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All About Halloween

Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, talks with Carmen Frankel about the origins of Halloween and how to celebrate while avoiding demonic dangers.

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

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.

Death & Divine Mercy

What happens when I die?

It’s a common question, often frightening or mysterious to think about.

Angela Santana hosted Fr. Moses of Jesus Pillari, formerly of the Mission of Divine Mercy religious community based in New Braunfels, for a candid discussion on ‘the last things,’ God’s mercy, and the visions a certain saint received of heaven, hell, and purgatory.

We pray it will give you faith, courage, and renewed hope.

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

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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.

Cana of Galilee – Holy Land

Join us as we take a spiritual pilgrimage to Cana in the Galilee region of the Holy Land. We will visit the Wedding Church built over the site of the famous Wedding Feast attended by Jesus, his Mother, and his apostles; where the changing of water into wine took place.

During this program, also discover:

  • the significance of the Wedding at Cana
  • what it’s like to travel as a pilgrim to Cana
  • spiritual insights for our daily lives from Jesus’ first miracle

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

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

 

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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