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Graciousness Is Everywhere


The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio Via Wikipedia Jesus was gracious – even to the Doubting Thomas

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio
Via Wikipedia
Jesus was gracious – even to the Doubting Thomas

Refuse to give up on the world and the people in it.  One of the values of traveling (as a humorist friend says – “getting out of your zip code”) gives us an experience of meeting many strangers of different races, cultures and languages.  Graciousness is everywhere.  I always return home from a trip with my belief renewed in the goodness of my brothers and sisters in the world.

One day in Paris, May 17, 2005, I saw a large number of people waiting to enter a restaurant.  Evidently a good place to eat, I said to myself.  The doors opened and everyone took places at many tables.  I enjoyed a tasty lunch topped off with a gourmet French dessert.  All received the same food.

As I began to leave, the woman in charge asked me for my ticket.  I had stumbled into a luncheon for a social club.  The members had ticket bought their tickets previously.  I tried to offer my money.  “No, no”, she said, “we can’t take your money”, along with a warm smile and a blown kiss.  I never dress as a priest in traveling.  How gracious of her!  Merci beaucoup, Madam!  Many thanks!

Several times during that trip, on crowded buses in Paris, women offered their seats to me.  In past, I would refuse, but now, I sit down.  Others will stop to answer my simple (and sometimes dumb) questions.  Over the years, rarely did anyone show a look of exasperation or impatience at my ignorance of their customs or language.

Yes, graciousness, a spirit of kindness, gentleness, a willingness to practice self-sacrifice for the good of another shows up everywhere.  Christ brought this spirit into the world with His Way of Life.  We too, want to fill our days with this way of living.

In Paris I lived with the Redemptorist Community, just 10 minutes from the Notre Dame Cathedral by bus.  Of the fifteen priests in the House, only one spoke English, Father Yves – a young man of about 70 years old.  I will always remember him for his joviality and friendliness.  He reminded me of the od time actor Guy Kibbe.  A big help to me.

One gracious person in our household can turn  it into a little suburb of Heaven.  Be that gracious person, unflustered with the mistakes of others, laughter close to our lips.  A loving presence to everyone.

Canonization

            Fr. George Mc Kenna

April 26, 2014 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Dear Friend, I always enjoy reading your 3 minute stories of your life. The words are simple but the topics enlightening.
    I sure miss our weekly setups.
    Matt.

    Comment by Matt Marich | April 26, 2014 | Reply

  2. Hi Father, Hope you are healthy and happy, having you in a room makes a suburb of heaven, thanks for the reminder to appreciate all the graciousness shown to us. You make the world a better place. Deb Hurley

    Comment by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 | Reply

  3. HELLO FATHER, MY BROTHER EDWARD WESTON PASSED YOUR SITE ALONG TO ME. I’LL BE READING IT FROM NOW ON AND ENJOYING YOUR WRITING. GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU. I’LL NEVER FORGET YOUR
    TREMENDOUS EFFORT IN OUR TIME OF NEED WITH MY PARENTS PASSING.
    THANK YOU. ANN, ED SR. AND KAY, HOPEFULLY ARE WATCHING OVER US.
    PAUL

    Comment by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 | Reply

  4. Hello Father,
    Congratulations on your 70th Anniversary of Ordination. Thank you for 70+ years of service to the Lord, His Church and the people of God – across the globe.
    I am the son-in-;law of Larry and Marie Solarski, who used to attend weekly Mass at Midway Airport prior to 2001. Marie gone to be with the Lord. Larry is still doing well. I pass along information from your blog/newsletter to him from time to time. He is always glad to hear about you.
    May God continue to bless you with health and His peace.
    Steve

    Comment by Steve Seweryn | May 1, 2014 | Reply

  5. Hi Fr. George! This is such a sweet story! I can just imagine you joining the lunch social club! How cute! You are such a dear man, I’m sure that they were happy to have you join them! Tim and I leave for France on May 10th. I will definitely keep this story in my mind and try to show only graciousness and thanks for all of the dumb things that I may say or do there. I am taking French lessons, but due to my lazy nature of never studying, I can’t say that I have much confidence in my ability to communicate! Thank you for another wonderful post – you really are such a wonderful story-teller!… Love and hugs! Nancy

    Comment by nancywest22 | May 2, 2014 | Reply


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