Ambrose and Augustine

Ambrose is my Confirmation Saint and someone that I pray to often. 

THIS beautiful dialogue between the great doctors of the Church, Ambrose and Augustine, was written by Sr. Edith Stein. It is awesome! CLICK HERE TO READ

HERE is also a great summation of both St. Ambrose's and St. Augustine's time in Milan 

image from the 'Public domain' via wikimedia commons.

Cooking 120 Turkeys at One Time!

Here in Hawaii we have a tradition of cooking our Thanksgiving turkeys in an old traditional hawaiian imu (underground oven) Below is a video of my family and I cooking 120 turkeys all at once a few Thanksgivings ago. We will be doing it again this year and every year. Its a wonderful cultural tradition to be able to hand down to our children

Thanksgiving Memories (Family Prayer 2014)

I found this video today as I went through some old family files. Its a video of our opening family prayer at Thanksgiving back in 2014. It was a very special Thanksgiving. Captured in the video are both my Papa Andy (Tutu Kane) and my Uncle Kui. They have both passed away in the last several years and this particular Thanksgiving was the last one that they were both there with us. Its so awesome to have this special prayer captured on video and to see them both there. Please pray for the repose of their souls. I am grateful for the tremendous influence they both had on my life. Love you Papa and Uncle. Miss you!

Article at the Maccabee Society

I recently published an article over at the Maccabee Society about my 200 lbs. weight loss and the connection that my health endeavor had to my desire to fulfill my vocation as a husband and father. 

Go check it out at http://maccabeesociety.com/losing-200-lbs-holding-children-close/

Catholic Tradition of Lighting Bonfires

The practice of lighting bonfires has root in Catholic tradition. St. Patrick promoted the practice of lighting bonfires to commemorate the resurrection of Christ and on the Twelfth Night (Of Christmas) there was a tradition of lighting 12 bonfires to honor the Twelve Apostles. There is also a perennial tradition of blessing bonfires on St John’s Eve (cf John 1:7)The Church blesses such fires, praying God that the faithful may overcome the darkness of the world and reach the “indefectible light”

Blessing for bonfires from the Rituale Romanum: "O Lord God, Father almighty, unfailing Ray and Source of all light, sanctify this new fire, and grant that after thedarkness of this life we may come unsullied to thee, Who are Light eternal. Through Christ our Lord. Amen."

image via creative commons license hereBonfire

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.