Our group of 91 arrived this afternoon on Delta flight 268. They were courageous and smarter than the secular media. They arrived trusting God and eager to walk in the footprints of our Lord and our Lady – and all the patriarchs, kings, prophets, apostles and followers of Jesus.
(I interrupt this blog post to remind friends and family of the pilgrims to leave COMMENTS below. When you do I will read them to the pilgrims. This will bring them great joy to them and promote a fellowship between those on the pilgrimage and you at home sharing this pilgrimage virtually.)
Everyone arrived safe and sound and in good spirits. One of the nice things about our pilgrimages is that they are not just with older people (though we have plenty and LOVE them), but also we have a lot of families with young people. We have on this trip two newly wed couples and about 18 young people. What a joy!
All arrived safely and are ready to GO! We had Mass on the shore of Galilee in the dark and a great dinner. Can’t wait for tomorrow – Mass on the Mount of Transfiguration, Wedding Renewals at Cana, lunch and Rosary in Nazareth where we will pray at the very place the words of the Rosary were spoken: “Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee…
(Each day I will post the videos of our trip and the video (or just audio) of the great homilies of our pilgrim Bishop Robert Vasa along with comments and magic tricks by Patrick Coffin.)
FIRST DAY OF HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
BISHOP VASA’S FIRST HOMILY ON OUR HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE – AT GALILEE