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Renew Our Homes

My mother
Mary O’Malley McKenna

Of all the DIY shows on cable TV now, one of my favorites has always been the original, “This Old House” with Bob Villa. Each week Bob would show what could be done to make over a house built years and years ago.  Before our very eyes, fresh paint, new materials and a little elbow grease would work amazing changes for the betterment of the home.

“This Old House” always made me think about how a home, with its family, could receive an updating along spiritual lines. On the walls of our dwelling we can paint those glorious colors of Joy, Peace, Hope, Love and Forgiveness, brightening up the lives of all in the family circle.  Tear out the rotting materials of coldness, unloving ways and fear-ridden life styles.

When tempted to lose our temper we find the word PEACE coming to our mind to curb the strong feelings of impatience and irritability. In moments of despair, wishing to throw in the white towel in our efforts to may our family worthwhile, the often repeated word HOPE surfaces.  “Yes”, I say, “I am a person of hope.  I can’t give up!”

When inclined to worry excessively, the word JOY comes to our lips to take control over fear and anxiety. Fall in love with the word LOVE.  Doing spiteful things to family members, harboring hateful thoughts about them will have no place in our home.  Kind words add music to our little community of the family.

We find in FORGIVENESS a healing word, a way to overlook harmful things done to us, even by a family member. If all in the family strive to put these materials into the home structure, then our home will enjoy a happiness, just short of the bliss of Heaven.

PEACE . . . JOY. . . LOVE . . . HOPE . . . FORGIVENESS

When you think of it, our mothers have helped make us who we are.  A Happy Mothers’ Day to All

Fr. George McKenna

May 13, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 4 Comments

Our Attitude Towards Life

Capt. E.V. “Eddie” Rickenbacker
wearing the Medal of Honor.
(U.S. Air Force photo)

A story I heard a long time ago helped me to want to develop a good attitude towards my precious gift of life. I have shared this before.  Two wounded soldiers, one a young blind man, occupied the same hospital room.  The man, with sight, lay in his bed next to the window.  Each day, the blind veteran, obviously in low spirits, ask he roommate to describe what he saw outside the window.  Gifted in the use of words, this man used his talents to bring a picture of the outside world to his depressed friend.

Every day the narrator described the garden next to the hospital, with its various flowers and their colors, the different kinds of birds in the sky overhead and the weather. All these details, day after day, lifted the spirits of the blind man and made him want to live.

Unexpectedly, the man at the window died, much to the sorrow of his blind roommate. Another patient took his place.  When the blind man asked him to describe what he saw outside the window, the man said, “There is nothing the outside this window – just a blank wall.”  Two men, one window.  One saw the possible beauty, the other a blank wall.

We have the choice of seeing the light filled side of life, the many beauties of Nature, the loving actions of people about us, the possibilities of greatness in our children and family. Attitude is everything.  Our attitude, our outlook on life can make us or break us.  There is much truth in this conclusion. 

I remember one trip to Paris many years ago. I had been in my room and a great steel shutter covered my window.  A dismal dark room awaited me for my trip, my spirits were low.  One day I had returned and one of the nuns had come in and raised this shutter in my absence.  I was now greeted with the view of a flourishing garden outside my residence.  What a pleasant sight I was missing – all due to a shutter.  When we have a bright attitude towards life, it is as if we are lifting the shutter from our life and opening ourselves to life’s garden of delight.

In October, 1942, Medal of Honor recipient, Eddie Rickenbacker was afloat for over 3 weeks in a rubber boat in the Pacific Ocean with his crew. He kept their hopes alive with his cheerful way of speaking and his positive outlook . . . “Help will come. . . We’re going to make it home. . . ”  And in the end, they were rescued! 

We should each remove the shutters from our lives. We should encourage others, and encourage ourselves with a positive attitude toward life.  We should never give up, and we should always have faith in our Heavenly Father’s presence in our daily lives.

                                                    Fr. George McKenna

April 29, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 9 Comments