Let Us Rejoice

A blessed Easter!

Thank you, brother priests, for confessions heard, sermons preached, converts welcomed, liturgies prepared!

Thank you, deacons, for standing next to our priests and people as they went through this Holy Week!

Thank you, religious women and men, quietly, yet effectively there these sacred moments!

Thank you, choirs, musicians; sacristans, lectors, ushers, servers, and all who made our rituals so moving!

Thank you, catechumens, candidates, catechists, and sponsors… and welcome to the Church!

Thank you, God’s People, for once again accepting God’s invitation to renewal, grace, and mercy!

Thank you, Pope Francis, for giving us such good example in moving sermons, your first Holy Week as our Pope!

Thank you, Jewish neighbors, for keeping Passover, reminding us powerfully, of God’s ancient promises of freedom!

“He has risen as He said, alleluia, alleluia!”

“This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

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6 Responses to “Let Us Rejoice”

  1. Gina Lepore says:

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for always remembering us! We are so lucky to be able to celebrate Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter! The next 50 days of Easter is my favorite part of the Easter season. I will be looking forward to all your input during this very beautiful Easter season! Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!

  2. Joseph says:

    Alleluia, Alleluia! Now, let us prepare ourselves for Divine Mercy Sunday!

    http://thedivinemercy.org/celebrate/

  3. Michael Elohim says:

    Your Eminence- with all reverence to your office as an apostle anointed by the Holy Spirit, please know that it is extremely disheartening to faithful Catholics and morally confusing to less knowledgable Catholics when your diocese knowingly and publically distributes the Eucharist to high-profile pro-abortion/ pro-gay Catholic politicians. In 1 Corinthians 11, the apostle Paul makes clear that whoever eats and drinks the Eucharist unworthily brings a curse upon himself. Therefore there is nothing charitable about giving such individuals the Eucharist if it only adds to their mortal sins. Such individuals are in a state of heresy by freely and knowingly defying Church teaching, and commit the sin of scandal by advocating their pro-abortion/ pro-gay “Catholicism” publically. When the pastors of Christ’s flock give such individuals moral coverage through convention invocations, public honorary dinners, and now Palm sunday Communion in front of the media, this only adds to the scandal. Please consider more actively supporting and enforcing the Canon Law and the teaching of our popes in this matter. You will remain in our prayers as a prince of Christ’s Church. God bless and guide you.

  4. Thank YOU, Cardinal Dolan, for your inspiration. I am a legally blind cancer patient who get great inspiration from your posts and appearances. We need to work together to take the joy and inspiration of the Resurrection to evangelize Christ’s love. God bless you!

  5. Miles Eggimann says:

    REGARDING YOUR RECENT PUBLIC COMMENTS ABOUT CHURCH “OUTREACH” TO SUFFERERS OF SSA:

    Cardinal Dolan, with all the respect due to you as Cardinal Archbishop of New York…you must surely acknowledge that with regard to persons suffering from disordered sexual attractions, it is your job simply to tell them the Truth – nothing fancier or more complex that that.

    It is your job to call those afflicted with same-sex attraction to repentance and conversion, just like everyone else. It is your job to lead them out of the bondage of sin and into the salvific faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    It is your job to tell them – plainly and without equivocation – that two men CANNOT marry each other, and that two women CANNOT marry each other. PERIOD.

    No, “outreach” to “gays and lesbians” should not consist of clever marketing and messaging to trick them into finally believing that the Church cares so much more about them as persons than She does about condemning them for their “lifestyle choices”, or any variation thereof.

    The only authentically charitable “outreach” the Church can, and should, be conducting to same-sex attracted persons is a sincere and straightforward effort to educate them as to the dire consequences that living the “queer” lifestyle will inflict upon them in eternity, and that they ignore this proclamation of the Truth at the risk of their everlasting souls. This extends to exercising the legitimate authority of your office to ensure that public figures well-known to be advocates of so-called same-sex “marriage” (and other intrinsic evils) are instructed not to present themselves for reception of Holy Eucharist, and are turned away if they should ignore this instruction until such time that they should repent of their sin, and the scandal they have given, in as public a manner as their sins have been perpetrated.

    And then, Your Eminence, the rest is up to the Holy Spirit.

    If they don’t like it, that’s their problem; if you do NOT tell them the Truth, that’s YOUR problem. We read in the Gospel of St. Matthew that our Lord warns us:

    “But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

    There is nothing of charity in soft-peddling the Truth about the sin of living unchastely in a gravely disordered lifestyle, Your Eminence. Please do your JOB!

    Prayerfully yours,

    Miles Eggimann
    Catholic Layman
    Diocese of Phoenix

  6. Edward Begnoche says:

    I must echo what Michael Elohim and Miles Eggimann have stated in their blog to you. I feel as if you as a Shephard are allowing the wolves to come in and devour the sheep. Take your staff and drive the wolves from our midst. Protect us, please.

    I pray for you.

    Edward Begnoche
    Diocese of Sioux City