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A Messiah Appears

Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan 1888
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Many years ago, a husband and wife rejoiced at the birth of a baby girl, until tests proved the infant deaf, dumb and blind.  From joy, the feelings of the parents of baby Helen Keller turned to ones of unhealthy pity and inadequacy.  As the girl grew, her fits of rage increased in violence and frequency, with no one on the scene able to restrain her.

One day, the messiah, the savior of the youngster, appeared in the person of a young, strong-willed teacher, Annie Sullivan by name.  From the start, Annie accepted no outbursts of temper or irresponsible actions from Helen, knowing the little girl possessed unused powers of intelligence and self-discipline.  Through the use of the girl’s hands and fingers, Annie showed her how to receive messages from outside herself and to discover the beauty of the “world out there.”

Almost overnight, throwing off the chains of deafness and blindness, Helen blossomed into a bright flower of disciplined intelligence.

Perhaps, someone, even you, the reader of these lines, or I, the writer, might be lashing out at the world in undisciplined ways.  With pent up feelings of exasperation, the disturbed person cries out a rebellious challenge to life, throwing off the accepted ways of a responsible life style.

Out of the shadows steps the Messiah, the Savior, Jesus of Nazareth, to offer rescue from this dreary way of living, knowing well the potential for greatness in the person.  The Lord wants to take the hands, a symbol of the whole being of the man or woman, and make impressions on them in His own remarkable way, enabling the troubled one to see and hear the world of God and its indescribable glory.

The hands of Helen Keller in the grasp of her messiah, Annie Sullivan, became the passageway from death to life, from darkness and despair to a gloriously successful career.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

August 25, 2012 Posted by | Bulletins | 1 Comment

Pardon Me Your Ego Is Showing

Two of God’s humble servants

Years ago, I remember seeing two men at two different places and times, who made me think of the value of a humble life.  Both men, close to my age at the time, about 70, wore shabby clothes and a few days growth of beard.

One was delivering hand bills, door to door, in the neighborhood – a humble task.  The other walked along Archer Avenue, carrying two plastic bags filled with empty aluminum cans, hoping to sell them for recycling and make a few dollars – this too, a lowly work.

Unconcerned about what others thought of their lowly esteemed employment, they went about their work calmly.  At the time, I honestly wished that I could take their places because they certainly had no temptations to self-importance, a serious sickness of the mind that affects most people at various times of life.  With humility of spirit, these men had a good chance to enjoy a peace of heart that no self-important person can ever experience.

In parades, sometimes, great balloon-like figures sway in the air above the line of marchers.  Filled with hot air or some kind of gas, these oversized images can come crashing to the ground if a sharp instrument penetrates the outer skin.  So, too, a self-important person is artificially blown up about his talents or social position.  A sharp adversity can empty him of everything with a resounding fall to reality.

Jesus, one day, heard His disciples talking about who was the most important in their company.  With rare sharpness of word, the Master rebuked them for their shallow mindedness.  “If anyone wishes to rank first, he must remain the last one of all and the servant of all.”  Thus spoke Jesus.

Let everyone beware!  This disease can afflict anyone for a short or long period of time.  If the reader finds that life is filled with bitterness, lack of peace, constant conflict with others, little enjoyment in life, then he should test one’s personal attitudes for this poisonous fever of self-importance.

Our true worth as a person lies not in our abilities, possessions or social rank, but, rather, in our destiny as children of God to be with Him someday in glory.  Only the best of friends will tell us, “Pardon me, but your ego is showing!”


Fr. George Mc Kenna

August 19, 2012 Posted by | Bulletins | 1 Comment