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.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Change in Websites

We have decided that we will build a Pete Mason website and a Cyndie Mason website.  Each website will feature our music, books and art.  Then I will build another website for Pete and Cyndie Mason which will feature our music for concerts in local churches and beyond.   Once I get the Pete and Cyndie Mason website built and we have had some more music practices, I will start booking us in local churches.  In the summer we may go on weekend tours to Kelowna, Kamloops, etc.

Cyndie came up with a cool melody and lyrics for the 2nd song on our upcoming 5th Myztery concept album.  Tomorrow I will continue working on that 2nd song, putting all the parts together.  It features keyboards and guitar etc.  I don't have any solo gigs today but I am taking a free online course about how to be effective in my activities.

Tonight we will continue to read chapter one of my memoir, Radical Shifts, looking for flow, etc.  We have decided it will just be Cyndie and I who edit the book.  We have been editing it for many years now!  It is really starting to flow well and read easily.  The release date is still September 14, 2019, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross.  I plan to do a local tour of CWL (Catholic Womens League) once we print more of my book A Year of Merciful Love.  After I have toured locally in various Catholic groups Cyndie will do a local tour featuring her book Heaven ROCKS!

Have a great day and thanks for reading!