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Signs On The Road Of Life

El Santuario de Chimayo
Dave Ruppert, Office of Indian Affairs and American Culture, National Park Service

Twenty four years ago I traveled to the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, to visit a friend.  This state provides sheer delight to the eyes of a visitor: the serpentine Rio Grande River, mountains, long vistas of unparalleled beauty in the rolling plains, and colors no words can describe.  My friend lived in Albuquerque, a city on a bluff overlooking the Rio Grande.

I was interested in seeing the Marian Shrine of Chimayo, called the Lourdes of New Mexico. On our trip north to the shrine, I was impressed as never before of the importance of road signs.  With my local friend driving we came upon many helpful markers on our trip.  Because of these directional signs we were able to turn with confidence at all the major junctions, knowing we were on the right road.

All of us desire happiness, even in this life on earth. Everything we do, even our sins, is directed to bring happiness to ourselves.  God, in His Love for us, has given us signs on the road of life to lead us to through this earthly destination of happiness, peace and self-fulfillment.  These positive markers, The Ten Commandments, will point the way to the greatest measure of true happiness possible on this earth.

Returning from Chimayo, where we left our requests for help with Mary, we came to a highway junction without signposts. For the first time that day, we were forced to guess which route to take.  We guessed wrong, and that wrong turn ended up sending us in the wrong direction for an hour.  Some people look on the Ten Commandments as shackles and handcuffs which take away their freedom and liberty.  With disregard for these road signs, they wander into many unhappy situations, never arriving at their desired destination of lasting peace of soul in this life.  They lose their way , not for an hour, but sometimes forever.

One day a beggar asked Jesus for the gift of sight, “Lord, I want to see”. Of course, the Lord granted his request.  Daily, our prayer could be the same, “Jesus, we wish to see.”  We need spiritual sight to notice these most welcome sign posts God provides for us on our journey to Heaven.  As we drive along through the silence of the darkening highways of life, keep thinking of this one idea . . . keep alert and watchful for the road signs God gives us.

Mistakenly, many see the Ten Commandments as “Thou Shalt Nots”, negative statements.  But how positive they are!  “Reverence the One True God . . . Respect God’s Holy Name . . . Keep Holy the Day devoted to God . . . Respect one’s Mother and Father . . . Have Love for Others . . . Revere One’s own Sexuality and the Sexuality of Others . . . Respect the Property of Others . . . Be Truthful . . . Your Neighbors Spouse and Possessions are Precious, Respect Them.” Listen to the Word of God, look for His Signs of Hope and Love, travel through this earthly life, with a Loving and Caring Guide.

Fr. George McKenna

June 30, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A Sojourn In Paris 2002

Notes From My Personal Journal

St. Severin Church, Paris, view from Rue St. Jacques

Friday, September 20, 2002. I left the Foyer St. John Eudes, my residence in Paris, after a continental breakfast, supplemented with my own cereal, bananas, milk and cheese. The Paris subway, the Metro, just a short block away took me to the Rue de Sevres to the Church of St. Vincent de Paul. In previous months I had prayed daily to this Saint (1576-1660) to make my trip possible. His image hangs over my kitchen sink.

I had promised him that I would visit his burial place in the St. Vincent de Paul Church on the Rue de Sevres and honor him with prayer. His body rests in a glass coffin high above the main altar. What a great priest he showed himself to be, spending most of his life in Paris with the poor, the outcast, and the orphans. My prayer to Vincent: Raise up priests like yourself, you so gracious, so kind, so humble.

A short distance away on the Rue de Sevres, in this business district stands St. Ignatius Church, one I always enjoy visiting. Mass was just beginning at noon in this truly awe-inspiring Gothic Church. How gratifying and consoling to join with the large number of faith-filled people in celebrating the Holy Mysteries of our Faith in a faraway city.

Later that day, my walking brought me to Notre Dame Cathedral, my favorite place in Paris. It is the city’s #1 tourist attraction, always crowded with visitors from around the world. I was to spend many hours inside this holy space in the days ahead. This day, at the altar of the Blessed Sacrament, peace filled my soul as never before. I could sit there as long as I wished without having to rush off to some duty.

The famous statue of Our Lady, next to the main altar of the Cathedral has always attracted me as she holds on tightly to her Little Child. At her feet, a new strength comes into my being, a new sense of peace, knowing that she in my Loving Mother.

In the neighborhood, the St. Severin Church, built like a Cathedral over 800 years ago, still serves as the parish Church for the local residents. A visit there this day makes me realize the Catholic faith of the people responsible for this House of Worship. I want that faith too! An unusual day filled with adventure!

Fr. George McKenna

June 24, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , | 2 Comments