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Palm Sunday Thoughts

My Friend Father Tom Mescall

Years ago, the people in his local parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico, asked my friend Tom Mescall, to take the part of Christ in the Passion play on Palm Sunday. With many responsibilities of his own, he hesitated to say yes.  The request, given on short notice, required much time for practice and for the memorizing of the words and actions of Christ.

However, Tom did accept the role of Christ and threw himself into the drama of the Passion. This stepping into the sandals along with the putting on of His cloak and saying the exact words that Jesus spoke, has deeply affected his life.  As Tom said, in years gone by, he stood as a spectator at the portrayal of the Passion, just looking on, quite unaffected.

But back on that Palm Sunday he brought Christ into his life in a new and dramatic way. A power, a strange force for good, which he cannot put into words, entered his spirit.  The person of Christ has taken on a new, vibrant interest in Tom’s thinking and living.

His willingness to accept the role, with the accompanying sacrifices, opened the door for Christ to step into his life in an unusual way. On this Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, and during the Holy Week services, we should all make a sacrifice to be present, not just as a spectator, but rather, as one walking with Christ in a close and personal way.  Our lives could change dramatically!

By now many of you have heard of Sr. Jean – she is becoming a media superstar! Congratulations to her Loyola Ramblers on their great season and their trip to the NCAA Final Four!  Sr. Jean – a vibrant 98 years young, is the Chaplain for the Loyola Men’s basketball team – her enthusiasm and faith is an inspiration to me.  I hear her motto is “Worship, Work, Win!”  Sound advice for basketball, and for life!

 

                                                   Fr. George McKenna

March 24, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 6 Comments

Be Aware Of The Artist Within Yourself

My Great Grand Niece Grace created this masterpiece a year ago! Release the artist in you!

Henry Thoreau, the early American philosopher, wrote, “It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look . . . to affect the quality of the day. That is the highest art!”

Every day visitors fill the Museum of Art in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue to admire the masterpieces of paintings and sculptures of the world’s art. Many of these people think to themselves, “how gifted these artists were to create such astonishing works of artistry and magnificence.”

However, Thoreau said that within my personal life I,  an ordinary person, can create an atmosphere, a scene of splendid artistry through which I look out on the world and its happenings. Anyone has power to paint with the bright colors of hope and love, glowing hues of optimism and cheerfulness, many rich shades of patience and self-control, and the ever pleasing tones of peace and tranquility.

 Each one can be an accomplished craft person with the ability to bring into life breath-taking works of art.  How does one begin?

The first step concerns my own awareness on what attitude I have towards life. Are my eyes sparkling at the very prospect of meeting this present day and drawing the most from it?  Does my heart beat faster with the thought of how I can show love to a world badly in need of it?  Am I willing to suffer and take the risks of failing so that I can make this a better world for everyone?

If the answer is “yes” to all these questions, then I can be sure that my creative works of art are of the highest quality and perfection. Thoreau is telling me that I am carving and painting works more glorious than found in our own famous Art Museum in downtown Chicago.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!                                                            Fr. George McKenna

March 17, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments