This past Saturday, February 17, I had the honor of offering the funeral Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx for Private First Class Emmanuel Mensah, a recent immigrant from Ghana, an American citizen, in the National Guard hoping to train eventually as a Marine. Emmanuel died last December 28, in that tragic fire that took fourteen lives, in the Bronx apartment building where he was visiting his dad who lived on the ground floor. He died after rescuing four others from the blaze. The funeral was delayed so his relatives could all get here…
Last Saturday, I had the honor of offering the funeral Mass for a revered leader of Rockland County, Sheriff James Kralik, at Sacred Heart Parish, Suffern – Perhaps you might enjoy my sermon:
The Bible instructs us that there are two roads we may take in life, two paths we can walk in this journey, this adventure of life!
Road #1 has it that what is most important in life is what satisfies us, what we can get; What is essential on this path is me: my wants, my cravings, my needs, my urge, my convenience. I am entitled to…
The following is the homily for Cardinal Edward M. Egan’s funeral Mass delivered by Cardinal Dolan.
“We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee!
Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world!”
“Dying He destroyed our death!
Rising, He restored our Life!”
With these ancient confessions of faith ringing in our ears, we assemble with faith in this magnificent cathedral of Saint Patrick to commend our beloved Edward Michael Cardinal Egan to the mercy of the Lord from whom he came and to whom he now returns.
For it is indeed faith which summons us here. This funeral Mass, our Catholic wisdom…