DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     June 11-13, 1999     vol. 10, no. 113


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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 looks closely at the announcement of Peace yesterday and expresses skepticism, both because of what Jesus and His Blessed Mother have conveyed, as well as the mistrust of various officials most specifically Slobodan Milosevic who Sister admits not trusting as far as he can be thrown and that's not very far. She points out that the only real answer to lasting peace can come through only one process: Prayer as she explains in her column today, IS THE PEACE FOR REAL?

      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.


          The news has just reported that the Serb troops are pulling out of Kosovo and that the head of NATO has ordered General Clark to stop bombing. I am very happy about this, but is the peace for real?

          I hope and pray it is, but as Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said: ďYou cannot trust a Communist!Ē Milosevic is a Communist, as was his father and mother.

          I do not know what the future holds. Perhaps it is my natural inclination not to trust Milosevic, but I canít help but wonder if some semblance of troop withdrawal is set up, but other troops remain to wreak havoc with NATO troops who will be moving in. I wonder if Milosevic would thereby bring about the shootings and death of NATO troops. I just simply donít trust Milosevic. It seems he is a man with no conscience. Lives of innocent people mean nothing to him.

          One thing we can count on for sure is that prayer is the real solution for the lack of peace in Kosovo or anywhere else in the world. The diabolic is so loose and so in control that God Alone can break its bonds. God Alone can overcome the evil present in our world today. And what ďmovesĒ God to intervene? Prayer! Prayer opens the floodgates of Heaven so that graces may flow.

          I remember as a little girl begging my dad for a nickel to buy an ice cream cone. We were poor and my father, who was a shoemaker, struggled for every penny to raise his five children. It wasnít that he didnít want to make me happy. I usually wound up getting the ice cream. But Iím glad things didnít come so easy for us as children. We grew up to appreciate anything we would get. My point is that I probably would not have gotten an ice cream cone at all, if I had not asked, even over and over.

          So it is with God. He can give us anything we want or need, but He often waits until we ask for it. Thatís why prayer is so important. In prayer we ask God to give us peace. God can do it without our asking, but He wants us to ask. He is the Eternal Father. He loves to give to His children who ask. It makes Him feel more like a Father to grant our requests.

          So while we rejoice at knowing the Serb troops are leaving Kosovo and at the present the bombing has stopped, let us not rest on our laurels. This may not be over yet, folks. And real peace comes only by much prayer.

          Let us pray harder, more and more. Real peace depends on it.

          God bless you!

June 11-13, 1999       volume 10, no. 113


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