Archive for November 26th, 2007

A new cardinal created for Houston

Catholics living in Houston, Texas, and the southern United States have a cardinal to call their own.

This morning a bareheaded Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston walked down the aisle of St. Peter’s Basilica in a newly tailored red cassock.


Smiley N. Pool : Chronicle

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo kneels before Pope Benedict XVI after he received a red biretta to signify his elevation into the College of Cardinals in a consistory in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

In the middle of a nearly two-hour ceremony, he climbed the white marble steps to the altar and knelt before Pope Benedict XVI. He was given a skull cap. Then the white and gold clad pope reached slightly forward and placed the three pointed red hat, a biretta, on DiNardo’s head.

And the archbishop was a cardinal.

As he left the altar, DiNardo rearranged the hat before it slipped off his head. Like the other newly created cardinals he weaved his way through 13 rows of cardinals seated in the basilica, greeting the members of the group he had just officially joined.

From the back of the basilica, crowds of Houston area residents broke into applause that rang throughout the basilica.

That applause was nothing in comparison to the cheer that went up near the start of the service when Benedict announced DiNardo’s name as he read the list of 23 new cardinals.

“I’m pretty sure we were the loudest,” said Greg Friend of Spring.

Applause rang out from the faithful of each corner of the world represented Saturday: Kenya, France, Spain, and Brazil, to name a few. But the entire basilica seemed to offer sustained applause as the patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans, H.B. Emmanuel III Delly of Iraq, received his red hat, a sign of the office.

After the ceremony, the new Iraqi cardinal joined the pilgrims from his country gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

The pilgrims from Houston for DiNardo headed up a hill from the square for a reception at the Pontifical North American College.

Source: Houston Chronicle

Since he is 57 he will likely be one of the electors in at least one enclave. He is a Cardinal Priest. And the lucky dog he got one of my all-time favorite Saints parish in Rome.



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Christ Pantocrator

I really think all guys should get pumped up about this feast.

The readings are from2 Sam. 5:1-3

In those days, all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said:
“Here we are, your bone and your flesh.
In days past, when Saul was our king,
it was you who led the Israelites out and brought them back.
And the LORD said to you,
‘You shall shepherd my people Israel
and shall be commander of Israel.'”
When all the elders of Israel came to David in Hebron,
King David made an agreement with them there before the LORD,
and they anointed him king of Israel.

We move into Colossians 1:12-20

He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the body, the church.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

It a service to remember that our Lord will return in power and glory. Sorry I don’t believe that Christ is going to be dressed up as a 16th century silk rope with female appearances Christ the King

Catholicism has Orthodoxy beat when it comes to Icongraphy with respect to Christ sacrifice on the Cross, but Orthodoxy has Catholicism beat when it comes to Christ the King.

Christ Pantocrator at the second coming will come as we say in the creed “to judge the living and the dead”.

With the married and single males either sitting back or missing in action on Sundays, it’s an easier draw to get them in the pews when we focus on what has been traditionally know as male qualities. Strength, courage, self-sacrifice, justice and merciful victor. Granted most of us don’t live up to those qualities, but how can our boys grasp it if it’s not demonstrated some times in the liturgy.

Perhaps it’s just a guy thing.

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