DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     January 15-17, 1999     vol. 10, no. 10

GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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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. In this issue, she warns all not to be fooled by the righteous rhetoric of politicians or the doom and gloom that could ensue if the president is removed for there are many safeguards in place so that the country would not miss a beat if such a thing as impeachment took place. She warns that the doom and gloom could visit us sooner if he is not removed because the lack of responsibility for God's laws can be the downfall of entire nations. See why Sr. Lucy says a "fish stinks from the head" in her column for 1999 - THE LOSS OF A PRESIDENT.

         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. Check out her site today in our special SITE OF THE DAY.


THE LOSS OF A PRESIDENT

          President Clinton has been impeached and presently the trial is going on in the Senate which may acquit or convict the President of lying under oath and obstructing justice.

          There is a huge effort on the part of many people to convey an idea that it would be bad for our country if Clinton is removed. According to the way they talk, it would seem that our country just couldnít survive the removal of this President.

          It couldnít? It is a fact that there have been several Presidents in the course of our countryís history that died while in office. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Kennedy to name a few. Did our country collapse over their losses? Was our country paralyzed for their absences? Was the government overthrown? Did the economy experience a downfall which was insurmountable? Did everyone in the country grieve so badly that workplaces could not go on for months, weeks, or even days?

          Were our founding fathers so ignorant that they were unable to foresee a possible assassination, natural death or debilitating illness of a President that they did not make provisions in the Constitution for such? Indeed, our founding fathers DID make provisions for the deaths of Presidents and for the REMOVAL of Presidents. Our country CAN survive without Clinton. Our founding fathers have pre-arranged it.

          Many other people claim that Mr. Clinton should be left alone because the economy is good right now. Since when did the economy of our country ever depend on ONE PERSON? That is a contention that is ludicrous! Furthermore, IF the economy DID depend on one person, my vote would rest upon Alan Greenspan as the ONE person.

          What is it about President Clinton that so many people are adamant about his staying in office? Is it really Clinton as a person? Or is it what he stands for, his philosophies, his abortion views, his liberal approaches to things?

          Oh, I know Mr. Clinton has a certain charisma. He is a POLITICIAN par excellence. He has proven that he can look his countrymen in the eye and lie to them. (That requires practice, in my opinion.) Clinton exudes a certain indefinable power that makes people follow and support him. The question is, however, does he have Godís blessings on his actions. If MONEY is the only and first-most criterion for judging the nationís leaders, the nation has not too far to go to become thoroughly and totally paganistic.

          Our founding fathers were God-fearing people. Not perfect, but nevertheless, believers in right and wrong, eternal reward or punishment. They wanted this country to be one nation UNDER GOD not under the Almighty DOLLAR.

          I contend that if Mr. Clinton can lie under oath (for whatever reason) and get by with it, then all people in prison for perjury should be let loose. NO MAN should be above the law or below it. Let us pray that the "Rule of Law" survives the Presidentís trial. We must pray for this else corruption has taken hold in the highest office in our land.

          The Italians have a saying: "The fish smells from the head." We should say, "Create in us a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within us." If we don't pray we'll all wind up in the pot - as fish soup!

          God bless you!


January 15-17, 1999       volume 10, no. 10
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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