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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

Magdala – Ancient Palestine

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox for a virtual journey to the ancient city of Magdala on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Tradition tells us that Jesus and the Apostles visited this fishing port and that Christ preached at the 1st century synagogue, the ruins of which were discovered in 2009.

Our journey to this crossroads of Jewish & Christian history will include:

  • a visit to the ancient ruins of the synagogue, town market, and Duc in Altum church
  • descriptions of the Sacred Art located in the chapels of the church
  • a reflection on the stone pavement where Jesus walked and encountered the Hemorrhaging Woman
  • a look at St. Mary Magdalene and what we can learn from her example

Jewel for the Journey:
The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.         — St. Gianna Molla

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Shrine Our Lady of Torreciudad – Aragon, Spain

Travel with Robert Rodriguez and Angela Sealana to a mountain top in the Pyrenees for a visit to the modern-day Shrine of Our Lady of Torreciudad. This expansive Marian Shrine has been described as both a “work of art,” and “heaven on earth.”

Each year, thousands travel to Torreciudad to venerate an 11th century black Madonna icon which was originally enshrined in a nearby hermitage. The newer massive shrine completed in 1975 was the brainchild of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei.

During this program you will:

  • Experience a virtual tour of this spectacular shrine
  • Discover why this place was so important to St. Josemaria
  • Learn how this shrine spotlights the Family and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Gain spiritual insights for your daily life

Jewel for the Journey:
When you have God close to you everything is carried differently.  — St. Josemaria Escriva

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Confession and God’s Mercy

Fr. Martin Leopold answered your questions on the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), penance, forgiveness and God’s mercy in this episode of Catholicism Live!

Catholicism Live! was a weekly program produced by Pilgrim Center of Hope from the early 2000s until 2019.

 

The Holy Spirit’s Anointing

Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, hosts this week’s episode of Catholicism Live! on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: what it is and how it can impact your life.

Catholicism Live! was a weekly program produced by Pilgrim Center of Hope from the early 2000s until 2019.

Church of Pater Noster – Jerusalem

Come along with Robert Rodriguez & Angela Sealana to a holy site on the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. During this program:

  • learn about the significance of the Mount of Olives in the public ministry of Jesus Christ
  • we will look at the Scriptural references to the moment and place our Lord taught the Apostles the Lord’s Prayer
  • you will learn about the history of the exact site, a cave grotto, where Jesus shared the Our Father, praying it in Aramaic
  • We will delve into the meaning of this beautiful prayer and how it relates to our daily lives

Upper Room – Jerusalem

Join Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they guide you on a spiritual pilgrimage to the Upper Room, the holy place where early Christians received the Holy Spirit.  This is also the site where the Universal Church was born on Pentecost. During this program you will:

  • virtually travel to this sacred destination in the southwestern area of Jerusalem
  • reflect on the important events that took place here, including Pentecost – the birth of the Universal Church
  • gain a new appreciation for the Holy Eucharist and for the Catholic Church
  • learn about how the events that took place in the Upper Room relate to you today

Jewel for the Journey:
He pours light into our minds, arouses our desire and gives us strength. He gives us light, that we may see; rouses us, that we may will; strengthens us that we may bring about the good which we desire. From His richness our tears spring, through it our minds know compunction, our sins are confessed. As the soul is the life of the body, so the Holy Spirit is the life of our souls.— St. Peter Damian

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Shrine of Blessed Francis X. Seelos – New Orleans

Join Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox for a virtual journey to to the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, located in New Orleans. The shrine is housed at the St. Mary of Assumption Church, which is also where the remains of this Bavarian priest are buried in a sanctuary crypt. During this program you will also learn about:

  • Why St. Pope John Paul II beatified Fr. Seelos in April of 2000
  • The ministry of this German Redemptorist missionary throughout the Midwest, Pittsburg, Maryland and in New Orleans during the 1900s
  • The latest on his cause for canonization
  • Blessed Francis Xavier’s connection to those seeking a miracle of healing

Jewel for the Journey:

No one was ever lost because his sin was too great, but because his trust was too small!— Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

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Prayer  – Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.

Divine Physician, you infused Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos with the gift of your healing.  By the help of his prayers, sustain in me the grace to know your will and the strength to overcome my afflictions.  For love of you, make me whole.  May I learn from the example of Father Seelos and gain comfort from his patient endurance.  Amen.    (Here mention your special intention).

Cascia, Italy

Join Mary Jane Fox for a spiritual journey to the town of Cascia in the Umbrian region of Italy. Discover why so many of the faithful are drawn here as they make their pilgrimages from Rome to Assisi. During this program you will learn about the:

  • Basilica of Santa Rita da Cascia, the minor basilica where the incorrupt body of St. Rita is preserved
  • Eucharistic miracle from Siena that is preserved here
  • Life of St. Rita, a widow who became a nun
  • Lessons to be learned from St. Rita’s difficult life

Jewel for the Journey:

When you wonder about the mystery of yourself, look to Christ who gives you the meaning of life.  — St. Pope John Paul II

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Prayer to St. Rita of Cascia

Dear Rita, model wife and widow, you yourself suffered in a long illness showing patience out of love for God. Teach us to pray as you did. Many invoke you for help, full of confidence in your intercession. Deign to come now to our aid for the relief and cure of (name). To God all things are possible; may this healing give glory to the Lord. Amen. Holy Patroness of those in need, Saint Rita, you were humble, pure and patient. Your pleadings with your divine Spouse are irresistible, so please obtain for me from our risen Jesus the request I make of you: (mention your petition).  Saint Rita, you miraculously participated in the sorrowful passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Obtain for me now the grace to suffer with resignation the troubles of this life, and protect me in all my needs. Amen

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New Birth In the Fire of Pentecost

How can your life be changed by God’s gifts and spiritual presence?

Internationally-renowned biblical teacher, Fr. George Montague, SM, joins Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, as we dive into the Holy Spirit’s power!