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FRI-SAT-SUN      April 30 - May 2, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 85

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A continuing tribute to Sister Lucy's Mother

Lucia Astuto - May 14, 1907 - April 16, 1999

      In her column this week, Sister Mary Lucy Astuto shares with all some more memories of her dear departed earthly mother and Sister Lucy's own human feelings of filial love and the void left from a motherly imprint that left an indelible mark on Sister's life as she relates in her column. For her column this weekend, God called Mama part two. click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER


      It will be two weeks tomorrow since God called Mama into eternity. I’m lonesome for her. I took care of her day and night for the last two years and with her death, my life must take on a change and adjustment. She used to call me constantly and sometimes it was quite wearying to hear her calling so, but now I’m lonesome for the sound of her voice and wish I could hear it again.

      Love is based on knowledge, and I just thought that if I could tell you a few more things that characterized my wonderful mother, that you, too, would “love” her more.

      Mama grew old sweetly. She was not a crotchety, cantankerous old person. She was a 5’2” little ol’ Italian white and dark-haired lady whose smile won everyone over the first time they met her.

      Gentleness and sweetness marked her approach to people. She was quiet and soft-spoken, but within the walls of her own home, she was most comfortable speaking, inquiring, directing.

      Mama was satisfied with the simple life. She never expected diamonds and fur coats; she shunned the worldliness of the world and ventured outside her home only for the necessaries, like Church, the hair dresser and the grocery store.

      I remember as a kid that whenever she needed to go downtown to buy us clothes, etc., she would take the street car. She first went to Penny’s and looked things over and then walked from one store to another to find the best deal and price. Usually, she wound back up and Penny’s for the purchase and I used to wonder why she just didn’t save herself the time and trouble by buying at Penny’s in the first place. Mama needed to find the best deal for the money.

      We were poor growing up. My Dad was a shoemaker who learned his trade at the age of seven in the old country of Sicily. There were five children and my parents went without a lot in order to provide for us. We were poor, but we had a sufficiency with love. THAT was priceless.

      To her last day, Mama called me “sweetheart.” She called all of her children “sweetheart.”

      Oh, for the sound of her voice again! To hold her again; to tell her again that I love her!

      Earlier the day she died, I had said to her: “Mama, I think you’re going to see Dad again soon!”

      She just looked at me. I continued: “Mama, when you get to Heaven, you have to help ME!” Again, she just looked at me!

      Where would we be without our Faith? “Life is changed, not taken away!” we hear in the liturgy. "I go to prepare a place for you!" Jesus said. "He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood will live forever."

      Mama, I miss you! But I know I will see you again and there will be no more tears and no more painful separation. Come for me, Mama, when it is my time, and remember your poor daughter who needs you more than ever.

      But for now, sweetheart, ... rest in peace! I love you!

      And to you dear readers, God bless you!


     This weekend we observe the Fifth Sunday of Easter, after celebrating Easter Weekdays. But more importantly we celebrate the First Saturday of May with the glorious feast of Saint Joseph the Worker after Friday's feast of Pope Saint Pius V. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes, click on DAILY LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.

Friday, April 30, 1999

Saint Pius V, Pope and Religious

Saturday, May 1, 1999


SUNDAY, May 2, 1999

Though it is superseded by the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2nd is the traditional feast of Saint Athanasius:

Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Monday, May 3, 1999



      In honor of the beatification of Padre Pio, we present a special Prayer to obtain the glorification of this humble friar with the Imprimatur by Archbishop Valentino Vailati in Manfredonia in 1971. He was the prelate who on February 16, 1973 consigned the documentation to the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints to obtain the "nihil obstat" for the beginning of the process of Padre Pio's beatification after his death on September 23, 1968. On Sunday, May 2 his canonization grows one step closer.

O Jesus, full of grace and charity, victim for sinners, so impelled by love for us that You willed to die on the cross, I humbly beseech You to glorify in Heaven and on earth the Servant of God, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, who generously participated in Your sufferings, who loved You so much and labored so faithfully for the glory of Your Heavenly Father and for the good of souls. With confidence I beseech You to grant me, through his intercession, the grace of (here place your petition) which I ardently desire. (Then say three Glory Be's).

Events this weekend in Church History

      This weekend we observe the death of a great and holy Sovereign Pontiff Pope Saint Pius V who died on May 1, 1572. He was the Holy Father who enacted the many, many counter-reforms after the Council of Trent. It was he who decreed the Roman Missal and pronounced that the Latin Mass should be said "in perpetuity." For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 30:

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 1:

Historical Events in Church Annals for May 2:

"You must immerse yourself in the ocean of Divine Mercy, for only My Mercy will shield you from the Justice of the Father."

      Those words above come from Our Lord on the Feast of the Visitation on May 31, 1994 in which Jesus imparted a number of things to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #501 and 502 on June 2, 1994. He asks us all to take Him up on His call to immerse ourselves in His Divine Mercy and also to help facilitate the beginning of the congregation of contemplative nuns who will dedicate their lives to calling down Divine Mercy on the world. It would be a year later on May 23, 1995 almost to the date of Our Lord's message here that the Institute of Divine Mercy would finally receive episcopal approved and begin. For Messages 501 and 502, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 501 and 502

Message Five-Hundred-one, May 31, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus)
(Solemnity of the Feast of the Visitation of Mary)

Message Five-Hundred-two, June 2, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus)

The retired Archbishop of Toledo Cardinal Marcelo Gonzalez Martin has always been there for the people of Spain, especially the poor

     We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our fiftieth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Marcelo Gonzalez Martin, Archbishop emeritus of Toledo who received his red-hat from Pope Paul V I in the Consistory of March 5, 1973. For more on Cardinal Gonzalez Martin, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

50.   Cardinal Marcelo Gonzalez Martin

SIMPLY SHEEN: Want not, judge not!

     They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

" The way we judge others is very often the judgment which we pronounce upon ourselves. Whenever you find anyone who is hateful, censorious and bitter against those who lead religious lives, inquire not into his intellectual background; rather investigate his behavior."

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April 30 - May 2, 1999 volume 10, no. 85   DAILY CATHOLIC