NOTICE: I am a practicing Catholic, active and in good-standing with my local parish, who professes faith and loyalty to the Church. This ministry - my "little work" - is strictly a personal expression of that faith and loyalty, and not an officially recognized ministry in the Diocese of Honolulu. ~ Peter
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|The wax image of St. John Neumann, enclosed in his|
shrine-reliquary (click on photo to view a larger image)
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
|Mary, the Mystical Rose,|
pray for us!
Friday, May 4, 2012
|A little statue of Our Lady|
stands beside a relic of her veil
*** NOTE: My sick-visits with Holy Relics are NOT intended to replace the Church's Sacrament of Healing: I simply display the relic for devotional purposes while praying with the patient to the Saint/Blessed for healing. In situations where there is a sense of urgency, I always advocate the administering of the Sacrament of Healing by a Catholic priest.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Given these uncertain times when many people suffer from stress and anxiety, I thought it would be timely to feature the Patron Saint of Mental Afflictions – the Virgin-Martyr, St. Dymphna.
According to a long-standing sacred tradition St. Dymphna was the youthful daughter of a pagan Irish king named, Damon, and his lovely Christian wife. Dymphna was raised by the devout queen to believe in Jesus and she dutifully followed her mother’s pious example. Things took a turn for the worse when the queen was carried away by a sudden illness when Dymphna was just a teenager. Overwhelmed with grief at the loss of his beloved wife, King Damon was mentally afflicted and began looking upon his daughter (who reportedly bore a striking resemblance to the deceased queen) with inappropriate attraction.
The king’s advisors advocated his indecent intentions, but Dymphna’s elderly confessor St. Gerebernus, staunchly opposed the union. The confessor, together with his young protégé, fled over the ocean to Gheel (Belgium), where they hoped to live a life of peace and faith but their plans did not work out as they wished them to. Despite their efforts to blend in, Dymphna’s uncommon beauty and refined manners drew unwanted attention, and the king’s spies were quickly able to track them down.
Almost immediately the site became a place of pilgrimage where many, especially those afflicted with mental illness or demonic possession, were cured through the intercession of St. Dymphna. Today, a magnificent church dedicated to the Saint stands over the original tomb and cures are still reported by devotees of the young Virgin-Martyr.