DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     August 6-8, 1999     vol. 10, no. 147


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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.

      Today Sister brings us a gem called An Interview with God. It's not an actual interview, but the brilliant idea of an anonymous writer who was, no doubt, inspired. The inspirational brief interview points out that we're trying too hard at times by putting the cart before the horse and pushing against the grain whereas the answer is simple for all we need do is ask as God asks of us since he is the ultimate "Answer Man."

      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.


        I came across the following recently and thought it to be too good not to share it with the world. I do not know the author else I would give him/her credit. Hope you find it thought provoking as I did.
      I dreamed I had an interview with God.

          "Come in," God said. "So, you would like to interview Me?"

          "If you have the time," I said.

          God smiled and said: "My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; what questions do you have in mind to ask Me?"

          "What surprises You most about mankind?"

          God answered: "That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future. That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived..."

          God's hands took mine and we were silent for while and then I asked...

          "As a parent, what are some of life's lessons You want Your children to learn?"

          God replied with a smile: "To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they can do is to let themselves be loved. To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives. To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis! To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least. To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them. To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness. To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings. To learn that money can buy everything but happiness. To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally different. To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them... and likes them anyway. To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves."

          I sat there for awhile enjoying the moment. I thanked Him for His time and for all that He has done for me and my family.

          He replied affectionately, "Anytime. I'm here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for Me, and I'll answer."

        Think about it. God bless you!

August 6-8, 1999       volume 10, no. 147


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