Holy Land

The Importance of Pilgrimages to the Holy Land

At the beginning of Lent, I was privileged to help lead a pilgrimage of 40 young adults to the Holy Land. The pilgrims came from the Leonine Forum, a wonderful program founded in 2013 in Washington DC by the late Father Arne Panula and Mitch Boersma of the Catholic Information Center to form Catholics in their 20s and 30s in […]

The realness of Christ

“From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road, to bypass the land of Edom…” began the first reading at Mass one day this week. Years ago, perhaps I would have pictured a brightly-colored cartoon derived from a picture Bible of my youth, or maybe an aging Charlton Heston would walk across my mental image […]

What Bethlehem reminded me about Christmas

When I was preparing to go to the Holy Land this summer, everyone who had been there before had the same message for me: You’ll never read the Scriptures the same again. As a Catholic, I should have realized this also meant something else: you’ll never celebrate the liturgical calendar the same again. As we prepare for Christmas, my thoughts […]

Walking with Jesus During Advent

I want to walk with Jesus. I would also love to walk where he walked; to breath in the air of the Gospels and step into the sand that once dusted the straps of our Savior’s sandals.  In the Holy Land, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. His presence is felt even today among the hills where shepherds […]

Sounds of Silence

You would think that someone who makes a living addressing media influence and the importance of silencing the noise in our lives wouldn’t have to be reminded about applying such things to her own Christian walk.  But all of us, especially those in ministry, need a little nudge now and then to help us really practice what we preach. This […]

We are Pilgrims on a Journey

I am writing this newsletter from the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  I arrived here after some three weeks in Italy fresh from our Shroud of Turin tour.  I have two days in Tabgha before our next group of pilgrims joins Steve Ray and me for our June Holy Land visit.  My hotel, is the German run Catholic retreat […]