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We Are Only Passing Through


My sister-in-law Anne McKenna entered Eternal Life on April 1, 2017. Weighing only 3 pounds when she was born, she grew into an amazing woman, wife and mother. I presided over her wedding to my brother Frank, and was there to baptize all their children.
She was a woman of strong faith and was at peace with God. She is now sharing in the rewards of heaven with her Loving Lord.

This parable story helped me to see the meaning of life more clearly.  Once upon a time, an infant began to grow in the womb of its mother.  As the months went by, the little one enjoyed a peace and tranquility that it would never possess in life outside the womb.  For one thing, it had no responsibilities since the mother took care of all its needs.

One day, a voice came to the infant, “In a certain sense, you are going to have to die, leave this world of your mother’s womb and enter a fantastic world of beauty and enjoyment.  Here nature will show you marvelous things, the stars, the moon and a great ball of fire, the sun, along with an amazing number of animals, birds, and insects dressed in all the colors of the spectrum!  You will delight in human friendships, in music and art of all kinds.”

On hearing this message, the infant, not understanding the words immediately declared, “I want to stay here.”  However, Nature took its course, ushering the child into the new world with its noise and brightness.  Here, the child grew into an adult, thoroughly enjoying the beauty and the thrilling experience of life.  How delighted he was that he didn’t stay in the womb of his mother.

After many years, a voice once again came to this person, “You are going to die and go into another world where you will see God face to face.  In this world, no one experiences sickness, pain, or discomfort of any kind.  All are perfectly happy.”

Again, the person did not comprehend these words.  One thing he knew – that he didn’t want to leave this earth so full of beauty and many little pleasures.  “I want to stay here”, he responded.  However, death ushered him in the next world.  The reality of joy and glory he found in this new world far exceeded his wildest dreams and hopes.  In the atmosphere of this loving home of God, his whole being expanded with happiness and delight.

How glad he was that he didn’t stay on earth with its meager bits of peace and miss this stupendous place of love.  Life on earth is not our lasting home.  We are only passing through, so there is no need to get upset about too many things.  Love God, and serve Him alone.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

April 7, 2017 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , ,

11 Comments »

  1. Lovely. Tpd

    Comment by Tom Dubrick | April 8, 2017 | Reply

  2. I hope you stay here for quite a while longer – I’ll miss your posts…

    Comment by barttimm | April 8, 2017 | Reply

  3. What a beautiful Holy Week message! Thank you forever Fr. George! My prayers are with all the family in remembrance of Anne. God Bless you! Glorious Easter Wishes!
    Blessings, Love & Gratitude, marianne

    Comment by mcs | April 8, 2017 | Reply

  4. Thank you for this beautiful story.
    Capt. Ron and Nancy Fuccillo

    Comment by Nancy Fuccillo | April 8, 2017 | Reply

  5. Hi Father. Very sorry for your loss. It is a very real loss. But then your story made me view this loss in an entirely different way. Thank you!
    Steve Molidor

    Comment by Anonymous | April 8, 2017 | Reply

  6. Father McKenna always find the right words to say at the right time for me to help me stay focused with life .
    Thank you , Father.
    Jan B

    Comment by Jan Berry | April 9, 2017 | Reply

  7. From the womb to the tomb, but Christ’s tomb is empty. Those in Christ will rise again. Thanks for sharing hope in your time of loss.

    Comment by Ed Miskovic, QN-64 | April 9, 2017 | Reply

  8. Thank you , Father George.  I look forward to all your inspiring stories.May Jesus and His mother Mary watch over you with loving care.Ann Boylan

    Comment by edann | April 9, 2017 | Reply

  9. Dear Fr.McKenna
    Thanks so much for sharing that about your sister-In-law Anne. Sorry for your loss but she’s definitely in heaven. That so true and it’s a great way of looking at it. Hope your doing good. Thanks for your beautiful stories. Love you, your the best
    Margaret Murphy Regan

    Comment by Margaret Murphy Regan | April 9, 2017 | Reply

  10. You still have your touch to turn something sad into something glorious. Bless you, Fr. McKenna for being a great friend

    Comment by Gerry Ryan | April 10, 2017 | Reply

  11. Words of wisdom, Fr. McKenna, as usual. Thank you.

    Comment by Kathryn Mikel | April 17, 2017 | Reply


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