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Did The Waitress Receive Enough Gratuity

Fr. Thomas "Darbie" Nash, O.S.A. 1912 - 1983

Fr. Thomas “Darbie” Nash, O.S.A.
1912 – 1983

In 1983, I attended the Funeral Mass for a priest friend, Tom Nash, a member of the Augustinian Order.  In years gone by we met each other while caddying at the same golf course.  About seven years older than myself, I saw in Tom Nash an ideal to be imitated.

Pleasant, good natured, friendly, already then a seminarian studying for the priesthood, Tom showed that one could really enjoy life and still walk in the footsteps of the Lord.  We called him “Darbie” because he always had his hair combed and wore a clean shirt every day, along with a sharp crease in his trousers.  The name stayed with him until his death which came after a long, painful illness.

Father Tom went on to do many wonderful things in his Priesthood, especially in the education of young men.  At the Funeral Mass, Father Dudley Day mentioned all these character traits of Father Tom, but he ended by saying words that I will never forget.

If Father Nash dined out, he was always concerned about this matter at the end of the meal: ‘Did the waitress receive a sufficient tip, gratuity?’ ” A small thing, a reader might say, but to me that insight into Father Tom’s way of living summed up his whole outlook on life, “Be generous to others.”

As a caddy, Father Nash had received “tips” from his players and so he knew the importance of gratuities being fair and generous.

As we go through life, we can show generosity at almost every step of the way towards others.  The question we could ask ourselves, “Did I show enough love towards all whom I met today?”  Generosity need not be measured only in terms of money, but rather in attitude of mind.

                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

May 25, 2013 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 1 Comment

An Open Mind

In 1830, Our Lady asked Sister Catherine Laboure to have a medal made according to certain specifications.  We now know this as the Miraculous Medal.

In 1830, Our Lady asked Sister Catherine Laboure to have a medal made according to certain specifications. We now know this as the Miraculous Medal.

A Professor Hamilton, an anthropologist, the most popular teacher at Harvard University, a world authority on the history of man, tells of an early incident in his life.  At the age of five, his father took him to the local museum.  There, for the first time, he saw a dinosaur, and at that moment, his whole life work fell into place.

An open mind can be equated with a field not yet seeded for harvest.  Whatever seed goes into this fertile ground will bring forth a bumper crop of wheat, corn, barley or soy bean.  An open, inquisitive mind presents an excellent growing place for the best ideas life can bring us.  No limits to growth with this attitude!

In the story above, the young boy’s mind lay open to new, fascinating ideas.  The sight of the giant dinosaur triggered a whole flurry of questions about this beast and the world the animal moved in.  In the years ahead, the youngster would grow up to teach about this monster in one of the great Universities of the world.

Is there a better way to live?  This can always be a meaningful and fruitful question for bringing good ideas into one’s life.  Do I have to be fearful so much of the day?  Why am I carrying this hatchet of resentment in my heart week after week?  Is there a different way to live . . . a better way . . . my favorite question always!

What if I didn’t have this ever present feeling of insecurity?  What if I confidently looked upon myself as a loving and lovable person?  What if I realized that I have many talents, as yet hidden, and not yet developed?  Let our minds be magnets for new ideas!

If people approach life and its happenings with an openness and a willingness to change, they could latch on to new, productive ways of living.  One good idea can change our whole life style!  Am I convinced that I have to power to add to the beauty and joy of my life?

What if I determined to be a peacemaker at home and wrap everybody there in a warm embrace of love and concern?  What am I doing with my life?  Expose the children to different visions of life by taking them to museums, expositions and zoos.

In a troubled relationship, the most tragic words are: “There’s nothing wrong with me.  I don’t need to change.”

                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

May 18, 2013 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 2 Comments