Final Day of Pilgrimage & Off to the Airport
by Steve Ray on November 19, 2008
We had a full and glorious day overcoming crowds & tight schedules. Started the day with checking out of the hotel and going to the Mount of Beatitudes to meditate and pray where Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount. We prayed the Luminous Mystery of the Proclamation of the Gospel.
We then drove north to the Lebanese border and stopped at Banias, which was Caesarea Philippi during the time of Christ. I gave one of my favorite talks there: “Peter, the Rock, the Keys & the Chair.” It is always pleasant watching the pilgrims scrambling over the rocks exploring. We then ate Druze Bread sandwiches in the Golan Heights, looked out over the country of Syria, then back through Galilee to Mount Tabor.
At Mount Tabor we had Mass, prayed the Mystery of the Transfiguration and said our goodbyes. We had box dinners provided to eat on the way to the airport. A lot of hugs, tears, and joyful comments. One plane departed at about midnight, the other around 1 AM.
I wanted to thank everyone on the tour for their prayers for my mom. Her open heart surgery went well and as of last night she could speak a few words. A very long first day back.
Both my nieces and their new borns are also doing well. One born 2 days ago the other 7 days ago.
I also wanted to thank you all for making the pilgrimage so fullfilling intellectually, socially, emotionally and spiritually. It is something I will never forget.
By copy to Steve, could you give me your e-mail address again so we can tie up the one open issue?