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
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Feeling a little incredulous, I left my cubicle to speak with a trusted friend and also showed her the shiny particles on the paper and on my arms; the ones clinging to my body appeared to have increased! It was at that point that I began to suspect that we were witnessing a manifestation of Escarchas. My friend and I discussed the circumstances in detail and we both concluded that it was perhaps a sign from St. Anthony of Padua; that he was pleased with the drawing I did for my priest (see below)...
Later on, during that same morning, a little more of the shiny flakes were noticed on my desk despite the fact that I had taken the extra care of ensuring that it was free of any debris; I would turn away for just a few moments, and when I looked back down at my desk, the shiny substance would be where none had been before! The entire scenario played out for about an hour before I stopped noticing the appearance of new flakes.
Reflecting on this recent unusual occurrence in my life, this episode again left me humbled and grateful to God (I couldn't stop thanking and praising Him in prayer!)... at the same time, although I was deeply impressed by the appearance of the Escarchas, I remain devoutly cautious. Much prayer is still needed to spiritually discern the full meaning behind the manifestation of this shimmering form of Manna. It is my hope that St. Anthony of Padua did indeed send the Escarchas to convey his satisfaction and blessings over the plans for his new shrine. If all goes well, I can't wait for the shrine to be completed by Advent of this year - I anticipate it being a great grace for our community and for our visitors! May St. Anthony continue to bless and intercede for us.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I came away from the Padua Basilica a life-long "fan" of their compassionate wonder-worker and I consider my parish very fortunate to have the Saint spiritually and physically present with us through his bodily relic; we don't have to go all the way to Italy to "connect" with St. Anthony, but we have a tiny bit of him and the city of Padua here in Hawaii... in our beautiful Kailua church.
I've seen first hand that the prayers of this righteous man really do "...availeth much". So may St. Anthony continue to pray and intercede for all people who turn to him with devotion and confidence.
Holy Spirit, Fire of Love, come rest over each of us.
Make our tongues ready to confess our sins, that in revealing everything
and concealing nothing, we may attain heavenly life to sing eternal praise
with the angels. With Your help, O holy and life-giving Spirit,
You who live and reign through all ages. Amen.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
those who take refuge in you from their foes." ~ Psalm 17:7
Above is a photo of a cloud that I took a few months ago… I call the picture the "Hand of God". I wasn't going to post it, but a friend of mine who I showed the photo to, encouraged me to do so because she felt that a reader out there could spiritually benefit from the story that goes along with the image... so here's what happened:
One evening, during my drive home from work, I was quietly reflecting and praying… and sort of "complaining" to Jesus (it was bad of me) about how evil seems to have a greater hold in today's world than good. I also prayed to the Lord to do something greater about it and to help all the devout people who are living faithful lives, as well as praying for the rest of humanity to change for the better… no sooner did the prayer leave my mind when I happened to glance up at the sky and noticed a huge cloud in the clear shape of a hand (I interpreted it to be the right hand with the palm facing the viewer). I was so impressed by the image that I took a picture of it using my cellphone.
When I got home, I researched the internet to find the meaning behind the symbolism of the right hand in Biblical and Christian tradition, and what I discovered totally astounded me. Basically, in Sacred Scriptures and in many western cultures, the right hand symbolizes Authority, Power, and Protection. How appropriate.
holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand." ~ Psalm 20:6
and Protector of us, your people. No enemy
and with swift gesture put to flight my foes and
the evil they have brought upon me.
O Lord, shattered the enemy." ~ Exodus 15:6
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Marguerite Bays was the daughter of simple and devout farmers from the small hamlet of La Pierraz, Switzerland. It was providential that she was born on September 8th, 1815, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as she had a deep, filial love for the Mother of the Lord since early childhood. For the most part, Marguerite’s life was quite uneventful - she lived and died in her small town, had a limited education, and quietly worked as a self-employed seamstress from her family's little cottage. During her spare time she was either involved with some sort of activity with her local parish church, or visiting with the sick and dying in her local community. She also loved children and was often seen teaching them prayers and catechism, or leading the youth in pilgrimages to a nearby shrine to the Blessed Virgin.
Marguerite’s prayer must have pleased God greatly for on December 8th, 1854 - almost at the exact time when Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception - she was miraculously healed from the cancer. As further response to her prayer, shortly after, Marguerite began falling into ecstatic raptures on Fridays, during which she relived the painful Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Bleeding wounds opened in her hands and feet and it was apparent that she was marked with the Sacred Stigmata. In her humility, Marguerite hid the wounds from the outside world to the best of her ability, but it was eventually discovered and word spread about the miracle. So she then asked the Lord to grant her the Passion Ecstasies in the late-evenings when she would less likely attract unwanted attention and this request was also granted by God. Hence, she prayerfully suffered, undisturbed by curious eyes, but supported by her close-knit family.
“All those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
~ Matthew 23:12
A Short Prayer:
Lord, gently humble us… by allowing us to see ourselves as you see us. Amen.