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
Monday, March 25, 2019
Monday, March 4, 2019
heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds."
Saturday, March 2, 2019
In a few years, the once-happy household was reduced to near-poverty and Petra's father was forced to send her to work as a domestic in the house of a well-to-do acquaintance in Damascus, Syria. Four years later, the daughter returned home only to be surprised by a new stepmother who was somewhat overbearing. The woman began planning a marriage for Petra to her own brother (step-uncle), while a maternal aunt argued to have the maiden marry her son (Petra's first cousin). The heated conflict over her personal future was too much for the young woman since, for some time, she had growing aspirations to give herself completely to Jesus Christ.
Her biographies describe her as attractive.
Before matters could progress any further, Petra abruptly left home to enter the recently founded congregation of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the "Mariamettes", in Bikfaya. When her parents learned of her whereabouts, they went to the convent to fetch her home, but Petra convinced her superiors to send her parents away without giving them the opportunity to speak with her; she never saw them again. The time frame this all took place was in the end of 1852, beginning of 1853.
May St. Rafqa intercede in Heaven for peace in war-torn regions of the Middle East... and may she watch over our persecuted Christian brethren there, protecting them and instilling in them hope in God's Divine Love.