DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     April 30 - May 2, 1999     vol. 10, no. 85


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    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.

          Today Sister briefly 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 God called Mama part two.

          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 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!

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


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