Monday, May 6, 2019

Mystical Rose Productions Meeting Tonight!

Photo:  Me at the Sea of Galilee, Israel


Tonight Cyndie and I have a Mystical Rose Productions meeting in our condo or perhaps at a restaurant.  We will also continue to read aloud my Radical Shifts memoir manuscript, editing it.  I have a concert in Coquitlam this afternoon as well.  I plan to publish 100 books in the first run.  Soon I will be contacting various magazines and other media outlets to see if they are interested in running a story on the release of my memoir.

It is a nice sunny day here in Burnaby!  We hope you had a great easter and celebration of the Feast of Divine Mercy!  I also plan to write another book about a certain topic in the Gospel of John.  I can't reveal the topic yet!  I plan to start writing soon, maybe even today!

I am thinking of setting the price of my ebook at 99 cents and will distribute it through Publish Drive worldwide, including Amazon.  I was thinking of giving it away for free but decided it would be better to charge a small fee for it.  The paperback will sell for $20.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Final Editing for Radical Shifts


On tour in Alberta with Myztery

Cyndie and I are on the final edit of Radical Shifts, my memoir.  I am reading it out loud and Cyndie is watching for the flow etc.  We are making small adjustments.  The photos are all in and secured.  September 14, 2019 is still the release date but we will have some books printed before then to ship some free copies out to a certain group of people.

We are in Holy Week now and preparing for the Easter Vigil this Saturday night where many people will be baptized, confirmed and receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time.  I may end up writing a new final chapter of my book depending on how a certain possible shift in my life may come forward soon.  We will let you know!

I have decided to offer my book for free as an ebook on Kindle Amazon but sell it as a paperback book.  I may offer it for free as an audio book as well but I will make that decision after I create the audio book.

Have a good day!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Photos Added to Memoir

Yesterday I added all the photos I want to add to my memoir, Radical Shifts.  Some are colour and some are black and white.  We will edit the manuscript today or tomorrow and organize the paragraphs and read the whole book out loud to check for flow, etc.

I am planning to give away the ebook for free!  We will sell the paperback book and audio book.  I have learned a lot from two different books on how to market my book and will put their advice into practice.

Have a great day!

Photo:  Taken by Tom Hawkins.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Monthly Retreat and Local Bookings

Yesterday Cyndie and I went on a silent MML retreat at Westminster Abbey in Mission, BC, about an hour from where we live.  We walked around the grounds, looked at the view of the Fraser Valley and prayed in the chapel for a while and then evening prayer chanted with the monks and a brief period of Eucharistic adoration.  Next month we plan to arrive a little before 10 am to attend Sunday mass there.

This week I will be building my personal website for music and books.  I will use this site when booking local concerts and speaking events at parishes and parish groups.  I will later build a website for Cyndie for her music and books.  Finally, I will build a site that combines all our music and books and even some art.

I had a solo concert in North Vancouver today and Cyndie joined me for the ride.  I am opening a business account for Mystical Rose Productions tomorrow at Scotiabank in Burnaby at Highgate Mall.  We will either tonight or tomorrow night read through my memoir, Radical Shifts, looking for areas that need correction and so on.  Thanks for reading!



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Rock Podcast

Today I talk about #1 of our MML Rule of Life.

The image today is my Coat of Arms with the Latin Words Ecclesiam Renovare, which means Renew the Church, and the Hebrew word on the key means "Victory."  The heart symbolizes love, the Mitre is a bishop's mitre and the crozier is a bishop's crozier and the guitar is mine!  The cross reminds us of Jesus.

The podcast will appear Monday to Friday at 7 am PST.  Yesterday I worked on a keyboard part for one of our Myztery songs for our upcoming 5th album.  Today I am booking solo concerts in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, BC.  We are still editing my memoir, Radical Shifts, which will be released on September 14, 2019.  I got a monthly calendar yesterday to plan various stages of the book release.  Have a great day!

Monday, March 11, 2019

New Podcast Coming Today!

Later today I will be creating a blog that will appear Monday to Friday.  It will be called The Rock, after Jesus' words to Peter "You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it."  I will talk about the spiritual renewal of the church.   We are in the holy season of Lent, a perfect time for spiritual renewal.  Jesus began his public ministry by saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."  The start of spiritual renewal is turning away from sin, and following Jesus in his way of the Gospel, or good news.

I hope you subscribe to my blog!  I hope you leave feedback on the comments section.  I have written a booklet called Prayer for the Renewal of the Church.  It will be available as a free ebook on my personal website which will be up and running soon.  I am also planning to print booklets of them for churches to purchase and give out to church members to pray for the renewal of the church.  Let me know if you would like to order copies for your church.

We all need spiritual renewal.  God raises up certain men and women like St. Francis of Assisi to renew the church.  During his lifetime St. Francis had to deal with a church that was losing touch with the Gospel message of simplicity and radical renewal. The Pope had a dream that St. Francis was supporting a large basilica.  God raised up many men and women to follow in the footprints of St. Francis, especially St. Clare and her order called the Poor Clares.  Lay people also followed St. Francis as the Brothers and Sisters of Penance, now known as the Secular Franciscan Order.  I was a member of the SFO for over 20 years until God called me to start the Missionaries of Merciful Love, which is now growing a lot especially in Nigeria.

May the Lord bless you this Lent with radical conversion and Gospel joy!



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  The photo today is of a booklet I wrote called Prayer for the Renewal of the Church.  We are called to renew the church through prayer, fasting and witness and using our talents like music.  Last night we continued to edit my memoir, Radical Shifts, moving one paragraph to another section in the book and writing opening and closing paragraphs.

Tonight we will practice for local concerts in churches.  We will also set a date to start recording our 5th Myztery album to be released in November of 2020.  We want to take at least a year to record, mix and master the album.  I have included the first day of the Prayer for the Renewal of the Church below:  You can start on any day of the week.  In the next 6 blogs I will share another day of the prayer.  

Sunday - Day 1 - For the renewal of Bishops
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of Bishops in the universal church. We pray for each one of them, that they may be holy, wise and zealous for the glory of Your name and the salvation of souls. May they preserve order, unity and charity in the particular churches entrusted to them. May they love the truth and always proclaim it, especially when it comes at a personal cost to their popularity or reputation. In a special way we pray for our Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome. Help him to carry out his ministry as the successor of Peter the Apostle. We pray also for our own Bishop, that he be blessed with all the gifts he needs to serve the people of God.

May Jesus, the Bishop of our souls, always be in their hearts, on their lips and in their minds, so that they may spread His sweet fragrance wherever they go. When they are afraid, give them courage from the Passion of Your Son. When they have sinned, lead them to the fount of mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. When they are persecuted unjustly, help them to carry their cross with patience, kindness and humility.

Finally, fill them completely with the love of Your Holy Spirit and may this same Spirit guide them at every moment, so that their decisions may be based on your revealed word and the living Tradition of our faith and the true teaching of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. May Mary, Queen of Bishops, be always beside them to comfort them and assist them to hear the voice of Jesus, her beloved Son, and do whatever He tells them to do. In Jesus name, Amen.