The Diocese of Honolulu embraced its second saint today, St. Marianne Cope, the patron saint of outcasts, for her work throughout Hawaii and on the Kalaupapa Peninsula, where she cared for those suffering with Leprosy. Here is the Holy Father speaking on St. Marrianne Cope as exemplifying the best tradition of Catholic nursing sisters
In honor of her here is a clip of ʻThe Song of St. Marrianeʻ, composed using her own words in the 1800ʻs and with the help of some native hawaiian influence.
St. Marriane, Ora pro nobis!
'Father, forgive me' - The Biblical Basis for the Sacrament of 'Confession' at the Benedictine Monastery
* In Summary it says that we must confess our sins to God (1 Jn 1:9). We are to confess to 'one another' in the presence of the presbyters (priests)(Jas 5:16). The OT prepares us for the process of confessing to priests (Lev 5:5-6). We see that Christ has the authority to forgive sins (Mt 9:6-8), gives the authority to his disciples (John 17:18, John 20:21-23) who now are ambassadors for this ministry of forgiveness (2 Cor 5:18 -21)* Listen to the Bible study on the biblical basis for the sacrament of Confession.
Blessed Johannes Duns Scotus, O.F.M, most known for his beautiful defense of Mary's Immaculate Conception, quoted St. Anselm when he exclaimed "Potuit, decuit, ergo fecit" Which means that Mary was preserved from the stain of original sin because God "Could do it, it was appropriate, therefore He did it!" In this class we covered the 4 defined Marian Dogma and see that Mary, as the Mother of God, was preserved from original sin, was perpetually virgin, and was assumed body and soul into heaven where she sits as the Queen of Heaven.
Click Here for the Printed Class Material
A few months ago I had the honor of going on a pilgrimage to St. Damienʻs Church along with Fr. Joseph Lee, FSSP. Click Here to watch the video of our journey.
image from the 'Public Image Archive' at
MorgueFile : San Francesco D Assisi
According to the Catechism of Trent, The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age.
And the CCC reiterates these immemorial teachings
1531 'The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or of other parts of the body (in the Eastern rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament.'
- the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church; the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age; the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance; the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul; the preparation for passing over to eternal life.
Mark 6:13; James 5:14 ; Gal. 4:13-14; 2 Tim. 4:20
image from the 'Public domain' via wikimedia commons. The Seven Sacraments (1445) by Roger van der Weyden.