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The Church of the Holy Sepulcher – The Empty Tomb

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox for a spiritual pilgrimage to the holiest site for all Christians, the Tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. This has been identified as an area of abandoned stone quarries just outside the city walls of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. During this program, Deacon Tom and Mary Jane will discuss:

  • Who built the church?
  • How do we know this is an authentic site?
  • What is it like inside the tomb?
  • Much, much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

Jesus on the Cross feels the whole weight of the evil, and with the force of God’s love he conquers it, he defeats it with his resurrection. – Pope Francis


A Closer Look at Holy Sepulcher Church and The Empty Tomb:


Where is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre?

Via Dolorosa

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox for a spiritual pilgrimage to Jerusalem where the Via Dolorosa is located 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, Deacon Tom and Mary Jane will:

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

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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. – Pope Francis


A Closer Look at the Via Dolorosa Pilgrimage Experience:


Where is Via Dolorosa?

Pilgrimage to The Seven Churches

Come on a journey with our Media Production Assistant, Jason Nunez, as we visit seven churches! The Seven Churches Visitation is a tradition that grew out of this time of prayer and adoration. At the conclusion of the Mass of the Last Supper (Holy Thursday), we remember when Jesus asked his disciples to stay and watch with Him while they were in the garden. This powerful journey we make with Jesus, in visiting 7 churches is a spiritual act of mindful watching is a sort of pilgrimage to various altars of repose, in different churches that correspond to each of the seven places, or stations, that were made by Jesus between the Last Supper in the Upper Room to His crucifixion on the cross. Plus, Jason shares a beautiful moment his family experienced while visiting the 7 churches back in 2015.


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 Jewel for the Journey: 

God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. -St. Maximillian Kolbe


A Closer Look at Altar of Repose Away from the Sanctuary:

 

ENCORE: Gethsemane & The Agony in the Garden

Travel along with Mary Jane Fox & Ed Batis to the foot of the Mount of Olives and discover the Garden of Gethsemane. Such a place still exists, the place where Jesus, Son of God spent time.

This program will address these four points:

  • The significance of the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Why was this a place of rest for Jesus and His Apostles?
  • What does it mean to watch and pray?
  • How can we draw strength from our Lord’s suffering?

Jewel for the Journey:
The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly to do it because it is his will. – Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton


WHERE to TUNE IN:

Live – Wed., March 24 @ 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.


A Closer Look at Gethsemane:


Where is Gethsemane?

Where is

Peter Gallicantu Part II

As we continue to through Lent, join us for the conclusion of our 2 part virtual pilgrimage to St. Peter in Gallicantu located in Jeruselum, Isreal. Last week Mary Jane Fox guided us through this Holy Site as she described the location, terrain, and its surroundings. This week, Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox give us a better understanding of Jesus’ surroundings on the evening of  “Holy Thursday.”

In part 2, we take a deeper dive into the following questions:

  • Who would have been kept in the underground prison?
  • How far is it from the Via Dolorosa?
  • What is the significance of the Psalm read in the Sacred Pit?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

Deepen your knowledge of Jesus which ends loneliness, overcomes sadness and uncertainty, gives real meaning to life, curbs passions, exalts ideals, expands energies in charity, brings light into decisive choices. Let Christ be for you the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Saint Pope John Paul II



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!

In part 1, Mary Jane provides insight to the following questions:

  • Where is it located in reference to the rest of Jerusalem?
  • What is the terrain like?
  • What buildings or structures are there?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey

We cannot be Christians part-time. If Christ is at the center of our lives, he is present in all that we do. – Pope Francis


Mount of Beatitudes

This week’s virtual pilgrimage with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox takes us to the Mount of Beatitudes!  During our time together, our Hosts discuss the following:

  • What does the inside of this beautiful church look like?
  • What is symbolic about the area surrounding the church?
  • What did Pope Francis mean when he said called the Beatitudes, the Christian ID Card?
  • Much more!

Jewel for the Journey

“The Sermon on the Mount is addressed to the entire world, the entire present and future and yet it demands discipleship and can be understood and lived out only by following Jesus and accompanying him on his journey.” – Excerpt from  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI book,  Jesus of Nazareth

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River Jordan – The Site of Jesus’ Baptism

Come on a virtual pilgrimage with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox to the River Jordan!  We have chosen this destination because it is the site where Jesus, the Son of God was baptized by John as we read in the Gospels of Matthew (3:13-17), Mark (1:9-11), and Luke (3:21-22).   

During this Journey of Hope, you will discover the following: 

  • The significance of this River which has the lowest elevation of any river in the world and where it flows.  
  • Why is this River so important and visited by people from all over the world? 
  • What insights from this place will help us in our daily lives?   
  • Plus we will incorporate the virtue of Hope and how this virtue can lead us to live without fear. 

Jewel for the Journey

There is no place for selfishness and no place for fear! Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands. Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice. – St. John Paul II

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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:
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