The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin

The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin

The man pictured on the Shroud not only looks like a real person (as opposed to an artistic creation); he is actually anatomically flawless down to minor details — a body which suffered actual wounds and stained the cloth with genuine blood. This body was crucified, almost certainly by the Romans, and was buried in a manner consistent with ancient Jewish burial practices. The body was very likely Jewish and was almost certainly that of Jesus of Nazareth.

Ralph draws on official scientific data from the Shroud of Turin Research Project, Inc. to demonstrate the man of the Shroud’s cap of thorns and scourging with Roman flagrum, nails through his feet and wrists, death from asphyxiation, and piercing with a lance through the chest after death. He will also demonstrate how the Shroud is a photographic “negative” –a photographic record created by a kind of “scorch”.

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Jesus, Lent, Science, Scripture, and Suffering

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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 Word, The Spirit and His Presence: Three Ways to Speak with God

The Word, The Spirit and His Presence: Three Ways to Speak with God

How does our Lord communicate with us? What language does God speak? Scripture teaches us in Genesis that God ‘spoke’ creation into life and that all creation is good. Yet for many of us, we do not see good; not in our own life, not in other people and not in the world. Discover three ways God chooses to communicate with us and make visible all that is good.

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Christian Spirituality, Discernment, Holy Spirit, Prayer, and Scripture

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Lectio Divina: Praying with Scripture

Lectio Divina: Praying with Scripture

Are you ready to deepen your prayer life? Would you like help learning how to listen to God’s voice? Discover an ancient yet accessible way of praying with Scripture that is simple enough to practice daily: Divine Reading.

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Discernment and Scripture

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Jesus Wept: Where God Stands In Our Suffering

Jesus Wept: Where God Stands In Our Suffering

We all suffer, but where is God? Find answers in Jesus’ life and teachings. As we reflect on experiences of pain and suffering in our daily lives, discover an invitation to hope.

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Christian Spirituality, Healing, Jesus, Scripture, and Suffering

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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.

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



On a Journey with Martha and Mary; How Our Personalities Are No Obstacle to God

On a Journey with Martha and Mary; How Our Personalities Are No Obstacle to God

Many women identify with Martha, burdened with much serving, and wonder how we can complete all the tasks of life and grow in holiness. Mary, chose the better part, but soon struggled to trust when Jesus did not meet her expectations.

Journey with Martha and Mary and discover how our personalities are the very way God draws us closer to him and his abundant life.

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Practicing Faith, Scripture, and Women

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The Passion of Christ

The Passion of Christ

The Passion of Christ is not only a historic event, it continues to be an experiential reality for us as we reflect on the Journey of Jesus from Palm Sunday, through Holy Week and his death on the cross. Our Lord invites us to join our sufferings with his and to participate in the work of redemption for the salvation of souls. Through the ages men and women have been inspired to dedicate their lives to Christ after meditating deeply on his passion, death and resurrection.

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Lent, Scripture, and Suffering

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Scriptural Praise of Mary

Scriptural Praise of Mary

“My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” are words from Mary’s song of praise, called the Magnificat. What is the significance of her words? She is the masterpiece of God’s creation; chosen by God to be the mother of the long-awaited Messiah. No other human will be elevated to the importance of Mary, mother of God. Discover how her song of praise can be yours.

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Scripture and Virgin Mary

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Deacon Tom Fox

Deacon Tom Fox

Deacon Tom Fox

Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox 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, Deacon 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!”

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Jesus, Scripture, and Virgin Mary