The Light in the East

The family and I are visiting my wife's side of the family here in California. The kids are having a blast and I am enjoying visiting different churches. Today I attended the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at a Byzantine Catholic Parish in Anaheim. It was beautiful. Here is a picture of the liturgy today which was done in a side chapel. The other picture at the very bottom of the post is of the main sanctuary which they only use for Sunday and other solemn liturgies

A beautiful line from the Anaphora of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom that caught my eye today: We also thank You for this liturgy which You are pleased to accept from our hands, even though You are surrounded by thousands of Archangels and tens of thousands of Angels, by the Cherubim and Seraphim, six-winged, many-eyed, soaring with their wings, Singing the victory hymn, proclaiming, crying out, and saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord Sabaoth, heaven and earth are filled with Your glory...

A Large majority of catholics are only familiar with the Roman Catholic Church as it is the most prominent. They are unaware that the Catholic Church is a communion of twenty-two ritual Churches, each with its own unique customs, traditions, and liturgy, united by the same Faith under the leadership of the Vicar of Christ, the Roman Pontiff. 

Vatican 2, in the document ʻOrientalium Ecclesiarumʻ , decreed the right of Eastern Catholic to keep their own distinct liturgical practices while remaining in full communion with the Holy See. It is truly beautiful that our Holy Church has allowed the treasure of the Liturgical and customary catholic traditions of the East to share its Light with the rest of the Holy Catholic Church! 

Do you REALLY have a Guardian Angel?

It is a certain teaching of our Faith that each of us has a Guardian Angel

"Every one of the faithful has his own special guardian angel from baptism. (Sent. certa.)" (Ott, L. (1957). FCD. 120–121)

Furthermore, "According to the general teaching of the theologians, however, not only every baptized person, but every human being, including unbelievers, has his own special guardian angel from his birth. This view is biblically founded on the words of Our Lord. Mt. 18:10" (ibid)
Mt 18:10 - "See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven."

A look at the Early Church Father's understanding of Mt 18:10 further reveals the Church's teaching

“Therefore are they not to be despised for that they are so dear to God, that Angels are deputed to be their guardians” (St. Anselm)(Catena Aurea, Thomas Aquinas, S., & Newman, J. H. (1841).

 “I esteem it, O my God, an inestimable benefit, that thou hast granted me an angel to guide me from the moment of my birth, to my death.” (St Augustine, De dilig. Deo. Medit. c. xii)( Haydock, G. L. (1859). Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary)

Moʻolelo & Kanikapila: The Hawaiian way of learning

Hawaiians have always learned through storytelling. In Hawaii the storytelling tradition is called Moʻolelo. It is the way our history, culture, myths, and tradition has been passed down through the generations. It is very similar to how Catholics have learned through the tradition passed down from Jesus and apostles throughout history! 

We also love to get together with our instruments and Kanikaplia (Jam Session) So much of our Hawaiian music tells stories of long ago and so we learn through our music as well. 

This picture was taken a month ago (July 2016) out on the island of Kauai. I sat and listened to some great wisdom from a Hawaiian man who knows much about the history, culture, and tradition of Hawaii. He also happens to be studying to be permanent deacon in the Church! 

Dragons in the Bible!?!

My son is now old enough to ask interesting questions about our Church and about the Bible. He asked once if dragons were real and if they were in the bible... Hmmm? Of course this question led me to research and put together a bible study on the topic. The link below will download a PDF with a quick study on 'Dragons' in the Holy Writ. A vast majority of the information was taken from a fascinating book by Hart, H. C. (1888). The Animals Mentioned in the Bible (pp. 79–82). Enjoy the study! 


Hoa‘aina in Makaha

My ʻohana had the chance to visit Hoa‘āina in Makaha last week (7/11/16) to work on a diocesan project, the 'One ʻOhana Confirmation' video. It is next in the series of the already 'award winning' diocesan catechetical videos about the sacraments!!!

I hope to have a streaming version of the video when it is complete so I can post it here for everyone to see! 

Journey w/ Chris Stefanick & ʻReal Life Catholic' Ministry

This past week (7/7/2016) I had the tremendous honor of going on an off roading journey with Chris Stefanick of Real Life Catholic Ministries ( through the coffee fields in Numila, Kauai down to a special ancient fish pond and beach once owned by King Kamehameha V

It was an awesome day. It will be a part of a great new TV show on EWTN called 'Real Life Catholic' Once I get the EWTN air date of the show I'll let everyone know

Check out one of the previous episodes of ʻReal Life Catholic' Here -

Day 1 of the Faith Formation Conference complete

The first day of the Oahu Diocesan Faith Formation Conference (6/17/16) was great! My first class was on Catholic Art of Building Virtue and the 2nd was on Biblical Typology and Mariology. Thank you to all that attended my classes. In the next week or please come back to this site to see specific post made with the audio recordings of each class as well as the downloadable handouts

(Picture is with Mrs. Jayne Mondoy, Director of Rel. Ed. for the Diocese of Honolulu, and all around cool person :) )

Dr. Edward Sri, of the St. Augustine Institute, on Oahu!

Started off our Oahu Diocesan Faith Formation Conference by listening to a lecture by Dr. Edward Sri. It was excellent! I'll be teaching 3 classes for the conference tomorrow and Saturday. Hope to see you there this weekend 6/17/16 - 6/18/16!

The Paradoxes of Christianity

"There had suddenly come into my mind another explanation. Suppose we heard an unknown man spoken of by many men. Suppose we were puzzled to hear that some men said he was too tall and some too short; some objected to his fatness, some lamented his leanness; some thought him too dark, and some too fair. One explanation… would be that he might be an odd shape. But there is another explanation. He might be the right shape" -- GKC