New York’s new governor evidently began the new year like a lot of Catholics did: by heading to mass.
From the New York Daily News:
Gov. Cuomo got some spiritual backing Sunday as he set out to revitalize state government.
The new governor began his second day in office at 9 a.m. Mass at Albany’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where he was urged to move forward with a sense of “evangelical daring” in his work to fix the broken state government.
“We know they, over the next four years, will be deeply immersed in the work of evangelization by bringing about the transformation of our state and our society,” Bishop Howard Hubbard said in his homily.
Cuomo, who was with his three daughters and live-in girlfriend, Sandra Lee, sat in the front pew as Hubbard described evangelization as the work of addressing not only a community’s spiritual needs, but its social and political ones as well.
Citing the efforts of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, Hubbard said people need a sense of vision and a willingness to take risks to transform society and make a stronger community.
“Ultimate victory over forces that are seemingly insurmountable is really possible,” Hubbard said.
The divorced son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, who was once chastised by Catholic leaders for his support of abortion rights, calmly received Holy Communion. Lee walked in line for Communion with him.
The 53-year-old governor praised Hubbard’s sermon as “inspirational.”
“The talk of transformation, I thought, was relevant,” he said.