welcome fathers josep, raphael, and amador!
i hope it wasn’t too crowded and you weren’t pushed around near the conveyor belt waiting for your luggage. i hope customs didn’t hassle you too much. picking up the rental car at hertz wasn’t easy, was it? forms, insurances, signatures… you are about to drive to nazareth – traffic can be bad in the early evening hours. no signs in catalan on the way. i hope you make it in time for dinner.
then you’ll have a week in jerusalem. you’re staying in the christian quarter in the old city. you’ll get to know our border patrol and police. i’m afraid they don’t know catalan either. even english can be problematic. carry my cellular number with you and the telecard i gave you at all times. i won’t turn off the phone and you can always reach me if you’re in trouble.
i really don’t want to scare you but up until a few weeks ago there was a war here, i’m sure you heard about it. the hizbullah paralysed the north of our country. ahmadinejad from iran wants to develop nuclear weapons and to destroy israel completely. our president is under interrogations for sexual misconduct. our prime minister and minister of defence will soon be under the investigation of a war probe committee.
and you are here to find God, to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. to find peace and serenity in the land of milk and honey… if you do find it will you let me know where?