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ASH WEDNESDAY      February 17, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 33

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Excerpts from "It is Consummated!"

      Today we begin our daily exerpts from the book "It is Consummated!" throughout Lent with these inspirational and enlightening Meditative Lessons of the Sorrowful Mysteries as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart from the Blessed Mother of God during Lent of 1993 through interior visions and locution. These short daily excerpts are an excellent vehicle to contemplate on the Passion and Death of Jesus during each of the forty days of Lent. The first Meditative Lesson is titled JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM. For part one, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

Meditative Lesson 1:


part one

Dear Father, As our Blessed Mother had told me during Advent, she would again give me lessons and meditations on our Dear Lordís Sacred Passion. She now tells me to write that I am in deep bodily suffering, and feel also great heaviness of heart to correspond in some small degree to that which Jesus endured so that all mankind might be redeemed. I have tested His Voice, as she desires of me. I am filled with holy peace and thus I write:

"Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!"

John 12: 13


El Escorial visionary Amparo Cuevas: Describing the Visions

      We continue with the seventh installment of the apparitions of El Escorial, Spain which began during the same time frame as Betania and Medjugorje and has received little publicity. Yet, like Medjugorje and Betania, El Escorial is still going on and is as important as the others for Our Lady comes as Nuestra Senora de los Dolores - "Our Lady of Sorrows" to call all her children back to her Divine Son Jesus through Prayer, Penance and Sacrifice in atonement for our own sins and those of the entire world. God's chosen messenger to receive these and impart them to the world is a housewife and mother of seven Luz Amparo Cuevas a visionary who has suffered much producing plentiful fruits. For part seven of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Messages containing Visions and insights into the life of Christ, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.

The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Sacrifice leads to Salvation
part seven

Messages containing Visions and insights into the life of Christ.


     Today is the first day of the final Lent for the Millennium. Ash Wednesday, the day we receive ashes on our foreheads as a reminder of our mortality, is also a day of fast and abstinence as is Good Friday. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations for the Lenten liturgy, click on DAILY LITURGY.

ASH WEDNESDAY, February 17, 1999

Thursday, February 18, 1999


      Today's Prayer is taken from the Missalette for the Prayer at the Beginning of Lent with part one today, and tomorrow part two:

God of time and of eternity, You bless us with this holy season for remembrance and renewal of the way of life we embraced in baptism. Grant us a season of good and honest labor.

Cardinal Edward Isdris Cassidy from down under stays on top of everything globally as head of the Council to Promote Christian Unity

     Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our twentieth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 75 year-old Cardinal Edward Isdris Cassidy who is currently the President of the busy, active Pontifical Council for Promoting Christianity and plays a key role in Holy See policies and several Roman Curias. For more on this Australilan cardinal appointed by Pope John Paul II back in his Consistory of June 28, 1991, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

20.   Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy


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Ash Wednesday

      Ash Wednesday derives its name from the ashes placed on our foreheads after Holy Mass as a reminder of our mortality and doing penance during the forty days of Lent which actually begin with the First Sunday of Lent. The ritual dates back to Old Testament ritual where ashes symbolized the residue of burnt offerings as an oblation to God. The words pronounced over each person dates all the way back to Adam and Eve to whom God said "Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return". The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are gleaned from the blessed palms of the previous year's Palm Sunday that were burned just prior to the beginning of Lent this year. The ashes are considered a sacramental. The term "Ash Wednesday" was first established by Pope Saint Gregory the Great fourteen hundred years ago and the concept of ashes carried throughout Lent with penitents donning sackcloth and ashes to make public reparation for their sins. It was Pope Paul VI who proclaimed Ash Wednesday as a day of abstinence and fasting for the entire universal Church. Prior to Vatican II, priests and bishops received their ashes not on the forehead but on the top of the head just as they received tonsure at ordination. (sources: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; My Catholic Faith, Mission House; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

"Many are affected, but your faith is so weak you refuse to see and understand God's warning hand."

      Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #397 on the last day in August 1993 convey a sense of urgency that all her little ones realize the need for prayer and fasting. She emphasizes the need to be united behind her Divine Son Jesus' One True Church and show all reverence to Him in the Holy Eucharist. Our Lady follows this up in her message four days later on the feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great who instituted Ash Wednesday for the purpose of penance and fasting as Our Lady requests. She implores her faithful ones to keep the faith and live the messages. This she imparts to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, lamenting that many of her little army have grown bored and apathetic over the fact no spectacular supernatural events have yet happened. That, Blessed Mary affirms, is not how it is and only those who trust in her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit will stay the course. For messages 397 and 398, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Ninety-seven and Three Hundred-Ninety-eight

Message Three Hundred-Ninety-seven, August 31, 1993

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

Message Three Hundred-Ninety-eight, September 3, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great)


"So that thou mayest not be seen fasting by men, but by Thy Father, Who is in secret; and Thy Father, Who sees in secret, will reward thee. "

Matthew 6: 18

January 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! I again invite you to prayer. You have no excuse to work more because nature still lies in deep sleep. Open yourselves in prayer. Renew prayer in your families. Put Holy Scripture in a visible place in your families, read it, reflect on it and learn how God loves His people. His love shows itself also in present times because He sends me to call you upon the path of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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