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The Barnabas Committee

St Barnabas healing the sick Pablo Veronese via Wikipedia

St Barnabas healing the sick
Pablo Veronese
via Wikipedia

On a late September afternoon, the young professor of Gospel Studies wore a look of discouragement and pain as he addressed his class of students.  In a low voice, he apologized for his lack of preparation for the class, citing his great overload of work.

Among the students in the class that day sat Jeanne Doering whom sympathized with the teacher, just starting his first year at the University.  A sudden thought struck her, and after class, she gathered some friends together to form what she called the “Barnabas Committee”.

In Barnabas, the companion of St. Pau, the early Church found a person of encouragement.  As he went from community to community, Barnabas lifted up the spirits of the struggling Church with words of encouragement and hope.

Faculty members began receiving type written notes of appreciation for their efforts in teaching, usually accompanied with a piece of candy or a little trinket, simply signed, “The Barnabas Committee.”  The once negative tone on campus turned into a much more positive one.

People about us are always in need of affirmations and encouragement, be they our children, local teachers, public officials, or our religious leaders.  “Am I really worth anything, or am I doing any good in my efforts to carry out my work?”  This is a constant question found in everyone’s mind.  Be a Barnabas person!

Make it a goal for each day to say or write positive words to at least 5 people.  In a sincere, truthful way, compliment others on their work, their looks and their accomplishments.  We will at once see a light come into the eyes of others as they take on new hope for the future.

Our words may come just at a moment when dark despair holds forth in the hearts of these family members, co-workers and friends.  For children, an ounce of praise is better than a pound of criticism.

A Happy Fathers’ Day to all the men that make a difference in the lives of others!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

June 20, 2015 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,


  1. Thank you Fr. George for your gift of faith shared so perfectly every week. In this blog you invite all of us to be a “Barnabas person”…an invitation that can change the world! May God the Father…bless you for the gift of your priesthood…serving as a spiritual father for His sheep! We, the sheep are grateful! Happy Father’s Day!
    Blessings & Gratitude, marianne

    Comment by mcs | June 21, 2015 | Reply

  2. Hi Fr. George! Such a simple but wonderful deed can certainly go far, can’t it? I just heard about a young 8 year old girl, on the news this AM, who was diagnosed with cancer and only had a few weeks to live – she wanted her life to mean something so now, on Facebook, is a page where people can post what kind things they have done to ‘pay it forward’. Seems like this young girl had the heart of St. Barnabas as well. It was SO nice talking to you the other day. Always puts a smile on my face. 🙂 Hope that you have a wonderful day today. Praying for you daily, my dear friend! Love you, Fr. George!


    Comment by Nancy Kolember Westvang | June 22, 2015 | Reply

  3. Great advice as always, with love Deb

    Comment by Anonymous | July 11, 2015 | Reply

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