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
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
"Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. May your relationship with prayer be a daily one. Prayer works miracles in you and through you, therefore, little children, may prayer be a joy for you. Then your relationship with life will be deeper and more open and you will comprehend that life is a gift for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call."
"Dear children, I love you all. All of you, all of my children, all of you are in my heart. All of you have my motherly love, and I desire to lead all of you to come to know God's joy. This is why I am calling you. I need humble apostles who, with an open heart, will accept the Word of God and help others to comprehend the meaning of their life along side God's word. To be able to do this my children, through prayer and fasting, you must learn to listen with the heart and to learn to keep submitting yourselves. You must learn to keep rejecting everything that distances you from God's word and to yearn only for that which draws you closer to it. Do not be afraid. I am here. You are not alone. I am imploring the Holy Spirit to renew and strengthen you. I am imploring the Holy Spirit that, as you help others, you too may be healed. I am imploring Him that, through Him, you may be God's children and my apostles..."
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
As it turned out, the episode featured the biographies of four woman-Saints for whom I had the privilege of being a custodian of their precious relics: St. Edith Stein, St. Katherine Drexel, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, and St. Therese of Lisieux. I also ended up adding my own mini-biography about Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati so that the audience would have an example of sanctity, as exemplified in the life of a lay-person. It was a good move because it seemed the audience really enjoyed learning about him, too (he's not very well-known in Hawaii).
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Prior to being executed by firing squad, the seminarians were hoarded into a makeshift jail where for three weeks they were confined with no beds, no change of clothes, and no running water. The conditions rapidly became unsanitary, and almost unbearable by normal standards, but the religious men maintained a prayerful spirit that sustained them during their imprisonment. Adding to their cramped and inadequate jail, their were also subjected to threats and tauntings by their captors, and by a hostile crowd that gathered to gawk at them through their prison windows. On a few occasions prostitutes were even ushered into the room in an effort to sway the men from their vows of chastity, but all remained steadfast against the threats and temptations that were directed towards them.
Knowing that their death was eminent, the group of captives spent their remaining time on earth praying together, confessing their sins, and also receiving Holy Communion when the opportunity arose. Many of the novices and seminarians left behind short written messages using whatever scraps of paper they could get their hands on, as well as on the walls and on the floorboards. Some of the recorded messages, read as follows: "We die happy"… "Lord, forgive them"… "Father, save them, for they know not what they do"… and "Workers, we martyrs die loving and forgiving you. Many of us have offered our lives that you may be saved."
"…with the blood they shed they inspire us all to live and die for the Word of God we have been called to proclaim.” ~ words of Pope John Paul II during the Beatification Homily
Lord, help us to proclaim the Word of God through the way we live our lives and in the manner through which we will die. Amen.