Listening to a Cardinal . . .

Yesterday at HBU we hosted Daniel Cardinal DiNardo as our guest for convocation. Our director for the school of theology, David Capes, suggested the event after having heard the cardinal speak on a prior occasion. I honestly had no idea what to expect.

Cardinal DiNardo asked about any themes we might have for convocation this year and we provided him with John 14:6, which reads, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

He chose to make that verse the basis of his presentation. I must tell you that his exposition of the gospel of John would have satisfied any Protestant I know. It was relentlessly scriptural and he clearly had mastery of his subject. He spoke comfortably from notes in a way that had the audience on the edge of their seats. There are days when you have to keep after students to leave their phones alone while a speaker is talking, but this was not one of them. Afterwards, many students lined up to speak with him. You can watch his presentation here.

I know there is a distance between catholics and protestants and that it is substantial, but listening to this cardinal preach has bolstered my confidence in the eventual unity of the church.

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2 thoughts on “Listening to a Cardinal . . .

  1. He talks way over my head. What is truth? Jesus answered it in John 17:17 Thy word is truth. God’s Word is Truth everything else is either fact or fiction. When you come to God/Jesus you must renew your mind and realize God uses a different dictionary! And when every thing has been said in the end it is all erased and all that is left is God’s Word. We are to put His Word in our memory bank so that when everything is laid bare there is revealed the true gem, the engrafted word of God planted in you which can save you. And The Way is through Jesus tore body also called the veil. And His blood has consecrated the way in to the Holy Place. To get in there you must be born again and receive the Holy Spirit our guarantee. He is the seal the Father places on us.
    What a Savior. What a Father.
    By the way, the stumbling block for me has always been the decision of the Catholic church to go against Jesus and call each other Father when in Matthew it is written that Jesus said call no man Father for you have only One who is in heaven. Jesus said if you love me you will obey my teachings. I have total faith in His ability to get everyone on the same path, the same mindset, Christ in us, the hope of glory.
    We are to build on His love. So I do my best to operate in love always. I, like Jesus, want all men saved and none lost.
    Jesus loves us and aren’t we glad.
    Mrs. Switzer
    John 3:17

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