|The mothers and daughters in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.|
By Molly Rawicki
Jerusalem, Israel, June, 2010 -- For the first
time ever, a group of 20 Regnum Christi mothers and
daughters embarked on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and
by God’s grace my mother and I were lucky enough
to be part of this beautiful group.
Women and girls
from all different parts of the United States shared an
amazing trip, visiting many of the places where our Lord
Jesus lived. The excursion helped the Gospel come alive for
me and the rest of my group, and we will
remember this for the rest of our lives. It was
truly an incredible time of friendship and a strengthening of
our faith. We experienced a fantastic mix of prayer and
During our pilgrimage, Legionary priests celebrated daily Mass for
us at various locations, including the location of the Church
of the Annunciation, Nativity of Christ, the “Ecce Homo” location
where Pontius Pilate presented the beaten and scourged figure of
our Lord to the crowd, Calvary, and the Holy Sepulcher
where we were able to actually touch the stone on
which Christ was laid.
|The group at the Sea of Galilee.|
We spent a holy hour at
the Church of all Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane,
built upon the stone on which Christ prayed, just after
we spent some time praying amongst the trees of the
garden that were over 2000 years old. We were also
able to participate in a rosary procession in the city
of Nazareth. We prayed the rosary in Italian, Aramaic, and
We visited the Church of the Annunciation and saw the
place where Mary lived. We held a “Living Stations of
the Cross” along the actual places where Jesus carried his
cross. We walked past vendors trying to sell us postcards
and dresses, as locals looked at us with curious stares.
We experienced a little of what Christ must have felt
as he stumbled through these very streets to His crucifixion.
We even picked up some stragglers on the way that
joined us in the procession.
The trip was filled with
inspiring meditations from our own consecrated women, talking about the
|A group lunch on the last day, at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center.|
situations impacting the Holy Land. And our knowledgeable tour guide
provided explanations of all the exciting sites. We got to
swim in the Dead Sea, and we ate amazing food.
During our time together, I not only got to improve
my relationship with Christ, but I really got to know
my mother better, as well as the other women on
the trip. I can’t imagine a better experience! I hope
others can experience this trip in the future and be
brought closer to Christ by walking in his very footsteps.