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THURSDAY      December 17, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 244

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Defining the differences, merits and limitations of Indulgences in light of the Holy Father's most recent Papal Bull Incarnationis Mysterium

      We continue our segment on Indulgences, both Plenary and Partial in conjunction with the Holy Father's most recent Papal Bull Incarnationis Mysterium for the Pope says in the bull, "Another distinctive sign, and one familiar to the faithful, is the indulgence, which is one of the constitutive elements of the Jubilee. The indulgence discloses the fulness of the Father's mercy, who offers everyone His love, expressed primarily in the forgiveness of sins." Today we examine the differences between Plenary and Partial Indulgences, outlining the merits of both and clearing up some of the misconceptions penitents might have about these forgotten sources of grace. For the Eighty-eighth installment of this on-going megaseries, click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?.
Installment Eighty-eight

The Thirty-Ninth Clarion:

part two

"And he said to Jesus, 'Lord, remember me when thou comest into Thy kingdom.' And Jesus said to him, 'Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise.'"

Luke 23: 42-43

Shopping and Stress do not lend to the Peace of the Season

      Christmas after Christmas we feel the pressure, stress and guilt of not buying enough for our kids, family members and friends. The old "keeping up with the Jones" has become the axiom at this time of year, blared by ads ad nauseum instead of the clear clarion of "Peace on earth to men of good will" as it was intended because so many have forgotten the reason for the season - the birth of Jesus Christ, held sacred in the liturgy of the Church. We bring you an article from the Catholic Dispatch which reminds all of what the angel really said and meant in Luke 2: 14 that should put the season and the reason in perspective and help turn temporal stress into something that will bring everlasting peace. For the article "How many shopping days left?," click on ECCLESIAL ECHOES

How many shopping days left?

"Today, be with Me, your God."

      Those few words from Our Lord, imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on Good Friday, 1993, say it all. In the pattern of the few words He spoke from the Cross, Jesus reiterates in His words the gift of paradise given to the good thief when He beckons us to receive His Mercy and Forgiveness and cling to Him. His Blessed Mother Mary prefaces her Divine Son's Message two days earlier by alerting us that our time of Calvary has also arrived and unless we take refuge in His Sacred Heart through her Immaculate Heart we, like the Apostles before Pentecost, will shy away in fear. For messages 320 and 321, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Twenty and Three Hundred-Twenty-one

Message Three Hundred-Twenty, April 7, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Three Hundred-Twenty-one, April 9, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Events Today in Church History

      On this date in 1538, Pope Paul III, 220th successor of Peter, followed up his predecessor Pope Clement VII's interdict of Henry VIII by formally excommunicating the English monarch for his disobedience both to God's law of marriage resulting in his divorce from Catherine of Aragon and his disobedience to the Church as well as harassment of clerics and the faithful through intimidation and persecution. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for December 17:

November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! Today I call you to prepare yourselves for the coming of Jesus. In a special way, prepare your hearts. May holy Confession be the first act of conversion for you and then, dear children, decide for holiness. May your conversion and decision for holiness begin today and not tomorrow. Little children, I call you all to the way of salvation and I desire to show you the way to Heaven. That is why, little children, be mine and decide with me for holiness. Little children, accept prayer with seriousness and pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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December 17, 1998 volume 9, no. 244   DAILY CATHOLIC