Let Us Rejoice

Today is Laetare Sunday, let us rejoice! Let me share with you my homily from Mass this morning at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monte Mario. If you would like to read it in Italian, please click here.

Homily, 4th Sunday of Lent

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Rome

March 10, 2013

His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

Today is Laetare Sunday, “Rejoice Sunday!”

This is appropriate because I rejoice to be with all of you here at my titular parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Don Mammoli, brother priests, dear sisters, beloved parishioners, guests: thank you for your warm welcome.  I always feel very much at home here.

After St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, this is my favorite church! Please do not tell my people in New York I said that!

Here I am not the Archbishop of New York; here I am not a cardinal; here I am a parish priest, like I wanted to be since my first Holy Communion.

And, of course, it is as a pastor of a parish in Rome, even if only honorary, that I am here to elect a new Bishop of Rome, a new Pope.

We Cardinals feel the support of the prayers of God’s People all over the world.  This also makes us rejoice.

We Catholics are really all Romans;

We are God’s children;

We are like the man in today’s Gospel who is always welcome in our father’s house;

We are all redeemed by God’s Son, Jesus, who wants us to live forever in our heavenly Father’s home;

We all look to Mary, the mother of Jesus, as our own spiritual mother, and she assured St. Juan Diego at Guadalupe.

We all look to the Church as our mother, too.

No wonder we rejoice.

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3 Responses to “Let Us Rejoice”

  1. Brandon says:

    Cardinal Dolan,

    We’ve never met, but since you were appointed a cardinal, I’ve prayed for you by name after ever Mass I’ve attended. Today, I offered my prayers at daily Mass specifically for you as you enter the Conclave–I prayed (and continue to pray) that over the next few days you obtain peace and clarity that only the Holy Spirit can impart. As you experience many of those “pinch me” moments in the Sistine Chapel, please have confidence that your actions, experience and service to the Church up to this point have prepared you to be “worthy of the vocation by which you are called.” (Eph. 4:1)

    I will continue to pray for you over the next few days. You are an inspiration to many. I hope we are able to meet someday.


  2. Michael Dolan ( Scottish branch ) says:

    I must admit I got a bit excited when I saw you surname, but then to use a good Scottish expression ‘ we’re all Jock Tamson’s bairns ‘ !

    Viva il Papa – when it happens !


  3. Michael says:

    Cardinal Dolan,

    Looks like you may have a shot at third base. If so, I know you will be a credit to God and to our country. I ask if you will pray for my son who is struggling with a demon personally. I believe God sees our individual struggles just as much as the struggles CNN and Matt Lauer talk about.

    Good luck to you. God Bless and keep you.