God is Good!

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My Magnificent Mind

One of my many blessings – Holding hands and saying prayers with my great grand niece Grace before our weekly lunch.

Downtown Chicago has one of the most beautiful skylines in the world.  Being in the middle of the country many are drawn to this city of ours.  The Chicago skyline has continuously changed over the course of my life.  Each year it seems that a new skyscraper is going up, changing the fabric of the city.  Before a shovel full of dirt is dug for one of these splendid buildings, skilled architects have all the blueprints ready.  No blueprints. . . . no buildings.

St. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, gives the blue print for a house of peace in our spirit: “Your thoughts should be directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, decent, virtuous . . .”

Followers of Christ can easily lose sight of the power of the human mind.  Truly we are what we think!  If a person feels unhappy, then one can look immediately to the mind and to what thoughts thrive there.  Our thoughts make us what we are.

Many years ago, I remember playing a particularly disappointing game of golf.  Ordinarily this poor performance would have lowered my spirits.  My day would have been spoiled, but instead I turned my thoughts to the power of the mind, and positive thinking.  I began to concentrate of those things that I could be grateful for, instead of my poor performance.  “I can see the clouds and the beautiful blue sky. . . I can hear the voices of my family and friends. . . I have the physical strength to walk and swing my clubs.”  This grateful attitude and these uplifting thoughts chased my gloom away and gave new joy to the day!

The game of golf is much like the game of life.  Perhaps recently, in the playing of the game of life, we have had some “poor scores”, like losing our job, or being demoted, a weak performance in school or some financial reverses.  We can allow these “poor scores” to steal away our happiness.

However, we can do what I did on the golf course.  We can bring happy thoughts into our minds.  Some could be: “I have food to eat. . . I have a place to sleep. . . My health remains good.”  We will have peace of heart, courage to continue playing this fascinating game of life.

At 98, my blessings continue, though I have lost many of the pleasures I enjoyed years ago.  No longer can I golf or drive a car.  My mother and father, brothers and sister, and all the priests I was ordained with in 1944, have all gone to the everlasting joy of eternal life.  But each day, I remind myself to be grateful for what I do have.

These days put a guard at the doorway of our mind.  Allow only thoughts that are true, virtuous, pure, decent and honest to enter.  Thank you St. Paul!


Fr. George Mc Kenna

August 12, 2017 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , ,


  1. Dear Fr. George…with every word you guide us to open our hearts to
    His Sacred Heart…gratitude opens our eyes to Him each day of life…you always direct us by your devotion to your priesthood to stay close to Him now and forever…thank you Fr. George for all do for us, His sheep. You are an incredible shepherd…and we are grateful! God Bless you! Love, marianne

    Comment by mcs | August 12, 2017 | Reply

  2. Thank you Father George. I will remember to do this, when
    ever I begin to feel down. Your letters are always a blessing. God bless you, for all your good works.

    Comment by Toody Parker | August 12, 2017 | Reply

  3. Thank you. Pleasant thoughts. Tpd

    Comment by Tom Dubrick | August 12, 2017 | Reply

  4. Always love reading your powerful words. It makes me feel better and keeps me looking for the positive.
    Keep sharing your words of wisdomeand Thanks Father George/
    love, kathy

    Comment by kathy graham | August 12, 2017 | Reply

  5. Dear FR George,

    My wonderful friend, you have always found a way to lift up my spirits with your writing. You are a beautiful person with the most endearing words of wisdom. I love you, my friend!!

    Even with your losses in life (freedom, recreation, etc…), you still find ways to count your blessings and dwell on the positive things in life. I remember when I was lucky enough to talk with you in person, I was always struck by how positive and encouraging you were when speaking to me. That has always stayed with me – I’ll always remember that about you. That and your genuine happiness when you heard of someone else’s good fortune. You are a wonderful man, priest, AND writer. God has blessed those of us who’s lives you’ve touched.

    I love you, my friend. I’m glad you are still able to write your blog. SUCH a GIFT!!


    Comment by Nancy Westvang | August 12, 2017 | Reply

  6. You always seem to make me pause and Ponder your words. Thank you.

    Comment by Bad Weston | August 13, 2017 | Reply

  7. Thank you father McKenna!

    Comment by Anonymous | August 13, 2017 | Reply

  8. Thank you for helpful words,I’ll try to keep them always in my mind.

    Comment by Joe Harrington | August 13, 2017 | Reply

  9. Your words are encouraging.
    You are an inspiration. God bless us all.

    Comment by Anonymous | August 13, 2017 | Reply

  10. Fr McKenna. The Lord has blessed you in your ministry . You have left an imprint on many and we are greatful. Thank you
    Paul Krueger( Quigley ’58/’59 )

    Comment by Paul Krueger | August 14, 2017 | Reply

  11. I remember you from Quigley north the class of 1964 may the rest of your days be filled with peace and joy

    Comment by Anonymous | August 16, 2017 | Reply

  12. A wonderful reminder. And I remember you, Father, when you helped my brother Lou many years ago. And I thank you again for your kindness to him.

    Kathryn Mikel

    Comment by Anonymous | August 19, 2017 | Reply

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