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With Faith In God, I Can Overcome Any Obstacle

NotreDameParisThe news of the  tragic fire consuming Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, broke my heart.  This was one of Fr. McKenna’s favorite places of worship.  As I watched the live stream of the spire crashing to the ground, I thought of Uncle George, and wondered how he would be affected by this.  Of course he is in a better place now, free of worry, but I am sure that there would be lump in his throat and a tear in his saddened heart.  I am reposting this message from 2013.  God’s peace to all those in Paris today.

In the splendid Cathedrals of Europe, I found great inspiration for my faith in God.  My favorite one has always been Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.  Build some 800 years ago, around 1200 A.D., over a period of 100 years, this magnificent House of Workship tells the world of the remarkable faith in God of the builders and the people of those times.  With much sacrifice, these men and women decided to build a Holy Place worthy of the Greatness of God.

Oftentimes, in my many visits to Notre Dame, I sat there within its awesome interior, amidst the swirl of tourists from all nations, and made plans to erect such a holy building within my heart and spirit.  This I would do with good works and willingly accepted sufferings.  An altar would hold my offerings of prayers.  At any time of the day, I could enter this sacred place within me, for time with God.  My faith would be alive, similar to that of the builders of Notre Dame in Paris.

I encourage our readers to have a burning desire to raise a mighty Cathedral of Worship within their souls for the honor and glory of God.  What beauty and goodness we would see within ourselves.  Have confidence that with our faith, our belief in God’s power, this is all possible!  Do we not believe in the presence of the Holy Spirit within us?

I have given thousands and thousands of homilies and talks over 68 years.  After all this speaking about God, I conclude that, after the gift of life, next comes the gift of faith, a belief in a God always with us.  Prize our Catholic Faith above all other possessions.  Our faith gives meaning to our lives in the midst of all our sufferings.  We are here only for a short time, to prepare ourselves for Heaven.

Recently, I asked a waitress, a longtime friend from a previous parish, “How is your faith life?  Do you attend Church on weekends?”  She responded, “My faith is my everything.  I couldn’t live without it.”  Without our faith in God, we would be like a ship without a rudder.  Such a ship is at the mercy of the winds and the waves.  It cannot head for any definite place because it is pushed back and forth in all directions.  Our faith steers us to peace.

Daily prayer, weekly worship, keeping the Commandments, will strengthen our faith in God and help us to be holy people on earth.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

April 15, 2019 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Riddles Of Life

The stain glass windows are aglow this Advent Season at Old St. Mary’s in downtown Milwaukee

Man has searched for the answer to the riddles of life since the beginning of time. His search had taken him in every direction with no complete solution ever being found. He has looked for a solution in wars, which are nothing but self-destructive . . . he has search within his friends who have let him down frequently . . . he has browsed through volume of books which are non-living and thus cannot give an answer to the deepest questions of life.

In our hearts there is an intense longing for the happiness which we all feel we have a right to, otherwise, why were we put here to yearn and ping for something that is completely beyond our reach? Why were we put here for the purpose of forever wishing for something that will never come to be?

As Christians, we believe that we have the answer to all these riddles of life in the Person of Christ. We must await His coming and be on the lookout for His arrival. We must possess serenity of life, a quiet peace of soul so that His coming will not be missed. We must wish His coming into our hearts. We must await His coming in patience. Christ moves into the lives of those who wait, only in the Person of Christ will we find the answer to the riddles of life that face each one of us.

The rush of the holiday season has been with us since before Thanksgiving. We can be swept away with this hurrying about and then miss the real meaning of the season. We can end up the season of Advent with no more answers to the great riddles of life then when the season began. Let us try to understand the roots of our everyday longing. Only in Jesus will we find the answer of our yearnings.

Seek Jesus during these last few days of Advent. He holds the solution for all the problems of mankind. This is not just a mood that we want to have during this Holy Season, but rather we want this feeling of yearning for Christ because we believe deeply in the terrible need we have for Him in our lives. “Lord, I desire You. You know my needs. I have looked in all places for the solutions to this riddle we call life, and I have found the answer in You!”

         Fr. George McKenna

December 15, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 3 Comments