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

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Holy Relic Visitation: Our Lady of Fatima Prayer Group, 5/25/2014

Patti, Dre, & me: a friendship & spiritual bond that spanned over 15 years.

Our monthly prayer meeting this past Sunday for Our Lady of Fatima Prayer Group proceeded despite the really bad weather we were having all over the island: heavy rain, lightning, and loud thunder. And because of the terrible climate, just four of us braved the storm to come together to pray the Holy Rosary, but the wonderful thing was... we were unexpectedly joined by a new participant - a former coworker of our host and me - who we hadn't seen in a very long time.  So our prayer meeting turned out to also be a happy reunion of some sort, as we caught up afterwards on what was going on in our busy lives.

Prior to our catch-up session, we prayed together and venerated our Saint of the Month - St. Leopoldo Mandic (d. 1942) - a Capuchin Priest (see below).  He was small in stature (only 4.5' tall) but was a giant of a priest who often heard confessions up to 12 hours a day and was a consolation to countless people who came to him! His presence with us, through his relic (in left photo), served as a reminder that we need more dedicated priests like him; that our priests today require our supportive prayers.

"A priest must die from apostolic hard work; there is no other death worthy of a priest."

~ Words of St. Leopoldo Mandic

I also want to mention that our group celebrated a small milestone with this last gathering since it marked the 2nd year that we've been meeting consistently each month. Time really does fly when you're enjoying yourself with good friends, good food, and the good Lord!

And speaking of good food, the spaghetti dinner that followed our prayer time was just awesome.  It was a warm, welcomed meal in the cold weather... and the dessert of wine and Red Velvet ice cream was the perfect ending to the evening.  I am looking forward to spending another prayerful year with this special group of people who make up Our Lady of Fatima Prayer Group.  Thanks be to Jesus and our dear Blessed Mother for having brought us all together!

O Saint Leopold, who always had so much
compassion for the suffering mankind, come to our aid,
do not abandon those who are in desperation caused
by sin, but bring them to the heart of God.
Saint Leopoldo Mandic, pray for us!

(Taken from a longer prayer to St. Leopoldo)

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