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What One Man Did

Jeff Keith, still living life with a smile.
Photo courtesy from http://www.yourmission.org

32 years ago, in 1985, I was enthralled with the exciting story of Jeff Keith who ran and walked across the United States from coast to coast to the benefit of the Cancer Fund.

With one leg lost to cancer at the tender age of 12, Jeff used his artificial leg and his good leg to complete an almost unbelievable feat of stamina – with a smile. At the time, he brought millions of Americans new hope in their lives as they witnessed his courage attitude towards life. His impact on my life was positive – giving me dreams and hopes for my own future.

I remember seeing a news report on this from the West Coast. Strangers of all ages were coming up to Jeff, hugging him, shaking his hand, thanking him for the example he had given them. Again and again, Jeff stated that without God’s help he could not have persevered. Early each day, while on his journey, he gathered his team and together and holding hands they prayed for God’s support.

Modern day models like Jeff Keith help us to start thinking about the quality of our own lives. With more courage and planning, our days could be so much more fruitful and productive. Deep within us lay reservoirs of power and resources to help us do almost incredible things with our gift of life. However, excuses to give up come easily. After all, we say, “we are only one person; we are only human, not super-human.”

Set definite goals. Think in concrete terms of what we wish to accomplish. Bring the helping Presence of Christ into the work as Jeff and his team did. Motivate ourselves to carry out the needed actions for the one day at hand.

Jeff didn’t stop with his run across the country in 1985. Over the years he has raised millions of dollars for cancer and now runs MISSION, a company dedicated to helping those faced with cancer find ways to be inspired, and live life vibrantly. Think often of Jeff Keith and his winning smile. He was just one man – like each of us.

Fr. George McKenna

September 16, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Christ, My Co-Pilot

Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Rembrandt
Via WIkipedia

A picture, a drawing, is worth 1,000 words.  One sketch had that effect on me.  The illustration showed a lone sailor struggling at the helm of a small sailing vessel in the midst of a storm.  Directly behind him stood the Person of Christ with His Hands on the wheel too!  With both working together, they kept the boat on a steady course.

The lesson stood out clearly.  With Christ we can weather any storm life might bring.  Some of the most significant words in the Bible: “I am the Vine, you are the branches.  Without Me, you can do nothing.”  How are we to be fruitful branches?  In 1 John, it says, “Keep the Commandments so that you may live in Me and I in you.”

Only through daily prayer can we keep the Commandments.  If I were to speak to newly ordained priests today, I would say, “Wear out your knees before your feet.”  In other words, develop a deep prayer life, otherwise you can easily become a dead branch on the Vine.  We can say this to all of us, in whatever vocation God has called us to.

Think again of the image we began with.  In union with Christ each day by prayer, Christ will be standing with us, sustaining us in all the difficulties of life.  A warning, a shot across the bow of our little ship, there are three ways of life that can easily pull us away from Christ unless we are alert to them: To be too good looking; To be too smart; To be too rich.

A person with good looks might say, “My personality will bring me success, I don’t need Christ.”  The very smart one: “My intellect will solve any problem without the help of Jesus of Nazareth.”  The rich person: “With my abundance of money, I’m a self-made success.”

Thank God if we have the above gifts, but use them wisely and through prayer, seek God’s guidance in their use.  Beware of the pitfalls connected with them if you try to go it alone.  I have always given thanks to God for just being an ordinary run-of-the-mill human being.  No looks, no scholastics awards, (golf trophies, yes), and no possessions.  Life has always been a struggle.  Because of that, I have had to fall back on Christ to survive.  I suggest you don’t do your journey of life alone.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 29, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 2 Comments