Journeys With the Living Stones – The Holy Land, Part 1

Join Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez for a unique mini-series Journey With the Living Stones – inspired by the words of St. Peter’s first letter in the New Testament (cf. 1 Peter 2: 4-5). This passage refers to the “living stones,” those whose ancestors have passed on the Catholic faith to them, and who are living witnesses to Jesus Christ.

Throughout this mini-series we will be accompanying pilgrims as they take us back to their pilgrimage journey. This week our Robert Rodriguez, PR & Marketing staff person, will share about his August 2019 pilgrimage experience in the Holy Land.

WHERE to TUNE IN:

Encore – Wed., September 18 @ 8:00 PM

  • Guadalupe Radio Network (South/Central Texas Stations)

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

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St. Pope John Paul II 1987 Visit – San Antonio, TX

Join Robert Rodriguez & Angela Sealana along with special guest JPII San Antonio Visit Project Manager Robert Aguirre as they re-visit and relive the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II to the Alamo City.

During this program not only will we review the historic visit of John Paul – known as the Pilgrim Pope – to San Antonio, but we will also:

  • Take an intimate look at the only visit by a Pope to San Antonio
  • Share news about our first Pilgrimage to Poland, Vienna & Prague
  • Talk about the Papacy and legacy of Pope John Paul II

WHERE to TUNE IN:

Encore – Wed., September 11 @ 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.

St. Pope John Paul II 1987 Visit – San Antonio, TX

Join Robert Rodriguez & Angela Sealana along with special guest JPII San Antonio Visit Project Manager Robert Aguirre as they re-visit and relive the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II to the Alamo City.

During this program not only will we review the historic visit of John Paul – known as the Pilgrim Pope – to San Antonio, but we will also:

  • Take an intimate look at the only visit by a Pope to San Antonio
  • Share news about our first Pilgrimage to Poland, Vienna & Prague
  • Talk about the Papacy and legacy of Pope John Paul II

Jewel for the Journey:

This land is a crossroads, standing at the border of two great nations, and experiencing both the enrichment and the complications which arise from this circumstance. You are thus a symbol and a kind of laboratory testing America’s commitment to her founding moral principles and human values.
– St. Pope John Paul II (excerpt from homily – Mass for the faithful of San Antonio, Sunday, September 13, 1987)

Read the article Reflections of a Papal Usher now:
https://pilgrimcenterofhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Papal-Visit-Reflections-of-a-Papal-Usher-9-87.pdf

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Basilica of St. Paul Outside of the Walls – Rome, Italy

Take a virtual trip to the Eternal City of Rome with Mary Jane Fox & Robert Rodriguez, as they explore the second largest basilica outside of St. Peter’s – the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.  It is one of the five major basilicas in Rome and houses the Tomb of St. Paul!

During this pilgrimage journey, you will discover more about:

  • the Basilica’s architecture & Sacred Art
  • What is to be found at the Tomb of St. Paul
  • The Life of St. Paul, the greatest of the early Christian missionaries
  • The ancient wooden crucifix that spoke to St. Bridget of Sweden
  • The famous “15 Prayers of St. Bridget”

Jewel for the Journey:
You cannot be a conscious Christian without St. Paul. He translated the teachings of Christ into a doctrinal structure that, even with the additions of a vast number of thinkers, theologians and pastors, has resisted and still exists after two thousand years.  – Pope Francis

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Church of the Transfiguration – Lower Galilee, Israel

Join Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox for a virtual pilgrimage to the summit of Mount Tabor, site of the Transfiguration of Jesus (celebrated on August 6). During this program you will learn more about:

  • The significance of mountain heights chosen by God to give important messages to His people
  • The Basilica of the Transfiguration
  • The conversion story of Italian architect Antonio Berluzzi, the Basilica’s designer
  • Spiritual Life Lessons we can learn from the Transfiguration

Jewel for the Journey:
Being here enables us to understand that we need to detach ourselves from material things, to look to heaven, as earthly things often separate us from Jesus. It is no coincidence that Jesus choose this mountain for His Transfiguration.   Rabab

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Birthplace of St. John the Baptist – Jerusalem

Take a virtual journey to the Holy Land with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they visit the birthplace of St. John the Baptist, located in the hill country of Jerusalem in ancient Palestine. During this program, you will learn more about:

  • The Church of the Nativity of St. John
  • The Story of Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth & Zechariah
  • The Canticle of Zechariah
  • The Life of St. John the Baptist
  • How we can emulate John & proclaim the Good News

Jewel for the Journey:
Celebrating the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist also reminds us – Christians in our own times – that we cannot give into compromise when it comes to our love for Christ, for his Word, for his Truth. The Truth is the Truth; there is no compromise. The Christian life requires, as it were, the ‘martyrdom’ of daily fidelity to the Gospel; the courage, that is, to allow Christ to increase in us and to direct our thoughts and actions.       – Pope Benedict XVI

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St. Anthony de Padua – Portugal & Italy

Join Angela Sealana and Debbie Garza – a pilgrimage group leader for Pilgrim Center of Hope – as they spiritually travel to some of the sites related to St. Anthony de Padua, the patron saint of San Antonio, known for his powerful preaching.

During this program:

  • Learn about the places of St. Anthony’s birth and spiritual formation.
  • Discover how St. Anthony impacted the world through his ministry as a Franciscan.
  • Talk about St. Anthony’s relevance for us today and our everyday spiritual journey.

Jewel for the Journey:
The spirit of humility is sweeter than honey, and those who nourish themselves with this honey produce sweet fruit.  – St. Anthony of Padua

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Mission San Juan Capistrano – San Antonio, TX

Join Robert Rodriguez and Angela Sealana for a virtual tour of the smallest of the five Spanish Missions established in San Antonio in the 18th century. Discover what life was like among the Franciscan friars and native inhabitants here at the height of the missionary efforts to bring Christianity and the ways of Spanish society to the newly acquired territory.

During this program you will also learn about:

  • the history & architecture of San Juan
  • the impressive agricultural activity that took place here
  • how priests from several religious orders contributed to this mission’s spiritual life
  • the life of St. John (San Juan) of Capistrano

Jewel for the Journey:
Those who are called to the table of the Lord must glow with the brightness that comes from the good example of a praiseworthy and blameless life. They must completely remove from their lives the filth and uncleanness of vice. Their upright lives must make them like the salt of the earth for themselves and for the rest of mankind. The brightness of their wisdom must make them like the light of the world that brings light to others. They must learn from their eminent teacher, Jesus Christ, what he declared not only to his apostles and disciples, but also to all the priests and clerics who were to succeed them, when he said, “You are the salt of the earth. But what is salt goes flat? How can you restore its flavor? Then it is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Jesus also said: “You are the light of the world.” Now a light does not illumine itself, but instead it diffuses its rays and shines all around upon everything that comes into its view. So it must be with the glowing lives of upright and holy clerics. By the brightness of their holiness they must bring light and serenity to all who gaze upon them. They have been placed here to care for others. Their own lives should be an example to others, showing how they must live in the house of the Lord.

– from the treatiseMirror of the Clergy by Saint John of Capistrano

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St. Mary’s Church – Downtown San Antonio

Take a local pilgrim journey to St. Mary’s Church, and discover lots of little known historical facts and why it has been described as one of the most breathtaking houses of worship in all of San Antonio.

Angela Sealana and Robert Rodriguez will provide a visual tour of what is one of Texas’ 20 Painted Churches. Plus they will reveal what makes this official Texas historical site so significant when it comes to the development of Catholic media, education, and services to the poor in the Alamo City.

Jewel for the Journey:
The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.  – Pope Leo XIII

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The Visitation – Ein Karem, Jerusalem

Come on a journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox  to the hill country of Judea, near the ancient city of Jerusalem where the Virgin Mary travelled to visit and care for her cousin Elizabeth. During this program you will also learn about:

  • The Visitation as described in the Gospel of Luke
  • All the details related to Mary’s great act of charity
  • The Basilica of the Visitation, built over this holy site

Jewel for the Journey:
Let us live as the Blessed Virgin lived: loving God only, desiring God only, trying to please God only in all that we do.      – St. John Vianney

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

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