Monthly Archives: May 2016

Jesus, eternal Savior

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Jesus, eternal Savior. God and Lord, whose grace shines bright.
It breaks through sin’s darkness and shines redeeming light.
He comes to those who sit and suffer in the pits of gloom and sadness.
He touches them with his hand and fills their hearts with gladness.

Jesus, eternal Savior, God became flesh. You are holy and divine.
You bestow your rich blessings on us. In your glory, we shine.
Through your Spirit, come and dwell in us and make us new.
Revive whole being, that we may always live for you.

Jesus, eternal Savior, for our sins you willingly suffered pain.
By your suffering death and resurrection, we have the richest gain.
Through your saving work, you cast the devil from his hellish throne.
You have redeemed us and by your blood, we are your own.

Jesus, eternal Savior, send down upon us the Holy Spirit we pray.
May the Spirit guide and strengthen us with his gifts each day.
Guide us O blessed Spirit. Guide and direct all we say and do.
Savior, eternal Savior, may we always be faithful to you.

Jesus, eternal Savior, God and Lord, of whom the angels sing.
They with the saints above praise and worship the eternal King.
With the sacred assembly of heaven, we stand together with voices raised.
We bow in worship and declare; “Eternal King, your name be praised!”

Michael Carter

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With Mary, my soul declares the Lord(Based on the Song of Mary)

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With Mary, my soul declares the greatness of the Lord.
His mercy and forgiveness gives our spirit voice.
How great is his mercy! How mighty is his Word.
In the Lord, let all the faithful sing and rejoice.

The Lord shows mercy towards those who fear him.
His faithfulness is from generation to generation.
He comforts and blesses all who draw near to him.
Blessed be the Lord! The God of salvation.

He upholds his people with the strength of his mighty arm.
The proud are cast down. The arrogant are sent to flight.
The faithful find shelter in the Lord and are protected from harm.
Those who trust in the Lord will find peace and delight.

The Lord will never fail to pour out his peace and mercy.
All who trust in him will be kept by his grace.
When the journey is over, the faithful will join him in eternity.
They shall stand with the angels and saints and behold the Lord’s glorious face.

Michael Carter 2016

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O’ Sacred Heart of Jesus-Based on the Litany of the Sacred Heart

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O’ sacred heart of Jesus, Son of the Father. Lord of creation.
The fountain and source of life and salvation.
Be our comfort and strengthen us through pain and strife.
Have mercy and bring us to eternal life.

O’ sacred heart of Jesus, born of the Virgin Mother.
He came in the flesh to be our Savior and our brother.
Be our comfort and strengthen us through pain and strife.
Have mercy and bring us to eternal life.

O’ sacred heart of Jesus, the propitiation for our sins.
His rich mercy and compassion for us never ends.
Be our comfort and strengthen us through pain and strife.
Have mercy and bring us to eternal life.

O’ sacred heart of Jesus, obedient to death. He suffered in our place.
By his holy wounds and by his death, we are saved by his grace.
Be our comfort and strengthen us through pain and strife.
Have mercy and bring us to eternal life.

O’ sacred heart of Jesus, our life and our everlasting King.
By his resurrection, he overcame death’s sharp sting.
Be our comfort and strengthen us through pain and strife.
Have mercy and bring us to eternal life.

O’ sacred heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in thee.
Lead all souls from this world to the bliss of eternity.
Be our comfort and strengthen us through pain and strife.
Have mercy and bring us to eternal life.

O’ Lamb of God who takes the sin of the world away.
Lead and guide us. Give us comfort and strength each day.
Bring us through the journey, through pain and strife.
Lead us home to share with you, the bliss of eternal life.

-Michael Carter

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TEARING DOWN WALLS

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The year 1989 brought changes in Europe that shook the world. This was a year when
communists’ governments in Europe fell and there was a rebirth of hope and freedom. This happened in a dramatic way in the Communist country of East Germany.

One night, millions of people from the countries of East and West Germany gathered together. They stood before the Berlin wall which had long separated the German nation. With hammers and picks, the world watched on television as people torn down the dividing wall. The separation was now over, and in a nation was once again unified. The wall had come down and bridges of unity had been restored.

It was wonderful to have watched this event on television. It is always good to see walls of separation crumble and fall. However, there are many “wall” that still exist today. These walls are different then the Berlin wall. They exist in the hearts and minds of people. They are built over time and can be difficult to remove. Some people find it hard to change their attitudes and to move past their prejudices and engage others. They just cannot get past their walls.

The acts of discrimination and hatred demonstrate that the work of tearing down these walls must continue. It is sad that some walls of hate and bigotry which have started to come down are now being rebuilt through actions and by the words of people who build upon the fears of others. People of good will should not stand for those who commit actions or use inflammatory rhetoric to prey on the fears of other people. Those who want peace and justice must take a stand and let their voices be heard.

Some people generalize and stereotype others by saying; “They’re all that way.” This attitude comes from ignorance and a failure to see that people are different, no matter their backgrounds.

One afternoon, a old Jewish man and a old Taiwanese man were eating lunch at a restaurant. Without warning the Jewish man left his table and walked toward the Taiwanese man. He hit the Taiwanese man, sending him down on the floor.

“What gives? Why’d you hit me?”

“That was for Pearl Harbor.”

“Huh? That was the Japanese, not the Taiwanese!”

The Jewish man just shrugged.

“Japanese, Taiwanese, they’re all the same to me.”

Two men returned to their tables. Later the Taiwanese man got and walked over to the Jewish man. . He hit the man in the face sending the Jewish man down on the floor.

“Why did you hit me?”

“That was for the Titanic.”

“What? It was an ice burg that took out the Titanic.”

“Goldberg, ice burg, they’re all the same to me.”

This a humorous story with a message worth thinking about. We should be careful about generalizing and putting people into one category. Would it be fair to say that all Hispanics are illegal and bring crime? Would it be fair to say that all police are corrupt or that all African American males are criminals? Would it be fair to say that all Muslims are terrorists? No, it would not be fair to say these things nor to judge many be the actions of a few. Those who say such things only show their ignorance and cause division.

There are too many issues which divide people and cause strife. Those who stir the fears of people with their words and actions will cause even more division and mistrust. Rather than building walls of bigotry and hatred, let us commit ourselves to dialogue and building bridges that educate, inform, and bring people together.

Bigotry and discrimination will always exist.This does not mean that we should accept it.
Each one of us can help to make a better world if we strive to treat each other with respect. We won’t always agree with each other concerning the issues of the day. Dialogue is important so that we will listen and learn from each other. This helps to build bridges and to tear down the walls of bigotry and hatred.

If you want to see a better world, if you want see a world where people are treated with dignity and respect, don’t sit on the sidelines. Don’t sit and grumble about how unfair things are. Get up and make a difference. Shake the foundations so that the walls of bigotry, injustice, and hate will come down.

There will be many lessons we will pass on to our children. Let these be the lessons of faith, respect, love, and unity. Together we can build a better world. Through works of faith and love we can tear down the walls of bigotry and hatred and build bridges that will lead to a beloved community.

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HOLY SPIRIT, BLESSED SPIRIT

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HOLY SPIRIT, BLESSED SPIRIT

Holy Spirit, blessed Spirit. God divine, on your people descend.
Come down upon your people and give your rich blessings without end.
Come Holy Spirit, stir up faith and let the redeemed sing songs of praise.
Holy Spirit, blessed Spirit, send forth holy fire. Set hearts ablaze.

Holy Spirit, blessed Spirit, impart your gifts from heaven above.
Build up the Church and unite the believers in the bond of love.
Come Holy Spirit, stir up faith and let the redeemed sing songs of praise.
Holy Spirit, blessed Spirit, send forth holy fire. Set hearts ablaze.

Holy Spirit, blessed Spirit, equip the redeemed with gifts to give freely.
Move your people to daily rejoice in Christ’s grace and mercy.
To you who is one with Father and Son, the redeemed sing everlasting praise.
Holy Spirit, blessed Spirit, send forth holy fire. Set hearts ablaze.

Michael Carter (2011)

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