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A Precious Gift From God

Precious Gift Sunrise 2Click on the link below to hear Fr. McKenna read this message.

Some time ago, a friend of mine gave me a colorful, little plaque, showing the dawn of a new morning.  The one line wording said: “Each day is a precious gift from God.”

I hung this wooden plaque on the wall of my apartment at the doorway, so that each morning, its message would remind me of the preciousness of the hours ahead.  Because of this, since then, I have taken a fresh view on the coming of another dawn and have succeeded in bringing more peace and fulfillment into my daily life.

A game plan I make up in the early morning helps me to keep a simple goal in mind.  Oftentimes, people will just fall haphazardly into the start of another day, stumbling along, with no set plan for living those never-to-return hours ahead.  In the late afternoon, sometimes they sadly realize that they didn’t exercise much control over those hours or their goals.  Why do we continue to make the same old mistakes with the same resultant feelings of discouragement and depression?  Most likely we started without a game plan.

In the early morning a person can sit down and quietly envision the way of living one will follow in the day ahead.  This exercise may only take a minute or two.  For example, one might say, “I’m going to be a prayerful person today.  Now and then, I will lift up my heart to God and share my feelings in a personal way.  I went through all of yesterday without thinking once of God.”  Another possible plan: “Today I will be a loving person.”

Today, as I write this, I plan to say through the day, “Mary, my Mother, I love you.”  I want Mary to help me live today as Jesus lived by teaching me His ideals.  Now, in the late afternoon, I have carried out my plan quite successfully.  I was mindful of reaching for a better way of living.  We may wish to take a few phrases of Holy Scripture, especially the 150 Psalms.  The Bible gives thousands of lines to choose from.  “Lord, teach me Your Ways.”  To step into a day without a plan could be a careless, unproductive way to live.

                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

June 22, 2013 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , ,


  1. I love reading your messages. You are wonderful gift from God for all of us. God bless you.

    Comment by Kathleen M Fitzgerald | June 22, 2013 | Reply

  2. Such a lovely post dear Father George . . . am copying it on paper to share with Fr. Phil . . .perhaps to read everyday till we know it by heart . . .   Mary Lou Wingert

    Comment by fathermkenna | June 23, 2013 | Reply

  3. I love this one, I will get the latest tape into system!

    Comment by Anonymous | June 24, 2013 | Reply

  4. HI Fr. George! What a treat to hear you read your post this time! I felt as if you were sitting right here talking with me! Thank you for another beautiful post. Your words are so meaningful and easy to apply to every day living. I am praying for you every day, Fr. George. I pray that you feel well and that you have serenity and peace in your life. I miss you and love you. I thank you for all of the blessings that you bestow on all of your blog followers, including me! Love, Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | June 24, 2013 | Reply

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