As I sit here watching the Ordinary Public Consistory for the Creation of New Cardinals (DVR recording), I have to admit that I am jealous of those people sitting in St. Peter’s Basilica. It would be a great experience to watch so many of our faithful Bishops be elevated to their new Cardinal positions in the Church. I have only been to Rome once in my life (2000 A.D. for World Youth Day) and hope to return sooner than later. All in God’s time…
On behalf of the JP II Generation Catholics, I want to congratulate Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan to his elevation as a Prince of the Church. From all that I have read about Cardinal Dolan and his leadership among his fellow Bishops in the US, his strong stance against the HHS Mandate, and videos on YouTube, I can say one thing about this great man of God – he has the charism, apostolic zeal, and love that Blessed John Paul II also had and shared with the world. Now I am not comparing the two men nor am I saying that Cardinal Dolan would be Pope someday (that’s left up the decision of the Holy Spirit who guides the Church), but I am saying there are some similarities in the two men. People have described Cardinal Dolan as a big teddy bear who has a great sense of humor. Although I never heard anyone describe Blessed John Paul II as a “big teddy bear”, I would say his overall love for people had a big teddy bear quality to it. As for Blessed John Paul II’s humor, well, if you recall when he first spoke to the people in St. Peter’s Square after he was elevated to the Papacy, he said to the Italians, if I make a mistake with my Italian, I know you will correct me. Humor and the Italians loved him from that moment on.
I never met Blessed John Paul II, although I was blessed to see him three times in my life – Phoenix, Arizona in 1987, World Youth Day in 1993, and World Youth Day in 2000. It is my hope that I can meet Cardinal Timothy Dolan sometime soon. Anyone know him personally?? ;-)
Congratulations Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan! We love you and support you 100% in all that you do for the Church in New York City and the United States of America. Praise Be Jesus Christ!
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