DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     June 19-21, 1998     vol. 9, no. 119


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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 Father's Day Sunday, she reminisces about God the Father and His importance in our lives and how we neglect Him in so many ways as she gets to the heart of the matter with her column ETERNAL FATHER... HAPPY FATHERíS DAY! for everything we have and are flows from the Eternal Father.

         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.


          This Sunday we celebrate Fatherís Day. I cannot think of "Fatherís" Day without thinking of our Heavenly Father. I donít think of Him enough. I mean, I DO think of Him and pray to God, the Father, but I am more often praying to Jesus, to Our Lady, and most especially of late to Jesusís Grandmother, St. Ann. I have a recently acquired great devotion to St. Ann, but that story is for another article for another time.

          Several years ago, it came to my attention that I did not know of any Catholic Church or Chapel that is dedicated to the Eternal Father. Do you? I do not know of any Catholic Church that is named something like: THE CHURCH OF THE ETERNAL FATHER... or THE CHURCH OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER... or THE CHURCH OF GOD, THE FATHER... for example.

          In a parish where I was working once, the Pastor was in the process of developing part of what was the sacristy into a side chapel. I mentioned to Him that I did not know of any Church or Chapel (at that time) that was dedicated to the "Glory of the Eternal Father." It was worth mentioning, because when the Pastor had the chapel dedicated, he also had a plaque placed on the Chapel door which read:

      "This chapel is dedicated to the Glory of the Eternal Father."

          Everytime I see that plaque now, I think to myself: "Well, if Iíve done any good in my life, perhaps that dedication will go "before" me as an eternal blessing.

          If I am ever in a position as a Religious Superior of a newly established convent and chapel, guess what? The Chapel will be dedicated TO THE GLORY OF THE ETERNAL FATHER. And a plaque will be placed on the Chapel door so indicating.

          God, our Father, the first Person of the Blessed Trinity, is deserving of Churches, Chapels, and Shrines being named after Him and being dedicated to Him.

          Perhaps too many Catholics think of God, the Father, as God Who exacts justice. It is true that God is All-Just, but He is also a most loving and tender Father Who has literally loved us into existence. Without Him, we would not even BE.

          Frankly, I want to be in the ďarmsĒ of my Heavenly Father always. I want to be a child in His arms. I want Him to take care of me, to hold me tight and make me feel safe. I want Him to know that I acknowledge that I am completely dependent on Him for EVERYTHING.

          This Sunday I am going to give SPECIAL attention to God, my Heavenly Father. I am going to wish Him a "Happy Fatherís Day!" and thank Him all day long for being my Father. I shall also beg Him for the salvation of all of His children. (What good Father wouldnít want ALL of His children close to Him?)

          Join me? And for all of the earthly Fathers out there, who wouldnít be "Dads" unless God, the Father brought them into existence, I wish you a Happy Day, as well!

          God bless!

June 19-21, 1998       volume 9, no. 119


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