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The Road to Emmaus

It’s time to stamp your spiritual passport once again! Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox invite you to join them on an audio journey to Emmaus, located just 7 miles from Jerusalem! It is where, after the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to two disciples, one of whom was named Cleopas. Over the remains of the two disciples’ home in this village, a Catholic Church was built.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • The Church in Emmaus, hear the story from the Gospel of Luke (24:13-35) of what happened here.
  • Describe what this Church looks like today.
  • What happens here on the Monday after Easter Sunday?
  • Discuss how we can invite the Risen Lord to be a part of our daily walk.

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Veronica Leal in honor of Deacon Dan McShane, who made this podcast episode possible.

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Remember that you are never alone, Christ is with you on your journey every day of your lives! He has called you and chosen you to live in the freedom of the children of God. Turn to Him in prayer and in love. Ask Him to grant you the courage and strength to live in this freedom always. Walk with Him who is ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life.’” – St. Pope John Paul II

A Closer Look at The Church of Emmaus:

Get More Out of Your Journey with This Suggested Reading:

“Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.  And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” (Luke 24: 13-35)

Where is The Road to Emmaus Located?

City of Mosaics: Madaba, Jordan & St. George Church

Join Angela Sealana as she embarks on this week’s spiritual pilgrimage to the Madaba, Jordan, also known as the City of Mosaics. This ancient town and sacred pilgrimage destination has a long history that is mentioned in the Bible, specifically in the books of Numbers (21:30) and Joshua (13:9). We will visit a large mosaic floor in what is now the Orthodox Church of St. George, in Madaba. This is the oldest known & best-preserved map of the Holy Land.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • The ancient map of the Holy Land looks like, its fascinating history, and how it gives us a glimpse into the past
  • The brilliantly colorful artwork of St. George Church, and what it’s like to visit there
  • The City of Mosaics; Madaba, Jordan, and personal experiences as a pilgrim in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • How this all connects to our daily lives, particularly what we can learn from mosaics.

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Veronica Leal in honor of Deacon Dan McShane, who made this podcast episode possible.

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Jewel for the Journey:

Our differences, then, are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness. As when an artist is about to make a mosaic: it is better to have tiles of many colors available, rather than just a few! – Pope Francis (Urbi et Orbi, 12/2018)

A Closer Look at Madaba, Jordan & St. George Church:


Get More Out of Your Journey with These Suggested Readings:

“They had everything in common. ‘Everything the true Christian has is to be regarded as a good possessed in common with everyone else. All Christians should be ready and eager to come to the help of the needy . . . and of their neighbors in want.’ A Christian is a steward of the Lord’s goods.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 952)

“Christian intercession participates in Christ’s, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others, even to the point of praying for those who do him harm.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2635)

Where is The Church of St. George in Madaba Located?

The Shroud of Turin, A NEW JOURNEY

Join Mary Jane Fox and Nan Balfour, as they guide us on a different kind of journey. They are giving you a behind-the-scenes story of how Pilgrim Center of Hope has come to work on our biggest project yet! In fact, it has been over ten years in the making, a new journey with the Shroud of Turin, an ancient burial cloth that mysteriously has eluded scientists and experts for hundreds of years. In a groundbreaking, new streaming media series from Pilgrim Center of Hope; Who is the Man of the Shroud? will explore the facts from science, art, history, and more.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Who is the Man of the Shroud? Exhibit
  • How is Pilgrim Center of Hope involved?
  • Tips on how we can evangelize

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We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Veronica Leal in honor of Deacon Dan McShane, who made this podcast episode possible.

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Jewel for the Journey:

The Holy Shroud of Turin represents an extraordinary witness of the Paschal Event: the Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a silent yet shockingly telling witness! To the believer the importance of the Shroud lies in the fact that it provides a mirror to the Gospels… The Shroud is indeed an extraordinary sign that refers us back to Jesus, the true Word of the Father. It bids us follow the example of the One, Who gave Himself up for us. – St. Pope John Paul II on the Shroud of Turin

Related Media

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Upcoming Who is the Man of the Shroud? Media Series


Where is The Shroud of Turin Located?

The Lord Wept: Dominus Flevit Chapel – Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

Take your Lenten journey to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem! Come along with Angela Sealana as she spiritually travels to a holy site many people have not heard of before; a chapel called Dominus Flevit, a Latin name meaning, “The Lord Wept.” Dominus Flevit is located halfway along the western slope of the Mount of Olives.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Why Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem
  • Archeological & architectural history of this tear-shaped chapel
  • Encouragement for us from this holy site

Visit Dominus Flevit’s official website here for more information.

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Patricia Brown, who made this podcast episode possible.

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Jewel for the Journey:

Are we content with ourselves? Because we have organized everything and do not need new visits from the Lord? – Pope Francis

A Closer Look at San Salvador Cathedral:

Get More Out of Your Journey with These Suggested Readings:

As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19:41-44)


At that time some Pharisees came to him and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.’ “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned. (But) I tell you, you will not see me until (the time comes when) you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” (Luke 13:31-35)


Anyone listening to these words might say that their meaning is obvious; they were fulfilled in what happened to Jerusalem: The Roman army laid siege to it and sacked it to the point of destruction until the time came that stone did not remain upon stone. I do not deny that Jerusalem was destroyed because of the sins of its inhabitants, but I ask myself if these tears are not also for our Jerusalem. We, in fact, are the Jerusalem that Jesus was mourning, we who think we have the highest knowledge of the Mysteries. (Origen, Homily 38,3)

Where is Dominus Flevit Located?

Judean Desert & Journey thru Lent

With Ash Wednesday, we begin the Lenten season. Come along with Mary Jane Fox through the Judean Desert, and learn about what it’s actually like to walk in the same place where Jesus experienced his temptation.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Why did Jesus go to the desert? How far would he have had to walk to get to there? How far was it to the nearest town?
  • What might have Jesus experienced during his time in the Judean Desert? (Climate, storms, isolation, hunger, etc.)
  • How we apply what we’ve learned on this audio pilgrimage to enter into a desert experience during this Season of Lent?

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Jewel for the Journey

The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross. – St. Anthony of the Desert

A Closer Look at St. Peter’s Basilica:


Where is the Judean Desert Located?

Journey to the Sea of Galilee

This week’s spiritual pilgrimage takes us to the Sea of Galilee! Come along with Mary Jane Fox and her guest, licensed guide Samir Smier, as they dive into the richness of this sacred pilgrim destination.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Why is it called the Sea when it looks like a large lake?
  • What can pilgrims experience here?
  • Why was Galilee so important to Jesus?
  • Much More!

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Kathleen O’Shea, who made this podcast episode possible.

Pilgrim Center of Hope offers authentic pilgrimages under its nonprofit work to bring people into a personal encounter with Christ. All are welcome! Hear what pilgrims and Samir, a licensed Catholic guide in the Holy Land have to say about the PCH Pilgrim experience.

If your parish church or group would like us to organize a pilgrimage for you, please contact us at 210-521-3377 or send us an email at ministry@pilgrimcenterofhope.org

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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. – St. Charles DeFoucauld

A Closer Look at the Sea of Galilee:

Where is the Sea of Galilee?

A Journey to the River Jordan – With Jesus and John the Baptist

Come on a journey with Mary Jane Fox to the sacred site of the Baptism of Jesus, the River Jordan! Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM, Co-Founder & Spiritual Director of Terra Sancta Ministries joins Mary Jane Fox on this week’s spiritual pilgrimage. Listen in, as they discuss the area marked at the River Jordan where John the Baptist was baptizing people in preparation for the coming of the Messiah.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist
  • What is the connection between John the Baptist & Jesus?
  • Why is Baptism so important?
  • Much More!

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsors, Francisco & Sherry Beatty, who made this podcast episode possible.

For more information about Fr. Alex Kratz, Terra Sancta Ministry and Shrine, click here.

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Jewel for the Journey

“Every baptized person should consider that it is in the womb of the Church where he is transformed from a child of Adam to a child of God.” – St. Vincent Ferrer

A Closer Look at the Jordan River:

Where is the Jordan River?

A Journey with a Holy Land Architect: Antonio Barluzzi

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox, as they guide us through a pilgrimage to the Holy Land! This will be a different kind of journey compared to our past visits. We will be placing a particular focus on a man who with his extraordinary gifts and talent made a difference in the Holy Land, Antonio Barluzzi! An architect consecrated to God and committed his life in the mission of building several Churches at holy sites related to the life of Jesus Christ.

During our journey, you will:

  • Learn about the life of Antonio Barluzzi.
  • Be introduced to 2 churches Antonio Barluzzi built.
  • Hear excerpts from his diary.
  • Much more!

The face of Antonio Barluzzi on the featured image appears courtesy of User:Bonio derivative work: Victuallers, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Guideline of Discerning God’s Will

Jewel for the Journey

“All men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.” – St. John Paul II. Taken from his Letter to Artist

A Closer Look at the work of Antonio Barluzzi:

Where is the Basilica of Agony and the Garden of Gethsemani?

Where is The Church of the Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor?

A Journey to the Milk Grotto

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Podcast Episode

Come along with Mary Jane Fox on this week’s spiritual pilgrimage to Milk Grotto, not far from the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square in Bethlehem! According to Tradition, the Holy Family took refuge in this grotto on their way to Egypt as they were fleeing the Slaughter of the Innocents. Listen in, as Mary Jane shares why the Milk Grotto is a pilgrim destination, especially for new mothers and women who are trying to conceive.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Why is this place called the Milk Grotto?
  • What is it like inside?
  • Learn the prayer shared by the Franciscan Friars, to all who visit the Milk Grotto to pray for Mary’s help.
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

A Closer Look at the Milk Grotto

Where is the Chapel of the Milk Grotto?

Journey to Christmas: Traditions from Around the World

This week’s virtual pilgrimage with Angela Sealana takes us on a journey to Christmas! Jump into the holiday spirit by exploring Christmas devotions from around the world; their origins and the deeper meanings behind them that have led millions into the celebration of Christmas for centuries.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Light in the Window & ‘Christmas Lights’
  • Advent & Nativity/Creche
  • Posadas & Pinatas
  • Oplatki
  • Epiphany house blessing and traditions
  • Much More!

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Jewel for the Journey

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people.” (Luke 2:10)

A Closer Look at Christmas: Traditions from Around the World

Epiphany House Blessing – Short Version

Epiphany House Blessing – Version with Room Blessings

Where is the Nativity of Jesus Christ?