If A Pilgrimage To The Holy Land Is “The Fifth Gospel,” Then Guess What?

 

You need to read both sides of the book, saavy? Look at the map above. See how the Jordan River runs through the middle of the geography? The Jordan is like the spine of the book. The spine of the book, long before it became the border of a man-made nation-state.

So what are you saying, Frank? [Read more...]

King Abdullah II of Jordan Is A Good King. Listen To Him

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania with their children, Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem.  Amman, 2009 Image Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court Archives

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania with their children, Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem.
Amman, 2009
Image Courtesy of the Royal Hashemite Court Archives

Note that I didn’t say that he is a perfect king, or that he is without sin, or that he walks on water, or that he can do no wrong. No.

All of us fall short of the glory of God.  But listen to what he says in this video aired by Fox news the other day. I say “listen to what he says,” because he doesn’t exactly answer the questions the Fox correspondent asks him. Those questions serve more to assuage the Fox News base, than anything else.

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It’s Easter Sunday In Amman, So I Slept In. What Happened Next Is Incredible…

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School kids seeing the sights in Umm Qais.*

As you all should realize by now, a few of us from the Patheos Catholic Channel, and a handful of other religious bloggers, are visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. [Read more...]

A Little Film I Watched About Where Jesus Was Baptized In Jordan…

Bethany Beyond the Jordan*

Bethany Beyond the Jordan*

 

During breakfast this morning, on the 787 Dreamliner flying the livery of Royal Jordanian Airlines, I watched an interesting little film. It’s about the place in the Kingdom of Jordan that has been visited by popes, and pilgrims.

The site is one of the many reasons why I was hoping to return to Jordan someday. And someday came sooner than I realized it would.

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For the Pause That Refreshes: Thoughts of the Desert Fathers on Living In Harmony

 

Athanasius Kircher’s Diagram of the names of God.

A while back, I shared some brief thoughts on God by St. Augustine and a lesser know Dominican named Luis de Granada. Short passages they may have been, but they were formulated from swimming in deep waters. The same can be said of the thoughts of the hermits who fled to the deserts of Egypt around the time the Church ceased to be persecuted. [Read more...]

Steven D. Greydanus Recommends “The Miracle Maker,” And I Found A Place Where It’s Streaming…

Oui!

Oui!

I don’t always agree with the reviews that SDG gives, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t usually agree with his picks. I was glad to see him recommend “The Miracle Maker,” which is a film I’ve been meaning to see for awhile now. Here’s a snippet of what he says about it, [Read more...]

Catholic University In Indiana Affirms The Revised RFRA Signed Into Law Earlier Today

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All are welcome!

You might have missed the news if you were at Mass for Holy Thursday, but the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana was revised, and signed into law, a few hours ago with the following revision, [Read more...]

In Nazareth, This Is Where The Annunciation Took Place…

Looking down on the Grotto

Franciscans incensing where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary*

I was blessed to visit where the Annunciation took place. I figured that I should share some of the photographs of the grotto, and cave-like home, of the Theotokos on this day on which we celebrate this Solemnity. Over this site is built the Basilica of the Annunciation in the pretty crowded (these days) town of Nazareth. [Read more...]

Big News Of The Day: Cardinal O’Brien Resigns His Office

Cesare Borgia, Leaving The Vatican

Cesare Borgia leaving the Vatican (1877) by Giuseppe Lorenzo Gatteri

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday. Cardinal O’Brien joins an elite circle of folks founded when Cesare Borgia was the first person to ever resign from the cardinalate (17 August, 1498).

The Catholic Herald has the story. [Read more...]

Because Joseph Was Really, Really, צדיק

 

צדיק is the Hebrew word for “righteous,” and it is an adjective that the Gospel of Matthew uses  to describe the foster father of Jesus (though he used the Greek word, δίκαιος). But it means righteous on the level of say a Moses or  an Elijah. In other words, not just a good man, but a really, really, high level, holy man, like those paragons of holiness.

Anglicized, the word is rendered as saddiq or tzadik. Do you recall the gospel reading from last Sunday? [Read more...]


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