“The moment we begin resenting a person, we become his slave. He controls our dreams, absorbs our digestion, robs us of our peace of mind and good will and takes away the pleasure of our work. He ruins our religion and nullifies our prayers. We cannot take a vacation without his going along.”
“He destroys our freedom of mind and hounds us where ever we go. There is no way to escape the person we resent. He is with us when we are awake. He invades our privacy when we sleep. He is close besides us when we eat, when we drive our car, when we are on the job.”
“We can never have efficiency or happiness. He influences even the tone of our voice. He requires us to take medicine for indigestion, headaches and loss of energy. He even steals our last moment of consciousness before we go to sleep.”
“So, if we want to be a slave, harbor our RESENTMENTS.”
I found the above, some years ago in a newsletter – anonymously written. Someone might say, “It’s just too difficult to not think of this person. His/her treatment of me just goes against all rules of justice and fairness. Everything written above is true about my constant thinking of this person and his way of dealing with me. I feel helpless about this whole matter.”
As one with 95 years of living behind me, I, Father McKenna, can give an answer to the person speaking the words above. This is a sure fire cure . . . “Pray day and night for the person you resent . . . Call down God’s blessings on his life . . . Lord, give him good health, joy, peace, love, happiness . . . give success to his life. Refuse to speak of his faults to others, become his cheerleader.” Peace will come!
Fr. George Mc Kenna
In the splendid D’Orsai Museum, in Paris France, one of the top ten ranked Museums in the world, hangs an unusual painting of Christ. In a rectangular frame, the painting measures seven feet in length and two feet in width and rests on the wall at eye level. The Lord lies stretched out on a table, all washed and clean, about to be placed in His tomb. What a striking piece of work! As I stood only a foot away from the masterpiece, I could clearly see the muscles and the bluish veins in the legs and arms, along with the perfection of the artist’s work in His Face and other parts of His Body. How truly human Jesus was!
In my visits, I always stood off to the side and wondered how many people would stop and admire this Image of the Lord. Never did anyone come, at least in my time. People were rushing by in search of beauty and inspiration, and were passing by the Source of all happiness. I thought this experience made a good parable of life. In our modern day world, peoples of all ages have grown indifferent to Christ, the Lord of Lords and the King of the Universe. We can all fall prey to this blindness of heart.
From my own life, I can give you an illustration of this blindness. Years ago, friends gave me a gift of a wrist watch, an unusual one, because the face of the watch showed an appealing Image of the Lord looking out at me, with His arms outstretched. For some weeks, I was enthralled with my new possession, frequently through the day, gazing at this Holy Image and enjoying the consolation of His Presence. Suddenly, after a few months, the sad realization came to me that I was taking the Face of Christ for granted. Yes, I looked at the watch for the time, but passed over the Person on its face. These days, I am putting fresh fuel on my fire of love towards This Friend!
In years past, the news of Weeping Virgins, even here in Chicago, had caught our attention. If true, Mary weeps because people have forgotten the love and devotion due Her Son. Does she weep over my way or your way of indifference towards the Messiah, her Child of Bethlehem?
Marriage experts all agree on a deadly disease that threatens every married couple, a terrible malaise of spirit in which one or both spouses start taking each other for granted. The little marks of respect and consideration which keep love alive and flourishing disappear from married life. After a while, only a shell of the once delightful relationship remains. Breakup ahead! Our relationship with Jesus of Nazareth follows the same rules. Unless we offer daily our love, our hopes and our sacrifices to stay holy, to Christ, we can lose that closeness we once enjoyed.
Fr. George Mc Kenna