May 2012

Final Pilgrimage Day: Mary’s Birthplace, Healing at Bethesda, Western Wall for Bar Mitzvahs, Comments, Farewells

May 10, 2012

Part One: We visited the site of Mary’s birth, where the Immaculate Conception took place. It was also here that Jesus cured the cripple at the Pools of Bethesda in John 5. We listened to some Protestants belittling Mary and the Catholic Church there. Another guide was mocking the Via Dolorosa. We then went to […]

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Day 7: Mass at Tomb, Jordan River, Jericho, Camels & more

May 9, 2012

Part One: Via Dolorosa, touching top of Calvary, Mass at the Tomb of Christ, Israel Museum to see Dead Sea Scrolls, Model of 1st century Jerusalem, authentic baptismal site of Jesus to renew our baptismal vows, lunch in Jericho. Part Two: Qumran, Dead Sea Swimming, Camel riding, free evening.

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Pilgrimage Day 6: Olivet, Zion, Tomb & Bishop of Jerusalem

May 8, 2012

What a great day. Started the day with Mass at Gethsemane at the stone where Jesus sweat drops of blood. Then to the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray and from where he ascended into heaven. Then to Mount Zion. We visited the place where Mary fell […]

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Pilgrimages Day 5: All Day Bethlehem

May 7, 2012

All day in Bethlehem his always special for our pilgrims. This is the burial site of Rachel, wife of Jacob. It is the home of Ruth who became the great-grandmother of David who was born in Bethlehem and probably where he wrote Psalm 23. It is also prophesied about by Micah 5:2 pronouncing Bethlehem as […]

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From Freedom to Bondage

May 7, 2012

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses […]

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Holy Land Day 3: Beatitudes, “You Are Peter,” Tabgha and more

May 5, 2012

See Part One: Part Two here:

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Day Two with Catholic Community Radio Group

May 4, 2012

This trip was inspired by Catholic Community Radio in Baton Rouge Louisiana. A bunch of these good folks are with us along with people from a lot of other states and even Australia and Africa. It is a very lively, Catholic, inquisitive, excited, humorous and fun group of pilgrims. They are firmly set on learning […]

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Catholic Community Radio in Baton Rouge: Pilgrimage Day 1

May 3, 2012

All arrived safely. No lost luggage. Our seminarian is still on his way from Ethiopia. Our Australian pilgrim arrived along with six other Americans, some from Italy where they were visiting. All the others landed in Tel Aviv this afternoon. We picked them up and, except for our seminarian, all are sound asleep after a […]

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Walking with Jesus East of the Sea of Galilee

May 2, 2012

Today I took off for 8.7 miles along the eastern coast of the Sea of Galilee. I have only a few segments left to complete my run around the whole sea. However, since I have a torn meniscus in my knee (operation on May 23) I had to refrain from running on this segment and […]

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My Run-Walk Around the Walls of Jerusalem

May 1, 2012

My goal is to run between 1,000 to 1,200 miles a year. As my wife and I get older we consider it our “medicine.” Today I am right on track even though I have a torn meniscus in my knee. I have an appointment on May 23 (when I return from Israel) to get orthopedic […]

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