Saturday, January 11, 2014

Baptism of the Lord

Saints Peter and Paul Church, Honolulu

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Correction: Who Is Pope Francis?

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Correction: Who Is Pope Francis?

Release below corrects time of first airing:
Irondale, AL – Since stepping onto the world stage, Pope Francis has fascinated Catholics and non-Catholics alike, as evidenced by his recent selection as “Man of the Year” by Time Magazine. But how much do you really know about the man who became Pope? What do his close friends, fellow priests, co-workers, his biographer, and the poor of Buenos Aires have to say about the first pope from the Americas?
Find out when EWTN airs “Francis: The Pope From the New World” at 9:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Jan. 1510 a.m. ET, Thursday, Jan. 16, and 6 p.m. ET, Saturday, Jan. 18. Much of the footage from this hour-long documentary, which traces the remarkable rise of this humble priest, was shot on location in Argentina. The first airing of the documentary will be preceded at 8 p.m. ET by a special “EWTN Live,” featuring Executive Producers Andrew T. Walther and Alejandro Bermudez.
“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins — but does not end — with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, one of the documentary’s executive producers. “Still, what remain largely unknown to the public are many details of Pope Francis’ life, the work he has done and the ways in which he has defended the voiceless and Catholic principles. This documentary delves into those stories.”
The program begins with the electrifying moment when the new pope stands before the crowd in St. Peter’s Square on March 13, the day of his election. It then takes viewers through both the ordinary and climactic events of his life, from family dynamics, to his call to the priesthood, to his support for the San Lorenzo soccer team, to his care for those in the slums of Buenos Aires.
It traces his work for those threatened in Argentina’s Dirty War that coincided with Fr. Bergoglio’s time as Jesuit provincial, his advocacy for those affected by economic and political turmoil, and the opposition he sometimes encountered from Argentina’s political elites.
You will not want to miss of a moment of this film, which is as engaging as its protagonist!
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd year, is available in over 225 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

Loving God

Blessed Mother and Baby Jesus and Peruvian Saints - Window Kamiano Center
1 John 4: 19 - 21

We love, because he first loved us.

If any one says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.


The above scriptural passage is from today's first reading.

How is it possible for us to say we love God if we do not love our neighbor.

We have two commandments that we must obey:  We must love God with our whole hearts and we must love our neighbor as ourselves.

If we do not love our neighbor then we cannot possibly love God.

How many times a day have we:

- been impatient with someone who is holding us up in a line or walking down the street or driving too slowly in front of us?

- been annoyed at a family member for little things.   However, if they had been a stranger, we would have treated them with more respect and patience?

- criticized someone behind their back?

-  said no to our children when they interrupt what we are doing and asked us to do something for them?

- walked by a homeless person without even a smile or greeting them, let alone helping them?

- getting angry at outspoken or pushy people.

- putting our wants and needs before those of our spouse or family member or even friends.

- been envious or unhappy when a friend gets more attention than we do?

- not keeping silent when someone says mean or unkind things to us or about us?

- not visited or called a lonely or sick friend?

If we have done any of the above, we are in danger of not loving God first but instead, loving ourselves more.

It is not easy to change our nature, habits or personalities just because we want to.  We need to pray for the grace to be more kind, more patient, more loving towards others.  We need to pray for the grace, to love others more and ourselves less.  We cannot do it alone. We need to be like little children who rely on their parents for everything.  We need to depend on God to help us love others more so that we can love Him more.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Movie Review - Gimme Shelter

On January 24th, the week of the infamous and deadly Roe v. Wade decision,  the movie Gimme Shelter will open in theaters around the country. For many of us pro-life people of faith, we were blessed to have the privilege of watching it last evening. Thanks to the producer of Bella, Jason Jones of Movement to Movement, more and more pro-life, pro-family, and faith-based films will be coming to a theater near us. Thanks to him, we have films like the aforementioned Bella, and also October Baby, Crescendo and pretty soon, you can see his latest project, Gimme Shelter.

Gimme Shelter is based on a true story of Kathy DiFiore, a woman in New Jersey who opened up her home to pregnant and unwed teens.  It is the story of a pregnant and unwed teenage girl trying to escape her drug addicted mother.

This movie has a very powerful beginning. The performances excellently portray violence and abuse due to drug addiction. It was heart-breaking having to see a teen girl feel so unloved, with no where to turn. Actress Vanessa Hudgens gives an amazing performance as Agnes "Apple" Bailey. Another powerful performance is given by Rosario Dawson. She was also the vet in the family film Zookeeper with Kevin James. It was hard to believe that she was the same actress in both films. In this new movie, she plays the drug addicted mother of "Apple".

There are a couple of other well-known actors in the film.  They too brought a lot of emotion to their respective roles.

There was a strong request from the people who brought us this film, to make sure we let others know about them so that they could have people fill the seats when it opens up.  We need to support these types of films.  We need to bring more quality films to our theaters that have a message of hope, a message of love and a message of God.

So please make plans to go to the movies and watch this beautifully filmed movie.

And, lastly, please support your local crisis pregnancy center by either making a monthly donation or volunteering.

On Oahu, there are two that need help: Aloha Pregnancy Care and Counseling Center and Pregnancy Problem Center of Hawaii

Monday, January 06, 2014

What Would have been birthday of St. Joan of Arc

Hermann Anton Stilke's Joan of Arc Burning at the Stake
Picture source

In honor of her birthday, please read Maid of Heaven's posts:

St. Joan of Arc and the Epiphany and St. Joan of Arc's Birthday

Traditional Date of the Arrival of the Three Kings

Most of Latin America celebrate the Feast of the Three Kings on January 6th.  It is the traditional day for exchanging Christmas gifts.

So, if you did not have an opportunity to bless your home for Epiphany, you can do so today.
Catholic Culture: Epiphany blessing for the home