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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

A Fond Memory

In 1982, a priest, Father Peter, a few years older than myself, lived with me for a year. At the end of the year, he died suddenly.  At that time, sensing some heart weakness, he asked me to drive him to the hospital.  The cardiologist, a good friend of Father Peter’s, told me with tears in his eyes: “We are going to lose Father Peter.”  Lose him we did a few days later.  Often times in those days, my eyes were wet with tears because Father Peter had become a close friend.

Besides the his little radio, he left me a sacred legacy. Frequently in the course of a week, in our conversations he would suddenly say with enthusiasm and sincerity, “God Bless You!”  Even when we disagreed on what should be done, he sweetened and softened the lack of agreement with a sudden, “God Bless You!”  I had never heard anyone speak like that.  At these times I thought: how consoling and comforting to hear someone asking God to bless me!

I decided to continue his holy custom as best I could. I still try to say to others, with sincerity, “God Bless You!”, especially to my family and friends and to those who do services for me.  In times of disharmony and tense situations, these words, God Bless You, go a long way in bringing good will back into the troubled picture.  I can attest to this truth from my personal experience with Father Peter.

Say this blessing to your dear ones and to those who help you in so many ways. So many people who perform services for you would appreciate a “God Bless You”.  I have shared Father Peter’s legacy to me.  At first, you may feel self-conscious in saying these holy words.  I know I did, and I am a priest!  Quickly though, you will grow accustomed to hearing yourself saying this powerful phrase, “God Bless You”.

Happy Memorial Day! A day to honor all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country.  “God Bless YOU!”

Fr. George McKenna

May 27, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , | 3 Comments