Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pope Benedict's Message on Power/Authority

January 30, 2012. (Romereports.com) During Sunday's Angelus, the pope talked about abuse of power in both the workforce and social life. The pope said those in authority should be guided by an attitude of service.

Benedict XVI
“Often, authority means possession, power, dominance and success. To God, however, authority means service, humility and love. It means entering into the logic of Jesus Christ, Who leans down to wash the feet of His disciples.”

The pope also took time to talk about “World Leprosy Day.” Every year about 230,000 people contract the disease, especially in India, Brazil and Indonesia.

Benedict XVI
“I express my support to everyone affected by this disease as well as their caregivers, who in many ways strive to eliminate poverty and marginalization, which are the true causes of its continuance.”

The Pope also talked about the International Day of Intercession for Peace in the Holy Land, which is celebrated on January 30th. To honor the cause, a group of Italian families and young adults gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray for world peace.

At the end of the Angelus, the Pope released white doves from his window. But after being released they decided to go back into the Pope's study.

Benedict XVI
“They want to be in the Pope's home.”

The doves were released to symbolize peace. Some saw it as a metaphor, of the long road that still lies ahead.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Moderation, Key to Healthy Living

Fr. Michael Sliney LC

Thy Kingdom Come!
Dear Friends in Christ,

“Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.”
― G.K. Chesterton, Heretics: The Annotated

How much is too much? How often is too often? It seems that too many people "need" to have 2 glasses of wine or a few beers after a long day at the office or with the kids. Certain dinner parties can resemble more of a college fraternity party than a mature adult gathering. Kids do notice and many assimilate this behavior. Although this escape can provide a short term "fix", it does not address the deeper needs of the soul. Moderation and self control are critical habits for so many other aspects of our lives. Pray more, do physical exercise to burn off the stress, and try to "offer up" the excess drinks for those you love; this will bring peace.

God bless,
Fr. Michael Sliney, LC

Mahalo to Fr. Michael Sliney, LC, for letting me share this with you!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Padre Pio's Incorrupt Body

This week, as we continue to lift up our priests on retreat, we ask for the intercessions of Padre Pio whose life exemplifies obedience to God, love of God, and love of neighbors.

God continue to strengthen our priests!

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Seeing is believing!..Padre Pio is sign for our times...This video shows footage of Saint Pio's incorrupt body on public display in San Giovanni Rotondo Italy...It certainly reinforces belief in God and the existence of the after life in paradise....Padre Pio, a humble Capuchin priest from San Giovanni Rotondo, was blessed by God in many wonderful and mysterious ways. The most dramatic was the stigmata. Padre Pio bore the wounds of Christ for fifty years! Padre Pio, who died in 1968 at age 81, bore a "stigmata," or wounds like those Jesus suffered at his crucifixion, on his hands and feet. He was made a saint in 2002. Church officials exhumed the body in 2008 and they said there was no sign of the so-called stigmata on his limbs after an initial examination, and that the body was in good condition......Padre Pio pray for us!

If you like the lovely sound track music 'LORD YOU ARE MY SHEPHERD' you can download it here at;

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Here's from the sidebar of  CATHOLIC WEBPHILOSOPHER,, a blog created and maintained by a priest and a professor of a university in Florida. I have enjoyed reading his reflective posts. I hope you will, too.

Thoughts in Solitude (Thomas Merton)

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think
that I am following your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire
in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything
apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me
By the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always
though I may seem to be lost
And in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
And you will never leave me to face my perils alone.


Monday, January 9, 2012

National Vocation Awareness Week January 9-14

Title: National Vocation Awareness Week January 9-14
Date: Monday January 9, 2012
Time: 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Notes: National Vocation Awareness Week January 9-14, 2012
From Fr. Peter Dumag, Vocations Director

The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate
National Vocation Awareness Week, January 9-14.

God calls us all to live our faith and seek out our vocation to become a deacon, priest, and religious sister, married or single person. Perhaps God is calling you to the priesthood or consecrated life.

Will you have the courage to follow your heart? We are all called to love and serve Him and one another.

As we continue to walk in the light of Christ and to serve our Lord with our whole heart, mind and soul, may we be filled with the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and seek to forgive all who have hurt us.

National Vocation Awareness Week is a time for reflection. During the week of January 9th-14th, we encourage all Catholics to:

•Take time to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

•Reflect on our own vocation and strengthen our personal relationship with Christ.

•Educate our young people about the importance of silent prayer and taking the time to truly

•Listen to God's voice in our hearts.
Please feel free to download these files for your classroom use.

Resources for National Vocation Awareness Week 2012 - nvaw_english(2012a).pdf

Contact Fr. Dumag at manao@rcchawaii.org if you have any questions. Mahalo.

Thank you, Melissa Crisostomo, for this information.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Greetings: January 1, 2012

Today marks the end of Christmas Octave and the beginning of the New Year 2012.

Mele Kalikimaka and Hauoli Makahiki Hou to all priests, seminarians, spiritual mothers, and to all of you who come to visit this blog!

May this day, the first of the New Year, as well as our days to come be fully blessed with God's ageless grace and strength, healing and renewal, joy and birth, love and mercy, and all that we need to keep ourselves ever so focused on God!

With confident hearts, we walk with Mary towards Christ.

A Blessed Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God!

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Num 6:24-26).