Cardinal Dolan’s address, which he gave to the General Assembly of the USCCB fall meeting is worth reading. The blogs are already lighting up over it, and many are focusing on the hint that we could see the American Church reinstate Friday abstinence.
Please go read it at the USCCB Website. It is important that all Catholics know the heart and mind of the Church, as well as our role as the laity.
The focus by Cardinal Dolan on penance and the Sacrament of Reconciliation is very interesting. Although this address is to Bishops, it is important to understand what role we play in the mission of the Church. Let us then do our part. In order to do so, we must know the direction our shepherds are leading us.
I leave you with a paragraph that really struck me:
And, I have suggested today, that as we “come and go” in response to the invitation of Jesus, we begin with the Sacrament of Penance.This is the sacrament of the New Evangelization, for as Pope Benedict reminds us, “We cannot speak about the new evangelization without a sincere desire to conversion.” (Homily for the Opening of the XIII Ordinary General Synod of Bishops).