October 1, 2017
R. Beauty – God is beautiful –
The beatific vision is seeing beauty –
God is perfect beauty –
Seeing the Mother of God in this image
shows us beauty –
R. I see images and I can see them
with beauty if my heart is
full of light and love and joy to
Even the crucifix can be seen in the eyes of
The crucifix is for me – the love of my
Divine Savior – who loved me so
much – He came and died for me –
died for my sins.
The crucifix tells the story of my Savior –
The Son of God who loved man
so much to pay for our sins –
This is love and love is beauty –
Love, Jesus, loves us so much –
Jesus loved us so much to die for our
Song: A Song from Jesus
R. Yes – Jesus loved us this much –
December 17, 2016
R. The world had become corrupt at the time
of Noah and God told Noah to build
an Ark. Can you imagine the remarks
Noah received from the proud and
Noah just kept doing what God
told him. Abraham did what God
told him. Abraham was tested and
he obeyed God.
When a person loves someone they want
to please them. When we realize the love
God has for us
R. When a person realizes God's love for
us – His goodness given to us –
They don't want to offend God –
They want to give Him thanks and
praise and love –
To know God brings us to love Him
more and more –
To see beauty in God's creation –
To see beauty in the gifts He has
given us –
To be as God wants us to be –
every moment – every day –
To enjoy the moments God gives us –
The evil man plots evil in his mind
and his heart is full of evil
He is not seeing the light –
He is not seeing the reality more
and more how God really is.
Reality is in God –
Pride, anger, jealousy, envy,
slothfulness, lust, gluttony brings a man
down. They are called deadly sins
because they make the man more
and more numb to the truth – they
live in greater and greater darkness –
they make the world they live in,
in their mind, a world that is not as it really
The sad thing is to deceive oneself
and then to deny that there is
this deception –
Loving oneself is what God wants –
Loving oneself means I see the goal
of eternal salvation for myself and
I don't want to offend God –
I know God is always there –
watching me – loving me – helping
me – because He really loves
me and Jesus really came to this earth,
took flesh and died for my sins –
God teaches me His ways –
God teaches me what love is –
I meditate on His love for me and
I know it –
In Blue Book IV I saw Jesus' love for
Mary and Mary's love for
I saw Jesus' love for me –
R. In Blue Book I Jesus taught me of His
Personal love for me –
R. Jesus taught me so much in the
pre-Blue Book –
Jesus taught me how afraid
I was and He had all the
God is above – God's power
never runs out –
People who use force to manipulate things
to force disorder pull the biggest
farce on themselves –
they are fooling themselves –
they are hating themselves –
they are putting mud in their
How can a blind man see with
mud in his eyes –
Darkness is one's heart makes a man
see more and more distortedly
when he turned his back on
God, refused to tell the truth
about his sin and walked
in pride – his heart became
harder and harder.
God speaks of love in the heart
of the man –
His Heart is gentle and loving and tender
in Heart –
God is love –
And the more I know God and His
love for me –
The more He possesses me –
The more He uses me as His
instrument of love –
In the Gospel of John it says
the TRUTH will be in you!
Jesus is the way, the truth and
the life and
In Him is no darkness.
Here is a message from
September 28, 2017
R. Living in the present moment –
Enjoying what we have NOW –
Embracing the NOW of our life
Song: Live This Day
R. Living the NOW –
My dear Father, I offer You this day all my prayers, works, joys and
sufferings, my every breath, my every heartbeat, my every thought, all my actions, in
union with Jesus in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in the Holy
Spirit. I pray the Holy Spirit is with me every second today, enlightening me to do the
Will of the Father and filling me with the fire of God's love.
I ask Jesus and Mary to be one in me in all that I do and I unite with
all the angels and saints and souls in purgatory to pray continually to the Father for
these intercessions, in this prayer, for this day.
For myself, I pray for grace-abundant grace, to know and love God more
and more and to follow the Will of the Father. I pray to the Holy Spirit to transform me
in the heart of Mary to be more and more like Jesus. I pray that I can forever dwell in
the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. I pray for conversion of all those I hold dear who need
conversion. I pray for each member of my family that they will be filled with Your
abundant grace to grow in their knowledge and love of God.
I pray for all my friends that they will receive abundant grace to carry
out the great plan of the Father, that they will grow forever closer to Jesus' Heart
through Mary's heart, that we will all be led by the Holy Spirit to do His work, that we
will, together, carry out the plan of the Father as He intends us to, to spread the love
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary's heart to this world.
Jesus, I pray for myself so the Holy Spirit descends upon me and opens
my heart to Your love so I will grow more and more deeply in union with You. I pray that I
do not worry what other people think but try always to please the Father and do His Will.
I pray that I may help lead many to Your burning love.
I pray for the following people in particular that they will be filled
with the Spirit and grow deeply in their union with You, that they will receive abundant
graces to know, love and serve You more. (Include special friends by name...)
I pray for priests the world over, for the success of the Priestly
Newsletter, the Chapters and for the finances needed for the Newsletter. I pray for the
circulation of the Blue Book messages, rosary meditations and tapes. I pray for all those
involved in the publication of these messages.
I pray that You will shower Your abundant graces onto the priests
reading the Newsletter the people reading and hearing the Blue Book messages and rosary
meditations and all of Fr. Carter's publications.
We pray for the intentions we hold deep within our hearts, for our
families and friends, for those requesting our prayers. We pray for children the world
over and for the souls in purgatory. We ask God to shower His abundant grace on us and the
members of our Shepherds of Christ Chapter so that we may grow more and more in our
knowledge and love of God.
We consecrate ourselves to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. We pray for
Father Carter, for Father Smith, for Rita Ring, and for John Weickert, for all leaders and
helpers in the Shepherds of Christ Movement, for Shepherds of Christ Ministries, and Our
Lady of Light Ministry. We pray for all those who are working in these ministries.
We bind ourselves and our children and our friends to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary. We place the precious blood of Jesus on ourselves, and all we touch, so
that we will be protected from the evil one. We pray to St. Michael to cast the devil into
We love You, God, we love You, we love You. We beg that we may
receive the grace to love You more and more deeply. We adore You, we
praise You, our beloved Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
R. We love You God –
We thank You for the moments we have now.
We praise You God –
We thank You, Jesus, for giving Yourself
to us in the Eucharist.
Thank You for Your goodness given to us.
Increase in us the supernatural virtues of
faith, hope and love.
When we are weak – we are strong in Christ Jesus.
We must discipline ourselves – control
ourselves and be as God wants us to be.
We are strengthened in Christ Jesus.
Gratitude to God for what has been
Thank You God for Your grace given to us.
I give myself to You –
Prayer for Union
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
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
-God's Blue Book, January 17, 1994
Sing: Blessed be the name of God!
Psalm 113: 1-7
Praise, servants of Yahweh,
praise the name of Yahweh.
Blessed be the name of Yahweh,
henceforth and for ever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
praised be the name of Yahweh!
Supreme over all nations is Yahweh,
supreme over the heavens his glory.
Who is like Yahweh our God?
His throne is set on high,
but he stoops to look down on heaven and earth.
He raises the poor from the dust,
he lifts the needy from the dunghill,
R. We have Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist.
Luke 6: 43-49
'There is no
sound tree that produces rotten fruit, nor
again a rotten tree that produces sound
fruit. Every tree can be told by its own
fruit: people do not pick figs from thorns,
nor gather grapes from brambles. Good people
draw what is
the store of goodness in their hearts; bad
people draw what is bad from the store of
badness. For the words of the mouth flow out
of what fills the heart. 'Why do you call
me, "Lord, Lord" and not do what I say?
'Everyone who comes to me and listens to my
them – I
you what such a
like. Such a
when he built a house, dug, and dug deep,
and laid the foundations on rock; when the
river was in flood it bore down on that
house but could not shake it, it was so well
built. But someone who listens and does
nothing is like the
built a house on soil, with no foundations;
as soon as the river bore down on it, it
collapsed; and what a ruin that house
Sing: Oh Lord I am not Worthy –
R. We need to praise and thank God before we
begin to petition Him – always on our lips
is love for God – praising Him, thanking
Him and asking for direction and help.
Watch the Movie Esther tonight
Luke 8: 16-18
‘No one lights
a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, it
is put on a lamp–stand so that people may see the light when
they come in. For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear,
nothing secret but it will be made known and brought to light.
So take care how you listen; anyone who has, will be given more;
anyone who has not, will be deprived even of what he thinks he
From a Lenten Homily, March 24, 2000
Live in the Moment
Today’s Gospel in its story certainly points ahead to Jesus in His Passion
and death. And as we read passages such as this during the Lenten season, we
are reminded once again that the Church in her Liturgy of the Word gives us
an opportunity to undergo a purification, an ever deepening cleansing of
ourselves so that we may be a more fit instrument for receiving the great
graces which are to be given to us at the time of the Resurrection memorial
on Easter. And so all in all, Lent is a time of purification to prepare us
for ever-greater gifts of the Lord. It’s a time of self-discipline, a time
to renew our efforts to be self-disciplined in the service of the Lord.
Self-discipline is an aspect of purification. And I suggest that one of the
most difficult acts of self-discipline in the spiritual journey is to
concentrate on the present moment. We have a very strong tendency to
disregard the importance of the present moment by focusing in a wrong way on
the past or in a wrong way on the future. There are proper occasions for
thinking of the past and the future. For example, we have to learn from the
past and we have to prepare for the future, but our great emphasis has to be
upon the present. There is a Latin axiom which says, age quod agis, age
quod agis, which means: do what you are doing, concentrate on the
present. And of course we are familiar with that term in the history of
spirituality: the sacrament of the present moment. And so the discipline of
Lent certainly encourages us to include in a deeper self-discipline a
greater determination to get as much as we can out of the present moment.
People with a terminal illness have an opportunity as they prepare for death
for increased prayer, contrition, love of God. However, some are taken very,
very quickly. But for those who have the opportunity of knowing with some
certainty the time of their death, I’m sure as they look back on their
lives, they are saddened by the many times they did not use time and
opportunities for the service of the Lord properly, and are overjoyed at
those times in which they did use the present opportunity properly. A great
means we have of living in the present properly is a greater focus upon our
Lord. For if I have that awareness of the fact I am united with Jesus here and now, why should I be concerned so much
about the future or the past? Yes, a great help in living in the present and
deriving all the good we can from it for ourselves and others is an ever
greater focus upon Jesus, because the more I focus upon Jesus and the more I
live with Him in the present moment, the more I am satisfied with the present
moment. And so let us in our Lenten activity resolve to grow in that
self-discipline - which is very difficult at times - to really live in the
presence with the fullness of our being as much as is possible, with the help
of God’s grace. Now is the day of salvation. Now is the day of salvation.
end of Father Carter's homily
R. Why are we impatient and hate
to wait? On Sunday September 24th I received
a writing about waiting. God lets
us wait – it takes 9 months to
have a baby. We are here to prepare
in our life for heaven.
Going to college takes time –
Wanting to play music well takes
practice. God shows us we have
to wait when we are sick to be
Fear can stop us from doing
what we need to do. Mary did
exactly as the Father wanted her to do.
At the time of Moses the Israelites
decided to make a molten calf of
gold because Moses was up the
mountain too long getting the
commandments. They wanted to
take things in their own hands –
Does that remind us of our anxiousness
when God calls us to wait on God
many times and we do something
we shouldn't do because we
don't want to wait.
Waiting can be hard when
we have to endure something and
we are embarrassed or we get
anxious and feel it shouldn't
take so long.
Our whole life can be lived
in dissatisfaction of waiting for
anything if we let it. Then God
can let us have a broken leg or
a sickness that teaches us we
can't do everything we plan,
if we have a broken leg we
have to deal with that. Walking
is indeed a gift God gives us.
God allowed the Israelites to wander
in the desert for 40 years, they were
thirsty and hungry. God was
teaching them. Many times they
disobeyed God and tested Moses,
complaining and rebelling. They
were always blaming Moses after
all he did for them. Moses was
faithful to God and they tested God.
They were mean to Moses. Moses
struck the rock for water
two times – this was in
disobedience to God – so
Moses was not allowed to take
the people to the promised land.
Moses displeased God – Moses
who was a leader gave a bad
example to the people.
We should learn from this
God is watching and how we
act effects others. We teach
people by what we do. We are
to be witnesses to God.
We are responsible and accountable
for what we do and what we do
has consequences. We are to
be people who bear witness to
our faith in God.
We are to obey just authority without
complaining. Recognize authority.
We are to form a well-informed
conscience and listen to our
conscience to help us do what
is right and avoid what is wrong, to
make the right choices.
We need to pray for the virtues.
We need to pray for greater faith,
hope and love.
When we make decisions
we should pray to do God's
will – be responsible, be accountable,
recognize the consequences of our
actions as mature Christians –
moral Christians – obeying
We must be prudent and
just and temperate in our
actions. We pray for fortitude
to do what God calls us to –
not to be a coward or slothful.
we pray for humility like Mary.
We love God and want
to be closer to Him so we
don't offend Him with disobedience,
lack of responsibility, sins etc.
We have a free will to obey
God's laws or disobey God's laws.
When we do something wrong we
promptly admit it! We repair
the breach with others we
offend in our thoughtless
hurtful ways. We are here to
learn obedience to God – to
form loving relationships with
God and others.
We want to have a well-informed
conscience. We want to know
what is good and what is bad
so our conscience helps us
make right decisions. – RIGHT Reasoning –
We learn it is wrong to lie –
We don't want to give into
bad habits –
We don't want to give into
the deadly sins.
We are given God's laws
to live by – we must
obey the commandments.
We want the truth in us –
"I am the way, the truth
and the life"
John 14: 15-17
If you love me
you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Paraclete
to be with you for ever,
the Spirit of truth
whom the world can never accept
since it neither sees nor knows him;
but you know him,
because he is with you, he is in you.
R. Say the Act of Contrition –
Act of Contrition
"O my God, I am heartily sorry for
having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the
loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they
offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to
do penance and to amend my life. Amen."
R. Fr. Carter would examine his conscience
2 times a day for 10 minutes –
He called it the Examen –
He took his spiritual pulse –
see if he was deviating
from God's will – If so
putting yourself on track –
praying for grace we need most.
Think about consequences of
our actions –
We can pray through the intercession
of Our Lady –
The Marriage of Cana teaches
us the power of her
intercessory prayer –
R. When Mary appears in Clearwater
to me she is
praying with us –
R. God wants us to come in prayer
and petition Him for what
He has taught us to pray
this way –
Novena to the Infant of Prague
(to be prayed hourly if possible)
Jesus, who said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find,
knock and it shall be opened to you," through the intercession of Mary,
Your most holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be
O Jesus, who said, "All that you ask of the Father in My Name He
will grant you," through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy
Mother, I humbly and urgently ask Your Father in Your Name that my
prayer be granted.
O Jesus, who said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My
word shall not pass," through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy
Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.
R. Jesus gave Fr. Carter these prayers to
pray for the priests, the
Church and the world.
R. God sends guides in our
lives to help us grow spiritually
many times. Disciples are learners –
we don't know it all about God.
September 30, 2017 PM
Jesus: I am love and in Me is no
darkness. I am a Person – Praise
Me, Worship Me, Give Honor
and Glory to God. A person
that loves God is about love –
teaching love – helping people
to be united – spreading love –
Doing God's will – giving to
others. Doing exactly what
is your responsibility –
when it is the right time –
listening when authority has
Your country and world is in
the state of rebellion. The devil
is running rampant – He wants
to take the good down.
A man may try to do Good –
to build up My Kingdom –
Satan uses people to attack
others and bring them down.
The more you are filled
with My life the more you
live in love of God and
love of others. You practice
loving God and others. Your
desire is to love with your
whole heart, your whole soul,
your whole being. Love is
how you are.
The devil is hate. Some
people practice their whole
lives seeing their brothers
through the eyes of jealousy
and envy and so they develop
the habits of anger, jealousy,
envy, pride – being on top
to make their brothers under
A person of envy sees their
brother as a threat to their
being on top – so the envious
person wants to bring their
victim down. It becomes
a very bad habit to hurt
others, provoke others,
catch others in untruths
that discredit the other so they
can look good and make the
innocent look not good.
The more a person sees
themselves as right when
they sin and deny they sin –
the more they grow in greater
lies and deception to themselves.
Their lives are lived to do
what they want and never
be corrected, directed or
They thrive on conflict, division,
confusion and chaos because
in denying sin they become
more and more enslaved to
serving satan in pride and
anger, jealousy, envy and
slothfulness. In living such
a way – in denial of sin –
they live a life of deception
and seeking power for their
fiendish ways. Satan is
the father of lies to entertain
deception leads to greater
and greater hardness in heart.
Loving means you give
for the good of the other –
you rejoice at the person
doing God's will and helping
to build the Kingdom of God –
Matthew 28: 19-20
therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them
to observe all the commands I gave you. And look, I am with you
always; yes, to the end of time.'
R. God calls us to our
vocation. It is a vocation
to love our neighbor as ourselves.
The Golden Rule –
Do unto to others as you would
have them do unto you.
We must have a desire to
grow in our faith and
grow in the image of God
if we want to grow in
the spiritual life.
God gives us such a gift
in baptism – He opens up
the supernatural world
We can reject God,
reject His call and live our
lives in pride and envy and
jealousy, leading us to
deeper and deeper darkness
A person can say "yes"
to God's call and respond
to the grace God gives us.
We have responsibilities
when we take on being
a leader. A leader cannot
use their position for evil
without being held accountable
before God for their conduct.
God is all just and He will
judge us justly.
A person loving God – gives
love to God and others in
a spirit of generosity as they
grow in their loving heart
more and more like Jesus.
A person living in darkness
denying their sin – wants
to bring others down. Their
world is dark and misery and
they don't want anyone
showing real joy so they
can sabotage and try to
force darkness on others
through forceful manipulation.
A person loving God and others
is honest and caring in their
Children are on a faith
journey and Mary and Jesus
have asked us to reach them.
We do this with enthusiasm,
commitment to spreading
the Good News of Jesus.
We help them through example
to grow in their personal
relationship with God and
We teach the truth as
Jesus wants and do not
give into manipulation
for jealousy, envy,
pride, anger, acting-out
on innocent others.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11
There is a season for
everything, a time for every occupation under heaven:
A time for giving birth,
a time for dying;
a time for planting,
a time for uprooting what has been planted.
A time for killing,
a time for healing;
a time for knocking down,
a time for building.
A time for tears,
a time for laughter;
a time for mourning,
a time for dancing.
A time for throwing stones away,
a time for gathering them;
a time for embracing,
a time to refrain from embracing.
A time for searching,
a time for losing;
a time for keeping,
a time for discarding.
A time for tearing,
a time for sewing;
a time for keeping silent,
a time for speaking.
A time for loving,
a time for hating;
a time for war,
a time for peace.
What do people gain
from the efforts they make? I contemplate the task that God gives
humanity to labour at. All that he does is apt for its time; but
although he has given us an awareness of the passage of time, we can
grasp neither the beginning nor the end of what God does.
R. We have so many days to live
here on earth to prepare
us for heaven –
Why do people reject God,
reject loving and live
a life of treating others
as hateful enemies –
We recognize a job well done
and rejoice in a Godly person.
Am I enthusiastic about the
Good News of Jesus – do I
show my commitment to
the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Do I pray for grace to be
as Jesus wants me to be and
do I cooperate with the
grace God gives me?
Do I share myself –
my heart, my love with
Excerpt from Response in Christ
by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.
e) Relationship with Members of the Church
is but one true Church of Christ. Yet this one Church has three different
states of existence. There is the pilgrim Church, the Church of this world,
composed of members who have received the grace of Christ and strive for its
development. They have not yet obtained the goal of their efforts, as have
the members of the heavenly Church, who enjoy God in eternal happiness. The
Church suffering is an intermediate state of existence necessary for those
who had not achieved the required purification as members of the pilgrim
Church. Although there are these three phases of the Church’s existence,
there is a profound union existing between all the members. All these
members possess the same basic life of grace in Christ, and this common life
establishes the most intimate bonds of love. In our preceding chapter, we
discussed the pilgrim Church. Let us now consider the Church suffering and
the heavenly Church.
members of the Church suffering are those who have departed from this life
in an incomplete state of Christian development. Their development is
incomplete in the sense that grace has not fully taken possession of them,
and, as a result, they are yet closed in upon themselves to a greater or
lesser degree. They as yet cannot open themselves out in complete love to
the Triune God in the beatific vision. They must undergo a further
purification, a purification which could have been achieved upon earth with
merit. Now the purification must be achieved with no merit attached. The
pain of this purification is mixed with the certain expectation of achieving
the vision of God. We can hasten the advent of this vision for this people
by the offering of prayers and other good works. Scripture itself refers to
our action on behalf of those in purgatory in Chapter 12 of the Second Book
of Maccabees beginning with verse 38.
members of the heavenly Church are those in whom the life of grace has taken
full possession and has reached its completion in the life of glory. Faith
now is unnecessary, as the light of glory gives the human intellect a new
strength and capacity for seeing God face-to-face. While the Christian was a
wayfarer, he received the imprint of the indwelling Trinity as he shared in
God’s own life. Now in heaven that grace-life and possession of God
reaches its completion—the absolute completion is not achieved, however,
until the resurrection of the body. The divine persons give Themselves to
the beatified in a profound union far surpassing that of the indwelling of
the Trinity experienced here below.
life of heaven is still the Christ-life, for just as we possess a share in
Trinitarian life here below as mediated by Christ, and exercise this
grace-life as structured by Him, so also in heaven is the mediation of
Christ present. In the words of Rahner, "One always sees the Father
through Jesus. Just as immediately as this, for the directness of the vision
of God is not a denial of the mediatorship of Christ as man."14
And not only does the humanity of Christ unite the blessed to
God, but also, in some way, to the whole of creation. This is merely a
completion of what is begun here below, namely, the union with Christ in His
humanity establishing the Christian in a special relationship with God, with
other men, and with the whole of creation. We have a glimpse, therefore, of
the fullness of life which members of the heavenly Church possess.
heavenly Church, as St. Thomas says, is the true Church.15
The Church of this earth and the Church of purgatory are,
each in its own way, reaching out in loving hope for the heavenly Jerusalem.
Vatican II puts it very simply: "The Church, to which we are called in
Christ Jesus, and in which we acquire sanctity through the grace of God,
will attain her full perfection only in the glory of heaven."16
members of the heavenly Church can help us in living our life of grace until
we too share its fullness with them. Their power of intercession on our
behalf is but another ramification of the communal aspect of Christianity.
We are meant to help others grow in Christ. We, in turn, are intended by God
to receive aid from others—yes, from members of the heavenly Church, as
well as from those with whom we dwell here below.
only can we be aided by the saints’ intercession, but the example of the
canonized saints can also be of great value to us. They have concretely
proved that full holiness is possible. Such an inspiration is of real worth
when we are tempted to think that Christian sanctity in its higher degrees
is impossible of attainment. Moreover, the canonized saints, in their
diversity, teach us that there are many authentic versions of Christian
holiness. They can be innovators in showing us that there are numerous
possibilities in assimilating the mystery of Christ, although the basic
assimilation remains the same for all Christians of all times. In the
opinion of Rahner this is one of the chief roles the canonized saints exert
in the life of the Church.17
Theological Investigations, Vol. III (Baltimore: Helicon, 1967), p. 44.
15 Cf. St. Thomas Aquinas, In Ad Ephes., c. 3, Lect. 3.
16Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Church, No.
17Cf. Karl Rahner, Op. cit., pp. 100-101.
R. Do I recognize my dependence
on God? Do I operate under
authority respecting those
over me and obeying as I
as supposed to – giving
a good example of the
structure I am to honor
or do I try to rule in
independence – using those
over me to try to control,
manipulate, discredit and
show others under me –
the gross disorder I engage in,
fighting correction, direction
and the truth about the consequences?
Am I joyful in obedience
and before others in events
or do I seek the attention
every where to bring down
the good, people are doing
and try to hurt them,
discredit them and cause
chaos for my seeking
dominance at any cost for
my honor and glory!
Do I report back to
authority to help the growth
God wants? Do I encourage
others for the gifts they
give me – or am I an
empty well sucking out
all the joy and causing
chaos and confusion for
my own power and glory
over everyone –
Do I try to unite others and
rejoice when others operate
in unity and love?
Do I love God and the
vocation God has called me to love
and to serve Him and others?
Am I teaching being focused
on God's work for me and
showing God how much
I love serving Him –
Do I show others – I like
them? I love my work.
I see myself sharing
in the building of God's Kingdom
with Jesus and I love
serving with Jesus and
I love doing the Father's
holy will and I love having
a spirit of unity and love –
Do I respect the order and
live by it or am I always
trying to tear the order down –
discredit authority and
Do I help the schedule
God wants or do I try
to get all the attention
and sabotage what God
wants because I refuse
to co-operate with others
on anything –
God works in order, in co-operation,
in obedience, in love, in respect,
God works in rules and
He wants them followed
In religious life – Religious
live under a rule –
Discipline is necessary,
God shows us recompense
must be made for sin –
Jesus, the Son of God, came and
died on the cross for our sins –
Why would a person think
they can disobey rules and
create division and chaos
and punish others forcing
things to go array and
think they won't be
punished when they deny
their actions and refuse
to even admit their wrongful
ways of disorder.
Romans 8: 5-9
Those who are living by their natural inclinations have their minds on the things human
nature desires; those who live in the Spirit have their minds on spiritual things. And
human nature has nothing to look forward to but death, while the Spirit looks forward to
life and peace, because the outlook of disordered human nature is opposed to God, since it
does not submit to God's Law, and indeed it cannot, and those who live by their natural
inclinations can never be pleasing to God. You, however, live not by your natural
inclinations, but by the Spirit, since the Spirit of God has made a home in you. Indeed,
anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.