Saturday, June 8, 2019

We never like to push our people too much so we gave them an easy morning and left today at 10 AM. We went to Saint Malo which is a medieval fortified city on the ocean. We toured the exquisite cathedral where the organ was playing the whole time we were there. We spent time praying and exploring.

From there we drove a little over an hour to Pontmain which is the site of an approved Marian apparition. Along the way I explained about the apparition that took place in 1871, again like many Marian apparitions, this one was to children.

We had Mass in the parish church where the children attended Mass (Fr. Dan‘s homily here) and then spent time exploring the Pontmain Basilica which was stunning And built in honor of the apparition.

Gift shops kept people busy for a while and then we had great fun driving home with jokes and humor, prayers and Fr. Dan’s vocation story. A great dinner and we are getting to bed early tonight for a relaxed departure tomorrow.


king-james-bibleWhen is the first time the word love is used in the Bible? It is great fun to ask a million questions when you open the Bible. Good questions serve to unlock the treasure chest revealing untold riches.

Since the Bible is a book and books are made of words, it is great fun to see how God uses words and where they are placed in the sacred text. Nothing is random or by chance with the words of God.

When you search for the word love it first appears in the story of Abraham and his beloved son Isaac. As you read this verse ask yourself “Does this verse sound familiar — maybe similar to a well-known New Testament verse?”

009-009-abraham-taking-isaac-to-be-sacrificed-fullbAfter these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you. (Genesis 22:1–2)

If John 3:16 came to your mind, then you had the same reaction that I did. God loved His only begotten Son.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

These passages belong together — calling back-and-forth to each other for a reason. God gave us a human story of a father sacrificing his only son so we would understand His great sorrow when sacrificing His only Son whom He loved.

The word love was saved for this crucial moment to describe the love of a father for his only son. Abraham prefigures God the Father as he takes his son to Mount Moriah for the sacrifice.

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