he was there.
My brother, in the company of his fellow seminarians, stood in where it all began, a place now know as the Church of the Nativity. Charles is on a ten week pilgrimage in the Holy Land with the Mundelein Seminary Class of 2013. Thursday on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, they had Mass at the site where Christ was born.
The following is a reflection from the official Mundelein Seminary Pilgrimage 2011 blog:
It was one of the most touching moments where the group was deeply touched and felt the presence of God. Everyone seemed to be deeply embraced by the mystery of the incarnation and the presence of God among us. It is hard to explain how each one was immersed into this divine mystery…
… one of the pilgrims of last year said, “Go to the Holy Land, you will never come back the same spiritually.” This was the experience of many of us today: more connected to the Lord, peaceful, and not wanting to leave the place. At St. Paul says, “What will separate us from the love of Christ . . . ?” As future priests, we can only connect people to Christ if we are connected to him ourselves.
(Read the full text for yourself here. Side note: the head in the lower left hand corner of the photo is my brother Charles/Chuck.)
Follow their pilgrimage here and please pray for these wonderful men as they continue their journey walking in the steps of Christ.