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An Affirming Person

The Sermon of the Beatitudes James Tissot, Via Wikimedia Commons

The Sermon of the Beatitudes
James Tissot, Via Wikimedia Commons

One day, many years ago, I was swinging my golf club in my garage which held about twenty cars. Another person, parking her car, called out cheerfully, “That looks like a good swing!”  It was said in a joking way, but still the message was encouraging, giving me hope for the future.

Someone may say of the exchange above, “Such a small thing and you call that an affirmation?” Yes, a small thing, but of much importance to the one receiving the message.  Everyone needs to hear frequently, “Yes, you are beautiful.  You are good and worthy of much esteem.”

A young juvenile delinquent wrote to his parents, as he left home for good: “Yes, you gave me Christmas gifts and birthday presents, but you never had time to sit down and listen to me when I wanted to tell you something. You gave me the feeling that what I had to say really didn’t mean much or carry any weight of importance.”

Listening can be a way of affirming others, of healing their inner spirits. People cry out to be affirmed, to be told their worthiness and fitness to be loved and treasured.  Recall in our own lives how much help we received from someone, a teacher, a classmate, a family member who in some way, by word or action gave us a feeling of importance.

Jesus does this kind of thing all through the Gospels. We should wish to imitate Him in this way of living.  Even a smile can be an affirmation.  “Yes, I am noticing you and I like what you are doing!”

Jesus was a healer without equal. In a tender, gentle way, He dealt with all whom He met.  He never put any person down as unworthy of His attention.  All went away from Him feeling better.  After someone meets us, do they walk away feeling better?

Fr. George Mc Kenna

January 30, 2016 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 5 Comments

A House Restored

Is the house of your life in need of repair? Photo by Profrap at English Wikipedia

Is the house of your life in need of repair?
Photo by Profrap at English Wikipedia

In times past, I would frequently drive past an attractive brick house in my neighborhood with its windows all boarded up. A flash fire had gutted its interior.  One day, various tradesmen appeared on the scene and began the task of renewing the interior.  Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, interior decorators and painters were pitching in to make this neglected house a delightful home for the family to enjoy.  Soon a fire would be burning in the fireplace and laughter would fill its hallways.

As the New Year continues, I want to look at my spirit as a “house” with interior fittings and facilities. I will use the pronoun “I”, not only to apply to myself, but to all the readers of this article.  Like those tradesmen, I can pull up in front of my “house”.  Perhaps, many features lack attractiveness and make my life unpleasant and unfulfilled.

I will pay close attention to these eyesores and replace the rotting wood of despair with fresh lumber of hope, anger with meekness. Perhaps a new furnace will give warmth to my heart.  I notice the “house” of my spirit has a run-down appearance because my zest for living has drained away in recent times.

I can’t get enthused about anything, especially about God and His Kingdom on earth. The covers on the windows indicate my lifestyle of cutting myself off from friends and neighbors.  Just leave me alone in my poor spirits.  I need God to help me in this renewal of the “house” of my spirit.  God (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) will give me power and direction if I go to Him in prayer.

Allow me to show a good practical way to pray during this graced filled year of 2016. One September, years ago, at our International Airport Chaplains Conference in London, the priest speaker urged the 80 people present to use this age old method of prayer.  In the morning, choose some phrase or line from one of the 150 Psalms.

As I wrote this article, I chose words from Psalm 25, “Lord, teach me your paths.” Through the day, I have been saying these words to myself and adding some personal thoughts, “Lord, I want to walk in your footsteps, to be a person like You”.  The speaker in London gave this assurance:  “From the beginning of the day, we will have a theme which we can say frequently throughout the day.”

Fr. George Mc Kenna

January 23, 2016 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , | 3 Comments