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A Law No One Can Escape

The Princes Street Gardens - Edinburgh, Scotland Picture via Wikipedia

The Princes Street Gardens – Edinburgh, Scotland
Picture via Wikipedia

One summer day while I was waiting for a bus in a small town in Eastern Scotland I went into a nearby park.  As I sat there on a bench I noticed a young man and his girlfriend practicing with a boomerang.  With much force the man would throw the bent piece of polished wood off into the distance.

Far into the air it would fly and then, in an almost unbelievable way, the boomerang would make its return to the thrower.  I couldn’t help but think on that afternoon how life deals with us in the same way.

Jesus said, “As you sow, so shall you reap.”  What we give to life comes back to us, either immediately or, like in the case of the incident above, with a little delay.  Some time later I read a short poem by Madeline Bridges which told the story so well.

. . . . .

Life’s Mirror

There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave,
There are souls that are pure and true;
Then give to the world the best you have,
And the best will come back to you.


Give love, and love to your life will flow,
A Strength in your utmost need;
Have faith and a score of hearts will show
Their faith in your work and deed.


No one can escape this law of life.  Throw out loving words, deeds, and thoughts to the world about us.  Give sorrow and pity to those who mourn.  A later line in the poem gives these words. . . “And the smile which is sweet will surely find a smile just as sweet.”

I shall never forget that pleasant summer afternoon in the little park in Eastern Scotland.  The piece of wood moving through the blue sky carried a message that has affected me ever since: What goes around comes around!!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

February 7, 2014 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , ,


  1. Beautiful Father George!  

    Great story from our dearest-world-roving reporter!

    Love you Father George McKenna!

    Comment by fathermkenna | February 8, 2014 | Reply

  2. Father McKenna, I just came across this beautiful poem today when I saw a quote from it with the author’s name, Madeline Bridges. I printed it out to give to my grandchild who is leaving for college this week. I hope they will read and listen to the truths of this poem. I enjoyed reading your lovely and interesting memory of the park in Scotland and of the poem.

    Comment by Shellie Manley | August 22, 2016 | Reply

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