God is Good!

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A Powerful Story

Toomore Cemetery, Swinford, Ireland

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. The she told them to think of the nicest things they could say about each of their classmates and write it down.  It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment.

As the students left the classroom, each one handed in the papers. That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.  On Monday, she gave each student his or her list.

Before long, the entire class was smiling. “Really”, she heard whispered, “I never knew I meant anything to anyone”, and “I didn’t know others liked me so much”, were the most frequent comments.  No one ever mentioned those papers in class again.

The teacher never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn’t matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose.  The students were happy with themselves and each other.  That group of students moved on.

Several years later one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before.  He looked so handsome, so mature.  The church was packed with his friends.  The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin.

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as a pallbearer approached her. “Were you Mark’s math teacher?” he asked.   She nodded.  Then he said, “Mark talked about you a lot.”  At the luncheon, Mark’s mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.  “We want to show you something”, his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket.

He carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. On the paper were listed all the good things each of Mark’s classmates had wrote about him many years before.  “Thank you so much for doing that”, Mark’s mother said.  “As you can see, Mark treasured it.  They found this on Mark when he was killed.”

A friend of mine emailed me this story many years ago. The lessons are powerful – each of us has good within us – each of us should take the time to tell our friends and family the things that make them special to us, before it’s too late.

Fr. George McKenna

January 20, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Father’s ABCs

 Always trust your children to God’s care

My father – Patrick J. McKenna Happy Fathers’ Day to all fathers, and those who selflessly take on that role.

My father – Patrick J. McKenna
Happy Fathers’ Day to all fathers, and those who selflessly take on that role.

 Bring them to church

 Challenge them to high goals

 Delight in their achievements

 Exalt the Lord in their presence

 Frown on evil

 Give them love

 Hear their problems

 Ignore not their childish fears

 Joyfully accept their apologies

 Keep their confidence

 Live a good example before them

 Make them your friends

 Never ignore their endless questions

 Open your heart to their love

 Pray for them by name

 Quicken your interest in their spirituality

 Remember their needs

 Show them the way to salvation

 Teach them to work

 Understand they are still young

 Verify your statements

 Wean them from bad company

eXpect them to obey

 Yearn for God’s best for them

 Zealously guide them in the truth of the Bible

 

Fr. George Mc Kenna

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