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April 18, 2008

April 19th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 3 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for April 19th are Sorrowful.

  

    

                    The magnificence of the earth, the Grand
                Canyon, the fish of the sea, the earth with many bodies of water.
                God gives to us the magnificence of His creation for
                us to live with these gifts and to learn to love and
                to recognize how uniquely special we are to Him.
                We see the blue sky so very beautiful, we experience the
                beauty of the ocean, hear its waves, we experience
                a new spring with it's beautiful pink and white
                flowers and the woodlands with little creatures
                and the green splendor of fields, trees, hearing
                a symphony of birds, sun peeking through tall
                trees as we listen.

                    We see red rocks, blue waters, waves so high,
                rivers so beautiful, falls from so high,
                mountain peaks. All the animals, bugs, that
                inhabit the earth — We see life surrounding us
                in God's animals and splendor of the growth of
                the earth.

                    I knew when Mary appeared on Sunday, the
                message I received was one from Our Heavenly Father
                through Mary the messenger He sent. I felt this
                connection deeply in Clearwater — that the Clearwater
                image was a gift from Our Heavenly Father.

                    We do not comprehend how Our Heavenly Father
                loves us and wants His creatures in heaven with
                Him for all eternity — I know from Mary's visits to
                me that the message was sent to this earth from
                Our Heavenly Father out of great love that we
                would be able to help souls go to heaven.

                    In receiving the Blue Book writings I knew God's
                love for me more and more and His love for all His creatures.
                God wants us to want to know Him as a lover seeking
                knowledge of the one loved, seeking relationship —
                wanting to spend time together in just being
                united.

                    In the world of divorce and division I see how
                satan has tried to lead man away from the
                Plan of the Father through impurities, such as
                anger, betrayal, selfishness. I think it is
                important to note how Judas betrayed Jesus — so
                we could know Jesus was betrayed by Judas who
                gave Him away for 30 pieces of silver and it led
                to Christ's crucifixion. I think it is worthy to note
                Thomas who lacked faith and how Christ addressed
                this and told us about the importance of faith —

 

John 20: 27-29

Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving any more but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him: 

    You believe because you can see me. 
    Blessed are those who have not seen 
        and yet believe.

   

                    Jesus says — if I want work done and satan
                blocks all communication, then works through
                untruths tempting another to give into pride,
                control, possessiveness, jealousy, envy,
                punishing others — then satan has pretty much
                succeeded in a willing soul to block God's
                work.

                R. I must focus on the unity of the Trinity —
                3 Persons — one God — the unity of my ecstasies,
                unity through communion with God at Mass —
                unity in this very commandment.

 

Matthew 22: 36-40

'Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?' Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets too.'

   

                    When one sees others as detriments to our lives,
                not wanting social ties — the devil can work
                in this isolation to see others in an unloving
                manner, rather than seeing them as Jesus did when
                He died for His precious souls.

                    Every person was created by God,
                    Every person uniquely created by God,
                    Every person precious to God —
                    So much so Jesus died for them —

                This is God's world —
                God created us and the world
                God is all good.
                God wants good for us.
                God wants good for His creatures.

                To study a creature is to marvel at God's
                    magnificent design — His stupendous creation.

                One only has to gaze upon the small children, one,
                    two, three, four, five years old and
                    marvel at the creation of that precious child
                    by God.

                If we really saw ourselves as so precious in God's
                    eyes and our fellows we work with, live
                    with, we would be more loving to each other.

                God created every child so precious.

                Song: Little Child

                    We wonder when we see a picture, a design of
                someone who made a car, a computer, but look at
                the magnificence of a one year old child — toddling
                about — playing hide and seek or the three year old
                so independent to play games and carry on such
                a conversation —

                    God wants us to carry on our conversations in
                love — to communicate — God has given us tongues,
                hearts, minds — when a person holds back
                conversation to hurt another or block work we
                must think —

                How can two people called by God for a holy purpose
                say this is God's will to carry an important mission
                and one because of control hold out conversation
                which is necessary to implement the mission.

                    Conversation is a gift from God —
                    Using our God given talents in anger and pride
                        to punish another is to use His talents
                        not as God intended —
                    How do we dare use our gifts from God for
                        evil purposes to hurt His work and
                        harm others, harm God's mission.
                    God did not make me deaf — my speech —
                        the ability to communicate is a gift God
                        gives me —

                My talents are a gift from God
                    how can I be prideful about gifts given to
                    me from God to do His work — to divide with
                    my brother and possibly try to hurt or
                    punish my brother.

                If I see myself as Mary's little child whether
                    6 or 60 I see myself, humbly as
                    the daughter, the little one —
                    I should see myself always dependent
                    on the Father, serving Him for His
                    purpose —
                    in the arms of Mary —

                Sunday Jesus appeared as a baby in the
                    arms of Mary —
                    If Jesus appears as a baby — a child
                        in Mary's arms —
                    Why are we so high and mighty —
                        angry with our brothers —
                        knowing we were created in the
                        image and likeness of God, but not even recognize
                        anger in church before the exposed Eucharist —

                I could never understand how people could
                    get angry at the Clearwater site

                Some were silent in awe because Mary's image appeared

  

 

                While some, focused on self, unmet needs,
                    anger — did not relish the gift given —

                One even knocked off Mary's image head

 


                       

                This deprived all that came after them the
                    gift of the image.

                A person who is full of anger can be blind to
                    seeing many things
                    There are no impurities in heaven
                    Heaven is full of love.

                    Are our eyes really open — do we see
                how magnificent God is? He made us —
                He created the world — God gives to us these
                gifts — God is the giver — we receive — why are we
                so abusive of His gifts to hurt others — not think
                God for all He has given us — Why do we not see it
                was give to us to serve Him.

                    God created everything from nothing —
                    To see Our Lady of Clearwater's image could
                    have been received with awe —
                    love for the gift —

                To see a beautiful baby we should be in
                    awe — parents as co-creators —
                    but people become selfish — anger —
                    envious, punishing of others —

                Some even are so selfish they rationalize
                    it is okay to kill an embryo for
                    their own agenda

                Man can look into the eyes of a new little child
                    and be angry, jealous, cold —

                    From the heavens —
                    God sent His love —
                    Jesus conceived in the womb of a woman —
                    The Incarnation goes on in us —
                    God created us in the image and likeness
                        of God —
                   
                    God is love —
                    We are to be loving
                    We are to be good
                    We are to be generous, not selfish
                    Our lives are a gift from God

                God is the ultimate mystery
                The wise man seeks to know the mystery
                    of God —

                The proud man may think he knows
                    everything —
                    He may want to be equal to God
                        like Adam and Eve

                    The proud man — may want no one
                        really over him —                  
                        The proud man does
                        not live in the truth —
                        He is the creature
                        God is the Creator
                        God has the Plan

                In the beginning God created the
                    heaven and the earth —

   

Genesis 1: 1-5

In the beginning God created heaven and earth. Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters. 

    God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness. God called light ‘day’, and darkness he called ‘night’. Evening came and morning came: the first day. 

   

                God loves us —
                God does not need to bend men's
                    stubborn minds

                God is first
                God is omnipotent
                We are dependent on God
                Jesus came to teach us about love.
                Jesus taught us how much God
                    loves us.
                Jesus told us how much we are
                    to love God — with our
                    whole being —

 

                From The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
                by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.  p. 12                     

            23. FIRST PRINCIPLE AND FOUNDATION

                                    Man is created to praise, reverence and serve God 
                                     our Lord, and by this means to save his soul.

 

                Jesus taught us how God wants to love
                    us and to love one another

                        Jesus came to teach us to love —
                            to the extent we understand this we
                            will understand Christianity.

     

1 Corinthians 13: 13

As it is, these remain: faith, hope, and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love.

    

                            The Father, Son and Holy Spirit dwell in
                        the graced baptized soul in a
                        special way. God knows us, our
                        every thought — we are so foolish
                        to think we could hide something
                        from God.

                            God has revealed to me in knowing
                        His love, deeper insight into knowing
                        God as one and knowing and loving the
                        Divine Persons, the Father, the Son and
                        the Holy Spirit.

                            God wants unity in families,
                        communities, Churches — to love
                        Christ deeply, is to help me in
                        my love of Father and Holy Spirit.

                            The devil will work in jealousy,
                        envy, possessiveness, pride to
                        divide families, communities,
                        parishes — how it offends God
                        when He gives us each other and we
                        are uniquely created for His holy
                        purpose and we block His Plan
                        because of selfishness — seeking
                        dominance for dominance sake —
                        hurting others, punishing them,
                        being unloving to others when
                        God created us to be good and
                        love and serve Him with our whole
                        heart, our whole being, our
                        whole soul.

                            God is all good —
                            God is kind

                            How is it we can punish others with
                        our tongue, hearts filled with hatred —

                        God gives us our lives —
                        God is in control.
                        But God gives us a
                            free will —
                        God is unchangeable
                        God is.
                        God is so attentive to our every
                            need —
                        God knows our hearts
                        God wants us to love Him —
                            have relationship with Him —
                            love and help each other —

                        People filled with pride, jealousy,
                            anger against another — are not
                            acting like Jesus

                        We are called to love God and Neighbor
                            Love is unity
                            Love can change our lives
                            The Church is the bride of Christ
                            Jesus loves His bride
                            We are to love the Church
                            We must love if we are to be
                                united as God intends

                            Love is in the person
                            They know God's presence in
                                them, they act lovingly.

                            Personal Relationship with
                                God is the goal of the Blue Book and
                                love with each other.

                            In loving someone we wish good for them.

                            Selfishness for our vain glory is
                                not love —

   

Matthew 6: 24

‘No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money. 

 

1 John 3: 18

Children, 
our love must be not just words 
    or mere talk, 
but something active and genuine.

     

                        We realize God loves us
                            We accept ourselves as loving
                            We operate from a place
                                empowered by God's love
                            Love is a virtue
                            We must develop habits of
                                love

                        When we sin — we voluntary
                            act —

                        Sin is not in order
                        Sin is against God's will —
                        We choose sin —
                        It is an act of our will —

                        Man's reason and appetite
                            influence his actions —

                        The devil doesn't make
                            anyone sin —
                            they give in!!
                            A sin is an act of a man's will.

                        What has happened to our
                            spontaneity — our ability
                            to love

 


 

 

 

 

        

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