Sunday, March 8, 2015

First Hawaii Catholics

A  L  O  H  A   from   Honolulu!
" Different flowers 
look good 
to different people. "
                                  Chinese Proverb

  Our Lady of Peace 
Malia O Ka Malu
[ lHawn. lit:' Maria of the Calm ] 

 Oldest cathedral in continuous use
 in the United States.

 Saint Damien of 
Molokaʻi was ordained here
on May 21, 1864.

Placed on the 
National Register of Historic Places 
in 1972. 

" After some years of persecution 
of Roman Catholicism in the 
Hawaiian Islands (partly instigated by 
Congregationalist and 
Presbyterian missionaries 
who had befriended the 
Kamehameha dynasty)
the Royal Hawaiian government 
issued an Edict of Toleration 
creating freedom of religious 
expression June 17, 1839

 As an act 
of reconciliation, 
Kamehameha III gave the 
first Roman Catholic missionaries
a piece of the royal estate on 
which to build the first 
Roman Catholic church in the kingdom. 
Ground was broken on July 9, 1840, 
coinciding with the 
Feast of Our Lady of Peace.  
Mass was celebrated on that day,
and 280 native Hawaiians 
received the sacraments of baptism, 
confirmation, and first 
The cornerstone of the building 
was ceremonially laid on 
August 6, 1840. 
Native Hawaiian volunteers harvested
 blocks of coral from the 
shores of Ala Moana, 
Kakaʻako, and Waikīkī. 
Dedicated August 15, 1843 "

Linking to

" That's the way 
things come clear. 
All of a sudden.
 And then you 
realize how obvious 
they've been all along. "
Madeleine L'Engle


Thank You!
                   Fondly, cloudia

Fifty Years On - SELMA

A  L  O  H  A !
“ Dignity is as 
essential to human life 
as water, food, 
and oxygen. ” 
                   Laura Hillenbrand

Hawaii People Were There

" The single most powerful
 word in our democracy is...
“we.” WE the people. 
WE shall overcome. 
Yes WE can. 
It is owned by no one. " 
                                 President Obama

" What enormous faith 
these men and women had 
- faith in God 
but also faith in America. "
                         President Obama 
                                           at Selma

Yesterday we recalled
Bloody Sunday.

50 years ago
marchers for fair voting rights
were met by the violence
of police with guns, clubs,
and trained attack dogs,
while attempting to walk
across a bridge.

Yesterday, President Obama,
Congressman John Lewis
(one of the beaten marchers
as a young man of 25)
and many others
walked that bridge

We still march vigilant
against today's encroachments
on equality before our law.

Nothing Earthly is perfect,
No person, No Nation.
That is why we strive.

The desire to climb,
to explore, to grow,
are the deepest core
of our shared humanity.

But so are fear,
un-examined bias,
and lazy thinking.

I love my country.
I love what she stands for.
We call her to her
higher nature.

Dignity is on the march
still today.
All around the world.

It is not humans
that we battle,
but attitudes, shallow thinking,
shallow love.

even so-called
"Righteous Anger"
chases away
light & understanding.
It is not the solution.

Don't fight-
Shed light!

Thank You
for shouldering
this wheel too.

Together. Friends.
My Prayer.

Lots of Love,