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St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai

St Catherine's Monastery is near the site where it is believed that Moses encountered God in the burning bush (Exodus 3 - alluded to in today's Gospel from Luke 20).  The site was chosen by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century; the monastery was built on the site of an older fortified church built by Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine in the 4th century.  To this day, the monastery in the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula is a center for monastic prayer.

The Scripture readings for this weekend remind us of the passing nature of all earthly reality:  we are destined for another home in the very presence of God.  We could learn a lot from the studied detachment of the pilgrims, monks and hermits who choose to pray here at St. Catherine's at considerable inconvenience!

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