By Tom Quiner
Fr. Jim Kiernan died last night.
I wasn’t close to him, but I really liked the guy. Fr. Kiernan loved being a priest. He loved his Catholic faith. And he loved talking about God.
His sermons were folksy and totally accessible to kids, teenagers, and adults alike. In fact, he said Mass yesterday at the Basilica here in Des Moines. You can watch his final homily above. He would be dead before the night was through of a heart attack.
I have no doubt he is talking Jesus’ ears off this very moment in heaven (as any good Irishman would do!).
There is one sermon that stood out to me. He simply asked, “Have you ever thanked God for the gift of your life? Tonight, in the quiet of your bedroom, I encourage you to simply get down on your knees and thank God for the gift of your life.”
In this culture where human life is considered so disposable by an entire political party and half of a nation, Fr. Kiernan’s prayer is rather radical. And yet it is so true.
Your life and mine is a gift, a precious gift from our Creator.
You and I are totally unique, one-of-a-kind creations of God, the Father. I shall never forget Fr. Kiernan’s prayer. I say it all the time.