Vicarious Suffering (Even for those in Purgatory)

It says in James that the prayer of a righteous person is extremely powerful (cf. Jas 5:16). Thats why we ask certain people or groups to pray for us. 

We wouldnt normally, lets say, ask a random person on a street corner to prayer for us. Rather, we would ask those  which we believe actually DO pray and who we believe God will hear. 

This is why we ask the saints to pray for us. They are at the very throne of God offering up their prayers on our behalf (Rev 5:8) Who better to ask for prayers than those who are living in eternal Glory in the presence of God! 

In addition to prayer there are other forms of supplication that   we can offer on our own behalf and on behalf of others. Fasting and suffering are 2 most powerful forms of this. AND, since we are in communion with those in purgatory we can offer up our fasting and suffering on their behalf as well.

Suffering on behalf of others is very scriptural:

Col 1:24 - "Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church"

1 Jn 3:16 -  "In this we have known the charity of God, because he hath laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren"

Phil 2:17 -  "Yea, and if I be made a victim upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and congratulate with you all"

2 Tim 2:10 - "Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory."

We are called to imitate St. Paul in sufferings for others. 

The connection to suffering on behalf of those in purgatory is the same as it is for praying, in general, for others (even for those in purgatory) namely that

"that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom 8:38–39)

Since WE are united as one body in Christ THROUGH the love of God . . . death does not separate our communion with another in Christ. So just as much as I can pray for you while you are alive here on earth, so too can I pray for you or suffer for you (for the quick remission of temporal punishment due to your sin) after you depart from this earthly life. 

image via creative commons license. A Procession in the Catacomb of Callistus (Prayers for the dead). Alberto Pisa. 1905 (The above blog post is a re-post from August 2013)

GKC on Unmediaeval Practicality


“Suppose that a great commotion arises in the street about something, let us say a lamp-post, which many influential persons desire to pull down. A grey-clad monk, who is the spirit of the Middle Ages, is approached upon the matter, and begins to say, in the arid manner of the Schoolmen, "Let us first of all consider, my brethren, the value of Light. If Light be in itself good--" At this point he is somewhat excusably knocked down. All the people make a rush for the lamp-post, the lamp-post is down in ten minutes, and they go about congratulating each other on their unmediaeval practicality. But as things go on they do not work out so easily. Some people have pulled the lamp-post down because they wanted the electric light; some because they wanted old iron; some because they wanted darkness, because their deeds were evil. Some thought it not enough of a lamp-post, some too much; some acted because they wanted to smash municipal machinery; some because they wanted to smash something. And there is war in the night, no man knowing whom he strikes. So, gradually and inevitably, to-day, to-morrow, or the next day, there comes back the conviction that the monk was right after all, and that all depends on what is the philosophy of Light. Only what we might have discussed under the gas-lamp, we now must discuss in the dark.”

image from the 'Public domain' via wikimedia commons.  G.K. Chesterton 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Michael

The students, principal, faculty, and staff of St Michael School in Holy Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament #lexorandilexcredendilexvivendi

What a blessing it is to be a part of such a Catholic, Christ-centered school! 


"What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation" 

"...In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood." 

- St. Francis of Assisi

One ‘Ohana: The Sacrament of Confirmation


Last year my family and I were invited to participate in a Diocesan continuing education video project on the sacraments. The video above was on the sacrament of Confirmation. My family is throughout the video and I have speaking spot around the 4:38 mark. 

It was a great experience and turned out to be an excellent video with a short but solid catechesis on Confirmation. It also superbly explains Bishop Silva's initiative to restore the original order of the sacraments of initiation in our diocese.

Real Life Catholic in Kauai w/ Chris Stefanick


Chris Stefanick, national speaker and EWTN TV host, came to visit our beautiful islands early last year for the filming of an episode of his 'Real Life Catholic' TV show. 

Several of us were invited to be a part of the filming to share our insights about the Faith as it is rooted in our Hawaiian culture. It can be watched on EWTN on the dates below or on the EWTN Facebook Page right after it airs on July 25th

Tuesday, July 25 at 5:00 pm
Thursday, July 27 at 11:30 am
Saturday, July 29 at 8:00 pm

So exciting! Please watch it when it airs to support Chris' amazing ministry!


Video Webinar: Unique Catholic Teachings

Here is a Diocesan Webinar I hosted earlier this year for the Diocese of Honolulu Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. The topic was 'Unique Catholic Teachings'. I hope to do more of these kinds of webinars in the near future each with a new set of unique teachings. In this particular class I discussed Guardian Angels, Purgatory, the Immaculate Conception, and Papal Infallibility



The Shift Shop Challenge

I have many hobbies, interests, and avocations but I have never been passionate about anything more than lecturing in theology here in Hawaii, around the U.S., and around the world.
The first picture on the left was taken back in 2004 and the other was taken earlier this year. I remember being unbelievably exhausted after just a 1 hour lecture. It hurt to be on my feet so long and my stamina was non-existent. The difference now that I have in energy and enthusiasm while lecturing is substantial. Being healthier helps so much!


My health journey isnt over though. I still have more goals. Next week Monday (July 17th) I will be starting a 3 week program called Shift Shop.
It doesn’t matter how much you weigh, your size, or your shape. The SHIFT SHOP provides everything you need to shift your body to the next level of fitness in just 3 weeks! I still have 3 spots left in my Challenge group. Let me know if you are interested in joining me on the 3 week challenge. You can email me at dallas@nativecatholic.com or you can text me at 808-223-3249
There are several ways to join. There is even a way to try the program for a week for free! I am excited to get started!

Video Class: Introduction to the Creed (TF109)

The course below fulfills the required class for the Diocese of Honolulu Theological Foundations Certification titled 'Introduction to the Creed (TF109). Be sure to contact your DRE or catechist after taking the course in order to get the proper credit towards your certification. 



Be sure to visit the Diocesan Website HERE  for the list of the courses required for the Theological Foundations Certification. Also visit http://foundations.nativecatholic.com for a link list of all the courses I offer to fulfill the Theological Foundations Certification 

The Kupuna Hawaiian Style Kanikapila

I had to go to the Ala Moana Shopping Center a little while back to get my iPhone fixed and I stumbled upon this awesome group of kupuna (elders) playing music in one of the alleyways. Nothing beats the old hawaiian style jam sessions (Kanikapila) especially when the elders are involved!