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Today has been another busy day of touring and walking and looking and thinking in the Holy Land. Our destination was Bethlehem – we were driven to the check point by our tour guide to meet with representatives of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, who then drove us from the security point into the ...read more
It has been another beautiful day here in the Holy Land. Today began early – our tour guide, Rivka (who is an extensive textbook of all historical matters) said a sunrise over the Sea of Galilee is not to be missed. What luck – my hotel room faces east. And so I awoke at 5:30 ...read more
Hope many of you had a chance to watch the Catholic Focus episode on the permanent diaconate the other night (if you missed it, it’s on Saturday, March 3rd at 7pm E-T). Can I say that it was a real pleasure to host that episode? Perhaps I need to explain myself. When I was growing ...read more
This morning I went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. I like saying that. What average morning starts like that? But after a full day of traveling to the Holy Land Wednesday, the dive into the water was refreshing, welcome, and very, very salty. I arrived safely in Tel Aviv on Tuesday and touring began Thursday ...read more
Some of you may have seen the Fifth Estate Wednesday night which profiled a sexually abusive priest in the Diocese of London, Ontario. I’m sure all of you will agree that the abuse committed by this priest is horrendous: it should be neither covered up nor ignored. If you’re like me, you’ll also find it ...read more
My Catholic Focus – Once Upon a Blog – airs tonight, March 1st at 7pm ET (with a Sunday 7pm ET repeat as well). I’ve had the sincerest pleasure of seeing a Catholic Focus that includes Rocco Palmo (author of Whispers in the Loggia), Cardinal Sean O’Malley (one of the premier blogging US Cardinals in ...read more
What is most troubling about this recent publicity stunt of Jesus’ burial place and the alleged DNA findings of Jesus and his family is that the media has spilled so much ink and wasted so much space on utter nonsense. One would think that we learned some powerful lessons from the media hype surrounding the ...read more
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Tomb Zoom
Matthew Harrison
February 27, 2007
By now most of you have probably heard about the ‘discovery’ of the so-called “Jesus Tomb.” You’ve probably also noticed that the announcement accompanied the release of a book, a website, and an upcoming TV program. Interesting how that works. Unfortunately it would seem that those involved in this fiasco are more interested in grabbing ...read more
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Motives?
Matthew Harrison
February 26, 2007
Timely words contained in the psalm at today’s Mass: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Ps 19) I usually have to struggle with my pride when it comes to fasting or other sacrifices. So often I want to ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Pope Benedict’s new book is a personal presentation of the figure of Christ, allowing readers to wrestle with his views In a bold, momentous work set to debut — in Italian — at the beginning of March, Pope Benedict seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent “popular” depictions and ...read more