Our Lady and Sheen

Timothy Cardinal Dolan on Sirius/XM Town Hall – “Live” Commentary

Lino Ruli, the Catholic Guy, just finished his pre-town-hall-game show before Timothy Cardinal Dolan engages 20 people selected to ask questions.  I am tied to my desk to listen to this radio, and so I am going to comment on this Town Hall.  I am not as wise, holy, intelligent, or funny as Cardinal Dolan… so don’t hold it against me.

Tim Farley is hosting from POTUS, Father Jonathon Morris, and His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan.  There will be other guests involved.  While discussing Cardinal Dolan’s history, they mentioned St. Louis, and I must say, people from St. Louis are intense… especially in baseball fan-dom.

Steak ‘n’ Shake is going to be a really important part of this conversation… he’s spoken about it for half of his message so far.  Apparently there is food at the town hall.

Question from Joseph: What has been has been your biggest surprise about New York City, religious or otherwise?  Cardinal Dolan is surprised by the religiousness of the city.  I am also surprised he’d say that.  I find that sometimes we can find religion anywhere though.  I had a long debate about God with my friend earlier today during lunch, but deep down it was impressive that we could still have the religious conversation.

Question from Lynn-mary: (Originally from St. Louis… immediate bond over food and the parish) Since assuming the leadership of the USCCB, you have demonstrated a glimmer of the courage required to be a true follower of Christ.  Please explain some characteristics of [people who have inspired you and give us pointers].  Cardinal Dolan first humbly accepts the compliments.  He gets nervous… don’t we all?  I get nervous all the time, I feel like we’re the same in that respect, only he seems to get over his fear more.  I need to really find men and women to look up to.  Cardinal Dolan is able to explain who inspires him; am I?

Question from Michael: Noting your life long love of Italian food… If you were a gelato what flavor would you be?  Mixture… awesome!

Question from Mike: Since becoming a Cardinal who has your day to day life changed? I can’t imagine the pressure of being a Cardinal… Cardinal Dolan’s humility is so incredible… he just completely made the Cardinalness feel more like servitude instead of princedom.

Question from Maria: Speaking of Baptism, my son and daughter-and-law recently had a baby, [no mention of baptism…] what can I say to them that will not make them uncomfortable but will get the point across?  This is a tough question to answer for me, His Eminence really is demonstrating pastoral care in his encouragement.  I am also encouraged by his practicality and his encouragement to Hope in the Lord.

Skipping over Conner… going to Linda: Which saints do you admire, and which do you try to model yourself after?  I hope he says Archbishop Sheen… Although they overlapped.  Of course, those Martyrs!  Good job, your Eminence! St. Therese! That’s a good one, I would be failing this multiple choice test.  And St. John Bosco!  I tried to watch a movie about him, but I kept falling asleep and it was like 5 hours long… or maybe only 4.  Oh St. Maximilian Kolbe!  Good choice, one time I had a scapular that was a third class relic, but it broke, so I buried it.

@CardinalDolan First TWEET!  I recommend following him!

Question from Edward: What direction do you see our Catholic school system going in the next 10-20 years?  This is a great question because we need to look at all education.  “When you have to pinch every penny… you develop grit.” Awesome, the underdog is cool! I wish that I had that kind of attitude.  The suggestion we’re in a “hospice mentality” when we’re speaking about Catholic schools.  That’s incredibly apt!  It feels like we really do treat institutions as though they are going to die for sure… and we can fight it!  We can stand up and save our schools!

Question from Sandra: I understand you’re a big beer drinker, what’s your favorite beer?  “I like to experiment with beer.”  I LOVE BEING CATHOLIC.  Bud… in case you’re wondering… God bless St. Louis!

Question from Michael (third one): Family impact on vocations, what should they be doing?  While he encouraged men to the priesthood, sometimes he doesn’t want parents to find out.  I also have experienced that.  Father Foster told my mother that I should be a priest, and she gave reasons I shouldn’t be, mainly my dad… it dampened my enthusiasm a bit.

Matt Lauer is a special guest!  That’s awesome.

I’m tired now!  I’m going to drift off to the melodic voice of Cardinal Dolan!  Please continue to support His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York.



May 9, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Avengers – Best movie I think I’ve seen in a while (a few quotes from the film)

The Avengers was an amazing action packed film, and the only film I have ever watched over 2 hours where I did not think any scene had “dragged out.”  I have seen all of the movies that led up to The Avengers, but I don’t think you need to do that, so go!  It would be helpful if you knew a little of the back ground of some characters.

The chemistry of the cast is incredible.  They played off each other very well, and the cameos were well placed.  This movie had perfectly timed comedic moments within the intensely packed action plot.  Almost every moment after the set-up seemed like it could turn into the climax of the movie.  Well directed, great graphics, and great acting.

One of the topics that I enjoyed the most was the theme of Good vs evil.  Throughout the entire movie we saw that theme develop into something deeper than the tradition thought on it.  Verbally and in action we see the “good” that is needed is a sacrificial good.  It is a good in which one *MUST* be willing to lay down everything in order to protect, in this case, our world.  The philosophical quips, especially by Captain America (Chris Evans), harken back to a time when America was not only a world power, but a moral exemplar.  It is done without mocking that time, other than by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr).  It was a beautiful message and was not sanctimonious.

Another theme of the movie is that of the enemy Loki (Tom Hiddleston): “The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.”  While I agree that in the end we will kneel, it is the freedom to kneel that is the most alluring.  We will one day choose to kneel to the true God, and that is the real meaning of freedom.  We think of freedom normally as license to do whatever we want, but true freedom involves the self act of giving up that license.  We have freedom to love the woman we marry because we choose to give up license to “love” all women.  Loki’s version of kneeling is to be controlled through no self-will.  Where there is no self-will, we can not love or exist.  Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) comment on ruling rings more true, but since I can’t find it anywhere, you have to go see the movie!

The above quote of Loki’s is followed by an older German man standing up and saying saying in response to men always kneeling in the end: “Not to men like you.”  Loki responds, “There are no men like me,” and finally as Loki is about to kill the man, he stands with courage and says, “There are always men like you.”

That was one of the most powerful scenes in the movie, because it takes courage to stand up and fight the system.  It takes courage to take on your oppressors and speak the truth.  There had been a thousand Pontius Pilates; hundreds of tyrannical Caesars, kings, czars, dictators, and more sweetly named men.  The Lord allows them to rise up for the glory of His people and His Holy Name, even though it is hard to see sometimes.  Loki manages to fill in a spot of a power man, with direct non-subtle comparison to Hitler, and still there are men who stand up against him.

This movie is a great movie, there are a few instances of foul language, but not too much.  The movie is rated PG-13 and the USCCB website has it listed as A-III (Adults), which I think is a fair rating, although I think that mature teenagers would have no problem seeing this.  If your kids can handle a little language, let them see it.


May 7, 2012 Posted by | Movie Review Monday | | Leave a comment