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Fr. Robert Sheridan (1918 - 1997) May he rest in peace

My best priest friend died almost 14 years ago, just before Christmas, 1997.  Our friendship went back 60 years when we met as students in the Major Seminary.  His friends used to say that he was born without original sin, so good and pleasant was he always, without a harsh word for anyone. One afternoon, Father Bob Sheridan came to his heart doctor’s office for his regular appointment, sat down and keeled over dead.  RIP.

In many places in the Gospels, our Blessed Lord speaks of the wisdom of being prepared for death.  “Should death come at midnight or sunrise, be ready to greet the visitor.”  From my years of associating with my friend, Father Sheridan, I knew he greeted the unexpected visitor with open arms, his soul filled with the good works of a lifetime.

As my brother used to say, “Live each day as if it were your last and someday you will be right.”  sometimes death comes quickly and unexpectedly as in the case of my friend.  At other times, a sickness warns of its closeness.  One day the doctors in a small town in Iowa told Orville Kelly, “you have terminal cancer.”  Shocked and distressed, Orville, a young man with small children, moved through his days in a stupor.  Suddenly, an inspired Kelly snapped out of his depression and determined to make each day a special joy for all.

“Make Today Count!”, became his battle cry and the slogan of all the distressed people in his little town.  The idea took root in my states in the USA and began to work miracles in lives of despondent men and women.  For years, I have had these words on my bathroom mirror.  To prepare for death these words could help me immensely.  I will bring out the finest in myself in all I do through the day.  Today, I will allow nothing cheap and degrading to enter my life.

In the last days of Pope John XXIII, the kind Holy Father was heard to say: “My bags are packed and I am ready to travel.”  Some people have terrible fear of death.  I have seen many people die.  At that time, a peace and calm come upon them as they leave this earth.  No need to worry about those last hours.  The Lord will embrace us in His loving arms and soothe all fears.

Do we not all suffer from a terminal sickness, to end in death?  Make Today Count!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

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October 15, 2011 - Posted by | Bulletins

6 Comments »

  1. This is beautifully written, Fr. George. We are all heading to the end, whether we like to think about it or not. I like to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, as they rely on us (the living) for their prayers… and I hope that when I am gone, some will pray for my soul as well… take care, will write to you soon!

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | October 15, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thank you for these words, Fr. McKenna. My mom passed away on October 8th, the day after her 84th birthday. She was with hospice since July and they managed her pain so well, she was comfortable to the end. I was honored to serve her in those final days and be by her side for her last breath. The peace and calm is with them as they pass on, just as you stated in your writing. No need to fear. The Lord IS with you!!!

    Comment by Nancy Fuccillo | October 16, 2011 | Reply

  3. Hi Father George . . . Bob Sheridan must be smiling down at you from heaven . . .finding you still so vibrant and full of grace and compassion . . . what would we ever do without you and your inspirational messages . . . such a treasure and so easy to absorb and place in our hearts . . .

    Hoping to visit with you a little on Saturday.

    With peace and love, mary lou lux wingert

    Comment by Mary Lou Wingert | October 19, 2011 | Reply

  4. Thank you so much for the comforting words – and the inspiration to MAKE TODAY COUNT!

    Comment by Ken Kraft | November 23, 2011 | Reply

    • KEN KRAFT RECENTLY TOOK ON READING AT 7 A M MASS ON WEDNESDAY.HE ALSO HELPS SET UP & PUT AWAY ALL ITEMS AFTER MASS.HIS HELP IS GEATLY APPRECIATED.

      Comment by GEORGE LUX | December 7, 2011 | Reply

  5. A SHORTAGE OF LOVE . . . This week’s beautiful blog is one of your finest pieces Father George . . . We

    need to tape it right inside our medicine cabinet to remind us each day of the priorities we need to be

    repeatedly working on . . the real “faces of love . . . kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, sympathy, under-

    standing, courtesy, respect for others, long suffering and generosity” . . . as well as pledging ourselves each

    day to not allow “cruel, harsh, hurtful words” across our liips. . . What a great world that would be!

    How we miss dear Mother Teresa’s influential words speaking out so courageously everywhere she went . . .

    Thanks for reminding us of her beautiful contributions to the world . . . she NEVER had “A SHORTAGE OF

    LOVE” . . . .(nor do you dearest Father George!)

    Gotta copy this “A SHORTAGE OF LOVE ” message and pass it around to your fans who don’t have

    computer access . . . A true heart-filling Christmas message . . .

    Thank you, Bless you, Love you,

    All your devoted readers . . . and mary lou wingert

    . . . .

    Comment by Mary Lou Wingert | December 22, 2011 | Reply


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