Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Carmelite Rosary for the Cardinal
(The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill)
Just prior to Timothy Cardinal Dolan's Mass of Thanksgiving at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill, which is maintained and staffed by the Carmelite Order, a beautiful rosary was prayed for the Cardinal. It was led by a Carmelite nun who explained that each joyful mystery had a special meditation written in honor of Cardinal Dolan by five different orders of Carmelite nuns. This was by far the most touching rosary I have ever prayed and I tried to pay close attention to the meditations so that I could share them here with you. It is my hope that we may all continue to pray with these meditations on the joyful mysteries for the benefit of Cardinal Dolan both in the here and now as well as in the hereafter.
The First Joyful Mystery-The Annunciation
Meditation written by the Carmelite nuns in St. Louis, Missouri, in honor of the years that Cardinal Dolan spent there as Bishop
We pray for conformity to the will of God by Cardinal Dolan.
The Second Joyful Mystery-The Visitation
Meditation written by the Carmelite nuns in Washington, DC, in honor of the time that Cardinal Dolan spent as secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature
We pray for the grace of charity so like our Lady, Cardinal Dolan, too, will proceed in haste whenever he sees a neighbor in need.
The Third Joyful Mystery-The Nativity
Meditation written by the Carmelite nuns in Rome in honor of the years that Cardinal Dolan spent as the Rector of the Pontifical North American College.
We learn from Mary how to abandon ourselves entirely to Jesus. May God's word take flesh in Cardinal Dolan so through him we may recognize and love God in every event of our lives.
The Fourth Joyful Mystery-The Presentation
Meditation written by the Carmelite nuns in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, in honor of the years that Cardinal Dolan spent as Archbishop of Milwaukee.
God has raised up Cardinal Dolan to reveal a heart totally given to Christ in joy and in contradiction, with invisible trust and steadfast devotion, willing to be pierced with Mary beneath the cross.
The Fifth Joyful Mystery-The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
Written by the Carmelite Sisters in New York in honor of his current position there.
May the searching efforts of Mary and Joseph encourage Cardinal Dolan to search out the members of the flock who have wandered from church or who have put aside their need for God and his meaning in life.
The rosary was concluded with prayers for the Holy Father and for all priests and those called to the priesthood.
(praying the rosary for Cardinal Dolan at Holy Hill-photo credit Richard Zautcke)