DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     November 12-14, 1999     vol. 10, no. 215

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.

    This weekend Sister continues the story from a dear friend who experienced conversion through God's providence and His Blessed Mother's secret weapon - the Rosary. It all began in Medjugorje after her dear friend Kathy, like so many other millions, had read about the "Miracle of Medjugorje" from Wayne Weible and heard the call of Our Lady to come to her special Oasis of Peace in then Yugoslavia back in 1988. Sister writes from Kathy's point of view in sharing how Kathy's heart was moved, even though she did not fully understand, to pray with the heart for that is truly the crux in getting to the heart of the matter as Sister Lucy shows in the third of a multiple part entitled simply Kathy's Rosary Story part three.

    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.

KATHY'S ROSARY STORY - part three

        I continue Kathy's story. She wanted me to tell you that if you would like to have a copy of her unedited story, you can e-mail her at KHestekin@aol.com. Her story is not to be reproduced for profit, however.

          On another day in Medjugorje we listened to the visionaries tell of their experiences and of Our Lady's requests for prayer, penance, fasting, reconciliation and peace. One to whom we listened was Vicka. After the question and answering period was over, everyone slowly dispersed. I was standing out of the way, just pondering everything. Suddenly I found myself looking at Vicka and she was looking back at me. She smiled and waved. She had the most peaceful and beautiful smile I had ever seen. I waved back. I often think of that moment and wonder if Our Lady was telling Vicka about me, like - this one needs a lot of help - Maybe one day I will know.

          Over the trip was very difficult for me, as it began to stir up many emotions, feelings, and guilt. Where was I going, or being led? What was I going to do? How was my family going to handle all of this? Where will I go to church?

          My family all but alienated me. Even my eighteen year old son thought his mother had become a "looney tune."

          I purchased several Rosaries while in Medjugorje. I purchased them for family and friends. Several I kept to put on crucifixes in my home. A few I put away. I kept praying the Rosary and my conversion continued.

          The first Rosary I had received from my friend eventually broke. It became necessary for me to use another Rosary and I had wished secretly in my heart that this Rosary would also turn gold. After a while, I began to notice some gold tone glimmer on certain areas of it. I was so excited and thankful. But then something different occurred. Parts of the Rosary turned pinkish in color and then became red, a deep blood red. I had no idea why, and am still not very clear to this day. But the red reminds me of two things, suffering and love.

          This Rosary I wrapped around the hands of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima which I have. I proceeded to take out a blessed crystal Rosary I had brought back from Medjugorje. I was hoping that this Rosary, too, would turn gold. Shortly afterward, it did. I was humbled. I thanked Our Lady in prayer. I have a habit of talking to myself a lot. I also talk out loud to God, Jesus, the saints and angels.

          I talk to them about my problems, my happy times, my sorrowful times, everything. I ask for help and pray for others.

          But I was to part with this Rosary eventually. I had attended a Marian Conference in Omaha. A young lady who sings the rosary was getting ready to go on stage when she realized she was without her own Rosary. I lent her mine. It was the last I saw of it. I know I could have located her and asked for my Rosary back, but I also know that God uses simple things to bring His children closer to Him. I decided to let go of that Rosary. I didn't want to be attached to any "thing."

        More of Kathy's story next week. Until then, God bless you!

November 12-14, 1999       volume 10, no. 215
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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