If you don’t know much about Bl. Stanley Rother, I encourage you to watch this short (~20 min) documentary about his life. Continue reading
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City recently released a film trailer for a new documentary about the life of the late Rev. Stanley Rother. Continue reading
(This is a continuation of our March, 2016 Pilgrimage to the Holy Lands)
After visiting Bethlehem and having a tasty falafel lunch, we traveled back to Jerusalem to visit the Mount of Olives. Continue reading
To anyone who still happens to track this blog, my apologies for the dearth of posts in recent months. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.
This post picks up from my recent series recounting my March, 2016 trip to the Holy Land. Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to sneak away for a few days at one of my favorite places – Christ in the Desert Monastery in New Mexico. I’ve never found a better place for prayer, solitude, silence and the rugged beauty of the mountain desert. Continue reading
Driving northward from the area of Jericho, we finally made it – JERUSALEM!
I’ve dreamed of visiting this holy city for a very long time and it was thrilling to finally see it as we came into the city. It was already late in the day but even driving through traffic I could sense that this was a city unlike any I’ve ever seen. Continue reading
Saying goodbye to Wadi Rum (and Bertie), we headed south to the border crossing at Aqaba/Eliat and then on to the ancient city of Jericho. Continue reading
I shuffled out of my tent-room as the morning light began to brighten the eastern sky. A hush engulfed our groggy group as we shuffled through the camp and out into the dryness of the desert.
Bertie and I noticed each other immediately, eyes catching from across the crowd awaiting us for our morning adventure. Of course, Bertie was coy and pretended that I was nothing special. For me, I couldn’t help be drawn to her colorful adornments and accouterments. Continue reading
We ended Day 4 of our pilgrimage Bedouin-style with an overnight stay at Captain’s Desert Camp on the fringe of Wadi Rum. This desert camp of tents, some individual and some multi-room, was perched at the base of a large outcrop of rock. An oasis of sorts, complete with palm trees, it offers an interesting type of accommodation quite different from the fine hotels we had been staying in. Continue reading
After our visit to Mt. Nebo and Madaba on Day 3, we headed south to the ancient city of Petra. Continue reading
Day 3 of our Holy Land pilgrimage begins much like Day 2. Starbucks and off to the Kings Highway. This time our destination is Mount Nebo and the nearby city of Madaba.
Our second day in Jordan began with something new and something old. Very old.
This is the second episode of my Holy Land journal, from my trip to Jordan and Israel in March 2016. We are still on Day 1, which lumps together all of the flights from home and our initial experiences in Amman. It’s basically two days, but it keeps the itinerary in sync to consider it one very long, LONG, day. Continue reading
This is the first of several posts to come about my recent and first-ever trip to the Holy Lands of Jordan and Israel. I’ve been trying to decide if I should just hit the high points of the trip, or to give a more complete chronology.
I decided that a chronology will work best for me personally, as a journal of this wonderful pilgrimage. So bear with me. I won’t be offended if you skip over parts you find boring.
I’ve read quite a bit of science fiction over the years. At first, I read stories that painted a more-or-less positive view of the future. Lately, the newer stories are very dystopian or apocalyptic (e.g. “The Walking Dead”). Continue reading
November was a very busy month, full of travel, football, and the beginning of Advent. Here is a random collection of photos that my iPhone capture, in no particular order.
Some of you may know that I claim two home states: Oklahoma and New Mexico. Oklahoma is where my grandparents lived, my parents were born, some of my siblings were born, and where I went to college and have lived since 1991. It’s the first place that I think of as home when I’m far away. Continue reading