Avila, Spain

Come on a journey to the medieval city of Avila! The entire Old Town of Avila was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

For pilgrims, the city of Avila is important because of its association with the great mystic and reformer St. Teresa de Jesus, better known as St. Teresa of Avila. Teresa was a 16th century Carmelite nun who is the female patron saint of Spain and was the first woman to be honored as a Doctor of the Church.

  • Explore the Convento de Santa Teresa (Convent of St. Teresa), containing her relics, and the Monasterio de la Encarnacion (Monastery of the Incarnation) where St. Teresa lived.
  • Learn about this fascinating person; St. Teresa, who reformed the Carmelites alongside St. John of the Cross
  • Receive precious spiritual insights you can learn for your daily life from St. Teresa’s practical wisdom.

PRAYER of ST. TERESA:

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
Amen.

Basilica of St. Therese – Lisieux, France

Come on a journey with Mary Jane Fox to the Basilica of St. Therese of Lisieux, the young Carmelite saint who is also known as the “Little Flower”.

Join us as we explore her home where she lived from the age of four to 15, the Carmelite Convent where she lived as a cloistered nun, and we will spiritually visit the Basilica built in her honor and where her parents are entombed.

Jewel for the Journey:
One word or a pleasing smile is often enough to raise up a saddened and wounded soul. I understood that all we accomplish, however brilliant, is worth nothing without love. – St. Therese of Lisieux

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

Come on a journey with Mary Jane Fox 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.

Jewel for the Journey:
Mater Immaculata, Ora pro nobis – Immaculate Mary, Pray for us.
— on banner held by two angels above the statue of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle

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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

Our Lady of Montserrat – Barcelona, Spain

Journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they guide you through an audio visit to 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.

Jericho – West Bank, Palestine

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox as they lead you on a journey to visit what is the oldest ancient city on earth, dating back to 9,000 BC. Jericho was the first city the Israelites conquered. It is located not far from Our Lord was baptized in the Jordan River, and as a result of several natural springs is an oasis in a very arid region of the Jordan Valley.

During this program you will discover more about:

  • Christian pilgrimage sites located here
  • the time Jesus spent in Jericho as mentioned in Scripture
  • what we can learn from the Gospel accounts of Zacchaeus and Bartimaeus – both encountered Jesus in Jericho

Image credit (CC-BY-SA 3.0) Dmitrij Rodionov, DR

 

San Jose – Queen of the Missions

Journey with Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez to Mission San Jose, perhaps the finest example of a Spanish mission-complex in all of North America. During this program you will discover:

  • What led to the development of this marvel of architectural beauty – a place of sanctuary & social and cultural community
  • Lots of new details about the church at its center along with the story of the Franciscan friar who envisioned this sacred place
  • The significance of the Mission’s patron – St. Joseph

Jewel for the Journey:
“Nothing is wasted. No man is worthless to God.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

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The Visitation – Ein Karim, 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
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.                   Benedict XVI

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Dormition Abbey – Jerusalem

Come along with Mary Jane Fox & Robert Rodriguez to one of Jerusalem’s most recognizable holy sites. During this episode of Journeys of Hope we will travel to Dormition Abbey, located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, just outside of the Old City walls.

The Dormition church & monastery occupy the site traditionally believed to be where the Virgin Mary fell into a deep sleep and was assumed into heaven. Aside from describing this shrine to Blessed Mother, which contains a reclining sculpture of Mary and several sacred art mosaics, we will also discuss the Assumption of Our Lady, which is celebrated on August 15.

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.                   Benedict XVI 

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