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Bethlehem, The Basilica of the Nativity

E. Gil

Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, Scripture says, “because there was no place for them in the inn”.(Lk 2:7; cf. The Forge, 274) Tags: Year of Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Bethlehem: the Shepherds’ Fields

J. Gil

Bethlehem and its surroundings occupy a gently undulating landscape. Terraces have been cut into the sloping sides of some of the ridges, and planted with olive-trees; the flattest parts of the valleys are divided into fields; and the parts of the ground that are too rocky for cultivation are dotted with different plants, shrubs and trees, including pines, cypresses, and many Mediterranean species of bush. Tags: Year of Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Gethsemane: the Agony in the Garden and the Prayer of Jesus

J. Gil

“When God’s appointed time comes to save mankind from the slavery of sin, we contemplate Jesus Christ in Gethsemani, suffering in agony to the point of sweating blood (cf. Lk 22:44). He spontaneously and unconditionally accepts the sacrifice which the Father is asking of him.” (Friends of God, no. 25) Tags: Faith, Prayer, Following Christ, The Will of God, Holy Week , Year of Faith, In the footprints of our Faith

Jerusalem: The Via Dolorosa (1)

J. Gil

Down through the centuries, that is how the saints, and many thousands of Christians with them, have contemplated the redemptive death of Jesus on the Cross and his Resurrection: the Paschal mystery, which is at the heart of our faith (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 571). With the passage of time the faithful’s meditation on those events has developed into various devotional practices, foremost among which is the Stations of the Cross. Tags: Cross, The Way of the Cross, Year of Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Jerusalem: the “Upper Room” or Cenacle

J. Gil

Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. These solemn words of St John, which are so familiar to us, take us straight into the intimate gathering in the Upper Room, or Cenacle. Tags: Eucharist, Faith, In the footprints of our Faith

Secret of Opus Dei: Fall in Love with Jesus

Ms. Elia Rivera, Executive Director of the St. Josemaria Institute in Woodridge, Chicago, talks about the institute, Opus Dei, and its founder, St. Josemaria Escriva. Tags: Cooperators of Opus Dei, Jesus Christ, Opus Dei, Work, Ordinary life, Josemaria Escriva

Some testimonies about Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

Brief comments about Bishop Alvaro del Portillo taken from communications sent by some well-known people in the Church and society. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Beatification

The Wedding Feast at Cana

J. Gil

“There was a wedding feast at Cana in Galilee” (John 2:1). St John is the only evangelist who tells the story of the first miracle of Jesus, which he worked at a wedding celebration in Cana. At the request of Our Lady he turned the water into wine. It was also in Galilee that he worked the second of his miracles, the curing of the sick son of a court official, at Capharnaum (see John 4:46-51). Tags: Faith, History, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

The New Evangelization, the Priest and the Challenge of Secular Morality

Text of the message sent by His Eminence Cardinal Sarah to a conference for priests held in Thornycroft Hall (Manchester, UK) in March 2013. The Cardinal had been due to deliver this lecture but was unable to attend because of the Conclave. Tags: Church, Priesthood, Year of Faith

Bishop Javier Echevarria: “Pope Francis will feel Benedict XVI’s spiritual strength and companionship”

José Beltrán

Interview with Bishop Javier Echevarria, prelate of Opus Dei, published March 24, 2013 in the Spanish daily La Razon. The new Pope, says Bishop Echevarria, “will often find support in the rich, ever-relevant teachings of Benedict XVI.” Tags: Church, Javier Echevarria, Pope, Poverty, Opus Dei prelate, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis