God is Good!

Seek the Lord while He may be found!

My Magnificent Mind

One of my many blessings – Holding hands and saying prayers with my great grand niece Grace before our weekly lunch.

Downtown Chicago has one of the most beautiful skylines in the world.  Being in the middle of the country many are drawn to this city of ours.  The Chicago skyline has continuously changed over the course of my life.  Each year it seems that a new skyscraper is going up, changing the fabric of the city.  Before a shovel full of dirt is dug for one of these splendid buildings, skilled architects have all the blueprints ready.  No blueprints. . . . no buildings.

St. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, gives the blue print for a house of peace in our spirit: “Your thoughts should be directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, decent, virtuous . . .”

Followers of Christ can easily lose sight of the power of the human mind.  Truly we are what we think!  If a person feels unhappy, then one can look immediately to the mind and to what thoughts thrive there.  Our thoughts make us what we are.

Many years ago, I remember playing a particularly disappointing game of golf.  Ordinarily this poor performance would have lowered my spirits.  My day would have been spoiled, but instead I turned my thoughts to the power of the mind, and positive thinking.  I began to concentrate of those things that I could be grateful for, instead of my poor performance.  “I can see the clouds and the beautiful blue sky. . . I can hear the voices of my family and friends. . . I have the physical strength to walk and swing my clubs.”  This grateful attitude and these uplifting thoughts chased my gloom away and gave new joy to the day!

The game of golf is much like the game of life.  Perhaps recently, in the playing of the game of life, we have had some “poor scores”, like losing our job, or being demoted, a weak performance in school or some financial reverses.  We can allow these “poor scores” to steal away our happiness.

However, we can do what I did on the golf course.  We can bring happy thoughts into our minds.  Some could be: “I have food to eat. . . I have a place to sleep. . . My health remains good.”  We will have peace of heart, courage to continue playing this fascinating game of life.

At 98, my blessings continue, though I have lost many of the pleasures I enjoyed years ago.  No longer can I golf or drive a car.  My mother and father, brothers and sister, and all the priests I was ordained with in 1944, have all gone to the everlasting joy of eternal life.  But each day, I remind myself to be grateful for what I do have.

These days put a guard at the doorway of our mind.  Allow only thoughts that are true, virtuous, pure, decent and honest to enter.  Thank you St. Paul!

 

Fr. George Mc Kenna

August 12, 2017 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 11 Comments

Have A Goal For The Day

The Lord is My Shepherd Eastman Johnson Smithsonian American Art Museum via Wikipedia

The Lord is My Shepherd
Eastman Johnson
Smithsonian American Art Museum via Wikipedia

On this Labor Day weekend, I will share with you a practice that has helped me greatly throughout the years.  To give direction to my day, I put a few key words on a sheet of paper, 8 inches by 11 inches, with a heavy ink marker.  Through the day, this paper with its slogan hangs in a conspicuous place in my room.  These short messages come from my own imagination, for the most part, so that these words have a personal meaning to me.

Stay Calm; Stay Cool

You can see, the example above is just a few cryptic words, easy to remember and they carry a powerful message of good.  My watchwords set before me my goal for the day, my ideal.  Below you see some other maxims that have made my days more rewarding.  Remember – just one maxim a day!

Laugh Much; Complain Little

Praise Often; Seldom Criticize

Much Anger; Much Loss

A Loving Heart; A Bright Face

A Fearful Heart; An Unfulfilled Day

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Count Blessings; Accept Life’s Aches

Judge Not, Meddle Not In Other’s Affairs

Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind

Have confidence that you too, with a little patience can think up your own original phrases to help yourself through the day.  In cheerfully carrying out the messages of your daily slogan, you will bring much other good into your life.  This practice helps me because I have one definite goal before my eyes all through the day.

Refuse To Give Up

Forgive And Forget

Put your words in a prominent place so that you will notice them through the day.  Use a piece of cardboard to give backing to your paper.  A restful Labor Day weekend to all.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

September 7, 2016 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , | 4 Comments