A Toast to Jesus Christ

In my recent Catholic New York column, I wrote about the most influential person in my life – Jesus Christ. Let me share an excerpt with you:

In our readings at daily Mass this Easter season, we often hear from the Acts of the Apostles. There we read that the earliest followers of our Lord were often arrested, hauled into court, and punished brutally because of the Name.

“We told you to stop preaching that Name!” the religious leaders warned them.

And, after being scourged, the Bible records that the apostles “…left rejoicing for their suffering for the sake of the Name.”

Jesus: the Name above every other name!

Everything that we in the Church do—teach, heal, serve, sanctify, feed, clothe, organize, pray—we do in, for, through, because of the Name.

You can read my whole column here.

7 Responses to “A Toast to Jesus Christ”

  1. Jennifer T. Gilley says:

    Amen. I love Jesus so much. Jesus is The Perfect Man in my life. He loves me, all the time, he is always there for me, he listens to me, he knows my pain, I trust him, he gives me hope, he’ll never leave me, he wipes my tears when I am sad and he calms me when I am mad, and he died for me! Jesus is my inspiration!

  2. Ridge Sink says:

    Cardinal Dolan, I raise my glass with you to our wonderful friend, Jesus Christ. This comes moments after I read the book “Jesus” by Fr Andrew Greeley. It is wonderful you shared this moment with all who attended the function, but also with many of us who didn’t. However, just as Christ walks with me every day, even though I was not there to walk with him when he came as man, I feel you have invited me to join you in this toast, even though I was not physically present with you. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I so hope to do so with you one day.
    Sincerely,
    Ridge Sink

  3. Mary Ellen Werner says:

    Wow! I loved this! Will say so on FB too! Big fan of His Eminence! He is so well-spoken and strives to live as Christ lived! Thanks!

  4. John G. says:

    Wonderful. Inspirational. We are so fortunate to have you as the leader of our Archdiocese and the Church in the United States.

  5. AndyP/Doria2 says:

    Again, I beg you Cardinal Dolan. I beg you to write a comprehensive article on the Jewish people and where, during the history of the entire Church it is written that we are not to preach the Word to them. Where is it written that we are to baptize all nations, except Jews.

    The ambiguity coming out of Vatican II that has nearly destroyed the Church in the West continues with remarks from you, one of the most influential voices on the planet when you say:

    “Recently, our Catholic Charities honored Dr. John Ruskay, the CEO of the UJA-Federation, with its Good Neighbor Award. John is a faithful Jew, and he gave an excellent address reminding his Catholic audience that both the UJA–Federation and Catholic Charities are renowned and effective not just for what they do—feed, heal, house, welcome, educate, teach, care for—but for why and for whom they do it: for the Lord!

    For the Name of God…

    For the Name of Jesus…

    For the Holy Name…

    For the Sacred Heart…”

    By saying they “do it for the Lord,” you are saying that they are doing it for God. While they believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, they by no means believe in the One Triune God even though you give the impression that they do. This is “Spirit of Vatican II” ambiguity.

    It confuses the flock. It tells us the The Most Holy Eucharist is a sham, not to be regarded as we Catholics do. Why should we? Jewish people don’t need it as far as you are concerned. How important can it be?

    Don’t you see the abject confusion you are spreading by these ambiguous words?

    As far as your other statement, which I might add you cleaned up in the ambiguity of Vatican II and serial political correctness:

    “In our readings at daily Mass this Easter season, we often hear from the Acts of the Apostles. There we read that the earliest followers of our Lord were often arrested, hauled into court, and punished brutally because of the Name.

    “We told you to stop preaching that Name!” the religious leaders warned them.

    And, after being scourged, the Bible records that the apostles “…left rejoicing for their suffering for the sake of the Name.”

    These, “religious leaders” were Jewish leaders. Why do you omit that. The Apostles and followers of our Lord preached to the Jews and paid the price of the whip and rejoiced for their suffering at their hands.

    Today our leaders don’t even try to preach to the Jews. How can one call this love of neighbor if we exclude them from the greatest gift given to mankind? The fear is too obvious.

    Pope John Paul II, the Great said it more than once – “Be not afraid!!”

    Somehow, somewhere, someone will explain this monumental change in Church teaching currently being taught to ignorant Catholics. Meanwhile the divide continues.

  6. That was an AWESOME toast, Cardinal! =)

  7. Maria says:

    Your Eminence:

    Jesus Christ is not too influential at Georgetown University where Sibelius has been invited to deliver the commencement address. Do you have any suggestions as to what action the laity might take to precent this outrage?