Pictures - Days 5-7 Holy Land Recap

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Pictures - Days 5-7 Holy Land Recap

So it is fitting that the days after I write a post about, "No time, no time," I didn't have any time to write on the blog. I'm sorry to disappoint our (small, but faithful) readers.

Click through for a brief recap of days 5-7, plus some pictures!

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YOVHLO - Day 4 Holy Land Recap

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YOVHLO - Day 4 Holy Land Recap

"After all, YOVHLO (“You only visit the Holy Land once”), right?"

Today's reflection tackles the tension between seeing everything there is to see in the limited time to see it.

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Syria? - Day 3 Holy Land Recap

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Syria? - Day 3 Holy Land Recap

"Suffice it to say, I don’t think any of our pilgrims this morning knew they were going to visit the borders of Syria this afternoon. Not even the priest."

Read more in today's reflection from our Holy Land Pilgrimage.

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Crazy Ideas - Days 1-2 Nativity Holy Land Pilgrimage

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Crazy Ideas - Days 1-2 Nativity Holy Land Pilgrimage

"I'd like to say this was intentionally planned, but I'd be remiss to admit that there was no insistence on my part to lead the group to Nazareth first. It's kind of just how the schedule worked out. But now that we're here, I can't think of a better place to start our pilgrimage."

Read more about why Nazareth was a perfect place to start...

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New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and….Bardstown, Kentucky?

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New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and….Bardstown, Kentucky?

"I am continually struck by the service and humility of a man like Flaget - a man who actively resisted where God was inviting him to serve, yet also a man whose courage pioneered the expansion of the Church into the wild west."

Read more about John Paul's pilgrimage along the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky.

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Gifts So Ordinary

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Gifts So Ordinary

"Discernment isn’t logical, and wisdom doesn’t come when you shout for it. All this trip was meant to do... was plant a seed, nourish its growth and hope that someday, in one of these lives, someone is changed."

Read Tara Hunt McMullen's masterful piece about the shimmering holiness of the ordinary she discovered in Hawaii.

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The Pilgrim as the One who Plays

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The Pilgrim as the One who Plays

"I saw them remembering who they are in the eyes of God – children. I saw the deep satisfaction they felt in settling into that identity. I saw their joy and surprise when they remembered that this was what they were made for – to play before the Father."

When's the last time you stopped for a moment to play?

Thanks to Kelley Dawson for this beautiful reminder. A reflection from her pilgrimage to Ireland.

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God Bless

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God Bless

"God bless this miserable weather. God bless this whole, ridiculous situation. God bless Phillip from Brighton. God bless my rain-soaked shoes. God bless this tongue-in-cheek father. God bless rain on Easter morning."

Read more about John Paul Lichon's story of sitting in the rain.

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