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Mission San Juan Capistrano – San Antonio, TX

Join Robert Rodriguez and Angela Sealana for a virtual tour of the smallest of the five Spanish Missions established in San Antonio in the 18th century. Discover what life was like among the Franciscan friars and native inhabitants here at the height of the missionary efforts to bring Christianity and the ways of Spanish society to the newly acquired territory.

During this program you will also learn about:

  • the history & architecture of San Juan
  • the impressive agricultural activity that took place here
  • how priests from several religious orders contributed to this mission’s spiritual life
  • the life of St. John (San Juan) of Capistrano

Jewel for the Journey:
Those who are called to the table of the Lord must glow with the brightness that comes from the good example of a praiseworthy and blameless life. They must completely remove from their lives the filth and uncleanness of vice. Their upright lives must make them like the salt of the earth for themselves and for the rest of mankind. The brightness of their wisdom must make them like the light of the world that brings light to others. They must learn from their eminent teacher, Jesus Christ, what he declared not only to his apostles and disciples, but also to all the priests and clerics who were to succeed them, when he said, “You are the salt of the earth. But what is salt goes flat? How can you restore its flavor? Then it is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Jesus also said: “You are the light of the world.” Now a light does not illumine itself, but instead it diffuses its rays and shines all around upon everything that comes into its view. So it must be with the glowing lives of upright and holy clerics. By the brightness of their holiness they must bring light and serenity to all who gaze upon them. They have been placed here to care for others. Their own lives should be an example to others, showing how they must live in the house of the Lord.

– from the treatiseMirror of the Clergy by Saint John of Capistrano

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Mission San Francisco de la Espada – San Antonio, TX

Take an informative and inspiring journey with Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez to the last – or southern-most – Spanish mission in the San Antonio chain built along the upper San Antonio River. During this episode you will learn about:

  • French priest Francis Bouchu and his essential role in saving Mission Espada
  • the significance of the Espada facade & how this symbol is being used today
  • Espada dam & aqueduct
  • the must see spiritual treasures to be found

Jewel for the Journey:
We must never forget that we are pilgrims journeying alongside one another.  – St. Pope John Paul II

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Mission San Antonio de Valero – San Antonio, TX

Did you know that the Alamo was once an active Catholic Mission?

Join Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez for this revealing and spiritual look at the Shrine of Texas Liberty, previously known as Mission San Antonio de Valero. During this virtual spiritual journey, find out about:

  • the history of what was the first of five Catholic missions established by the Franciscan Order in San Antonio
  • the connection between the Spanish Missions and today’s Archdiocese of San Antonio
  • the Franciscan Order and their spirituality
  • How to apply Franciscan spirituality & the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi to your faith life

Jewel for the Journey
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?
– Romans 10:13-15

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(photo courtesy of Texas A&M University)

San Jose – Queen of the Missions

Journey with Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez to Mission San Jose, perhaps the finest example of a Spanish Mission-complex in all of North America. During this program you will discover:

  • What led to the development of this marvel of architectural beauty – a place of sanctuary & social and cultural community
  • Lots of new details about the church at its center along with the story of the Franciscan friar who envisioned this sacred place
  • The significance of the Mission’s patron – St. Joseph

Jewel for the Journey:
Nothing is wasted. No man is worthless to God. – St. Josemaria Escriva

Mission Concepcion – San Antonio, TX

Did you know that San Antonio is home to the oldest unrestored church in the United States?

Join Angela Sealana and Robert Rodriguez as they take you on a local pilgrim journey to Mission Concepcion, one of five that make up the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.

Established in 1731, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been an active parish longer than any other church in the United States. Learn about the architecture, sacred art, and what are called the Illuminations of the mission’s famous painting of the Immaculate Conception.

Jewel for the Journey
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. – prayer given to St. Catherine Laboure

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