Milk Grotto – Bethlehem

This week Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox will take a virtual pilgrimage to Milk Grotto, not far from the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square in Bethlehem. Officially called Magharet Sitti Mariam or the Grotto of the Lady Mary, tradition holds that the Holy Family took refuge in this grotto (hollowed out of limestone) on their way to Egypt as they were fleeing the Slaughter of the Innocents.

It is believed that while nursing the infant Jesus a few drops of Mary’s milk fell upon the yellowish-brown stone and turned it to white. During this program, you will learn more about this sacred destination and why it is frequented by new mothers and women who are trying to conceive.

Jewel for the Journey:
Saint Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care. May he always guard, protect, and enlighten families.   St. Pope John Paul II

Link to Guardian of the Redeemer – St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation on St. Joseph:
http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_15081989_redemptoris-custos.html

Bethlehem – Basilica of Nativity

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox for a virtual pilgrimage 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. During this program, Deacon Tom and Mary Jane will also guide us through:

  • The Door of Humility.
  • The Chapel of the Manger.
  • The Altar of the Three Kings.
  • Much More!

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

Shepherd’s Field – Bethlehem

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox for a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, specifically to an open area outside of Bethlehem referred to Shepherd’s Field. This open area was where the Angel appeared to the Shepherds that Holy Night when Christ was born! During this program, with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane as our guides, we will:

  • Make note of some very interesting historical facts.
  • Discover the Chapel built in honor of the Shepherds.
  • Learn more about the shepherds at the time of Jesus.
  • Much more!

Jewel for the Journey

“The closer we are to the Good Shepherd, the safer we are from those who want to destroy our faith.” – A friend of Pilgrim Center of Hope.

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St. Mary’s Cathedral – Sydney, Australia

Take a spiritual journey with us ‘Down Under’ to historic St. Mary’s Cathedral of Sydney, Australia. Located near the city’s beautiful Hyde Park, this grand church—rich in symbolism and spirituality—is where Pope Benedict XVI began the Stations of the Cross during World Youth Day 2008.

Angela Sealana was there, just a few yards from the pope. Join us to hear about that experience, plus…

  • Learn about the Catholic and Australian symbols in the cathedral’s art & architecture
  • Gain encouragement from the courageous story of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop, who lived in Sydney
  • Find hope & strength for your own daily life

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Immaculate Conception Shrine – Washington, D.C.

Join Mary Jane Fox for a virtual pilgrimage to Immaculate Conception Shrine located in Washington D.C. The United States has long been considered the great melting pot, where people from many diverse lands have come to dwell. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is proud to reflect this rich heritage of America. During this program, Mary Jane will help us learn more about:

  • The first Mass celebrated during its construction.
  • The Basilica’s beautiful architecture, chapel, oratories, and Sacred Art.
  • Which Saints have visited this National Treasure?

JEWEL FOR THE JOURNEY –

Saint Mother Teresa

“Pray especially to Our Blessed Mother Mary, placing all your intentions into her hands. For she loves you as she loves her Son. She will guide you in all your relationships so that peace may fill your life.”

Church of Transfiguration – Mt Tabor

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

  • What occurred on Mt. Tabor
  • Why our Lord choose this mountain to be Transfigured
  • The Church of the Transfiguration
  • A young man on pilgrimage from Cana experiences a miracle

Jewel for the Journey:

From a woman, who is a Palestinian Catholic living in the Galilee Region – her name is Rabab:   

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. 

Church of Transfiguration – Mt Tabor

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

  • What occurred on Mt. Tabor
  • Why our Lord choose this mountain to be Transfigured
  • The Church of the Transfiguration
  • A young man on pilgrimage from Cana experiences a miracle

Jewel for the Journey:

From a woman, who is a Palestinian Catholic living in the Galilee Region – her name is Rabab:   

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. 

WHERE to TUNE IN:

Live – Wed., November 25 @ 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.

Shrine of Miguel Pro – Mexico City

Programming Note: Due to a technical error, this program did not air on November 11 as originally scheduled. Please look forward to it on the new date!
Take a spiritual journey with us to Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia (Holy Family Parish) in Mexico City, Mexico, which holds the Shrine of Fr. Miguel Augustin Pro. This Jesuit martyr’s famous photograph shook Mexico; his arms outstretched for his execution by firing squad as he shouted, Viva Cristo Rey (Long Live Christ the King)!

There is much more to this holy priest’s story that will inspire you; a comedian, musician, and creative Jesuit who suffered from physical and emotional trials, yet persevered to his heroic death into eternal life.

  • Hear about the shrine, including relics of Miguel Pro found there
  • Discover relatable & inspiring stories from Miguel Pro’s life
  • Find hope & strength for your own daily life

Photo courtesy of Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP.


Jewel for the Journey

If life be harder, love makes it also stronger, and only this love, grounded on suffering, can carry the Cross of my Lord Jesus Christ. – Bl. Miguel Pro

Related Quotes

In the open heart of Jesus Christ one sees His heart burning with love for you, for me, for all men …. But one sees it surrounded with thorns, and in their center, the Cross. This fire of love must light up our poor hearts too, so that it can communicate itself to others—but surrounded with thorns to keep us on our guard against petty self-interests and surmounted by a wide-armed cross to embrace all who surround us and not let us limit our zeal to any particular person. (Miguel Pro)

By his obedience unto death, Christ communicated to his disciples the gift of royal freedom, so that they might “by the self-abnegation of a holy life, overcome the reign of sin in themselves”: That man is rightly called a king who makes his own body an obedient subject and, by governing himself with suitable rigor, refuses to let his passions breed rebellion in his soul, for he exercises a kind of royal power over himself. And because he knows how to rule his own person as king, so too does he sit as its judge. He will not let himself be imprisoned by sin, or thrown headlong into wickedness. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 908)

Finally, the People of God shares in the royal office of Christ. He exercises his kingship by drawing all men to himself through his death and Resurrection.211 Christ, King and Lord of the universe, made himself the servant of all, for he came “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” For the Christian, “to reign is to serve him,” particularly when serving “the poor and the suffering, in whom the Church recognizes the image of her poor and suffering founder.” The People of God fulfills its royal dignity by a life in keeping with its vocation to serve with Christ. (CCC, no. 786)

The sign of the cross makes kings of all those reborn in Christ and the anointing of the Holy Spirit consecrates them as priests, so that, apart from the particular service of our ministry, all spiritual and rational Christians are recognized as members of this royal race and sharers in Christ’s priestly office. What, indeed, is as royal for a soul as to govern the body in obedience to God? And what is as priestly as to dedicate a pure conscience to the Lord and to offer the spotless offerings of devotion on the altar of the heart? (St. Leo the Great)

By living with the mind of Christ, Christians hasten the coming of the Reign of God, “a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.”91 They do not, for all that, abandon their earthly tasks; faithful to their master, they fulfill them with uprightness, patience, and love. (CCC, no. 2046)

Making a Journey of Hope to a Cemetery

How can we make our next trip to a cemetery a journey of hope? Join Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox for this encouraging & enlightening conversation on this truest sense of “journey of hope.”

During this program, learn:

  • What happens during a Catholic burial?
  • When visiting the grave sites of loved ones, what is good for my family & I do?
  • What is the purpose & origin of All Souls Day?
  • How can we have hope today amidst so much suffering & loss?

Closing Prayer

This is a prayer asking St. Joseph’s intercession for a holy death. He is the patron saint of the dying.

Begin with +Sign of the Cross

O glorious St. Joseph, behold I choose thee today for my special patron in life and at the hour of my death. Preserve and increase in me the spirit of prayer and fervor in the service of God. Remove far from me every kind of sin; obtain for me that my death may not come upon me unawares, but that I may have time to confess my sins sacramentally and to bewail them with a most perfect understanding and a most sincere and perfect contrition, in order that I may breathe forth my soul into the hands of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

Capernaum in Galilee – Holy Land

Come on a journey with us to this town on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, which was at the center of Our Lord’s public ministry. This fishing port and market for merchants was also where St. Peter lived. It was the town where Jesus invited Matthew the tax collector; “Follow me.”

Experience this bustling village where a number of the apostles lived, where Jesus announced the Holy Eucharist, and where he healed and taught.

We will take you to Peter’s house, travel down the Via Maris, and go to the synagogue where Jesus went on the Sabbath day.