Mission San Antonio de Valero – San Antonio, TX

Did you know that the Alamo was once an active Catholic Mission?

Join Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez for this revealing and spiritual look at the Shrine of Texas Liberty, previously known as Mission San Antonio de Valero. During this virtual spiritual journey, find out about:

  • the history of what was the first of five Catholic missions established by the Franciscan Order in San Antonio
  • the connection between the Spanish Missions and today’s Archdiocese of San Antonio
  • the Franciscan Order and their spirituality
  • How to apply Franciscan spirituality & the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi to your faith life

Jewel for the Journey
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?
– Romans 10:13-15

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(photo courtesy of Texas A&M University)

Basilica of the Sacred Heart – Paris

Journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they travel to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paris, also known as Sacre-Coeur Basilica. Located atop the hill of Montmartre – the Mount of Martyrs, the Basilica is a popular place of pilgrimage. During this episode you will also learn about:

  • All aspects of the Romano-Byzantine-style Basilica
  • The history of the Basilica’s perpetual Adoration of the Holy Eucharist since 1885
  • St. Denis, the first Bishop & Martyr of Paris
  • Why today the Basilica remains a place of continuous spiritual life

Jewel for the Journey
Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart and begin again with joy. – St. Teresa of Calcutta

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The Catacombs of St. Callixtus – Rome, Italy

Take a virtual journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to an underground cemetery with origins that go back to the Second century. During this episode of Journeys of Hope, you will discover:

  • the history of these catacombs
  • who is buried here
  • the symbolism of the sacred art on many tombs
  • what does this place mean to our faith today

Jewel for the Journey:
Start being brave about everything. Drive out darkness and spread light. Don’t look at your weaknesses. Realize instead that in Christ Crucified you can do everything.  – St. Catherine of Siena

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The Empty Tomb – Jerusalem

Take a journey to the Holy Land with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the holiest site for all Christians, the Tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. This program will include:

  • A discussion of all Scriptural references to the burial and resurrection of Jesus recorded in the New Testament
  • The history of the area where Christ was crucified, buried, and rose from the dead
  • A virtual tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which was built over these holy sites
  • Insights from 56 trips to this sacred destination in the Holy Land

Jewel for the Journey:
Only one secret: The closer we come to Jesus, the better we will know his thirst. – St. Mother Teresa

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Immaculate Heart of Mary – San Antonio, TX

Join Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez for a virtual visit to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in San Antonio. Discover the beauty and significance of one of Texas’ 20 painted churches. During this program you will also learn about:

  • The Claretian Order and what prompted them to establish this church
  • The Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and how to unite your heart to hers
  • St. Anthony Mary Claret, his life as an example for all Catholics

Jewel for the Journey:
Christian perfection consists in three things: praying heroically, working heroically, and suffering heroically.
– St. Anthony Mary Claret

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Every Church Building

Join Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez for a journey into the history, symbolism, and significance behind every Catholic church building. During this program you will learn about:

  • Why so many elaborate churches have been built
  • How places of worship evolved from the tents of the Israelite people to the grand basilicas & cathedrals
  • The various parts of the church building
  • The meaning behind the name and design of each part
  • How knowing about every aspect of a church can help you fully enter into worship

Jewel for the Journey:
Jesus said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know, that I must be in my Father’s house?” – Luke 2: 49

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St. Joseph’s Catholic Church – San Antonio, TX

Come along with Robert Rodriguez and Angela Sealana to the first Catholic Church in San Antonio built in 1871, specifically to serve a burgeoning German community. This program will:

  • Explore the history of St. Joseph’s parish
  • Look at the Gothic Revival design, reminiscent of the grand cathedrals of Europe
  • Talk about why the parish is a testament to the resolve and devotion of the people it continues to serve.

Jewel for the Journey:
We have close to us as much as Joseph had at Nazareth; we have our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, but our poor eyes fail to see Him. Let us once become interior souls and we shall immediately see. In no better way can we enter into the Heart of our Lord than through Saint Joseph. Jesus and Mary are eager to pay the debts which they owe him for his devoted care of them, and their greatest pleasure is to fulfill his least desire. Let him, then, lead you by hand into the interior sanctuary of the Eucharistic Jesus.  – St. Peter Julian Eymard

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Gethsemane & The Agony in the Garden

Travel along with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the foot of the Mount of Olives and discover the Garden of Gethsemane. Such a place still exists, the place where Jesus, Son of God spent time.

This program will address these four points:

  • The significance of the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Why was this a place of rest for Jesus and His Apostles?
  • What does it mean to watch and pray?
  • How can we draw strength from our Lord’s suffering?

Jewel for the Journey:
The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly to do it because it is his will.
– Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

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San Fernando Cathedral – Heart of San Antonio

Join Angela Sealana and Robert Rodriguez for a virtual pilgrim journey to what is considered the heart of San Antonio – San Fernando Cathedral, the nation’s oldest continuously operating cathedral and the oldest church structure in Texas. The Cathedral is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During this program we will talk about:

  • The origins of what was first a small village church
  • The various changes to the building and its architecture over the years
  • The religious and spiritual significance of this historic place

Jewel for the Journey:
Let us remember the past with gratitude , live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence. – St. Pope John Paul II

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Journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to this small town near Jerusalem where Jesus often stayed. Hear all about the home of Mary, Martha, & Lazarus. Located on the spot of present day Al-Eizariya (Place of Lazarus) in the West Bank, it is just south of the Mount of Olives, the place associated with the Ascension of our Lord.

Jewel for the Journey:
God sends us friends to be our firm support in the whirlpool of struggle.  In the company of friends we will find strength to attain our sublime ideal. 
– St. Maximilian Kolbe

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