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Mount Tabor: Basilica of the Transfiguration

J. Gil

From the earliest times the fertile Esdraelon plain in Galilee has been criss-crossed by paths and caravan trails. Travellers coming down from Mesopotamia and Syria, after following the shoreline of Lake Gennesareth. Those coming from the south, from Mount Hebron, following the route from Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Samaria, travelled northwards, passing close to Nazareth. The solitary peak of Mount Tabor towers over the plain. Tags: Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

The history of the Christmas Crib

From the beginning of December, many churches and Christian family homes put up a crèche or crib representing the birth of Jesus. Some shops and businesses do the same; it is a long-standing tradition that has become part of the culture of many different countries. Tags: Contemplation, Christmas

St Josemaría’s writings serve as an inspiration for theology

Fernando Ocáriz

"What impetus can theology receive from the teachings of Saint Josemaría", is the title of the address given by Mgr. Fernado Ocariz on November 2013, during the conference “Saint Josemaria and Theological Thought” held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
These are some except of the address published in no. 57 of the journal Romana. Tags: Love of God, Gospel, Faith, Church, Holiness, Unity of life, Interior life, Ordinary life, God, Josemaria Escriva, writings of the founder of Opus Dei

Bethany: Shrine of the Raising of Lazarus

J. Gil

The Gospels tell us that Jesus had no place to rest his head, but they also tell us that he had many good, close friends, eager to have him stay in their homes (Christ is Passing By, 108). Outstanding among those friends were Martha, Mary and Lazarus, three siblings who lived in Bethany Tags: Faith, History, Year of Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Tabgha: the Church of the Multiplication

J. Gil

Tabgha, in the Holy Land, was the site of a miracle worked by Jesus: the multiplication of the five loaves and two fish, with which our Lord fed five thousand men. Tags: Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Capernaum, the town of Jesus

J. Gil

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: ..."the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned". Tags: Faith, Jesus Christ, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Jerusalem: The Grotto of the Our Father

J. Gil

The exact locations of other events, however, have been preserved only in local traditions handed down through the generations of Christians in the Holy Land. This is the case of the teaching of the Our Father, which St Matthew includes in the Sermon on the Mount, while St Luke presents it as being given in a certain place (Lk 11:1) as our Lord went up to Jerusalem. Tags: Church, Jesus Christ, In the footprints of our Faith

Two Loves, One Heart: A Reflection for the Feast of St Augustine

St. Josemaria Institute

I don’t know if St Josemaria took his inspiration from St Augustine on the numerous occasions when he preached this message. But whether or not the Founder of Opus Dei was inspired by the great Doctor of the Church, the echo is undeniable. Each Saint puts his finger on the tension within every Christian heart between human and divine love. Tags: Love of God, Unity of life, Love, Heart, St Josemaria Institute

St Peter in Gallicantu

J. Gil

“And immediately, while he was still speaking, a cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly” (Luke 22:60-62). The part of Jerusalem where this episode took place was on the eastern slope of Mount Sion, not far from the Cenacle (the room of the Last Supper). In the time of Jesus this was a residential district, looking over the Cedron and Hinnom valleys. Tags: Repentance, Church, In the footprints of our Faith, mercy

On seeing the city he wept over it

J. Gil

And as he was coming down the side of the Mount of Olives, among the multitude all praising God, “when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, ‘Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation’.” (Luke 19:41-44) Tags: Faith, Jesus Christ, Love, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith