The following is the homily from the Pro–Life Vigil Mass offered by Cardinal Dolan in Washington, DC on January 21.
Pro – Life Vigil Mass
National Shrine, January 21, 2016
“I know that God is with us, for God, in whose promise we glory, for in God we trust without fear. What can death do against us?”
Those noble sentiments of this evening’s psalm are certainly our own as we keep a vigil of thanksgiving for the sacred gift of life, a vigil of repentance for attacks upon life, a vigil of supplication for its protection.
Like that crowd around Jesus in this evening’s gospel,…
Is the end of the world coming?
When? Beats me…
Jesus was blunt about the end of the world, and that He would come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. That we know.
He was not blunt about when this was going to happen. In fact, He confessed that even He did not know! Such knowledge belongs only to His Father in heaven, He informed us.
Yes, as God’s Word teaches us, as proclaimed in our readings at Mass these days of November, there would be “signs” of the end of the world. But, the ones He lists –…
This comes to you from the Shrine of Knock, in Ireland, on a pilgrimage with 150 others from the archdiocese and elsewhere.
It was here, on August 23, 1879, that our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, and the “Lamb of God” appeared to dozens of stunned, silent, awestruck parishioners of this tiny Irish town.
I am here as a pilgrim of gratitude. Four years ago, when we began the Making All Things New pastoral planning, I entrusted this long, delicate, painful but necessary endeavor to Jesus, through Mary and St. Joseph.
Ten days ago, phase one of our pastoral…
“What’s the big deal?” sincerely asked a young priest when I told him how much I was looking forward to this golden jubilee of Nostra Aetate.
He inquired about the significance of this day not sarcastically or cynically, but genuinely. Simply put, he so took Catholic-Jewish amity for granted that he wondered why it was necessary to celebrate this half-century old document.
For this fine young priest, that anyone would have ever considered the Jews guilty of Deicide, thus meriting scorn, harassment, isolation, or tragically worse, was utterly illogical and stupid. He had been raised in a Catholic grade and high…
Here’s a great piece on Reconciliation Monday from the point of view of a priest, Fr. Michael Duffy, of the Diocese of Rockville Centre:
I left physically exhausted, but spiritually renewed. My body ached from sitting for so long, but my soul felt like singing for having just witnessed such beauty.
Each year I’m tremendously impressed with the turn out for this “Reconciliation Monday.” But this year I was totally blown away.
Read the rest here.
January 30, 2015
Since 2009, a “Red Mass” has been celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Joseph’s in Wheeling, West Virginia. The Mass is celebrated specifically to guide those who work in the administration of justice. Last weekend I had the honor of preaching the “Red Mass” in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Here’s what I spoke:
You honor me with your gracious invitation;
The Wall Street Journal has an excellent “Houses of Worship” column by Rabbi Sacks called “A New Movement Against Religious Persecution.” Here is an excerpt:
“According to the Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014 by the Catholic Church’s Aid to the Church in Need organization, freedom of religion has deteriorated in almost half the countries of the world, and sectarian violence is at a six-year high. Yet freedom of religion is one of the basic human rights, as set out in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. …
The world needs a new, enlightened movement: of…
It’s good to be back home! I returned last night from the Synod of Bishops in Rome, where, for the last two weeks, bishops from all the world, with the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, listened to God’s Holy Word, one another, and married couples in an inspired conversation on Marriage and the Family.
It was clear to me, once again, that the Church is our spiritual family. So, I’m happy to be back with you, my family, my home, the Church in the archdiocese of New York.
We’ve got a lot of work to do: I’m still busy raising money…