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Fall In Love With Life

A new day dawns as the sun rises over Lake Michigan. What will you do with this opportunity?

One night in the hospital, the sick man heard the dreaded news from his doctor, “You only have a short time to live.”  Through the long, dark hours of the night, the man wrestled with many conflicting thoughts of how he had used his life and how he wished he had a little more time for things he wanted to do for his loved ones.

The next morning the doctor spoke to him, “We were mistaken.  You are fine, you are going to live!”  With a loud shout of joy the “sick” man almost jumped out of his bed.  Suddenly life took on a rosy hue.  His ears picked up the sound of voices down the corridor and the chirp of birds outside his window.  He was going to live!  He wanted to climb out on the hospital roof and shout to the entire neighborhood, “I AM GOING TO LIVE!”  The splendid gift he had taken for granted up until the night before, now was suddenly seen in all its beauty and preciousness.  He would never be the same again.

This true story made a lasting impression on me.  I made a resolution to fall in love with life.  We take each dawn for granted and look upon the day ahead as another hurdle to be leaped over.  Instead, how worthwhile to see the dawning day as a precious gift from the Lord.  We are to fill the day with an enjoyment of all its simple happenings, the sound of the voices of our loved ones, the constantly changing scene of nature, the sky, the flight of birds.

Like the sick man given a reprieve from death, we ought to want to shout to all the community, “I’M GOING TO LIVE!”  Why so many gloom faces on the streets?  Because conditions are not perfect, these people gifted with life shrug off its value and choose to be morose and dispirited.  The daily trials of life have blinded them to the privilege of what it means to be a “living” person.

Pretend you thought you had little chance to survive.  Pretend you hear someone say, “You are going to live!”  Would your life be the same humdrum experience you might find it to be at the present moment?  Face the day in a positive way, telling yourself that you will use every happening of the day as a stepping stone to new growth in personality and character.

Fr. George McKenna

July 21, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

I Need A Professional Guide

One of the world famous Edward Kemey’s Lions in front of the Art Institute.
Photo by via Wikipedia.

I always enjoyed visiting the Chicago Art Institute on Michigan Avenue. Within its walls, this world famous Museum contains priceless and irreplaceable art treasures.  I would walk along it corridors and quickly view the paintings of the masters, works of sculpture and the seasonal cultural exhibits.  My walk was always a solo flight.  With only myself and my own little knowledge of art and culture, I just hoped that some of this remarkable work of creative minds would sink into my life and uplift it.

Oftentimes, in these wanderings in the Museum, I would run across school children, some 30 or 40 in a group. They would usually be seated on little camp chairs in front of a masterpiece as a professional guide from the Museum would be explaining the features of the painting to their fresh, young minds.  Frequently I would stop and listen, enthralled.  In an exciting, well-modulated voice the guide, generally a woman, would explain the color tone, the artist’s reason for drawing the picture, the time period of the work and other valuable insights.  As I would listen, I found out sadly, how much I was missing in my solo journeys through this treasure house.

Do I realize how much I am missing in my daily journey by making solo flights along the hallways of life? There’s no need to depend on my own small amount of wisdom to get the most out of life.  I can provide myself with a professional guide.  I can invite the Holy Spirit to come with me to point out helpful ideas in all the happenings that come my way.  Like the professional guide in the Museum, this Holy Spirit, friendly and totally knowledgeable, truly willing to communicate, would enrich my mind and heart beyond my fondest dreams.

In my journeys through the corridors of life, encountering it artistic treasures, such as sadness, tragedy, bewilderment, despair, as I thirst for happiness, like the little school children, I will sit down and listen to the Spirit speaking to me. This Gentle, Lovable Person will point out to me the richness contained in those personal life adventures.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. May our Loving Father continue to bless you abundantly.

Fr. George McKenna

November 18, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , | 11 Comments