Dear Cathedral Ohana:
Today is Ash Wednesday and the Cathedral held three services where in the sermon I shared thoughts from Pope Francis on how to fast during Lent. He says this:
Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and have trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
I find his words profound as we enter into the Lenten season. When you next walk into the Cathedral, you will notice that instead of flowers behind the altar, we have bare branches, adorned with a few wood roses from Hilo. There is beauty in simplicity in a time of humility and reflection. My prayer is that Lent will be a time that is deeply spiritual for all of us.
In the midst of our reflection and contemplation, I would also like to remind the congregation that we will hold funeral services for Kilani Ventura on Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 AM, with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM. The service will be followed by a reception under the Diamond Head tent.
I’d also like you to know that Fr. Keleawe Hee will begin his time at the Cathedral tomorrow morning. He will be a quarter-time Associate for Pastoral Care, mostly tending to the homebound who are unable to be with us on Wednesdays and Sundays.
A couple of weeks ago I received a request to put benches near the columbarium so that those who come to visit loved ones will have a place to sit, pray, and reflect. The benches have arrived and Bryan will work to get them installed sometime in the next couple of weeks.
This past Sunday we had a wonderful celebration at the 8:00 service to honor the birthday of King Kamehameha IV. The Royal Civic Societies were in attendance. Here are a few photos of the day for you to enjoy.
Finally, please note that the Cathedral offices will be closed next week Monday to observe Presidents’ Day.
I look forward to seeing you all at worship this weekend. Please take care until then.