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With Faith In God, I Can Overcome Any Obstacle

NotreDameParisThe news of the  tragic fire consuming Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, broke my heart.  This was one of Fr. McKenna’s favorite places of worship.  As I watched the live stream of the spire crashing to the ground, I thought of Uncle George, and wondered how he would be affected by this.  Of course he is in a better place now, free of worry, but I am sure that there would be lump in his throat and a tear in his saddened heart.  I am reposting this message from 2013.  God’s peace to all those in Paris today.

In the splendid Cathedrals of Europe, I found great inspiration for my faith in God.  My favorite one has always been Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.  Build some 800 years ago, around 1200 A.D., over a period of 100 years, this magnificent House of Workship tells the world of the remarkable faith in God of the builders and the people of those times.  With much sacrifice, these men and women decided to build a Holy Place worthy of the Greatness of God.

Oftentimes, in my many visits to Notre Dame, I sat there within its awesome interior, amidst the swirl of tourists from all nations, and made plans to erect such a holy building within my heart and spirit.  This I would do with good works and willingly accepted sufferings.  An altar would hold my offerings of prayers.  At any time of the day, I could enter this sacred place within me, for time with God.  My faith would be alive, similar to that of the builders of Notre Dame in Paris.

I encourage our readers to have a burning desire to raise a mighty Cathedral of Worship within their souls for the honor and glory of God.  What beauty and goodness we would see within ourselves.  Have confidence that with our faith, our belief in God’s power, this is all possible!  Do we not believe in the presence of the Holy Spirit within us?

I have given thousands and thousands of homilies and talks over 68 years.  After all this speaking about God, I conclude that, after the gift of life, next comes the gift of faith, a belief in a God always with us.  Prize our Catholic Faith above all other possessions.  Our faith gives meaning to our lives in the midst of all our sufferings.  We are here only for a short time, to prepare ourselves for Heaven.

Recently, I asked a waitress, a longtime friend from a previous parish, “How is your faith life?  Do you attend Church on weekends?”  She responded, “My faith is my everything.  I couldn’t live without it.”  Without our faith in God, we would be like a ship without a rudder.  Such a ship is at the mercy of the winds and the waves.  It cannot head for any definite place because it is pushed back and forth in all directions.  Our faith steers us to peace.

Daily prayer, weekly worship, keeping the Commandments, will strengthen our faith in God and help us to be holy people on earth.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

April 15, 2019 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , ,


  1. The burning of Notre Dame Cathedral also brought sadness to my heart as I thought of how it would have been such a blow to Fr. McKenna. I’m so glad he was able to see it in its glory.

    Comment by Gerry Ryan | April 15, 2019 | Reply

  2. Thank you for this timely comment at such a sad time. I thought of Fr. McKenna today when I heard the news of the cathedral burning also!

    Comment by Sr. Linda Sevcik, SM | April 15, 2019 | Reply

  3. Fr. McKenna was the first thought I had when I heard the news of the fire! How sad he would have been. We will rebuilt this beautiful church.

    Comment by Kathy | April 16, 2019 | Reply

  4. Appropriate homily of Fr. George. As you say, he would have been saddened by this.

    Comment by Kathryn Mikel | April 16, 2019 | Reply

  5. I awoke to your blog Tuesday. I couldn’t make sense of the first part. The Cathedral of Notre Dame could not be burning, that would be impossible! That was a beautiful reflection bybFr. George.
    I am new to your blog. I read you will publish it until you finish all of his blogs.
    As a new guy, I earnestly hope you might start over again.
    Thanks so much for your fruitful dedication.

    Comment by Charlie Daues | April 17, 2019 | Reply

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