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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, 2018

Monthly Messages from the Queen of Peace of Medjugorje: August 2018


Dear Children...

Our Lady's Monthly Message to the World on August 25th:
   “Dear children!  This is a time of grace.  Little children, pray more, speak less and permit God to lead you on the way of conversion.  I am with you and love you with my motherly love.  Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Our Lady's Special Message to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo on August 2nd:
   “Dear children, with a motherly love I am calling you to open hearts to peace; to open hearts to my Son, so that in your hearts love for my Son may sing, because only out of that love peace comes in the soul.  My children, I know that you have goodness, I know that you have love – a merciful love, but many of my children still have a closed heart.  They think that they can do it without directing their thoughts towards the Heavenly Father who illuminates – towards my Son who is always with you anew in the Eucharist and who desires to listen to you.  My children, why do you not speak to Him?  The life of each of you is important and precious, because it is a gift from the Heavenly Father for eternity.  Therefore, do not ever forget to keep on thanking Him: speak to Him.  I know, my children, that what is to come afterwards is unknown to you, but when your hereafter comes you will receive all the answers.  My motherly love desires that you be ready.  My children, by your life keep putting good feelings in the hearts of the people whom you meet, feelings of peace, goodness, love and forgiveness.  Through prayer, hearken to what My Son is saying and act accordingly.  Anew, I am calling you to prayer for your shepherds, for those whom my Son has called.  Remember that they need prayers and love.  Thank you.”

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Attention, Prayer Warriors - asking prayers for Hawaii...



To the generous and dedicated Prayer Warriors out there, this post is especially directed to you.  'am humbly asking for your valued prayers for our Hawaiian islands.  Hurricane Lane is headed for my small island state and has defied all prior forecasts - strengthening to a powerful Category 4 storm, rather than weakening; headed north-west, versus continuing south of the island chain.  It may just make a direct hit to my home-island of Oahu.

I am a firm believer in the awesome power of Faith and Prayer, which, as Scriptures tell us, can move mountains and calm storms - nothing is impossible to God.  So please kindly join me in offering the prayer below (or any other prayer) for the protection of Hawaii from Hurricane Lane.  Thank you and God bless you.

   Father, all the elements of nature obey your command.  Calm the storms and hurricanes that threaten us and turn our fear of your power into praise of your goodness.  Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.


* * *  U P D A T E * * *

As of Friday afternoon, at approximately 5:00pm, Hurricane Lane was downgraded to a tropical storm status and is headed westward.  Thank you and praise you, Lord... and thanks to all who offered prayers and well-wishes.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Marian Apparitions & Saints Speaking Presentation, 8/14/2018: Sacred Heart Church, Waianae


It's the eve of one of the most significant feasts of the Catholic Church - the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - and all day I was excited for two reasons. First, I was enthused about having the opportunity to again share my passion for Our Lady, her apparitions, and our Saints, via my speaking presentation that I call "Marian Apparitions, Saints, & Relics".  Secondly, I was doing the presentation at the Sacred Heart Church in Waianae for that parish's RCIA Team and interested parishioners - some of my most favorite fellow Catholics!

A beautiful photo with presentation participants gathered around my Maria Rosa Mystica
statue and the sacred relics of several Marian Saints.

After having conducted multiple presentations for this Leeward Coast group in the past few years, I've formed a special kinship with it's members - they are humble and good people, filled with the Holy Spirit, as well as Hawaii's own Aloha Spirit.  I just can't help but enjoy their company and feel blessed whenever I've been invited to faith-share with them.

So this evening's presentation focused on the Church's teachings on private revelations, mainly approved Marian apparitions, including associated mystical phenomena such as weeping images, stigmatization, escarchas, etc.  I spoke about the appearances of Mary starting with the Guadalupe (Mexico) apparitions and covered other lesser-known sanctioned sightings of the Blessed Virgin in Akita (Japan), Betania (Venezuela), Champion (USA), Cuapa (Nicaragua), etc.  Mary's urgent messages at each apparition were highlighted, along with many interesting details that I've learned during the last 30+ years.

Sacred Heart parishioners
honoring Our Lady & the Saints.
In addition to speaking about apparitions, I also featured the lives and relics of the canonized visionaries from the famous Marian shrines of the Miraculous Medal in Paris (St. Catherine Laboure, France); Lourdes (St. Bernadette Soubirous, France); Fatima (Sts. Francisco & Jacinta Marto, Portugal).  I emphasized how these seers managed to eventually become Saints not because they saw Mary, rather it was by living the key points of the messages entrusted to them by our Holy Mother that led them to become holy individuals.

During the course of the talk, I saw serious reflection going on based on the facial expressions of many in the audience; Our Lady's message was taking root in their hearts. And, at the end of it all, people expressed their appreciation and shared testimonies, among which was a gentleman who reported intermittently smelling the scent of flowers (I smelled roses, but none were in the church).

I left the Sacred Heart parish grateful for the attentiveness and feedback from the participants, and hopeful that tonight's presentation will bear much positive spiritual fruit in the Waianae community.

Many thanks and praises be to God and to our most Holy Mother Mary!


+ A Participant's Testimony:

  "Aloha Peter!  I praise God you were able to bless us with your collection of relics and more importantly, your summary of significant Marian apparition history and development. Your emphasis on 'approved' apparitions is crucial in sharing sound and credible messages, and info about our Blessed Mother, which I am truly grateful for your responsible and valuable testimony!"  ~ Linda M.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Saint of the Month - August 2018: Teresa Palminota


The Servant of God
Teresa Palminota
On Fire with Divine Love

Teresa Palminota, Lay-Mystic
& Victim-Soul
This month I'm departing from the norm - rather than featuring a holy person who's been beatified or canonized, I'm sharing the life of little-known laywoman who's still making her way up the tedious ladder of the canonization process.   Her name was Teresa Palminota and in no way am I anticipating the final judgement of the Church in her regards... but I will admit that, personally, I am a believer in Teresa's sanctity.  I think it's because on so many levels, she reminds me of one of my most favorite Saints - St. Gemma Galgani (d. 1903).  They even had the same spiritual advisor! Anyway, I hope readers will enjoy reading about Teresa and be inspired by her, as much as I was... 

Teresa Palminota was born in 1896, the youngest of four children from a family in Bari, Italy.  She came into the world a few months premature, but through the divine providence of God, she survived a precarious infancy but not without being of delicate health for the rest of her life.

According to a biography written by a Fr. Luigi Fizzoti, one of Teresa's confessors, this Servant of God had her first mystical experience at the tender age of 5 - her devout mother often took her to Mass and, to keep her engaged in the church, the mother told her stories of the Christ Child who lived in the tabernacle.  Captivated by her mother's tales, the girl would sometimes sneak away alone to the church, bringing candy and toys to offer to the mysterious little boy who she'd heard so much about.  It was during one of these innocent visits that the tabernacle opened and the child Jesus appeared in a bright light to Teresa.  A priest who witnessed the child conversing with an unseen being instructed the youngster to not speak of the incident to anyone and the girl complied; only revealing it in her adulthood to her confessor.

Other details of Teresa's childhood are scarce, but I was able to glean from a few biographical sources that she was highly pious growing up.  Her childhood encounter with the Lord left an indelible impression in her soul that filled her with the desire to belong only to God.  In addition, she continued to receive private visits from Jesus, even in Rome, where her family relocated in 1917. In fact, Teresa's family owned a small "Bambino" statue that was personally dear to her and, as a result of her strong devotion to the Holy Child, the image manifested signs in Teresa's presence that included prayers being answered and the statue, itself, becoming life-life then moving.

In 1919, the Servant of God made an attempt at becoming a nun.  She entered the Institute of the Maria Bambina Sisters in Monza, but her stay with them was short-lived.  She developed a severe ear infection in both ears that lead to total hearing loss and which disqualified her from religious life.  Teresa returned home disappointed but continued to serve the Lord's interests by actively participating in her parish's charitable organizations; by joining Catholic Action; by becoming a Third Order Franciscan.  In conjunction with all this, her inner spiritual experiences were also intensifying.

Sometime in 1924, a significant grace was granted to Teresa - Christ Crucifed appeared to her and from his divine wounds rays of light burst forth, which struck the maiden in her hands, feet, and chest - thus, she was effectively stigmatized.  At first, open wounds were imprinted on the spots where the rays touched her body but in a few hours they were completely healed although the pain remained.  For the most part the stigmata were invisible, but on occasion blood issued from them as witnessed by her spiritual director, Fr. Fizzoti, to whom she confided everything.  Interestingly, concerning her dealings with her confessor, despite being completely deaf, Teresa was mysteriously able to hear Fr. Fizzoti's words whenever they conversed on spiritual matters (amazing!).

The list of other miraculous gifts allegedly granted to Teresa is extensive; too long to go into detail in a short blog. But to give readers an idea of how remarkable her spiritual life was, here's a summary of her most notable charisms:

+ Familiarity with her Guardian Angel
Teresa regularly experienced the visible presence and aid of her Guardian Angel.  She saw him frequently and fondly referred to him as her "little angel".   The angel advised her and informed her of distant events that were pertinent to her; helped her with small tasks (e.g. once typed a letter for her [for Teresa's sister] when the pain of the hand-stigmata prevented her from doing so); and accompanied her in the form of a striking white butterfly that fluttered about her whenever she left the house to attend Mass or run errands (the butterfly was seen by many others too).

+ Incendium Amoris ("Fire of Love")
God provided tangible evidence of the great degree of Love burning within Teresa's heart.  Her hidden stigmata emanated an unusual warmth, in particular her heart gave off an intense heat that sometimes scorched the mystic's clothing in the area of the chest but without burning her skin.  Apparently, this "Flame of Love" was first gifted to her in the church of S. Gioacchino ai Prati in Rome, where during Eucharistic Adoration, Teresa saw the Host emitting a brilliance that penetrated into her chest.  The Divine Love that suddenly filled her heart caused it to enlarge and a few ribs surrounding it were also displaced in such a manner so as to form an arch over the now-bigger heart.  The mystic lived with this physical abnormality for the rest of her life but without any pain or discomfort from it (St. Gemma also experienced this mystical dilation of the heart). 

+ Perpetual Fasting
For the last three years of her life, Teresa fasted continuously from earthly food, per a direct request from our Lord, as a voluntary sacrifice for sinners.  Jesus allegedly told her, "I will be feeding you, Myself." and indeed it was so, as she survived on just the Eucharist alone.  At times, when she was too ill to leave her bed, Holy Communion was brought to her by her guardian angel or by Christ, himself.

+ Prophecy
There were many examples of Teresa's ability to foresee future events.  One notable prediction she accurately made was the onset of the Spanish Civil War, which ravaged Spain and claimed the lives of many faithful Catholics.

A piece of fabric showing scorch marks after it covered the invisible, but inexplicably
hot, stigmatic wound over Teresa's chest.

With the above being shared, it's important to make clear that Teresa's personal holiness will not be evaluated by the Church solely on her mystical gifts.  Rather, her sanctity will be assessed mainly on her character and conduct.  I gathered from reading her biography that she was genuinely devout; simple and straightforward in her interaction with others; imbued with the spirit of charity and self-sacrifice; humble and modest; and was obedient to her confessors, Monsignor Volpi (a former director to St. Gemma Galgani) and the already mentioned Fr. Fizzoti.  It's clear that Teresa's spirituality was Christ-centered through the Blessed Sacrament, as many of her special graces were triggered by the Eucharist - her life testified to the sublime truth of it.

Lastly, Teresa never sought fame or personal gain, but instead, she maintained strict discretion when it came to her personal charisms.  In general, only her confessors were privy to her intense and hidden spiritual life.  All that were described about her personality and behavior are good indications of a genuine mystic guided by the Holy Spirit, rather than a soul under the spell of evil... or an intentional perpetrator of deceptions.

As she had predicted prior, Teresa died in 1934. She was only 38-years-old at the time of her passing in Rome. At this point in time, Teresa Palminota is considered a "Servant of God", a potential Saint whose Cause for Canonization is still at the very earliest stages of the sainthood process.  Please join me in praying for her speedy canonization, if it be for the greater glory of God and for the good of the Faithful.  Teresa Palminota, pray for us!