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The Daily Catch casts its net over an ancient and holy land


Thomas McDonald

Elizabeth Scalia - published on 10/10/16

Our Millennial Correspondent writes from Jordan this week

Regular readers of our “Daily Catch” blog know it’s a place where where we seek to entertain and inform you via polls and quizzes, and fun or hopeful, not necessarily religious link round-ups from around the ‘net which we refer to as “fresh catches of the day.”

Yes, the fishing references seem never to play out, all in deference to Christ’s promise to make the first apostles “fishers of men.”

Occasionally the editor of the Daily Catch (referred to around here as “our Millennial Correspondent”), who is also our editorial assistant and occasional contributor to the features page, will even pipe up with his own thoughts on something, as he did recently on the question of how to bring Millennials back to church.

Ancient sculpture unearthed in Amman, Jordan, on view at the Jordan Museum/Jack Mauro
Ancient sculpture unearthed in Amman, Jordan, on view at the Jordan Museum/Jack Mauro

This week, our intrepid MC is doing something completely different; he’s exploring the Jordanian Holy Lands thanks to an invitation by the Jordanian Tourist Bureau. He’s giving us a very up-close and personal sense of what he is seeing and experiencing, from being handed a baby by a couple who may have mistaken him for Jack Black, to checking out the 10,000-year-old sculptures on display at the new Jordan museum, to walking the biblical roads trod by Peter, and perhaps by Christ Jesus himself.


He also had the opportunity to meet with and talk to Iraqi refugees — a most affecting experience he says he needs to process a bit before writing on it — to dine on the Jordanian fare he is raving about, to attend Holy Mass celebrated in Aramaic — the language of Jesus — and even to provide some musical entertainment for his fellow travelers during lunch.

Singing for Supper, or Lunch, in Jordan/Tom McDonald
Singing for Supper, or Lunch/Tom McDonald
Singing for Supper, or Lunch, in Jordan/Tom McDonald

Today we are expecting posts from the group’s tour of the Mercy Clinic in Zarqa, which is supported by the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, and his visit to Mount Nebo, and then tomorrow, we can’t wait to hear what he has to say about visiting the area which tradition holds is the exact spot where Jesus was baptized by John. That part of the tour particularly bowled over our art director, Jeffrey Bruno, when he participated last year.

So, keep your eyes on the Daily Catch — on Twitter for fast images and on Facebook for lengthier ruminations on Jordan that are making our whole team wish we could be there, too.

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