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

Sunday, July 7, 2013

First Saturday Parish Rosary at St. Anthony's Church, 7/6/2013

"Courage under fire..." was the message I tried to pass along at yesterday's First Saturday Rosary for Peace at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Kailua.  Our featured "Saint of the Month" was actually a group of 26 Spanish Martyrs who were members of the Passionist Congregation in Daimiel, Spain.  These men were intimidated, then killed in July 1936, for simply being faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ, all the while showing grace, courage, and forgiveness in the face of  a threatening and hostile mob.
As I spoke about their sacrifice, I likened it to our current times during which there is blatant, open hostility towards all things related to our faith in the Lord.  I encouraged the people present to find strength and inspiration in the example of the Passionist Martyrs of Daimiel and to stand up for our Church and for Jesus.  Again, courage under fire. 
The rest of the prayer meeting went successfully well... there were actually three new faces in the pews, which is always a blessing to see.  Two of the new participants - young women who had recently come to our parish - later asked about our monthly rosary meeting, and expressed interest in returning next month.  Again, a blessing!
Please keep in mind that Our Lady promises signal graces to all who faithfully pray the Rosary so I encourage everyone to consider praying the Rosary daily.  Praying it in a group makes it all the more powerful, it's true!  The next First Saturday Rosary for Peace at St. Anthony of Padua Church will be prayed on Saturday, August 3rd, beginning at 4:30pm.  All are welcomed to participate.

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