The Word Among Us

Advent 2017 Issue

Resting in My Mother’s Arms

How Mary comforted me during my pilgrimage to Bethlehem.

By: by Jacqueline Rae*

Resting in My Mother’s Arms: How Mary comforted me during my pilgrimage to Bethlehem. by by Jacqueline Rae*

Prayer intentions pile up. Christmas is supposed to be a season of joy, but perhaps a relative is dying, or a relationship is crumbling. Maybe an illness is preventing you or someone you love from enjoying the end-of-the-year festivities. You are trying to be a good, responsible Catholic, but you feel overwhelmed by all the needs. So you pray, “Give me a hand, Jesus!”

With a similar list of prayer intentions from family and friends, I set off on a hiking pilgrimage in the Holy Land last May. The...


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