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Monday, 1-May-2006 21:13 Email | Share | | Bookmark
HAWAII: Sunday Paper - Peter & Marietta Kaeo: "Island Treasures"

Peter & Marietta Kaeo. Photo by George Lee, Star-Bulletin.
 
Have you looked at a full-sized bed lately? In today's world with queen- and king-sized beds, a full-sized bed looks downright puny! So why am I talking about beds? Because whenever I read the Sunday paper, I savor one of my favorite early childhood memories.

Every Sunday morning, as soon as the newspaper boy flung the paper onto our front porch, my sister and I would scramble out of bed in our nightgowns and with messy bedheads to retrieve the paper. We'd snatch up the hefty bundle and pile into our parents' bed with it. TV-less and churchless, it was the Sunday newspaper that brought us together as one happy family.

Seeking out our favorite sections, we'd each carve out a corner of that crowded bed and read to our hearts' delight. Readers and newspaper junkies, all six of us, we loved the closeness of being a tangled heap of bodies and that sweet smell of fresh newsprint. Only after we had our fill of the paper, leafing through it all, scanning headlines, stories, cartoon strips and pictures, did we think about breakfast, the next biggest event on what we didn't know was the Lord's Day. Yes, we were a family of pagans and didn't know that either.



Years later, one of my joys in life remains reading the Sunday paper. Thanks to the 'Net and an increasingly paper-less world, I am spared those early morning crowded conditions. These days, I read my home state's Sunday newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, online. Although I miss snuggling with my family, the feel of the flimsy paper, and the smell of newsprint in the morning, I don't miss the ink-smudged fingers.

Scrolling and perusing, I came upon this article about two SuperCatholics from Mililani, Hawai`i. Married for 48 years, Peter and Marietta Kaeo have been beacons of light and vitality for their parish. Peter is a retired lieutenant colonel and Viet Nam veteran, now a Knight of Columbus; Marietta, a retired teacher, now a catechist. Because Jesus is the focus of their lives, they lead fantastically active, impossibly busy and supremely holy lives.


Peter and Marietta Kaeo, Island Treasures. Photo credit: GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM

As exemplary models of their faith, they were recognized for their 30 years of dedicated volunteer work at their parish. With characteristic Christian humbleness, the couple tried to dissuade their church director from nominating them for the annual "Island Treasures" title. I am glad that the church director prevailed as I was inspired by this couple's huge Aloha for God.

    "...the Kaeos have served on numerous committees in the parish and are participants at daily Mass. He is an usher, a sacristan and altar server, attending the priest at the altar. She is a lector, doing some of the scriptural readings at the service, and eucharistic minister, distributing communion not just at the Mass, but carrying the sacred bread to homebound people. After the 8 a.m. service on weekdays, they gather with a small group to recite the rosary."


Of particular interest to me was their Medjugorje connection as described in this excerpt from yesterday's Star-Bulletin article by Mary Adamski:

    "...most of their travel is on pilgrimages to religious sites. ...Peter said he had a conversion experience on one such pilgrimage. They were on a tour to Medjugorje in Bosnia, another place where many believe Mary made appearances. Peter's credit cards were stolen when the tour took them to Rome. "Normally I would have gone ballistic. That's how I knew I had changed. I was calm; I just said, 'Mary brought us here, let her take care of it.'

    "I used to go through the motions. After Medjugorje, I became more and more involved," he said. "A friend of mine said, 'Why did you have to go 13,000 miles to get it? God's with you all the time if you open your heart.' That's what happened to me. It opened my spiritual heart."


Such is the power of Medjugorje. The Medjugorje experience doesn't just pry open hearts, it cracks them wide-open. Blame it on Mary. She is quite the miracle worker and bestower of graces. For us, spiritually blind eyes were made to see and we were called Home to the Church. For Peter, it was a place of powerful reconversion and renewed dedication to the Church.

Our Lady must be very pleased with the Kaeos. I think she's smiling and nodding with approval.

Mahalo me ke Aloha, ka 'ohana Kaeo!
(Thank you with Aloha, Kaeo family!)


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Sunday, 30-Apr-2006 02:53 Email | Share | | Bookmark
PRAYER: The Divine Mercy Chaplet from a distance

Prayers from a distance
This afternoon, I overheard that suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds. God-incidentally, I was researching Divine Mercy when I was prompted by a pop-up that informed me that I had new mail. Its subject line read URGENT PRAYER REQUEST.

    I ask our prayer family to pray for my son. He states that when he is 21 years of age he will purchase a gun. And then do away with himself. I believe in our Lord and his Blessed Mother so deeply. But I ask my prayer group to pray for him not to get one or even hurt himself. My son is so depressed that my heart hurts deeply and I wish I can take his pain away.


I quickly replied to this distressed mother. Please feel free to join us in prayer for this young man and all who are in despair.



Dearest,

God bless you for being such a loving mother who is enlisting the help of the intercessory prayers of our group. Thank you for allowing me/us to help minister to your son and to be of service.

I am praying with you for your son. Please read the following and pray the chaplet with me for him. It is so very simple, but OH, SO POWERFUL. Your dear son's soul is sick, but he doesn't need to die. I trust in Jesus' Divine Mercy COMPLETELY. He will erase your son's pain. He loves your son divinely!

Please teach him: "Jesus, I trust in You."

The picture of Our Lord is here: http://marian.org/divinemercy/desk/hyla_s.html

Praying for the Sick and Dying

An ancient Christian writer wrote that, "of all divine things, the most divine is to share with God in the saving of souls." GOD AND SOULS was the motto of St. Faustina. Our ministry aim, as was hers, is in saving souls. Our Lord asked her to pray and offer the Chaplet for sinners and the dying, saying:

"Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties [that is, insistent prayers] obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least. Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer. You know the whole abyss of My mercy, so draw upon it for yourself and especially for poor sinners. Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting soul" (Diary, 1777).

Saint Faustina was often given the grace to know when a certain dying person desired or needed prayer; she would be alerted to the moment, by her Guardian Angel or by Our Lord Himself. At those times she would pray until she no longer felt the need to pray, or a sense of peace came upon her, or she learned that the person had died, or heard the soul say, "Thank You!" She wrote: "Oh, dying souls are in such great need of prayer! O Jesus, inspire souls to pray often for the dying" (Diary, 1015).

One of the best means of assisting the dying is the one that Jesus revealed to St. Faustina and insisted that she use often — even continuously: The Divine Mercy Chaplet. Jesus said:

    "My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet. ... Write that when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior (Diary, 1541).


Earlier, Our Lord said to her, "At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same" (Diary, 811).

What if the person prays from a distance?

Saint Faustina had a love for the sick and dying, and prayed for them with great fervor. The following experiences recorded in her Diary make it clear that one does not have to be at the bedside physically. She wrote, "It sometimes happens that the dying person is in the second or third building away, yet for the spirit, space does not exist. It sometimes happens that I know about a death occurring several hundred kilometers away. This has happened several times with regard to my family and relatives and also sisters in religion, and even souls whom I have not known during their lifetime" (Diary, 835).

"'My daughter, help Me to save a certain dying sinner. Say the chaplet that I have taught you for him.' When I began to say the chaplet, I saw the man dying in the midst of terrible torment and struggle. His Guardian Angel was defending him, but he was, as it were, powerless against the enormity of the soul's misery. A multitude of devils was waiting for the soul. But while I was saying the chaplet, I saw Jesus just as He is depicted in the image. The rays which issued from Jesus' Heart enveloped the sick man, and the powers of darkness fled in panic. The sick man peacefully breathed his last. When I came to myself, I understood how very important the chaplet was for the dying. It appeases the anger of God" (Diary, 1565).

These words are particularly relevant for members of the ministry and all Eucharistic adorers. In chapels throughout the world they are reciting or praying the Chaplet for the sick and dying, and are part of an International Registry established by the ministry. Moreover, on the occasion of the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, by a personally signed parchment, imparted a Special Apostolic Blessing "to all the faithful, who during Adoration of Our Most Merciful Savior in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar will be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick and for those throughout the world who will be dying in that hour."


The Divine Mercy Chaplet
Recite on ordinary rosary beads (Diary, 476).

The Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.

The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Then on the "Our Father" beads (before each decade):

    Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.


On the "Hail Mary" beads (of each decade):

    For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.


Concluding Doxology (after five decades):

    Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world (Three times).



Optional Conclusion

    Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself (Diary, 950).



In God's Light, D / Peace Pilgrim, CA & HI
http://peacepilgrim.fotopages.com/
"If you knew how much I love you, you'd cry with joy." ~ Our Lady of Peace

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Thursday, 27-Apr-2006 06:20 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Five Stones

A gift from the Lord
by Fr JOZO ZOVKO OFM • Medjugorje, A Testimony, published by Misma Notebooks, 1989


Fr. Jozo Zovko

One lovely day in the history of Israel, the figure of Goliath came forth. He was a strong man, proud and invincible. Although Israel was incapable of imagining how it might defeat such a strong warrior, the Lord knew how to do it. He chose a young boy, a shepherd named David. The Lord told him to gather five stones in the river and face the giant, trusting only in God’s help David went forth; he defeated and killed Goliath.

Our Lady has chosen you, like David; you who are small, just as you are. She has suggested that you put five stones into your sack in order to overcome the atheism that surround us, that paganistic mentality that is being disseminated and seems invincible. Neither the Church, nor we, are capable of conquering materialism on our own. Our Lady has appeared in Medjugorje to declare that this is possible. Here are her five stones: Prayer, Fasting, the Mass, the Bible and Confession. With these simple weapons we overcome the world.

first stone • PRAYER

Our Lady insists upon prayer. She wept when She appeared upon Krizevac, because Christians no longer pray. Her tears are a medication for you; they fall upon your heart made of stone in order to transform it. Our Lady tells us that to pray means to live as the Church lives. The gifts, the five stones, have not been given to us as a gratuitous perfection, but in order to develop our spiritual potentialities, to cause the growth of the seeds, which will sprout forth if they fall upon fertile soil. Let us take the gift of faith: it is developed if a family prays together, if we learn to live with the Lord. He who prays knows how to love, he who loves knows how to pray. Many families no longer live love because they no longer are united in prayer. This month the leaves have fallen from the trees. Next Spring we will see nature transform and renew itself once again. He who prays transforms quickly. What is the significance of prayer? Let us recall St Augustine’s words, “Man lives if he breathes; prayer is the breath for the Christian.” The Christian who stops praying, dies. Prayer is the first weapon in your knapsack. You must begin praying now so that you may be transformed and raise yourself up and others as well. Priests, parents, everyone, must pray. Prayer is a gift and a principal weapon given to the Church. The Church is neither an idea nor a political party; it is a family that prays, a family that loves. This is the reason Our Lady insists that prayer is needed in order to transform the world.

second stone • FASTING

The second gift, another stone in your sack, is fasting: from cigarettes, from television, from an evil thought, from a negative project, and from food. Fasting demonstrates your individual capacity to love and affirms that you are important for everyone. Fasting is medicine and a sacrifice. With fasting egoism is defeated. He who knows how to fast is capable of hearing his neighbour, of being available for others, and of understanding how to love the entire world. He who fasts sees himself and others truthfully and is aware of how to cleanse his inner self. Our weakness is nothing if we possess the ability to love. Even our own physical sufferings, if offered to the Lord, are a gift.

third stone • HOLY MASS

The Mass is the third stone. In May, Our Lady admonished us, “You do not know how to live the Mass.” The Mass is not simply a rite; it is a mystery and a gift of the Lord. It is a sacrament which cannot be comprehended without humility. We are unable to celebrate the Mass without a humble heart, which casts aside the garment of pride. The white garment of the priest is a symbol of humility and of liberation from sin. In the Mass the Incarnation occurs, the transubstantiation of the bread and wine. This is also a sign of our transformation: from death we are brought to life. The Mass transforms the Christian, transforms the Church, because with the Mass Jesus is offered completely to the Church. The Mass is the origin of the Church, the Mystical Body. The Mass-Sacrifice renders the Church a holy family. In the Mass one is born again if one’s own life is placed upon the altar as a sacrifice, in the manner of Jesus. We are the drop of water poured into the wine; the Church is united with the Blood of Jesus. Therefore you must not only listen to the Holy Mass but live it. Without the Mass the Church does not exists; without it the Church is an orphan.

fourth stone • THE BIBLE

The Bible which illuminates the path in the dense fog of ideologies, is the fourth stone for the Christian of today. I am sure you know where the salt is, where the flour is, and where to find the sugar in the kitchen. But where is the Bible in your home? When do you read the Bible with your family? The Bible is not one one of many books, it is the Christian’s flag. Deprived of the Bible, the Christian is no longer the same person. The Bible is born from the heart of the Lord; it is His Word. Therefore it must remain in first place within the family. It must be set in a place of honour, and that place must be sacred for us. It must be the source of our prayer. The Bible illuminates the Christian’s walk amid doubt and conflicting ideologies today.

fifth stone • CONFESSION

Confession is the fifth stone. Our Lady requests monthly confession of us. I have been informed that in Italy and Switzerland, at many churches, the people rarely confess. This displeases me. The Italians, I state with certainty, are prepared to renew the Church, but they must not neglect confession.

The purpose of Confession is not to recount one’s actions; it is not a psycho-analytical session. It is a sacrament and a source of peace with oneself in the meeting with the Lord. In confession I obtain the peace of the Lord so that I may transmit it to others. A proud person does not know how to confess; humility leads to confession and conversion. To confess well we must prepare ourselves with fasting and prayer. The proper attitude is that of opening ourselves up before the Lord: “I have brought you my heart. Transform it for me, and give it back to me renewed.” This is what occurs in Confession, which is both a sacrament and a mystery.

These are the five stones we must place in our sack as we return home from Medjugorje. Our Lady heals us here. Prayer, Fasting, the Mass, the Bible, and Confession are the true medicines that restore us to health once again, the way through the Red Sea, leading us to the shore where we find peace.

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Thursday, 27-Apr-2006 05:19 Email | Share | | Bookmark
FASTING: FAST WITH THE HEART


Fast strictly on Wednesdays and Fridays. (24 hour period from midnight to midnight) The best fast is on bread and water. Through fasting and prayer one can stop wars, one can suspend the natural laws of nature. Works of charity cannot replace fasting... Everyone except the sick, has to fast.

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Facts about fasting brought to light in Medjugorje
by Our Lady


Fasting is an armament, as Our Lady calls it, the "arms" in which to destroy Satan's power in your life. There are 26 main statements Our Lady has told us about fasting. The facts about fasting are as follows:

Fasting stops wars. 7/21/82

Fasting can suspend the laws of nature. 7/21/82

Fasting reduces punishments from God. 11/16/82

Fasting is an "arm", a weapon of significant power to defeat, (of which atomic power does not compare. Atomic power has not strength to conquer Satan). 6/25/92

Bread and water is the best fast. 7/21/82

Fasting, to be powerful, must be done with the heart. 9/20/84

Through fasting, the whole plan of Our Lady, that God himself planned for the world's salvation during this special time, will be achieved. 9/26/85

By giving our fasting to Our Lady, it "forces" Satan not to be able to seduce us to evil and drives him away. 9/4/86

Fasting purifies our hearts from the sins of our past. (Through Confession, sins of the past are forgiven, but healing from life-long vice or memories that Satan uses against us to lead us back into sin, requires purification). 12/4/86

Fasting, coupled with prayer WILL obtain EVERYTHING you ask for (the exception would be something illicit). 10/29/83

Fasting sanctifies you to receive the Holy Spirit. 11/4/83

Humility is a fruit from fasting, when coupled with prayer. 2/10/84

The present fasting in the Church is not adequate. Our Lady desires this to change. She said fasting has been forgotten in the last quarter of this century in the Catholic Church. 5/84

Fasting is one element that keeps Satan from conquering us. Faith and prayer are the other two. 11/16/81

We, in turn, are to conquer Satan. The arms to do so are fasting coupled with prayer. 6/25/92

Satan is enraged against those who fast and convert. 6/16/83

Fasting for the sick can cure them along with faith and prayer. 11/26/81

Fasting, along with prayer, was offered as a remedy by Our Lady to stop arguments among the Holy Priesthood. 1/21/82

Fasting will bring the Kingdom of God among us. 3/14/84

Fasting makes Our Lady happy. 8/5/84

Fasting will make prayer more vigorous. 1/25/84

Our Lady will make the maximum good come from our fast. She wants us to give our fast to Her in which she "disposes of them" according to the will of God. 9/24/82

Fasting, coupled with prayer, especially community prayer, will protect you from Satan's aggression in destroying marriages, creating division among priests and will crush him in his plans for obsessions and murders in society today of which Our Lady says he is responsible. 12/26/82

To obtain a grace from God, it is best you let no one know you are fasting. 1/28/87

We are to fast out of gratitude. 9/20/84

Fasting is to be encouraged in others. 2/22/88

Our Lady tells us to fast to prepare for the coming of Jesus. 11/25/96


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Monday, 24-Apr-2006 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
PRAYER: From Deus Caritas Est-God is Love by Pope Benedict XVI

 
 
 
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
You have given the world its true light,
Jesus, your Son – the Son of God.

You abandoned yourself completely
To God’s call
And thus became a wellspring
Of the goodness which flows forth from him.

Show us Jesus. Lead us to him.
Teach us to know and love him,
So that we too can become
Capable of true love
And be fountains of living water
In the midst of a thirsting world.

~ Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, December 25, 2005

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