"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

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The Tomb of the Lord

July 29, 2014

    Whenever you go to visit a tomb, your intention is to be in the vicinity of the mortal remains of someone who has passed away. Yet that is what makes the Tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ so very different from any other tomb in the world. You go because you believe He is not… Read More ›

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Jerusalem: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

After winding our way through the narrow streets of the Old City, we were excited to finally catch our first glimpse of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I’m not really sure what I expected, but it was different nonetheless. From the outside, the church is rather plain and unadorned; some might even describe it… Read More ›

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Via Crucis – The Way of the Cross

“So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha.” – John 19:17 It was pitch black when we left the Notre Dame Centre at 5:00 in the morning to retrace the Way of the Cross, also known… Read More ›

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Jerusalem: The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu

In the Holy Land, it seems there’s a church to commemorate just about every event from Jesus’ life. Yet I was still a little surprised when we discovered one dedicated to Peter’s denial and rejection of Jesus. The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (the word galli-cantu is Latin for “cock crow”) is built over… Read More ›

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“Enter Gethsemane” – Homily by Fr. Jerome

In Aramaic, ‘Gethsemane’ means “oil press”…. It is a place that is both an experience and a transformation of being. Our innocence was initially lost in a Garden, the Garden of Eden. It is only fitting that our redemption should likewise commence in a Garden: enter now the Garden of Gethsemane. “Enter the Garden – GETHSEMANE”  PDF… Read More ›

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On the Mount of Olives

Toward the end of our pilgrimage, we spent a day visiting the holy sites on the Mount of Olives: the ancient grotto where Jesus is believed to have taught His disciples to pray the Our Father and where, later, He wept over the destruction of Jerusalem.1 From the window of the Dominus Flevit (literally, “the… Read More ›

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The Upper Room

When the disciples returned to Jerusalem after Jesus’ Ascension, “they went to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord devoted themselves to… Read More ›

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Touching Your Faith

Compared to the serenity of Galilee, we found Jerusalem to be crowded, busy, and a bit chaotic. Yet the chaos seemed appropriate, reflecting perfectly the dramatic end to Jesus’ earthly life. As the crossroads for the world’s three monotheistic religions, Jerusalem is an intense, interesting, and diverse city. For Christian pilgrims, there are countless places… Read More ›

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Wearing Your Faith

Our pilgrimage was just beginning, yet we felt as if we were already getting a taste of the culture of the Holy Land. At the Toronto airport, we spotted a group of Orthodox Jews, no doubt on their way to Israel too. They were hard to miss, as the men were all wearing very distinctive… Read More ›

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“Lord, It Is Good To Be Here! (Luke 9:33)” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

He took with him Peter and John and James and went up a mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white. (Lk 9:28-29) Beauty is an elusive thing. Is it simply in the eye of the beholder or are certain things inherently… Read More ›

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