Adjoining one of my favourite places on earth, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, is another stunning church, the Church of St Catherine of Alexandria. The latter, because it’s easier to do so, is one where I’ve spent much time in silent prayer and contemplation when I have visited the holy land. Once, when I was trying to pray but kept getting interrupted by the sound of tourists, someone looking after the church kindly ushered me into a quiet little side chapel where I could spend time in silence and peace… I think wearing the clerical collar helped that happen.
Under the Church of St Catherine is a cave/grotto that is also a good spot to steal some time in silence and contemplation if you can get a moment there between groups. Two of the rooms in the cave are where Saint Jerome worked and lived. Other chambers have been identified as his burial place (his remains are now in Rome), along with St Eusebius, and Sts Paula and Eustochium. Continue ReadingRead More »