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A Thoughtful Friend

Each new sunrise is a new opportunity to share a random act of kindness!

Some years ago, on a hot summer day, I found myself in Central Italy on a slow moving train, one with no dining car.  Early that morning, I had boarded the train in the City of Florence with the hope of reaching Turin, a far northern Italian city, that evening.  Across from me in my compartment sat a genial, elderly American couple, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Moore from Kansas.

In our conversation, Mr. Moore, a sculptor, seeing that I was a Catholic Priest, mentioned his latest working in designing the copper biblical tracings on the huge front doors of the new Cathedral in San Francisco.  Such a work ranked him among the top American sculptors.

Later, towards noon, with pleasant goodbyes, the couple left the train at the small town of Carrara, the center of the famous Italian quarries.  At that point, I suddenly experienced a hunger and thirst for food with no prospect of getting any nourishment until late in the evening.

As the train began to pull out of the station, Mr. Moore came running up to the open window of my compartment with a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine.  He thrust them into my arms with a smile and a wave of his hand.  Mr. Moore moved out of my immediate life, but never out of my memory through the years.  What a generous and thoughtful person he proved himself, to provide me with nourishment for the long trip still ahead.  No bread ever tasted so good!

At the time I thought of the kindness of Jesus of Nazareth in giving His friends Food and Drink to strengthen them on the long journey through life.  In this pilgrimage on earth, the traveler experiences a deep hunger and a thirst for nourishment of the spirit.  Suddenly, the traveler comes upon the Genial Christ who thrusts into his hands Eucharistic Food, given out of a spirit of love!

Even though Mr. Moore, the gifted sculptor, had fashioned splendid doors for the entrance of God’s House in San Francisco, he still had time to feed a stranger in a country place.  Likewise, Jesus, the Architect of Life, opened the doors of His Father’s House with His self-sacrificing death.  But still, He did not lose touch with the hunger of His ordinary people. 

Fr. George McKenna

March 3, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 2 Comments

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