DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     July 3-5, 1998     vol. 9, no. 129

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, in honor of the Fourth of July weekend, she reminds us that while we may claim our independence, the only way to be truly independent is to be dependent - dependent on God as she explains in her column I AM DEPENDENT ON INDEPENDENCE DAY .

         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.


I AM DEPENDENT ON INDEPENDENCE DAY!

          Ah! July 4th! Time to celebrate! It marks the Anniversary of our Declaration of Independence way back in 1776.

          I like to celebrate. I donít care for the loud firecrackers, however, right outside the door, but I like to watch the beautiful fireworks display that always takes place at Rosenblatt Stadium here in Omaha, which is less than a mile from where I live. If I climb to the second floor, I can see the display ...free! They are beautiful and seem to get better every year.

          As I ponder why we celebrate our "Independence," I canít help but to think that I (we) are really very DEPENDENT. There are people, Iím sure, that walk around feeling pretty good about themselves and thinking so highly of themselves like they donít need anybody to help them in life. They can take care of their own problems! Well, what I think about that is: Just wait till life knocks you around a bit, just wait until some years pass by as life knocks you around. Itís called "maturing" or growing "wiser."

          With time one will soon enough learn how utterly we are not in "control" of everything in our lives.

          I donít think I have ever been more dependent in my life than what I am right now. I mean I feel so utterly, completely dependent. Not on human beings, but on God. I really feel like I cannot do anything unless God enables me. At this time in my life, I must pray for the strength, the ability, the grace to do many things, even writing this article (which I always ask the Holy Spirit to help me with anyhow).

          I sometimes wonder if God is permitting me to "feel" this way in order to somehow make reparation for the pride of others - the pride that says: "I donít need God or His Laws! I can handle my own life."

          If that is the purpose why God is permitting me to experience my utter inabilities, itís OK. Psychology may try to explain my situation in some crazy way, but I prefer to look for a spiritual explanation. Psychology is so human-centered today, anyhow, that too often it leaves God totally out of the picture. A very dangerous state, if one is looking for TRUTH.

          I think my feeling totally dependent on God is a grace! I thank God for it.

          So while people celebrate Independence Day, I am going to celebrate DEPENDENCE DAY - dependence on God because only He can supply my needs anyhow -- from the deepest to the most superficial ones.

          A child is dependent. Iíd like to be a child in the arms of my Heavenly Father. I want to go to Him for everything. Thereís room for you here! Our Fatherís arms can hold all of His children. Reach up for Him. Heíll pick you up and you could never be in a better place.

          Happy Independence and Dependence Day! Be safe! In the arms of our Father!

          God bless you!


July 3-5, 1998       volume 9, no. 129
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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