Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Today our case was one of many on a lengthy calendar. Our attorney, Harry Kresky, fielded pointed questions from 4 judges (one had recused himself) who had studied the briefs. The attorney for the Archdiocese of New York, Peter Johnson, submitted his arguments to the same process. I could not even speculate about any outcome after witnessing the exchanges among the judges and the attorneys.
The Our Lady of Vilnius supporters sat in a row in the back; Aldona, Joe, Adele, Gediminas, Elaine and Mindaugas. I was honored to be among them, as I have always felt honored to be included in the life of Our Lady of Vilnius parish. I brought my miniature of the church icon with me; the same icon that had received a Papal blessing at Yankee Stadium last April. I held it in cupped hands and prayed.
Father Eugene had said that our church was Our Lady's house and would survive if it was God's will. My prayer was for the Holy Spirit to prevail in this process unfolding before me.
Throughout today's proceedings I was struck by the beauty of this courthouse, inside and out. The beauty of the statuary, stained glass, the murals, the ceiling and the bench itself both distracted and consoled.
Our Lady of Vilnius, the church and the parish, hang in the balance.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tomorrow at 2:00 PM our case will be heard in the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.
Directions to Court
27 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Go west to Madison Avenue.
From 23rd Street, go north to 25th Street.
From 28th Street, go south to 25th Street.
Take the BMT N or R train to 23rd Street
Walk across Madison Square Park to 25th Street.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
The T.V. news gave me a jolt this evening when I saw that Cardinal Egan had been hospitalized at St. Vincent's Hospital last evening. The Associated Press put out a terse accounting of the facts. Rocco Palmo elaborates a bit in his "Whispers in the Loggia" post Ed on the Mend.
As Holy Week begins let us keep Cardinal Egan in our prayers.
The Palm is striking
You are not in pain
The Palm is in pain
Soon it will be Easter !"
Thursday, April 02, 2009
"Then there was Lithuania, another intensely Catholic part of the Soviet empire where the Church had been brutalized since the country's forced incorporation into the Soviet Union in 1940. Clandestine ordinations, an active underground network of clergy and nuns, and the longest-running samizdat publication in the USSR, the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania (first published in 1972), had kept the Church alive under religious repression and cultural Russification. Now came a Lithuanian-speaking Pope, a cultural heir of the old Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, who shortly after his election dispatched his red cardinal's zucchetto clandestinely to the Marian shrine at Ostrabrama [Ausros Vartu] in Vilnius."