Friday, January 1, 2010

Archbishop Dolan’s Reflections for the New Year

From Archbishop Dolan’s Column in the December 31, 2009 issue of Catholic New York”:

“What are you doing New Year’s?”

I've got great company for you.

Let me tell you about her...

If you walk up the right aisle of St. Patrick's Cathedral, you’ll find her image in the chapel to the side of the sanctuary. In this image, she is called Our Lady of Guadalupe, and she is pregnant. This chapel, a couple of weeks ago, on her feast, December 12, bloomed with thousands of fresh flowers, tributes from her grateful children, who look to her as a loving, heavenly mother.

Now walk over to the other side of the cathedral and stop in prayer before our beautiful crib scene. There she is again, joined this time by her spouse, St. Joseph, tenderly adoring her new baby, the Son of God and Savior of the World, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Join her, St. Joseph, the angels, the shepherds and the Wise Men in acclaiming Jesus as our Messiah.

When you’re done, walk to the back of the main altar, to the upper right corner of the cathedral, and find her once again. Her baby is now thirty-three, and she is once again holding Him. But, this time, her Son is dead, taken down from the cross, bloody and beaten, and put into her arms. Here she is the Pietá.

Same woman...same Son.

Mary...and Jesus.

Good company for New Year’s Eve and Day. In fact, the Church observes January 1 as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

From the pregnant Virgin of Guadalupe, to the joyful Mother that first Christmas at Bethlehem, to the sorrowful Mother at the foot of the cross that first Good Friday on Calvary—she is there with Jesus.

What was your 2009 like? Loss? Sadness? Sickness? Death? War? Struggle? Happiness? New birth? Prosperity? Peace? Meaning?

Probably some of both, if you're like the rest of us.

What will your 2010 be like? Once again, probably a balance of good and evil, light and darkness, life and death.

No wonder we turn to her as we conclude one year and commence another.

Mary had both: supreme joy at Bethlehem, deep sorrow on Calvary.

In both, she simply stayed close to Jesus.

Not a bad year's resolution.
A blessed New Year! Enjoy it with great company: Jesus and Mary!


Sueb said...

Thanks so much for sharing this thoughtful reflection on Mary. I shared it with my friends at the Seattle Archdiocese offices. We love to share these little articles on our faith.
I love to stop by and see what you have written. It is very edifying.
Thanks Again,

Brian said...

Archbishop Dolan is a very holy Bishop - a wonderful and inspiring man. New York is so very lucky to have him. This reflection is moving. It let's us know what is really important.

His mentioning of Our Lady of Guadalupe reminds me of a recent incident. I am a co-worker with the Missionaries of Charity in New Jersey. One of my dear friends,"D" is also a co-worker. - She is an active pro-life warrior. She spends many days praying the rosary outside an abortion mill in Hackensack, NJ, suffering many persecutions. Recently, while she was praying, a man and a woman approached the front door of the mill. My friend "D" stood up and asked them their names. The woman's name was Guadalupe! This occured on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. My friend "D" could not believe it. She explained to this couple the importance of the day and how Our Lady and the Lord loved them so much, especially the baby in the mother's womb. The couple wept, hugged my friend, and went back to their home. A miracle happened that day.

God bless you - I pray you have a happy and healthy New Year!!!