April 23-24, 2000
volume 11, no. 80

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    "Getting to the Heart of the Matter" is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto pinpoints in every issue when she takes a common sense approach to living our faith with her practical columns.

    On this Easter Sunday, Sister shares a special prayer from her own heart to the Risen Lord and reminds all that there can be no celebration of the Resurrection without the Triumph of the Cross and that victory we can only share in when we willingly take up our own crosses and follow Him as He asks. Her heartfelt prayer is a capsule of all we as Catholics should believe and a celebration of our Faith as she exudes in her prayerful leadin for this week during the Novena of Divine Mercy which is the lasting benefits of God's Love as she points out in her column for this special Easter issue He is truly Risen! .

    Her column provides effective, vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can visit Sr. Lucy at her web site for Heart of Mary Ministry at http://www.heartofmaryministry.com or you can reach her at Srmarylucy @aol.com by e-mail.

        It is true! Jesus is risen as He said! Alleluia, alleluia!

        Our sins have been washed by the Blood of the Lamb of God. The Supreme Sacrifice of the Cross has reopened the gates of Heaven for us. The Savior has saved us from ourselves and our sins.

        O Glorious Lord, Redeemer of mankind, Lily of all lilies, sweet Master of the Universe, I praise, bless, and glorify You in Your Divinity and in Your Humanity. For it is in this powerful act of Your Resurrection, that You prove that You are truly God, that You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Had You not risen, as You had promised, our religion would be in vain. Yet now we see that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!

        Thank you, Lord, for Your Life, Your Death, and Your Resurrection. Envelope each one of us into the wound of Your side, for it leads to Your Sacred Heart. Allow us to be so wrapped up in You that we become lost in the ocean of Your love and mercy. We are nothing and You are Everything.

        How sweet to be nothing when You are All! Let the rocks and the hills cry out that You are God! Let the thunder and the roaring of the seas call out Your Name as Lord! Let all the earth and what fills it resound: "He is risen as He said! Hosanna to the Highest!"

        Permit my voice, Lord, to be one with the angels and saints of heaven in song of joy! Allow my life, my death and my rising on the last day to glorify You, my Maker! Thank you, God, for Your Love which endures. Thank you for Your faithfulness!

        Dear reader, there can never be a resurrection without a cross. There cannot be eternal joy without walking in the valley of tears of this life.

        Let's not lose heart. Our Lord and Master has gone before us. He has merited heaven for us. He has shown us the Way.

        Raise your eyes to the Lord, O earthlings! Have hope because of God! Keep climbing and don't count the cost. We will one day see the Face of Our Risen Jesus!

        A Blessed and Happy Easter to each of you!

    Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

April 23-24, 2000
volume 11, no. 80

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