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Fall In Love With Life

A new day dawns as the sun rises over Lake Michigan. What will you do with this opportunity?

One night in the hospital, the sick man heard the dreaded news from his doctor, “You only have a short time to live.”  Through the long, dark hours of the night, the man wrestled with many conflicting thoughts of how he had used his life and how he wished he had a little more time for things he wanted to do for his loved ones.

The next morning the doctor spoke to him, “We were mistaken.  You are fine, you are going to live!”  With a loud shout of joy the “sick” man almost jumped out of his bed.  Suddenly life took on a rosy hue.  His ears picked up the sound of voices down the corridor and the chirp of birds outside his window.  He was going to live!  He wanted to climb out on the hospital roof and shout to the entire neighborhood, “I AM GOING TO LIVE!”  The splendid gift he had taken for granted up until the night before, now was suddenly seen in all its beauty and preciousness.  He would never be the same again.

This true story made a lasting impression on me.  I made a resolution to fall in love with life.  We take each dawn for granted and look upon the day ahead as another hurdle to be leaped over.  Instead, how worthwhile to see the dawning day as a precious gift from the Lord.  We are to fill the day with an enjoyment of all its simple happenings, the sound of the voices of our loved ones, the constantly changing scene of nature, the sky, the flight of birds.

Like the sick man given a reprieve from death, we ought to want to shout to all the community, “I’M GOING TO LIVE!”  Why so many gloom faces on the streets?  Because conditions are not perfect, these people gifted with life shrug off its value and choose to be morose and dispirited.  The daily trials of life have blinded them to the privilege of what it means to be a “living” person.

Pretend you thought you had little chance to survive.  Pretend you hear someone say, “You are going to live!”  Would your life be the same humdrum experience you might find it to be at the present moment?  Face the day in a positive way, telling yourself that you will use every happening of the day as a stepping stone to new growth in personality and character.

Fr. George McKenna

July 21, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , , | 7 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