The Holy Land Never Leaves You

In March of this year, Regnum Christi consecrated woman Deb Bauer was blessed to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with other members of the Regnum Christi family and staff. Following is her final reflection upon returning home.

On the return trip, I’m in the Newark Airport Chapel with the Blessed Sacrament, writing my reflections. One thought comes to mind. “You don’t need to go to the Holy Land to encounter Him. He is with us – just as real.”

However, the visit helps our faith and imagination.

It was a trip with loads of prayer. Thinking now, there is so much to unpack. This experience reaffirmed my Christian vocation and my consecrated vocation. I’m so attracted to the sacred places where He gave Himself for me. I feel so strangely at home. At Calvary, the Pit where he spent his last night, Gethsemane, and the Stations. There I want to pray and thank God for my vocation. I feel like Mary Magdalene, going to the tomb because I want to be with Him, to stay near to Him, console Him, and offer Him my life, my gratitude and prayers for others in the intentions.

My trip to the Holy Land seems surreal now. But I realize the experience “marks” a person. Every time I hear the Word of God, and even pray the rosary I will think, “I’ve been there.”

 

About Deb Bauer

Deb Bauer is a former President of Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode Island. She has a doctorate in education, and an unapologetic devotion to the Green Bay Packers. Hailing from Durand, Wisconsin, Deb has been a consecrated woman for 15 years and currently works in Atlanta.
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