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A Heart Transplant

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In early June, 1999, Father Donald Senior, a renowned Scripture scholar, spoke to some 600 of us Chicago Priests on the subject: Jesus of Nazareth.  A story he told us has remained with me through the last 18 years.  Stories are valuable vehicles for touching the hearts of listeners and leaving a life changing truth.

Listen to the story he related to us.  A man was waiting for a heart transplant.  During this time, his daughter was killed in an auto accident.  The doctors offered the father his daughter’s heart and, at first, he refused.  But then he said, “What would my daughter want?”  So, he accepted his daughter’s heart.  Afterwards, he kept saying, “I’ll never be the same.  Within me beats a heart that has always loved me!”  An unusual story.

When we receive Christ in the Eucharist, a temporary heart transplant takes place for 15 minutes.  The Lord comes and puts aside our human heart so that His Heart can possess our being.  Then, we can say . . . “I’ll never be the same!  Within me beats a Heart that has always loved me.” . . . This Heart of Christ filled with devotion for the Father and the Spirit, pumps its life giving gifts through our whole bodily system.  The courage, the gentleness, the patience of the Master courses through our veins . . . “I’ll never be the same” . . .

Our whole being becomes alive with new life as the Heart of Christ works to pump strength and goodness into our being.  The greater our faith in the Coming of the Eucharist Christ to us the more He can do for us.  Are we exaggerating when we speak like this?  NO!  Believe in immediate miracles lining us from a mediocre way of living to new heights of glory!

The Heart of Christ pumps “purified” blood into our gran, the seat of our mind and will.  This invigorating blood gives rise to holy desires, new determination to serve God.  A Protestant clergyman once said, “If I believed in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, it would take a team of horses to keep me from receiving the Lord every week.”  To take another person for granted lessens his worth in our eyes.  Are we doing this to the Eucharistic Person?

The New Heart within us “purifies” our bad blood by removing anger, ill will, and tendencies to evil.  One Eucharist has enough power to make a person an immediate saint!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

June 24, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fatherhood – One Of The Greatest Of All Gifts

In honor of all the father’s out there, I am reposting this message from a few years ago. A Happy Father’s Day to all of our fathers!

Each time I stop to visit my parents’ graves I thank them for giving me the gift of life. Years and years after fathers have died; they continue to live on in the lives of their children. On this present Father’s day, we say our gratitude to our fathers, living or dead, for giving us a chance to live in this world and for their support in our growing-up days.

I keep my parents’ wedding day photo on the top of my dresser and look at it every day. In this photo, taken in 1910, my father sits in a chair, in the custom of the day, while my mother in her white wedding dress stands beside him. Although my father is dead now almost 78 years, his memory carries on in my everyday life. Many times I have found inspiration by looking at this wedding photo with these two young, hopeful people destined to be my mother and father.

To every father I say, “Get into every family photo you can so that your children will have your image before themselves for years to come.” It’s amazing how much we can remember about our fathers. 50 years from now your children will be talking about you to their offspring and grandchildren. They may be basing their lives on some words you said in an offhand way, or on some example you unconsciously gave them.

Hopefully, fathers will show mercy, love and kindness to their children because then, their sons and daughters will associate these qualities with God. We take our ideas of God from our fathers. A few words from a cherished father will have more effect on the lives of his children than a score of sermons from a preacher. Fathers, to your family you are the key person in the world.

Of the 500,000 words in the English language, the word “father”, like “mother”, holds the highest place in terms of reverence, trust and love. Persevere in the mighty work God has given you. His help will always be with you.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

June 18, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | 2 Comments