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The Impossible Dream


In addition to living my dream of being a Missionary in Alaska, I also saw another dream fulfilled.  The above picture is from the first Mass at Midway Airport on July 24, 1988!  We will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this month!  God is Good!

In addition to living my dream of being a Missionary in Alaska, I also saw another dream fulfilled. The above picture is from the first Mass at Midway Airport on July 24, 1988! We will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this month! God is Good!

When I went to serve as a missionary priest in Alaska, friends questioned my reasons.  Why leave a comfortable home, a thriving parish, friends, family and set out into a strange, cold country?  I could only say that I had seen a star in the sky which beckoned to me.  From early days of the Priesthood, I had dreamed a dream to serve people in priestless places.  These people should hear about the child of Bethlehem and His Message of Love.

Some friends call it the impossible dream.  Many great rewards came to me for following the star; some called it the unreachable star.  My life has never been the same, enriched by new friendships and experiences of living in the culture of another people.  The Person of the Lord has taken on a new meaning to me who tried to follow the star.

The Magi, too, left home and country to search out the New Born King.  In the end, they rejoiced, despite all the sacrifices they made in following the Star.  The Kings went home, rich with their new knowledge of the Child.  They were never the same again.

All of us have a star to follow.  Call it a dream if you wish.  The dream invites us to deepen our friendship for Jesus of the Gospels.  Not an impossible dream as many would say.  Wish to make Him your close companion in life, not a stilted plastic person.  Set out on this journey of faith with confidence.  Begin by using the words, “Jesus of Nazareth” as our greeting each day.  Share our joys, sorrows and everyday experiences with Him in a warm, intimate way.  He will come alive to us as never before.  Dream the impossible dream.  Follow the star.

 

                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 13, 2013 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Hi Fr. George! SO glad to have talked with you today. In our phone call, you said “God is good!” He certainly is – SO wonderful of Him to have our paths cross as they did 5 years ago – I too will never be the same, having met you! This is a wonderful story – you have such a wonderful way with words. SO inspirational and so common – can be put to use in our every day lives. I am praying for you every day, Fr. George. I will write soon!

    Love,
    Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | July 13, 2013 | Reply

  2. It was wonderful visiting with you yesterday! Take care of yourself….you are very dear to many people. I always leave our visits with a smile and a happy heart!

    Comment by Beth Doyle | July 13, 2013 | Reply

  3. Dear Fr. George, You inspire us to deepen our faith with each word! What a beautiful way to start the day…Jesus of Nazareth…come share this day with me…He is the Star of our hearts! So blessed are all the travelers at Midway…thank you for the dream of the chapel that became a reality reaching thousands flying through Midway these past 25 years! St. Padre Pio celebrates the anniversary too! Congratulations and unending thanks for dreaming the dream!!! God’s Blessings, Love & Grace, Marianne

    Comment by mcs | July 13, 2013 | Reply

  4. Father McKenna was our pastor when my kids were growing up.  An amazing and loving person and such a role model.  He left the comfort of our parish to go to Alaska to be a missionary.  He is now in his 90s and writes this blog each week.   He had a remarkable memory and could call each of us by name.  🙂

    The ideas that fill our hearts determine the way we live our lives.   Joan Chittister, OSB – Aspects of the Heart

    Comment by Noreen Sullivan | July 15, 2013 | Reply


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