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, November 24, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
To give an example... a credible report of a weeping statue occurred in 1972, with the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima (left) that was witnessed by large crowds to weep human tears in Louisiana. A few years later in 1978, the same statue again wept... but in the second occurrence, it did so in Las Vegas, Nevada. How significant that this statue - a tangible representative of the Fatima Message of Conversion, Prayer, and Sacrifice - has traveled the entire United States only to weep so copiously in two areas in our country that are well-known for unrestrained hedonism. New Orleans and its notorious Mardi Gras is in Louisiana, and we all know that Las Vegas capitalizes on the fact that it's popularly nicknamed the "Sin City". The locations in these two separate cases involving this miraculous statue were definitely prophetic factors as to why Our Lady shed tears.
I visited with Christina at her home four times, and during my last visit with her in 1998, she confided to me and my friends that the Blessed Mother had recently appeared to her in a manner that was personally distressing to the seer. Our Lady was weeping quietly, which up to that time my visionary-friend had never seen her do... so she asked her the reason behind the tears and Mary responded, "Christina, you need to pray... and tell others to pray more." Immediately, Christina was given a vision of a great disaster that would one day hit the United States and which would also end up affecting the Hawaiian islands. At that same moment, the Holy Mother's tears became blood, that streamed down her cheeks and fell upon her white dress causing dark red stains. The seer admitted that when she saw the Virgin's regular tears, her heart was filled with sorrow and compassion... but when she saw them transformed into blood, she was terrified and the impression it made on her was heartbreaking and indelible; Christina knew it was a dire warning that Our Lady was communicating and emphasizing to her, and she was deeply troubled by the experience.
To this day I have never forgotten the somber expression that was reflected on Christina's face as she mentally relived her vision all over again while sharing it with our small group; the look of anguish was evident... but there was also a glimmer of hope as she encouraged us to keep praying the Holy Rosary. Clearly, the Virgin's tears of blood mean something much, much more serious. I drew the image of the weeping Madonna that's seen above, based on my personal recollection of Christina's description of Our Lady's sorrowful appearance to her. I find my own drawing somewhat disturbing so I can just imagine what Christina felt when she saw the scene in person.
In contrast, while tears of water and blood express sorrow and pain, effusions of fragrant oil (in my humble opinion) are a blessed gift from God especially meant for the healing and spiritual encouragement of the Faithful. In Sacred Scriptures, the use of blessed oil was a method of consecrating something for a holy purpose, as well as being used as a healing agent:
~ James 5:14
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.”
1. First, and foremost, attend Masses on their behalf and/or have Masses offered for their relief/release.
2. Pray for them using traditional Prayers for the Dead (see below), the Holy Rosary, or offer the Stations of the Cross... and sprinkle Holy Water frequently with the intent of granting the Poor Souls relief.
3. Perform charitable works on their behalf (e.g. visit a sick person, give to charity, or perform volunteer work).
4. Offer sacrifices or voluntary penances, big or small, on their behalf (fasting is especially effective).
5. Last, but certainly not the least, encourage others to pray for them.
“No soul would want to come back from Purgatory to the earth. They have knowledge which is infinitely beyond ours. They just could not decide to return to the darkness of the earth. Here we see the difference from the suffering that we know on earth. In Purgatory, even if the pain of the soul is just terrible, there is the certitude of living forever with God. It’s an unshakeable certitude. The joy is greater than the pain. There is nothing on earth which could make them want to live here again, where one is never sure of anything.”
My Mom’s Personal Experience
Before ending this post, please allow me to share a true story that happened to my mother concerning my father (right photo) who died from cancer in October, 2008. My mother was missing him terribly after he passed away (they were married for 59 years!) and in early 2009 she called me (from California) to share about an experience she had one morning. My mom relayed that she awoke to see my father standing near her bed surrounded by a soft glow of light. She told me that she recognized him, but added that he looked much younger as though he was still in his prime years... and he was smiling lovingly at her. My mom asked him if he was OK, to which my dad replied:
My mom said that my father then held up a small piece of paper that he had in his hand, but she didn’t understand what it meant nor could she see clearly what the writing on it said. Soon afterwards, he faded from view, leaving my mom with a deep sense of peace and closure in regards to his death.
What made this story all the more remarkable for me was the fact that my dad had told my mother about a certain piece of paper. The fact is... after my father passed away, I enrolled his name in a Perpetual Mass program with the Daughters of St. Paul in Honolulu, and had filled-out a slip of paper for the nuns to process the enrollment with their motherhouse in Rome; I offered the Masses for the repose of my dad’s soul but I never told my mother about it so that’s how I knew she wasn’t just dreaming about the whole thing.
Needless to say, I too felt a sense of relief and gratitude knowing that the Masses had benefited my dad’s soul... and the Lord had generously allowed him to visit my mother to reassure us that he was enjoying peace in the afterlife. Thanks be to God! [For those interested in reading another personal experience involving the Poor Souls, click here.]
After reading this blog, my hope is that viewers will take just a few moments to recite the prayers below for the benefit of our faithful departed. Pray not only for family members who have passed on... but also kindly offer the prayers for those who have no one to pray for them. God will surely be pleased. We may not see the effects of our prayers now... but who knows? Perhaps when our own time comes, we too, will have a special welcoming party made up of family and new friends waiting for us in Paradise.
+ A Traditional Prayer for the Deceased
+ Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great (as revealed to her by Jesus)