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How a Pilgrimage Answers the Need for Peace, Quiet, and Strength

September 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Pilgrimage

How a Pilgrimage Answers the Need for Peace, Quiet, and Strength

We live in a time where we are constantly assailed by noise and busy-ness. If we walk away from our computers, our phone begins to ring or buzz. We go out to eat and there are televisions on every wall. Exercise equipment in the gym is now equipped with TV as the pounding music rages from the cycling room. To keep our sanity and refresh our souls, sometimes we need longer periods of silence than... Read More

Celebrating the Ruins of A King

August 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage


Recently, on a trip to Jordan, I had the opportunity to visit Mukawir, the ruins of what was once called Machaerus, the mighty fortress where Herod Antipas imprisoned John the Baptist for about 2 years, then had him beheaded. Mukawir in the foreground with the Dead Sea in the distance There isn’t much to see at Mukawir but some ruins amidst the rocks and scattered bushes. Still, I highly recommend... Read More

Ein Kerem: Birthplace of John the Baptist


Luke, Chapter 1 tells us the whole, exciting and miraculous story of the Birth of John the Baptist, which we celebrate today. First, we read of the announcement–by an angel, no less–of the very unexpected conception and later birth of the baby who would grow up to become John the Baptist. His parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, were older, you see, and had long given up hope of ever having... Read More

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