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Questions Jesus Asked | Meet the Master

You are invited to spend some time and reflect on the Questions Jesus Asked, with Pilgrim Center of Hope

  • According to some Biblical scholars, there are well over 100 questions recorded in the New Testament that Jesus asked. We will reflect on three of these questions. They are:
    • What do you want me to do for you? Mark 10:46-52
    • Who do you say that I am? Matthew 16:13-16
    • What are you looking for? John 1: 35-39
  • Learn more about this month’s virtue, Hope, and hear how St. Monica’s persistent example of faith and hope lead her mother-in-law, husband, and son to Christianity. Her son, St. Augustine, went on to become a Doctor of the Church!

Presenter: Mary Jane Fox

To Participate: Tune in to our podcast of the same name, on the first Friday of every month. The audio will be here for you to listen along or you can subscribe to Meet the Master on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Amazon Music, or YouTube (audio only). Please leave a comment on the YouTube video or Facebook post that corresponds to this episode or you can send us an email at ministry@pilgrimcenterofhope.org.

Cost: Pilgrim Center of Hope is a non-profit evangelization ministry, sustained only by donations. While there is no required fee for our content, please consider donating a one-time gift or showing your support with a monthly donation. Every bit helps this mission of hope to continue. Thank you!

We especially would like to thank, the family of Valentin Campos III & Christina Campos, for sponsoring this episode of Meet the Master! Pilgrim Center of Hope is grateful for all our Missionary of Hope supporters who make possible everything we do.


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Lanciano, Italy – Eucharistic Miracle

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox as they spiritually travel to Lanciano, Italy. It is a few miles from the Adriatic coast, in the heart of the southeastern corner of the Italian region of Abruzzo. Lanciano is also a pilgrim destination, to see the Eucharistic Miracle that took place in the 8th century in a small church dedicated to St. Francis.

During our time together, our Hosts discuss the following:

  • What is a Eucharistic Miracle?
  • What does the church look like?
  • What if we are struggling to believe in the Real Presence as a Catholic?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Wherever the sacred Host is, there is the living God. There is your Savior as truly as when he lived and spoke in Judea and Galilee, and as truly as he is now in paradise.” – Blessed Charles de Foucauld


A Closer Look at the Church of St. Fancis:


 

Living Our Call

“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.”
– Santa Teresa of Avila

Searching in and out

A few months ago, I was listening to a mother of three kids, two of them with special needs sharing how difficult it has been losing her job, keeping piles of unpaid bills, and even worst, looking for a place where to find the next meal for her children. Usually, during difficult times people say: “everything is going to be ok.” Instead, I prefer to share the Psalms 31:25:

“Be strong and take heart, all who hope in the Lord.”

There are many reasons why someone might feel confused or sadden, especially during the past months when many might have felt “left behind”. However, people’s actions might change the course of events. I was amazed about how wonderfully generous hearts get out of their comfort zone to care for others in need by working extra hours giving up their rest, volunteering to either deliver food to the elderly unable to get their own groceries, standing for hours giving food to those who lose their job or calling to their neighbors just to check on them. The list goes on.

God among us

Some have decided not to harden their hearts and become Jesus’ witnesses with their actions by caring for others or strengthening their faith by holding tight to prayer.

“Encourage yourselves daily while it is still “today,” so that none of you grow hardened by the deceit of sin” – Hebrews 3:13

However, others are struggling with their faith. I am sure I am not the only one who has heard people say: “I want to see Jesus.” We need to be attentive and look around with a different lens so we can be able to see God’s hand in our midst or even more, listen to his voice. We need to BELIEVE that it is God who is calling us by name to go out and do his will. (1Samuel 3:7-8)
We need to realize that being a real follower and friend of Jesus means trusting, obeying, and surrendering our self-will to who love us the most, Jesus our Lord. If we want to journey this life with Jesus and be feed by his teachings, we need to get closer to him to know him more, and consequently love him more as well. Some are willing to lend a hand to teach His words and life as Pilgrim Center of Hope through conferences, pilgrimages, and various media productions. I encourage you to come and see and discover what Jesus has in store for you, as I did one day.

Living in love

Knowing Jesus is surrendering our intellect and heart to him by showing the world that he knows us better than we know ourselves and his plan in our life is better than we can imagine. He will guide us in every step and provide what is needed sometimes with unimaginable surprises as we remain in his love and follow his commands.

We should live a faithful life dressed up with Jesus’ love as we fulfill our everyday life, and one of God’s commands, love one another (John 15:17). God is calling us to bear fruit remaining in him, the vine.

It is necessary to shorten the distance between us and  Jesus. If we keep our mind and heart away from him, we could make the mistake of believing that someone or something else is able to meet our needs. However, we need to realize that as long as we remain in Jesus, he will work through us to continue building a community of which we are part of. We cannot prescind from our union with others if we want to fully live our faith. We cannot divert from Jesus who provides to us, the branches, everything to bear fruit. We are called to be instruments of God if we want to fulfill our purpose of knowing him, serve him, and love him. After all, God has written in our hearts the desired to see him and is always drawing us to him because only in him we will fully live the truth and happiness that we are always searching for. (CCC 27)


Veronica is a bilingual wife, mother, lay evangelist, and a member of Pilgrim Center of Hope’s Speaker Team.

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.

Viviendo nuestro llamado

 

“Nada te turbe,
nada te espante,
todo se pasa.
Dios no se muda,
la paciencia todo lo alcanza,
quien a Dios tiene nada le falta;
solo Dios basta”.
-Santa Teresa de Avila

Buscando dentro y fuera

Hace unos meses, escuchaba a una madre de tres niños, dos de ellos con necesidades especiales quien compartía lo difícil que ha sido para ella perder su trabajo, acumular facturas por pagar, y lo que es peor, buscar lugares donde encontrar la siguiente comida para sus hijos. Usualmente durante tiempos difíciles las personas dicen: “todo estará bien”. En su lugar, yo prefiero compartir el salmo 31:25, “Fortalezcan su corazón, sean valientes, todos los que esperan en el Señor”.

Hay muchas razones por las cuales alguien se puede sentir confundido o triste, especialmente durante los pasados meses cuando muchos se pudieron haber sentido “ignorados”. Sin embargo, las acciones de las personas pueden cambiar el curso de los eventos. Me sorprendí de que maravillosamente algunos corazones generosos salieron de su zona de comodidad y seguridad para ayudar a otros en necesidad trabajando horas extras renunciando a su descanso, trabajando como voluntarios entregando comida a las personas de la tercera edad incapaces de obtener su propia despensa, de pie durante horas dando comida a aquellos que perdieron su empleo o llamando a sus vecinos para checar como están…la lista es larga.

Dios entre nosotros

Algunos han decidido no endurecer sus corazones y convertirse en testigos de Jesús con sus acciones cuidando a los demás o fortaleciendo su fe a través de la oración. (“Mas bien anímense mutuamente cada día, mientras dura ese hoy; que ninguno de ustedes se deje arrastrar por el pecado y llegue a endurecerse” Hebreos 3:13). Sin embargo, otros caminan luchando en su fe. Estoy segura que no soy la única que ha escuchado a personas decir: “Quiero ver a Jesús”. Necesitamos estar atentos y mirar alrededor nuestro desde una perspectiva diferente para ser capaces de ver las manos de Dios entre nosotros o aún más, escuchar su voz …necesitamos CREER que es Dios quien nos está llamando por nuestro nombre para salir y hacer su voluntad. (1Samuel 3:7-8)

Necesitamos darnos cuenta que ser un verdadero seguidor y amigo de Jesús significa confiar, obedecer y entregar nuestra propia voluntad a quien nos amó más…Jesús nuestro Señor. Si queremos hacer el viaje en esta vida con Jesús y quedar impregnados por sus enseñanzas, necesitamos acercarnos más a él para conocerlo más y consecuentemente amarlo más. Algunos están deseosos de ofrecer una mano para ensenar su palabra y su vida como Pilgrim Center of Hope a través de conferencias, peregrinajes, conociendo a los santos y más. Los animo a “venir a ver” para descubrir lo que Jesús tiene para ustedes como yo lo hice un día.

Viviendo en amor

Jesús es todo acerca de amor incondicional y verdadero. Conocer a Jesús es entregarle nuestro intelecto y corazón mostrando al mundo que él nos conoce mejor que lo que nos conocemos a nosotros mismos y que su plan en nuestra vida es mejor de lo que nos podemos imaginar. Él nos guiará en cada paso y proveerá lo que se necesita algunas veces con sorpresas inimaginables mientras permanecemos en su amor y seguimos sus mandamientos.

Debemos vivir una vida de fe vestidos con el amor de Jesús mientras cumplimos con las obligaciones de nuestra vida diaria, y uno de los mandamientos de Dios, “ámense los unos a los otros” (Juan 15:17). Dios nos llama a dar frutos permaneciendo en él, la vid.

Es necesario acortar la distancia que nos aleja de Jesús. Si mantenemos nuestra mente y corazón alejados de él, podemos cometer el error de creer que alguien o algo más es capaz de satisfacer nuestras necesidades. Sin embargo, necesitamos entender que mientras que permanezcamos en Jesús, el trabajara a través de nosotros para continuar construyendo una comunidad de la que somos parte. No podemos prescindir de nuestra unión con los demás si queremos vivir plenamente nuestra fe, de la misma manera que no podemos prescindir de Jesús quien nos provee, las ramas, todo para dar fruto. Somos llamados a ser instrumento de Dios si queremos cumplir nuestro propósito de conocerlo, servirlo y amarlo. Después de todo, Dios ha plantado en nuestros corazones el deseo de verlo, y siempre nos está atrayendo hacia él porque solamente en el viviremos plenamente la verdad y felicidad que siempre estamos buscando. (CCC 27)


 

Verónica es esposa, madre, evangelista laica y miembro del Equipo de Oradores del Pilgrim Center of Hope.

Respondiendo al llamado de Cristo, Pilgrim Center of Hope guía a las personas al encuentro con Él para vivir en la esperanza, como peregrinos en la vida diaria. Vea lo que está sucediendo y permítanos viajar con usted! Visita PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

Finding Peace In Jesus | Journey with Jesus

Ascension – Holy Sites

This week’s virtual pilgrimage with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox takes us to the Holy Sites of the Ascension! Although the Scriptures do not indicate a specific location where Jesus ascended into Heaven, there are references we can use as a guide along our journey. In fact, the Mass of the Ascension of Our Lord can be celebrated anywhere on the Mount of Olives. Virtually walk with them through these holy sites, you will feel as if you are actually there!

During our time together, our Hosts discuss the following:

  • The environment of the Holy Sites.
  • Scripture References to the Ascension of our Lord.
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“The Rosary has always expressed this knowledge born of faith and invited the believer to pass beyond the darkness of the Passion in order to gaze upon Christ’s glory in the Resurrection and Ascension.” –  St. Pope John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 23


Prayer to  The Holy Spirit:

Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Charity within us. Oh Divine Spirit, increase in me, the virtue of charity that I may love as God loves. Come Holy Spirit, guide me each day to walk with Jesus, our Master. Amen


A Closer Look at the Holy Sites of the Ascension:


Where is Mount of Olives?

Meet the Master

Presence of Jesus Christ | Meet the Master

You are invited to spend some time and reflect on the Presence of Jesus Christ, with Pilgrim Center of Hope

  • Reflect on the gospel passage found in Luke 24:13-35, about two men who were walking from Jerusalem to their village called Emmaus.
  • Learn more about this month’s virtue, Fortitude, and how it relates to the Disciple’s journey to Emmaus.
  • Take in an example of fortitude from the life of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  • Hear an inspiring message of hope from St. Teresa of Avila.

Presenter: Mary Jane Fox

To Participate: Tune in to our podcast of the same name, on the first Friday of every month. The audio will be here for you to listen along or you can subscribe to Meet the Master on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Amazon Music, or YouTube (audio only). Please leave a comment on the YouTube video or Facebook post that corresponds to this episode or you can send us an email at ministry@pilgrimcenterofhope.org.

Cost: Pilgrim Center of Hope is a non-profit evangelization ministry, sustained only by donations. While there is no required fee for our content, please consider donating a one-time gift or showing your support with a monthly donation. Every bit helps this mission of hope to continue. Thank you!


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Finding Jesus’ Peace Today

What do you think of when you hear the word “peace”? A carefree day? A family without disagreements? The absence of war or political conflict?

Recently, I was both greatly challenged and encouraged when I discovered Jesus’ definition of “peace.”

Appearing to the disciples after his Resurrection, “he stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” (Luke 24:36) This was not simply a greeting.

Before Jesus’ death, he had instructed his disciples that his peace was not the common secular peace – Pax Romana; absence of war. He said:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)

In the Hebrew language, the word for peace is “shalom.” Shalom denotes wholeness or completeness. Jesus’ shalom is a mutual agreement between persons; not a lack, but a positive presence of serenity. Shalom is a blessing; it is God’s grace made manifest.

If we’re paying attention, we shouldn’t be surprised that Jesus’ peace doesn’t refer to a lack of concern or conflict. The Prince of Peace spent his days precisely with those who experienced difficult situations, and he himself entered into great suffering and death.

Fruit of the Spirit

As Jesus’ followers, then, how can we be truly and sincerely “at peace”, while division occurs all around us?

To pursue peace as Jesus did is not something we can do on our own. Scripture teaches that peace is a “fruit of the Spirit.” Peace is a fruit – or a sign, that God’s Spirit is present.

The key is this; God’s Spirit is a gift to be received. Jesus taught that our ability to have an exchange and shalom with God is contingent on our being reconciled with others.

“If you bring your gift to the altar,” Jesus taught, “and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)

The early Christian St. Cyprian summarized plainly;

“God does not accept the sacrifice of a sower of disunion, but commands that he depart from the altar so that he may first be reconciled with his brother. For God can be appeased only by prayers that make peace. To God, the better offering is peace, brotherly concord, and a people made one in the unity of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

In short: The key to peace is in our will, our heart, from our own choice; to bind and loose the bonds of forgiveness and unforgiveness of those who offend us.

“It is not in our power not to feel or to forget an offense; but the heart that offers itself to the Holy Spirit turns injury into compassion and purifies the memory in transforming the hurt” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2843).

Experience True Peace

When we are wounded or offended by others, it hurts! We may want to build up our walls and protect ourselves (fear), or perhaps heap injury on those who hurt us so that they will understand what we feel (trouble). Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled or afraid.” When we embrace or act on these thoughts or feelings, our will – our heart – is no longer united with God’s.

God wills good for everyone. “He causes the sun to shine on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45)

For us to experience peace, we must choose to will our offenders good and not evil. When we do, we are not excusing their behavior, but we are loosening the bonds of unforgiveness that tie us to the offense.

Then, we can be free to receive the gift of God’s Spirit living within us, and we can experience true peace; the peace of Jesus.

Find some practical advice in Archbishop Gustavo’s pastoral letter, Transformed by Hope: “We need to find a time and a place that allows us a moment of silence. There we can, so to speak, look at ourselves from the outside and review how we relate to our environment; acknowledge what feeds or causes our emotions, feelings and affections; reexamine our ideas, prejudices, perceptions, assumptions, reactions and relationships. Finally, we can encounter ourselves and God. In this way we will find peace and a deep joy, beyond that which comes and goes with different situations. The Holy Spirit will transform us into a new creation and others might discover in us instruments that God sends.”


Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life.

Angela Sealana is Media Coordinator for Pilgrim Center of Hope, having served at the apostolate since 2010. She also serves on the PCH Speaker Team.

Nazareth – Church of St. Joseph & St. Joseph the Worker

Come on a journey with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox, to Nazareth in the Holy Land! You will hear how Nazareth was at the time of Jesus and how it is today. Virtually walk with them through ancient Nazareth and visit the Church built over the home of Joseph.  Learn more about this man, Joseph who was the chaste spouse of Mary, the Mother of God, and the foster father of Jesus, the Son of God.

During this program, they will also discuss:

  • The history of the Church of St. Joseph.
  • The significance of this holy site.
  • Joseph’s obedience.
  • Much more!

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Spiritual Exercises for this Year of St. Joseph:

  • Read Pope Francis’ Patris Corde
  • Read John Paul II’s Guardian of the Redeemer
  • Display a Statue, Image, or Icon of St Joseph in your home with a perpetual candle burning by it. Place your intentions there at “his feet”. Entrusting him to watch over you and your intentions.
    • Include the names of your deceased loved ones and friends. He is the patron Saint of the Dying.
    • Joseph as a powerful intercessor before Jesus & Mary for the salvation of souls.
  • Pray to St. Joseph daily.
  • Make an Act of Consecration to St. Joseph.
  • Make an appointment with the Holy Family each week. Spend at least an ½ hour or preferably an hour in Adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist if possible; or at home. Include time with Mary and Joseph as well….asking their guidance to help you grow in holiness.

Jewel for the Journey:

“Devotion to St. Joseph is one of the choicest graces that God can give to a soul, for it is tantamount to revealing the entire treasury of our Lord’s graces. When God wishes to raise a soul to greater heights, he unites it to St. Joseph by giving it a strong love for the good saint.” – St. Peter Julian Eymard


Closing Prayer to St. Joseph (The Memorare):

Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession were left unassisted. Full of confidence in your power I fly unto you and beg your protection. Despise not O Guardian of the Redeemer my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen.


A Closer Look at the Church of S. Joseph:


Where is the Church of St. Joseph?