Miraculous Hope

Posted on July 19th, 2011 by & filed under Be Inspired, Prayers

ZENIT, The world seen from Rome
News Agency

Marianist Family Hoping for Founder’s Canonization
General Postulator Tells of Possible Miracle in St. Louis

By José Antonio Varela

ROME, JUNE 15, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The founder of the Marianist spiritual family was born in France in 1761. As the religious and laypeople of his charism celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth, there is hope that he will soon be recognized a saint.

A cure from cancer of a St. Louis woman might be the step that brings about his canonization.

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade (1761-1850) was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2000, at the same time that Pope John XXIII was beatified.

In his homily, the Polish Pontiff spoke of Blessed Chaminade as a model of evangelization. He reminds the faithful that it is their task to find ever new ways of bearing witness to the faith, especially in order to reach those who are far from the Church and who do not have the usual means of knowing Christ, the Holy Father said on that occasion.

ZENIT spoke with Father Antonio Gascón, general postulator of the congregation, about the canonization cause and other members of the Marianist family already recognized for their sanctity.

ZENIT: What significance is being drawn from the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Chaminade?

Father Gascón: It signifies a spiritual force in our life and mission, which we carry out in collaboration with hundreds of laypeople involved in our works and communities. It is a burst of enthusiasm for our Marianist identity in the Church.

ZENIT: What is the status of the canonization process for the founder?

Father Gascón: The case of a woman in St. Louis, Missouri, is being studied. She was cured of cancer in 2005. The diocesan process has already closed and the case is with the Congregation for Saints’ Causes.

ZENIT: Tell us about this cure.

Father Gascón: It was a cure from cancer of a member of the Marianist parish of Our Lady of the Pillar in St. Louis. It was a rare cancer [and she was given just weeks or months to live]. However, when doctors announced this, her parents and friends prayed to Father Chaminade for her cure, and when the doctors operated on her again to extract as much of the tumor mass as they could, they found that the tumor was dead.

ZENIT: Which other Marianists are on their way to the altar?

Father Gascón: We have the seven Spanish blessed martyrs of the religious persecution of the 30s. There is another martyr of Nazism, Blessed James Gapp, killed in 1943 because he was a priest. We have opened the case of young Faustino Pérez Manglano, who died in 1963 and is already venerable. He was a pupil at the Marianist school of Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Valencia. It is a very interesting case because around him a pastoral and youth movement has been created with many followers.

We have Father Domingo Lázaro, an eminent Spanish pedagogue who died in 1935, whose cause has already been presented to the [Vatican] congregation. Last year the cause of another Spanish priest was opened, Father Vicente López Uralde, whose positio is being written. We also have the case of the founder of the women Marianists, Mother Adela de Batz de Trenquelléon, who is already venerable. Now it depends on a miracle for her to be declared blessed.

ZENIT: What has been a hallmark of the Marianist blesseds and venerables?

Father Gascón: We believe that the causes are a strong testimony of holiness, of our charism and the kind of Marianist life transmitted by God to Father Chaminade. I have seen that when a cause of canonization is opened in a diocese, everyone feels great joy and collaborates enthusiastically because they see that God has been present in that person; it is the passing of a saint through our lives. We are happy that these people exist because they are a very strong source of life and evangelical mission in our congregation.

ZENIT: What emphasis do you wish to give this 250th anniversary celebration?

Father Gascón: We would like Chaminade to help us strengthen our Marian-apostolic spirituality and our missionary impulse in this new globalized culture. And that it be done with a Marian sensitivity in our life, in our spirituality, in the communication of the faith. And to do this in ecclesial collaboration and communion with the laity involved in our works and communities who form part of the Marianist Family. We are interested in the world of young people. And in the countries of the Third World, we are interested in the social, economic, cultural and political development of human groups and societies, which is work with the poor, opening it to the whole society and not just as a sociological event.

ZENIT: How can the founder come to be better known?

Father Gascón: The way to get to know Father Chaminade is by maintaining contact with him on two levels — one intellectual: to read what he wrote or works about him. And another vital level is to maintain a contact of prayer, of spiritual communion, because he is a blessed and deserves the liturgical devotion of our religious family, and personal devotion. There should arise in the religious of the Marianist family a way of understanding and of living the Gospel, the Church, the mission, in the style of William Joseph Chaminade, who is a teacher of the spiritual life.

ZENIT: And the other venerables and blesseds?

Father Gascón: We have a duty to recognize and be grateful for the martyrdom of those who have already been declared martyrs. In Faustino’s case, this could be a great opportunity for pastoral work with adolescents and young people. Benedict XVI is very interested in child and youth ministry and there is a great challenge to reach the new generations. Fathers Domingo Lázaro and Vicente López Uralde are great witnesses of educational and pastoral work with young people. In the case of the founder of the women religious, it is a call to the evangelical life and to the mission, which must be motivated by the Marianist women themselves, with ministry centered on the testimony of Mother Adela.

[Translation by ZENIT]

“Chaminade Year”

Posted on July 19th, 2011 by & filed under Be Inspired, Prayers

“Chaminade Year” kicks off Saturday, January 22, 2011.

A full year will honor the 250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, who was born April 8, 1761, in Perigueux, France. The Chaminade Year will run from January 22, 2011 to January 22, 2012.

This special blessing can be used anytime, but especially, during this Chaminade Year!



Bow our heads and pray for God’s blessing.

May the spirit of Blessed Chaminade inspire us.

May we abound in faith and in faithfulness.

May holy zeal energize us on the path of life.

R. Amen.


May we go now with our faith in the Lord Jesus and our love open to all God’s people.

May we manifest Mary’s hospitality to all we meet.

R. Amen.


May God bless us and keep us.

May Christ Jesus make his face to shine upon us and be gracious

to us.

And may the Spirit smile upon us and give us peace.

R. Amen.


And may the blessing of almighty God the Father, the Son, + and the Holy Spirit come upon us and remain with us forever.


Calling for Help

Posted on July 14th, 2011 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz

Hi Friends!

I need your help with a new ministry that I am involved in.  The SJE Mission Circle Ministry is an amazing ministry designed to help a small impoverished village in Nigeria.  I am currently learning more about the needs of the children there and I helping to plan a fundraising event coming up on November 12 & 13 at St. John Eudes Church.  It’s called Nativity Sunday.
There is an opportunity for everyone to get involved.  Please consider signing up to display your own personal collection of Nativity Scenes or Creches free of charge. You are also encouraged to sign up for a booth/table to sell your crafts or artwork. Performers, vendors, merchants and particularly gourmet food trucks are also needed.
This is a great chance to help the community, make a difference in the world and share your talent, expertise and/or your beloved Christmas collections with others.
If you are interested in helping out by volunteering your time to help with the event or you would like to be involved in the Mission Circle Ministry, please message me with your level of interest and contact information.
You can get all the details on my website and the St. John Eudes website.
Please text or call me if you have any questions or would like more information.



Melissa Reyes
@mizmeliz on Twitter

Today You are a Little Wiser

Posted on March 29th, 2011 by & filed under Be Inspired, Quotes & Notes

Today you are a little wiser,

truer to yourself,

and more confident and comfortable

than you ever were before.

You are stronger and deeper on the inside

because of the experiences

life has given you,

and softer around the edges

because of the things

you have let go of along the way.

You are clearer about your dreams

and your purpose,

and richer because of laughter,

love, and friendship

you have shared.

And the gifts you have gathered

just make you all the more wonderful.

-Coffee House

A Special Blend of Thoughts and Wishes

Oh What a Night!

Posted on February 27th, 2011 by & filed under Blog Venture, Everything Miz Meliz

It was “Ladies Night” last night in Los Angeles. Well, at least for the LA-Riettes, the NY Gotham Girls and their fans at the LA Derby Dolls bout in Historic Filipino Town (AKA Downtown LA.) From start to finish, it was a perfect night out. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Beginning with the feelings of anticipation and excitement of experiencing something new to me in my hometown to the satisfaction and joy of spending some much needed quality time with my family and friends. The evening turned out to be more than I had hoped for!

I knew I would have fun. I love trying new things. I wasn’t sure if Lito, Jonathan and Jennifer would like it. But I had a feeling they would. I was happy that no one was disappointed. Making plans for the four of us to go out on the town isn’t easy. Our schedules swirl around the activities and social lives of our teen and tween children as well as our individual commitments and interests. The plans were laid so far in advance, I wasn’t sure if that was a good or bad thing. Any one of us might have had to drop out. Making arrangements for all the kids in order for us to be someplace on time is a bit of a challenge as well. And money is always an issue. It’s never fun going out with empty wallets. The weather forecast was not on our side. Not just heavy rain and extreme cold, but snow and hail were expected! Fear of the unknown always sets in for me when trying something new. What was it going to be like? What should I wear? How long will it take to get there? Knowing my way around the city, I had an idea of where the Doll House was, but I am not very familiar with that part of town. Was it safe? Besides watching Roller Derby on TV with my Nana over 30 years ago – I knew nothing about it! It truly was an adventure.

Thanks to our long time friends come Facebook buddies, Dani and Petra, I accepted an open invitation to join a large group organized by Dani to get VIP seats in a reserved section to see the L.A. Derby Dolls All Star Ri-ettes take on New York’s Gotham Girls Roller Derby at The Doll House on February 26, 2011. Lito thought it would be fun and we invited my brother and sister-in-law, @Jennifer-Jonathan, who were as excited as we were to check this out. Navigating the traffic from the Valley and arriving a tad late, we found a packed venue with not a parking space in sight. After unsuccessfully trying to bribe the gate security bouncer dude to let me park in the LAPD reserved spot – my very “live by the rules” husband suggested parking in the strip mall parking lot across the street. I parked right under a sign that said “No LA Derby Dolls Parking.” I was certain my Jeep would be towed away and I’d be stuck in the rain with the first three people I would call in such a disaster! Then, we broke another big no-no in Lito’s book. . . we jay-walked! I couldn’t believe it! The first time in 27 years knowing him, he didn’t make me walk the extra block to the light to cross the street! At this point, I knew Lito was as excited as I was to get in and see the Roller Derby! This was going to be fun! My husband was being a reckless bad-boy!

Walking up to the venue, we could hear the loud cheers and feel the energy that was rocking the building as the crowd went wild. The first quarter had begun as we made our way to the only open reserved seats in the arena. Dani and Petra and their crew were all seated and watching the match and had saved the best seats for us. Second row, center of the action, on the aisle! Unbelievable! My sports enthusiast brother was in Heaven! I was happy to be able to sit down as I noticed our seats in the bleachers were in the one section that actually had seats. Yes folks, almost the entire arena of fans were standing for the entire 3-hour event. And the place was full!

One of the most impressive elements of the experience for me was the entertaining announcers. Knowing very little about the sport, I felt comfortable with their explanations of the super fast action and immense knowledge of all the players. Evil E and Blaine Capatch, with their radio-voices, timing, humor and expertise made it fun to pay attention and helped to make it a very enjoyable game to watch.

The warehouse building venue was pumped full of energy, clean, organized, well managed and every bit as professional as the likes of the Staples Center or Dodger Stadium. Only much smaller and run entirely by volunteers! The lighting, big screens, music, sound, ticket line, seating, security, even the food, drink and swag vendors were all top notch. I enjoyed my Hot-dog-on-a-stick and canned Tecate beer with fresh lime almost as much as a Dodger Dog and large Miller Lite or Garlic Fries and Hefeweizen from the “gourmet grille” at the large stadiums. Especially satisfying was the fair prices of the food, drinks and merchandise. You actually got what you paid for!

Everyone was friendly and nice. The players volunteer at the ticket and merchandise counters and you could tell how grateful they were to cater to the masses. I never experienced anything like that before. Everyone who worked there seemed as happy and excited to be there as I was. The fans of the LA Derby Dolls were awesome! There were definitely some die hard fans there amongst the friends and family of the players, trendy LA club types, and thrill-seekers like me. It was the place to be! Popular enough to be smooth and precise, yet still fresh enough to be edgy and cool. It definitely was a party atmosphere. Many fans were devoted to the visiting team from New York. The sign waving, team T-shirt wearing, roller derby enthusiasts cheered on their favorite players from both coasts.

The competition was tight. The score was close at times. The visiting team had never competed on a banked rink, but you would never have known that. They were tough to beat, but the home all-star team, the LA-Riettes whipped them. These girls are hot athletes! They skate fast and hard. It’s a brutal physical sport. More than half the team was in the penalty box for most of the bout. Two players were kicked out of the game for too many penalties! The refs worked hard. With names like Charlie Frown, Roger Assaultrey, and Gia De Los Muertos – there was no messing with them. The “Game Executioner,” Hurtin’ Ernie took no pains to stop the action. The ladies weren’t out to hurt each other, but the blockers, blocked and the jammers jammed! Getting elbowed and knocked down, even hurled over other skaters, is part of the game. It was very exciting to watch. Every time a player went down, she got up smiling and waving to the fans. Each bruise was worn with pride like true gladiators, taking part as much for the love of winning as for the pure enjoyment of the applause and cheers.

Chargin’ Tina, Iron Maiven, Cheapskate, Donna Matrix, Amber Alert, Roxy Cotton, Gori Spelling and Regulate-Her rocked the house! They were girls, they were women, ladies, tough chicks, true athletes with power and a mighty spirit. On wheels!

The experience was everything a perfect night out should be. Enhanced by being with great company, attending an entertaining and enjoyable event, and enjoying a flawless execution (My bad-boy husband did end up moving the Jeep at half-time) I am savoring the memories, completely pleased with the adventure of trying something new and different. Like a teenager after a first concert, I happily still wear my yellow bus neon green wristband with pride. I am now officially a Roller Derby Queen!

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