The Pilgrim's Journey

I am Peter, Flawed & Faithful

Mel UllrichLast Updated: August 6th, 2019Holy Land

I’ve often heard, “We are all called to be holy.” But until lately, I saw holiness as a synonym for moral goodness. I recently learned, though, that the Hebrew translation means to be “set apart” from the world for God’s purpose. Peter, John, and James were certainly “set apart” when they accompanied Jesus to the … Read More

Mary Magdalene and her Red Egg

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: July 17th, 2019Holy Land, Saints

We all know the awe-inspiring story of Mary Magdalene, the first person Christ appeared to after his Resurrection. She was a true saint of hope running to tell the Apostles she had seen the Lord. They didn’t believe her until they ran to the tomb themselves. The unbelief of the Apostles steeled her for a … Read More

The Journey to Christmas

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: July 2nd, 2019Holy Land, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

It was late when my plane touched down in Tel Aviv, but after years of anticipation, I had finally made it – I was in the land of Jesus and the Gospels! It was dark as our bus worked its way through the hill country of Israel on its way to our first stop: Bethlehem. … Read More

Once a Pilgrim, Ordinary Time is Never Ordinary Again

Melvin UllrichLast Updated: January 7th, 2019Holy Land, Spiritual Reflections

Every pilgrim knows that once you’ve been to the Holy Land, “Ordinary Time” is never ordinary again. You can’t walk in the footsteps of Our Lord and not be affected when you hear the Gospel message. Ordinary Time, which begins this Sunday, is not called so because it is “not interesting.” The phrase is derived … Read More

St. John the Baptist: Cousin, Outcast, Commencer

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: September 10th, 2018Holy Land

The Man A distant cousin of Jesus, John makes his first appearance in the Gospels when the angel Gabriel first announces his conception to Elizabeth and Zechariah, an aging couple who had previously been unable to bear children. Overcome with disbelief at the angel’s message, Zechariah voiced his skepticism and was instantly stricken with muteness, … Read More

Simon “The Rock” Peter – The Stones that Symbolize the First Papacy

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: May 25th, 2018Holy Land

Found in Tabgha along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, not far from where the multiplication of the loaves and fishes took place, is a quaint Roman Catholic Church made of gray stone. It’s quite simple, with a single column that is topped off by a bell and crucifix, and a few windows peppering the outside walls. Its red roof stands out amongst the greenery that surrounds it. This is the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, a site that commemorates the event that started a papal lineage that spans 265 successors.

Rejoicing in the Church Where Jesus Wept

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: January 16th, 2018Holy Land, Spiritual Reflections

As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They … Read More

Ein Karem and John the Baptist

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 21st, 2017Holy Land

In the southwest part of Jerusalem lies the ancient village of Ein Karem, literally meaning “Spring of the Vineyard,” and known by some as the “most beautiful neighborhood in Jerusalem.” Surrounded by green hills and forests, many travel to this village to experience its picturesque beauty and visit the various Christian and historical sites there. … Read More