A Blessed Holy Week!

Obviously, our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, hadn’t been listening to the news.

If he had, he would have heard about the major “problems” facing the Church, and would have announced “changes” in the Church’s “policies” on abortion, birth control, celibacy for priests, condoms, women priests, and allowing divorce and remarriage.

Instead, when he came to his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square his first Sunday as Successor of St. Peter, to speak and pray with the 100,000 people below, he didn’t mention any of those issues at all.

Poor man is already “out of it!”

Instead, he spoke of God’s mercy. “God never gets tired of forgiving us,” he observed.

Mercy is one of the richest, most profound teachings of the Bible.

Two facts: one, we sin a lot; two, God forgives us once we tell Him we’re sorry.

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! For His mercy endures forever!”

God’s mercy is not just some fuzzy, vague idea. It is personally experienced in the Sacrament of Penance, as we admit our sins, confess them, ask God’s mercy, and receive it!

Today is Reconciliation Monday. In all our parishes, priests will be hearing confessions from 3-9 PM.

No better way to begin Holy Week and get ready for Easter, than by a good confession.

God’s mercy! It’s ours for the asking!

Listen to the Bible!

Listen to Jesus!

Listen to Pope Francis!

See you all in the confessional line. A blessed Holy Week!

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4 Responses to “A Blessed Holy Week!”

  1. Tony Heller says:

    God Bless you Cardinal Dolan! Thank you for sharing your message with us, for guiding and teaching us, as our faithful shepherd!

    May the Holy Spirit of God continue to radiate from you all the days of your life. Amen!

  2. MaryGr says:

    Did you mention Penance at the Palm Sunday Mass you celebrated at St. Patrick’s? The one where Vice President Biden received Communion as reported in the Daily News today? What does the Church teach about confession these days? Should we examine our consciences? Is there such a thing as mortal sin? What are the consequences to the soul of being in a state of mortal sin? Are there any? What is sanctifying grace? Proper disposition? What happens to someone who dies in a state of mortal sin? Does sacramental Confession matter? We need an update for the age of relativism. Please, tell us why it matters.

  3. Laura Kazlas says:

    Isn’t Pope Francis totally awesome? He set the example for us all in matters of faith and morals. He has a servant’s heart and his humility is just a beautiful thing to see. It is good to see that our beliefs in the Catholic church will remain just the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Cardinal Dolan, you are also a wonderful example for all of Americans as well. I do not live in your state but I read about you a lot. I’m the Respect Life coordinator for our parish in Indiana and I use some of your quotes for our bulletin too. May God bless you and keep you always in his loving care.

  4. Nathan says:

    MaryGR & Cardinal Dolan:

    I am confused also. I fear that the USCCB will eventually cave on Obamacare. I don’t mean any real disrespect here, but please let me put things rather bluntly, because many are feeling this way, and maybe you can clear it up for me.

    As a Catholic, I understand now that I can publicly promote abortion, so called gay marriage, and distort Catholic teaching in the public eye, and still be considered a Catholic in good standing and receive Holy Communion. And if anyone wishes to tell me otherwise, I could just refer them to Cardinal Dolan, who has no problem giving Joe Biden communion. And Biden and Pelosi were able to receive at the Pope’s inaugural mass also, though that is a much more chaotic and harder to manage crowd, but the Vatican knew ahead of time of their arrival, and could’ve acted if they wanted to. I am sure Cardinals Dolan, Wuerl, and our Pope have good reasons, (absolutely no disloyalty to our Pope is meant here, only admitting some real confusion on my part) but as for many of us small-time Catholics, we can only come to the conclusion that all that tough talk we hear, is just hot air, and that advocating the agenda of abortionists and homosexualists will not in any way make me unfit for Holy Communion. If the ordained cave in and risk sacrilege, then why should we believe all this bluster about the Mandate?