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Holy Land Pilgrimage- Day 8-Final Day

By Father Chris Martin, Director of Vocations When preparing for our pilgrimage, we prepared for many things. Having Jerusalem buried under a snow storm was not one of them. We are close to six inches and counting. No tour companies are operating and all the restaurants, shops and businesses are closed. You can see the few Israeli’s brave enough to be outside taking advantage of this historic snow fall by Read More

Holy Land Pilgrimage- Day 7

By Father Chris Martin, Director of Vocations Yesterday we journeyed from Galilee to Jerusalem. We stopped at what some archaeologists call the oldest city on earth, Jericho. A city of great promise for the nation of Israel as they ended their forty years of wandering in the desert, this 8,000 year old town (that’s how old some of the fortifications are) located near the Jordan river would certainly have looked Read More

Holy Land Pilgrimage- Day 6

By Father Chris Martin, Director of Vocations Our pilgrimage shifted gears yesterday from half-day retreat with an excursion to full day journeys. I could not do justice to every site we visit, so I will mention some in passing and focus on one in particular. We began the day with a cold and wet boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. The boat was a 3x replica of a first Read More

Holy Land Pilgrimage- Day 5

By Father Chris Martin, Director of Vocations If you stand on the Mount of Beatitudes and look north along the shore line, a couple of miles up you will see the remnants of a small town of great importance; Capernaum. In Hebrew the name means “town of Nahum” possibly referring to the Old Testament prophet, but one cannot be sure. What you can be sure of though, is that this Read More

Holy Land Pilgrimage- Day 4

By Father Chris Martin, Director of Vocations The weather here has been beautiful. The only downside is that the there has been a consistent haze over the Sea of Galilee, which gives it a mystical appearance, but doesn’t allow us to see clearly across the water to the opposite shore. If we could, then we would be able to see from the Mount of Beatitudes our afternoon destination of Bethsaida. Read More

Holy Land Pilgrimage- Day 3

By Father Chris Martin, Director of Vocations I think we have all experienced moments when we need to clear our minds, take a step back, refocus and gain some perspective. Some of us have a favorite spot to go and/or a favorite thing to do. Sometimes I enjoy watching a storm roll in, or when possible, to gaze out on a lake or the ocean. Jesus was no different. And Read More

Holy Land Pilgrimage- Day 2

By Father Chris Martin, Director of Vocations Today we walked twenty minutes down the Mount of Beatitudes to the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Specifically, we went to the site known as Seven Springs ( Ma-gadan, present day Tabgha) where natural spring water flows into the Sea of Galilee, making it a prime spot for fishing. It was at this remote fisherman’s spot that Jesus called his disciples to Read More

Beginning the New Year in the Holy Land- Day 1

By Father Christ Martin, Director of Vocations In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. Lk 1:78-79 I have prayed these words from the Canticle of Zechariah every morning as part of the Liturgy of the Hours for the Read More