We departed the hotel for the Istanbul International Airport very early this morning. All pilgrims are now journeying back to New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Colorado. For us, this pilgrimage was in many ways like our faith--sometimes difficult, sometimes easier, but always with Our Lord by our side. We celebrated Mass in many different settings over these two weeks -- in magnificent basilicas, in God's beautiful creation outdoors, among ancient ruins that went back to Jesus' lifetime here on earth, in the shadows of mosques in a country where less than 1/2 of 1% share our faith and in makeshift rooms aboard the ship and hotels, but you and your intentions were always in our prayers. We ask that you continue to pray for each one of us, as we journey back to our homes, for safe travels and that we always model Jesus' perfect love in all that we do. God Bless You All.
P.S. Internet connections over the past few days made posting pictures almost impossible, so be sure to check back for added pictures to the days that do not have any posted.