Our Lady of Montserrat – Barcelona, Spain

Journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they visit a spectacular church and monastery built atop a mountaintop in Barcelona, Spain.

The place is Montserrat, and the church is home to a miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Montserrat.

The statue dates back to at least the twelfth century. St. Ignatius Loyola made an annual pilgrimage to Montserrat as have millions of pilgrims over the years.

Jewel for the Journey
He who carries God in his heart bears heaven with him wherever he goes. – St. Ignatius Loyola

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Photo by KristiNihi: “Our Lady of Montserrat, Patroness of Catalunya” (Flickr.com) Creative Commons-Attribution license.

Nazareth – Hometown of Jesus

Come along with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they take a look at what was a small town in the region of Galilee in ancient Palestine. This journey is focused on Nazareth, the home of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. During this episode hear about:

  • What Nazareth was like at the time of Jesus
  • The site of the Annunciation
  • How the words of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary can still influence our lives today

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The hope of humanity was realized in the “yes” of the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of Hope. – Deacon Tom Fox

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Every Church Building

Have you ever wondered why the Catholic faithful have built so many elaborate churches over history?

Discover the meaning and significance of the various parts of a Catholic church building, as Angela Sealana and Robert Rodriguez walk you through the  history, architecture and symbolism of what is called the House of God and Gateway to Heaven.

Discover how knowing more about your church building can help you to fully enter into worship each time you are there.

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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Basilica of the Little Flower – San Antonio, TX

Do you have a devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux? How did San Antonio end up as the home of a national shrine to this modern day saint?

Take a local pilgrimage with Angela Sealana and Robert Rodriguez to a sacred place of exceptional historic significance. Hear the inspiring story of how this impressive monument got built and discover the treasures that lie within one of San Antonio’s most beautiful landmarks.

Jewel for the Journey
Love can accomplish all things. Things that are most impossible become easy where love is at work. – St. Therese of Lisieux

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The River Jordan – Site of the Baptism of Our Lord

Journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as travel to the sacred site at the Jordan River where Our Lord was baptized by John the Baptist. Hear about the history of the Site, learn more about the moment Jesus was baptized, and discover what this has to do with your baptism and your life as a Christian.

Jewel for the Journey
Every baptized person should consider that it is in the womb of the Church where he is transformed from a child of Adam to a child of God.
– St. Vincent Ferrer

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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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Episode image: Rennett Stowe from USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Mission Concepcion – San Antonio, TX

Did you know that San Antonio is home to the oldest unrestored church in the United States?

Join Angela Sealana and Robert Rodriguez as they take you on a local pilgrim journey to Mission Concepcion, one of five that make up the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.

Established in 1731, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been an active parish longer than any other church in the United States. Learn about the architecture, sacred art, and what are called the Illuminations of the mission’s famous painting of the Immaculate Conception.

Jewel for the Journey
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. – prayer given to St. Catherine Laboure

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Basilica of the Nativity – Bethlehem

Travel with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the most sacred spot in the world, the site where Jesus was born. Meditate on this holy place as you pass through bronze gates to the spot, marked by a silver star, where the Savior was born. Also experience the Chapel of the Manger & the Altar of the Three Kings.

Jewel For The Journey
We desire to be able to welcome Jesus at Christmas time, not in a cold manger of our heart, but in a heart full of love and humility, in a heart so pure, so immaculate, so warm with love for one another. – St. Mother Teresa

Nativity mural - Shepherd's Field - Holy Land

Shepherd’s Field – Holy Land

Travel with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the valley near Jerusalem where long ago, shepherds saw the Star of the Nativity.

It was here, while camping in grotto caves that the angels came and announced the birth of the Savior.  Hear a detailed description of this pilgrim destination and learn about the chapel dedicated to the shepherds.  We will also review what Scripture says about the shepherds.

Jewel for the Journey
God has, in fact, thought of us from eternity and has loved us as unique individuals.  He has called every one of us by name, as the Good Shepherd ‘calls His sheep by name.’  – John Paul II

Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle – Rio Grande Valley

Come on a journey with Mary Jane Fox & Robert Rodriguez to a sacred site in South Texas that attracts over a million pilgrims each year. Since 1954, Catholics in search of healing and other blessings have been drawn to this shrine with a beloved wooden statue of the Immaculate Conception.

Join us as we explore the massive basilica, the life-size Stations of the Cross, and the history which has led many throughout Texas and Mexico to have a deep devotion to Our Lady of San Juan.


Official Website – Basilica Our Lady of San Juan del Valle

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Mater Immaculata ora pro nobis – Immaculate Mother pray for us – Banner flying above the statue, held by two angels

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