Journeys With the Living Stones – Capernaum

Come on a spiritual journey with Robert Rodriguez and guest Eddie Reyes, as they travel to Capernaum – the home of Jesus during the last three years of his public ministry. This thriving fishing port on the Sea of Galilee is where Jesus called five of the Apostles.

During this episode of our mini-series Journeys With the Living Stones you will also discover:

  • The Home of St. Peter, where Jesus resided
  • The 1st century synagogue where Jesus preached
  • The Scripture related to this Holy Site, including the Bread of Life discourse (cf. John 6: 22-59)
  • The significant miracles Jesus performed here

Jewel for the Journey:
It is written: “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” — Matthew 4:4

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The Catacombs of St. Callixtus – Rome, Italy

On All Souls Day on November 2, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Roman catacombs. As our way of commemorating all the faithfully departed and especially the Souls in Purgatory, join Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox for a virtual pilgrimage 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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Journeys With the Living Stones – Magdala

Join Robert Rodriguez for this episode of our unique mini-series Journeys 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 Robert Rodriguez will interview recent Holy Land pilgrims Roy & Marie Feutz, about their impressions of the ancient city of Magdala, located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

During our hour-long journey we will discuss and vividly describe:

  • the 1st century ruins discovered here, currently part of an active archeological dig site
  • the Duc In Altum church at Magdala; the Boat Chapel, Encounter Chapel, and the beautiful mosaics
  • Who was St. Mary Magdalene and what can we learn from her?
  • Who was the Hemorrhaging Woman and what can we learn from her?

Jewel for the Journey:
[St. Mary Magdalene] a disciple of the Lord who plays a lead role in the Gospels. [She] reminds us of a fundamental truth. A disciple of Christ is one who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for his help, has been healed by him, and has set out following closely after him, becoming a witness of the power of his merciful love that is stronger than sin and death.  — Pope Benedict XVI

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Mission San Juan Capistrano – San Antonio, TX

In honor of the Feast of St. John of Capistrano, 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 treatise Mirror of the Clergy by Saint John of Capistrano

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Journeys With the Living Stones – Sea of Galilee

Join Robert Rodriguez for this episode of our unique mini-series Journeys 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 Robert Rodriguez will interview recent Holy Land pilgrims Christina & Valentin Campos, about their impressions of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus Christ did much of his preaching by the shores of the Sea of Galilee, we will transport you to many of the ports that date back to biblical times as well as set sail aboard a fishermen’s boat.

Jewel for the Journey:
Do not be afraid…Put out into the deep and let down your nets.  – St. Pope John Paul II

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Journeys With the Living Stones – Mt. Carmel, Israel

Join Angela Sealana for this episode of our unique mini-series Journeys 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 Angela Sealana will interview Holy Land pilgrim Marjorie McClellan, for a visit to the sacred site of Mt. Carmel located in the Haifa District of Israel. Many significant moments in the life of the Old Testament prophet Elijah took place here. Mt Carmel is also home to the 19th century Stella Maris Monastery, the world headquarters of the Carmelite religious order.

Jewel for the Journey:
Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you.
All things are passing. God never changes.
Patient endurance obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.
– St. Teresa of Avila

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Journeys With the Living Stones – Mt. of Beatitudes

Join Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez for a unique mini-series Journeys 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 Angela Sealana our Media Coordinator, will talk about her impressions of and connection to the Mt. of Beatitudes, near Tabgha

Jewel for the Journey:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   – Matthew 5: 3-10

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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.

Jewel for the Journey:
Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house.   –  1 Peter 2: 5

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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

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)

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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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