Our Lady's Special Message to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo on April 2nd:
NOTICE: I am a practicing Catholic, active and in good-standing with my local diocese, 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 Administrator
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Our Lady's Special Message to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo on April 2nd:
Sunday, April 20, 2014
|A flake of golden escarcha that I collected|
from the table with my finger tip.
The Rosary Prayer that followed was, itself, very different tonight. We all commented on how it felt as though we were "absorbed" by a profound sense of peace and time seemed to be moving in "slow motion" while we prayed. It was an unusual sensation, but in a good way that's just hard to explain adequately. I interpreted it as some sort of effect of the Holy Spirit's presence. More so, because escarchas were seen materializing, too: red ones on the framed 2nd Class Relics of St. Catalina (reminders of the Precious Blood of Christ?), and gold and green shiny escarchas on the table around which we were seated (there was nothing around us with man-made glitter). The unexpected sign encouraged me to pray even harder.
In the end, we enjoyed our fellowship dinner consisting of fried chicken and fish, some shoyu poke (marinated raw ahi) with poi (pounded taro with water)... and a dessert of chocolate-covered eclairs. Everything was delicious and the meeting ended with all of us feeling refreshed, at peace, and very grateful to God for the generosity of His bounty.
The Church throughout the world echoes the angel's message to the women: "Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised. Come, see the place where he lay" (Mt 28:5-6).
This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.
That is why we tell everyone: "Come and see!" In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life's troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast. "Come and see!": Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.
With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord!
Help us to seek you and to find you, to realize that we have a Father and are not orphans; that we can love and adore you.
Help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible.
Enable us to protect the vulnerable, especially children, women and the elderly, who are at times exploited and abandoned.
Enable us to care for our brothers and sisters struck by the Ebola epidemic in Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and to care for those suffering from so many other diseases which are also spread through neglect and dire poverty.
Comfort all those who cannot celebrate this Easter with their loved ones because they have been unjustly torn from their affections, like the many persons, priests and laity, who in various parts of the world have been kidnapped.
Comfort those who have left their own lands to migrate to places offering hope for a better future and the possibility of living their lives in dignity and, not infrequently, of freely professing their faith.
We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent.
We pray in a particular way for Syria, that all those suffering the effects of the conflict can receive needed humanitarian aid and that neither side will again use deadly force, especially against the defenseless civil population, but instead boldly negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue!
We ask you to comfort the victims of fratricidal acts of violence in Iraq and to sustain the hopes raised by the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
We beg for an end to the conflicts in the Central African Republic and a halt to the brutal terrorist attacks in parts of Nigeria and the acts of violence in South Sudan.
We ask that hearts be turned to reconciliation and fraternal concord in Venezuela.
By your resurrection, which this year we celebrate together with the Churches that follow the Julian calendar, we ask you to enlighten and inspire the intiatives that promote peace in Ukraine so that all those involved, with the support of the international community, will make every effort to prevent violence and, in a spirit of unity and dialogue, chart a path for the country's future.
Lord, we pray to you for all the peoples of the earth: You who have conquered death, grant us your life, grant us your peace!"
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
|The Relics we venerated:|
True Cross (l) & St. Gianna (r)
We had a smaller than normal group gathered to pray this month... but we also had a few new faces, including a young mother and her daughter. I was deeply impressed by the little girl (she looked about 5-years-old) because the child knew the Our Father and Hail Mary Prayers and followed along diligently with the adults, as she held a rosary in her little hands. The mother definitely needs to be commended for teaching her daughter how to pray at so early an age.
And speaking of commendable mothers, our Saint of the Month was St. Gianna Beretta Molla (d. 1962, right photo), a thoroughly modern holy woman - a doctor, in fact - who sacrificed her own life for the sake of saving her fourth, unborn child. The people seemed really pleased to learn about her life story, especially one of the new participants who is active in our parish's RCIA and Pro-Life Movement. May St. Gianna pray for all women, especially mothers throughout the world.
At the end of the Holy Rosary and the Mass that followed, I did receive the grace that I was seeking - I felt strongly refreshed and lightened, despite the discomfort I felt from my leg and the concerns I had on my mind. Jesus and Our Lady did not disappoint.
~ Words of Jesus (Matthew 11:28)
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
At 15, Catalina experienced her first mystical experience during which she received a visit from her two Patron Saints - St. Anthony of Padua and St. Catherine of Siena - who encouraged her to dedicate herself completely to the Lord. When the girl expressed her desire to enter a convent, her uncle ridiculed her and attempted to dissuade her from following through with her vocation. At the advice of a local hermit who befriended her, she abruptly left home and was employed as a maid by a sympathetic, pious family. Catalina stayed with this family until her 20th year after which she bid them farewell to enter the local Augustinian convent.
|St. Catalina, as a|
|The body of St. Catalina|