DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     June 18-20, 1999     vol. 10, no. 118

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.

      Today Sister honors God the Father with Father's Day this Sunday for, after all, He is the Father of Fathers and it is to Him Whom we should wish a Happy Father's Day first as Sister does in her column this week entitled Dear God, Happy Father's Day!

      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.

DEAR GOD, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

          This coming Sunday is Father’s Day! HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the Dad’s out there! Hope you are treated with great love and appreciation!

          My dad died in 1981 so I don’t have an “earthly” father to celebrate with anymore. But I do remember him constantly with great love and appreciation. My dad brought me into this world ... literally. I was born in April of 1940 and in those days, doctors used to come to homes to deliver babies. Though I was not premature, the doctor did not get there in time, and my dad delivered me. That was April Fool’s Day, and I’ve always said that when I was born, I fooled my dad.

          I always felt very loved by my father. I am very aware that many people don’t have a happy recollection of their Dads. That must be quite painful, for a father’s love, presence and attention helps bring great security to a child as he or she grows.

          This is the Year dedicated to God the Father. It would be most appropriate to remember Our Eternal Father with special love and attention this weekend. I think God, the Father, is the “forgotten” Person of the Trinity. Yes, we do mention Him when we make the Sign of the Cross, pray the Doxology and end many prayers, i.e., “we ask you this, Father, in the Name of Your Son, Jesus,...”

          But I must be honest. When I pray, I usually pray directly to Jesus, to the Holy Spirit, Our Blessed Mother, and frequently, St. Anne. It isn’t that I don’t love God, the Father, I just don’t pray to Him directly as much as I should, I think.

          I am well aware that we cannot separate the Persons of the Trinity. To honor the Holy Spirit and Jesus is certainly to honor God, the Father.

          A few years ago, I was struck with the realization that there is no church (that I know of) that is named after God, the Father. Have you ever heard of a church or chapel named something like “The Church of God the Father” or “The Church of the Eternal Father.” I think this needs to be changed. As a matter of fact, I announce right now, that if I am ever to be responsible for the dedication of any convent chapel, I can assure you, it will be dedicated to the Glory of the Eternal Father.

          This weekend, let’s constantly praise the Eternal Father, remember Him specially, call on Him lovingly. He is Our Father. Spiritual things are more real than material things. So God, the Father, is more Our Father than our earthly fathers are. He would appreciate it very much if we came to know and love Him better in this life. After all, if we can make it to our ultimate goal - Heaven, we shall be spending eternity with Him, the most loving of all Fathers.

          HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, DEAR GOD, THE FATHER! I wish Your children did not offend You so much ... or at all. Bring us back to being children with whom You are pleased. Help us to know You better so that You will not be a stranger to us when we enter into Your Kingdom. Amen.

          God bless you!

June 18-20, 1999       volume 10, no. 118
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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