DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     September 11-13, 1998     vol. 9, no. 178

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 brings to light the need to pray for Bill Clinton's conversion and that, like people of Old Testament times, when the mighty fall they are humbled and through that humility can great things come. She studies whether this can happen to our president in her column PRAY HARD FOR OUR PRESIDENT.

         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.


LET’S PRAY HARD FOR OUR PRESIDENT

          Today is Thursday, September 10, 1998. As of this moment, Ken Starr’s report has been delivered to Congress and is waiting to be studied by all those responsible for doing so. According to the news, Ken Starr’s recommendation that went along with this report is that President Clinton be impeached.

          According to yesterday’s news, President Clinton intends to continue to fight this matter. He does not want to let go of the Presidency; he does not want to let go of his power.

          We can say truthfully, that Clinton should have weighed all of this sometime ago. What is it about his way of thinking, that influences him to be immoral for years? (Remember Gennifer Flowers? He did finally admit to having an affair with her! And not just once either, but rather, according to Gennifer, over a period of 12 years.) His immorality is not in sexual matters only. It is also immoral to lie, to obstruct justice.

          Is our country finally coming to see his character as it really is? Is Congress really going to conduct the proceedings based on the “Rule of Law?” Are Democrats really afraid they may not be re-elected to office because of Clinton’s bad behavior? Does our country have a moral conscience after all and is willing to act on it?

          I am getting stronger vibes every day that the answer to all of the above questions is: “YES!”

          I don’t mean we are a perfect nation, but I am getting the impression that most people (according to what I read on internet posts) think Clinton’s behavior has been abominable and that he should resign or be impeached.

          Could this be part of the “turning point” of our country wanting a “MORAL” President again? I certainly hope so.

          As I’ve observed Clinton on the news the last few days, I conclude a few things. At present, he is desperate. He’s depressed. He’s afraid. He’s shocked. He has expressed sorrow a bit more believably, but frankly, I feel there’s a lot missing in his expressions.

          What am I really saying? Our President really needs God. He really needs a moral conscience. He needs a tremendous about of humility so that he removes himself from the center of his life and puts God there. He needs a deep, deep, deep religious conversion.

          We need to pray hard for Clinton. Our Lady of Medjugorje said that his conversion is possible. Maybe he needs to be brought way low in order for him to come to realize that God does exist and that He gave us the Ten Commandments because He knows that when we stray from them, we cannot be happy.

          I learned in my novitiate that through humiliations, we can become humble. Jesus shed every drop of His blood for Clinton, too. I don’t like our President. Never did! But I do want his soul to be saved because God does.

          Let’s pray hard for him that he cooperates with the graces he will be offered by God during these next many months. While there’s life, there’s hope!

          God is ever Faithful. May He bless you!


September 11-13, 1998       volume 9, no. 178
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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