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A Change Of Attitude Can Work Wonders

William James
American Psychologist and Philosopher

One summer, years ago, I was having much difficulty with my car motor overheating.  Especially on long rides, the car interior would fill with a high temperature of uncomfortable heat, making the trips something less than joyrides.  After trying many things, over a period of weeks, the mechanic pulled out the old radiator and inserted a new one.  My overheating problems ended at that point.  The mechanic didn’t tell me to buy another car, or put in a new motor, or trade my Ford Torino.  No, out with the faulty element and in with the new radiator!  Result:  Smooth, safe and enjoyable car rides for myself.

Early last century, William James, the world renowned psychologist of Harvard University, wrote that the most wondrous things about a human being is that by simply changing one’s attitude, one can alter one’s way of living.  Attitude means the frame of mind a person has, his way of looking at life.

How well for all to check on their attitudes toward life!  A person’s outlook towards living could be faulty, working poorly, causing one miserable experience after another.  Life has become anything but a joyride.  William James said, by pulling out this old way of viewing life and putting in a new one, a human being can change his life overnight.  With a decision of the will, a man or woman can bring this about.

What a thrilling message of hope this is!  People don’t have to yearn to be another person, or wish to be reborn again.  NO!  Only a fresh, new attitude is required to change yourself.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

September 29, 2012 Posted by | Bulletins | , | 2 Comments

Alaska Diary – October 1976

Inupiat Family, Noatak, Alaska, 1930

While working with the Eskimos in Western Alaska, I kept a daily journal.  The following words come from my entries in October of 1976


Bethel, Alaska

Yesterday, Chuck Awe, a gold miner for 39 years, lunched with us.  I noticed he wore a heavy leather support around his wrist and concluded he had sprained it.  The fact was that he was carrying his monthly find of gold dust to the bank in an attaché case.  Gold is mighty heavy, and so he needed this leather support to strengthen his wrist.

He also mentioned that he had a .45 Colt in the case too, since he had recently lost twenty four thousand dollars in a robbery.  When was the last time you had a gold miner for lunch . . . Even Bishop William McManus of Chicago flew to Bethel and lunch in our little rectory a few days ago.

The other night, a husband and a wife, and Eskimo couple, and their week old baby slept across the hall from me.  They had come from a village up the Kuskokwim River because of the baby’s sickness.  We ate breakfast together.

I see many instances of strong faith in God in my daily rounds . . . a father coming to Church on Sunday to give thanks for his new born daughter . . . a mother looking at her newborn baby struggling for its breath in the incubator in the Hospital . . . praying with her to accept whatever might happen . . . an aged Eskimo woman sitting up in bed, with her feet curled underneath her, receiving the Lord with downcast eyes and folded hands.  She would make an excellent subject for some talented artist.

I suppose in Chicago we would take these examples for granted because of the rush of life there, but here in Alaska, these simple little happenings increase my personal faith.

An Eskimo never begins to eat anything until he makes the sign of the cross . . . to him, food is one of the gifts of God . . . The Eskimo makes the sign of the cross slowly and reverently . . . before and after every meal.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

September 22, 2012 Posted by | Bulletins | 3 Comments