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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 | , , ,


  1. Thanks Fr. McKenna!

    May God bless you!

    Charlie Smith

    Sent from Outlook Mobile


    Comment by Charles D. Smith | January 23, 2016 | Reply

  2. A loving, spiritual “refreshment” guide…for the new year and every day of every year! Your inspired words Fr. George touch the heart & soul! I thank God for you and the gift of your priesthood…you are such an excellent shepherd for all of us, His sheep! With love & gratitude, marianne

    Comment by mcs | January 23, 2016 | Reply

  3. Dear Father – thank you for writing this and all your letters. You are very kind to share your thoughts and lessons. I try to embrace them.

    Comment by Paul Weston | January 31, 2016 | Reply

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