Avila, Spain – The Extraordinary Life of St. Teresa of Avila

Join Mary Jane Fox as she unpacks the extraordinary life of St. Teresa of Avila, the first woman to be honored as a Doctor of the Church! Her life is one that will undoubtedly leave you amazed and inspired! Did you know the Child Jesus appeared to her in her convent? An angel from Heaven appeared to her and she experienced a miraculous healing?

During this program, Mary Jane will also discuss:

  • A brief history of Avila, Spain.
  • Teresa’s quest to the land of Moors, to become a martyr at the age of 5 years old, along with her brother.
  • Her illness with Malaria.
  • Much more!

Want to take a deeper dive into the medieval city of Avila, Spain? Click here to listen to an archived episode of Journeys of Hope.


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Jewel for the Journey:

“Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything.” – St. Teresa of Avila


Prayer by St. Teresa:

Lord, grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by You,
always follow Your plans,
and perfectly accomplish Your Holy Will.
Grant that in all things,
great and small,
today and all the days of my life,
I may do whatever You require of me.
Help me respond to the slightest prompting of Your Grace,
so that I may be Your trustworthy instrument for Your honor.
May Your Will be done in time and in eternity by me,
in me, and through me. Amen.


A Closer Look at Avila, Spain:


Where is Avila, Spain?

Italy – Abbey of Montecassino

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox as they spiritually travel to Montecassino, Italy, the site of an ancient Benedictine Monastery where the tombs of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica are located.

During our time together, our Hosts discuss the following:

  • A look at the history of the Abbey of Montecassino.
  • Meet Saints Benedict and Scholastica.
  • Learn about the Monastic Rules of Life and the famous St. Benedict Medal.
  • Much more!

For a complimentary St. Benedict medal along with a card explaining its significance, call us at 210-521-3377.

Cover Photo by Abbey of Monte Cassino, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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Jewel for the Journey:

“The first degree of humility is prompt obedience.” – St. Benedict


A Prayer by Saint Benedict:

Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord.
Amen


A Closer Look at the Abbey of Montecassino:


Where is Abbey of Montecassino?

Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires

Join Angela Sealana as she guides us on a spiritual journey to St. Mary’s Parish, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is the site of a Eucharistic Miracle discovered by Fr. Alejandro Pezet, which occurred in 1996 on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Notably, during this time, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was serving as bishop of Buenas Aires. He is known today as Pope Francis.

During this program, Angela will also discuss:

  • A brief history of Buenos Aires
  • The discovery of the Eucharistic Miracle
  • The scientific investigation organized by Dr. Ricardo Castañon
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“The Eucharist is the beating heart of the Church.” – Pope Francis


Want to Take a Deeper Dive Into the Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires?

For more information and pictures of the Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires, click here. This resource was created by Bl. Carlo Acutis, himself!


Where is St. Mary’s Parish, in  Buenos Aires, Argentina?

Jerusalem – Church of Pater Noster – A New Journey

Come along with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox as they guide you on an audio pilgrimage, to the holy site where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. During our time together, our hosts discuss the following:

  • The environment and surroundings of this holy site.
  • Learn about the connection of this place to St. Helena and to the Carmelites.
  • Reflect on the “Our Father,” and how we can share in the faithfulness of the first disciples through this and other prayers.
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Prayer is the language of hope.” St. Thomas Aquinas


A Closer Look at the Immaculate Heart Chapel:


Where is the Church of Pater Noster?

Sacred Heart Basilica – Univ. Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Come on an audio pilgrimage with Angela Sealana to the stunning Sacred Heart Basilica on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana!

During our time together, we will learn:

  • How was the Catholic faith brought to South Bend?
  • What makes this Basilica unique in the entire world?
  • What relics & sacred treasures are housed in the Basilica?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“I invite each one of you to look with confidence to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to repeat often, especially during this month of June: Jesus, meek and humble of heart, transform our hearts and teach us to love God and our neighbor with generosity.” – Pope Francis


Twelve Promises to St. Marguerite Marie Alacoque, for those devoted to the Sacred Heart:

1.  I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their homes.
3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
5. I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
6. Sinners will find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
9. I will bless every place in which an image of My Heart is exposed
and honored.
10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names
written in My Heart.
12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion
on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of
final perseverance; they shall not die in My disgrace, nor without
receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

A Closer Look at Sacred Heart Basilica:

Images courtesy University of Notre Dame. All rights reserved.


Where is the Basilica of the the Sacred Heart?

Washington, DC – Immaculate Heart Chapel

Come on an audio pilgrimage with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the Immaculate Heart Chapel, located in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

During our time together, our Hosts discuss the following:

  • Is this the only chapel located in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception?
  • Where in the Basilica is the chapel located?
  • What is the connection to St. Anthony Mary Claret to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
  • Much more!

Image captured from National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception website


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Jewel for the Journey:

“If you put all the love of the mothers into one heart it still would not equal the love of the Heart of Mary for her children.” – St. Louis de Montfort


Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and tender Mother of all people,
I consecrate myself to you and to your Immaculate Heart,
and recommend to you my family, my country, and the whole human race.
Please accept my consecration, dearest Mother, and use me as you wish
to accomplish your designs upon the world.
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth,
rule over me, and teach me how to allow the
Heart of Jesus to rule and triumph in me and around me,
as it has ruled and triumphed in you. Amen.


A Closer Look at the Immaculate Heart Chapel:

Image captured from National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception website


Where is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception?


To listen to our audio pilgrimage to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., click here.

Lanciano, Italy – Eucharistic Miracle

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox as they spiritually travel to Lanciano, Italy. It is a few miles from the Adriatic coast, in the heart of the southeastern corner of the Italian region of Abruzzo. Lanciano is also a pilgrim destination, to see the Eucharistic Miracle that took place in the 8th century in a small church dedicated to St. Francis.

During our time together, our Hosts discuss the following:

  • What is a Eucharistic Miracle?
  • What does the church look like?
  • What if we are struggling to believe in the Real Presence as a Catholic?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Wherever the sacred Host is, there is the living God. There is your Savior as truly as when he lived and spoke in Judea and Galilee, and as truly as he is now in paradise.” – Blessed Charles de Foucauld


A Closer Look at the Church of St. Fancis:


 

Meet St. Joseph

This week’s virtual pilgrimage with Mary Jane Fox takes us to Nazareth in the Holy Land as we “meet” St. Joseph. We will discover who Joseph was and shed light on this man who has been called the Guardian of the Redeemer, the chaste spouse of Mary and Holy Patriarch among many other marvelous titles that point to his role.

During this program, Mary Jane will discuss:

  • Drawing hope and inspiration from St. Joseph.
  • St. Andre Bessette’s lifelong devotion to Saint Joseph.
  • Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter –  Patris Corde (With A Father’s Heart)
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“About Saint Joseph. One cannot love Jesus and Mary without loving the Holy Patriarch.” – St. Jose Maria Escriva


Prayer at the Conclusion of Patris Corde:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

 

Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar – A New Journey

Come on an audio pilgrimage with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the oldest church in the world devoted to the Virgin Mary. Located approximately 150 miles south of Lourdes, France to the historic city of Zaragoza, Spain.

During our journey, you will learn about:

  • How St. James the Apostle brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ here
  • St. James’ experience with the Virgin Mother of God.
  • Miracles which have occurred at this particular Marian Shrine.
  • The statue of Our Lady of the Pillar & the Pillar of Jasper.
  • Much more!

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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 Our Lady of the Pillar:


Where is Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar?


Cover Photo by Jiuguang Wang (Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0)

Pillar and statue of Our Lady by David Abián (Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0)

Front of Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar by Kreepin Deth (Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0)

Ascension – Holy Sites

This week’s virtual pilgrimage with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox takes us to the Holy Sites of the Ascension! Although the Scriptures do not indicate a specific location where Jesus ascended into Heaven, there are references we can use as a guide along our journey. In fact, the Mass of the Ascension of Our Lord can be celebrated anywhere on the Mount of Olives. Virtually walk with them through these holy sites, you will feel as if you are actually there!

During our time together, our Hosts discuss the following:

  • The environment of the Holy Sites.
  • Scripture References to the Ascension of our Lord.
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“The Rosary has always expressed this knowledge born of faith and invited the believer to pass beyond the darkness of the Passion in order to gaze upon Christ’s glory in the Resurrection and Ascension.” –  St. Pope John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 23


Prayer to  The Holy Spirit:

Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Charity within us. Oh Divine Spirit, increase in me, the virtue of charity that I may love as God loves. Come Holy Spirit, guide me each day to walk with Jesus, our Master. Amen


A Closer Look at the Holy Sites of the Ascension:


Where is Mount of Olives?