DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     January 29-31, 1999     vol. 10, no. 20


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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 seeks to clarify the controversy and misinformation surrounding Audrey Santo who has been under investigation by the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts because of the spiritual phenonena connected to this victim soul in her home. Sister Lucy knows first hand the facts for she personally has visited with little Audrey and her mother and endeavors to explain the truth in her column, THE TRUTH ABOUT LITTLE AUDREY .

         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 never cease to be amazed at how frequently newswriters or TV reporters so often donít get it right. Iíve noticed this all my life in various ways. And it is true again (all too often) with Little Audrey Santo of Worcester, MA.

          For the sake of time and space, I refer you to a previous article I wrote about Little Audrey titled I SAW OUR LADY WEEP. But for brief background purposes, I shall reiterate that at the age of three, Audrey fell into the family swimming pool and nearly drowned. She was revived and brought to the hospital where a Doctor overdosed the child with Phenobarbital, putting her into a coma.

          So many news reporters state (and thereby purporting misinformation) that Audrey (now 14 years old) is still in a coma. That is NOT CORRECT. Audrey came out of the coma induced by the Doctorís mishandling. She came out of the coma a long time ago. Itís just that the overdose did leave Audrey in an AKINETIC-MUTISM state. That means, Audrey cannot move herself (akinetic) and she cannot speak (mutism).

          I want to do my part in setting the record straight because recently Tom Brokaw on his nightly news program referred to Audrey as being in a coma. W-R-O-N-G! Audrey is very aware of what is happening around her. She hears what is said and responds in ways that she can. Please be assured that if you hear from any news station or paper that Audrey is in a coma, that that information is incorrect.

          The media has also given the impression that nothing supernatural is happening at Audreyís house. W-R-O-N-G A-G-A-I-N! The local Bishop, Daniel P. Reilly, did NOT say that. Though the Bishop has not given the matter his local approbation (YET), neither has he condemned it. This is very important to note. Actually, the Chancery Office of Worcester is cooperating with the family regarding the unusual happenings in the Santo home. The Diocese does not consider the events to be a CLOSED issue. In truth, the Bishop wishes to take the matters into a second level. I have checked these matters out personally and know them to be true.

          To site only a few miraculous happenings in the Santo home, there have been four Eucharistic Miracles in Audreyís house. All have bled real human blood not matching the blood type of anyone in the family. Many pictures and statues are exuding oil, some of them are bleeding real blood. Many thousands of people have seen these things with their own eyes, myself included -- many times.

          We live in an age of RATIONALIZATION. If something cannot be reasoned to, it probably isnít true (so the world says). Well, the space between human ears cannot contain the power of God. Manís mind is but a pin speck in the mighty universe of Godís power and might. God can do anything He wants to and no man (or woman) can put God in a box and say what He could or could not do. The faithless media canít handle that.

          All mystical matters take time for Church examinations. But as one who has seen with her own eyes, I can assure you that God is doing powerful things with a young girl who has surrendered herself totally to God.

          I shall write more about Audrey next week.

          God bless you!

January 29-31, 1999       volume 10, no. 20


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