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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

We Are Only Passing Through

My sister-in-law Anne McKenna entered Eternal Life on April 1, 2017. Weighing only 3 pounds when she was born, she grew into an amazing woman, wife and mother. I presided over her wedding to my brother Frank, and was there to baptize all their children.
She was a woman of strong faith and was at peace with God. She is now sharing in the rewards of heaven with her Loving Lord.

This parable story helped me to see the meaning of life more clearly.  Once upon a time, an infant began to grow in the womb of its mother.  As the months went by, the little one enjoyed a peace and tranquility that it would never possess in life outside the womb.  For one thing, it had no responsibilities since the mother took care of all its needs.

One day, a voice came to the infant, “In a certain sense, you are going to have to die, leave this world of your mother’s womb and enter a fantastic world of beauty and enjoyment.  Here nature will show you marvelous things, the stars, the moon and a great ball of fire, the sun, along with an amazing number of animals, birds, and insects dressed in all the colors of the spectrum!  You will delight in human friendships, in music and art of all kinds.”

On hearing this message, the infant, not understanding the words immediately declared, “I want to stay here.”  However, Nature took its course, ushering the child into the new world with its noise and brightness.  Here, the child grew into an adult, thoroughly enjoying the beauty and the thrilling experience of life.  How delighted he was that he didn’t stay in the womb of his mother.

After many years, a voice once again came to this person, “You are going to die and go into another world where you will see God face to face.  In this world, no one experiences sickness, pain, or discomfort of any kind.  All are perfectly happy.”

Again, the person did not comprehend these words.  One thing he knew – that he didn’t want to leave this earth so full of beauty and many little pleasures.  “I want to stay here”, he responded.  However, death ushered him in the next world.  The reality of joy and glory he found in this new world far exceeded his wildest dreams and hopes.  In the atmosphere of this loving home of God, his whole being expanded with happiness and delight.

How glad he was that he didn’t stay on earth with its meager bits of peace and miss this stupendous place of love.  Life on earth is not our lasting home.  We are only passing through, so there is no need to get upset about too many things.  Love God, and serve Him alone.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

April 7, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 11 Comments