DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     January 8-10, 1999     vol. 10, no. 1


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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 focuses on the New Year - not only the entire 357 some days left but each individual day as she reflects on what a fellow nun conveyed to her and passes it on to us in urging all to begin anew our daily resolutions in her first column for 1999 - HOW 'BOUT A DAILY RESOLUTION!?!.

         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.


          Now we have begun a New Year!

          Someone pointed out to me recently that if you turn 1999 upside down, it reads: 6661. Hmmmmmm!

          On New Yearís Day, as part of my meditation, I read that every New Year is like a blank page. God knows all of the details and everything that will happen to us this year. Everything that will affect us is all within the Providence of God.

          My reading went on to say that at the top of the page, we should write: "Be it done unto me, according to Your Will." And at the bottom of the page, we should write: "Amen, alleluia."

          Not bad advice, Iíd say!

          Maybe youíve made some New Yearís resolutions and maybe you didnít. A survey that was taken indicated that most people donít bother making New Yearís resolutions. Actually, we shouldnít worry so much about making New Yearís resolutions as we should be concerned about making a daily resolution. Thatís part of working continually at our conversion. We all need to, from the greatest sinner to the greatest saint.

          What I mean is that every morning, when we awaken, it would be good for us to pray for the grace to overcome a fault of ours. Perhaps, it is that we tend to be too impatient. Perhaps, we drink too much alcohol. Perhaps, we donít give God even 15 minutes out of the day just for Him. Each of us has a superfluity of faults and so we have quite a selection to choose from.

          None of us should think that we can overcome any of our faults all by ourselves. Not possible, friend! No way, Jose, as it is said!

          We need Godís help and He will give us help, if we ask Him.

          On one of my trips to Venezuela, I stopped at a convent of Sisters founded by Mother Maria of St. Joseph. (Her body is incorrupt, by the way after being buried for 25 years. Even the lilies that were placed in her hands at burial remained incorrupt and appeared as though they had just be picked.) As I was leaving, one of the Sisters approached me. I did not know her, but what she said to me, I knew was the influence of God. She said: "None of us will be saved except by the mercy of God."

          Now that may not seem very much to you, but the reality is that I had been mulling over in my mind for some days about salvation, -- my own, especially, but that of others, as well.

          So for that Sister, out of the clear blue, and without any knowledge of my own "mullings" made a point that hit me astoundingly. She was used by God directly and maybe didnít even know the power of her words to me at the time.

          And thank God for it, because we can count on Him, His love for us, His faithfulness. It's something to think about, think very seriously about each day throughout this year.

          The New Year's celebrations are over, but God has given us every day to celebrate His goodness and graces. So have a holy, happy, grace-filled New Year...each and every day. And let us, each day, begin anew!

          God bless you!

January 8-10, 1999       volume 10, no. 5


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