A Walk Into the Deep

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You turn a corner and see a sign. “Holy Sepulchre.” And there it is. Right there. Right here. He died here. For us. Because of us. Because of me. By the time you make it in and up the stairs to Calvary, it’s all too appropriate that you would encounter His mother, her heart pierced. [Read More...]

Tissues & Thanksgiving

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Cold. Rain. Snow. Slippery steps and walkways. That’s my Jerusalem experience. And so it’s no surprise that I’m coughing, congested, and tired after walking the Via Dolorosa in the early morning in that. But there was no blood. No heavy cross. No scourging for me! Just annoyances. Just inconveniences. What a blessing a cough is. [Read More...]

Confession

Always a Manhattanite, I took a cab up to Mount Tabor. [Read more...]

Climb Every Mountain

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It’s hard not to welcome this past Sunday’s gospel. It’s a source of strength even today, as it was meant to be for the Apostles who witnessed the Transfiguration of Christ. Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes [Read More...]

There Is More to Life than Super Tuesday (Really!)

Preliminary thoughts from the Holy Land. [Read more...]

Not Just a Message for a Ben Gurion Audience

As I alluded to, I’ve been in the Holy Land. I hope to share aspects of the trip here throughout Lent. John Paul II Pope Benedict XVI said in May 2009 upon arrival at the Tel Aviv airport: Christian communities in the Holy Land, I say: by your faithful witness to him who preached forgiveness and [Read More...]

Holy, Holy, Holy

It was a ten-hour flight from Newark to Tel Aviv and the highlight — besides the beautiful, totally in love after decades of marriage, Portuguese couple sitting next to me — was the Jewish men standing, praying, with their prayer shawls and phylacteries. “I took out my Magnificat,” passenger after passenger told me after landing [Read More...]

Let There Be Peace on Earth

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I had dinner Thursday night in Bethlehem across the street from that awful wall dividing Bethlehem and Jerusalem, so direly reminiscent of Germany’s past. So Gregory of Nyssa’s medidation in the Magnificat for the first of March took on some added significance. “Recognizing Christ as ‘peace,’ we shall exhibit the true title of Christian in [Read More...]