God is Good!

Seek the Lord while He may be found!

A Christmas Carol

The above is from a calendar of John Heyl Vincent (1832-1920).
He was a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Sound advice then, sound advice now!

Year after year, I am amazed at the power filled short story of Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”.  Outside of the Holy Scriptures, no tale has caught the appeal of good hearted readers as has “A Christmas Carol”.

Speaking for myself, I enjoy the simple story because I see the amount of change that can take place in a person’s heart almost overnight.  To all appearances, Ebenezer Scrooge was doomed to die a stingy, cranky, unloving man.

Suddenly, on Christmas Eve, the old man had visitors in his dreams who showed him the foolishness of his past ways.  Waking up, Ebenezer, with a scream of delight, realized that he still had time to reform his life.  What a delightful change took place!

During this Christmas Season of 2018, Jesus the Infant Savior, fills our lives with dreams and revelations of how we too, can remake our lives.  He leads us to the stable of Bethlehem and shows us the beauty of holiness of life in Himself, His Mother and His Foster Father, Joseph.

Like Scrooge, we cry out in joy that this holiness of living can still be ours.  We want no part of the selfishness and the pettiness of some of our past attitudes towards others.  The Holy Child reminds us that we can be a light to the world about us.

The Christmas Season, with the birth of the Child Jesus, along with the tradition of making resolutions the following week during New Year’s Celebrations, is the perfect time to look inside like Scrooge, see a better way to live, and then take the actions necessary to change for the better of ourselves, and the better of all.  “God Bless us, everyone!”

        A Healthy and Happy New Year to All!                  Fr. George McKenna

December 29, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 7 Comments

Holy Spirit, Open My Mind To The Possibilities Around Me

Appearance of Jesus Christ to Mary Magdalena
by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov

In speaking of physical health, all doctors agree on one point – exercise is a “must”. “Use your heart or lose it.”  All my life I have kept active, my favorite activity being golf.  When I was assigned to Our Lady of The Snows on Chicago’s Southside, I would walk around Midway airport – a four mile trip – for my exercise.  When I retired, I rented a condominium in a three story complex at 99th & South Pulaski.  So accustomed to meeting my need for exercise, I became sad and frustrated because weather conditions kept me far from my usual level of activity.  It would be too cold or too hot, too snowy or too rainy, or sometimes just too inconvenient to go down three floors to street level.  I was beginning to feel sluggish and tired.

Then a thought came to me: what about the corridor just outside my door? It was long enough, about 50 yards, heavily air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter.  And so I began my daily walks for about 30 minutes at a time.  My level of good health returned quickly.  I was actually thrilled at this discovery of how to get my walking in right outside my front door!

The same holds true for the health of our soul. Spiritual leaders tell of the absolute necessity of making Jesus, the Great Prophet from Nazareth, the center of our life.  We are to focus the spotlight of our love and attention on this Gentle Person of the Gospels.  All other persons stand in the dark.  Here we see the Savior offering us His Love and Friendship.  We need but say “Yes” and He will come, capture our hearts and draw us under His spell of goodness and righteousness.  We follow up this “Yes” with a daily sharing of the happenings of our life with Jesus.

In this brief message, we can see how to improve our interior life by accepting the Lord’s invitation to be His loving friend. In my opening story, I allowed everyday circumstances of life to keep me from my daily exercise.  Luckily I overcame these minor distractions before my health deteriorated too much.  And after starting my routine, I saw how simple it really was to find and make the time for exercise.

We can easily allow the conditions of life to make us deaf and blind to the circumstances that are darkening our souls, and then miss the chance of a life time to renew it; too much work to do, too many responsibilities, or the old time favorite – “I’m just not the praying type.” Jesus’ invitation is open to all people of all ages.  Don’t put off your acceptance of this wonderful soul and life saving change.  Thrill at the simplicity of carrying it out. 

Jesus stands before us . . . “Why are you making Me an alabaster statue, a thing with no hearing, no sight, and no understanding? I am fully alive!  I am alert to all the goings on in your life!  Share your life with Me, and I will share eternal life with you!”   Don’t be sad and frustrated like I was because of my lack of exercise – it was always available to me, right outside my front door.  Jesus too, is always there, always available!  Rejoice!

Fr. George McKenna

September 30, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 8 Comments