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Tag: Pilgrimage

“Carmelite Retreat – Day 4: Recollection & ‘The Pilgrim’ – Retreat by Fr. Cristino

From June 8-15, 2018, Fr. Cristino had the distinct privilege of preaching the annual 8 day retreat to the sisters of the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus in Mississauga, ON. Several of these sisters ran a home for the aged in Father’s hometown of Medicine Hat and have known him since he was… Read More ›

April showers bring May… pilgrims!

  “When April with his showers sweet with fruit The drought of March has pierced unto the root… Then do folk long to go on pilgrimage.”[1] – Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales prologue Chaucer was one of the first authors to write in English, for all to share, rather than in the languages of the learned.  Dear… Read More ›

Jubilee of Mercy

May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst! – Pope Francis December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, will mark the beginning of an important year in the life of the Church: the Extraordinary… Read More ›

Planning a Trip to the Holy Land?

If visiting the Holy Land is on your bucket list, we want to give you some practical tips and suggestions that may be helpful. Now I know what you’re thinking: who in their right mind is traveling to the Middle East these days? If you’ve seen the news lately, you know that this volatile region… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Salt of the Earth: Lessons from the Dead Sea

Situated in the southern part of Israel, the Dead Sea is a “must-see” on any pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Interestingly enough, it’s not a sea at all, but rather a very large lake.1 Because of its extremely high salt content (10 times that of the ocean), no plant or animal life can exist in… Read More ›