DAILY CATHOLIC   CHRISTMAS-NEW YEAR'S ISSUE   December 24, 1999 - January 2, 2000   vol. 10, no. 245

SISTER MARY LUCY ASTUTO'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

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YES 2 THE KING

        That is what I read in a Christmas message a few days ago. It was a delightful re-interpretation of Y2K. I like it. Frankly, it is better to think of Y2K as "YES 2 THE KING" than to live in fear and trepidation of what the turn of the century may bring.

        I certainly am not one to think that there may not be some computer glitches that may affect thousands of people somewhere somehow in uncomfortable ways. Human beings, what they are, are bound to err somewhere in the world. However, I don't believe it will be the end of the world.

        The best preparedness that we can have is a spiritual one. To go to confession, to make sure that we are in the state of grace, to pray more, to receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to love and honor others as Jesus would want us to do! These things are far more important than food and water.

        Certainly, one would be wise to make some material preparations. Store extra water, food, blankets, etc. But note that I said "reasonable." A Christian should avoid all anxiety and nervousness about the future. Why? Simply because Our Lord said: "Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof." "Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself." "Look at the birds of the air. They neither toil nor spin and yet the Father feeds them."

        St. Paul once wrote: "Virtue lies along the middle road." Either extreme is to be avoided.

        And so, dear reader. I thank you for reading my articles on this excellent web site which is faithful to God and the Church. I wish you every grace and blessing during this Christmas Season and New Year. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men of good will."

        I pray you will enjoy the beauty, the real beauty of Christmas which is the birthday of Jesus. Christmas Peace comes from union with God and love for God.

        There is a great deal of deception and hate in our world. People hold grudges for many, many years. They break the 10 Commandments, as if they never existed.

        Peace is having a right relationship with God and with one another, as far as we are able.

        May your Christmas be the holiest, the happiest you have ever had. And may the baby Jesus cuddle and coo in your heart and fill you with His love.

        God bless you!

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto


December 24, 1999 - January 2, 2000      volume 10, no. 245
Christmas Message

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