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WEDNESDAY      February 3, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 23

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El Escorial visionary Amparo Cuevas: the Meaning of the Messages

      We continue with the fifth 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 five of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Characteristics of the Messages, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.

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

Characteristics of the Messages.


      Today, besides being the Fourth Wednesday in Ordinary Time, is also the duo Feast of Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr and Saint Ansgar, Bishop and Religious Missionary. It is also the day that the candles, blessed yesterday, are used to bless throats. Tomorrow is the Fourth Thursday in Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Wednesday, February 3, 1999

Feast of Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr

      The traditional "Blessing of Throats" commemorates the feast of Saint Blase who lived in the fourth century. A philosopher and physcian, St. Blase was turned his back on the worldly pleasures and devoted his life to God as a physician of souls. His virtues and preaching drew people from everywhere. This bothered Agricolaus the Governor of Cappadocia, which is today Turkey and Iraq. The Roman governor seized Blaze and ordered his incarceration. On his way to prison, Blase was stopped by a distraught mother who pleaded for him to help her daughter who was dying of a throat disease. Blase, touched by her sorrow and faith, prayed and through these intercessory prayers the little girl was healed. Other reports say he healed a young boy choking on a fish bone. St. Blase is often depicted with two candles, used by priests on this day to bless throats. There are a plethora of stories of how many have been cured of throat diseases by praying to St. Blase to intercede. He was beheaded by the heathens in 316 and his remains are buried in the church bearing his name in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Unfortunately, the church was damaged by the Serbs in 1993 and is presently being restored.

Feast of Saint Ansgar, Bishop and "Apostle of the North"

     Dubbed the "Apostle of the North," Saint Ansgar was born into a noble family in 801 in Amiens in what was then Frankish territory. God called and Ansgar became a Benedictine monk at the Picardy monastery of Old Corbie. He became the master of the monastic school there before King Harold heard of his prowess as a preacher and evangelizer and requested the saint to accompany him back to Denmark under the protection of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne. His zeal and missionary success in Denmark prompted King Bjorn of Sweden to invite him into the land of the Vikings. While there he was made the first archbishop of Hamburg and later appointed by Pope Gregory IV as the first papal legate to the Scandinavian countries. During his fourteen years in Sweden he converted countless pagans and Holy Mother Church was making great inroads until the heathen Vikings invaded in 845 and destroyed the city of Hamburg and much of Sweden. Ansgar was forced to flee to Bremen in what is today Germany where he was appointed the first archbishop there in 848. Pope Nicholas I did not forget Ansgar or Hamburg, uniting the see of Hamburg with Bremen in 854 when Ansgar again returned to Denmark and Sweden resuming his missionary activities. His coup de gras was converting the King of Jutland, King Erik who was impressed with Ansgar's fluent preaching, great austerity and the holiness he exhibited to all. Though Ansgar had always wanted to be a martyr, he died at the age of 64 of natural causes on February 3, 865 in Bremen. Shortly after that the Vikings again overwhelmed Scandinavia and destroyed almost all remnants of Christianity as the entire lands resorted to paganism since there were no more "Ansgars" to keep the faith burning in the hearts and souls of the peoples. The lack of the Church to maintain her roots in Scandinavia was one reason protestantism took such a firm hold in these countries during the Protestant Revolution of the sixteenth century.

Thursday, February 4, 1999


      Today's Prayers are taken from the Collect of the Mass commemorating Saint Blase and the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Saint Ansgar:

Lord, hear the prayers of Your martyr Blase. Give us the joy of Your peace in this life and help us to gain the happiness that will never end.

Father, You sent St. Ansgar to bring the light of Christ to many nations. May his prayers help us to walk in the light of Your truth.

Born in the cradle of Popes, Cardinal Biffi brings a pastoral presence to Bologna

      Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our fourteenth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 70 year-old Cardinal Giacomo Biffi who is currently the Archbishop of Bologna as well as enjoying membership in multiple Curial Congregations. For more on this red-hat appointed by Pope John Paul II back in his Consistory of May 25, 1985, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

14.   Cardinal Giacomo Biffi


Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

The Heresy of Monophysitism

      In today's Time Capsules we see that Saint Laurence of Spoleto was exiled from Syria by the Monophysites who espoused the belief that Jesus Christ had only one nature - that of being Divine totally engulfing Our Lord's humanity. The Patriarch of Alexandria Eutyches was the chief propagator of this heresy which was condemned by the Council of Chalcedon in 451 which was also the Fourth Ecumenical Council called by Pope Saint Leo the Great. It was determined a heresy because it fit the parameters of the definition of heresy: the formal denial or doubt by a baptized person of any revealed truth of the Catholic Faith. (sources: My Catholic Faith, Mission House Publishers; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers)

February Flavors that tantalize the tastebuds of the mind and heart as long as your computer is virus-proof!

      Today, we begin this month of February with a light-hearted, but pensive look at a dangerous virus that not only could effect your computer but your life as well. For the vignette Virus Warning! Watch out for "Badtimes" aka the "hades harangue!" , click on FEBRUARY FLAVORS TO ENHANCE FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
      We thought we'd start our February Favors off on a humorous note. With Lent just two weeks away, there'll be plenty of time to bring you serious appeteasers, so today we bring you the "Ultimate Virus Warning!" We've borrowed from two different posts from DN and GD that we received and added a few twists ourself. With all the talk of the Y2K bug, there's something much more urgent out there and it could very well be this virus. A good deterrent to this virus also could be to keep some holy water handy! You see, there really is only one cure and it isn't an anti-virus program but a tried and true program that the Great Webmaster downloaded to a fisherman almost 2000 years ago.

Virus Warning! Watch out for "Badtimes" aka the "hades harangue!"

"Remember, God does not abandon those who truly seek Him."

      Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #378 is a reassurance of her Divine Son Jesus' Mercy which He offers abundantly to all who ask for it. The problem, Our Lady points out in Messages 377 and 378 in late July of 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart, is that so few of God's children truly understand this and because their faith is weak, they are easily led astray which plays right into satan's schemes. No one is immune from the evil one including His consecrated ones who the devil specifically targets because of their leadership in the Church. She asks all her little ones to put the power of prayer into practice. For messages 377 and 378, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Seventy-seven and Three Hundred-Seventy-eight

Message Three Hundred-Seventy-seven, July 18, 1993

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

Message Three Hundred-Seventy-eight, July 21, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi)


"But know this, that in the last days dangerous times will come. "

2 Timothy 3: 1

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February 3, 1999 volume 10, no. 23   DAILY CATHOLIC