DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     June 25-27, 1999     vol. 10, no. 123


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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 celebrates the 18th anniversary of the apparitions at Medjugorje and asks why we can't get with the program and understand that all Our Lady has conveyed from her special Oasis of Peace comes straight from the Blessed Trinity. She reinforces the good fruit of Medjugorje and how the finite mind cannot fathom why God would allow His Mother to appear there for eighteen straight years. The answer is simple. Man is thick-headed and time is running short, very, very short. Our Lady's messages are mankind's last hope before satan would devour a humanity that would rather embrace the world, the flesh and the devil instead of the rewards and riches of Heavenly bliss as Mary foretells in her messages from Medjugorje - a special spiritual phenomena that has produced a plethora of good fruits worldwide.

      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.


          June 25, 1999 marks the 18th Anniversary of Our Blessed Mother’s daily appearances in Medjugorje.

          Imagine! Our Heavenly Mother has been coming every day for the last 18 years to call us, her children, to greater prayer and to conversion. On occasion I meet someone who discounts Our Lady’s appearances there. They cannot believe that Heaven would send her every day for so long a time.

          My answer to that is: “Why not???” Who of us can fathom God or His Works? Who of us can fathom God’s love? Who can fathom a love that is so profound that it would seek relentlessly the saving of those who are on the verge of being lost? What mother, that is a good mother, could stand by doing nothing when she sees a child (or children) in great danger?

          St. Monica prayed constantly and every day for 20 years for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine. Who could justifiably find fault with God for sending Our Lady every day even for 100 years, if that is what it would take?

          Those who say God would not send Our Lady for so long a time, in my opinion, are guilty of great pride. Their judgment confines God, as if they could put Him in a box. God doesn’t behave according to what humans think, but how He would think, He Who is the All-Knowing and All-Good God, Infinitely perfect, Who cannot act contrary to His Love.

          If we were to compare the size of a pencil point to the size of the universe, we would say there could hardly be a comparison. Yet the human mind is like a “pencil point” compared to God’s Intelligence. The human mind is hardly comparable to the Intelligence of God and anyone who thinks they know how God SHOULD behave should be reminded that God’s Intelligence and love is infinitely greater than their own.

          In Scripture God tells us that His Ways are not our ways, nor are His Thoughts, our thoughts. We can take that literally.

          Most people (including priests) are hardly educated in the area of Mystical Theology, a true branch of Theology. Yet so many make judgments as though they were experts in the field.

          How many of us (untrained personages) would presume to tell a brain surgeon how to perform an operation? In like manner, should all of us be careful to presume to condemn Medjugorje based on limited knowledge and training.

          “You shall know a tree by its fruits,” Jesus said. Unless people take an HONEST look at the fruits of Medjugorje and see the thousands of conversions (not possible for satan who would thereby be working against himself), the hundreds of prayer groups and Eucharistic adorations ... all because of their experiences in Medjugorje, could they be in a position to judge wisely.

          Thank you, dear Blessed Mother, for coming for so long to us in that humble village. Please don’t give up on us. It is now evening time. It is getting late. And we need you more than ever.

          And God bless you, dear reader.

June 25-27, 1999       volume 10, no. 123


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