I would like to invite you to consider some photographs, and consider which is a true expression of Christian discipleship.
First, let’s look at some pictures from Georgetown University, the site of the President’s recent economics speech. According to news reports, in order to make the room more to their liking for a Presidential address, the Administration asked the University to make some changes in the room. This is the image of the site before the University redecorated, at the White House’s request:
This is what the key spot in that scene looked like after the redecoration (sorry about the quality of the picture, it’s the best I could find online):
Notice what’s missing?
That’s right, the gold-lettered inscription of the Lord’s name, IHS, was covered over by the University.
Think about that for a moment. A Catholic institution, covering over the name of our Lord, at the request of the government.
I wonder if officials at Georgetown University have read Mark 8:38 recently: “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” I believe that passage can still be found in Bibles “in the Jesuit tradition”.
For contrast, check out this image from the installation ceremonies of Archbishop Dolan:
So there it is, folks. We can be ashamed of the name of Jesus, or we can embrace the Cross.
There really are no other choices.