It’s All About Passing Over!

In my recent Catholic New York column, I wrote about the meaning of Easter and how it is important to pass over to a renewed life!

Here is an excerpt:

So, the pivotal question each Holy Week is: will I simply look at Good Friday and Easter Sunday and say, “How nice! Let’s dye eggs, buy candy, get new shoes and a hat?” Or, will I unite with Our Lord in passing over from spiritual death—sin—to new life—grace—with Him?

Holy Saturday night, the Easter Vigil, will find thousands of people, our catechumens and candidates, passing over into the new life of Christ, in His Church, through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and through their profession of faith.

Last Monday, early estimates say perhaps 40,000 people passed over from sin to mercy as they accepted the invitation of Reconciliation Monday and made a good confession.

Last week, as I visited Taconic Prison, I met a woman to be released from incarceration on Good Friday, now sober, with a GED, a revived faith, and a reformed attitude on life, ready to pass over from prison to freedom.

Good examples. Now, what about us? What about our lives?

Will we remain in the darkness, sin, and slavery of Egypt or pass over to the Promised Land?

You can read my whole column here.

Tags: , ,

5 Responses to “It’s All About Passing Over!”

  1. Peter Einwaller says:

    Naturally, Bishops have every right to speak out on political issues of the day, as Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Gomez did this past week regarding the plight of illegal aliens and the consequences they now face after having broken the law.

    How much more appropriate might it be for our Bishops as a Group, now headed by Cardinal Dolan, to focus themselves on a political issue that actually causes, every day, more of the very problems they seem most concerned about addressing: poverty, war, injustice, etc.

    That issue, of course, is infanticide in our country, occurring at the rate of over one million unborn men and women murdered each year in their mother’s womb (or during the actual birthing process thanks to President Bill Clinton and his Democrat accomplices). Bad enough that it’s occurring at all in the eyes of God, but here it has actually been pseudo-’legalized’ since 1973 thanks to nine Supreme Court justices who will live forever in infamy.

    After nearly forty years, one doubts that our Bishops will ever ‘meaningfully’ take on this outrageous sin as their major focus in the political arena; a sin that has been called a ‘god-given ‘right’ in the written Platform of one of our major political parties.

    Is legalized abortion just too lacking in political correctness or too contentious
    an issue for them to stomach given our secular, Democrat-led government and their partners in major media?

    But there our Bishops go, back into the political fray, protesting against the results of heinous sin’s like abortion, rather than addressing the root cause.

    Is anyone else out there as dejected as I am by our ‘post Vatican II – Alice in Wonderland Church’?

    Are we still the stuff of Martyr’s?

  2. Cardinal Dolan in your blog you gave me lots to think about in your in your examples. I read your blog every day and am grateful for your wise words. I will be praying for you as you speak to your people during the Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday.

    God Bless you Cardinal Dolan, Sincerly, Sister Loretta O’Reilly, Sister of Jesus our hope.

  3. Christina Pollard says:

    Your Excellence,
    It is such a pleasure to read your posts. On the precipus of full secular progressive take over of the US, it is so important that you speak as you do.
    The media and the hollywood elites have had the pulpit so to speak for too long.
    You have the position to take hold of the pulpit and stand strong and speak for all of us Americans. We Catholics are behind you. You were correct during your interview with Bill O’Reilly:we look for the Church to be there with it’s moral character and strong doctorine.
    Please pray for us, the stregnth of the US Constitiution and reigious freedom. At this point, I feel all we have left is prayer.
    I do believe God is on our side… Without the founding father’s belief in religous freedom and individual responsibility, we can not help others which is the essence of Christianity.
    God Bless you, Ha
    Christina Pollard

  4. MaryG says:

    Your eminence, as we close in on Divine Mercy Sunday, could you not arrange to pray outside of an abortion mill where the forces of darkness, sin and slavery are headquartered. Your visible and public presence as well as your prayers, would signal to all of us to pay attention to wickedness and how it exists right in the heart of our New York community. Thank you for everything you do.

  5. Charles Murphy says:

    Cardinal
    Did you have to overshadow the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is political palaver, repeated already in numerous media settings?
    This could have waited for another day, not the Day of Days.
    Thank you,
    Chuck Murphy