March 2009

From Revert Frank Beckwith

March 20, 2009

Because I am fasting from blogging and blog reading for Lent, I can’t comment on this. But, I figure this will light a fire under you: http://www.baylor.edu/lariat/news.php?action=story&story=56665 The cartoon is particularly insulting. (Can one imagine a similar cartoon with a rabbi saying, “Talk about bringing home the bacon”?) I did leave a long message on [...]

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Ave Maria Pilgrimage: Tuesday to Bethlehem

March 19, 2009

Today we started the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross through Jerusalem) at 6:00 AM. Then back to the Notre Dame Center for breakfast. Then we went to St. Ann’s where Mary was born and where the Pools of Bethesda are (Jn. 5). Then to the Western Wall to enjoy the many Bar Mitzvah’s going [...]

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Ave Maria Pilgrimage: Up to Jerusalem

March 18, 2009

I am still a few days behind but should get caught up today since we have the afternoon free. On Tuesday we spent the day in Bethlehem and on Tuesday we toured the Mount of Olives and Mount Zion. Everyone is doing very well. No problems at all! More soon. Here is Monday — our [...]

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Dinner on Sunday at Aberge Shulamit

March 18, 2009

We just found out that our favorite restaurant in Israel is now owned by a Christian. Aberge Shulamit is a great place to take our pilgrims for an elegant, gourmet dinner. The best wine from the Golan Heights, exceellent smoked fish and meats and scrumptious appetizers and desserts.  On the way home we have a [...]

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Join us to See the Shroud of Turin, Rome, etc.

March 18, 2009

We now have our pilgrimage planned and YOU can register! The brochure is ready! The Pope has decided to bring out the Shroud of Turin in Italy AND WE WILL BE THERE! You can join us! It is only displayed about once every 25 years so this is truly a chance of a lifetime. We [...]

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Another Great Day

March 17, 2009

We had a great day today with Mass on top of Calvary, a morning in Bethlehem and then viewing Jerusalem from a high lookout point and seeing the model of Jerusalem from Jesus’ time. I gave a 1/2 overview of salvation history with Jerusalem below us — like in the palm of our hand. Teresa [...]

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Update on Teresa Tomeo Pilgrimage

March 16, 2009

We are doing great and the pilgrims are all having a wonderful time. Now that Teresa has joined us it has certainly kicked it up a notch! Today we took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, had Mass at Peter’s House in Capernaum and visited the place of the multiplication of loaves and [...]

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Since we are in the Land of Abraham…

March 16, 2009

…we thought you might like to hear the music from his time! Our next DVD in the Footprints of God series will be entitled “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works.” We will begin filming in Iraq — in Ur of Chaldees — which is the home of Abraham, just south of Baghdad (Gen 11:28-31). We plan to have [...]

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Ave Maria Pilgrimage Update

March 15, 2009
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How Big is God?

March 15, 2009

He is quite amazingly big, if you can say He actually has a size. Yesterday the grandkids and I turned over a log to find a nest of red ants. We thought about how big we were to the ants. The ants must be saying, “Oh no, giants just picked up our city!” Reminds me [...]

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The Chair of Peter: Today We’re At the ROCK

March 15, 2009

Today we are visiting the ancient site of Caesarea Philippi in Northern Israel near the Lebanese border. It was here that Jesus said, “You are Rock (Peter) and on this rock I will build My Church!” Here is an audio clip from my talk about the Chair of Peter. mp3 The Chair of Peter 18:15 [...]

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Ave Maria Pilgrimage Update

March 14, 2009

Everyone is doing great! We had a wonderful day going up Mount Tabor (Transfiguration), renewing Wedding Vows in Cana of Galilee, and celebrating Mass at the Grotto of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Nice dinner sitting around talking and then evening off and early to bed.

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Not Too Late for Year of St. Paul

March 14, 2009

If your parish has not yet sponsored an event for the Year of St. Paul — it is NOT too late. Ignatius Press has made it very easy for you. Join the Ignatius Press Night at the Movies and watch our exciting, informative and family-friendly movie “Paul, Contending for the Faith.” The movie was filmed [...]

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Photo of St. Paul Cruise Pilgrims at Holy Sepulchre

March 13, 2009

Here is a group picture of all our pilgrims at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Click on the image for a larger picture. UPDATE: Saturday, March 14. Pilgrims from the St. Paul cruise are now home!

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St. Paul Cruise Update

March 13, 2009

It is always frustrating to be cut off from the world with no internet! They are off the ship and after shopping and having lunch they will visit the Egypt Museum and head to the hotel for the night. Everyone is doing well and at this moment are at the pyramids in Egypt. Everyone is [...]

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Pewsitter Petition to Bishops

March 13, 2009

The Pewsitter Petition on Canon 915 (from my friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters) Pewsitter.com has published an on-line petition by which Catholics may call upon bishops to withhold holy Communion from Catholic political figures who gravely disregard Church teaching on certain fundamental life issues. The petition invokes canon law in support of some of [...]

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