God is Good!

Seek the Lord while He may be found!

My Magnificent Mind

One of my many blessings – Holding hands and saying prayers with my great grand niece Grace before our weekly lunch.

Downtown Chicago has one of the most beautiful skylines in the world.  Being in the middle of the country many are drawn to this city of ours.  The Chicago skyline has continuously changed over the course of my life.  Each year it seems that a new skyscraper is going up, changing the fabric of the city.  Before a shovel full of dirt is dug for one of these splendid buildings, skilled architects have all the blueprints ready.  No blueprints. . . . no buildings.

St. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, gives the blue print for a house of peace in our spirit: “Your thoughts should be directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, decent, virtuous . . .”

Followers of Christ can easily lose sight of the power of the human mind.  Truly we are what we think!  If a person feels unhappy, then one can look immediately to the mind and to what thoughts thrive there.  Our thoughts make us what we are.

Many years ago, I remember playing a particularly disappointing game of golf.  Ordinarily this poor performance would have lowered my spirits.  My day would have been spoiled, but instead I turned my thoughts to the power of the mind, and positive thinking.  I began to concentrate of those things that I could be grateful for, instead of my poor performance.  “I can see the clouds and the beautiful blue sky. . . I can hear the voices of my family and friends. . . I have the physical strength to walk and swing my clubs.”  This grateful attitude and these uplifting thoughts chased my gloom away and gave new joy to the day!

The game of golf is much like the game of life.  Perhaps recently, in the playing of the game of life, we have had some “poor scores”, like losing our job, or being demoted, a weak performance in school or some financial reverses.  We can allow these “poor scores” to steal away our happiness.

However, we can do what I did on the golf course.  We can bring happy thoughts into our minds.  Some could be: “I have food to eat. . . I have a place to sleep. . . My health remains good.”  We will have peace of heart, courage to continue playing this fascinating game of life.

At 98, my blessings continue, though I have lost many of the pleasures I enjoyed years ago.  No longer can I golf or drive a car.  My mother and father, brothers and sister, and all the priests I was ordained with in 1944, have all gone to the everlasting joy of eternal life.  But each day, I remind myself to be grateful for what I do have.

These days put a guard at the doorway of our mind.  Allow only thoughts that are true, virtuous, pure, decent and honest to enter.  Thank you St. Paul!

 

Fr. George Mc Kenna

August 12, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 11 Comments

Love Excels All Other Gifts

Surrounded By Love!

A father gave his little son a jig saw puzzle which, when completed, would be a heart. The father left the child to wrestle with several hundred pieces. An hour later, on returning, the father saw the entire puzzle together. “How did you do it so quickly?” the parent asked. The child responded, “I turned the pieces over and saw that a word was there. I worked around the word.” The word turned out to be “love”. No one has ever found a better healer for a broken heart than love.

We are all suffering. We all need healing and affirmation. We walk about with open wounds and running sores. In youth, a mother’s kiss to a bruised knee helped greatly in easing the pain and the shock. An infant crying for fear will stop when a parent will whisper soothing words into its ear. Love affirms another by saying, “You are good and worthy of affection. You are a lovable person. You have many reasons for wanting to live.”

Love shows itself in any number of ways. A smile says, “I like you and hope to have you for a friend.” Acts of courtesy, especially in the home, such as “please”, “thank you”, and “pardon me”, do much to bring a gentle healing into family life. I remember, as a student in 8th grade, in 1933, walking into the classroom and finding a small candy heart on my desk. On the candy were the words, “I Love You”. It was over 55 years before I found out which of my classmates had touched my heart so tenderly back then.

I had a longtime friend, a resident of Omaha, Nebraska, a former telephone operator, who phoned several times a week. She died years ago, just short of her 88th birthday. At the conclusion of every call, she would say, “Do you know something? I love you.” Her voice and her message still linger frequently in my mind after all these years.

My measure of success will be: “Did I fill the world with love?”

Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 23, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 2 Comments