Wild Ride to the Mount of the TransfigurationThe first day we stayed on Mount Carmel, we rode off to visit Mount Tabor, the Mount of the Transfiguration. We had to disembark from our buses at the bottom of Mount Tabor and wait a long time at a taxi stand where local Arab drivers pick up and ferry tourists up the serpentine road to the top.
|Pilgrimage Group at the Taxi Stand, Fr. Koller Front Right|
|Prohibito: Skimpy clothes, smoking, eating, guns, loud talking, animals|
Then after we finally got there, we were only allowed to stay a few minutes. I was so strongly moved by being at the site where Moses and Elijah had appeared with Christ at His Transfiguration in the presence of Saints Peter and John that when the tour guide told us it was time to go, I started to cry, and I told him I didn’t want to leave. Finally he persuaded me, and I reluctantly walked back to the taxi stand with tears streaming down my face while he gently but firmly propelled me along with his arm around my shoulders.
Excerpted from a three part series, "Carmelites Visit Mount Carmel", published at Dappled Things.