On September 8, Catholic Churches across the world will celebrate the Nativity of Mary, mother of Jesus. As her day approaches, my thoughts return to the 2016 Holy Land pilgrimage I made with four priests and 10 other fellow travelers.
Another loss. Another time of grief. My generation experiences death of friends and loved ones with each passing day; and, with every one, we are left with voids that cannot be filled. That`s where we are in the cycle of life. We can see the end, and we are amazed that it is close by.
Cape Town was the ideal place to begin a cruise to Singapore. The unique location of this South African city creates a visual blessing of ever-present yet ever-changing views. Table Mountain, the signature landmark, stands tall and flat as Cape Town’s impressive backdrop; and ocean waters in constant motion splash at the city’s feet.
On September 8, Catholic churches across the world celebrated the Nativity of Mary, mother of Jesus. God selected her to bear His son and to nurture, teach, and guide Him as He grew. She was the chosen one from all women ever born. She found favor in God’s sight (Luke 1:30).
A few days ago, my travelling friends and I were nearing the end of a journey that included a river cruise from Bucharest, Romania, to Budapest, Hungary, with a post-cruise extension into Prague in the Czech Republic. Our journey had included stops in Russe, Romania; Vidin, Romania; Belgrade, Serbia; Osijek, Croatia; and Kolocsa, Hungary.
Holy Week 2018 has ended. It was, as it is each year, a time when Christians relived Jesus`s last hours and days on earth. During those sacred days, my thoughts often wandered back to the Holy Land pilgrimage I made in 2016 with a group of 11 fellow travelers, three priests, and one scholastic who was studying to become a priest.
January 8 was the time on the 2018 Christian liturgical calendar for remembering and celebrating the baptism of Jesus. On that day my thoughts returned to the Holy Land as they so often do. I recalled the pilgrimage fellow travelers and I made that began with a visit to Jordan and the river that bears its name.
The 2017 season of advent is over. Christians have celebrated the birth of Jesus by remembering and reliving through holy scripture the events of His entrance into our world and by praising God for His greatest gift.