Pilgrimages

The final day of our pilgrimage, a trip which has gone wonderfully smooth, spiritually, organized and fun. But today is our Optional Day where we mainly do fun things and go down into the Jordan Valley. Floating in the Dead Sea and camel riding is always a favorite. Enjoy!

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We started the day with Mass at the Church of Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Near the Garden of Gethsemane is the cave where Jesus and his disciples were spending the night when Judas came and betrayed him. Nearby is the Church of the Tomb of Mary, are also called the Church of the Assumption.

We had time for confessions, free time, the Holy Shroud Exhibit and More. Enjoy!

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An early start doing the Via Dolorosa and Mass at Calvary. Up the Mount of concluding with my talk “The Story of Salvation from Adam and Eve until Today”. Mount Zion and lots of rain which is very unusual.

Watch for part two of today which was dinner and dancing in Bethlehem. Enjoy!

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Bethlehem all Day and Exclusive Entrance to the Tomb

October 14, 2019

Bethlehem is a unique city in the Palestinian West Bank. we spend the day here starting out in our favorite caps on olivewood store where we know there are quality products and where it’s safe to use credit cards and to have things shipped. A lot of the olive wood being sold in Israel today […]

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From Galilee to Jerusalem with a lot in between

October 13, 2019

Day 4 is always a big day since we move from Galilee to Jerusalem. We start out with Mass at Capernaum at the home of Jesus and Peter. It is Sunday so very appropriate that the readings here are “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood” (homily here). I always give my talk Defending the […]

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Who Are the Poor I’m Supposed to Care For?

October 13, 2019

As we leave our rented apartment in Rome and walk towards St. Peter’s Square I notice a ragged, filthy woman sitting on a piece of cardboard with a baby laying lethargically in her arms. She looks up with mournful eyes and pathetically mumbles something as she reaches out hoping I’ll put coins in her hand. […]

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A Favorite Day in Northern Israel

October 12, 2019

One of our favorite days when I give give two of my favorite talks in northern Israel and the Golan Heights and along the shores of the sea. We start with Mass at Beatitudes (homily here) and then drive north to the Lebanese border while listening to the vocation stories of our two priests. We […]

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Augustine’s Comment on Travel; Popes and Saints on Pilgrimages

October 12, 2019

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” –St. Augustine ********************************************* Pope Paul VI referred to the Holy Land as the “5th Gospel” implying that a pilgrimage rounds out and compliments the Scripture for fuller understanding. “A long procession of people…have gone in search of the ‘footprints’ of […]

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Up the Mountain, Renewing our Rings and in Awe of Annunciation & Incarnation

October 11, 2019

This is the time of year that Jesus took Peter, James and John up Mount Tabor to witness the Transfiguration. Mass at the top (homily here.) The mountain is 1900 feet above the planes below and once I started at the bottom and went straight to the top to see how long it would take. […]

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Arrival of Pilgrims in Israel

October 10, 2019

It’s always exciting when the plane lands and our pilgrims get off the plane and step onto the land of Israel for the first time. Yes, they’re tired and exhausted from the flight, but there’s also a sense of exhilaration and excitement. Everyone arrived in good shape and we got up to Galilee without any […]

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Yom Kippur in Jerusalem; Holy Day of Atonement – like Twilight Zone

October 9, 2019

Today Janet and I are waiting for our group to arrive tomorrow in Israel. But we get to enjoy and be part of Yom Kippur, the great and holy Day of Atonement for the Jews. It was the day the high priest took the blood of a goat and a bull into the Holy of […]

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Legatus Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Mass on Calvary; Western Wall & Farewells

September 27, 2019

We hope you enjoy these two movies of our final day with the Legatus Holy Land pilgrimage. These are a bunch of wonderful folks and we had a very blessed and exciting time together. The first video is our early morning to carry our crosses on the way to Calvary where we had Mass. After […]

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Legatus Day 7: Mount of Olives & Mount Zion

September 25, 2019

Always nice to start the day with Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane surrounding the very stone where Jesus sweat drops of blood (homily here). Then up the Mount of Olives to the Church of Paternoster where Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Our Father and from where he ascended into heaven. I gave […]

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Legatus Day 6: Jordan Valley, Jericho, Jordan River, Dead Sea and Solemn Entry into Tomb

September 24, 2019

This is always one of the favorite days for our pilgrims. We start out with Mass at the Notre Dame Center (homily here). The Israel Museum is our next stop will review the Temple Model which is like walking around Jerusalem at the time of Christ. We also saw the Dead Sea Scrolls in the […]

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Legatus Day 5: All Day Bethlehem

September 24, 2019

We took our folks to the best olivewood shop in Bethlehem. It has fine quality work and an excellent selection of everything including icons, olivewood, mother of pearl, etc. We also had exclusive access into the birthplace of Christ under the Church of Nativity without waiting in line. Everyone was able to touch the very […]

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Legatus Israel Day 3: Mount of Transfiguration, Renewal of Wedding Vows in Cana, and Nazareth

September 21, 2019

Two videos today: 1) Our pilgrimage, 2) Magdalena Dinner and Talent Show. Unusually early morning so as to be the first bus to the taxi stand since the taxis need to drive us up the hair-pin turns to the top of Mount Tabor – the Mountain of the Transfiguration. We had an 8 AM Mass […]

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