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

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Saints & Relics Presentation: Our Lady of Good Counsel School Staff & Faculty Retreat, 7/26/2023

This author used to work as a corporate trainer for several years.  As such, I have a clear understanding of just how challenging it is to be a teacher, and the tremendous impact - positive or even negative - they can potentially make on the children under their care.  So when I was asked to faith-share yesterday at a retreat for the teachers and staff of Our Lady of Good Counsel School (OLGC) in Pearl City, I was more than happy to do it for these hard-working professionals... and, for the sake of their students, too.

The Staff & Faculty of OLGC School.

Following my usual format, I spoke of the history of the concept of Sainthood, the Church's Canonization Process, and the lives of several holy individuals, Blesseds, and Saints; bringing their respective relics, as follows: St. Bernadette of Lourdes, St. Damien of MolokaiSts. Louis & Zelie Martin, St. Margaret of CastelloVen. Maria Domenica LazzeriBl. Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung, and St. Therese of Lisieux ... and this ministry's relic of Our Lady's veil.

Precious Relics on display.

In addition, relics of certain Saints whose statues are displayed in OLGC Church were specially requested and brought to the presentation: St. Anthony of Padua, St. John Marie VianneySt. Peregrine Laziosi, and St. Padre Pio.

Some of the OLGC Team paying their
respects to our spiritual heroes.

I found the OLGC Team to be a warm and welcoming group; well-prepared for the topic at hand by their devout retreat organizers ... and judging by the feedback and new invitations I received from a couple of teachers, I left the event very hopeful that faith-seeds were planted, resulting in good spiritual fruit for the teachers and children of OLGC School - may our good Lord, Our Lady, and the Saints bless them all ... and all Thanks, Praises, and Glory be to God!

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Monthly Message from the Queen of Peace of Medjugorje: July 25th, 2023

Message given to Marija on July 25th, 2023:

  “Dear children!  In this time of grace, in which the Most High sends me to you to love you and guide you on the way of conversion, offer your prayers and sacrifices for all those who are far away and have not come to know God's love.  You, little children, be witnesses of love and peace for all peaceless hearts.  Thank you for having responded to my call.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Saints of the Month - July 2023: The 26 Passionist Martyrs of Daimiel

The 26 Blessed Passionist
Martyrs of Daimiel
True and Faithful Sons of the Passion
Memorial: July 24th

The horrible Spanish Revolution of the 1930s saw the persecution and death of hundreds of Catholics; many of them unrecognized by the Church, despite their heroic and steadfast loyalty to Christ and our Holy Faith.  Fortunately, though, some have managed to make it through the rigorous canonization process to be declared Blesseds so that they, in a limited manner, may be publicly honored and imitated by the rest of us for their bravery and sacrifices.  The men featured in this month's Saint of the Month blog are among the beatified Martyrs of Spain - collectively, they are known as the Passionist Martyrs of Daimiel... or, as Bl. Niceforo Diez and his 25 Companion Martyrs.

This group of Blesseds were all members of the Passionist community residing in the Monastery of Santo Cristo de la Luz in Daimiel, Spain, during the time of the revolution.  Most of them were youthful seminarians between the ages of 19 and 21, while a handful were older priests and brothers of the Order; all were led by their provincial superior, Fr. Niceforo.

On the night of July 21, 1936, after hearing rumors of a potential attack in Daimiel, the community gathered in their chapel to pray, confess, and receive Holy Communion.  Not long after, a large troop of armed soldiers arrived at the monastery, taking all the men into custody.  At first, the group was taken to the local cemetery where they were subjected to intimidation and death threats, but none wavered in their resolve to hold true to their religious convictions.  Subsequently, they were divided into 6 small groups - likely, an attempt to weaken their resolution - and driven to different locales.  Once separated, the killing began at staggered intervals.

A monument to the Passionist Martyrs,
erected in Daimiel, Spain.

In a couple of the towns where the religious were taken, several of them were cruelly tricked into believing that they were set free, without knowing that kill orders were already issued against them; others were paraded about and physically harassed by their captors and hostile townspeople.  In the end, the 26 Passionist members died for the Faith, via gunshots, on the following dates:

July 23rd, 1936 (Manganares)
Fr. Niceforo Diez, Superior (aged 43); Abilio Ramos (20); Epilanio Sierra (20); Fulgencio Calvo (19); Jose Estalayo (21); Zacarios Fernandez (19)

July 23rd (Carabanchel)
Bro. Anacario Benito (30); Bro. Felipe Ruiz (21); Fr. Felipe Valcabado (62); Fr. German Perez (30); Jose Oses (21); Jose Ruiz (21); Julio Mediavilla (21); Laurino Proano (20); Maurilio Macho (21)

July 25th (Erda)
Bro. Benito Solana (38); Felix Ulgade (21); Fr. Pedro Largo (29)

September 25th (Carrion de Calatrava)
Fr. Juan Pedro Bengoa (46); Bro. Pablo Maria Leoz (54)

October 23rd (Manzanares)
Eufrasio de Celes (21); Honorino Carracedo (19); Ildephonso Garcia (38); Jose Maria Cuartero (19); Fr. Justiniano Cuesta (26); Tomas Cuartero (21)

Witnesses present during the multiple executions, including former soldiers, later testified in favor of the courage of all the holy men who died; how they refused to renounce the Faith; and how, following the example of the Divine Master whom they served, forgave their executioners before being murdered.

Relics of the mixed bodily remains
of the Martyrs, gifted to this ministry
by a Passionist priest.

The Martyrs of Daimiel were beatified as a group on October 1, 1989.  May their faith-example serve as a guiding light in today's darkening world.

Bl. Niceforo & Companion
Martyrs, pray for us!