Today is truly a great day of rejoicing for the whole Church. We officially have 22 new cardinals, and two of them are from the United States. Our beloved Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Edwin F. O’Brien, grand master if the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and former archbishop of Baltimore, Md. Both received their birettas and gold rings at the Public Consistory in St. Peters Basilica.
How wonderful, 22 new “Princes of the Church!” We are so blest, let us thank Our Lord. As it is also Saturday, the day of the week dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us beseech the Queen of Heaven: the Virgin Glorious and Blessed, the Holy Mother of God to protect her sons as they travel back to their countries and bring Christ to the furthest corners of the world.
The following prayer is the oldest extant Marian hymn (circa 250 AD).
- Sub tuum praesidium
- Sancta Dei Genetrix.
- Nostras deprecationes ne despicias
- in necessitatibus nostris,
- sed a periculis cunctis
- libera nos semper,
- Virgo gloriosa et benedicta
Under thy protectionwe seek refuge,Holy Mother of God;despise not our petitionsin our needs,but from all dangersdeliver us always,Virgin Glorious and Blessed.
Thank you for praying with me. Please support your new Cardinals.
Just a wee note:
In honor of Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan’s appointment to the College of Cardinals, I am going to share a short story for the good old days when he was Archbishop of Milwaukee. As you all know, he then had and still has a soft spot in his heart for both the Basilica of Holy Hill and the dedicated Carmelite Friars who staff the Shrine.
Well it was the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and our family decided to go to Holy Hill for Holy Mass. The main Celebrant for the Mass was Archbishop Timothy Dolan. The Mass was beautiful, but it was what happened afterward when the Archbishop was greeting the people on the way out, which will always stick out in my memory.
When our turn came to greet Archbishop Dolan, my Mom as usual asked for his blessing and explained that I wanted to be a priest. The blessing he promptly gave and then he turned to me and said: “I want to ordain you!” Wow! For a twelve-year-old, it was quite the experience, to say the least.
About a year later, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan was sent to New York. At his farewell Mass in Holy Hill, he again reiterated that he “wanted to ordain me.” He even remembered me by name. What a wonderful man he is.
So there you have it. In about twelve, maybe fifteen more years, Timothy Cardinal Dolan has a Carmelite ordination on his schedule (only then he very well could be Pope.)