SPECIAL DIVINE MERCY ISSUE
FRI-SAT-SUN-MON
April 28-May 1, 2000
volume 11, no. 84

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Sr. Lucy's GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER       INTRODUCTION


    "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.

    This weekend, Sister focuses fittingly on Divine Mercy in reminding us how important God's Infinite Mercy is in the overall picture of salvation and without it, we haven't got a prayer! She shares a few personal experiences she had on the subject and urges all to drink of the refreshing Font of Divine Mercy available to everyone. All they need to do is to ask and it will be granted as Jesus has promised and as she shares in her column this weekend, We all need the Mercy of God .

    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.


WE ALL NEED THE MERCY OF GOD
        This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. We all need the Mercy of God. Anyone who thinks he can make it to heaven on his own without the intervention of the Mercy of God in his life is not facing reality.

        We are all sinners. We have all offended God. We all need God to forgive us. We need God's Mercy.

        I was in Rome several years ago for the Beatification of Sister Faustina. To this Sister was assigned the mission to reveal the Mercy of God to the world in a special way. Though her writings were "forbidden" for a time, God used our present Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, to bring them before our eyes. I would encourage everyone to read the Diary of Sr. Faustina. It is easy reading and very consoling to the human spirit.

        A few years ago, I went to Venezuela. Among my stops was to visit the incorrupt body of Mother Maria of St. Joseph, the Foundress of that Religious Community. Mother Maria had predicted before her death that her body would be incorrupt. When exhumed 25 years later, not only was her body intact, but the lilies in her hand, which had been buried with her, were as fresh as if they had just been picked.

        Prior to my going to Venezuela, I had been mulling over the reality of my being saved only by the Mercy of God. It was a thought that had been constant with me and concerning which I had spent some time considering. As I was leaving the convent, one of the Sisters of that Community approached me quickly and said in Spanish, "You know, we will be saved only by the Mercy of God."

        I was somewhat taken aback for I had not mentioned to this Sister or anyone in my group that I had been thinking a lot about that subject. I believe that in that Sister's comments, my considerations were confirmed by God.

        We need to be grateful that our God is a Good God and a Merciful One. Every sin is an offense against God. No one can make up for our sins except Someone Who is equal to God. Jesus did that for us on Calvary. Our Lord's Passion, Death and Resurrection are the Works of His Divine Mercy.

        We must not only be grateful to God for His Mercy, but make use of it, as well. Now is the time to make use of God's Mercy for we must not forget that God is infinitely Just, also. If at this moment God wielded His Justice on us, none of us could remain standing.

        To each of you I wish the Mercy of God and a heartfelt appreciation of the Mercy of God. Lord, we do not know the day or the hour when we shall meet You Face to face, but I trust in Your Mercy and ask for it for myself and all of mankind.

        God bless you, dear reader!

    Sister Mary Lucy Astuto
          

April 28-May 1, 2000
volume 11, no. 84
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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