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Holy Week has arrived for the whole Church now, but for me and those who joined me on a special Register pilgrimage to the Holy Land, this week will take on a special meaning.
BY Father Owen KearnsPublisher
Holy Week has arrived for the whole Church now,
but for me and those who joined me on a special Register pilgrimage to the Holy
Land, this week will take on a special meaning.
is hard to put into words what makes a Holy Land pilgrimage so extraordinary.
spent eight days in the Holy Land in March. At each stop, we reviewed the same
mysteries we always have, and said the same prayers we always said, but with the
addition of one word: Here. Here Mary lived. Here the Word was made
flesh. Here he was crucified, here he was buried, here he
rose from the dead.
experience has made us more acutely aware of the reality of the incarnation.
There was a “here.” There was a place and a time that he came into our history.
We have seen it for ourselves.
it were simply a historical site, it wouldn’t have the same impact. But we know
that Christ wants to do the same thing again, in our place and time — through
week, the whole Church will review the mysteries we reviewed in the Holy Land.
Listen to the liturgy. It has a genius about it, and it carries within it all
the elements necessary to teach the same truths our pilgrimage taught.
knew and loved us each and all during his life, his agony and his passion, and
gave himself up for each one of us,” says the Catechism of the Catholic Church
(No. 478). “He has loved us all with a human heart.”
The Register readers who
accompanied us on the pilgrimage experienced this in the places where Christ
once walked on earth. I prayed there for you, Register reader, and I pray now
that you will experience it anew in front of the tabernacles in your church,
where Christ is present among us now.