A Pilgrimage and a Retreat
Dear Friends – Over the last decade I have been blessed to visit the Holy Land many times for both extended study periods and for shorter pilgrimages. During the pilgrimages with large groups I have lamented the rapid pace at which we tour the many sites. I have realized that what I have wished for the groups I have led is more time in each space to explore, to pray, to be. During my extended stay in Jerusalem for the Fall Semester of 2014, I began formulating plans for a different kind of pilgrimage – one that would be more like a retreat. My starting point was, of course, the Gospels. I want to focus my time and energy on making the story of Jesus come alive in the land. It has been my experience that the Holy Land, which has been called “the 5th Gospel,” offers ample opportunity for a deeper understanding of the mission, ministry, and message of Jesus the Messiah.
As a Dominican, it was natural for me to look to the Holy Rosary as template for such a pilgrimage. Especially after the addition of the Luminous Mysteries, the Rosary offers a “road map” for deeper reflection on the life of Jesus and Mary. We Dominicans have used the mysteries of the Rosary, with their strong visual components, to teach the Bible for 8 Centuries. It occurred to me that mysteries of the Rosary have not only a visual component, but also a geography; and that geography affords us places and spaces for prayer and reflection. I am thrilled to offer “Praying the Holy Rosary in the Holy Land” a pilgrimage/retreat. This retreat will visit only sites associated with Jesus’ ministry – in the order in which they are prayed in the Rosary - in an attempt to connect physically with his experiences in this sacred land. We will visit fewer sites than many pilgrimages so that we can take more time for prayer reflection, and being in those we do visit. Come pray the Rosary with me in the places where the Mysteries happened – Watch the Mysteries come alive and allow them to enliven your faith.
WE ARE CURRENTLY TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THESE "PRAYING THE HOLY ROSARY IN THE HOLY LAND" PILGRIMAGES.
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