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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

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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Mary’s House – Ephesus, Turkey

Travel with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the home of the Blessed Virgin Mary located in Ephesus, Turkey. Find out how the remains of the house were discovered towards the end of the 19th century and why over 1 million people visit every year. It is believed that St. John the Disciple brought Mary here after leaving Jerusalem to avoid persecution.

Learn from St. John the Evangelist, Blessed Catherine Anne Emmerich, and the last several popes about the importance of spending more time with Mary.

Jewel for the Journey:
Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence. – St. Francis de Sales

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Mary’s House in Ephesus

Statue of Mary by her home in Ephesus

Ancient ruins at Ephesus

Main episode image credit: Winstonza / CC BY-SA

Via Crucis – Jerusalem

Join Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they retrace the Via Crucis – the Way of the Cross – in the Old City of Jerusalem in the Holy Land. For over 1,000 years, the Christian faithful have traced the path that tradition says Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion.

During this program we will take you to the former Antonia Fortress, commemorate each of the 14 Stations of the Cross which concludes at Calvary in the Church of the Holy Seplchre. Our discussion will also:

  • Draw attention to the suffering & death of Jesus
  • Talk about when the Stations became a familiar feature in every Catholic church
  • Mention how the Via Crucis serves as a substitute pilgrimage
  • How the Way of the Cross relates to the life of every person

Jewel for the Journey:
The Way of the Cross alone defeats sin, evil and death, for it leads to the radiant light of Christ’s resurrection and opens the horizons of a new and fuller life. It is the way of hope, the way of the future. Those who take up this way with generosity and faith give hope and a future to humanity.
– Pope Francis

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Dormition Abbey – Jerusalem

Come along with Mary Jane Fox & Robert Rodriguez to one of Jerusalem’s most recognizable holy sites. During this episode of Journeys of Hope we will travel to Dormition Abbey, located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, just outside of the Old City walls.

The Dormition church & monastery occupy the site traditionally believed to be where the Virgin Mary fell into a deep sleep and was assumed into heaven. Aside from describing this shrine to Blessed Mother, which contains a reclining sculpture of Mary and several sacred art mosaics, we will also discuss the Assumption of Our Lady, which is celebrated on August 15.

Jewel for the Journey:
By contemplating Mary in heavenly glory, we understand that the earth is not the definitive homeland for us either, and that if we live with our gaze fixed on eternal good we will one day share in this same glory and the earth will become more beautiful.  — Pope Benedict XVI

 

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Milk Grotto – Bethlehem

This week Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox will take a virtual pilgrimage to Milk Grotto, not far from the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square in Bethlehem. Officially called Magharet Sitti Mariam or the Grotto of the Lady Mary, tradition holds that the Holy Family took refuge in this grotto (hollowed out of limestone) on their way to Egypt as they were fleeing the Slaughter of the Innocents.

It is believed that while nursing the infant Jesus a few drops of Mary’s milk fell upon the yellowish-brown stone and turned it to white. During this program you will learn more about this sacred destination and why it is frequented by new mothers and women who are trying to conceive.

Jewel for the Journey:
Christmas isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful event; Christmas is more…Christmas is an encounter!  — Pope Francis

Link to Guardian of the Redeemer – St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation on St. Joseph:
http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_15081989_redemptoris-custos.html

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Cana at Galilee – Holy Land

Join Deacon Tom Fox & Robert Rodriguez as they travel to Kafr Cana in the Galilee-region of the Holy Land. This is the site confirmed by the Vatican as Cana of Galilee where the Wedding Feast and changing of water into wine took place.

During this program you will also discover:

  • what one will encounter when visiting the site on pilgrimage
  • the significance of the Wedding at Cana in the public ministry of Jesus
  • the symbolism connected to Christ’s first miracle
  • insights from the Church, Saints, and Popes

Jewel for the Journey:
Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.  — St. Pope John Paul II

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The Visitation – Ein Karem, Jerusalem

Come on a journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox  to the hill country of Judea, near the ancient city of Jerusalem where the Virgin Mary travelled to visit and care for her cousin Elizabeth. During this program you will also learn about:

  • The Visitation as described in the Gospel of Luke
  • All the details related to Mary’s great act of charity
  • The Basilica of the Visitation, built over this holy site

Jewel for the Journey:
Let us live as the Blessed Virgin lived: loving God only, desiring God only, trying to please God only in all that we do.  – St. John Vianney

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Nazareth – Hometown of Jesus

Come along with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they take a look at what was a small town in the region of Galilee in ancient Palestine. This journey is focused on Nazareth, the home of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. During this episode hear about:

  • What Nazareth was like at the time of Jesus
  • The site of the Annunciation
  • How the words of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary can still influence our lives today

Jewel for the Journey 
The hope of humanity was realized in the “yes” of the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of Hope. – Deacon Tom Fox

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Basilica of the Nativity – Bethlehem

Travel with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the most sacred spot in the world, the site where Jesus was born. Meditate on this holy place as you pass through bronze gates to the spot, marked by a silver star, where the Savior was born. Also experience the Chapel of the Manger & the Altar of the Three Kings.

Jewel For The Journey
We desire to be able to welcome Jesus at Christmas time, not in a cold manger of our heart, but in a heart full of love and humility, in a heart so pure, so immaculate, so warm with love for one another. – St. Mother Teresa