Our first few days in the Holy Land granted us full and beautiful access to the Mount of the Beatitudes Church, the guest house located on the property and the incredible landscapre. For each of the days we stayed at the guest house, Lou-Kevin and Jay -- the cameramen -- and myself would get up at 5:00 am in order to capture shots of the sun rising from the other side of the Sea of Galilee. It was a majestic vista, providing an incredible view of one the most ordinary things in world: the dawn of a new day. Of course, it is cliche to mention now how we don't take nearly enough advantage of enjoying God's creation (especially at that ungodly hour!), but the cliche holds true: it is usually in the most ordinary, simple things where we find the splendour, the wonder and the sheer magnificence of being human. The joy of being made in the image and likeness of God as a steward of His created, natural world.
Perhaps the most arresting thing of being atop the hill at that time was the sound of the animals. Birds, mostly, but it was as if a whole exotic zoo were laid out in front of us; invisible, but allowing us a privileged audience to their impromptu symphony. There were so many individual calls that I had never heard before -- shrills and caws and tweets -- that I will probably never hear again, yet the echo of which resonates in my memory. Moreover, it helps to hear Jesus' words from the Gospel alongside the soundtrack of those birds and animals in the background, since this helps me realize that there is no difference, really, from the time Jesus walked the earth to now. In truth, there is no difference in the lessons and the people who surrounded Jesus, yearning to hear Him amongst the flora and fauna of that time, then there is in the people who live to hear His message today, wherever they may reside.
Mount of the Beatitudes - View of the Church of the Beatitudes
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 4, 2016 Today’s Gospel passage (Luke 14:25-33) contains a collection of sayings that are peculiar to Luke. Luke has Jesus speak about the demands of discipleship. He gathers three sayings (14:26, 27, 33) and two parables (14:28-30, 31-32). They focus on the total dedication necessary for ...read more
WYD Wrap-Up: Krakow 2016 is now available to watch and share online! (watch below) A month after the memorable experience of World Youth Day Krakow, Salt and Light Television brings you a special hour-long WYD wrap-up show, featuring many great story lines including: the World Youth Day returning to its birthplace, the city of Saint ...read more
Feast of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist Fr. Thomas Rosica August 29, 2016 On August 29, the Church remembers the death of St. John the Baptist, a prophet who was put to death through beheading because he spoke the truth. There is no Gospel that begins the story of Jesus’ public ministry without ...read more
Last week, we reflected a bit about Mary and especially on what it means that she is “Full of Grace”. Perhaps the best reflection on this is from Munificentissimus Deus, the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII that I mentioned last week, on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This excerpt is taken from ...read more
Written by Ines Angeli Murzaku Ph.D. On August 23, 2007, TIME magazine published excerpts of the private journals and letters of Mother Teresa depicting her crisis of faith and her almost 50 years without sensing God’s presence. TIME’s author, David Van Biema, asked: What does her experience teach us about the value of doubt? The late ...read more
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