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Christ, My Co-Pilot

Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Rembrandt
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A picture, a drawing, is worth 1,000 words.  One sketch had that effect on me.  The illustration showed a lone sailor struggling at the helm of a small sailing vessel in the midst of a storm.  Directly behind him stood the Person of Christ with His Hands on the wheel too!  With both working together, they kept the boat on a steady course.

The lesson stood out clearly.  With Christ we can weather any storm life might bring.  Some of the most significant words in the Bible: “I am the Vine, you are the branches.  Without Me, you can do nothing.”  How are we to be fruitful branches?  In 1 John, it says, “Keep the Commandments so that you may live in Me and I in you.”

Only through daily prayer can we keep the Commandments.  If I were to speak to newly ordained priests today, I would say, “Wear out your knees before your feet.”  In other words, develop a deep prayer life, otherwise you can easily become a dead branch on the Vine.  We can say this to all of us, in whatever vocation God has called us to.

Think again of the image we began with.  In union with Christ each day by prayer, Christ will be standing with us, sustaining us in all the difficulties of life.  A warning, a shot across the bow of our little ship, there are three ways of life that can easily pull us away from Christ unless we are alert to them: To be too good looking; To be too smart; To be too rich.

A person with good looks might say, “My personality will bring me success, I don’t need Christ.”  The very smart one: “My intellect will solve any problem without the help of Jesus of Nazareth.”  The rich person: “With my abundance of money, I’m a self-made success.”

Thank God if we have the above gifts, but use them wisely and through prayer, seek God’s guidance in their use.  Beware of the pitfalls connected with them if you try to go it alone.  I have always given thanks to God for just being an ordinary run-of-the-mill human being.  No looks, no scholastics awards, (golf trophies, yes), and no possessions.  Life has always been a struggle.  Because of that, I have had to fall back on Christ to survive.  I suggest you don’t do your journey of life alone.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 29, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Love Excels All Other Gifts

Surrounded By Love!

A father gave his little son a jig saw puzzle which, when completed, would be a heart. The father left the child to wrestle with several hundred pieces. An hour later, on returning, the father saw the entire puzzle together. “How did you do it so quickly?” the parent asked. The child responded, “I turned the pieces over and saw that a word was there. I worked around the word.” The word turned out to be “love”. No one has ever found a better healer for a broken heart than love.

We are all suffering. We all need healing and affirmation. We walk about with open wounds and running sores. In youth, a mother’s kiss to a bruised knee helped greatly in easing the pain and the shock. An infant crying for fear will stop when a parent will whisper soothing words into its ear. Love affirms another by saying, “You are good and worthy of affection. You are a lovable person. You have many reasons for wanting to live.”

Love shows itself in any number of ways. A smile says, “I like you and hope to have you for a friend.” Acts of courtesy, especially in the home, such as “please”, “thank you”, and “pardon me”, do much to bring a gentle healing into family life. I remember, as a student in 8th grade, in 1933, walking into the classroom and finding a small candy heart on my desk. On the candy were the words, “I Love You”. It was over 55 years before I found out which of my classmates had touched my heart so tenderly back then.

I had a longtime friend, a resident of Omaha, Nebraska, a former telephone operator, who phoned several times a week. She died years ago, just short of her 88th birthday. At the conclusion of every call, she would say, “Do you know something? I love you.” Her voice and her message still linger frequently in my mind after all these years.

My measure of success will be: “Did I fill the world with love?”

Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 23, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 2 Comments