Journey to Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome

Join Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they spiritually travel to the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, and Mother of all men and women. It is the first, the largest, and oldest Church dedicated to the Mother of God.

During our journey, our hosts will discuss:

  • Relic of the Manger.
  • The Marian image, painted by St. Luke.
  • Why Mary is called Mother of all Mankind.
  • Much more!

Featured Image by User:Ethan Doyle WhiteCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


WHERE to TUNE IN:

Live – Wed., October 20 @ 8:00 PM

  • Guadalupe Radio Network (South/Central Texas Stations)

… Listen to the archived audio recording on our website, ASAP!

Visit PilgrimCenterofHope.org for more information.


Jewel for the Journey:

“In trial or difficulty, I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear.” – Saint Therese of Lisieux


A Closer Look at the Basilica of St. Mary Major :


Where is the Basilica of St. Mary Major:

Assisi, Italy – A Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Bl. Carlo Acutis

Come on a journey with Angela Sealana and Jason Nunez as they spiritually travel to the Church of Saint Mary Major Assisi, Italy. Inside one of the oldest churches in Assisi, is the Shrine of the Stripping. This site recalls the incredible act of St. Frances renounced his patrimony, including his clothing, in the bishop’s residence in the presence of his father. This is also the final resting place of Bl. Carlo Acutis. He was only 15 years old when he passed in a hospital in Monza, Italy, in 2006, offering all his sufferings for the Church and for the Pope.

During this program:

  • Learn about the life of Bl. Carlo Acutis and the legacy he has left for the world.
  • Discover the significance behind The Shrine of the Stripping and why Bl. Carlo’s tomb is located there.
  • Take away some lessons of how Bl. Carlo lived his life.
  • Much more!

Images captured from the Official website for the Carlo Acutis Association and the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis.

Click here to view a live stream of the Tomb of Bl Carlo Acutis
*Webcam at the time of our recording appears to be temporarily down.


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Jewel for the Journey:

“All people are born as originals, but many die as photocopies.” – Pope Francis, quote of Carlo Acutis as highlighted in Christus Vivit


Websites Created by B. Carlo Acutis:


Quotes from Bl. Carlo Acutis:

  • “The Eucharist is the highway to heaven.”
  • “Our soul is like a hot air balloon. If by chance there is a mortal sin, the soul falls to the ground. Confession is like the fire underneath the balloon enabling the soul to rise again. . . It is important to go to confession often.”
  • “Continuously ask your guardian angel for help. Your guardian angel has to become your best friend.”
  • “All people are born as originals but many die as photocopies.”
  • “Find God and you will find the meaning of your life”.
  • “Conversion is nothing more than moving your gaze from the bottom up, a simple movement of the eyes is enough”.
  • “Only those who do God’s will be truly free”.
  • “The true disciple of Jesus Christ is he who in everything tries to imitate him and to do God’s will”.
  • “Why do humans care so much about the beauty of their body and then don’t care about the beauty of their soul?”
  • “What will truly make us beautiful in God’s eyes will be only the way we loved him and how we loved our brothers.”
  • “A life is truly beautiful only if we come to love God above all else, our neighbor as ourselves”.

The Tomb of Bl. Carlo Acutis:

Images captured from the official website of the Carlo Acutis Association and the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis


Where is the Church of Saint Mary Major Assisi, Italy?

A NEW JOURNEY: Monte San Angelo, Italy

Join Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they spiritually travel to Monte San Angelo, a city and comune in the province of Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy. This small city was made famous by an apparition of St. Michael the Archangel. His appearance has made this holy site a place of healing for pilgrims who travel from around the world.

During our journey, our hosts will discuss:

  • Basilica of St. Michael–the only one consecrated by a celestial being, St. Michael.
  • Historical site in many ways –small groups would spend time on retreat here before sailing to the Holy Land during the Crusades.
  • Why the prayer of St. Michael is so powerful.
  • Consecration to St. Michael

Click here (Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel) for the St. Michael Chaplet and other intercessory prayers to St. Michael the Archangel.

For more information on Saint Michael and the Angels (TAN Books), click here.

Featured Image by MboeschCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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Protection Prayer to St. Michael:

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits
who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.


Consecration to St. Michael the Archangel:

Prayer of Consecration Oh, most noble prince of the angelic hierarchies, valorous warrior of Almighty God,
and Zealous lover of His glory, terror of the rebellious angels, and love and delight of all the just ones,
my beloved Archangel, Saint Michael, desiring to be numbered among your devoted servants,
O, today, offer and consecrate myself to you, and place myself, my family, and all I possess under
your most powerful protection. I ask you not to look at how little, I, as your servant, have to offer,
being weak and sinful, but to gaze, rather, with favorable eye at the heartfelt affection with which this offering is made,
and remember that if from this day onward I am under your patronage, you must during all my life assist me,
and procure for me the pardon of my offenses and sins, the grace to love with all my heart my God, my dear Savior Jesus,
and my sweet Mother Mary, and obtain for me all the help necessary to arrive at my crown of glory.
Defend me always from my spiritual enemies, particularly in the last moments of my life. Come then, O glorious prince,
and help me in my last struggle, and with your powerful weapon, cast far from me and into the abyss that proud angel that one day
you defeated in the celestial battle. Saint Michael, defend us in our daily battle so that we may come to glory in the last judgment, Amen


Jewel for the Journey:

“The battle against the Devil, which is the principal task of Saint Michael the Archangel, is still being fought today, because the Devil is still alive and active in the world.” –  Pope John Paul II


A Closer Look at Monte San Angelo, Italy:

 


Where is the Basilica of St. Michael?

Italy – San Giovanni Rotondo and Padre Pio

Come on a journey with our Media Production Assistant, Jason Nunez, as we spiritually travel to San Giovanni Rotondo, located in southern Italy. San Giovanni Rotondo was the home of St. Pio of Pietrelcina from July 28, 1916, until his death on September 23, 1968. Mary Jane Fox will join Jason in the first part of our journey, to share her experiences to this sacred destination! The life of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will be the focus in the second half of this week’s audio pilgrimage.

During this program, our hosts will discuss:

  • What is the journey from the United States to San Giovanni Rotondo like?
  • What kind of an experience can pilgrims expect to have?
  • What does the Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy look like?
  • How can Padre Pio help us on our daily pilgrimage of life?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“The life and mission of Padre Pio prove that difficulties and sorrows, if accepted out of love, are transformed into a privileged way of holiness, which opens onto the horizons of a greater good, known only to the Lord.” – Pope Saint John Paul II


A Closer Look at San Giovanni Rotondo:


Where is San Giovanni Rotondo?

Poland – Our Lady of Czestochowa

Come along with Eddie Reyes and Debbie Garza, pilgrimage group leaders for Pilgrim Center of Hope to the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland! A pilgrimage destination for hundreds of years, this monastery dates back to the 14th century. Jasna Góra has become one of the most venerated sites in Catholicism, due in part to the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, which is a 14th-century icon credited with many miracles.

During this program, our hosts will discuss:

  • What will pilgrims see/experience at the monastery?
  • What is the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa?
  • Why is the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa so important to the Polish people and to Catholics all over the world?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” (Luke 1:46-47)


A Closer Look at Jasna Góra:


Where is Jasna Góra Monastery?

A NEW JOURNEY: Jerusalem – St. Anne Church & Sacred Music

Come on a journey with Angela Sealana as she guides us in an audio pilgrimage to the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem, built over the Virgin Mary’s birthplace, the home of Mary’s parents Sts. Joachim and Anne.

During our journey, we will:

  • Learn about the history of this famous church and the City of Jerusalem itself
  • Take you on a guided walk through the Church –what you would see, experience, and hear as a pilgrim
  • Learn about the history of sacred music along with various samples, and will define some terms like Gregorian chant, Byzantine, etc.
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“There is the music of heaven in all things, but we have forgotten to hear it until we sing.” – St. Hildegard of Bingen


Sacred Music Clips In this Program:


A Closer Look at St. Anne Church:


Video clip demonstrating the church’s extraordinary acoustics; Fr. Victor Shoemaker singing the Salve Regina


Where is St. Anne Church?

Jerusalem – Mount Calvary and Our Lady of Sorrows

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox as they spiritually travel to Calvary in Jerusalem. This is the very site where Jesus, the Son of God was crucified and where he died.

During our journey, we will hear about Calvary and discuss:

  • What does it look like today and how do we know this is THE place?
  • Why is Mary, the Mother of Jesus called Our Lady of Sorrows? After all, she is in Heaven!
  • How is it that calling on Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows helps us in our daily lives?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.” – St. John of the Cross


A Closer Look at Mount Calvary:


Where is Mount Calvary?

Emmitsburg, MD – National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

This week’s virtual pilgrimage will take us to the incredible National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD! In the first segment, our Media Coordinator, Angela Sealana, will welcome Robert Judge, Executive Director of the National Shrine! They will discuss what the Nation Shrine has to offer its community and all who visit. Mary Jane Fox & Eddie Reyes, a Pilgrim Center of Hope Staff Member and Pilgrimage Leader, will continue in our second segment, as we take a closer look at Mother Seaton, as she was often called. She is the first American-born citizen to be canonized. She also founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women established in the United States!

During our time together, our hosts will:

  • Take a closer look at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
  • Discuss what would a pilgrim anticipate seeing or experiencing in visiting the Shrine?
  • Share more about the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
  • Much More!

For more information on the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, click here.

Image courtesy National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. All rights reserved.


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Jewel for the Journey:

“Afflictions are the steps to heaven.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


A Closer Look at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton:


Where is the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton?

Santa Fe, NM – A Hidden Gem, Holy Dirt, and a Miraculous Staircase

Come on a journey with our Media Production Assistant, Jason Nunez, as we spiritually travel to three pilgrimage destinations in Santa Fe, NM. Our itinerary includes visits to St. Anne’s Catholic Church, El Santuario de Chimayo (Chimayo Sanctuary), and The Loretto Chapel – home of the Miraculous Staircase. Each one of these holy sites offers its own unique charm and beauty! Catholicism is so beautiful!

During our time together, your host will discuss:

  • A brief history of New Mexico.
  • What is Holy Dirt?
  • What makes the staircase in The Loretto Chapel, miraculous?
  • Much More!

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Jewel for the Journey: 

“For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice.” – St Thomas Aquinas


A Closer Look at these Holy Sites:


Statues at St. Ann Catholic Church:

 


Where is St. Anne Catholic Church?


Where is El Santuario de Chimayo (Chimayo Sanctuary)?


Where is The Loretto Chapel?

Marytown – National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox as they spiritually travel to the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, in Libertyville, IL in the Archdiocese of Chicago. It is a ministry of the Conventual Franciscan Friars of St.Bonaventure Province. In the first segment, Fr. Benedict La Volpe, OFM Conv., Rector and Guardian of the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe joins Mary Jane Fox for a wonderful conversation about all things, National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe!

During our time together, we will discuss:

  • Why is Marytown referred to as the “Third City of the Immaculate”?
  • An audio walk through the National Shrine.
  • The life of St. Maximilian Kolbe – Priest, publisher, evnagelist, and martyr.
  • Much More!

For more information on the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, click here to visit their website.

Image courtesy National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe. All rights reserved.


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Jewel for the Journey:

“No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe


A Closer Look at the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe:


Where is the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe?