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Whatever

Christ with St. Peter and the Disciples on the Sea of Galilee Lucas Gassel – via Wiki Commons

Christ with St. Peter and the Disciples on the Sea of Galilee
Lucas Gassel – via Wiki Commons

To have some definite word or thought to fall back on in times of personal distress could be a life saver. Today, I have such a word to propose to you.  This special suggestion could save you much painful stress and emotional crackup.

In sudden, unexpected troubled times, such as when I hear a harsh word being said, or a pain in my body forebodes some possible, serious illness, I frequently say this one word, “whatever”, with a feeling of resignation. The word itself may seem somewhat indifferent, but the full meaning of “whatever” is: “Whatever happens to me I can bear with the help of my Lord Jesus.”

However, by simply saying this one word, “whatever”, comes much confidence and ease in overcoming desperate, emotional crisis. Believe, me – this works.  I have tried this special word many times over the years.  Even to this day, when difficult circumstances show themselves: quickly and easily out comes the word, “whatever”, and a calmness and quietness of spirit come into my whole being.

Memorize the full sentence, so that you store that in the back of your mind. Then, the word, “whatever” will bring the full meaning back to you.  The baby spills the milk at the table; your older child breaks a valuable vase while playing football in the living room; your best friend hurts your feelings; your employer humiliates you in front of your co-workers.  When you feel like screaming at the top of your lungs, with your nerves at the breaking point; say immediately with feeling of resignation, “whatever”.  In your memory bank the complete prayer will be present: “Whatever happens to me I can bear with the help of my Lord Jesus.”

Be the cool person you want to be in the face of trouble.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

February 28, 2016 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , | 6 Comments

Turn Not Your Face From The Poor (Book of Wisdom)

St. Vincent de Paul Image from Wellcome Images,  Via Wiki Commons

St. Vincent de Paul
Image from Wellcome Images,
Via Wiki Commons

I have always had a special affection for St. Vincent de Paul (1584-1660). I have looked to him for daily inspiration – “St. Vincent de Paul, help me to care for the poor.”  This has been my frequent prayer to the patron saint of the poor.  In years past, I lived in the house where his body is venerated, on the Rue du Sevres in Paris.  As I offered Mass at his tomb each morning, the ideals of his priesthood took hold of my heart.  “Remember the poor!”

If we wish to be close friends with God, have concern for the injured people of our society. The main theme in the Scriptures embraces the poor and their helplessness.  Jesus tells us in St. Matthew that our final judgement will depend on our care of the needy, “I was hungry, thirsty, without clothes, ill, in prison and you helped Me.  Enter into my Father’s Kingdom.” In His days on earth, Jesus spent most of His days with the outcasts of society, the lepers, the sinners, the little people of His time.

When I notice my hours and days taken up with my own personal agenda, my comforts, my little goals, I grow sick at heart. I cry out in prayer for God’s agenda to enter my life.  “Lord, help the poor, the sick, the dying.”  I don’t want to be like the rich man in the Scriptures, who closed his eyes and ears to the poor man Lazarus outside his front door.  According to the story this man had a most unhappy ending.  “Whatever you do to the least of mine, you do to Me”, Jesus said.

If we have some special need in our personal life, think of making a contribution of money to a charity group, like Catholic Charities, or the Salvation Army. This can bring God’s blessings upon us quickly.  In our closets, I’m sure we all have clothes that we will never wear again, garments that could keep needy people warm and comfortable.

John Denver, a favorite of mine, said if our family had the last loaf of bread in the world, the wisest thing would be to share that bread with others. Remarkable things happen to people caring for the poor, even though these people are not in immediate contact with the needy.  A family finds itself down to its last few funds, but with a great leap of faith, this family gives a portion of this to charity.  Almost in a miraculous way, new income appears to the family out of nowhere.

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Give of yourself to those in need during this Holy time.

Fr. George Mc Kenn

February 20, 2016 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 1 Comment