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Drawing Close To God Through Difficult Times

Dante and Beatrice gaze upon the highest heavens; from Gustave Doré’s illustrations to the Divine Comedy.
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I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory to come that will be revealed to us.  St. Paul encourages us to have hope.  Whatever we suffer now in the way of sickness, family troubles, is small in comparison to what we will receive in the future from God.  We spend only a short time here on earth.  We are not here to be famous, to become rich, to live here forever, but rather, to prepare ourselves for the coming glory that will be ours in the life to come in heaven.  Heaven is our real home!

In the midst of our suffering we must keep our eyes on the life to come.  How easy it is to think that God has forgotten us when hardships come; however our faith tells us that this is only the shadow of the Hand of God over us.  Sometimes God permits difficult things to come because in this way He keeps us close to Himself.  Perhaps we can all look back and see how some misfortune has been a hidden blessing.  Maybe we had been drifting away from God, perhaps success has been making us forget God, or just putting Him out of our conscious thought.  Then a sickness, a loss, or a hardship brought us to our knees and made us realize we are weak and helpless and we have a need for this God from Israel.

So suffering can be a gift from God.  If our suffering did not come, where would we be today?  Suffering of body and mind are plentiful through life.  On all sides we experience issues  and problems.  Seeking comfort, you tell someone about your troubles and to your astonishment you find out that theirs are even greater than yours; your problem, in a way, now becomes a blessing.  Is this how we can balance God’s goodness with the human sufferings around us?  Do our sufferings serve a good purpose?  God does not wish to drive His people to the ground with hardships and worry.  If we were free of these hardships and worry, we may take for granted the Gift of Life and leave God out of our daily living.  We could forgot about our reward to come, to return to our real home – Heaven!

Fr. George McKenna
Originally written in July 1965

March 27, 2019 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 2 Comments

St. Joseph, A Model Of Holiness In Life

St. Joseph the Carpenter
Georges de La Tour
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This past week we celebrated the feast day of St. Joseph.  Contemplating his life we seek meaning to our existence and to the work that we do in our own life.  What can we learn from Joseph, whose hands worked for the upkeep of the Savior of the world?  In these days of frustration, this feast could well open doors in our mind to the value of ordinary work done for the Lord.  How many men think of holiness and goodness of life only in terms of what they do in church?  What happens outside of church walls seems divorced from God and salvation of the soul.  After years possibly of fruitless thinking about the little value of what we do in our life work, we may come to a plateau where we see that the things we do in Church are really continued in the life work we do outside.

We will use most of our waking hours at our work . . . housework and chores, driving a bus, teaching children, balancing our clients accounts, working for a dollar to bring home food.  Our outlook on these hours will determine much of our holiness.  In doing this work are we pleasing God?  Our work sanctifies us.  Our labor is our prayer.  Joseph knew the meaning of slivers and sawdust.  Customers would scold him for working too slow or what they thought was poor workmanship.  Yet the lamp in Joseph’s workshop went long into the night at times because there was food to put on the table, a roof to provide safety for the Child and His mother.  Joseph willingly undertook this work.  It became his staff of holiness, his claim to the reward of Heaven.  Christ intentionally chose a foster father like Joseph.  He knew that thousands and thousands of workers afterwards would look to Joseph for inspiration.

Joseph pushed and pulled.  There was nothing noteworthy about his work except that he did it for God.  It really doesn’t matter what work we perform, except that we labor in it for the honor of God.  In the dignity of our everyday work we will work out our salvation.  We should strive to see the worth in our day’s work.

Sometimes good intention-ed souls think that the time spent at their livelihood is pulling them away from the greatness of soul to which they have been called.  The time in Church seems to them the only time when their week is best employed for the good of their souls.  All of us must find our holiness of life in the daily work of our vocation.  Think of the hours that we spend at the work we do in life, so much more than the time spent in prayer at Church.  Whether it is over the office desk, on the floor on our knees, or leaning over an operating table, if we could see that these hours are the tools of our holiness, then perhaps our work would have more meaning.

Fr. George McKenna

March 23, 2019 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , | 5 Comments