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NOTICE: I am a practicing Catholic, active and in good-standing with my local parish, who professes faith and loyalty to the Church and our Holy Father. This "little work" is purely a personal expression of that faith and loyalty, and not an officially recognized ministry in the Diocese of Honolulu. ~ Peter


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Saints & Holy Relics Speaking Presentation & Visitations, 11/4/2017


What a busy and fruitful day it was - our dear Blessed Mother and a group of Saints touched many souls in Honolulu and Kailua today... all for the greater glory of God and our beautiful Catholic Faith!

+ Speaking Presentation & Holy Relics Visitation:
Pauline Bookstore, Honolulu

It started with this morning when I had the honor of sharing the lives and relics of several Blesseds and Saints as part of our local Pauline Bookstore's efforts to promote the Faith, via regularly scheduled seminars.  This month I was the invited guest speaker and presented on the topic of Saints and Sacred Relics since November is traditionally dedicated to the honor of the Saints.

A nice group of people attended the event and were given the opportunity to view and venerate genuine relics from the following holy individuals: Bl. Alberto Marvelli (bodily relic); St. Andre Bessette of Montreal (blood relic)Bl. Anne Marie Rivier (bone relic); St. Bernadette of Lourdes (bone relic); St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai (coffin wood relic); St. Margaret of Cortona (clothing relic); St. Maximilian Kolbe (hair & clothing relics); the Martyrs of Chimbote, Peru - Bl. Michal Tomaszek & Bl. Zbigniew Strzalkowski (clothing relics); St. Peregrine Laziosi (bone relic); St. Padre Pio (stigmata bandage relic); the soon-to-be beatified Ven. Solanus Casey (clothing relic); St. Therese the Little Flower (bone relic)... and extremely rare relics of good ol' St. Joseph (cloak relic) and Our Lady (veil relic).

The display altar set up for today's presentation.  15 relics of the Blessed Mother and various
Blesseds and Saints were exposed for the edification of the participants.

Based on my observations and the feedback I received after, the audience appeared enthralled by the many stories and little anecdotes that I shared about each Blessed and Saint... and were very grateful for the relic exhibit.

   
Left:  Participants gathering and waiting for the start of the presentation in the Pauline Bookstore
conference room.  Right:  Participants gathered around the relic display altar after the talk.

What never fails to amaze me is when people approach me after to share that they have a particular affinity with a certain Saint and were pleasantly surprised and moved to discover the Saint's relic present.  This happened again today for several people and I find it remarkable because I bring different relics to each presentation.  One example stands out for me - today I included a 1st class relic of the French founder, Bl. Anne Marie Rivier, as a last minute addition and only after being strongly prompted by a persistent interior voice.  As it turned out, the Pauline Sister who invited me - Sr. Joanne - was excited to see her relic since Sr. Joanne grew up in the Philippines attending a parochial school run by Bl. Anne Marie's nuns - the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary!  These good Sisters had ingrained in her a respect for their holy founder so there was a soft spot in Sr. Joanne's heart for the beatified French nun.

A fun selfie with Sr. Joanne, friends, and audience members
taken after the presentation.

I don't believe in coincidences, but rather, I believe things worked out the way they did with my selection of relics because Bl. Anne Marie and the other Saints simply wanted to visit and touch bases with the individuals who have befriended them!  It's a classic example of the Holy Spirit at work, bringing the inhabitants of the earth and Heaven into a closer union!

* * * TESTIMONY * * *

 "Hey Peter, I wanted to tell again what a good presentation you gave and to tell you how much I appreciate your ministry.....when I hear about how much the Saints loved God and others I feel inspired to try to be better. God bless you and keep you safe always!"

 ✝️ Your Sister in Christ, Monica


+ Pilgrim Statue & Holy Relic Visitation: 
First Saturday Rosary for Peace at St. Anthony of Padua Church

Being that it's also the first Saturday of the Month, later in the afternoon I drove to Kailua Town for our parish's monthly Rosary Prayer Meeting.  This time around the holy person I chose to feature before our prayer began was my blog's Saint of the Month - Bl. Pius [of St. Aloysius] Campidelli (read about him by clicking here).

I displayed a relic of the Blessed beside my Rosa Mystic pilgrim statue but there wasn't much I could really relate about his life, as far as specific details went... so I also shared some of my personal reflections on Bl. Pius' method of attaining sanctity; how he basically lived his day-to-day life and did the most ordinary chores with extraordinary love, which at the end made him a truly great soul.

After the Rosary Prayer ended, a woman who had recently started attending the First Saturday Devotion just a few months ago approached me to relay how her continued attendance has made a positive difference in her life and she always feels "close" to Our Lady during our group-prayer.  Furthermore, she was thoroughly impressed by Bl. Pius and testified that it made her happy to know that he was just an "ordinary guy" because she, herself, was just ordinary... but she felt much hope that she could perhaps follow the Blessed's example and make it to Heaven, too!  Again, much kudos to the Holy Spirit, as well as to Our Lady and Bl. Pius Campidelli, in leading another soul closer to God.

   
A representation of Bl. Pius of St. Aloysius Campidelli and the 1st Class (bone) Relic
of his in my ministry's custody that was displayed at this month's meeting.

For any locals out there looking for spiritual encouragement and inspiration, feel free to join us at our monthly Rosary.  The next First Saturday Rosary for Peace at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Kailua will be held on December 2nd, beginning at 4:25pm in the Day Chapel.  All are welcome!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Saint of the Month, November 2017: Bl. Pius of Saint Aloysius Campidelli


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Blessed Pius of Saint Aloysius Campidelli
Another Light of the Little Way ~ Memorial: November 3rd

Literature in English is scarce about this youthful Italian Blessed and, I have to admit, when I first read whatever I could gather about him I wasn't completely impressed or inspired. There were no spiritual fireworks about him that wowed me, but rather, he just appeared too "ordinary", as far as I could personally evaluate... and I wondered to myself as to what made him sainthood-worthy.   

Bl. Pius of Saint Aloysius was born Luigi Campidelli on April 29, 1868, to poor farmers from Poggio Berni (Forli); child number four to his parents. Biographies describe him as an excellent student and active in parish life, and generally known in his small community as a good kid.  There was also a budding attraction to spirituality from an early age.

Sadly, when he was about 6-years-old, Luigi's father, Giuseppe, died of typhoid, which left his family even more desperate. An uncle arrived to help support his mother and three siblings, but the uncle's bad behavior made home-life a trial for them. 

The Madonna of Casale to whom
Bl. Pius had a deep devotion
At 12-years-old, Luigi came into contact with the Passionists for the first time and was immediately drawn to their manner of life. He began frequenting the Passionist house in Casale and its shrine dedicated to the Madonna, where he was eventually accepted as a novice at aged 14. Despite his youth, he wholly committed himself to the Passionist charism of intense devotion to Christ Crucified, as well as a deep filial devotion to Our Lady. A year later in 1883 he was given the Passionist habit and renamed Pius of Saint Aloysius; on April 30, 1884, the young religious professed his vows.  By all accounts he was a model religious.

Pius was training for the priesthood when he contracted tuberculosis before he could be ordained. During the course of his illness he never complained and maintained a cheerful disposition. He succumbed to the dreaded disease on November 2, 1889, being only 21-years-old and offering his life to God as a sacrifice for the spiritual good of his home region of Romagna.

The Church beatified Bl. Pius of Saint Aloysius on November 17, 1985 and his sacred relics are today enclosed in a beautiful glass-sided urn near the Shrine of the Madonna of Casale that the Blessed frequented in life.

As I mentioned earlier, I wasn't initially touched when I first learned Pius' life. I actually had to take about a day to reflect more about his spiritual relevance and to "pray" his life message. Then it all suddenly clicked for me - it didn't matter that his life seemed so ordinary and uneventful, but what mattered was that he consistently did the most ordinary things with extraordinary love!  I truly believe that this was Bl. Pius' plan all along and he humbly effected it without any fanfare, via his conscientious practice of humility and obedience; the self-giving he exercised through the fulfillment of his daily duties that were all consciously offered to Jesus and Mary with the profound love he had in his heart for them.

I further recognized that, in essence, Bl. Pius was walking the little way, a method of spirituality later made popular by St. Therese the Little Flower (d. 1897)... and my early doubts about his sanctity vanished. I see why his companions must have been so impressed with him - they probably came to sense the powerful force of love that emanated from Pius' being despite his seemingly ordinary exterior.

The beautiful urn enclosing the relics of Bl. Pius Campidelli

I am now filled with admiration and respect for Bl. Pius Campidelli and see him as a bright light of the little way for the whole world, especially for our young people to emulate.  May God grant us, the Faithful, the joy of his speedy Canonization!

A Short Prayer:
O God, who reveal yourself in a marvelous way 
to the little ones and to the pure of heart, 
manifest yourself to us, we beseech you, 
as you did to Blessed Pius,
and grant that we may follow you unceasingly,
our one and true God, in purity and sincerity of life, 
loving you above all things and loving others with your love. 
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.  Amen.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Monthly Messages from the Queen of Peace of Medjugorje: October 2017



Our Lady's Monthly Message to the World on October 25th:
   “Dear children!  I am calling you to be prayer in this time of grace.  You all have problems, afflictions, sufferings and lack of peace.  May saints be models to you and an encouragement for holiness; God will be near you and you will be renewed in seeking through your personal conversion.  Faith will be hope to you and joy will begin to reign in your hearts.  Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Our Lady's Special Message to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo on October 2nd:
   “Dear children, I am speaking to you as a mother – with simple words, but words filled with much love and concern for my children who, through my Son, are entrusted to me.  And my Son, who is of the eternal now, He is speaking to you with words of life and is sowing love in open hearts.  Therefore, I am imploring you, apostles of my love, have open hearts always ready for mercy and forgiveness.  According to my Son, always forgive your neighbors, because in that way peace will be in you.  My children, care for your soul, because it alone is what truly belongs to you.  You are forgetting the importance of family.  A family does not need to be a place of suffering and pain, but a place of understanding and tenderness.  Families who strive to live according to my Son live in mutual love.  While He was still little, my Son would say to me that all people are His brothers.  Therefore, remember, apostles of my love, that all people whom you meet are family to you – brothers according to my Son.  My children, do not waste time thinking about the future, worrying.  May your only concern be how to live well every moment according to my Son.  And there it is – peace for you!  My children, do not ever forget to pray for your shepherds.  Pray that they can accept all people as their children; that, according to my Son, they may be spiritual fathers to them.  Thank you!”