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Be A Light To The World


Jorge Mario Bergoglio (fourth boy from the left on the third row from the top) at age 12, while studying at the Salesian College This young man has truly been a Light to The World – Our own Pope Francis Via Wikipedia

Jorge Mario Bergoglio (fourth boy from the left on the third row from the top) at age 12, while studying at the Salesian College
This young man has truly been a Light to The World – Our own Pope Francis
Via Wikipedia

While living in Paris, I stayed with the St. John Eudes Priests at the Foyer Sacerdotal, a 7-story building with a chapel on the ground floor, a dining room on the first level and some 40 rooms in the above floors.  Self-service breakfast began at 7:00 AM, with French bread, long and slender in form, strong coffee mixed with hot milk, butter and jelly.  This was a satisfying time for me since I could read a favorite book of religious verse while eating.

One morning I copied in my journal a few lines of verse that struck me as original:  “We are the only Bible the careless world will read.  We are the Lord’s last message given in word and deed.”

The poet put a truth in simple language with a creative twist to it that catches the imagination of the reader.  A few days ago I reread this part of my journal and thought that some might like these verses.  Does anyone think of being a Bible to others?  Jesus put this message in another way, “You are the light of the world.”

By one’s way of life a person can proclaim to the world a message of light and belief in an Unseen God.  Truly, everyone is preaching to others all day long, either lifting up people with a spirit of hope and a belief in another world to come, or adding more darkness to the gloom already present in the world.

“What kind of Bible am I?”, should be the question one poses to oneself.  Years ago I remember reading of a young boy of 13 years of age making it his personal crusade to help the homeless poor of Washington D.C.  Ordinary prudence would have dictated that he stay away from such social work.  Nonetheless, taking many risks, this caring young person accomplished some noteworthy things for the street people of Washington, D.C.

Newspapers across the nation carried his story of personal commitment to the poor in the course of which millions of Americans found their consciences stirred up to a new level of awareness of the country’s poor.  For many non-attenders at Church the youngster was a living Bible, inspiring others in terms of love for their brother and sister Americans.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

May 17, 2014 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Father, I get many emails and notices, but I always read yours as soon as they come. Thank you. God Bless.

    Comment by barttimm | May 17, 2014 | Reply

  2. Father you are a wonderful living bible always enjoy your inspirational thoughts and comments in Jesus name, with love Deb Hurley

    Comment by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 | Reply


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