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Two Cathedrals

The roofless ruins of the old Cathedral

The roofless ruins of the old Cathedral

Happy Easter to all!.  Fr. McKenna posted this message on Easter Sunday, 2013.  Given the events in Paris last week, I thought it fitting to repost this beautiful message.  Through our ruins we can find beauty.  God’s Peace to all on this Joyous Day of The Resurrection!

 

One day, I drove into the City of Coventry in Northern England, with one goal in mind, to view the ruins of the Cathedral bombed out in the air raids of World War II.

Only the lower part of the walls of this once magnificent Church had survived the rain of death from the skies.  Grass covered what had been the main body of the edifice.

The worshipers had responded to this destruction by raising up a new, modern Cathedral on the grounds adjoining the ruins.  As I walked through this light-filled House of Worship, I admired the faith of the Coventry people in raising up another splendid, glowing Temple of Prayer for all to come after them.

On this Easter Sunday, we rejoice that death did not conquer the Lord, the Messiah, on that first Good Friday.  He raised Himself up from the tomb into a shining image of hope for all his faithful followers.

Perhaps, we find ourselves sitting among the ruins of our lives brought on by our own weakness and lack of faith.  At this Resurrection Time, we can have new hope that we can change our death dealing life style into a glorious way of life.

Jesus, the Risen Lord, approaches us with His greeting, “Peace Be With You!”  We can step out of the ruins of what has been and grasp the Hand of the Gentle Christ Who wishes to help us build an even greater edifice of our lives, all bright and inspiring with prayer and good works of every kind.

I shall never forget Coventry and its two Cathedrals.  The memory has often given me new hope in striving for a better life.

A Joyous Easter To All!!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

April 21, 2019 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 4 Comments

With Faith In God, I Can Overcome Any Obstacle

NotreDameParisThe news of the  tragic fire consuming Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, broke my heart.  This was one of Fr. McKenna’s favorite places of worship.  As I watched the live stream of the spire crashing to the ground, I thought of Uncle George, and wondered how he would be affected by this.  Of course he is in a better place now, free of worry, but I am sure that there would be lump in his throat and a tear in his saddened heart.  I am reposting this message from 2013.  God’s peace to all those in Paris today.

In the splendid Cathedrals of Europe, I found great inspiration for my faith in God.  My favorite one has always been Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.  Build some 800 years ago, around 1200 A.D., over a period of 100 years, this magnificent House of Workship tells the world of the remarkable faith in God of the builders and the people of those times.  With much sacrifice, these men and women decided to build a Holy Place worthy of the Greatness of God.

Oftentimes, in my many visits to Notre Dame, I sat there within its awesome interior, amidst the swirl of tourists from all nations, and made plans to erect such a holy building within my heart and spirit.  This I would do with good works and willingly accepted sufferings.  An altar would hold my offerings of prayers.  At any time of the day, I could enter this sacred place within me, for time with God.  My faith would be alive, similar to that of the builders of Notre Dame in Paris.

I encourage our readers to have a burning desire to raise a mighty Cathedral of Worship within their souls for the honor and glory of God.  What beauty and goodness we would see within ourselves.  Have confidence that with our faith, our belief in God’s power, this is all possible!  Do we not believe in the presence of the Holy Spirit within us?

I have given thousands and thousands of homilies and talks over 68 years.  After all this speaking about God, I conclude that, after the gift of life, next comes the gift of faith, a belief in a God always with us.  Prize our Catholic Faith above all other possessions.  Our faith gives meaning to our lives in the midst of all our sufferings.  We are here only for a short time, to prepare ourselves for Heaven.

Recently, I asked a waitress, a longtime friend from a previous parish, “How is your faith life?  Do you attend Church on weekends?”  She responded, “My faith is my everything.  I couldn’t live without it.”  Without our faith in God, we would be like a ship without a rudder.  Such a ship is at the mercy of the winds and the waves.  It cannot head for any definite place because it is pushed back and forth in all directions.  Our faith steers us to peace.

Daily prayer, weekly worship, keeping the Commandments, will strengthen our faith in God and help us to be holy people on earth.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

April 15, 2019 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 5 Comments