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Peter Gallicantu Part I

Join Mary Jane Fox for part 1 of a 2 part virtual pilgrimage to St. Peter in Gallicantu located in Jeruselum, Isreal! This Holy Site has a Church built over the ruins of the House of Caiaphas, the courtyard where Peter denied Jesus three times, the Sacred Pit where Jesus spent “Holy Thursday” night before he was taken to Pontius Pilate the next morning (Good Friday).

There is so much history in this area, we had to make this a two-part series!

WHERE to TUNE IN:

Live –Wed., March 10 @ 8:00 PM
Guadalupe Radio Network (South/Central Texas Stations)…
Listen to the archived audio recording on our website, ASAP!
Visit PilgrimCenterofHope.org for more information.


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:
Saint Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care. May he always guard, protect, and enlighten families.   St. Pope John Paul II

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

Bethlehem – Basilica of Nativity

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox for a virtual pilgrimage 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. During this program, Deacon Tom and Mary Jane will also guide us through:

  • The Door of Humility.
  • The Chapel of the Manger.
  • The Altar of the Three Kings.
  • Much More!

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

Shepherd’s Field – Bethlehem

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox for a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, specifically to an open area outside of Bethlehem referred to Shepherd’s Field. This open area was where the Angel appeared to the Shepherds that Holy Night when Christ was born! During this program, with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane as our guides, we will:

  • Make note of some very interesting historical facts.
  • Discover the Chapel built in honor of the Shepherds.
  • Learn more about the shepherds at the time of Jesus.
  • Much more!

Jewel for the Journey

“The closer we are to the Good Shepherd, the safer we are from those who want to destroy our faith.” – A friend of Pilgrim Center of Hope.

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Church of Transfiguration – Mt Tabor

Join Mary Jane Fox for a virtual pilgrimage to the summit of Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus (celebrated on August 6). During this program you will learn more about:

  • What occurred on Mt. Tabor
  • Why our Lord choose this mountain to be Transfigured
  • The Church of the Transfiguration
  • A young man on pilgrimage from Cana experiences a miracle

Jewel for the Journey:

From a woman, who is a Palestinian Catholic living in the Galilee Region – her name is Rabab:   

Being here enables us to understand that we need to detach ourselves from material things, to look to heaven, as earthly things often separate us from Jesus. It is no coincidence that Jesus choose this mountain for His Transfiguration. 

Church of Transfiguration – Mt Tabor

Join Mary Jane Fox for a virtual pilgrimage to the summit of Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus (celebrated on August 6). During this program you will learn more about:

  • What occurred on Mt. Tabor
  • Why our Lord choose this mountain to be Transfigured
  • The Church of the Transfiguration
  • A young man on pilgrimage from Cana experiences a miracle

Jewel for the Journey:

From a woman, who is a Palestinian Catholic living in the Galilee Region – her name is Rabab:   

Being here enables us to understand that we need to detach ourselves from material things, to look to heaven, as earthly things often separate us from Jesus. It is no coincidence that Jesus choose this mountain for His Transfiguration. 

WHERE to TUNE IN:

Live – Wed., November 25 @ 8:00 PM

  • Guadalupe Radio Network (South/Central Texas Stations)

… Listen to the archived audio recording on our website, ASAP!

Visit PilgrimCenterofHope.org for more information.

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

Listening… In A Noisy World!

Have you ever said to yourself, If only I can get away for some quiet time! or, Is anyone listening?

I certainly have! These questions usually arise in our thoughts when we want some peace, some quiet time after experiencing a full schedule, or a trial, or simply being busy!

Once when I was in the Holy Land on pilgrimage, among the many wonderful and amazing experiences, one was spending time in the Garden of Gethsemane—where Jesus spent a lot of time with his disciples when he visited Jerusalem, and where he prayed his hour of agony the night he was arrested; resulting in his Passion.

Today, a large basilica is built next to ancient olive trees that date to the time of Jesus. They are often called the Silent witnesses of Christ’s Agony. Upon entering the Basilica of the Agony, one sees a large area of rock in front of the main altar. This is where Christ prayed his hour of agony, where he sweat blood, and prayed for the will of his Heavenly Father. Imagine sitting in this church commemorating this whole experience—with its mosaics depicting the scenes of the Bible related to his agony and arrest. The light streaming through the alabaster glass windows sheds a somber light in the church, inviting the visitor to ponder what happened here 2,000 years ago.


As I sat, I realized how much I longed for some quiet time with God. To speak with him, and at the same time was hoping for an inspiration from him. The noises of traffic, guides shouting, tourists and pilgrims moving about, and cameras clicking, seemed so distracting at such a holy site.

Yes, it was challenging to attempt to remain silent… You know what helped me?

What helped me were the sacred art, along with my act of touching the very stone where Jesus sweat blood! The large stone area is surrounded by a short, iron crown of thorns. I knelt and bent over the iron crown to kiss the stone, placing both of my hands on the cool, rough rock. I thought, This is where YOU, Lord, prayed for the Father’s will! This is where YOU sweat blood! Help me to listen! While I heard many people around me, the chattering of visitors, traffic noise… that moment seemed to be an eternal moment for me. There seemed to be inner peace. Later, I took some time to sit and simply see the sacred art; the mosaics of Jesus praying, being arrested, even the altar’s shape is that of a chalice.

Leaving this holy place, I thought of sharing this, hoping that others can also be encouraged to seek some quiet time with the Lord. It is possible!

How?

  • Sacred images or art can help us ponder the mysteries of our faith. For example: A stained glass window of a biblical scene can easily help us begin meditating on that Bible passage.
  • Holding or touching a crucifix or a statute can also be helpful. Think about the story in the Gospel of Luke 8 of the woman with the hemorrhage who simply touched the cloak of Jesus and was healed! Jesus tells her it was her faith that healed her!
  • Begin with a desire for some quiet time with the Lord. Ask for a deepened faith. And be consistent. Go to him… in faith and in silence!

Pilgrim Center of Hope is here to help guide you to encounter Christ, so as to live in hope as a pilgrim in daily life. For some quiet moments, we invite you to come visit our 7 acres in the middle of northwest San Antonio. Or, visit our website for more spiritual tools.

Mary Jane Fox, D.H.S. is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Pilgrim Center of Hope with her husband, Deacon Tom Fox. The two left their careers after a profound conversion experience and began working full-time in ministry at their parish in 1986. After several years and having impacted tens of thousands of families, the Foxes founded Pilgrim Center of Hope in 1993 as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. Mary Jane is an invested member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Dame of the Holy Sepulchre.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

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