Cardinal Timothy Dolan commends the people of New York for coming together during Sandy

A week after the worst storm in history bashed the east coast of the United States, leaving devastation in New York and New Jersey, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has praised those people affected. The New York Cardinal said the horrific storm brought out the best in people.

Writing in the New York Daily News newspaper, the Cardinal gave an NYPD officer as example of the sense of community felt throughout the city over the last week.

He wrote “It was a couple minutes after midnight, early Tuesday morning, the winds and rain at their peak. “Officer!” I shouted to the police officer on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. There he was under the scaffolding, looking through binoculars at all the surrounding buildings.

“Come in for a cup of coffee!” I invited him.

“Thanks, Father,” he replied, “but I gotta keep looking in case somebody up there is signaling for help.”

That police officer was an icon of this entire community this last week — poised for service, ready to respond.”

Dolancommended the people of New York who instead of panicking, fending for ourselves and leaving people behind came together and faced the threat in unity, helping each other out.He wrote, “This last week, New York chose option two. Thanks for the great sermon. Thursday, as I was visiting another of the storm shelters, a lady called out to me, “Hey, Cardinal, isn’t today All Saints Day?”

“It sure is,” I replied.

“Well,” she responded, pointing to the volunteers folding blankets or handing out sandwiches, “There are lots of saints here.” She was right. The selfless service and compassionate care extolled by the Bible were obvious all over the place.” [more]