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What Are You Looking For?

Whether we realize it or not, that is a question that stirs in the heart of every one of us. The dilemma is that many people don’t know what they are looking for or how to bring meaning to their life.

Join Mary Jane Fox for steps to direct your search, which involve growing spiritually and in relationship to Jesus.

Message of Hope
When we draw near to Jesus, we too see once more the light which enables us to look to the future with confidence. We find anew the strength and the courage to set out on the way. – Pope Francis, Liturgy at St. Peter’s, 3-5-16

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Securing Our Future

Why are so many young Catholics leaving the Faith? Who are the injured, the drifters, and the dissenters?

Join Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI for a thought-provoking discussion on how to best minister to our youth and young adults in today’s society. This topic is of upmost importance  for the Church, both locally and around the world, namely the vital task we all have of helping to secure the future of the Church by making sure we are ministering to and meeting the needs of the next generation.

Special guest will be Daniel Oubre, the Associate Director of the Office for Parish Life in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Church leaders have recognized the importance of listening to and meeting the needs of young adults as they grow up in this totally secular culture. Pope Francis has called upon the leaders of those immersed in youth ministry to initiate a true and honest dialogue to bring Christ into the lives of our youth.

Fr. Ed and Mr. Oubre will share some recent data from the Pew Research Center that shows that the number of young Americans who are no longer religiously affiliated has increased dramatically in recent years. Seventy-four-percent of the sample population of this study said they left the faith between the ages of 10 and 20. It seems from the study that this disaffiliation from the Church is largely a thoughtful, conscious, intentional choice made by young people in a secularized society where faith and religious practice are seen as one option among many.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Catholics

Trying to live our Catholic faith on a daily basis is a challenge in the best of circumstances: to be truly holy, unselfish, loving and forgiving… everything that our culture is not. So, how do we succeed?

Join Father Ed Hauf, OMI, and special guest Dan Duet, lay evangelist and music minister – who will share from experience traveling around the country about the habits of highly effective Catholics. Don’t miss this very practical episode!

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

Why Be Catholic?

GK Chesterton famously said, “The difficulty of explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” Mary Jane and Deacon Tom Fox talk about some of the best reasons for calling the Catholic Church home.

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Prayer for the Intercession of Saint André

Lord, you have chosen Brother André to spread devotion to Saint Joseph, and to dedicate himself to all those who are poor and afflicted.

Grant through his intercession the favor that we now request (state your intention).

Grant us the grace to imitate his piety and charity, so that, with him, we may share the reward promised to all who care for their neighbors out of love for you. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Having Virtuous Friendships & Relationships

As we countdown to a previous Catholic Women’s Conference, Mary Jane Fox and Jessica Rendon connected with Sarah Swafford, one of the guest speakers.

Listen as they discuss virtuous relationships – both friendship & romantic – in today’s world.

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

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Read the Letter to Women by Pope John Paul II.
Read Mulieris Dignitatem: Apostolic Letter on the Dignity & Vocation of Women by Pope John Paul II.

The Prosperity Gospel and Christian Unity

Are you a victim of popular “Prosperity Gospel” teachings? Does God really bless us financially if we’re obedient? What does our Catholic faith teach about this?

Leticia Adams joins Greg Camacho to talk about the Prosperity Gospel: how it distracts us from knowing Christ and subverts the life that Christ desires for His people.

Leticia Adams is a Catholic woman, wife and mother living in Round Rock, Texas, a self-described “hot mess convert” with a wonderfully unique voice in Catholic media.

Finding God’s Will For You by St. Francis de Sales

If your life seems to make no sense, or if you don’t know which path to take, St. Francis de Sales will console and inform you. In this warm little book, he explains to you what God’s will is and how He reveals it yes, even to you, and even in the seemingly random events of your life.

No matter what you’re going through now (or may have gone through), you’ll see why you should love and trust in God’s will and long for its fulfillment. Best of all, you’ll learn a sure method for discovering God’s will in any situation today!

As you begin to discern God’s loving hand even in seemingly chaotic events, St. Francis de Sales will lead your mind and your heart to the still waters of God’s gentle consolation.

From St. Francis de Sales you’ll learn:

  • Four signs that your heart conforms to God’s will does yours
  • How to accept God’s will even when it seems terrifying and painful
  • Sacred inspirations: not just for the prophets. The many ways God may be knocking on your door — now!
  • Changing your life’s direction: how to spot and avoid all-too-common dangers
  • The simple rule of charity: how it can help you make vital decisions
  • Are you as mature in the virtues as God wills you to be?
  • How to distinguish zeal for God’s will from selfish arrogance
  • Three ways you can recognize a thought or sentiment that comes from God
  • The key ingredient that makes all your actions pleasing to God: can you name it?
  • Making decisions: practical advice to help you distinguish between times when you should move slowly and carefully, and when you should act quickly, without undue time for deliberation

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Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis

Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) by Pope Francis

We at Pilgrim Center of Hope highly encourage every Christian to read this document!

Pope Francis encourages every Christian to rediscover the joy of a personal encounter with Jesus and then to engage with renewed vigor in the mission of spreading that joy of the Gospel and becoming spirit-filled evangelizers.

“I have chosen to present some guidelines which can encourage and guide the whole Church in a new phase of evangelization, one marked by enthusiasm and vitality… I have decided, among other themes, to discuss at length the following questions:

· the reform of the Church in her missionary outreach;
· the temptations faced by pastoral workers;
· the Church, understood as the entire People of God which evangelizes;
· the homily and its preparation;
· the inclusion of the poor in society;
· peace and dialogue within society;
· the spiritual motivations for mission.”

(Evangelii Gaudium 17)

The Holy Father puts his vast pastoral experience and the outcome of the Synod on the New Evangelization in 2012 at the service of the whole Church and encourages every member of the Church to act on this renewed priority for the Church: “I want to emphasize that what I am trying to express here has a programmatic significance and important consequences. I hope that all communities will devote the necessary effort to advancing along the path of a pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are.” (EG 25)

Purchase this book at your local Catholic bookstore or online. Don’t forget – if you shop on Amazon, make sure to start at Smile.Amazon.com and request that Pilgrim Center of Hope receive a portion of your purchase at no cost to you. Thank you for your much-needed support of this ministry.

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