Sunday, April 19, 2009

More Highlights of my trip to NYC --

1. Wednesday -- The most memorable line in Archbishop's Dolan Installation Mass Homily that never saw ink in a mainstream newspaper or a soundbite on any television newscast --

"His Church continues to embrace and protect the dignity of every human person, the sanctity of human life, from the tiny baby in the womb to the last moment of natural passing into eternal life. As the Servant of God Terrence Cardinal Cooke wrote, “Human life is no less sacred or worthy of respect because it is tiny, pre-born, poor, sick, fragile, or handicapped.” Yes, the Church is a loving mother who has a zest for life and serves life everywhere, but she can become a protective “mamma bear” when the life of her innocent, helpless cubs is threatened."
The congregation responded with a sustained standing ovation (which started among the priests). The four politicians present - Mayor Bloomberg, Catholic Governor Paterson, and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand (Catholic?) - stood, but did not move their hands at all.

2. Thursday -- Visiting Ground Zero --

I have visited, or gotten close to, Ground Zero twice before. I travelled to NYC just two weeks September 11th. I walked as close as security would let me. An acquaintance, Vince Druding, was volunteering for 16 hour shifts for weeks straight at what was still a disaster area. I saw Vince this week, he is now a transitional deacon for the Archdiocese of New York and will be ordained a priest this May.

A few years later, Ground Zero was a still a clean-up zone, and now it is clearly a construction site. Yet, it is still a powerful place to stop and pray.

3. Friday -- okay, a "touristy" thing - dinner with friends at Centolire.

One of the best things about travel, is taking the opportunity to see and meet people. In the week in NYC, I visited relatives in New Jersey, Manhattan and Queens. I had lunch with a CMH alum from the class of 1962. I saw priest friends from around the country and met new friends as well.

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