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The Proper Clothing For The Occassion


While in Paris, on a Saturday, September 28, 2002, I witnessed a wedding in Notre Dame Cathedral.  The couple to be married must have come from the highest level of society in Paris.  As the time of the wedding approached, the sense of anticipation grew.

The men in the wedding party were elegantly dressed while the bridesmaids wore the finest styles.  Their wide brimmed hats with flowers on them added much beauty to the occasion.  Thousands of curious tourists filled the side aisles and the spaces next to the main altar.

While the world class musician played soul stirring music on the mighty Cathedral organ, I saw tears in the eyes of many women about me.  They were probably thinking of their own past wedding or of one to come.  Some five or six little children, part of the wedding party, in their red satin outfits, danced playfully in front of the altar.

In the main body of the Cathedral sat hundreds and hundreds of invited guests, all dressed in top fashion.  I wondered to myself, what if I went up and sat with these guests, with my travel weary clothing, my dusty white Reeboks, and tassel cap in hand.  The ushers would have given me the sign to leave immediately.

The Lord is preparing a joyous celebration for all of us in the splendid Cathedral of Heaven.  We are to come dressed properly for the happy occasion, with clothes of righteousness, goodness, holiness, purity and love.  Heavenly music will fill our hearts with joy beyond all understanding.

Now is the time to clothe ourselves with the dress of holy elegance for this wonderful experience ahead.  We can’t stay if we have the travel weary dress of selfishness, greed, and unloving ways of living.  We don’t want to hear those sad words, “you must leave!”

The picture in today’s bulletin is of the Way of the Cross in Old City Jerusalem.  An uphill journey to Golgotha about three blocks long.  Jesus’ Jerusalem is about 6 feet beneath the present city.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

December 10, 2011 - Posted by | Bulletins

3 Comments »

  1. THATS WHY I LIKE TO DRESS UP ON SUNDAY FOR MASS.IT SEEMS LIKE THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

    Comment by GEORGE LUX | December 10, 2011 | Reply

  2. THANK YOU, FR. GEORGE, FOR ANOTHER BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BULLETIN! THE WAY THAT YOU WRITE, I CAN PICTURE THE SURROUNDINGS AND THE DETAILS SO WELL! YOUR STYLE OF WRITING IS WONDERFUL – I LOVE GETTING THESE EMAILED TO ME, WHAT A WAY TO STAY CLOSE! PRAYING FOR YOU DAILY!

    LOVE,
    NANCY

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | December 11, 2011 | Reply

  3. Today is Feb. 14, and i must confess i was hoping to see your Valentine story on your blog today . . . The story of your Valentine’s Day at St. Theodore’s grade school years ago . . . when you received an unexpected tiny candy heart on your desk saying “I love you” . . . How your little heart soared . . . and how you didn’t even know which of several little girls had placed it there . . .What a precious little memory! Thank you Father George for sharing all your dear stories with us . . . We love you and we love today’s story . . . so beautifully honoring The Holy Spirit.

    mary lou wingert

    “Faith, hope and love remain but the greatest of these is love.” Corinthians 1:13

    Comment by Mary Lou Wingert | February 14, 2012 | Reply


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