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

Monday, April 25, 2022

Monthly Message from the Queen of Peace of Medjugorje: April 25th, 2022

  "Dear children!  I am looking at you and I see that you are lost.  That is why I am calling all of you: return to God, return to prayer—and the Holy Spirit will fill you with His love which gives joy to the heart.  Hope will grow in you, also for a better future, and you will become joyful witnesses of God's mercy in you and around you.  Thank you for having responded to my call."

Sunday, April 10, 2022

An Angel at work?

"Call on them and honor them frequently,
and ask their help in all your affairs,
temporal as well as spiritual."

- words of St. Frances de Sales
about Angels

I love my Guardian Angel and can't thank God enough for having assigned a unique angel to guide, protect, and assist me.  Truly, what an awesome blessing not just for this author, but for everyone else since we all have a personal angel!

The photos below were taken this past Wednesday morning (4/6) - a FIAT Prayer Group meeting day - and they may have captured my angel in action.  Literally, just a minute before, I was praying at my home altar and had asked my angel to go to the angels of the other FIAT Members to request their help in reminding the members about the meeting... as well as, to inspire zealous faith in each of them.  No sooner had I stepped out of my house when, upon glancing up at the sky, I was struck by an unexpected and amazing sight - a bright cloud, resembling, of all things - an angel!  Talk about a coincidence... or what I like to call a moment of "spiritual serendipity".

A winged figure is discernable in these
photos taken of the Honolulu sky.

I later shared the story and photos with a few FIAT Members, and they agreed the cloud indeed resembled an angel... and it appeared to be zooming towards the direction they all lived!  One individual even suggested it was my actual, personal angel leaving to meet up with their angels... or at least a sign from Heaven indicating it.  Whether it is, or isn't an angel, it doesn't matter much to me; I know my angel is always around.  I sense him.  Still, the photos are, at the very least, amusing.

Incidentally, most of the regular attendees did come to the FIAT Meeting that night and it was a particularly meaningful and Holy Spirit-filled gathering.  So, thank you very much to all of our Guardian Angels.  I have no doubt they played a part in it.

Prayer to Our Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my guardian dear;
to whom God's Love entrusts me here.
Ever this day, be at my side; to light
and guard; to rule and guide.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

It's Official - Bro. Joseph Dutton's Cause Opens!

Sharing exciting news with the rest of the world: Hawaii is on its way to possibly having its third Saint.  Bishop Larry Silva recently announced that, effective on May 10th, 2022, the Diocese of Honolulu is formally opening the Cause for Canonization of Bro. Joseph Dutton.


For those not familiar with Bro. Joseph, he was a layman who, after experiencing a lasting spiritual conversion, dedicated himself to serving our lepers in Kalaupapa, working alongside Sts. Damien and Mo. Marianne.  To learn more about our new Servant of God, click here.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Saint of the Month - April 2022: Saint Conrad of Parzham

St. Conrad of Parzham
Our Lady's Doorkeeper
Feast: April 21st

Born Johann (John) Birndorfer, on December 22, 1818 this humble Franciscan Saint came from a large farming family of Parzham (Bavaria), Germany. Only a few details are related about his early years on the Birndorfer farm, but what we do know for certain is he was exceedingly devout from his childhood; conscientiously practicing the Faith and habitually drawn to prayer even in the midst of his daily work in the fields. His devotion to the Blessed Virgin was also noteworthy and, because of his outward display of piety, his family and neighbors all sensed he was destined for consecrated life.  They even nicknamed him the “little angel”.

At 14 Johann’s mother passed away… then, at 16, his father was taken from the family. Johann stayed on at the farm, working alongside his siblings (11 of them!) while continuing to nurture a budding vocation to religious life. He became a member of the Franciscan Third Order in 1841; a Capuchin Tertiary in 1849 at the Order's Altotting monastery; and officially joined the Franciscan Capuchins as a novice at Laufen in 1851, taking the name Bro. Conrad.  He was professed in October 1852 and sent back to Altotting where he remained for the rest of his long life.

At Altotting, Conrad was appointed the position of porter, which was a very demanding job, mainly because the monastery was next to the famed Marian shrine of Our Lady of Altotting with its miraculous statue of the Blessed Virgin. As it turned out, pilgrims often dropped by on the Capuchins not just for spiritual guidance, but also for various temporal needs such as food and basic medical care. The local poor were also regular visitors to the monastery.  The porter's job was to answer the door... vet inquiries... tend to visitors and pilgrims... and distribute alms.

St. Conrad had a lifelong devotion to the
Holy Virgin, particularly to miracle image
of Our Lady of Altotting.

In due time Conrad became the face of the monastery. Whenever the doorbell rang, he rushed to the door and greeted each visitor with unconditional welcome - he generously dispensed food and beer to the hungry; patiently listened to peoples’ concerns; directed the pilgrims; and offered prayer and advice when solicited.

Described as a humble man of very few words, when he did speak, his brief sentences were precise but loaded with genuine compassion and wisdom… but really - he didn’t need to speak much to make an impact - his air of sanctity along with his consistent expression of love and charity towards all spoke volumes to those he came into contact with. The monastery eventually became a secondary destination for pilgrims and locals coming to visit with their dear Bro. Conrad.

With the daily arrival of crowds of pilgrims it’s not surprising God granted his servant certain spiritual gifts. Bro. Conrad was said to be able to “read” souls, foretell the future, and he mysteriously knew of events occurring at a distance; extraordinary charisms he used in service of the people God lead to his door. In addition, there never seemed to be a shortage of food at the monastery despite the holy friar’s generosity when it came to feeding the hungry. Early on, Conrad had assured his brothers that the more they shared their provisions, the more God's providence would supply for their own needs... and so it was.

It should also be mentioned that despite his busy job, Bro. Conrad never neglected his obligations to his Order. He prayed the Rosary daily and spent his nights in long hours of Eucharistic Adoration before starting his doorkeeping duties all over again in the morning. Whatever spare time he had in between answering the door was spent in quiet prayer and meditation.  This was his routine day in and day out - his personal path to sanctity - for 41 years.

The Saint in death - the only existing
photo taken of St. Conrad. 

Conrad died after a short illness on April 21, 1894, worn and stooped with old age (he was 75). When the people noticed his absence, and learned he was ill, word quickly spread and the monastery was surrounded by well-wishers praying for the friar’s recovery. Needless to say, when his death occurred, the whole city mourned his passing and he was immediately acclaimed a Saint by the people.

Many miracles were attributed to his intercession before the Church confirmed what the people of Altotting already knew about Conrad - he was officially declared a Saint on May 20, 1934.

St. Conrad of Parzham, pray for us.