DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     July 24-26, 1998     vol. 9, no. 144

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. In this issue, she reminds us of the brainwashing going on by our media and how the evil one infiltrates our homes and how we are so vulnerable to his clever ways. She explains this in her column SATAN IS ENTERING YOUR HOME.

         Her column, along with columns by Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. and Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv., provide 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.


SATAN IS ENTERING YOUR HOME

          It is true, dear reader. Canonized saints predicted this a long time ago. Satan is entering your home daily and minute by minute, hour by hour, if you have youíre watching television.

          Even the news media, CNN - all of the news networks are conveying immoral values that are so subtle, so smooth, so unobtrusive that the human mind is absorbing evil as though it was good.

          Last week CNN had some programs on about lying. The jist was that EVERYBODY LIES! SO WHAT! WHATíS THE BIG DEAL! Maybe the purpose of the programs was intended to excuse the President of the United States for lying, if that is what he is doing!

          Oh, dear! Oh, my, my, my! Do you see whatís happening? Satan has such control over the media that heís succeeding in getting people to think that lying is all right. Do you remember that satan has been called the "father of lies?" Satan never makes a bad thing look bad. He always makes a bad thing look GOOD. Thatís why humans fall for his stories - his LIES. This has been true since the day of Adam and Eve.

          God has made it clear that lying is NOT all right. The Eighth Commandment is: YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR.

          Every day, more and more I am feeling sorry for God. Often, anymore, I am saying: "Poor God, poor God!" Instead of getting smarter, our generation is becoming more and more confused, in a state of darkened mind. Evil is seen as OK and what God COMMANDS us is considered taboo. The truth is that Godís Commandments are never out of date because human nature has never changed. Culture may change. The circumstances of our lives may change, but human nature has never changed. And for those who think it has, I question: "To what other NATURE has it changed to? Are we not still human? To what other creature did we become?"

          Every day, more and more I understand why Our Lady of LaSalette sat on a rock and cried. Frankly, Iíd like to sit beside her and cry also. Our poor Mother! She foresaw this day. She is weeping over the loss of her children.

          Dear reader, please do not be among those who are deceived. GOD DOES EXIST. Acting contrary to Godís Commandments is sinful. Our whole world is headed for great punishment, if we do not turn from sin and keep Godís Commandments.

          Please do not let CNN or Hollywood set your value system. God has already done that. No one who works at CNN or Hollywood or anywhere else is smarter than God.

          I can assure you of something else. Unless you pray and pray from your hearts, you will NOT be able to discern the subtle evil of today. You will NOT have the courage to avoid it. You WILL gravely RISK the loss of your soul.

          There are some television programs that can feed your soul and are educational. But most of what is on TV, is very subtlely profane and corrupt.

          Pray, pray, pray lest you enter into temptation. Your salvation depends on it.

          God bless you!


July 24-26, 1998       volume 9, no. 144
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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