Spring and Easter Renewal

In this week’s Catholic New York column, I wrote about the Easter season and renewing our faith.

Here is an excerpt:

Easter blessings!

I’m all for celebrating! We prepared for Easter with forty days of intense prayer, penance, and charity during Lent.

How about celebrating now for forty days—until Ascension Thursday—come to think of it, for fifty days—until Pentecost Sunday?

These ninety days—forty days of union with the suffering and death of Jesus during Lent, plus forty days of Easter joy, plus ten more days until Pentecost—are classic days of renewal for us who follow Jesus.

Even nature cooperates, as this grand season of the Church calendar takes place against the backdrop of the cold, dark, and dreary days of winter giving way to the warm, bright, vibrant days of spring.

You can read my whole column here.

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6 Responses to “Spring and Easter Renewal”

  1. Thank you, Cardinal Dolan. Lovely column–very bright and bubbly.

    Divine Mercy Sunday just around the corner–God is Mercy! During prayer last week, I asked the Lord how I could touch your very soul, dear Cardinal Dolan. He drew my thoughts to His crown of thorns, the thorns that entered His most Precious Holy Face and Head, surrounding It. These thorns are those that are pressed through His Flesh by those closest to Him…not at scouraging distance, but nearest Him…those who follow His betrayer, Judas, not those who follow His first Successor, Peter.

    Dear Cardinal Dolan, you scatter each time you confuse your flock. When one who mocks Jesus and openly supports intrinsic evil, such as our Vice President, approaches the throne of grace, why dear Cardinal Dolan, do you not deny him the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Savior Jesus Christ? This act according to Canon 915 would be a loving and compassionate act for the soul of Joe Biden, your soul and the souls of Christ’s Body. Gaze upon Annibale Carracci’s “Mocking of Christ” (1596).

    I have not heard from you, Your Eminence. I have not heard from the USCCB, nor the other Cardinals, Archbishops, and Bishops that I, as do countless others, require clear teaching. If you and your fellow Cardinals do not have an answer, could we please direct this to Cardinal Burke or our beloved Pope Francis.

    Qui tacet consentiret.

  2. Maurice Guillot says:

    Just learning how-to tweet and clicked on your blog. What a nice message and idea. Reading articles like this keep me in the spirit. Please include me with your blogs.
    Sincerely,
    Maurice

  3. Avery Nichols says:

    I enjoyed your article very much!!

  4. MaryGr says:

    While your essay is a lovely celebration, am I alone in feeling great distress, fear, uncertainty about the darkness of our times. I am concerned about the state of our country, the Church, and our faith. Is the Church floundering in its response to Catholic politicians and abortion, homosexual rights, the worthy reception of the Holy Eucharist, the social tension between Church and State? I grew up in the ’50s. This is not a 50s moment but rather like John 15: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. …If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me….” What do we do your Eminence? We look to you to help us out.

  5. Margaret Yu says:

    I am quite excited with our pope . I think he will bring vibrance to the universal church. The conclave was indeed enlightened by the Holy Spirit. How wonderful is our Lord.

  6. DigitalDisciple says:

    MaryGr, your concerns are certainly understandable and, I imagine, shared by most Catholics who are paying attention to “the signs of the times.”

    That said, we can easily fall into the spiritual trap of focusing on the cross and forgetting the empty tomb.

    We are called to be children of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, at the same time.

    It’s not easy, and as we refer to it in Mass, it’s a “mysterium fidei,” a mystery of faith.

    “Chris has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.”

    To give you some more hope in these times, Mary, I recommend spending some time with the passages that precede Matthew 14, especially this one: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14: 27)

    Cardinal Dolan, thank you for being the fearless witness to Christ in these times, and especially where you have been sent to do God’s work! You are in our prayers here in South Louisiana!