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

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