Skip to comments.(NJ Governor) Chris Christie begins his inauguration day with Mass
Posted on 01/19/2010 3:29:19 PM PST by NYer
.- The morning of his inauguration as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie (R-N.J.) attended Mass in Newark, New Jersey, looking at it as an opportunity to begin the day in prayer.
Spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark Jim Goodness told CNA that there were close to a thousand people in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and that the atmosphere was filled with reverence and happiness. This is the first inauguration Mass that has taken place at the Cathedral Basilica in Newark.
Entering the sanctuary to a standing ovation, Mr. Christie sat with his family near the front. Later in the Mass his 16 year-old son Andrew ascended the pulpit to give the first reading, said Goodness.
Archbishop John Joseph Myers of the Newark Archdiocese was his usual charming self, according to Goodness, who said the prelate gave an excellent homily drawing from the Tuesday's Scripture readings regarding King Solomon and the Beatitudes.
Archbishop Myers first discussed the reading from the Book of Kings, saying, We will prosper if we allow Gods wisdom to direct our lives and our decisions. We will prosper if we follow our consciences. Conscience is not some 'little voice' within that directs us. For our consciences to be authentic and honest, they must allow Gods wisdom to form them, allow Gods wisdom to direct us.
Otherwise, cautioned the archbishop, we are deceiving ourselves and allowing our desires to rule our consciences. If we allow desire to direct us rather than wisdom, we follow the example of our first parents who allowed the spirit of pride to lead them to taste the forbidden fruit. This can happen to anyone. It happened to Solomon in the course of his life.
Speaking on the Gospel reading, which contained the Beatitudes, Archbishop Myers said When Jesus speaks of 'the clean of heart,' he does not mean a narrow notion of the heart as merely a font of emotions disconnected from the intellect and the will. Rather, he is referring to the inner person, to the seat of our moral personality.
Is following the Beatitudes easy? he asked. No. Jesus knew that and his last blessing was 'Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.' If we follow the teaching of the beatitudes, we will find that life is not always easy. The Beatitudes are a challenge. But as long as we trust in God and stand up for what is right, we can be assured that we too will be blessed.
In his interview with CNA, Goodness also praised Mr. Christie and expressed the excitement felt within the Catholic community over his election.
Catholics are in general very happy and proud of the fact that we have a Catholic as governor and someone who very clearly talks about his faith and lives his faith and holds his opinions according to his formation as a Catholic, said Goodness.
The archdiocesan spokesman also described the incoming governor as a dedicated and concerned individual who wants to do the right thing here in the state and wants to bring his talents and his ideas to help the people in the state which certainly needed it at this particular time. New Jersey is currently faced with severe economic problems, as well as housing and employment needs.
Speaking on the recent New Jersey Senate vote against same-sex marriage, Goodness reiterated that Mr. Christie is opposed to same-sex marriage and that throughout the last few years the bishops in the state have been reaffirming the Church's teaching to the people of the state.
That, we hope, is an issue that is behind us, said Goodness.
Given the then-impending inauguration of Mr. Christie and Ms. Kim Guadagno, Archbishop Myers offered his prayers, saying, Today we pray for Governor Chris Christie, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, the members of the new administration of the State of New Jersey, we pray for all state, county, and municipal officials. We pray that you will be blessed with wisdom, even more we pray that you will be blessed with the wisdom of Solomon you will need it.
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God Bless him......Great way to start.....keep it up Chris.
Chris is a decent, good man.
I like him a lot.
Good luck, Governor.
If this guy lives (in private) his public affirmation then it will be a good blessing to the people of NJ. Good for him!!!
G-d bless you governor. But please, please try to lose weight, so that you stay in good health. I mean this in the kindest way!
Before heading an hour south to take office as New Jersey's 55th chief executive, Gov.-elect Chris Christie began his Inauguration Day with an early-morning Mass at the Garden State's mother church -- Newark's Cathedral-Basilica of the Sacred Heart -- celebrated by the state's metropolitan, Archbishop John Myers.
From North Jersey's Star-Ledger, the early line:
The official inauguration ceremony is in Trenton, but Newark, the state's largest city, is playing the starring role. In addition to Mass, [Christie's] day ends with a reception at the Prudential Center. The holy ceremony opens a day of inaugural festivities that will bring the state's first Republican governor in eight years to office.
Government officials and dignitaries, such as former New Jersey governors, the New Jersey Congressional delegation, members of the State Senate and State Assembly and New Jersey Supreme Court, filled the pews of the church. Business leaders such as Donald Trump were seen walking up the aisle for communion....
Christie's oldest son, Andrew, 16, read a passage from the Book of Kings during service. In his homily, Archbishop Myers delved into the history of the Cathedral and the history of New Jersey.
"My brothers and sisters, look around you, and you will see the most beautiful, the most magnificent, building in the City of Newark," Myers said to the packed Cathedral. "It sits on the highest hill in New Jersey's largest city."
Myers brought the congregation through the history of the state from the Native American Lenape tribe, to the state's role in the revolution, before drawing on the wisdom of Solomon to counsel the incoming governor.
"History tells us that all was not perfect under the reign of Solomon," he said. "But that during the times that Solomon was faithful, the kingdom prospered."
Christie, a practicing Catholic, has promised to pursue an agenda largely in keeping with church doctrine, including opposition to abortion and gay marriage.
"We pray you will be blessed with wisdom, even more we pray you will be blessed with the wisdom of Solomon -- you will need it," Myers said....For the first time, the nation's most densely-populated state will be swearing in a lieutenant governor at today's civic rites in Trenton's War Memorial. Yet while Christie ran on a pro-life pledge, his running mate, Kim Guadagno, declared her support for abortion rights.
The mass ended at about 9:30 a.m., with a chorus of "America the Beautiful" roaring through the church.
Big deal-Obama prays FIVE TIMES a day.....
Let's hope the twice divorced, thrice married, protestant Trump was given only a blessing.
A wonderful way for him (and us) to start his day. A great way to start his term in office. God Bless him.
Nothing about God creating human life in His image and protecting His image..I guess so long as God protect's our wildlife, that includes us wild humans.
Another Catholic Governor! Bravo and God bless!
**with a chorus of “America the Beautiful” roaring through the church.**
I would join in that glorious song.....although I like The Battle Hymn of the Republic better.
I’m impressed with that, at least.
I may have to pry jersey from its perennial place at the bottom of my list of states. but not likely — there are still all the residents to deal with.
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