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, January 26, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
“Dear children! Pray, pray, pray for the radiance of your prayer to have an influence on those whom you meet. Put the Sacred Scripture in a visible place in your families and read it, so that the words of peace may begin to flow in your hearts. I am praying with you and for you, little children, that from day to day you may become still more open to God’s will. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Sunday, January 5, 2014
The prayer meeting was well-attended by the regular participants, as well as by guests from other parishes, which is always very nice. Our "Saint of the Month" for January was a little-known Blessed from Valencia, Spain - Juana Maria Condesa Lluch (d. 1916) - who founded the Congregation of the Handmaids of Mary Immaculate in the mid-1900s to spiritually and morally assist the factory workers of her day, who were exploited and demoralized during the Spanish Industrial Revolution. Through her holy example, we were reminded that we, too, are capable of making a positive difference in the lives of needy people around us; definitely a good lesson for us to receive for the beginning of the new year.
If the feeling of complete peace wasn't special enough, after the Rosary Meeting ended I headed over to the Vigil Mass in the main church with my friend, Dre', who drove all the way from Mililani... and we were both surprised to discover her arms and blouse sprinkled with silver escarchas! Shortly after, the little flakes of shiny manna began manifesting in both my palms, too... and also in the palms of another friend - Luisa - sitting next to me, who had also prayed the First Saturday Rosary. We all felt blessed in a special way, but Luisa appeared profoundly affected by the phenomenon she witnessed firsthand. The short video below captures the appearance of escarchas on my friend's right forearm as we sat for the Mass (note the bright sparkles in various places of her skin).
The next Rosary for Peace will be prayed in our Day Chapel on Saturday, February 1st. All are welcome to participate in our prayer for peace and to seek the intercession of the Blessed Mother and the Saints for whatever personal needs you may have. We hope to see you there!
Friday, January 3, 2014
I was sitting around in my room a couple of days ago, reflecting on events that occurred in the world and in the Church this past year... when it slowly dawned on me that 2013 was really a year of immense prophetic and mystical significance; the biggest event, of course, being the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis on March 13, 2013. I think most of us Catholics were surprised and left a little apprehensive when this unexpected event occurred.
Madre Maria Esperanza of Jesus.
on a Host in Vilakkanoor, India, in November 2013.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
St. Andre came into the world as Alfred Bessette on Aug. 9, 1845; to a large, working-class family near Montreal, Canada. While still a young boy, his father passed away in a work-related accident and his mother was forced to give up Alfred to an uncle, in order to make ends meet for the rest of his family. To support himself, Alfred took up various odd jobs prior to applying for admission with the Congregation of the Holy Cross at the age of 25. He took the religious name of Brother Andre.
When sick pilgrims visited, Bro. Andre would bless them with oil from the lamp which burnt before the statue of St. Joseph and cures often resulted. News of the healings spread quickly and the trickle of pilgrims became a multitude that overwhelmed the shrine and the neighboring college. The immense distraction from the daily influx of visitors caused Bro. Andre’s superiors to relieve him of some of his regular duties so he could focus more time on the pilgrims, as well as on the upkeep of the growing shrine.
In addition to his apparent gift of healing, God also granted Bro. Andre the ability to read souls and to prophecy so he could better counsel his many visitors. He often fasted rigorously during the day - eating a simple porridge made from water and flour - while spending his nights in intense prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. During these quiet moments he was sometimes witnessed in ecstasy surrounded by a radiant light.
Although he was granted many supernatural consolations, his life was not without trials. There were many (including some of his religious brethren) who opposed his work and refused to believe in his sincerity. The devil also showed his displeasure towards Bro. Andre by harassing him through frightful apparitions and even physical assaults – Bro. Andre accepted every trial with humility and trust in the Lord, offering all for the conversion of the pilgrims and the success of St. Joseph’s shrine.
Bro. Andre Bessette entered into his eternal reward on Jan. 6, 1937, and was Beatified in May, 1982. The Church declared him a Saint in October 2010.
A Short Prayer