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Our Mother of Good Counsel,
located in Bryn Mawr, PA,
just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia,
welcomes all!

Back from the Holy Land

Dear Friends,

Thank you all for your prayers while I was away. We had a wonderful pilgrimage to the Holy Land, filled with many special blessings, graces, and memories.

For me, one of the greatest blessings was the group with which I made the pilgrimage. It was a relatively small group, only eight men. Six Augustinian friars from the Villanova Province, and one each from the UK and Japan. All were serious about making this pilgrimage a profound spiritual experience. We prayed together multiple times each day.  Every day we celebrated Mass at one of the holy sites associated with Jesus’ life: the Annunciation in Nazareth, the place where Jesus greeted the disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee after his Resurrection, the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, in Bethlehem at the cave of the shepherds, in Bethany where formerly stood the house of Jesus’ friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus, in Jerusalem over the tomb where they laid Jesus’ body, and in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed after the Last Supper.

Besides these Masses, we spent many other prayerful moments together, such as the cave near the spot where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ prison cell in the house of Caiaphas, the high priest, the place by the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and called some of the first disciples, and in the Upper Room where Jesus and the disciples held the Last Supper.  

Our guide was Usama George Salman, Ph.D.  He is an Arab Christian who grew up in the Old City of Jerusalem, not far from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  He enriched our experience with many valuable insights into the religious, social and political environment of these places both in the time of Jesus and in 2018.  Many people we met told us he is the best guide in the Holy Land and I have no reason to doubt it. 

As I promised in my previous letter, I prayed for all of you at every holy site we stopped at on our journey.  

I look forward to sharing with you all many of the insights I gained during this pilgrimage in my future homilies.  

Sincerely,
Father Liam

PS, I have posted some of the photos of my trip HERE.  I’ll be adding more in the next few days.

FORMED.org

Don’t forget that we at OMGC have a subscription to FORMED.org.  Here are a couple of suggestions as we get ready for Lent.  Lent comes early this year – February 14th!

For Children: The Unforgiving Servant (10 minutes). Click HERE

For Adults: Confession (20 minutes). Click HERE.

Prayer at OMGC

Here at Our Mother of Good Counsel, each Monday through Saturday morning, we celebrate Morning Prayer in common following the 8:00am Mass. Everyone is invited (around 8:30am) to join us in the daily chapel for this beautiful way to begin the day!

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