Our Language Matters

The recently concluded Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, preparing for next October’s Ordinary Synod on the same topic, reminds me of something that noted Jesuit historian Father John W. O’Malley has written about Vatican II. One of its greatest accomplishments was using a new type of...

Mount Tabor: Jesus Transfigured

Between Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee sits Mount Tabor, the most likely site where Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James, and John. The story, which includes appearances by Moses and Elijah, is told in Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36. In the third century, Origen identified this mountain...

Emmaus: Recognizing Jesus

Although the story of Jesus walking to Emmaus on Easter Sunday with two disciples is found only in the Gospel of Luke (24:13-32), in a sense, it is every disciple’s story. Two disciples who thought they understood the Scriptures had their hearts opened more widely to Jesus as he spoke with them along the...

Jerusalem’s ‘Via Crucis’

Every Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., several Friars Minor and many pilgrims assemble in the courtyard of a Muslim school in Jerusalem’s Old City to begin the Stations of the Cross. That school is built on the probable site of the Fortress Antonia, where Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus to death, and near the...

Ain Karem: Prayerful Spot

The village of Ain Karem (directly west of Jerusalem) has two Catholic churches: one commemorating the famous canticle of Mary (Lk 1:46-55, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord . . .”) and the other the canticle of Zechariah (Lk 1:68-79, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel . . .”)....

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