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Beware, High Tension – Danger Ahead

dangerSmoke detectors have answered our need for early fire and heat detection.  For years, this simple device has saved thousands of lives.  Would that we had such a built-in alarm to warn us of high stress and tension in our inner being!  How true to say that tension out of control defeats many of us in our efforts to be loving children of God.

With high hopes of offering our good will to others, we begin the day.  However, as the day goes along, tension builds up in our physical and spiritual being.  Our nerves grow taut.  Someone rubs us the wrong way, hurting our self-esteem and suddenly our good intentions go out the window.  We react to these remarks with harsh words and sometimes discourteous actions.

Is this the one who began the day with high ideals of love in his heart, you say to yourself?  We are dismal and sad realizing how we hurt others who didn’t deserve this treatment.  “How could I do these things”, we cry out!

Grow aware of this enemy in your life!  Have an early warning system in your make-up to alarm you to its presence.  Then be on your guard because this uptightness has caused you much grief in past days.  Diffuse this build-up of nerves because it will overcome you and ruin your best intentions.

Some diffuse this thunder cloud of stress by breathing slowly and deeply.  Sit down on the floor of your living room, yoga style, close your eyes and allow all the negative feelings to flow out of your system.  Repeat these phrases to yourself: “I am precious to God”, “God loves me dearly”, “The Holy Spirit lives in me!”


                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

January 25, 2014 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Die While Doing Good For God

St. Therese of Lisieux – Nun and Doctor of the Church.  Picture via Wikipedia

St. Therese of Lisieux – Nun and Doctor of the Church. Picture via Wikipedia

In 1969, I was an associate priest at Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights, a nearby suburb of Chicago filled with gracious people.  On a Sunday morning in November, a young boy about 12 years old, George Kohler by name, approached me after Mass with a request, “I want to be an altar boy.”  I tested him by reminding him of the approaching winter and his losing sleep if he served the 6:30 AM Mass.  Nothing I said deterred him.  He received my approval and promise of help.

The next day, November 11, a National Holiday, while George was riding his bicycle on Ridgeland Avenue, a busy highway, a car struck George and killed him.  What a glorious welcome he received in Heaven with warm embraces from the Lord and His Mother Mary.  At his funeral, my telling his family and friends of his request to be an altar boy on the day before his death gave them much consolation and inspiration.  His memory has always brought one thought to my mind – I would like to die while thinking and doing some good for God.

A Saint, Therese of Lisieux, has always impressed me in my efforts to do good for God.  I have made three pilgrimages to her home in Lisieux, France, situated about 100 miles northeast of Paris in Normandy.  A huge Basilica marks her shrine located on a high hill directly above the town’s railroad station.  As a cloistered nun living behind high walls in her hidden life, she seemed destined to be unknown and have little effect on the world.  Before she died in 1897 at the age of 23, she began writing down her personal thoughts about her “little way” of reaching holiness – to do everything for the Love of God.

After her death her writings received the title “The Story of a Soul”.  Books have short selling life, but her book is the second most selling book after the Bible.  Readers treasure her “little way” of holiness – do all for the Love of God.  In the morning, on rising from bed, I sit there and tell God of my intentions to carry out my duties of the day for Love of Him.  If I die that day, I will have had His Glory and Honor in mind.

On one pilgrimage to St. Therese’s shrine I was waiting in the railroad station, crowded with people for the trip back to Paris.  From my place on the balcony, bald headed man making his way through the crowd.  The man, Yul Brenner, famous star of the movie, “The King and I” made a striking appearance.  Yul wasn’t there on a pilgrimage to Therese.  He lived in a nearby villa in Normandy.

In 2013 whom does the world remember, Yul or Therese, the little nun of the hidden life?  Millions of people and many generations treasure St. Therese and have forgotten or never heard of Yul Brenner.  The book, “The Story of a Soul”, keeps selling in the millions.  Remember her “little ways” of holiness.

                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

January 18, 2014 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , | 3 Comments