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, August 31, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
"Dear children! Also today, the Most High is giving me the grace to be with you and to lead you towards conversion. Every day I am sowing and am calling you to conversion, that you may be prayer, peace, love - the grain that by dying will give birth a hundredfold. I do not desire for you, dear children, to have to repent for everything that you could have done but did not want to. Therefore, little children, again, with enthusiasm say: ‘I want to be a sign to others.’ Thank you for having responded to my call."
"Dear children; If only you would open your hearts to me with complete trust, you would comprehend everything. You would comprehend with how much love I am calling you; with how much love I desire to change you, to make you happy; with how much love I desire to make you followers of my Son and give you peace in the fullness of my Son. You would comprehend the immeasurable greatness of my motherly love. That is why, my children, pray because through prayer your faith grows and love is born, the love along which even the cross is not unendurable because you do not carry it alone. In union with my Son you glorify the name of the Heavenly Father. Pray, pray for the gift of love, because love is the only truth: it forgives everything, it serves everyone and it sees a brother in everyone. My children, my apostles, great is the trust that the Heavenly Father has given you through me, His handmaid, to help those who do not know Him, that they may reconcile with Him and follow Him. That is why I am teaching you love, because only if you have love will you be able to respond to Him. Again I am calling you to love your shepherds and to pray that, at this difficult time, the name of my Son may be glorified under their guidance. Thank you."
Saturday, August 3, 2013
But there are times when everything else going on in life seem to drain me and I have to make just a tiny bit of an effort to get myself going to the church to get things ready for the Rosary Meeting. I often find that it's during these times God often surprises us with something wonderful to encourage us... and then I feel uplifted and refreshed again. That's exactly how it was for me at today's Rosary for Peace.
The gathering, as a whole, was again very nice. The holy person I shared about was an indigenous Indian woman - Bl. Euphrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart (d. 1952) - and the people gathered were especially interested in learning about her since I'm usually sharing about Saints/Blesseds from European countries, but have never about anyone from India... so it was something new for all of us.
After the prayer ended, several people, including a visiting participant from the mainland, came up to the display altar to get a closer view of the bodily relic of Bl. Euphrasia and to ask questions about her life. We also passed around the veil-relic of the Blessed Mother for the people to venerate. What happened next was completely unexpected... and really strange, but in a good way.
I put the pebble in Roxy's palm and told her to keep it... and that she should have confidence in Our Lady's intercession and in the goodness of God. Whether or not the pebble is a definite sign that she'll conceive a baby, is still to be seen, but after all the extraordinary graces - "little signs" - I've witnessed and/or experienced in connection with praying the Holy Rosary, I wouldn't be surprised at all if in a couple of months we get word that Roxy is expecting. Mary's intercession through the Rosary is that powerful... and I'll be sure to post an update if Roxy happens to get pregnant.
Anyhow, the next Rosary for Peace at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua, will be prayed on Saturday, September 7th - the eve of the Feast of Our Lady's Nativity. All are welcomed to participate in our prayer, beginning at 4:25pm, as we venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary and wish her a very Happy Birthday!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
In 1881 Fr. Frederic returned to France only to sail, shortly after, to Canada on a fund-raising trip for the Franciscan Holy Land missions. During this initial Canadian visit, he not only promoted his Order’s work in the Middle East, but he also preached several missions and conducted spiritual retreats that were all very popular. He then returned to the Holy Land for a brief stay but then permanently returned to Canada towards the latter part of 1881. Assigned in Quebec, good Fr. Frederic continued the work that he started during his earlier Canadian visit and became a well-respected preacher and spiritual director. He endeared himself to many through his amiable nature and the excellent example he set through his evident life of simplicity and holiness.
The “Good Priest” died in Montreal on August 4th, 1916, after succumbing to stomach cancer. His passing left many devotees convinced that a Saint had just left them for Heaven and today his hallowed remains are venerated at the Sanctuary of Trois Rivieres. Fr. Frederic Janssoone was declared a Blessed by the late Pope John Paul II on the 25th of September, 1988.
The Gospel Message of Christ takes root in our hearts and bears fruit in our souls... then best shared through our actions.
A Short Prayer
Lord, wherever your Divine Will leads us in this world, may we, like Bl. Frederic be messengers of the Good News to all our neighbors who are living in darkness. Amen.