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Unhappy People

Pope John Paul II on 12 August 1993 in Denver ...

A positive model for us all

Unhappy people come around in big bunches in our lives.  To keep us from falling into that pit, I will mention some characteristics of unhappy people.  In what I say, I have no criticism of others or make judgements on their lives.

I met many unhappy souls.  These men and women lacked warmth in their relationships with others.  This coldness in their personalities kept others away from them.  In addressing people, some never mentioned names, a method designed to keep others apart from themselves.

Unhappy folks gave the impression of being angry at life.  One could almost see the chip on their shoulders.  They acted on the principle, what does life owe me, rather than, what can I give to life?  A person cannot have a close relationship with God if there is no closeness or warmth with other human beings.  We must conclude that prayer had little place in their lives.

Closed minds stood out as a key characteristic of unhappy men and women.  With their mindsets shuttered, these losers in life were never wrong in their style of living – according to their thinking.  It was useless to point out better ways of doing things.  I have rarely seen a resurrection on the part of these losers from this deadly disease of the mind.

Unhappy people never give words of encouragement or compliments to family members, co-workers or acquaintances.  They are too wrapped up in their own little worlds to give their minds and hearts to God and to others.  They rarely use the names of others freely in conversations.  Nor do they rise in the morning and pray sincerely, “Lord, make me a loving person today.”  Love is the key to joy!

To live in this fashion is to experience Hell on earth: endless days without love, really close friends, no sense of fulfillment.  Some will say that I am too severe in this assessment of others, that few people live this way.  I wish that were true.  I have lived with such men and women, so I have first hand experience.

How do human beings take on this way of life?  Perhaps they received little love in childhood, or were spoiled by over doting parents.  Alas!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

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August 27, 2011 Posted by | Bulletins | 2 Comments

A Story From The Past

A Treasured Possession

The Gospel of Mark speaks of people being spellbound
(fascinated, enchanted, entranced) at the words and actions of Jesus.  A few weeks ago, I had lunch with a former
student of mine.  I met him in 1961 at
Quigley, the Minor Seminary of Chicago, a day school.  His frequent trips through Midway Airport had
brought us together.  At our meal, to my
amazement, he told me of a story I had told his freshman class, high school
level, in 1961.

I spoke once a week to the 250 youngsters.  This story, my old student said, saved him
many times in past years from “going off the edge”, as he put it.  The story follows.  A young boy grew up in a small village with a
mountain overlooking it.  The people of
the village had sculptured the face of their local hero on the side of the
mountain.  In his lifetime, this hero had
done much good for the village and the outside world.

Every day, as the boy grew up, he looked up at this face on
the mountain.  At the same time, he
studied the man’s life and deeds.  Time
passed quickly.  One day, the boy, now a
grandfather and a revered person in the village, heard his grandson say, “Grandpa,
your face looks just like the face of the man on the side of the mountain.”  It was true!

John, my former student, then recalled how I finished the
story.  At that time, I said, if we look
upon the face of Christ steadily day after day and read of His Life in the
Gospels, our face will become like His: kind, gentle, compassionate,
peaceful.  In imitation of His Life, we
will show to the world about us His loving ways of living.

This meeting with John has affected my life greatly.  45 years ago, a priest friend of mine gave me
an original painting of Christ, with dimensions of four by three feet – a treasured
possession!  On the wall of my study
room, it shows Christ looking out at me at eye level, from His chest up, with
tears in His eyes – the Sorrowing Christ.
In the last two weeks, I have, once again, begun to study the Face of
the Lord more intently.  His Face is an
Image of gentleness, friendliness and tranquility.

Obtain a good Image of Christ.  Even a holy card might do good for the time
being.  Spend a few minutes each day
studying His Face.  Read a chapter of the
Gospels each day – start with Matthew.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

August 20, 2011 Posted by | Bulletins | 2 Comments