Monday, 19 March 2012
Cardinal Dolan of New York, speaking recently of his time in Rome, said: "When I was a new seminarian at the North American College in Rome, all the first-year men from all the Roman theological universities were invited to a Mass at St. Peter’s with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal John Wright, as celebrant and homilist. We thought he would give us a cerebral homily. But he began by asking, 'Seminarians: do me and the Church a big favour. When you walk the streets of Rome, smile!' The witness to Christ must be a person of joy. 'Joy is the infallible sign of God’s presence,' claims Leon Bloy."
Even at this stage of our Lent journey, a new resolution - in simplicity of heart I will open myself to the gift of God's joy.