“I’m not a saint!”

“I’m not a saint!”

Let’s understand what it means “to be a saint.” So often this term is thrown around in times of comparison, disagreements, and when talking about someone who is perceived as “perfect”. Reality check: not even saints were perfect! In fact, many saints had their own struggles like each and every one of us. The only thing they may have done differently is, intentionally and wholeheartedly,  trusted every inch of their life to God.

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Christian Spirituality, Practicing Faith, Prayer, and Saints

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Dominique Dominguez

Dominique Dominguez

Dominique Dominguez

Dominique Dominguez is a cradle Catholic from San Antonio, Texas. In 2015, she began to develop a relationship with Christ and has since enjoyed the journey of being a Christian Catholic. Dominique’s relationship started when she asked God to let her know that He, despite all her sinfulness, still loved her. What He gave her and gives all of us is the belief that “We are more precious than corals, and no treasure can compare with [us]” (Proverbs 3:15).

In 2019, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a Minor in Communications. After World Youth Day 2016 in Poland, she knew God was calling her to serve the youth – and so she has. Dominique has played the role of youth minister, CYO coach, and Faith Formation teacher. Currently, Dominique is a motivational speaker, podcaster, social media influencer, and founder of Soul Sharing 101 – a platform she uses to interview unique people to share with the world, while also encouraging others to live the life God has called them to live through adequate discernment.

Dominique is passionate about loving her neighbors as herself and sharing the good news of God’s love. As a young adult trying to actively spread the faith, Dominique has discerned that God is calling her to utilize her gifts of speaking, her education, and today’s technological realm to continue the mission of spreading His love.

Specialties
Christian Spirituality, Discernment, Media & Faith, Practicing Faith, Saints, Virgin Mary, Virtue, and Vocation



The Eucharist

The Eucharist

The Eucharist is the life of the people! The Eucharist forges between them a common bond, a Christian kinship. All eat the same bread; all are table companions of Jesus Christ who supernaturally creates among them a feeling of togetherness.

The Acts of the Apostles states that the whole community of the first Christians, converted Jews and baptized pagans, belonging to different regions, “had but one heart and one soul” (Acts 4:32). Why? Because they were attentive to the teaching of the Apostles and faithful in sharing in the breaking of the bread (Acts 2:42).

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Eucharist, Jesus, Mass, Prayer, Sacraments, Saints, and Scripture

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The Saints: Our Friends In Heaven

The Saints: Our Friends In Heaven

The Communion of Saints are the great cloud of witnesses expressed in the book of Hebrews. We can see from what the Church teaches, that the saints have a very real role in helping us to be united to Christ. The saints are alive in Christ, more alive than we are because they exist in his glorified presence and see him face-to-face. The saints are ready to help us; are we prepared to respond?

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Christian Spirituality, Relationships, and Saints

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St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer & A Man to Befriend!

St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer & A Man to Befriend!

Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from a royal lineage as we read in the gospel accounts of Luke and Matthew. Discover how Joseph has been given the prestigious title of Guardian of the Redeemer. Learn about the ways St. Joseph can help us today through his model of trust and virtue.

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Saints and Virtue

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Angela Sealana

Angela Sealana

Angela Sealana

From an early age, Angela knew she wanted to apply her talents in teaching and communication for God’s glory. Since 2010, she has facilitated the presentation and promotion of Pilgrim Center of Hope through new and traditional media as Media Coordinator.

Angela knows how to communicate with a wide variety of audiences, applying her professional background in marketing and communications for both non-profit ministries and for-profit businesses. She holds a B.A. in English communication arts, with concentrations in marketing and theology from St. Mary’s University, and has over a decade of experience as an evangelizing catechist for ages 8 through 80+.

After discerning a possible call to religious life, she was surprised by a vocation to marriage. When she is not spending time with her husband and friends, Angela enjoys volunteering with projects promoting dialogue through pop culture.

Specialties
Christian Spirituality, Discernment, Healing, Media & Faith, Prayer, Sacred Art, Saints, Scripture, Suffering, Vocation, and Women



Mary Jane Fox

Mary Jane Fox

Mary Jane Fox

Mary Jane Fox and her husband had a re-awakening of their Catholic faith in the 1980s. While on a trip through the Holy Land, they were directed by a local priest to take a silent walk along the Sea of Galilee. There, Jesus unmistakably spoke to them each.

In September 1986, Tom and Mary Jane Fox left their respective careers in hotel management and the travel industry to work full-time for St. Matthew Catholic Church. For the first seven years, their main ministry was door-to-door home visitation; in the first few years, they visited over 10,000 families. They also helped establish other outreach ministries at St. Matthew.

In 1992, the Foxes led a group of pilgrims in the Holy Land. After escorting them to the airport, they returned to Jerusalem to spend two weeks in a hermitage in the Garden of Gethsemane. In those two weeks of prayer, they discerned that God wanted them to develop a Catholic evangelization ministry. With the help of friends and benefactors, Pilgrim Center of Hope was founded in June of 1993.

Tom was ordained to the permanent Diaconate in August 1988. They became Oblates of the Congregation of St. John in 1991.

Tom and Mary Jane’s mission has included travel to parishes in California, Kansas, Louisiana, Mexico, and within Texas to give presentations on their ministry experiences, Parish Missions and on Door-to-Door Home Visitation Outreach. In June 1989 and June 1990, they assisted the pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Belize City, Belize, in a parish-wide evangelization effort.

Their ministry of pilgrimages has led them to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Eygpt, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and Turkey. Their speciality (and dearest to their hearts) is the Holy Land, having traveled there more than 54 times since 1986.

Their ministry work has been featured in five nation-wide Catholic periodicals and on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) show Living His Life Abundantly in 1995 on the video I Am the Bread of Life, produced by Stepstone Productions, Inc. In February 2008, they received the Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA) Leadership Award. In March 2011, they received Guadalupe Radio Network‘s ’Pescadores de Hombres‘ (Fishers of Men) Award. They were invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in October of 2011. In October 2012, they received the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation’s “Living Stones Award” on behalf of Pilgrim Center of Hope.

“The call we received from the Lord to serve in the field of Catholic evangelization has been a most enlightening, inspirational and challenging vocation!”

Specialties
Angels, Christian Spirituality, Jesus, Pilgrimage, Practicing Faith, Prayer, Sacred Art, Saints, Virgin Mary, and Women



Nan Balfour

Nan Balfour

Nan Balfour

Nan Balfour is a grateful Catholic whose greatest desire is to make our Lord Jesus more loved. She seeks to accomplish this through her vocation to womanhood, marriage, motherhood and as a writer, speaker and events coordinator for Pilgrim Center of Hope.

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Practicing Faith, Saints, Virgin Mary, and Women



Our Lady of Fatima: Through the Eyes of the Little Saints

Our Lady of Fatima: Through the Eyes of the Little Saints

Based on the writings of Lucia, the oldest of the three children to see our Lady in Portugal in 1917; we’ll examine the lives of these three little saints, the message of Fatima, and its urgency for our lives in 2019.

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Saints and Virgin Mary

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Friend Requests from Heaven: How the Saints Can Help with Anxieties & Worries of Daily Life

Friend Requests from Heaven: How the Saints Can Help with Anxieties & Worries of Daily Life

After a brief overview of how the Church comes to recognize a Saint, we look into the lives of several popular and obscure saints to discover how their hardships and heartaches were catalysts to their sanctity, not hindrances. The saints are out to befriend us! By learning about them, we can learn to ask for their intercession and find more peace in our own lives.

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Practicing Faith and Saints

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