Here’s my homily from this morning. Today we celebrate Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne — a saint close to my heart who did mission work near my hometown, St. Louis. She was a religious of the Sacred Heart and known to Native Americans as “the woman who prays all the time”.
Our next stop is the little-known San Luigi dei Francesi, named after King Louis IX of France, who also happens to be the patron saint of my hometown, St. Louis! The church is mostly known for its magnificent paintings by Caravaggio. They are beautiful works of art, but they were commissioned by leaders of the Church to cause us to pray and meditate. I hope you do!
Today on Conversation with Cardinal Dolan, Father Dave Dwyer and I are broadcasting from the Maplewood Steak ‘n Shake in St. Louis, Missouri! Thanks for listening!
As we approach the summer vacation season, I wanted to catch you up on several things that have been on my mind!
1. Congratulations to John Woods and the entire staff of Catholic New York (CNY)! At last week’s Catholic Press Association convention, CNY once again walked off with an armful of awards, including the coveted General Excellence Award for the second year in a row, plus first-place honors for stories that they did on last year’s papal transition, and the Year of Faith! I am honored that my own column was given a first place award…
Just a few items to share with you.
For one, late tonight I leave for Rome, summoned there, along with my brother Cardinals from around the world, by Pope Francis. Your intentions accompany me, and I already look forward to returning back here in a week.
What brings us over is the consistory for new cardinals, to occur this Saturday, February 22, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. We “upper-classmen” are always there to welcome “freshmen”!
People wonder about the significance of even having cardinals anymore, and, occasionally, I do myself.