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I Accept Whatever Comes My Way

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Jesus Calming the Storm

Some time ago, I read a life-giving message in a magazine.  Since then, my life changed for the better.  Allow me to share it with the reader.  The author, an American, tells of his ten-year stay in Thailand, the Land of Smiles.  From the beginning, he was amazed at the attitude of acceptance found in the Thai people.  Without show of emotion, they simply accepted the difficult happenings of life, death, pain, lack of food and family mishaps.  The Thai people smile and work for a solution.

I’ve taken this message to heart much to my happiness and peace of heart.  What basis in the Gospels of Jesus do we have for such an attitude of acceptance?  One Sunday in the Liturgy, the Gospel spoke of Jesus falling asleep in the boat on a stormy sea.  The Apostles, in the boat, shake Jesus awake out of fear for their own safety.  In response, the Lord rebukes them for their lack of trust in Him.  I believe our Savior wants me to believe in His care for me!  By accepting whatever comes into my life, I show trust!

On a Wednesday afternoon, as I pulled into the Oak Lawn library parking lot around 3:00 pm, I heard a loud noise, the result of my tail pipe dragging on the asphalt.  Rattle, rattle!  Boom, boom!  Did I cry out in frustration?  No!  I saw an opportunity to accept this troublesome happening with a smile as the Thai people would do.  To myself, I said a number of times, “I accept this.  I accept this.”  During my hour of reading in the library, I didn’t even think of the unpleasant situation awaiting me outside.

On pulling out into the rush hour traffic of 95th Street around 4:00 pm, I decided to go west.  Moving slowly, close to the curb, with great sounds, I saw to my right, after a block, “Meinecke Muffler Shop.”  Glory!  Alleluia!  In 20 minutes, I had a new muffler and tail pipe, and I was minus $80.00.  I congratulated myself.  I had kept my composure, my cool.  My attitude of acceptance had brought me much peace of heart.

I encourage all to take this message of acceptance from Thailand, the Land of Smiles.  Whatever lies before us, sickness, failures, money worries or marital trials, we accept!  In the past, like many of us, my mind often centered on future, unhappy possibilities: “What if I get sick?  What if I fail in my work?” And on and on.  Now, I answer all these troubling questions with, “I accept whatever comes my way.”  I find myself laughing as never before.

I picture myself in a little boat on the sea of life.  Sometimes, the sea is stormy and dangerous, sometimes calm.  The Lord Jesus, a close Friend, is with me in the boat as my passenger.  Now and then, He sleeps, but He never oversleeps.  Always, He stays with me to care for me because He loves me!  That is why I can say, “Acceptance! Acceptance!  I accept whatever comes!”

Fr. George Mc Kenna

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November 26, 2011 - Posted by | Bulletins


  1. Thank you for reminding us to trust in God’s plan for us. Acceptance is the key to a happy, satisfying life.

    Comment by Nancy Fuccillo | November 26, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thanks Fr. Mc Kenna,

    I loved this. So simple yet so profound.

    Comment by Kim Scaccia | November 26, 2011 | Reply

  3. I accept whatever comes.. Fr. George your message came up on my phone today.
    You are one of my heroes, along with Warren McCarthy and Tom Maher
    Please put these Two priests in your prayers as they are in extended care facilities.
    I recall two things about you, Fr. George,
    You had a” great shot” a true rhythm on the basketball court. And you used to tell us kids “come and get your T.Bone steak” when you herded us into the dinner hall.
    Blessings to you
    Phillip Racette

    Comment by Phillip Racette | April 23, 2013 | Reply

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