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Rollieʻs Word with Fr. Roland Bunda

Rollieʻs Word with Fr. Roland Bunda

By St. Anthony Maui
Weekly inspiration from Fr. Roland Bunda, pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaiʻi.
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Rollieʻs Word with Fr. Roland Bunda

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What it Means to Be a Good Steward
Season 1, Episode 45.  To be a good steward means to be a disciple of Christ and use our gifts and talents that we’ve been given and not "bury" them.  Through our work, we are cooperating with the purposes of God and collaborating with God’s purpose in our lives.  This sense of work engages our will, creativity, and imagination to bring about order in chaos.
06:14
November 17, 2020
Be Prepared for Christ’s Coming
Season 1, Episode 44.  When we are prepared for Christ’s coming, we can be ready with not only our virtuous deeds, but our attitudes.  Let us look at our lives and our relationship with God.  God is always coming to us in many ways.  Let us reflect if we are willing to be found by Jesus.
08:03
November 10, 2020
We are Called to Peace and Love
Season 1, Episode 43.  Our vocation in life is to be saints - that we may be holy in Godʻs eyes.  To become holy we follow the will of God by LOVE.  God is Love.  Jesus gave us the beatitudes as a way of practicing love and being Godʻs disciples.  Let us reach out to others and be instruments of peace and joy.
06:39
November 3, 2020
To Love God and Our Neighbor
Season 1, Episode 42.  In the first reading from Exodus, God commands the chosen people to act fairly and compassionately to their neighbor and warns them of the consequences if they do not do this.  Jesus tells us that the love of God and the love of neighbor takes precedence over any other commandments.  Let us reflect and have empathy for the poor, the marginalized, and the suffering - because we, too, are governed by God’s law.  This week, we can reflect on the Gospel’s reading this week, in the first chapter in the Letter to the Ephesians.  Let us be compassionate, be kind to one another, be forgiving and forgive one another as God has forgiven us in Christ.  May our love for one another be a reflection and response to God's love for us.
06:29
October 26, 2020
Vote
Season 1, Episode 41.  Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”  We give to God all the praise and worship and thanksgiving for the many blessings and gifts He has given us.  And at the same time, we are citizens of the United States and are called to fulfill our obligation not only by paying taxes but by being involved in the government.  We all have the obligation to vote.  To read more about the “Democracy Values & the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities” that Fr. Rollie references, go to http://bit.ly/SAP-Vote
06:42
October 20, 2020
The Holy Mountain
Season 1, Episode 40.  We are all called to the Lord’s Holy Mountain where God will come down to meet us and we, the people, in unity and peace (destroying or weapons of war) rise up to meet Him.  And in a way, the Eucharist is like our middle mountain and the source of our Christian life.  We come together every Sunday to give praise to God.  We listen to the Liturgy of the Word where God instructs us in his ways.  And then in the Consecration where the bread and wine becomes His Body and Blood - He comes down from divinity to nourish us with his presence.  Each time we come together to celebrate daily or Sunday Mass, we are united as brothers and sisters in the Lord.  
08:04
October 13, 2020
Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace
Season 1, Episode 39.  On October 4, we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  We are encouraged to pray and seek God’s help, not only during our trials but also to give Him thanks and praise.  God provides.  We are called to be instruments of light and joy to others who may not experience God in their lives.  We should use the gifts and talents God has given us to help others and lead them back to Christ. 
06:08
October 5, 2020
Always Trust in God
Season 1, Episode 38.  No matter what happens in our lives, we must trust God in prosperity and scarcity.  As Catholics, we believe that God is in control - whether it is through the good times or it is through the bad times.  The Lord says to turn to Him in ALL times - God’s ways are the way, the truth, and the Light.  We must place our trust in our loving and gracious God.
06:26
September 29, 2020
God is Generous
Season 1, Episode 37.  God is very generous, merciful, and forgiving.  We who are labors in God’s kingdom are called in our relationship to help one another and build up the kingdom of God.  We respond by being generous to others as God is generous to us.  
05:43
September 22, 2020
Forgive as Jesus Forgives Us
Season 1, Episode 36.  Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tightly. Sir 27:30.  If we cling to resentments, grudges, and hurt, it is very difficult to live a happy and joyful Christian life.  Just as the Father forgives us for our sins, we are called to also forgive those who hurt us.  All of us are called as Catholics to forgive.  We know it is hard to forgive past hurts, but these things can destroy people’s lives; however, every time we forgive we act like Christ and become divine like Jesus and the Father.  Let go of the anger, grudges, and hurts and offer it up to the Lord.  It is Jesus that gives us strength and sets us free.
07:25
September 14, 2020
To Love One Another
Season 1, Episode 35.   We all have a responsibility to help one another to holiness.  We need to help each other turn away from sin and towards the House of God and treat everyone with gentleness, kindness, and love.  And to those who have hurt us, we should extend our compassion and forgiveness, as Jesus did with the tax collectors and Gentiles.  
08:25
September 7, 2020
Deny Thyself and Give for the Good of Others
Season 1, Episode 34.  Do not be conformed to the age of this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind in the Lord Jesus so you can discern what is right and just.   As disciples of the Lord, we are all called to take up our crosses, deny ourselves, and to proclaim Christ.  Though it may be difficult to make sacrifices, we are called to do so for the good of others.  It is through our thanksgiving of the many gifts God has given us, that we love and are loved.
06:19
September 1, 2020
Leadership and the Church
Season 1, Episode 33.   Leadership - whether good or bad - affect the people of God.  We are called to be less like Shebna (who desired to build monuments in his likeness), and be more like Peter (and build up Jesus's Church).  In good leadership, people are called to build up the Kingdom of God, to enhance and bring life, rather than to suck the “air” or talents out of people.  We are called by God and formed by the Spirit to go and evangelize and proclaim Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Let us use our God-given talents to build up the Kingdom of God.
07:11
August 25, 2020
Be the Light
Season 1, Episode 32.  Read Isaiah Chapter 2:  All nations are called to go up to the mountain of God and join themselves to the Lord.  Isaiah reminds us that ALL are invited by our God.  God graces everyone with His mercy and love.  So we, who have been baptized, are called to be a light to the nations, and to be an instrument of God’s love, God’s healing, and God’s mercy.
08:04
August 19, 2020
How Do We Encounter the Lord?
Season 1, Episode 31.  Today’s readings invite us to be attentive to recognize the presence of God around us.  Sometimes we’ll find God in the midst of the storminess of life.  There are times where we’ll discover God during moments of serenity and tranquility.  Consider that God is present in all creations, creatures, and within yourself.  We strive to see all things in God and God in all things.
10:04
August 14, 2020
In the Lord’s House Shall I Dwell
Season 1, Episode 30.  God gives us many graces every day and we are invited to go to God and give him our burdens so that we may rest.  All we have to do is show up and accept the many blessings God gives us.  So during this time of bad news and uncertainty, where we don’t know the answer,  the bottom line is to keep on trusting in God and placing our confidence in God.  Keep the covenant and keep as faithful as we can to our Lord.  
09:38
August 3, 2020
Preparing for Life’s Storms
Season 1, Episode 29.  Many times when we’re weary, we get down with exhaustion.  Sufferings and trials of life’s storms can really wear us down to the point where we ask “where is the Lord?”  Yet, even then, the Lord tells us to come to Him so we may rest, and he will carry our burden.  So when we are experiencing the storms of our life, we need to take a time-out to pray and reflect to open ourselves fully to the transforming presence of Christ.  We need to take time and have time alone to soak in the love of His presence.
08:11
July 31, 2020
The Love and Spirit of God
Season 1, Episode 28.  Where is God?  God is everywhere, in all things.  God is in all things by His essence, power, and presence.  The presence of God is one of breath that envelops the soul with radiance.  As we reflect on the Book of Wisdom, we are reminded that God gave us good ground for hope that He will permit repentance for our sins.  Our God is a loving and forgiving God.  St. Paul reminds us that the Spirit of God helps us in our weakness, helps us to pray, helps us to become holy.  We are called to acknowledge God’s forgiving and merciful love.  Let us surrender and trust in the divine will of God’s providence.
08:32
July 21, 2020
Jesus is the Sower, and the Seed is the Word of God
Season 1, Episode 27.  Jesus is the sower, and the seed is the word of God, and the soil is our hearts.  And it is up to us whether the word of God bears fruit or not.  To nourish our hearts there are three areas in our lives that we can cultivate a life of faith: 1) praying, 2) reading the Scripture, and 3) participating in the sacraments.   Let us rejoice in our loving God who walks with us during this journey of faith. 
11:22
July 13, 2020
Turn to Jesus
Season 1, Episode 26.  Jesus is the Messiah who restores and reunites the Kingdom of God.  We are the body of Christ and are the inheritors who share in the Kingdom of God.  Christ is inviting us, as his disciples, to come to Him, give Him our burdens, and enjoy his rest, love, and goodness.  We can always turn to the Lord and ask our loving God to be with us as we deepen our faith and relationship with our Lord. 
12:37
July 6, 2020
Being Evangelists
Season 1, Episode 25.  Today is the feast day of St. Peter and St. Paul - who laid a solid foundation of the Church.  We, like Sts. Peter and Paul, are called to evangelize and be stewards of God’s Word.  Because we are baptized, we are called to imitate Christ.  What we believe leads us to what we must reject. Listen in to Fr. Roland’s message and prayers for a peaceful world. Read more: http://reclaimingjesus.org/
12:03
June 29, 2020
Praying for a Peaceful World
Season 1, Episode 24.  It may not be easy, but rather than judge with anger and hatred, we should rather judge one another with kindness, love, and compassion.  Today we can reflect on the inspiration of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Agustin, and St. Joseph.  St. Francis who sought out peace from within; St. Agustin who prayed his actions, thoughts, and words reflected all that is holy; and St. Joseph who was a model in recognizing that God the Father entrusted His Son with him and Mother Mary.  And it is with the Eucharist that we can gain the strength and power to act Christ-like and give us the needed spiritual awakening to model the actions of Christ and the Saints.
08:26
June 22, 2020
Reflecting on the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Season 1, Episode 23.  The sacraments are Jesus’s living presence and especially in the Eucharist, when we are intimately united with the Lord. And this is what gives us the grace and the power to fight off evil, to be just, to be compassionate, to be loving, and to be kind. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. During this time, it can be hard to see others in Christ. But we fail to recognize that the Lord is everything. So we need to deepen our awareness of the Lord’s presence among one another and amongst us. And listen in to a special blessing for all our fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, and all those who have been fathers to us from Fr. Rollie.
12:09
June 16, 2020
Participating in the Mystery of the Trinity
Season 1, Episode 22.  God is love and every time we participate in the Trinity, we are participating in the love of the Father.  The Holy Spirit is the revelation of the love between the Father and the Son.  Let the unity that The Holy Spirit brings happen within each of us.  This week, we should reflect on the Beatitudes of the Lord - the blessings Jesus gives us and what it means to be Christian and be a follower of His.
11:16
June 9, 2020
Celebration of Mary, Mother of the Church, and our Return to Mass
Season 1, Episode 21.  Today is dedicated to Mary, our Blessed Mother, Mother of the Church.  Our Blessed Mother is the instrument of bringing new life in the church.  We call on Our Blessed Mother for protection and to help us in our intercession as we recall Her presence in our church.  The mission of Mary is to bring others to Jesus.  So we are called to bring others to Jesus through Mary.  In more Good News - we're beginning Mass on the great feast of St. Anthony - June 13 with 5pm Mass followed by Mass on June 14 (7am, 10am, and 5pm) with the feast of Corpus Christi!  Register online or call our church to reserve your seat for Mass. 
09:03
June 2, 2020
Preparation for Pentecost
Season 1, Episode 20.  The Holy Spirit is the love and bonding between the Father and Jesus.  The great gift of Pentecost is Jesus’s gifting to each one of us the Holy Spirit.  When the Spirit comes, you will experience the fullness of life.  The days after the Ascension of the Lord and leading up to Pentecost, we can make a daily novena asking for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Listen is as Fr. Roland explains how we can make daily novenas in preparation for Pentecost.
07:18
May 26, 2020
Going Forth and Deepening our Faith and Gratitude
Season 1, Episode 19.  Congratulations to our 2020 graduates!  We bless you as you continue onto a new milestone in your lives.  May God strengthen you as you continue on your journeys.  Similarly, as we prepare for the celebrations of the Feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost and we move into the final movements of the Easter season, we prepare to accept the challenges to go forth and love and serve the Lord.
08:23
May 19, 2020
Prayer Will Bring Us Hope
Season 1, Episode 18.  Every day, every moment, is a time we can praise God.  Today we reflect on the definition and meaning of prayer through inspiration from St. Therese, Richard Rohr (a Franciscan priest), Philippians 4:6-8, and the Gospel of John Chapter 14 (Jesus’s last farewell).
12:49
May 11, 2020
The Lord is My Shepherd
Season 1, Episode 17.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd and leads us home to eternal life.  He is with us and watches over us 24/7.  In our prayer, we know Jesus is at our side. 
09:53
May 9, 2020
Jesus is With Us
Season 1, Episode 16.  We sometimes need to be reminded that Jesus walks with us - and that we never walk alone.  We need to have the courage to believe that Jesus is with us always. Song: “Hold on to Love” written and sung by Jesse Manibusan.
12:29
April 28, 2020
Starting the Easter Season
Season 1, Episode 15.  During this Easter Season - we have 50 days to deepen the mystery of Christ's Spirit dwelling within us.  We've been gifted with the three theological gifts of faith, hope, and love.  So Easter is using our gifts to deepen the awareness of the Spirit's presence within our lives.
12:29
April 21, 2020
Jesus is Risen!
Season 1.  Episode 14.  We rejoice that that Jesus is risen and is with each of us -  we are not alone.  Christ is our loving Savior and we are his beloved disciples.  We are called to proclaim that Jesus is present and share with one another the awakening of God's and Mother Mary's presence in our lives.  Jesus Christ is Risen today!  Alleluia! 
09:23
April 13, 2020
Reflection for Holy Week
Season 1, Episode 13.  The Lord is my light and my salvation.  This week we should spend time in prayer to reflect how much God loves us.  Easter is a return to our baptism, and Lent is a preparation for that return.  We need to rediscover this divine life, but because of sin we are distracted from following Jesus.
08:46
April 6, 2020
I Fear No Evil For You Are At My Side
Season 1, Episode 12.  Peace be with you.  Please know that the priests and brothers of the St. Anthony Catholic Community always remember you in Mass and pray for your health and protection.  St. Anthony parish has such a deep and rich history of ministry to the sick, we’ve had St. Damien of Moloka’i and St. Marianne of Moloka’i that were present in our parish.  These saints have dedicated their lives to the service of those who have had infectious diseases.  They were confident of God’s power to save.  Let us not be afraid, rather let us be reminded to deepen our trust and faith in God’s power to save.
09:53
March 30, 2020
Jesus I Trust in You
Season 1, Episode 11.  Today, we pray to continue to be messengers of hope and trust.  Jesus, I trust in YOU - we continue to place our trust in You.  Here in Hawaiʻi, we have St. Damien and St. Mother Marianne as tremendous advocates, and just as they dealt with the disease of leprosy, we call upon these two Saints to be with us, and to help us deepen the trust and the faith in our Lord Jesus.  Like them, we need to be instruments of hope and of love.
09:15
March 23, 2020
To Trust God
Season 1, Episode 10.  Peace be with you!  "I hope in the Lord, I trust in His word."  We need to remind ourselves, as Christians and believers, that God is in control and our lives are in His hands.  Into Your hands O Lord, we command our trust and confidence that You do take care of us.  Though we may be tempted to doubt, we ask St. Michael to protect us from the wickedness and snares of the devil and to be fortified in the strength which Jesus has given us at our baptism:  "St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen."
08:01
March 16, 2020
Sharing in the Original Blessings
Season 1 Episode 9.  The glory of God is men and women fully alive in God’s kingdom.  Christ calls us to three religious acts during the season of Lent: 1) time for prayer, 2) time for almsgiving, and 3) time for fasting.  By doing so, as disciples we give back to God a grateful response for the many gifts He has given us.
07:05
March 10, 2020
Seeing Christ in Our Brothers and Sisters
Season 1, Episode 8.  How do we see Christ in one another?  Our challenge is to have a clear vision and recognize, as we walk through our journey: Christ in the poor, in the sick, and in those who need comforting. Our Lenten journey is one of purification and of repentance.  Because at times, when we may not see clearly, and we might treat one another badly.  We might get impatient or we may lose our temper, but to see Christ, it takes discipline - and that’s why we have 40 days during this season of Lent, for fasting and purification.  We must trust in the Father, and rely on God.  Glory to God in the Highest!
07:15
March 2, 2020
Lent and Becoming Disciples of Jesus Christ
Season 1, Episode 7.  Peace be with you!  This week we're preparing for Lent.  Listen in to Fr. Rollie's stories of why we celebrate the Lenten season and how it brings us closer to God.
06:30
February 25, 2020
Worship and Prayer Through Music
Season 1, Episode 6. Peace be with you! The Valley Island Liturgy and Arts Conference happened this past weekend and featured musical guests Jesse Manibusan, Fr. Ricky Manalo, and O’ahu’s EPIC (Ever Present in Christ) team.  These musicians reminded us of how music can influence our liturgy and worship.  We also reflected on the importance of when we come together in worship, we support one another to deepen our faith.  One way we can reach out to others is through music.  Listen in and sing with Fr. Rollie ask we ask our Lord to open up our eyes so that we may we see clearly and see beyond the physical, to see Christ's presence in our midst and in one another; open our ears so that we may hear God’s word; and open up our hearts so that we may love like Jesus.
07:25
February 18, 2020
Living Stewardship
Peace and all good things to you and your family. This week’s podcast is about living stewardship, sharing the gifts of God with others, and being conscious and committed sons and daughters of God.
06:47
February 10, 2020
Spirit of God, I am Yours
Listen in to this weekʻs word from Fr. Roland of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaiʻi.  God, the Spirit dwells within us.  If we really want to become holy and participate in the life of the Trinity, all we have to do is follow Jesus and pray, reflect, and contemplate how did Jesus live out His discipleship with the Father. 
06:32
February 3, 2020
Reflecting on the Word of God
This past weekend (1/25-1/26) we celebrated the Word of God Sunday - where Catholics around the world reflected on the Word of God.  Learn more about Enthroning the Bible in Our Home: http://bit.ly/MauiBible2020  Stewardship is a call to discipleship and our commitment where we give back to God our thanksgiving through our time, talent, and treasure.  Listen in to Fr. Rolandʻs reflection on how to commit our time to prayer and being present to God.
07:15
January 27, 2020
Deepening Our Knowledge of the Word of God
Next Sunday is "Word of God Sunday" - an opportunity for all us to have a deeper knowledge of the Word of God.  All parishioners can bring their bibles to Sunday mass and have it blessed.  May the Word of God be truly alive in our hearts,  so when we go home we can start reading and re-reading the bible.  After reading the bible we can reflect. Fr. Chaminade, whose feast day we celebrate this week, stressed a great importance on the Word of God and meditate on the Nicene Creed - which is a summary of our Salvation history. L.I.T.E. = Love Is Truly Eternal.  Godʻs presence is always within us and above us. Nicene Creed We believe in one God,       the Father almighty,       maker of heaven and earth,       of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ,       the only Son of God,       begotten from the Father before all ages,            God from God,            Light from Light,            true God from true God,       begotten, not made;       of the same essence as the Father.       Through him all things were made.       For us and for our salvation            he came down from heaven;            he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,            and was made human.            He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;            he suffered and was buried.            The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.            He ascended to heaven            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.            He will come again with glory            to judge the living and the dead.            His kingdom will never end. And we believe in the Holy Spirit,       the Lord, the giver of life.       He proceeds from the Father and the Son,       and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.       He spoke through the prophets.       We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.       We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.       We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,       and to life in the world to come. Amen.
07:12
January 20, 2020
Embracing 2020
Rollieʻs Word with Fr. Roland Bunda.  2020 is a good symbol of vision - we can see clearly.  Not only physically, but also spiritually as disciples of Christ.
04:48
January 13, 2020