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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


  1. So true, Fr. George! So many people are so crabby all of the time! When I am around a crabby person, it tends to make ME crabby, too! Maybe it breeds crabbiness! I enjoyed this story as I do all of your writings. You are a treasure! Love, Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | August 29, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hi dear Father George . . . Just peeking in to see your smiling face on your blog site . . . always makes me feel good . . .Will be checking back next week to see if you’ve posted another caring and meaningfull message . . .

    Blessings galore to room 205!

    mary lou wingert

    “Everywhere you go the world is just better, brighter, and happier.”

    Comment by Mary Lou Wingert | October 28, 2011 | Reply

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