monthly by Shepherds of Christ Ministries, P.O. Box 193, Morrow, Ohio 45152-0193. While distribution is free of charge to all priests in the U.S., and growing internationally, donations are still very much appreciated. Inquiries and comments are welcome, as are address changes and addresses of the newly ordained. Permission to reproduce intact is granted for non-commercial use. Editor Father Edward Carter S.J. is Professor of Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. John Weickert is President. Good Shepherd illustration is by Brother Jerome Pryor, S.J. Layout and design are by Cathy Ring. Also dedicated to the spiritual advancement of priests is a worldwide network of lay/religious prayer chapters, Shepherds of Christ Associates, headquartered at 2919 Shawhan Road, Morrow, Ohio 45152, telephone toll free 1-888-211-3041, fax 513-932-6791.


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Shepherds of Christ

A Spirituality Newsletter for Priests

July/August 1997

CONTENTS


Chief Shepherd of the Flock

The Gift of the Eucharist

"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep; this is because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep." (Jn 10:11-151)

A faithful shepherd takes care of his sheep in all their needs. This includes providing them with the proper food. Jesus, the perfect Shepherd, abundantly provides for the nourishment of His flock. In the Eucharist He gives Himself in His body, blood, soul and divinity for our spiritual growth. He also feeds us through His word, through His teaching. The gospel of John, in Chapter 6:35-59 combines both of these ways-Christ nourishing us through His teaching and through the Eucharist. This particular section of John's gospel gives us Jesus' great discourse on the Bread of Life. The first part, verses 35-50, speaks of the teaching of Jesus as nourishment, as the bread of life. This first part contains, therefore, the so-called sapiential theme. The second part, verses 51-59, speaks of the Eucharist as our heavenly nourishment. This part, therefore, contains the sacramental theme. The Mass, of course, contains both aspects of John's Bread of Life theme. In the Mass we have the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist-and they are profoundly connected.

Both aspects of the Bread of Life theme reveal God's tremendous love for us. The Eucharist is the sacrament of Jesus' great love for us, and His teaching is summed up in terms of love-God's overwhelming love for us and our duty to love God and neighbor. Each day we should pray for an increased realization of how much God, in Christ Jesus Our Lord, loves each of us with a most special, unique love. Growing in this awareness and living according to this awareness are keys to growth in the spiritual life. The more we are convinced of how much Jesus loves us as unique individuals, the more able are we to enter into a deep love relationship with Jesus. And, if we have the proper love relationship with Jesus, everything else falls into place. Yes, as our union with Jesus grows, He leads us, amid all the pain and all the joy, to an ever closer union with the Father in the Holy Spirit with Mary, our Mother, at our side.


Thoughts on the Eucharist


Scriptural Reflections


Priests' Need for Spirituality

        The following words are from a paper prepared by Fr. Stephen J. Rossetti for the National Conference of Catholic Bishop's Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry. This paper was later published in the quarterly Human Development, from which we quote. Fr. Rossetti is president and chief executive officer of Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland. We here quote from various sections of his paper:


Words of St. Augustine

Augustine, one of the greatest intellects in the history of the Church, was also a man of deep feeling, of deep passion. After his conversion, his passionate nature was turned from a life of sin to a life of marvelous dedication to Christ. He is an outstanding example of how the human emotions, human feelings, are to be used in the service of God. There follow excerpts from some of Augustine's writings.


This Friend Jesus

Here are words from St. Claude de la Columbiere, one of the great apostles of devotion to the Heart of Christ. Speaking to Jesus, Claude says:

You share my burdens,
You take them upon yourself.
You listen to me fondly when I tell you my troubles.
You never fail to lighten them.
I find You at all times and in all places.
You never leave me.
I will always find You wherever I go.
Old age or misfortune will not cause You to abandon me.
You will never be closer to me than
When all seems to go against me.
No matter how miserable I may be,
You will never cease to be my friend.
You tolerate my faults with admirable patience.
You are always ready to come to me, if I so desire it.
Jesus, may I die praising you!
May I die loving you!
May I die for the love of you.12


St. Bernard's Tribute to Mary

Bernard, saint and doctor of the Church, and one greatly devoted to Mary, offers us these inspiring words:

"If you will not be submerged by tempests, do not turn away your eyes from the splendor of this star. If the storms of temptation arise, if you crash against the rocks of tribulation, look to the star, call upon Mary. If you are tossed about on the waves of pride, of ambition, of slander, of hostility, look to the star, call upon Mary. If wrath or avarice or the enticements of the flesh upset the boat of your mind, look to Mary. If you are disturbed by the immensity of your crimes'if you begin to be swallowed up by the abyss of depression and despair, think of Mary! In danger, in anxieties, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let her name not leave your lips, nor your heart, and that you may receive the help of her prayer, do not cease to follow the example of her conduct'If she holds you, you will not fall, if she protects you, you need not fear."13


Prayer

Our growth according to Jesus' pattern of death-resurrection is impossible without a life of prayer. Growth in prayer not only increases our love of God, but also enhances our loving concern for others.

A great example of this is seen in the study of the prayer life of Catherine of Sienna, saint and doctor of the Church. Sr. Mary O'Driscolll, O.P., tells us:

"Twenty-six of Catherine of Sienna's prayers have been preserved for us. With one possible exception, they are not prayers that she herself wrote or even dictated to others. Rather, they were transcribed by her followers who were present as she prayed aloud. All of these prayers belong to the last four years of her life. They impress us by their simplicity, their intense concentration on God, who is repeatedly praised and thanked, and their constant desire for the salvation of others'

"As her prayers make evident, Catherine of Sienna was a great intercessor. In them we find her pleading with God persistently and urgently for mercy for all the world, the Church, the pope, her friends and followers, all in need. It is obvious that she doe not regard intercession as merely a passing prayer to God on behalf of one or other persons in time of crisis, but rather as an expression of her deep, loving, permanent commitment both to God and to her neighbors. In Catherine's own life, the importance and intensity of her intercession increased according as her union with God and her concern for others increased. This observation tells us something very significant about the prayer of intercession in the Christian life, namely, that it is not, as is sometimes thought, a type of prayer which one passes on the way to the heights of mystical prayer, as though intercession were for beginners and mysticism for those who are advanced in the spiritual life, but as a type of prayer which belongs most particularly to the life of contemplative union with God." 14


Act of Consecration

Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock, I consecrate my priestly life to Your Heart, pierced on Calvary for love of us. From Your pierced Heart the Church was born, the Church You have called me, as a priest to serve in a most special way. You reveal Your Heart as symbol of Your love in all its aspects, including Your most special love for me, whom You have chosen as Your priest-companion. Help me always to pour out my life in love of God and neighbor. Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in You!

Dear Blessed Virgin Mary, I consecrate myself to your maternal and Immaculate heart, this Heart which is symbol of your life of love. You are the Mother of my Savior and you are also my Mother. You love me with the most special love as this unique priest-son. In a return of love I give myself entirely to your motherly love and protection. You followed Jesus perfectly. You are His first and perfect disciple. Teach me to imitate you in the putting on of Christ. Be my motherly intercessor so that, through your Immaculate Heart, I may be guided to an ever closer union with the pierced Heart of Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock, who leads me to the Father in the Holy Spirit.


Letters

We thank all those who have taken the time to write to us. We very much appreciate your letters. Space limitations permit us to publish only a few of these.

Dear Rev. Fr. Ed Carter, S.J.,
        Thank you very much for providing us with rich spiritual literature.
        The Shepherds of Christ Newsletter has been very useful to us and I have received positive response from a good number of priests. Thank you for the good work and we shall be happy if you continue sending them to us.

Fr. John Bazimenyera, St. Augustine's Institute, Kampala, Uganda.


Dear Fr. Carter,
        It took me such a long time to answer your letter of over a month ago. I am sorry for this delay. I have just received your issue of SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST for March/April 1997 for which I heartily thank you. I have already distributed quite a lot to our Gozitan priests, and they want to thank you as they find your newsletter very enriching spiritually. I am sending some copies to the Seminarians in Malta and to other priests there.
        By the way, I have some good news for you, I think. A little over a month ago His Lordship, the bishop of Baton Rouge was our guest at Manresa Retreat House. He came over to visit the families of three Gozitan priests who work in his diocese. I have introduced the SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST newsletter to him, which he appreciated greatly. I also passed over some copies to the Spiritual Father of the American College in Rome who was accompanying His Lordship.

God bless you with His love and peace. Rev. Joseph M. Galdes, S.J., Gozo, Malta.


NOTES:

  1. Scriptural quotations are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, Doubleday & Co.
  2. The Liturgy Documents, "The 1967 Instruction on Eucharistic Worship", Liturgy Training Program, Archdiocese of Chicago, pp 37-41.
  3. Fr. Edward Leen, C.S..Sp., In the Likeness of Christ, Sheed and Ward, pp. 250-252..
  4. St. Thomas Aquinas, as in The Liturgy of the Hours, Catholic Book Publishing Co., Vol III, pp. 610-611.
  5. Through the Year with Fulton Sheen, compiled by Henry Dietrich, Servant Books, p. 15.
  6. Henri Nouwen, With Burning Hearts, Orbis, p. 30..
  7. St. Peter Julian Eymard, The Real Presence: Eucharistic Meditations, published by Eymard League, as in The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom, Fr. John Hardin, S.J. ed., Ignatius Press, p. 584.
  8. Fr. Stephen J. Rossetti, "Spirituality of the Priesthood" as in Human Development, Vol 18. No. 1, Spring, 1997, pp. 26-32.
  9. Confessions of St. Augustine, translated by John K. Ryan, Doubleday & Co., as found in The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom, op. cit., p. 128
  10. St. Augustine, as in the Liturgy of the Hours, op. cit., Vol III, p. 1967.
  11. Ibid., p. 273.
  12. St. Claude de la Columbiere, as published by Apostleship of Prayer, Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus.
  13. St. Bernard, as in Hilda Graef, Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion, Christian Classics, Vol I., p. 237.
  14. Catherine of Sienna, Selective Writings, ed, Mary O'Driscoll, O.P., New City Press, p. 50..

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JULY/AUGUST 1997 ISSUE
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Shepherds of Christ, a spirituality newsletter for priests, is published bi-monthly by Shepherds of Christ Ministries, P.O. Box 193, Morrow, Ohio 45152-0193. While distribution is free of charge to all priests in the U.S., and growing internationally, donations are still very much appreciated. Inquiries and comments are welcome, as are address changes and addresses of the newly ordained. Permission to reproduce intact is granted for non-commercial use. Editor Father Edward Carter S.J. is Professor of Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. John Weickert is President. Good Shepherd illustration is by Brother Jerome Pryor, S.J. Layout and design are by Cathy Ring. Also dedicated to the spiritual advancement of priests is a worldwide network of lay/religious prayer chapters, Shepherds of Christ Associates, headquartered at 2919 Shawhan Road, Morrow, Ohio 45152, telephone toll free 1-888-211-3041, fax 513-932-6791.


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Meditating on the
Rosary Aves

This bead-by-bead commentary on the mysteries of the Rosary serves to enhance our awareness of the powerful events involving Our Lord and Our Lady during His mission of salvation among us. Reciting one thought before each Hail Mary in every decade gives just another small aid in concentrating on the great wonder of the Messianic story.

THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES

The Annunciation

  1. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and asked her to be the mother of the Messiah.
  2. She said yes. Mary had such faith! She always complied with the Father's will.
  3. She was filled with the Holy Spirit and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
  4. There was such a bond between Jesus and Mary from the very moment of conception!
  5. She felt His life grow within her womb. His Most Sacred Heart was formed in her womb through the Holy Spirit.
  6. Jesus wants to be alive in our hearts. We should carry His life with great joy in our being.
  7. The Spirit wants to be alive in our very being with the fire of His love.
  8. We are children of God. Mary mothers us as she mothered Jesus.
  9. It is through Mary that we are led to intense love in His most precious Heart.
  10. It is truly the love of these Two Hearts that will lead us to union with God.

The Visitation

  1. Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth.
  2. When she arrived, the child in Elizabeth's womb leapt for joy at the presence of Mary with Jesus in her womb.
  3. Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out, with a loud voice, the Magnificat.
  4. "My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior."
  5. "Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid, from all generations they will call me blessed."
  6. God Who is mighty has done great things to us in His name.
  7. Jesus is no less present in our hearts after Communion than He was in Mary's womb.
  8. Should we not jump up and cry out that we truly receive the one, true God in our hearts?
  9. Are we open to the Holy Spirit to fill us with the love of the one, true God and Mary in our hearts?
  10. It is through her pure and tender Heart that we will love God more closely.

The Birth of Jesus

  1. Joseph was filled with joy to see the splendor of the night, but with sorrow to see Jesus born in such poverty.
  2. Not a place for Jesus to lay His head-in a manger at birth, His head on a cross at His death-both bare wood.
  3. He showed us the way, in total submission to the will of the Father. He loved us so much that He was born a human, God-made-man.
  4. What the birth of this baby, the child Jesus, did to change the world for all time!
  5. This is Jesus, the Son of God, come to free the world of its sins.
  6. He came as a little baby. He was born of Mary in the little town of Bethlehem.
  7. This is how it is with Jesus today: there is no blare of trumpets, no roll of drums. Jesus comes quietly at every Mass.
  8. The only blare of trumpets and roll of drums are in our hearts.
  9. If you are not aware of Christ truly present in the Eucharist, you miss the big event.
  10. Jesus, the same Jesus who was born in Bethlehem, comes to us in our hearts.

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

  1. Mary took Jesus to the temple to be presented to the Father.
  2. Simeon told Mary of the future sufferings of Jesus and Mary.
  3. Joseph, in his sorrow at hearing of the sufferings, was comforted by the joy that so many souls would be redeemed.
  4. They returned to Galilee to the town of Nazareth and Jesus grew in wisdom and strength.
  5. Mary, with such love, beheld her precious Son!
  6. She gazed into His precious baby eyes.
  7. Simeon predicted that her heart would be pierced with a sword.
  8. Her heart would be pierced with a sword for, just as she held His baby body at birth, she would hold his lifeless body under the cross.
  9. How well Mary would know the Heart of Jesus! She would ponder all the events of His life in her Heart.
  10. It is through her most loving Heart that we grow in fervent love for His Heart.

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

  1. When Jesus was twelve years old, the Holy Family went to Jerusalem for Passover.
  2. When it was over Mary and Joseph had traveled a day's journey before they realized Jesus was not with them.
  3. With sorrow in their hearts they returned to Jerusalem to find Him.
  4. After searching for Him for three days, they found Him in the temple talking to the doctors.
  5. The doctors were astounded at His wisdom.
  6. He said He had to be about His Father's business.
  7. Jesus teaches us today through His word.
  8. He went down and was subject to them.
  9. Mary, if we ever lose Jesus, lead us back to His tender Heart.
  10. Jesus, help us to love Mary more.

THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

The Agony in the Garden

  1. Be with Jesus in the garden. Kneel beside Him and feel the pain in His Heart.
  2. How tenderly He loves us, that God came to this earth and gave Himself for love of us.
  3. Jesus is a Person. He loves each one of us with a most personal love.
  4. He is a Divine Person. He loves us more than any human person could love us.
  5. Jesus saw before Him all His suffering.
  6. He knew the sins of all men from all time.
  7. Because of His great love for us and for all men His Heart was in such pain.
  8. He knows and loves us more than we know and love ourselves.
  9. He is alive this day and He lives in our hearts.
  10. He wants us to love Him at every moment and He is forgotten and ignored and He is God.

The Scourging at the Pillar

  1. Jesus saw in the garden all the events that would happen and He suffered so He sweat blood.
  2. They led Jesus away as a criminal and they tied Him to a pillar.
  3. At any moment Jesus could have stopped the men, but. because of His great love for us, He allowed them to whip Him.
  4. Jesus did this, allowed them to whip Him, for me.
  5. Many times, when others are cruel to us, we feel alone and very hurt.
  6. Hail Mary...
  7. Many times, when we pray and talk about God in the world today, others treat us cruelly.
  8. God is almighty, He controls everything. Our every breath and heart beat depend on God.
  9. God first loved us and commands us to love Him.
  10. The greatest commandment of all is to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul and our whole mind.

The Crowning with Thorns

  1. God commands us to love Him first and to love our neighbors.
  2. He suffered for us and paid for our sins with the price of His blood.
  3. Why are men so willful, so full of pride that they ignore the Almighty God who gives them their very breath?
  4. Look at Jesus, crowned with thorns, His face covered with blood. He suffered because He loves me.
  5. God is offended by the willfulness of men today.
  6. Whether we go to heaven or hell depends on whether we love God and love one another.
  7. Jesus shows us how to love by giving Himself for love of us.
  8. Jesus was crowned with thorns. He was whipped, His body was torn. He suffered this that we would share in His life and go to heaven some day.
  9. Our life here will end soon and we will be somewhere forever and ever. Let us love God and love one another that we will share in the great gift He gives us, the gift of eternal life in heaven.
  10. Think of the men that whipped Jesus and crowned Him with thorns. Think how cold their hearts were.

The Carrying of the Cross

  1. They stood around Jesus and they hollered at Him, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"
  2. They gave to Jesus a heavy cross laden with all the sins from all time and they put it on His shoulder and made Him carry the cross.
  3. It was so heavy that Jesus could not carry it any longer. He collapsed and fell to the ground.
  4. He got up and tried to move. He saw the tear covered face of His beloved mother.
  5. She looked into His tender gentle, eyes covered with blood.
  6. This was the little baby that she carried and now she saw Him covered with blood and wounds.
  7. Mary loves Jesus with the most tender love.
  8. It is in going to the heart of Mary that we will learn to love our beloved Jesus.
  9. The Holy Spirit is the spouse of Mary.
  10. The Holy Spirit works within the heart of Mary to make us more holy, more like our beloved Jesus.

The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

  1. Jesus was nailed to the cross.
  2. Jesus hung on the cross for three hours.
  3. His mother, in excruciating pain, stood beneath the cross and watched, watched her Son die.
  4. Before He died He gave His mother, Mary, to us as our mother.
  5. Our mother, Mary, loves us.
  6. She saw Jesus hang and die on the cross. She knows the great love that Jesus has for us.
  7. She wants to mother us and help us to love Jesus so much more.
  8. As her little children, it is important that we give ourselves to her and her motherly care.
  9. If we want peace and joy in our life we must give ourselves to Mary and to her Son.
  10. Mary said at Fatima that she wants us to give our hearts to her and to the Heart of her Son. She also said at Fatima that she wants us to pray the rosary every day. If we do this, we will have peace in the world.

THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

The Resurrection

  1. On the third day He arose as he foretold.
  2. When Mary Magdalen and some other women arrived at the tomb, they saw that the entry stone had been rolled away.
  3. There appeared two men in dazzling garments where Jesus had been laid.
  4. The two angels told the women He had risen as He had foretold.
  5. He went to Emmaus and accounted for them all the scriptures, from Moses through the prophets, which referred to Him.
  6. When He had seated Himself with them to eat, He took bread, pronounced the blessing, then broke the bread and began to distribute it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, whereupon He vanished from their sight.
  7. He appeared several times to the apostles over the course of 40 days and gave them the power to baptize and forgive sins.
  8. Christ died to bring us to new life.
  9. He came that we might have life to the full.
  10. The good news is that Jesus has died and that He has risen.

The Ascension

  1. They went out of the town of Bethany and Jesus gave them his final blessing.
  2. He raised His arms and ascended into heaven.
  3. They stood below in utter amazement at what had happened.
  4. Think of what it would be like to see Jesus ascend bodily into heaven.
  5. Imagine the grief in Mary's and the apostles' hearts to see Him go!
  6. Jesus has not left. He remains with us in His divinity and humanity in the Eucharist today.
  7. He longs for us to come and receive Him. He waits for us to come and be with Him in front of the tabernacle.
  8. He gave Himself on the cross. He gives Himself this very day in the Eucharist.
  9. He loved us so much He died for us. He rose to give us new life. As He ascended into heaven he left behind the most precious gift of all-Himself!
  10. He said, "For John baptized with water but, in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

The Descent of the Holy Spirit

  1. The apostles were full of fear and locked themselves in the upper room.
  2. When the Holy Spirit descended on Mary and the apostles, what joy for Mary's Heart!
  3. Jesus had promised to send the Holy Spirit. A great wind blew and over their heads appeared parted tongues of fire.
  4. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues.
  5. What joy for Mary to see the apostles transformed from fear to fearlessness!
  6. Oh, Holy Spirit, come to us and fill our hearts with the fire of Your love.
  7. Where we are full of fear, make us fearless.
  8. We long to have the courage to do all God asks of us. Oh, Holy Spirit, give us this courage.
  9. Holy Spirit, lead us to intimate oneness with You, the Father, the Son and Mary.
  10. Oh, Holy Spirit, set us on fire for love of God.

The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven

  1. Many years after Jesus' death Mary was taken up to heaven.
  2. Imagine her delight to be forever united with her most precious Son.
  3. Imagine her joy to be united with the Father and the Holy Spirit. She beheld the face of God.
  4. She had lived her whole life in service of Him. Now she was taken up to her eternal dwelling place.
  5. Mary has not left. She remains forever with us. She is wherever Jesus is. She is our spiritual mother. She is forever by our side. She loves us. She mothers us with such motherly love!
  6. Who are we to have Mary as our mother?
  7. Mary watched it all. A young Mary, an older Mary, a sad Mary, a joyful Mary-Mary, the reflection of Christ's life!
  8. To know Christ is to see Him through Mary's eyes, to feel Him through Mary's motherhood, to love Him through Mary's Heart.
  9. She forever intercedes for her beloved children. She cares for our every need.
  10. Heaven is our true home.

The Coronation of Our Lady

  1. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
  2. Mary was crowned queen of heaven and earth. Our most beloved mother now reigns in the court of heaven!
  3. Imagine her joy to hear the choirs of angelic voices! Imagine her joy to see the angels and saints praising God!
  4. She-who carried the baby Jesus in her womb, who held Him in her arms, who walked by His side during the Passion, who stood under His cross, who held His lifeless body and watched Him locked in the tomb-was now crowned Queen of Heaven, forever to reign in the court of heaven with her beloved Son.
  5. If we remain faithful to the Lord until death, we too will receive a crown of life. In heaven shall be found every good.
  6. Such treasures for us in heaven! The eye has not seen, the ear has not heard the glories that await him who serves the Lord!
  7. Heaven is the kingdom of God. We are His heirs.
  8. There is no more thirsting for union with God, no more longing for Him. We will experience such intense union with Him forever.
  9. We will never want for love again. We will know His love.
  10. We will see the face of God and live.

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Children's Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
April 25, 1996

RESURRECTION

  1. Mary: This is a rosary for the children of America. This is a rosary from your Mother Mary, on this April 25th, of 1996. May the children of America unite in one heart, in one mind and love with my Son Jesus with all their hearts.
  2. Mary calls us as the children of light to march across this world and to carry the banner of His light in our hearts, that all may see His life within us and praise the Almighty God who loves us with His burning Heart of love.
  3. See Jesus adorned in the brightest light as He comes forth from the tomb. This is the Almighty God, all-powerful, clothed in all splendor and glory and He has chosen each one of you, for this mission to help lead the light across this world. For generations to come all will remember your fervor and your love of God as it spreads from your hearts to all that you touch.
  4. He is alive and He lives in this world in the hearts of men. The youth will carry the love of Jesus for the future generation.
    Jesus: I am calling you to be the backbone of this Junior Shepherds of Christ Movement, to lead the children and the adults to the love of the Almighty God.
  5. He came, He died, and He rose on the third day to give us life. He is filling each one of us with His abundant life, that we will go into the world and He will live in us in all of our actions.
  6. I am the messenger. The message is from God, from Jesus and Mary to you, to be His youth to carry His love to this darkened world. The world that is filled with such sin and agony.
  7. Do you hear the cries of your heavenly Mother? Will you go to her and let her fill you with her motherly love, that you will have the strength to carry out this mission?
  8. Song: Here I Am Lord
  9. Jesus: Who will I send if you say no to this mission?
  10. See the Heart of Jesus after the resurrection. The glorified Heart of Jesus filled with such light and vibrancy, radiating His love. See it pulsate. This is the love that He has for all men.

THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD INTO HEAVEN

  1. Jesus: My youth, My youth will carry My love to this world. You must be holy in your hearts. I am calling you to this holiness, to this love of God, that you will be the apostles to spread My love to this world.
  2. He took the apostles near the town of Bethany. He raised His arms and He ascended into heaven.
  3. Jesus no longer walks the earth. He lives in us as we walk this earth. He loves through us. He touches others as we live according to the will of the Father.
  4. Our whole life is to be spent in this oneness with God, that He can touch others through us.
  5. We are commissioned in Baptism to carry out His life, death and resurrection in our lives.
  6. Jesus: My precious ones that I have called here to this Junior Shepherds of Christ Movement, open your hearts and let Me fill your soul with My love. You are so precious to Me. I am guarding you every moment of your lives. I am watching over you. You will truly be My apostles that will lead many to My burning love. I love you, I love you, I love you.
  7. The apostles were filled with fear as they saw Jesus ascend into the sky. But, before Jesus ascended into the sky, He promised to send the Holy Spirit to them, that they would, when the Holy Spirit descended upon them, be filled with fearlessness and would go into the world and carry forth His message of love.
  8. The apostles were so filled with fear that they locked themselves in the upper room to wait for the Holy Spirit.
  9. Jesus: Blessed are you My chosen ones, for I am giving to you great graces. You will be joined ever closer to My Heart. Surrender and do not give into the temptation to go astray. I am the Almighty God. I guard your every heart beat. I am watching you and I know every thought that you think.
  10. Jesus: Satan aims to trip you up and stop you on your path. I am there to guard you and to give you My grace.

THE DESCENT UPON THE APOSTLES AND THE VIRGIN MARY

  1. Put yourself in the room with the Apostles and the Virgin Mary and hear the wind and the roar of a fire. There appeared over the head of the Apostles parted tongues of fire. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and they were transformed from fear to fearlessness.
  2. The Apostles many times were afraid. Peter denied Jesus. We see how they did not always know what was going on. But, now the Holy Spirit descended upon them and they were filled with this fearlessness, that they went out to preach the gospel.
  3. Jesus: You My young shepherds, My young apostles, I am sending into this world. As you hear the Scriptures during this time of the year, think of yourselves as you go into the world, to spread My love, to the world that is hurting and in pain.
  4. Jesus: Oh youth of America, do you see how the children and the young adults are being poisoned every moment on the television and with video games? I am the Almighty God. I ask you to pray fervently with your young hearts, for the Father will hear your prayers and He will give to you great grace to help carry out His mission for you.
  5. Jesus: I send you as sheep among wolves. You will calm the angered heart and many will turn their hearts to God because of the love for God in your heart.
  6. Jesus: Pray to the Holy Spirit fervently, all through the day.
  7. Jesus: He will give to you a sharing in His divine wisdom and you will know far beyond your human comprehension and understand so much of the plan of the Father for this world.
  8. Jesus: I can give you clear understanding in one, minute second that many will not know in all their years of their life. I am the Almighty God, I want to shower you with My divine wisdom.
  9. Jesus: My stiff-necked people, they harden their hearts and they walk away. They have made idols their gods and I wait and long for their love. Will you be My apostles to tell this world of My burning love, that many will be saved through your prayers and through all your efforts to spread this love to the world?
  10. Jesus: You help in the act of redemption. All of your actions should be offered as a sacrifice united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to the Father, in the Holy Spirit.

THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR BLESSED LADY INTO HEAVEN

  1. The Almighty God controls our every breath and our every heart beat. We are totally dependent on Him. If we go to the highest mountain we cannot escape Him. He is with us and in our hearts at every moment. We must be at peace in our hearts, or we will not feel good in our lives.
  2. The television and video games have drawn many of the youth totally outside of themselves for excitement, but their hearts are withering and dying inside. There must be time spent everyday that you can hear God speak in your heart.
  3. To go to the world for pleasure and to forget the inner workings of your heart, is to lead a life of loneliness and pain.
  4. Mary: I am Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and I am asking you, my beloved youth, to help spread this rosary to all the youth in world.
  5. Mary: I am asking you to give me your heart everyday and to tell me of your love. I will place your heart in the Heart of my Son and you will be at peace and to know Our love for you.
  6. The world is vast, the world is wide. The Almighty God created the world, the sun in the sky and everything in it. He has all the power. We must turn to Him and realize that He controls our life.
  7. If your heart has turned to darkness, how dark is dark?
  8. Mary: The devil wants to take my little children deeper and deeper into sin. Look at the violence in your world. I am Mary your Mother, I am calling to you, my specially chosen children of the light, to pray and to come to my heart
  9. Do not be willful. Obey authority. This teaches you to obey the Father.
  10. Mary: To His death on the cross, my Son always obeyed the will of the Father.

MARY IS CROWNED QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

  1. Mary: My Son obeyed always the will of His Father. My dear children, Satan wants you to be willful. You must be obedient.
  2. Pray that you will be humble. That you will be filled with all the virtues, that your hearts will be rooted in the love of God.
  3. We see Mary as the angel appeared to her and asked her to be the Mother of God. She obeyed and said yes. Then we see that the Father crowned her as Queen of heaven and earth.
  4. Mary: Reach with your hearts, my sweet, sweet children. Let your hearts be always alive and filled with love. Spend time alone with your beloved Jesus.
  5. Mary: Satan is aimed at the youth of this world. He wants to cut the youth off from their hearts. You will be my chosen ones that will lead the fire of His love (my Son) across the land.
  6. Mary: On this day, April 25th, 1996, I am Mary your Mother calling you to an urgent message. Listen my children, you are children of the light. You will march on the darkened world and many will be filled with hearts of love.
  7. Mary: I am Mary your Mother and I am telling you that the Father has called you to this Center, that you have been chosen from so many, that the Father has chosen you and is calling you to help in the work of salvation.
  8. Mary: Do you believe that God is truly talking to you? This is a message from your Mother. I am telling you that the Father has a great plan for each one of you gathered in this room. I am Queen of heaven and earth and you are my children of the light.
  9. See the souls shriveling in the fires of hell. So many this day are dropping into hell like drops of rain. As you pray fervently from your hearts to the Holy Spirit, you will see clearly the plan of the Father for you. You must pray to the Holy Spirit all through the day and spend time alone with your beloved Jesus.
  10. If you do not spend time each day alone with God, you will have problems in your life. For it is in those quiet moments that He teaches you about Himself and that He reveals the Father's plan for you.

Mary: I am Mary your Mother, this is a special rosary for you. I have not given very many messages in a long time. But, I have spoken to you for this is an urgent call to you, my sweet children. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Heart of my Son, Jesus. He loves you with a most burning love. I am Mary your Mother, and thank you for responding to my call.


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March 18, 1996
Message given through Rita Ring
Message from Mary

R. Mary wants the children to pray the rosary. She wants us to spread the rosary meditations to the children.

Included in the Children's Rosary Book are the windows at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center.

Mary: Reach the children with these rosaries and the consecration prayers. We need to encourage children to join the Junior Shepherds of Christ Movement. They should be told to pray the rosary daily and to consecrate their little hearts to Jesus and Mary.

Please encourage all to use these meditations and circulate the rosaries. Please encourage the chapters in the Shepherds of Christ Movement to pray the rosary with these meditations. The windows in the Rosary Book, ready to be published, must be in color. Many will grow in their relationship to the Heart of Jesus through the rosary.

All are to pray the rosary daily and consecrate their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Please tell all Associate members to pray the rosary and consecration prayers daily. I ask that each member pray the prayers in the Handbook every day.

Please circulate tapes with the Handbook prayers and encourage all to pray them every day.

Our world is suffering far more than we know. We must reach the children with the rosary and consecration prayers. Tell children about the love of Jesus. Spread messages of His love to children in the Movement.

We must pray before the tabernacle. We must give children messages about Jesus in the Eucharist. Children should pray before Jesus in the tabernacle. Jesus loves the little children. Bring your children to Jesus. He will give them special graces is this troubled world.

We must take our children to Mass and Communion whenever possible. Children need Jesus in their lives.

Please, I beg you to tell the children to pray. The children need Jesus in their lives.


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Junior Shepherds of Christ Associates
Calling the Youth of the World to come together to pray for priests
and other young people, to help each other through these
hard times to grow in our faith and love of God,
and to realize that we are not alone
in our struggles, that God is
always by our side
guiding and
loving
us.

This is the purpose and goal of Junior Shepherds of Christ Associates. This Junior Youth group of Shepherds of Christ Associates, hopefully will grow and spread rapidly to help many youth come closer to Jesus and Mary.

How to start a Junior Shepherds of Christ Associates:

  1. Figure out the most suitable place to gather ( at a church or chapel is the best, but you must get permission from the priest or person in charge. If this is not possible, the meetings can be held at one's house).
  2. Set a time and a day of the week.
  3. Schedule one or two priests as spiritual directors to come to the prayer group at least once a month. (if this is possible)
  4. After the above is settled, a good way to spread the news is to make a flyer to send out and to put in the back of churches (with permission of the priest).
  5. At each meeting, go on with all the prayers in Prayer Manual. After each meeting you could have snacks and socialize.
  6. Each person should sign the membership list (reassure them its not a commitment).
  7. After the Junior Shepherds of Christ Associates is fully established and several meetings have occurred, you may want to plan a small field trip.

*(everything is done, led, & organized by youth)
National Coordinator: Cathy Ring

Any Questions? write to:

Junior Shepherds of Christ Associate
P.O. Box 193
Morrow, OH 45152


Junior Shepherds of Christ Registration Form


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A Letter from a Teacher


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Contacting

Families

with the
Consecration


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Letter from Mary Rettig


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Shepherds of Christ Associates

Frequently Asked Questions about forming a Shepherds of Christ Associates Prayer Chapter:

1.) How many people need to be in a chapter?
The minimum number of people required to form a chapter is two. Our Lord has promised us that whenever two or more are gathered in His name, He is in our midst.

2.) I do not have any one to pray with, what should I do?
In this situation, consider becoming an Apostle of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. This ministry is for individuals who can commit to spending one hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament twice a week. The first part of the hour is spent praying the Shepherds of Christ Prayers. The remaining time can be spent in silent meditation or praying/reading other materials. For more information about this ministry, call or write us using the information on the front of this form.

3.) Do we have to meet in Church?
There is no requirement to meet in Church. It would be a great blessing to be able to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament, but this is not a requirement. A simple shrine at home with a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary can help us be close to their hearts. Also appropriate are any religious statues you may have, especially the Infant Jesus of Prague. We have materials which can help create a prayerful environment, please contact us.

4.) How often should we meet?
Chapters should meet at least monthly. Many chapters meet weekly. In special situations where there is a community which is together everyday for mass or due to their living situation, it would be very beneficial for the Church and our priests to say the prayers everyday.

5.) Why is it important that we return our membership form?
It is important that you return your membership form so that we (the core group in Cincinnati) can be in close contact by phone and through the mail with you. This ministry is an important work of the Lord, and we need to support each other against the distractions of the world and the assaults of the evil one.

Also, additional SofC Spirituality Handbooks and Prayer Manuals will be sent to you based on the number of members in your chapter. You will also receive mailings with important information on the direction of the movement.

Here are the steps for forming a SofC Associates Prayer chapter:

  1. Bring together family, friends, or parish members to answer this call to strengthen the Church by praying for our priests.
  2. Designate a coordinator for the chapter.
  3. Have everyone fill out the membership form then mail or fax it to the destination marked on the form.
  4. Choose a regular time and place to meet (at church or in the home).
  5. Give everyone a SofC Prayer Manual.
  6. Follow the format in the Shepherds of Christ Associates Prayer Manual.
  7. Along with the rosary, say the Holy Spirit prayer and make the act of consecration daily. You are also strongly encouraged to say daily the other prayers in the prayer manual. These daily prayers will help keep you close to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

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Chapter Registration Form


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Chapter Guidelines for Shepherds of Christ Associates

  1.     A primary purpose of the chapters of Shepherds of Christ Associates is to pray for all priests throughout the world in all their needs.   A coequal purpose is to provide a spiritual way of life for members of the chapters.  The chapters are to pray in a special way for the spiritual success of the priestly newsletter, Shepherds of Christ.  Prayer for the acquisition of monetary funds to publish the letter is also in order.  The chapters are to meet on a regular basis, with the members of each chapter to determine the exact frequency of meetings.   All chapters are encouraged to meet on a weekly basis.  If for various other reasons certain chapters cannot meet weekly, they should meet at least once a month.

  2.     All persons--lay persons, diocesan clergy, and priests, brothers, and sisters in religious life--are invited to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates.  Those who are already committed to a certain way of spiritual life may adapt the spirituality of the Shepherds of Christ Associates to their own particular activity.

  3.     In addition to the purpose of the chapters as put forth above, the members of each chapter are encouraged to help raise money to defray some of the newsletter publication costs and some of the financial needs of the Shepherds of Christ Associates movement.  One way for chapters to financially aid the newsletter is to pledge to pay for a certain number of newsletters each year.  Our Lord has asked that the newsletter be sent to the priests free of charge, although donations may be requested in the newsletter itself.

  4.     A further purpose of the chapters is to undertake those activities which Jesus, through the Spiritual Director, further reveals to be His will.

  5.     The formation of as many chapters as is reasonably possible is to be encouraged.  Multiple chapters may exist in the same city or area.   Each chapter is to have its own local coordinator, and each country its own national coordinator.

  6.     A periodic newsletter for associates will be published to help establish the desired bond or union between all chapters and all members.

  7.     Members of Shepherds of Christ Associates pledge their loyal support to the Holy Father, the Pope, and to the teaching authority of the Church.

  8.     Shepherds of Christ Associates exists under Church law as provided in canons 298 and 299.

  9.     The existence and activity of all chapters is to be placed under the special protection and guidance of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Chapters exist so that they may, according to the mission of Shepherds of Christ Associates, help to establish the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  All chapter members are strongly encouraged to consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


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Spanish

Formato para la Oración en las Reuniones de los Grupos

El siguiente es el formato de oración que se deberá seguir en las reuniones de los capítulos de los de los Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo. Todas las oraciones-y no solo las que se hacen específicamente por los sacerdotes-deberán hacerse con la intención de orar por todas las necesidades de los sacerdotes del mundo entero.

1. Himnos. Los himnos podrán ser cantados en cualquier momento del tiempo dedicado a la oración en la reunión.

2. Oración al Espíritu Santo. "Ven, Espíritu Santo, Santificador todopoderoso, Dios de amor, que llenaste a la Virgen María de gracias, que cambiaste admirablemente los corazones de los apóstoles, que le comunicaste a tus mártires un milagroso valor, ven y santifícanos. Ilumina nuestras mentes, fortalece nuestras voluntades, purifica nuestras conciencias, rectifica nuestro juicio, pon fuego en nuestros corazones, y presérvanos de la desgracia de no hacerle caso a tus inspiraciones. Amén."

3. El Rosario.

4. La Salve. "Dios te salve, Reina y Madre, Madre de Misericordia, Vida y dulzura y esperanza nuestra. Dios te salve, a ti llamamos los desterrados hijos de Eva. A Ti suplicamos gimiendo y llorando en este valle de lágrimas. Ea, pues, Señora y abogada nuestra. Vuelve a nosotros Tus ojos misericordiosos, y después de este destierro muéstranos a Jesús, fruto bendito de Tu vientre. ¡Oh clemente! ¡Oh piadosa! ¡Oh dulce Virgen María! Ruega por nosotros, santa Madre de Dios. No desprecies las súplicas que te dirigimos en nuestras necesidades. Antes bien, líbranos de todo peligro, Virgen gloriosa y bendita. Ruega por nosotros, santa Madre de Dios para que seamos dignos de alcanzar las promesas de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Amén."

5. El Acordados. "Acordaos, oh piadosísima Virgen María, que jamás se ha oído decir que ninguno de los que han acudido a vuestra protección, implorando vuestro auxilio, reclamando vuestra asistencia, haya sido desamparado. Animado por esta confianza, a vos acudo oh Madre Virgen de las Vírgenes, y gimiendo bajo el peso de mis pecados me atrevo a comparecer ante Vos, Madre de Dios. No desechéis mis súplicas, antes bien escuchádlas y acogedlas benignamente. Amén."

6. Siete Avemarías en honor de los siete dolores de María. María ha prometido gracias muy especiales para aquellos que la honran de esta manera diariamente. Incluida entre estas promesas de Nuestra Señora para aquellos que practican esta devoción, está su compromiso de otorgar especial asistencia a la hora de la muerte, incluso de ver su faz. Los siete dolores son:

(1) Primer dolor: La profecía de Simeón (Ave María).

(2) Segundo dolor: La huida a Egipto (Ave María).

(3) Tercer dolor: La perdida del niño Dios en el Templo (Ave María).

(4) Cuarto dolor: Jesús y María se encuentran en el camino a la Cruz (Ave María).

(5) Quinto dolor: Jesús muere en la Cruz (Ave María).

(6) Sexto dolor: Jesús es bajado de la Cruz y puesto en los brazos de María (Ave Maria).

(7) Séptimo dolor: Jesús es enterrado (Ave María).

7. Letanías de la Santísima Virgen.

Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. Cristo, óyenos.Cristo, escúchanos.
Padre Celestial, ten piedad de nosotros.
Dios Hijo, Redentor del mundo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Dios Espíritu Santo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Santísima Trinidad, que eres un solo Dios, ten piedad de nosotros.
Santa María, ruega por nosotros (se repite despuéde cada invocación).
Santa Madre de Dios,
Santa Virgen de las vírgenes,
Madre de Cristo,
Madre de la Iglesia
Madre de la divina gracia,
Madre Purísima,
Madre castísima,
Madre siempre virgen,
Madre inmaculada,
Madre amable,
Madre admirable,
Madre del Buen Consejo,
Madre del Creador,
Madre del Salvador,
Madre de la Iglesia,
Virgen prudentísima,
Virgen digna de veneración,
Virgen digna de alabanza,
Virgen poderosa,
Virgen clemente,
Virgen fiel,
Espejo de justicia,
Trono sabiduría,
Causa de nuestra alegría,
Templo del Espíritu Santo,
Templo lleno de gloria,
Modelo de entrega a Dios,
Rosa mística,
Torre de David,
Torre de marfil,
Casa de oro,
Arca de la Nueva Alianza,
Puerta del cielo,
Estrella de la mañana,
Salud de los enfermos,
Refugio de los pecadores,
Consoladora de los afligidos,
Auxilio de los cristianos,
Reina de los ángeles,
Reina de los patriarcas,
Reina de los profetas,
Reina de los apóstoles,
Reina de los mártires,
Reina de los confesores,
Reina de las vírgenes,
Reina de los santos,
Reina concebida sin pecado original,
Reina elevada a los cielos,
Reina del Santísimo Rosario,
Reina de familias
Reina de la paz,
Cordero de Dios, que quitas el pecado del mundo, perdónanos, Señor.
Cordero de Dios, que quitas el pecado del mundo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Ruega por nosotros, Santa Madre de Dios, para que nos hagamos dignos de las promesas de Cristo.

Oración: Concede, Señor y Dios nuestro, a tus siervos gozar de perpetua salud de alma y cuerpo; y por la gloriosa intercesión de la bienaventurada siempre Virgen María, líbranos de las tristezas presentes y llévanos a gozar de las alegrías eternas. Te lo pedimos por Cristo Nuestro Señor. Amén.

Bajo tu amparo nos acogemos, oh Santa Madre de Dios, no desprecies las súplicas que te dirigimos en nuestras necesidades, antes bien, líbranos siempre de todos los peligros, oh Virgen gloriosa y bendita. Amén.

8. Invocación a San José. "San José, guardián de Jesús y casto esposo de María, tu empleaste toda tu vida en el perfecto cumplimiento de tu deber. Tu mantuviste a la Sagrada Familia de Nazaret con el trabajo de tus manos. Protege bondadosamente a los que se vuelven confiadamente a ti. Tu conoces sus aspiraciones y sus esperanzas. Ellos se dirigen a ti porque saben que tu los comprendes y proteges. Tu también supiste de pruebas, cansancio y trabajo. Pero, aun dentro de las preocupaciones materiales de la vida, tu alma estaba llena de profunda paz y cantó llena de verdadera alegría debido al íntimo trato que gozaste con el Hijo de Dios que te fue confiado a ti a la vez a María, su tierna Madre. Amén." -- El Papa Juan XXIII

9. Letanías al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Promesas del Sagrado Corazón.

Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. Cristo, óyenos. Cristo, escúchanos.
Dios, Padre Celestial, ten piedad de nosotros (se repite despué de cada invocación).
Dios Hijo, Redentor del mundo,
Dios, Espíritu Santo,
Santísima Trinidad, que eres un solo Dios,
Corazón de Jesús, Hijo del Eterno Padre,
Corazón de Jesús, formado en el seno de la Virgen Madre por el Espíritu Santo,
Corazón de Jesús, unido sustancialmente al Verbo de Dios,
Corazón de Jesús, templo santo de Dios,
Corazón de Jesús, tabernáculo del Altísimo,
Corazón de Jesús, casa de Dios y puerta del cielo,
Corazón de Jesús, horno ardiente de caridad,
Corazón de Jesús, santuario de la justicia y del amor,
Corazón de Jesús, lleno de bondad y de amor,
Corazón de Jesús, abismo de todas las virtudes,
Corazón de Jesús, digno de toda alabanza,
Corazón de Jesús, formado en el seno de la Virgen Madre por el Espíritu Santo,
Corazón de Jesús, unido sustancialmente al Verbo de Dios,
Corazón de Jesús, templo santo de Dios,
Corazón de Jesús, tabernáculo del Altísimo,
Corazón de Jesús, casa de Dios y puerta del cielo,
Corazón de Jesús, horno ardiente de caridad,
Corazón de Jesús, santuario de la justicia y del amor,
Corazón de Jesús, lleno de bondad y de amor,
Corazón de Jesús, abismo de todas las virtudes,
Corazón de Jesús, digno de toda alabanza,
Corazón de Jesús, Rey y centro de todos los corazones,
Corazón de Jesús, en quien se hallan todos los tesoros de la sabiduría, y de la ciencia,
Corazón de Jesús, en quien reside toda la plenitud de la divinidad,
Corazón de Jesús, en quien el Padre se complace,
Corazón de Jesús, de cuya plenitud todos hemos recibido,
Corazón de Jesús, deseado de los eternos collados,
Corazón de Jesús, paciente y lleno de misericordia,
Corazón de Jesús, generosos para todos los que te invocan,
Corazón de Jesús, fuente de vida y santidad,
Corazón de Jesús, propiciación por nuestros pecados,
Corazón de Jesús, triturado por nuestros pecados,
Corazón de Jesús, hecho obediente hasta la muerte,
Corazón de Jesús, traspasado por una lanza,
Corazón de Jesús, fuente de todo consuelo,
Corazón de Jesús, vida y resurrección nuestra,
Corazón de Jesús, paz y reconciliación nuestra,
Corazón de Jesús, víctima por los pecadores,
Corazón de Jesús, salvación de los que en ti esperan,
Corazón de Jesús, esperanza de los que en ti mueren,
Corazón de Jesús, delicia de todos los santos,
Cordero de Dios, que quitas el pecado del mundo, perdónanos Señor.
Cordero de Dios, que quitas el pecado del mundo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Jesús, manso y humilde de Corazón, haz nuestro corazón semejante al tuyo.

Oración: Oh Dios todopoderoso y eterno, mira el Corazón de tu amantísimo Hijo, las alabanzas y satisfacciones que en nombre de los pecadores te ofrece y concede el perdón a éstos que piden misericordia en el nombre de tu mismo Hijo, Jesucristo, el cual vive y reina contigo por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Promesas de Nuestro Señor para los devotos de su Sagrado Corazón
(deberán ser leídas por el que guía la oración):

(1) Les daré todas las gracias necesarias en su estado de vida.

(2) Estableceré la paz en sus hogares.

(3) Los consolaré en todas sus aflicciones.

(4) Seré su refugio en su vida y sobre todo en la muerte.

(5) Bendeciré grandemente todas sus empresas.

(6) Los pecadores encontrarán en Mi Corazón la fuente y el océano infinito de misericordia.

(7) Las almas tibias crecerán en fervor.

(8) Las almas fervorosas alcanzarán mayor perfección.

(9) Bendeciré el hogar o sitio donde esté expuesto Mi Corazón y sea honrado.

(10) Daré a los sacerdotes el don de tocar a los corazones más empedernidos.

(11) Los que propaguen esta devoción, tendrán sus nombres escritos en Mi Corazón, y de El, nunca serán borrados.

(12) Yo les prometo, en el exceso de la infinita misericordia de mi Corazón, que Mi amor todopoderoso le concederá a todos aquellos que comulguen nueve primeros viernes de mes seguidos, la gracia de la penitencia final; no morirán, en Mi desgracia ni sin recibir los sacramentos; Mi divino Corazón será su refugio seguro en este último momento.

10. Oración por los Sacerdotes. "Señor Jesús, Pastor Supremo del rebaño, te rogamos que por el inmenso amor y misericordia de Tu Sagrado Corazón, atiendas todas las necesidades de tus sacerdotes, pastores del mundo entero. Te pedimos que retomes en Tu Corazón todos aquellos sacerdotes que se han alejado de tu camino, que enciendas de nuevo el deseo de santidad en los corazones de aquellos sacerdotes que han caído en la tibieza, y que continúes otorgando a Tus sacerdotes fervientes el deseo de una mayor santidad. Unidos a tu Corazón y el Corazón de María, te pedimos que envíes esta petición a Tu Padre celestial en la unidad del Espíritu Santo. Amén."

11. Oración por todos los Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo. "Amado Jesús, Te pedimos tus bendiciones especiales sobre todos los Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo. Continua iluminándolos sobre el privilegio y responsabilidad tan especial que les has otorgado a los miembros de este movimiento tuyo: Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo. Atráelos todavía más cerca de Tu Corazón y del de tu Madre. Permíteles que comprendan más y más el gran y especial amor de Sus Corazones por cada uno de ellos como individuos únicos. Concédeles la gracia de corresponder a tu amor y al amor de María con un mayor amor de parte suya. Al habitar en tu Corazón y en el Corazón de María, atiende abundantemente todas sus necesidades y las de sus seres queridos. Hacemos esta plegaria por Ti al Padre, en el Espíritu Santo, con María nuestra Madre a nuestro lado. Amén."

12. Oración por el éxito espiritual y financiero del Boletín Sacerdotal. "Padre, te pedimos tu bendición especial sobre el Boletín Sacerdotal, Pastores de Cristo. Te pedimos que abras los corazones de los sacerdotes que lo lean a las gracias que deseas concederles a través de este instrumento escogido de Tu Hijo. También te pedimos que nos proporciones los medios económicos necesarios para editar el boletín y Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo. Hacemos nuestra oración por Jesús, en el Espíritu Santo con María a nuestro lado. Amén."

13. Oración por todos los miembros de la familia humana. "Padre Celestial, te pedimos tus bendiciones sobre todos los niños del mundo entero. Atiende todas sus necesidades. Te pedimos tu especial asistencia para todos los marginados, los que están descuidados y olvidados. Unidos con nuestra Madre María, te hacemos esta petición a Ti, por Jesús, en el Espíritu Santo. Amén."

14. Oración a San Miguel y nuestros Angeles de la Guardia:

"San Miguel Arcángel, defiéndenos en la lucha. Sé nuestro amparo contra las asechanza y perversidad del demonio. Reprímale Dios, pedimos suplicantes, y tu príncipe de la milicia celestial arroja al infierno a Satanás y a demás espíritus malignos que vagan por el mundo para la perdición de las almas. Amén."

"Ángel de mi Guardia, mi dulce compañía, no de desampares ni de noche ni de día. Amén."

15. Pausa para oración personal y en silencio. Que tenga una duración de al menos cinco minutos.

16. Acto de consagración al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús y al Inmaculado Corazón de María.

"Señor Jesús, Supremo Pastor, yo me consagro a tu Sagrado Corazón. De tu Corazón traspasado nació la Iglesia, la Iglesia a la cual me has llamado, como miembro de los Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo, a servir en una forma muy especial. Tú revelas Tu Corazón como un símbolo de Tu amor en todos los aspectos, incluyendo Tu amor muy especial hacia mi, a quien has escogido como Tu compañero en éste tan importante trabajo. Ayúdame a corresponder siempre a Tu amor. Ayúdame a entregarme totalmente a Ti. Ayúdame siempre a derramar mi vida en amar a Dios y mi prójimo! Corazón de Jesús, pongo mi confianza en Ti!

"Amada y bendita Virgen María, yo me consagro a tu maternal e inmaculado Corazón, este Corazón que es símbolo de tu vida de amor. Tú eres la Madre de mi Salvador. Tú eres también mi Madre. Tú me amas con amor muy especial como miembro de Asociados de los Pastores de Cristo, una cruzada creada por Tu Hijo, como un instrumento poderoso para la renovación de la Iglesia y el mundo. Correspondiendo al amor, yo me entrego totalmente a tu amor maternal y protección. Tú seguiste a Jesús perfectamente. Tú eres Su primer y perfecto discípulo. Enséñame a imitar en ante poner a Cristo. Sé mi maternal intercesora, para que, a través de tu Corazón Inmaculado, sea conducida a una unión más cercana al Corazón herido de Jesús, Pastor Supremo del rebaño."


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Chapter 13

Prayers

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart
        - Program
        - The Two Hearts and the Mass
        - Enthronement of My Sacred Heart
        - Images of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
        - Find Refuge in My Most Sacred Heart
        - Consecrate Your Churches, Homes, and Workplace to Our Hearts
        - Certificate
        - Promises of Our Lord to Those Devoted to His Sacred Heart
Morning Offering (for Shepherds of Christ Members)
Morning Offering for Children
Short Prayer of Consecration Before Mass
Prayer Before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Prayer to Say When Working for Jesus and Mary
Family Consecration
Consecration of an Unborn Child to Jesus and Mary
Chaplet of St. Michael
Promises of Mary Given to Those Who Pray the Rosary
Five First Saturday Devotion
Daily Prayers


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Program for the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart

Message: The Two Hearts and The Mass

Song: I Love You, Jesus

Procession - to the enthroning of the picture of the Sacred Heart

Song: To Jesus Heart All Burning (or Oh Burning Heart)

Prayer: Apostles Creed

Message: Enthronement of My Sacred Heart (10/19/94)

Message: Images of Our Hearts

Message: Find Refuge in My Most Sacred Heart (9/29/94)

Message: Consecrate Your Churches, Home, Workplace to Our Hearts (5/5/95)

Songs (see chapter16) Suggested songs: A Song from Jesus, Teach Me to Love with Your Heart, I am Your Sacred Heart.

Signing of the Enthronement papers

Promises of the Sacred Heart to Families who honor His Sacred Heart and renewal of the Consecration of the Family

Song: Immaculate Mary