(This continues my journal entry describing one Sunday in 1988 on pilgrimage to the Holy Land with John Michael Talbot. Part one described Mass in Galilee, celebrated in Aramaic and Arabic, the closest language to that which Jesus spoke.)
After Mass at St. George Melkite Catholic Church in Ibillin, with Fr. Chacour, our lunch at a Kibbutz was St. Peter's fish, found only in the Sea of Galilee. We looked forward to the boat trip across the Sea of Galilee, as a peaceful time of reflection, sailing to the middle of the lake. From there we would see many of the places where Jesus taught and lived around the lake. In quiet meditation, we might imagine him walking on water or preaching from Peter's boat.
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(This entry from my journal describes one Sunday in 1988 on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with John Michael Talbot. As it does now, the world churned in turmoil with war surrounding the holy sites.)
Sunday, March 20, 1988, was a day of connecting to the Christians in the Holy Land and to the Lord. On our way to Mass with the local Christians of Ibillin, in Galilee, we saw our first signs of war: armed khaki-clad street soldiers and transport vehicles full of soldiers. Something we have never had to bear. Among the many olive trees stood burnt out houses, some abandoned and some occupied.
Exodus 22:20-26; Ps 18:2-4, 47, 51; 1 Thess 1:5c-10; Mat 22:34-40
Our “God light” becomes brighter as we reflect on the simple yet profound way of God’s love for us. Jesus’ public life fulfilled all the Old Testament laws. Good and devout Israelites were to keep 613 commands found in the first five books of the Old Testament, not just the 10 commandments. In today’s section of St. Matthew 22:34-40, a Pharisee, a scholar of the law, to test Jesus, asked what was the greatest of all the commandments. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18. We are to love God with our whole being and love our neighbor as ourselves. This is simple yet not so simple.
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Several years ago, as I was on my way into St. Patrick’s Church, a man approached me. His eyes looked straight into mine, searching for something. Perhaps directions to some place in the neighborhood?
Then he inquired, “Let me ask you something. Why do you go to church?” Spontaneously, I answered, ”Because I love Jesus.” My answer surprised me. It sounded like a slogan from Vacation Bible School. Sometimes the Holy Spirit catches me with my barriers down and blurts out the truth.
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Memorial of Pope St. John Paul II,1920-2005
How do I summarize the life of the second longest reigning pope in Church history? He was born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland. He lost both of his parents and older brother before he was 21.
World War II cut his promising academic career short. While working, Karol joined the underground seminary and was ordain a priest in 1946. He was immediately sent to Rome for a doctorate in theology. Back in Poland, he had a few jobs and earned a doctorate in Philosophy, which for a while he taught at Lublin University. In 1958 he was made auxiliary bishop of Krakow and attended all of Vatican Council II. Fr. Wojtyla was appointed Archbishop of Krakow in 1964.
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An interview with Connie Rossini, author of Trusting God with St. Thérèse.
Connie gives practical advice for overcoming fears and frustrations that hamper our relationship with God. I asked her about her father-daughter relationship as compared to that of Louis Martin and his daughter St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
Nancy: St. Thérèse was blessed with parents who were “more worthy of heaven than of earth.” Thérèse had a special relationship with her father, who called her, “my Queen.” She formed her image of God from her father who never denied her love, affection and care. How did your father-daughter relationship compare to this?
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