January 21, 2000
volume 11, no. 15

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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.

    This weekend Sister returns to finish her series she had been bringing us weekly up until the Holidays, called "Kathy's Story" on the power of the Rosary. It's fitting that she concludes this weekend with the final episode corresponding with the beginning of Respect Life Week for the only way to carry out the Sanctity of Life is by using the most powerful weapon we have - the Holy Rosary, the ammo that will bind satan and end human sacrifice. Kathy points out that Our Lady promised Saint Dominic that in the end her Immaculate Heart will triumph and bring an end to abortion when she imparted to him in a vision, "One day through the Rosary and Scapular, I will save the world." But she can't do it without us and our role begins with the Rosary!

    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 by e-mail.

    I conclude Kathy's story today. Because of the Holidays I waited until now to conclude part seven after bringing you part six in the December 17th issue. This is the final episode. Again I remind you, she wanted me to tell you that if you would like to have a copy of her unedited story, you can e-mail her at Her story is not to be reproduced for profit, however.

        After being converted to Catholicism and giving away so very many of my Rosaries to so many people under so many different circumstances, I was asking myself: "What else could Our Lady possibly want with me?" In this, the final part of my rosary story, I wish to answer that question.

        I came to understand that Our Lady wanted me to write this conversion story and share it with others. Thanks to my dear Sister-friend, Sister Mary Lucy, it has the potential to be read by people all over the world. (I'm grateful to her for that! She's a sweetheart!)

        I, also, came to believe that I must tell everyone how important praying the Rosary is. Yes, I know there are dry times of prayer! But that is part of our opportunity to grow spiritually. Seeking to grow closer to God in our minds and hearts; seeking to have peace between one's self and God; seeking to have peace in the world; these are the reasons why we pray. And as a Catholic, I believe it is our duty to pray the Rosary.

        No, I don't believe one is condemned to hell, if they don't pray the Rosary. But I do feel that we can do a lot better with our time here on this earth, by eliminating the "happiness gurus" we seek and return to the simplicity of prayer and, specifically, prayer through the Rosary.

        Ask yourself this question: "Why is it so hard to find time to pray a Rosary, as well as, concentrate while praying it?"

        The answer? Because satan knows of the power behind the Rosary and does not want it prayed, by anyone!

        I'm an ordinary person. I don't have gifts of prophecy and I'm not a mystic. I'm just the average "Joe" or "Joan" on the street. What I do have, however, is a very special relationship with God. I love Him and I know He loves me. And that's it! Plain and simple!

        When I finally realized that the Blessed Mother was actually working through me, with the Rosaries, you might say, I was in awe. You see, I didn't know she wanted something from me. I just thought I was very privileged to have all these Rosaries turn gold. And I was. But they weren't just for me. In fact, they aren't just for the people they were given to, either. They are tokens of love to be shared by all.

        Our Lady said to St. Dominic: "One day through the Rosary and Scapular, I will save the world." And she will! Even if it is only one Rosary at a time.

        Take up your weapon, then, the holy Rosary, every day, and pray for peace between God and man and for all men everywhere.

        May God bless each and every one of you who reads my story and is touched in some way by it. Our weapon against evil IS the Rosary. You do not have to be Catholic to pray the Rosary. All God wants is for His children to be happy and at peace. This can only be accomplished, if we give ourselves entirely to Him. And the way to get there is through prayer and good works. Our Lady has given us the Rosary as our "tool of prayer." Let us honor her with it's recitation. Amen.

    This concluded Kathy's inspiring story. I hope that it touched your heart and will move you to do as she suggests and as Our Lady asks. It's the only way we can stop abortion...THE ONLY WAY!

    God bless you!


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