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WEDNESDAY      January 13, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 8

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El Escorial visionary Amparo Cuevas: on a mission for souls

      We continue with the second 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. For part two of The Apparitions at El Escorial, Spain - Planting the seeds of suffering: background on visionary Amparo Cuevas, click on THE AGE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS.

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

Planting the seeds of suffering: background on visionary Amparo Cuevas

Cardinal Luis Martinez Aponte: Puerto Rican and proud of it!

      Today we continue with this new series that we will bring you on a regular basis three times a week. Our fifth red hat we feature, in alphabetical order, is the 77 year-old Cardinal Luis Martinez Aponte, also known as Luis Aponte Martinez who has become a permanent fixture in San Juan, Puerto Rico as its archbishop for the past thirty-five years. For more on this red-hat appointed by Pope Paul VI back in the Consistory of March 1973, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

Events Today in Church History

      Today is the 1027th anniversary of the death of Saint Bruno of Cluny, considered the founder and first abbot of the world-famous Benedictine monastery at Cluny. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 13:

CATHOLIC CANVAS: Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church
The meaning of an abbey

      Many want to know the difference between an abbey and a monastery. Basically, an abbey must have at least a dozen religious whereas a monastery doesn't. An abbey is usually built around a walled-in quadrangle that contains a novitiate, a guest house, choir, oratory for prayer, infirmary, conference room, kitchen, refectory or dining room, cells for the religious or dormitory, cellars for storage, a small parlor, a revolving door or almonry for alms and gifts, food, etc. from outsiders, and a chapter house for private meetings with the abbot for men or abbess for women. Benedictine and Cistercian Orders have abbeys, while most other contemplative, cloistered orders call them monasteries. Finally, an abbey is like a diocese since the abbot enjoys the same powers as the bishop save the Apostolic succession. In fact, the abbot has independent power over the abbey which a bishop has no authority over because an abbey is usually a territorial jurisdiction. The word "abbey" means "House of the Father" who is the abbot, a word derived from the Aramaic abba meaning "Father." (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor; The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, S.J., Doubleday)

January Gems that sparkle and provide sparkling Food for Thought Appeteasers

      Today, we bring you two short light-hearted vignettes on the irony of the dollar and man's best friend in two small gems that mine the depths of the heart. For the two sparklers, Doldrums of a dollar and It's a dog's life, click on JANUARY GEMS OF VALUE FOR FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
      Today's food for thought come from EJB and Sr. Lucy via e-mail. The first is very short but puts into perspective why most churchgoers do not understand the meaning of tithing while the second will cause us to think about how we live our lives. Do we complain too much, use too many "crutches" to get through each day? Most of us do in some way or another and yet we forget that no matter what happens you'll never hear or see a special friend of ours complain.

Doldrums of a Dollar

It's a dog's life

"God's Love is being poured out over all the world as a torrent of sublime graces."

      Those words from the Blessed Virgin Mary in Message #348 carry the same theme as in her 347th Message on the Solemnity of her Divine Son's Ascension into Heaven when she repeats over and over how good God is but if we don't acknowledge and accept His gifts, He cannot force us to partake at the Heavenly banquet. Our Lady warns her children that too many have refused these gifts from her Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit her Divine Spouse. As a consequence satan as entered the sanctuary and infiltrates all levels of the Church from the lay ranks to the clergy. These messages were imparted in the latter part of May 1993 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart. For messages 347 and 348, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Forty-seven and Three Hundred-Forty-eight

Message Three Hundred-Forty-seven, May 20, 1993

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

Message Three Hundred-Forty-eight, May 22, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)


      Today, besides being the First Wednesday in Ordinary Time, is also the feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Tomorrow is the First Thursday of Ordinary Time. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Hilary, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.

Wednesday, January 13, 1999

Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Thursday, January 14, 1999


      Today's Prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for the Mass honoring Saint Hilary:

All-powerful God, as St. Hilary defended the divinity of Christ Your Son, give us a deeper understanding of this mystery and help us to profess it in all truth.

December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! In this Christmas joy I desire to bless you with my blessing. In a special way, little children, I give you the blessing of little Jesus. May He fill you with His peace. Today, little children, you do not have peace and yet you yearn for it. That is why, with my Son Jesus, on this day I call you to pray, pray, pray, because without prayer you do not have joy or peace or a future. Yearn for peace and seek it, for God is true peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

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