Video Class: Introduction to Scripture (TF107)

The Diocese of Honolulu recently launched a brand new certification process for catechists and other lay ecclesial ministers. The first level of the certification is called 'Theological Foundations' I have created a sub-site of to specifically focus in on the classes that are required to fulfill the certification at

Below is the first of the classes required for the certification, 'Introduction to Scripture' (TF107). 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.

Great Grandma Adeline - Last Manaleo of the family

Here is a video that is truly a treasure for my entire 'ohana. My great-grandmother Adeline, on my mother's side, was the last manaleo of our 'ohana. A manaleo is someone whose first and primary language was Hawaiian.

There are definitely folks in the 'ohana that still speak the native tongue but none of us that know it today had it as our first language. It was a blessing to be able to find this short clip, from the video called 'Kapu Ka'u' wherein my great-grandmother Adeline tells a brief memory of growing up in Ka'u. 

She passed when I was 5 years old. I only recall meeting her once. I and the rest of this family treasure this as this is the only known video recording of her. 

Heretic or Just in Error? (Lets ask St. Thomas)

In my catechetical work I meet many groups of fervent catholics seeking to understand the perennial teachings of Church and engage the hard questions that we face today as Catholics. The other night I ran into an intelligent catholic who really liked using the word 'heretic' to describe anyone that disagreed with one of his ideas or beliefs. I happened to agree with most of what this person believed and said BUT I did take issue with his use of the word 'heretic' so loosely. 

Declaring someone a 'Heretic' is no small deal and I think its important to understand what a heretic actually is according to the Church and when someone might actually just be in error on a specific concept or topic. 

According to Canon Law "A heretic is a person who has been baptized and claims to be a Christian, but who pertinaciously denies or doubts a truth which must be believed with divine and Catholic faith (1325, 2)." (Canon 751 in the 1983 Code)

The key word is pertinaciously (or 'obstinately' in modern translations). Without true pertinacity, against that which they are in error about, the person is not technically a heretic and is rather 'someone who is in error'

Even St. Thomas explains in STh., II-II q.5 a.3 resp.

"Hence it is evident that a heretic who obstinately disbelieves one article of faith, is not prepared to follow the teaching of the Church in all things; but if he is not obstinate, he is no longer in heresy but only in error"

The difference can mean a world of difference when it comes to charitably discussing errors in belief with those who are in error... These days calling someone a 'heretic' is normally of no benefit in trying to bring that person to a greater understanding of the Truth. If someone IS a heretic then it is what it is BUT if they are simply in error about a topic I think its prudent to reason with them and explain to them the orthodox teaching as opposed to declaring them a heretic immediately without doing our part to respond to them, according to 1 Pet 3:15, with gentleness and respect

image from the 'Public domain'  St. Thomas Aquinas

Pope Francis to Confessors around the world

To hear confessions is a pastoral priority. Please, let there not be those notices: “Confessions are heard only on Mondays and Wednesdays from this hour to that hour.” You hear confessions every time they are requested. And if you are there [in the Confessional] praying, keep the Confessional open, which is God’s open heart.

- Pope Francis

Mission at Our Lady of the Mount (3/27/17 & 3/28/17)

I will be leading a lay catechetical mission Monday and Tuesday night starting at 6:30pm (3/27/17 & 3/28/17) at Our Lady of the Mount in Kalihi. During the season of Lent we are called to embrace the transformational nature of Sacrifice and to reflect on those things we can work on in our own lives as we prepare ourselves for the Sacred Paschal Triduum wherein we celebrate the life, death, and glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

For those of you attending the mission I have 2 downloads below that can help you revisit many of the concepts we discuss during the mission.

St. Basil on the Arian Crisis

"The danger is not confined to one Church... this evil of heresy spreads itself. The doctrines of godliness are overturned; the rules of the Church are in confusion; the ambition of the unprincipled seizes upon places of authority; and the chief seat is now openly proposed as a reward for impiety; so that he whose blasphemies are the more shocking, is more eligible for the oversight of the people. Priestly gravity has perished; there are none left to feed the Lord's flock with knowledge; ambitious men are ever spending, in purposes of self-indulgence and bribery, possessions which they hold in trust for the poor. The accurate observance of the canons is no more; there is no restraint upon sin. Unbelievers laugh at what they see, and the weak are unsettled; faith is doubtful, ignorance is poured over their souls, because the adulterators of the word in wickedness imitate the truth. Religious people keep silence; but every blaspheming tongue is let loose. Sacred things are profaned; those of the laity who are sound in faith avoid the places of worship, as schools of impiety, and raise their hands in solitude with groans and tears to the Lord in heaven. . . What is most melancholy of all, even the portion among us which seems to be sound, is divided in itself, so that calamities beset us like those which came upon Jerusalem when it was besieged." 

- St. Basil in his letter to the bishops of Italy and Gaul

image from the 'Public domain' via wikimedia commons St. Basial of Caesarea

Dispensation for St. Patrick's Day!

Bishop Silva grants a dispensation from abstinence from meat on Friday, March 17, 2017, St. Patrick’s Day, for anyone who wishes to take advantage of it.  However, if one chooses to eat meat on that day, another day close to it should be chosen to abstain from meat in order to preserve the importance of Lenten penitential discipline. (From

In other significant St. Patrick news the Russian Orthodox Church now officially celebrates St. Patrick as saint as well as other western saints! CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

image via Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Saint Patrick by Sicarr - Flickr