DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     October 2-4, 1998     vol. 9, no. 193


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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 brings the reader yet another true story of an account with an angel in honor of the Feast of the Guardian Angels as we see in her column ANOTHER TRUE ANGEL STORY TO DELIGHT YOU .

         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 have a dear friend. She’s not given to hallucinations or exaggerations. She relayed a story to me recently that’s worth sharing with the world.

          Last October 29 (1997), Omaha, experienced a severe ice storm which broke many thousands of tree limbs (the leaves were still on the trees) and broke power lines leaving about 200,000 people without power, some for over three weeks.

          My friend, Karen, woke up that morning to her mother’s call. “Have you looked outside?” her mother asked.

          “No!” Karen replied.

          And when she did, she was unbelievably shocked. Tree limbs amassed all over her yard and driveway. As Karen works taking 911 calls, she knew she had to clear the driveway before going to work the next day. Bundling up, she grabbed a hand saw and proceeded outside to saw the limbs. After a half-hour of work, she came inside, feeling the sheer impossibility of clearing a driveway with a hand saw. But the work had to be done and like a real trooper, she went back outside to try again.

          Another half hour passed. She felt completely overcome with the impossibility of the task. Plodding back inside she exclaimed to her mother, “Mom, we need to pray for an angel with a chain saw!”

          Immediately the phone rang. Karen told her friend that she needed to pray and for what she needed to pray -- an ANGEL WITH A CHAIN SAW.

          Karen no sooner hung up when she heard the BURRING of a chain saw outside. Peering out the window, she saw a man with a chain saw cutting tree limbs in her yard. She did not recognize him at all, even as a neighbor!

          Going outside, she asked him if he would mind cutting the limbs in the driveway. With a wonderfully nice smile, he agreed. And while the man cut, Karen carried the pieces and threw them in the yard.

          At one point the man cheerily exclaimed: “There’s nothing like family fun!” After the driveway was cleared, the man proceeded to cut the broken tree limbs that were still hanging from the tree. Finally, all was completed.

          Karen, said to him: “Thank you very much. You’re an angel in disguise!” The man replied with a smile: “No, just an ANGEL WITH A CHAIN SAW!”

          With that, Karen turned her head to answer the call of a neighbor. When she looked back, the man was nowhere to be seen. He had disappeared.

          Thank you, God, for giving us angels to help us! October is dedicated, first of all, to Our Lady, but also to our guardian angels. Let’s give both special attention during this month. God bless you and may the angels continue to take care of you!

October 2-4, 1998       volume 9, no. 193


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