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Pass On Your Good Ideas And See Them Grow

OaksA few weeks ago, a priest friend told me a story which held much meaning for me.  He didn’t realize how much of an audience would hear about his simple story.  An old shepherd spent most of his days on the hillsides with his sheep.  On returning to his home in the valley, he would gather huge numbers of acorns in bags.

Back in the hills with his sheep, he punched holes in the ground with his staff as he walked along.  In each hole he dropped an acorn.  Years afterwards, all those formerly barren hills have magnificent oak trees growing on them, adding to the beauty of the countryside.  The shepherd left behind a heritage of a scenic wonderland.

We too have many chances to plant, not acorns, but good ideas in the fertile soil of minds of other human beings around us.  Not by preaching, but rather by the simple sharing of stories, happenings, and experiences which affected us.

You read an uplifting book and tell others about it, perhaps even read it to them.  A speaker on TV or ratio talks of an idea that captures your imagination and you pass it on to family and friends.  You might tell ten friends and only one really holds on to it – still worthwhile.

All this activity on your part is spontaneous.  You are simply wishing to share helpful thoughts with others.  At the same time you are listening to others as they tell of incidents that touched their lives.  By being open and interested in others, we can plant many valuable ideas that will bear rich fruit in the days ahead.  Please tell me of any sayings or life experiences that impressed you.  I want to profit from them so that I might enrich my own life.

                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

September 15, 2013 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , | 1 Comment

Be Ready To Die

None of us know the hour, the day or the road we will be on, when we will meet our Lord

None of us know the hour, the day or the road we will be on, when we will meet our Lord

On July 25, 2013, on the Feast of St. James, an Apostle of Christ, a train crash in Spain killed 79 people.  All these men and women were traveling as pilgrims to the Shrine of St. James at Santiago de Compostela (a small town in northeastern Spain).  An interval of 30 seconds took place between their well-being and deaths.  What a glorious welcome these people received in Heaven.  I want to die like this; while I am doing some good work for Christ.

A few days later after this tragedy, another train crash in Italy caused the deaths of 40 pilgrims on their way to the town of the Shrine of St. Padre Pio, about 200 miles south of Rome.  Padre Pio opened his arms to them as they came to Heaven.

At my age, 94, death might come at any moment.  In the Bishop Timothy J. Lyne Residence for Retired Priests, I live in perfect surroundings for a happy death.  Verdant forest preserves completely embrace our residence for several miles in all directions.  This beauty reminds me of God’s Graciousness.

Together with my 14 brother priests, I concelebrate daily Mass at 8:00 AM in our little chapel with the Eucharistic Lord as my Food and Drink.  I say often to myself that the same Christ of the Gospel stories lives here in our Tabernacle.  This realization helps me to spend two Holy Hours in the Chapel: one after lunch and another after dinner.  I don’t say many words to the Lord, I’m just there to keep him company.

In my 6 year stay here at the Bishop Lyne Residence I have never heard one harsh word or critical remark from my brother Priests.  Peace and good will reign supreme.  We help each other in small ways.

Think often of death, no matter what our age.  No one escapes this happening in life.  Fill our homes with peace and good will and acknowledge God as our Lord and Savior.  We too, travel each day on a pilgrimage.  Do all our daily duties for Love of Jesus of Nazareth.  Then if death comes suddenly or otherwise, we will receive a glorious welcome in Heaven.

 

                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

September 7, 2013 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 6 Comments