Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, recently delivered the keynote presentation at the Diocese of Bismarck's "THIRST" Eucharistic Conference. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Mary, which sponsored the event.
In his talk focusing on the theme "Go Teach All Nations: Passing the Treasure of Faith to the Next Generation," Cardinal Dolan remarked that the university is a place where reason and faith are united, according to the University.
Cardinal Dolan pointed to Blessed Pope John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis as exemplifying, respectively, the qualities of "soul, mind and heart."
In his talk, Cardinal Dolan said:
[Pope John Paul II] had the confidence and fortitude that came from the soul, "through the centrality of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," he said. Called by President Jimmy Carter "the soul of the world, and by evangelist Billy Graham, "the prescription for humanity's exhausted soul," Pope John Paul II "led us in the recovery of the spiritual," Cardinal Dolan said.
Pope Benedict XVI demonstrated the importance of the mind, the intellect – in clear, cogent language showing that reason and faith are not enemies, "but pretty darn good friends," the Cardinal said. In a world of the new atheism, "a new secular culture on steroids, reason in partnership with revelation and faith is liberating,"
Pope Francis, he said, has a heart that breaks, a heart that has radar for those at the side of the road. The new Pope, he said, "has a heart that's willing to risk and to dare, who speaks with tenderness."
Cardinal Dolan also noted that University of Mary president Msgr. James Shea is a former student of his, remarking that he is proud of Msgr. Shea's leadership of the school.
"[You have] a sterling faculty, dedicated and generous alum and students that are so fervent in the faith and learning in soul, mind and heart," said Cardinal Dolan. "I think Pope Benedict XVI would be extraordinarily proud because here, in the Diocese of Bismarck, we've got a university dedicated to Mary, where reason and faith are allied."
University of Mary is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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