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To Live Without Christ Is To Live In Darkness

Fr. McKenna with Bill & Gerry Aumann

A while ago, in our part of town, we suffered a power outage.  I chose the word, “suffered” because failure of electrical power causes hardships.  I ate cold food for supper.  I couldn’t read or view television.  So, too, a life without Christ is a life lived in darkness, a life of suffering.  In such a home, oftentimes depressions, gloom, a sense of hopelessness fill the rooms.  With the absence of Christ, power has stopped coming into the home.

Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World!”  Another time he cried out, “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few.”  Who will bring the “Good News” of Jesus of Nazareth to the world?  In June of 1999, I attended the funeral of the 14th Chicago Priest to die that year.  My friend, Father Sam Ognibene, faithfully preached the “Good News” of Jesus for 52 years until his lips were silenced.

Later that same month, I remember receiving a post card announcing the death of another Chicagoan, Father Ed Flannery, a Priest for 64 years, RIP.  He was the 15th Priest to die that year.  He worked up to the end.

Someone may ask, “What is the ‘Good News’ of the Kingdom?”  It is this: God has an everlasting love for his people.  He has sent His Son, Jesus, to save His people from darkness.  With the growing scarcity of priests, brothers, and nuns, each one should grow conscious of bringing Christ to the marketplace, to our home circle.  If we introduce Christ to darkened hearts and homes, we will be offering them the “Good News” of the Kingdom.  Father Don Ulatowski, 68, died on June 30th, 1999. (The 16th priest that year!)

We could use this weekly Bulletin as one means of spreading the “Good News” of Jesus to our family, co-workers or neighbors going through a time of suffering.  A friend once called me, telling of a young neighbor suffering cancer – a mother of three little children.  “I brought your Bulletin to our sick friend”, he said.  In that Bulletin, Norman Cousins tells how laughter and good spirits helped him conquer the cancer in his body.  Who knows how much that helped the family during their trying time!

We print many of these bulletins every week, and now they are available on this blog.  The messages are short, the print is large.  Spread the “Good News” with those you love!   

Fr. George Mc Kenna

Today’s Picture – Gerry served as Midway Airport Chapel Volunter for 12 years.  Always cheerful and uncomplaining.  She served the public faithfully, pushing forward the Kingdom of God in the hearts of thousands of worshippers!

January 7, 2012 - Posted by | Bulletins


  1. Thank you, Fr. George, to post another thoughtful and beautiful message! I had a long drought of turning away from the church and now i realize how ‘dark’ my life was during that time period.

    When the page opens, I always smile when I see your picture. Hope you are doing well, my friend! Flying into Chicago next week, I wish that I could come and see you again, but I don’t think I will get over there. Praying for you daily!


    Comment by Nancy | January 7, 2012 | Reply

  2. Thank you Fr George!!! Mike and I enjoy reading your messages every week! We love and miss youxoxoxoxox You are always in our thoughts and prayers

    Love Patty

    Comment by patty | January 11, 2012 | Reply

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