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Has It Already Been A Year?

It is hard to believe that a year has past since we lost our Uncle, our Friend, our Spiritual Advisor, our Teacher, our living example of Christ’s Love.  He continues to touch our lives, rarely does a day past that I don’t think of Fr. George with love, affection and gratitude for how he changed my outlook on life.  This entry was written in late January 1996, and safe to say, Fr. McKenna followed his own advice through out his life . . . have you ever known a more loving person?  God Bless.  Joe.  

Uncle George, 2018

Already we have moved a month into the new year.  If we have not taken any resolutions, I encourage our readers to take this short, simple one . . . “I wish to be a loving person.”  From long experience, I have found that this resolution,   well kept, will influence our lives in all directions.

As we keep saying this wish to ourselves each day, we will discover a peace and joy found only in Heaven.  We really don’t know the limitless supply of love that we have in our hearts.  No one can empty his heart of love.

No matter what our age, this resolution can turn our life around.  We grow more conscious of all the chances we have each day to show love in a hundred, different ways.  With the coming of a new day, we feel excitement about the wonderful prospects before us.  As we show respect and consideration for others, we come to appreciate ourselves more and more.  Our number of friends increase because we give forth a light and beauty that only a loving person has.

Be conscious in a peaceful, relaxed way about the content of our thoughts, words and actions.  As we think thoughts of others, quietly ask ourselves, “Are these loving thoughts?”  If they lack love, simply say, “No, I don’t want these!”

So too, for our words!  Make them kind, encouraging and free of judgement of others.  Hold our tongue if they are angry, critical or spiteful words.  If we think in a loving way, surely our actions will have the same quality.  We are what we think!

Many years ago, while celebrating a marriage, I encouraged the young couple to make their home a little suburb of Heaven!  I had never used that expression before.  A year later, the bride met me some place.  The first words she spoke were, “Father, we have tried to make our home a little suburb of Heaven.”

If we all took this resolution, “I wish to be a loving person”, our h0mes, our community, and our place of work, would become little suburbs of Heaven.  Frequently, read St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 3:12-17 — “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.  And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful.”

Fr. George P. McKenna

January 25, 2020 Posted by | Bulletins | 11 Comments