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Homesickness


Entrance to a Metra commuter rail station in Chicago, designed in Art Nouveau style as a replica of a Paris Métro station Photo by J. Crocker via Wikipedia

Entrance to a Metra commuter rail station in Chicago, designed in Art Nouveau style as a replica of a Paris Métro station
Photo by J. Crocker via Wikipedia

One Sunday morning, on a crowded Paris subway train, I overheard the conversation of two men standing next to me.  One said, “I wish I had a Sun-Times.”  As they moved out of the train, I said to them, “You must be from Chicago.”  Looking surprised, one answered, “Yes, how did you know?”  The answer was quite evident.  This man, a long way from Chicago, was expressing a spirit of homesickness: a deep desire to be with his loved ones and with the language familiar to himself.

No one can describe homesickness, a terrible empty feeling of desolation and desperation.  I remember being homesick my first year in the Major Seminary.  Being away from home for the first time, along with a strict schedule, I fell into a miserable state of mind.  At that time, I wrote to my family, “I’m coming home.”  Somehow or other, I stayed, but I will never forget the terrifying emotions of the experience.

In varying degrees, we all experience this homesickness in our daily living.  While you may have as ideal living conditions as possible, a good family life, excellent health, a satisfying style of work, still sometimes, you may feel an emptiness of spirit.  You can’t put your finger on what is troubling you.  Understand that this could be homesickness for God and Heaven, our true home.  You can only deal with this positively by bringing more of God into your life here on earth.

We can’t take away this gnawing feeling of un-fulfillment by buying more appliances for the home or taking more vacations, but rather the solution lies in trying to come closer to God through prayer and worship.

Unfortunately, some people don’t understand the reason for this desolation and loneliness of spirit.  In a misguided way, they try to fill this vacuum with more and more pleasures, drugs, accumulation of money and material things, and oftentimes, promiscuous, sexual lifestyles.  These efforts only increase the misery of the soul, because God has little space to breathe in such cluttered hearts.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

November 18, 2015 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Thank you again for this beautiful reminder on how to live a fulfilled life. God bless you. Happy Thanksgiving. There are many who are very very thankful for you and ask God always to bless you!

    Comment by K. Fitzgerald | November 18, 2015 | Reply

  2. May God bless you this Thanksgiving Day and thank you Fr. McKenna for your teachings on living a God filled life. Pam Gervais

    Comment by Pamela Gervais | November 21, 2015 | Reply


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