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I Need A Professional Guide

One of the world famous Edward Kemey’s Lions in front of the Art Institute.
Photo by via Wikipedia.

I always enjoyed visiting the Chicago Art Institute on Michigan Avenue. Within its walls, this world famous Museum contains priceless and irreplaceable art treasures.  I would walk along it corridors and quickly view the paintings of the masters, works of sculpture and the seasonal cultural exhibits.  My walk was always a solo flight.  With only myself and my own little knowledge of art and culture, I just hoped that some of this remarkable work of creative minds would sink into my life and uplift it.

Oftentimes, in these wanderings in the Museum, I would run across school children, some 30 or 40 in a group. They would usually be seated on little camp chairs in front of a masterpiece as a professional guide from the Museum would be explaining the features of the painting to their fresh, young minds.  Frequently I would stop and listen, enthralled.  In an exciting, well-modulated voice the guide, generally a woman, would explain the color tone, the artist’s reason for drawing the picture, the time period of the work and other valuable insights.  As I would listen, I found out sadly, how much I was missing in my solo journeys through this treasure house.

Do I realize how much I am missing in my daily journey by making solo flights along the hallways of life? There’s no need to depend on my own small amount of wisdom to get the most out of life.  I can provide myself with a professional guide.  I can invite the Holy Spirit to come with me to point out helpful ideas in all the happenings that come my way.  Like the professional guide in the Museum, this Holy Spirit, friendly and totally knowledgeable, truly willing to communicate, would enrich my mind and heart beyond my fondest dreams.

In my journeys through the corridors of life, encountering it artistic treasures, such as sadness, tragedy, bewilderment, despair, as I thirst for happiness, like the little school children, I will sit down and listen to the Spirit speaking to me. This Gentle, Lovable Person will point out to me the richness contained in those personal life adventures.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. May our Loving Father continue to bless you abundantly.

Fr. George McKenna

November 18, 2017 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,


  1. A very blessed Thanksgiving to you Thanking you for all of your inspiration writings. You are truly a blessing from God 😊

    Sent from my iPad


    Comment by Kathleen Fitzgerald | November 18, 2017 | Reply

  2. Fr. George…With gratitude & love for all your spiritual direction for us, His sheep! We learn so much from your faith-filled wisdom and writings, guided by The Holy Spirit!
    A Graceful & Blessed Thanksgiving to you! Love Always, marianne

    Comment by mcs | November 18, 2017 | Reply

  3. Very grateful for you and the inspiration you give us. Thank you, Father McKenna.

    Comment by Marilyn OSullivan (@mos523) | November 18, 2017 | Reply

  4. Hi Father George!! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, and to your family. I’m late in sending my card to you!

    Thanks for this wonderful post today. I’m feeling quite sorry for myself as I’m down with a complicated foot sprain for over a month now. I was hoping to fly to Chicago at the end of November but it’s looking bleak. I’m praying for healing but also for acceptance of God’s will! Your kind words were uplifting today and I thank you for that! May God Bless YOU and yours on this Thanksgiving holiday and always. I love you, dear Father George.


    Comment by Nancy Westvang | November 18, 2017 | Reply

  5. Wishing you a very Blessed Happy Thanksgiving

    Comment by Matt Marich | November 18, 2017 | Reply

  6. Thank you! Do enjoy family & thanksgiving. Tpd

    Comment by Tom Dubrick | November 18, 2017 | Reply

  7. Thanks Father McKenna. I pray you have a very Happy Thanksgiving. For my part I am happy to have met you, and to read your books, and follow your blog. Thank you.

    Comment by barttimm | November 18, 2017 | Reply

  8. Thank you, Pace e bene

    Comment by Joe Harrington | November 19, 2017 | Reply

  9. God Bless you Fr. McKenna and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for your wonderful words of wisdom and may the Holy Spirit continue to be your guide and ours. Pam Gervais

    Comment by Anonymous | November 19, 2017 | Reply

  10. I am thankful for having met you at Midway between flights on a Sunday morning. I had tried to find a Mass to go to without success. I finally told God that if he wanted me at Mass I needed him to find me one. Deplaning from the first flight, the moment I took one step inside the terminal, I heard a PA announcement about Mass in the chapel on concourse C! I loved it! The sweet serendipity continues…I was at a retreat this past weekend focused on the Holy Spirit….and then I found this in my email inbox. Perfect! Blessings on you, those you love, and those who love you.

    Comment by Debbie Clegg | November 21, 2017 | Reply

  11. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to Fr. McKenna!

    Comment by Paul Weston | November 22, 2017 | Reply

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