God is Good!

Seek the Lord while He may be found!

A Treasure To Admire

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth,
by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, via Wikipedia

You can compare the gift of life to a costly jewel, a diamond, a sapphire or an emerald.  On receiving a diamond engagement ring, a woman understandably delights in the experience.  She has received this shining gem as an expression of love from another!

Oftentimes in the days after, she holds up the diamond to the light; thrilling in the flashes of brilliance that shoot forth from its different facets.  The girl never grows tired of admiring her exquisite gift, and showing it to friends and family.  At the day’s end, the woman places her treasure in a box lined with satin.  She doesn’t throw the precious stone into a junk drawer filled with cheap knickknacks and forgotten items.

God has given each of us the gift of life, a jewel beyond all price, as an expression of His love.  A responsible person, aware of the beauty of this gift, will frequently hold up this present before his eyes to admire its shafts of brilliance.  Life holds out the promise of peace, personal fulfillment and true happiness.

Carefully, a grateful receiver of the gift of life will keep it in a secure place, away from trivial things of little value.  Such an owner makes certain that a lot of “junk things” will not deface his treasure, such as scrupulous friends, degrading books, and questionable entertainment.

Each day we can all marvel at the splendid possession God has passed on to us.  We will treasure its worth by daily holding it up before our eyes and admiring its possibilities for greatness and human fulfillment.  Thank You Lord, for the breath of life and the gift of today!

Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day of gratitude to spend with friends and family!
A day to acknowledge our blessings from Our Lord!

A Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to All!

          Fr. George McKenn

November 17, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Death, Where Is Thy Sting?

Statue of Death from the Cathedral of Trier in Trier, Germany, photo by Jbuzbee Via Wikipedia

The end of last week brought us All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Three days to remember those we have loved who have gone on to the next life. Death comes to everyone. It comes to the King in his palace and to the poor man in his hovel. Our life on earth last a short time. Holy Scripture compares our life on earth to a flower that blooms in the afternoon and on the next day is withered and gone. It’s surprising how much time and effort we give to things of this earthly life: mortgages, car payments, tuition for children, medical insurance, grocery bills, etc. These are all important issues, but if they rob us of the life to come, it could be tragic.

A recent cartoon caught my attention. It showed three people in an airport setting, holding signs at the arrival area. The first sign had the name of Jones on it, the second Smith. The third person, quite different from the other two, was dressed in a long flowing robe, the Specter of Death. Only two glowing lights, his eyes, showed from the hood. Kilroy was the name on his sign.

At some time in the future we will turn a corner and there will be the Specter of Death with our name written on its sign. If we haven’t been thinking of our death or giving much attention to God, this could be a terrifying event. We might cry out, “Not me, I’m too young! Go Away!”

However, if we, like St. Francis of Assisi, have been calling death, “Sister Death”, we will be comforted and unafraid. Sisters, in family life, are loving and caring persons, nothing to fear. Death, our Sister, will lead us to a place of peace and unending joy.

Our Churches grow more and more empty with the passing of time. The shortest homily I ever gave as a Priest consisted of only seven words – far short of my 3 minutes – “Serve God while there is yet time.” I said this message when I was 27 years old. They mean much more to me now at 99! I find myself praying more than ever because my time is short.

I am thankful for each day I awake to give praise to Our Lord! The thought of death doesn’t sadden or frighten me. For years I have been praying, “Lord, I accept whatever death you have in store for me. I accept whatever sufferings that may lead up to my death.” I am preparing myself for that time when I turn the corner, and meet the Specter of Death. How will I act? By opening my arms in welcome Sister Death.

Fr. George McKenna

November 4, 2018 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , | 5 Comments