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, Ministry & Blog Administrator
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
As expected, the evening service was beautiful and meaningful. Fr. Clarence again conducted one of his Marian-oriented homilies in which he incorporates the singing of several traditional and time-honored hymns especially dedicated to Our Lady. I always find myself deeply stirred and "chicken-skinned" when I hear the entire congregation united in one voice, lovingly praising our Blessed Mother in song, in a manner that she deserves from us - her adopted children through Christ, her Divine Son.
After the Mass, the festivities concluded with refreshments in our "Friendship Lanai", which was highlighted with lighthearted fellowship amongst our parishioners.
her raiment threaded with gold;
In embroidered apparel she is led to the King.
The maids of her train are presented to the King.
They are led in with glad and joyous acclaim;
they enter the palace of the King."
~ Psalm 45:14-16
Monday, August 13, 2012
|A manifestation of golden|
Escarchas in a rosary-bead
pattern after I talked about
the Rosary with a friend.
+ The Escarchas, at times, have changed from one color to another. For example, on one occasion while I was at Mass, an Escarcha manifested near my foot. I picked-up the glittery flake with a finger and clearly saw that it was silver in color, and I rubbed it into a crease in my palm as a way of safekeeping it until I could collect it with tape. Later, when I opened my hand, I noticed the same Escarcha had turned bright gold! At least one other person who I shared Escarchas with has reported back to me about its color-changing properties.
Shiny, multi-colored Escarchas that I collected with tape in a span of several days,
and later affixed to prayer cards that were shared with sick family and friends.
... and opposite of multiplying, I've seen Escarchas materialize only to vanish as mysteriously as they appeared. More than once, I've put my finger on an Escarcha in order to place it on a piece of scotch tape, but when I looked at my finger, the Escarcha was no where to be seen.
I'm quite baffled as to why all this is happening to me and my friends. One website I researched stated that Escarchas are an indication of the Blessed Mother's presence, or even the Holy Spirit. I believe the statement is, for the most part, true... and in my own experiences I feel strongly that they are connected to the Rosa Mystica Devotion, which I promote. But I certainly don't claim to be a "mystic", nor do I feel particularly worthy of having Our Lady or the Holy Spirit bless me in such a manner.
"You know what this is? This is dust from Heaven...
and if the dust from Heaven looks like this - can you
imagine how beautiful the rest of Heaven must be?
I can't wait to see it!"
It was at that moment I came to realize that, through Escarchas, Jesus was generously giving us a glimpse - or more like a tiny "sample" - of the beauty, wonder, and glory found in His Kingdom; the reward that awaits all Believers who are faithful to Him.
My faith has definitely grown and I, too, am excitedly looking forward to the day when I will finally get to see the full splendor of Heaven in person... and what a sight it will be! Our God is a God of surprises and marvels - Hallelujah... Hallelujah... Hallelujah!
~ Isaiah 60:2
Friday, August 10, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
|A photo of Bl. Mariam,|
clothed in the Carmelite habit
In 1872 she returned briefly to France before setting out to the Middle East to establish another Carmel in Bethlehem. She was happy at the thought of being able to pray for the conversion of her people on her home soil but Divine Providence would have it that she not spend much time in Palestine. While assisting with the construction of the new monastery, Sr. Mariam had a serious fall that broke her arm. The injury was not properly treated and it quickly lead to a gangrenous condition that claimed her life on August 26, 1878; she was only 32-years-old.
The Discalced Carmelite Order held the memory of Sr. Mariam of Jesus Crucified in high esteem so it was with great joy that they celebrated her Canonization on May 17, 2015. Her tomb and relics are venerated in the Carmel she established, and she is invoked in a special way as a Herald of Peace and Hope in the war-torn regions of the Middle East.
A Short Prayer