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Lift Up Your Heart

View of the crescent moon through the top of the earth’s atmosphere. Picture via Nasa Earth Observatory

Allow me to share one enjoyable flying experience with you. Sometimes, at ground level, the weather takes a nasty turn – rain, fog, all darkness and gloom, even in daytime. Then, one steps aboard a jet plane, quickly leaves the ground behind and climbs for a time through heavy, dark gray cloud cover. Suddenly the plane breaks out into the bright cheerful sunlight. I never grew tired of experiencing this breakthrough to light on those dismal days.

We can apply this experience to life. Oftentimes we find ourselves enshrouded in gloom and dark happenings: sickness, unemployment, hurt feelings, failure at work or marriage, fears about the unknown days ahead of life. Everywhere we look we see nothing but discouraging and depressing backdrops in life. We want to throw up our hands in despair and say, “Is this what life is about?”

Would it not help to realize that above all this darkness and distress, the bright warmth of God’s Love is always present? God, Love Itself, never ceases to direct His Peace, Joy and Hope into the hearts of us, his people.  Climb in spirit on the wings of prayer and soar above these dismal surroundings; bask in the Love always streaming from the Heart of our Great God. If we wish his inspiration and courage, they are ours for the asking. Life is worth living, no matter what the circumstances are at ground level.

Remember, above the clouds the heavens sparkle with beauty, cheerfulness and warmth from horizon to horizon. Lift up your heart!

Fr. George McKenna

October 2, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Victory Of The Cross

A Celtic Cross Monument standing tall over a grave in Toomore Cemetery just outside of Swinford, Ireland.

Although I have not written or preached about this particular story, it has greatly affected my life through the years.  During the Vietnam War, a U.S. Marine fighter pilot found himself a prisoner of war in a miserable cell after being shot down by a ground-to-air missile.  As he threw himself on the frozen dirt floor, darkness and despair filled his heart.  As a God-fearing man, he knew that he could not survive the cold, the heat, the poor food and the torture without God’s help.

What could he do to bring God’s Presence into his cell in some visible way?  What would the reader do in this situation?  After some thought,

the pilot took off his military shoe and with the leather hell, he scraped a cross on the cement wall.  Through the months and years ahead, he made this his place of prayer, with his thought usually centered on the Cross of Christ.

“Christ came to show me how to live”, this man of faith kept saying to himself.  “In the Garden of Gethsemane, the Lord accepted His Cup of suffering from the Father when he said, ‘Not my Will but Thine be done.’ ” So each day the American pilot accepted the hardships of prison life and offered his pain-filled hours to the Father in union with the Passion of Christ on the Cross.

A few years later, he left the prison, strong in spirit and deeply in love with life.  We all carry crosses of suffering.  One writer said that no adult human being has perfect health.  This leaves the door open to much pain, discomfort and stresses of all kinds.  What about the struggle to pay bills, to live with heartbreaks and the challenging temptations swirling around us all day long?

Suffering has no value in itself.  Only when we unite our hardships to the sufferings of Christ on the Cross do we profit from life’s misfortunes.   Each year, when we celebrate the joy of Easter, we witness the triumph of the Cross.  From the darkness of the Hill of Calvary, the Lord went to the brightness of Easter morning.

As autumn begins, and the days shorten, and the darkness of winter looms, we can keep the light of Christ in mind.  We can experience a glorious resurrection of spirit in our daily lives.  “Father, I accept my cross of discomfort out of love for You.  Help me to carry my cross with courage and faith.”

Fr. George McKenna

September 23, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 5 Comments