I hope you are well on your way to getting back to your daily routines, yet it's hard to imagine that things will ever be just as they were before. While I've found that I am back to my old circadian rhythm, I'm learning that having experienced such a profound and inspirational pilgrimage to the Holy Land has added a new joy to my daily life. The Rosary brings me to holy places, the reading of Scripture ignites an extra excitement in me when I read of places I've been, and the Mass has come alive even more than before. Just today, the Gospel brought a smile to my face as I warmly remembered how many of you offered your prayers and concern for me on the Mount of Beatitudes as I over came a short lived illness. May God bless you all!
I have found that sharing my pilgrimage has kept the experience alive for me. But, because we saw so much in such a short period of time, I have had to stop and put everything in its place. Last night for our "Family Night" I sat down with my husband and children and ate pita bread, hummus, and a cucumber and tomato salad. (I know, I too thought that after 11 days of an almost purely hummus diet that it would be a while before I ever ate it again!) As I explained to my family that this was a staple food in Israel, we watched the video Jeff made with Raymond Arroyo called The Path of the Messiah and I found that now not only was I walking in the footsteps of Christ, I was also retracing my own footsteps through the Holy Land. It was great! I could now connect the dots of all the places where we had been and even better yet, share them with my family. (I now have three kids that can't wait to go to the Holy Land!)
I know that some of you inquired about getting this video and for that reason, we are providing you with a link to EWTN where you too can purchase the video and recapture your Holy Land memories.
I thank each of you for unselfishly sharing your wonderful gifts and transforming 93 strangers into uniquely bonded brothers and sisters in Christ.
May God continue to shower you with His graces,