Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Unable to resist the temptation to make a joke, Dolan, 62, pointed out that he’s one of the few princes of the church young enough and lucky enough to still have his mother alive.
“I asked him if he would declare her the first lady of the College of Cardinals,” he said.
Dolan recounted that the pope, who turns 85 in April, then paid his mom the ultimate compliment, telling her, “You look too young to be the mother of a cardinal.”
The cardinal said his mom — showing that a quick wit is a family trait — shot back, “Holy Father, was that an infallible statement?”
"We have been used to using our faculties of memory, imagination, and reason, but in contemplative prayer these are put to rest and God works from within, in silence. The language of God is silence, and God speaks to us through this silence." — Murchadh O'Madagain
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Monday, February 20, 2012
David Kerr wrote a good article at CNA, concerning the reflections of Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Ft. Wayne - South Bend and the assault on religious freedom.
Vatican City, Feb 19, 2012 - Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades watched from Rome with disappointment as President Barack Obama announced his “accommodation” to the contraception mandate last week. But that news reinforced for him that being a bishop today is about lovingly suffering for and with your flock.
Bishops from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin gathered on the evening of Feb. 10 around a television at the Pontifical North America College. Their attention was on President Barack Obama as he announced an “accommodation” to his contraception and sterilization mandate.
“I was very disappointed,” said Bishop Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese, in a Feb. 17 interview with CNA. “My expectations were not high because when I heard the word ‘compromise,’ I thought to myself, ‘Well, how do you compromise on religious freedom?’ But I wanted to see what he had to say, though. I was open-minded.”
What resulted “wasn’t even an accommodation,” said the bishop, but another “denial of our rights of conscience and right to religious freedom. So it makes us very sad. I think it is something we need to fight.”
For Bishop Rhoades, being a bishop in the United States is no longer a position of “prestige or honor” but is about “loving service that includes sacrifice.”
He has been in Rome since Feb. 9 on an “ad limina” visit with 27 fellow bishops from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. As part of these visits, bishops make a pilgrimage to the tombs of Sts. Peter and Paul, as well as attend meetings with the Pope and numerous Vatican departments.
“Praying at their tombs was very moving, to recognize that, yeah, to follow Christ and to be a bishop today means we must take up our cross.”
That “requires us to love our enemies, you know,” he said, “and that is the hardest part, I think, of living the Gospel.”
** Read the rest HERE
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Speech of Cardinal von Galen Bishop of
Muenster, Germany in 1941 against the NSDAP
(Nazi Party in Germany)
'We are the anvil not the hammer'
Be hard, remain firm! We are in this instant not
the hammer, but the anvil. Others, usually
enemies and those who have turned their back
on the faith, hammer on us, want to re-form our
people, us, our youth, with use of force to bend
us away from the direct relationship with God.
We are the anvil, not the hammer. But see also,
the smithy! Ask the master smith and he will say
to you: What is forged on the anvil, receives its
form not only from the hammer, but also from
The anvil cannot and does not need to also
strike back, it must only be firm, only be hard! If
it is sufficiently firm, tough, hard, then as usual
the anvil outlasts the hammer. The anvil stands
in calm firmness and will stand for a long time to
form what lies against it no matter how violently
the hammer strikes.