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Two Cathedrals

The roofless ruins of the old Cathedral

The roofless ruins of the old Cathedral

Happy Easter to all!.  Fr. McKenna posted this message on Easter Sunday, 2013.  Given the events in Paris last week, I thought it fitting to repost this beautiful message.  Through our ruins we can find beauty.  God’s Peace to all on this Joyous Day of The Resurrection!

 

One day, I drove into the City of Coventry in Northern England, with one goal in mind, to view the ruins of the Cathedral bombed out in the air raids of World War II.

Only the lower part of the walls of this once magnificent Church had survived the rain of death from the skies.  Grass covered what had been the main body of the edifice.

The worshipers had responded to this destruction by raising up a new, modern Cathedral on the grounds adjoining the ruins.  As I walked through this light-filled House of Worship, I admired the faith of the Coventry people in raising up another splendid, glowing Temple of Prayer for all to come after them.

On this Easter Sunday, we rejoice that death did not conquer the Lord, the Messiah, on that first Good Friday.  He raised Himself up from the tomb into a shining image of hope for all his faithful followers.

Perhaps, we find ourselves sitting among the ruins of our lives brought on by our own weakness and lack of faith.  At this Resurrection Time, we can have new hope that we can change our death dealing life style into a glorious way of life.

Jesus, the Risen Lord, approaches us with His greeting, “Peace Be With You!”  We can step out of the ruins of what has been and grasp the Hand of the Gentle Christ Who wishes to help us build an even greater edifice of our lives, all bright and inspiring with prayer and good works of every kind.

I shall never forget Coventry and its two Cathedrals.  The memory has often given me new hope in striving for a better life.

A Joyous Easter To All!!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

April 21, 2019 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 4 Comments

Advent: The Coming Of The Visitor

A Candle on a German Christmas Tree
Photo by Gerbil via Wikipedia

Did you have family and friends over for Thanksgiving last week?  What did you do in preparation?  If you are like me, you got your house in order!  I remember years ago, some friends called and told me they were coming to visit me in my apartment.  I went to work in putting things back in their proper place: books, clothes and the clean laundry.  I opened the window and it brought in fresh, cool air.  All in all, it took me over an hour to straighten out the disorder of my small apartment.  I said to myself, “How fortunate to have these visitors, otherwise I wouldn’t have brought order to my quarters.”

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the season we await the coming of our famous Visitor, Christ the Lord, to our hearts.  Our faith tells us of this coming, not a make believe one, but truly a happening certain to take place.  In this Season of Grace, the Lord will make His way into our hearts, made ready for Him and swept clean of all debris of sin and past negligence of Him.

The Advent Season, the preparation time for the Coming of the Holy Visitor, gives us the motivation, the gentle shove we need to clean our hearts of anything that would embarrass the Great Visitor from Heaven.  We could sweep out our selfish habits, our laxity in prayer, or our indifference to God.

Just as I admired the order and neatness of my apartment, if we use this Advent season to prepare, then this Christmastime we can be thrilled when we look into our hearts and see the glow and shine of a place suitable for the Lord’s visit.

Fr. George McKenna

December 2, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 2 Comments