Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pope Francis’ Homily to Close the Year of Faith

by Steve Ray on November 24, 2013

This Year of Faith was a great year and inspired many to take their faith seriously. I admire Pope Benedict for instituting the Year of Faith and Pope Francis for closing it out with class.

What was the Year of Faith? It is very simple: 1) Learn you faith; 2) Live your faith; 3) Share your faith! It is as simple as that.

Here is Pope Francis’ homily closing out the Year of Faith.

By the way, did you take advantage of the Year of Faith? If not, it is not too late. Get to know the Catholic Truth, learn why we believe what we believe, live it to the fullest and share it with everyone you know.

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Gethsemane with 2,000 year old Olive Trees

Another great day with marvelous weather, fantastic pilgrims, a sumptuous itinerary and deeply spiritual experience. We started with Mass at Gethsemane – one of the most moving sites for many people.

Here is Msgr. Droll’s homily at Gethsemane 713_0029

Mike at the Western Wall

Then we prayed at the Western Wall where I explained the history and shared some interesting stories. Mount Zion is a highlight for the Jews and also for Christians.

It is here that Mary “fell asleep” or had her dormition. We visited the Abbey of the Dormition and then went to the Upper Room. This is the most special place for priests and four of the seven sacraments are directly related to this room.

After this we had a great lunch at the Ramat Rachel Kibbutz with Bethlehem out the huge windows. Next was one of my favorite talks – a 30-minute “Story of Salvation History from Adam and Eve until Today” with the whole backdrop right before our eyes at the lookout point of the Promenade.

Msgr. Droll at the Jerusalem overview

We ended the day with a visit the the Church of the Visitation where I gave my talk on “Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant.” After this everyone had 2 1/2 hours free before dinner and a free evening. What a great day!

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