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TUESDAY      January 12, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 7

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Finally, after a seventy-year exile, the Papacy returns to Rome with the last of the French Popes

     Blessed Pope Urban V had come so close to returning the Holy See to Rome after sixty some years in Avignon. In fact, he did return, but, much to the chagrin and Heavenly warnings of Saint Bridget of Sweden, he forsook Rome to return to Avignon where he died. It was left to his successor Pope Gregory XI and another holy woman Saint Catherine of Siena to make the return to Rome permanent. But the return was not without its consequences for Gregory's poor military management and overzealous desire to rein in heretics alienated many, most notably the Italians. They in turn sent their secret weapon to win over the Pope - St. Catherine whose convincing and persevering manner helped bring the papacy out of its seventy-year Babylonian captivity at Avigon. For the eighty-eighth installment titled Pope Gregory IX: The end of exile as the Babylonian Captivity at Avignon comes to an end, but not without a price , click on THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
Installment Eighty-eight

It does no good just to wonder about signs and wonders, we must act on them for the sake of the children

     In today's editorial we touch on signs of the Church and Heavenly signs and wonders in these critical times. We've all heard the rhetoric from the White House ad nauseum that whatever they have on their agenda is "for the sake of the children." They forget the scandal that they cause while speaking with forked tongue. We too can cause scandal if we are not aware of the damage being done to souls today. Unless we observe the rules implied in the signs, we're heading for a major head-on collision with satan. For today's commentary entitled The wonder of signs and wonders, click on CATHOLIC PewPOINT.

The wonder of signs and wonders.

Michael Cain, editor

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The three meanings of "Agnus Dei"

      The word "Agnus Dei" has three meanings. First, it is the title bestowed on Jesus Christ as the Lamb - the Victim paralleling the Old Testament account of Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac but, at the last moment, God intervened and suggested a lamb caught in the thorn bushes as a sacrifice - a portent of the Son of God, Who would be offered up as the sacrificial lamb, crowned with thorns and Who is sacrificed anew each day in reenactment of this sacrifice in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

  •       The second is the invocation prayer Agnus Dei prayed during the breaking of the Bread and the "commingling" at Holy Mass. This prayer is often said incorrectly for many of the faithful say "Who takest away the sin of the world." It should be "sins" because of the Latin peccata which is plural.

  •       Finally "agnus Dei" is also the term for a circular-shaped sacramental made up of a small piece of wax left over from the Easter candles with the image of a lamb on one side and the Holy Father's coat of arms on the other or the image of a saint. The agnus Dei is blessed exclusively by the Pope on the Wednesday of Holy Week or the Thursday after Easter during the first and seventh year of the Holy Father's papacy. Pope John Paul II has exercised this in 1979 and again in 1986 and 1993 and will do so again during the Jubilee Year 2000. This is why the "agnus Dei" sacramental is so special and rare. Their origins date back to the fourth century. This sacramental is used as protection against the devil, against sickness, temptations, plagues, and sudden death. It is also to protect pregnant women and for safe delivery at childbirth. Unlike other sacramentals and because it is so scarce, there is no indulgence to the "agnus Dei." (source: Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers; and Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday.)

  • "I tenderly call you 'little children' in order that I, the Mother of God, might cradle you in my arms."

          The words above come from the Blessed Virgin Mary in an effort to reveal why she is our Heavenly Mother as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. In Message #345 Our Lady warns us that we judge the messenger and disgard the message and that plays right into satan's hands. She continues this thread in Message #346 when she points out that God the Father does not change or move to the left or right; that is what we do and she urges us all to return to the center and embrace Him and allow her to cradle us in her loving arms. For messages 345 and 346, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

    Messages Three Hundred-Forty-five and Three Hundred-Forty-six

    Message Three Hundred-Forty-five, May 17, 1993

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

    Message Three Hundred-Forty-six, May 18, 1993

    (Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
    (Feast of Pope Saint John I)

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    January 12, 1999 volume 10, no. 7   DAILY CATHOLIC