DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     July 23-25, 1999     vol. 10, no. 137


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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, with tongue in cheek, reminisces about her high school days and tweaks our reality check not to complain too much about the hot weather during the summer for, in truth, we don't have a clue what "hot" really is and we doubt anyone would want to find out for Sister is referring to the scorching fires of hell where there is never relief. By submitting to the Will of God we have a built-in air-conditioner that kicks in and refreshes us with graces as Sister reminds us in her column Hot enough for ya??

      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 don’t know where you live, but this has been a very hot and dry July here in Nebraska. Electric bills are going to be “going through the roof,” and there are those who will find paying the bills a bit of a challenge.

        Our Lady of Medjugorje once said: “Everything you have is a gift from God.” I think of that often as I drive “my” little 5 year-old Nissan Sentra around. It’s very reliable, rides well for a small car, and of course, as Our Lady said ... is a gift from God.

        I thank God for the window air conditioning unit. But I’ve always preferred heat to cold ... guess it’s because I’m of Mediterranean descent. I just don’t like the winter cold.

        Everytime it gets very hot outside, I think of Sr. Mary Daniel, RSM. She was my English teacher when I was in high school. Old St. Mary’s High in Omaha was several stories high. On windy days the Sisters who slept on the top floors could feel the building sway. But, of course, in those days there was no air conditioning. So when it was hot outside, we were hotter yet in the classrooms.

        We girls tried to be ingenious. We made fans out of our notebook paper to fan ourselves. Imagine what it was like to be a teacher in front of 30 girls all fanning themselves with white notebook paper. If we all could have been in unison, it might not have been so bad, but for dear Sr. Mary Daniel, it was bothersome, annoying, and unappreciated.

        What she told us to make us stop, I shall never forget. She said: “Now girls, stop fanning yourselves. If you were dead, you’d be hotter yet.”

        Of course, we stopped the fanning, grinned a bit, and considered the fact that she well could have been correct. Hopefully purgatory, not the other place!

        Sr. Mary Daniel died not too long ago. She had to be close to 90. To the end she maintained her Irish love for her red hair which she helped along with a bit of dye.

        So hot weather is a good time to consider what spending eternity would be like in the “flames” of hell. There’s no air conditioning there. There’s no notebook paper to fan oneself. And very likely there is no Sr. Mary Daniel to tell souls not to fan themselves. Wouldn’t do any good anyhow! The fanning might just “fan” the flames.

        So as we experience the air conditioning and thank God for it as a gift, let’s pray for ourselves and all others that we not suffer the eternal flames of hell and even escape stopping off at purgatory. It is possible with the grace of God.

        Stay cool! God bless you!

July 23-25, 1999       volume 10, no. 137


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