Wherein I "rip-off" another writer on the web. Not taking credit, just sharing good stuff. Today, the gregarious Cardinal Dolan on his trip (thus far) to Rome:
Remember the way Good Pope John explained it on the eve of the
opening of the Second Vatican Council? The faith of the Church is a
gift that cannot be altered, he remarked. But, the way this gift is “wrapped” can! That is always a challenge for a Pope.
In other words, the how of our teaching can change; the what of it cannot.
Because, as Billy Graham used to say, the aim of life is to change
our lives to conform to God’s will, not to change God’s will to match
ours. We let God re-create us in His image; we do not attempt to create God in our image!
Finally, some tease me that we are here to elect a “new boss.” Yes,
while I look forward to pledging my obedience to our new Holy Father, I
also recognize that his ancient title is “servant of the servants of
God.” Following Jesus, he will be elected to serve, not to be served.
And, he will hardly be a “boss” who tells us what to do, but a shepherd who invites
us to walk with him on a journey to eternal life in company with Jesus
and His Church. As Blessed John Paul II observed, “The Church proposes, not imposes.”
There you have a view of the misunderstandings.
Keep us in prayer, please. Let’s hope we get home soon – – I’m running out of socks!
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