Even though I act in opposition to Cardinal Egan's decision to close my two churches (Our Lady of Vilnius and St. Stanislaus Kostka), I bear no personal animus towards him.
Rita, one of our Lithuanian parishioners,called me to say that we should pray for Cardinal Egan; that we should look within ourselves and pray until we can see him enveloped in a warm, embracing, white fog of our own forgiveness. She went on to say that we ourselves are harmed by negative energy, and that we should fill ourselves with positive energy while actively pursuing what we regard as right.
So Happy Birthday and "Sto Lat," Cardinal Egan, despite our differences. But if you are going to spend the remainder of your "Lat" (years) in the Archdiocese of New York, we are going to sing "Marija, Marija" outside of your cathedral until we can once more sing it inside of our church.