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Journeys With the Living Stones – Capernaum

Come on a spiritual journey with Robert Rodriguez and guest Eddie Reyes, as they travel to Capernaum – the home of Jesus during the last three years of his public ministry. This thriving fishing port on the Sea of Galilee is where Jesus called five of the Apostles.

During this episode of our mini-series Journeys With the Living Stones you will also discover:

  • The Home of St. Peter, where Jesus resided
  • The 1st century synagogue where Jesus preached
  • The Scripture related to this Holy Site, including the Bread of Life discourse (cf. John 6: 22-59)
  • The significant miracles Jesus performed here

Jewel for the Journey:
It is written: “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” — Matthew 4:4

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Journeys With the Living Stones – Magdala

Join Robert Rodriguez for this episode of our unique mini-series Journeys With the Living Stones – inspired by the words of St. Peter’s first letter in the New Testament (cf. 1 Peter 2: 4-5). This passage refers to the “living stones,” those whose ancestors have passed on the Catholic faith to them, and who are living witnesses to Jesus Christ.

Throughout this mini-series we will be accompanying pilgrims as they take us back to their pilgrimage journey. This week Robert Rodriguez will interview recent Holy Land pilgrims Roy & Marie Feutz, about their impressions of the ancient city of Magdala, located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

During our hour-long journey we will discuss and vividly describe:

  • the 1st century ruins discovered here, currently part of an active archeological dig site
  • the Duc In Altum church at Magdala; the Boat Chapel, Encounter Chapel, and the beautiful mosaics
  • Who was St. Mary Magdalene and what can we learn from her?
  • Who was the Hemorrhaging Woman and what can we learn from her?

Jewel for the Journey:
[St. Mary Magdalene] a disciple of the Lord who plays a lead role in the Gospels. [She] reminds us of a fundamental truth. A disciple of Christ is one who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for his help, has been healed by him, and has set out following closely after him, becoming a witness of the power of his merciful love that is stronger than sin and death.  — Pope Benedict XVI

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Journeys With the Living Stones – Sea of Galilee

Join Robert Rodriguez for this episode of our unique mini-series Journeys With the Living Stones – inspired by the words of St. Peter’s first letter in the New Testament (cf. 1 Peter 2: 4-5). This passage refers to the “living stones,” those whose ancestors have passed on the Catholic faith to them, and who are living witnesses to Jesus Christ.

Throughout this mini-series we will be accompanying pilgrims as they take us back to their pilgrimage journey. This week Robert Rodriguez will interview recent Holy Land pilgrims Christina & Valentin Campos, about their impressions of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus Christ did much of his preaching by the shores of the Sea of Galilee, we will transport you to many of the ports that date back to biblical times as well as set sail aboard a fishermen’s boat.

Jewel for the Journey:
Do not be afraid…Put out into the deep and let down your nets.  – St. Pope John Paul II

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Journeys With the Living Stones – Mt. Carmel, Israel

Join Angela Sealana for this episode of our unique mini-series Journeys With the Living Stones – inspired by the words of St. Peter’s first letter in the New Testament (cf. 1 Peter 2: 4-5). This passage refers to the “living stones,” those whose ancestors have passed on the Catholic faith to them, and who are living witnesses to Jesus Christ.

Throughout this mini-series we will be accompanying pilgrims as they take us back to their pilgrimage journey.

This week, Angela Sealana will interview Holy Land pilgrim Marjorie McClellan, for a visit to the sacred site of Mt. Carmel located in the Haifa District of Israel. Many significant moments in the life of the Old Testament prophet Elijah took place here. Mt Carmel is also home to the 19th century Stella Maris Monastery, the world headquarters of the Carmelite religious order.

Jewel for the Journey:
Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you.
All things are passing. God never changes.
Patient endurance obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.
– St. Teresa of Avila

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Journeys With the Living Stones – Mt. of Beatitudes

Join Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez for a unique mini-series Journeys With the Living Stones – inspired by the words of St. Peter’s first letter in the New Testament (cf. 1 Peter 2: 4-5). This passage refers to the “living stones,” those whose ancestors have passed on the Catholic faith to them, and who are living witnesses to Jesus Christ.

Throughout this mini-series we will be accompanying pilgrims as they take us back to their pilgrimage journey. This week Angela Sealana our Media Coordinator, will talk about her impressions of and connection to the Mt. of Beatitudes, near Tabgha

Jewel for the Journey:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   – Matthew 5: 3-10

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Journeys With the Living Stones – The Holy Land, Part 1

Join Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez for a unique mini-series Journey With the Living Stones – inspired by the words of St. Peter’s first letter in the New Testament (cf. 1 Peter 2: 4-5). This passage refers to the “living stones,” those whose ancestors have passed on the Catholic faith to them, and who are living witnesses to Jesus Christ.

Throughout this mini-series we will be accompanying pilgrims as they take us back to their pilgrimage journey. This week our Robert Rodriguez, PR & Marketing staff person, will share about his August 2019 pilgrimage experience in the Holy Land.

Jewel for the Journey:
Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house.   –  1 Peter 2: 5

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Church of the Transfiguration – Lower Galilee, Israel

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

  • The significance of mountain heights chosen by God to give important messages to His people
  • The Basilica of the Transfiguration
  • The conversion story of Italian architect Antonio Berluzzi, the Basilica’s designer
  • Spiritual Life Lessons we can learn from the Transfiguration

Jewel for the Journey:
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.   Rabab

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Birthplace of St. John the Baptist – Jerusalem

Take a virtual journey to the Holy Land with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they visit the birthplace of St. John the Baptist, located in the hill country of Jerusalem in ancient Palestine. During this program, you will learn more about:

  • The Church of the Nativity of St. John
  • The Story of Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth & Zechariah
  • The Canticle of Zechariah
  • The Life of St. John the Baptist
  • How we can emulate John & proclaim the Good News

Jewel for the Journey:
Celebrating the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist also reminds us – Christians in our own times – that we cannot give into compromise when it comes to our love for Christ, for his Word, for his Truth. The Truth is the Truth; there is no compromise. The Christian life requires, as it were, the ‘martyrdom’ of daily fidelity to the Gospel; the courage, that is, to allow Christ to increase in us and to direct our thoughts and actions.       – Pope Benedict XVI

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The Visitation – Ein Karem, Jerusalem

Come on a journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox  to the hill country of Judea, near the ancient city of Jerusalem where the Virgin Mary travelled to visit and care for her cousin Elizabeth. During this program you will also learn about:

  • The Visitation as described in the Gospel of Luke
  • All the details related to Mary’s great act of charity
  • The Basilica of the Visitation, built over this holy site

Jewel for the Journey:
Let us live as the Blessed Virgin lived: loving God only, desiring God only, trying to please God only in all that we do.  – St. John Vianney

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The Empty Tomb – Jerusalem

Take a journey to the Holy Land with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the holiest site for all Christians, the Tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. This program will include:

  • A discussion of all Scriptural references to the burial and resurrection of Jesus recorded in the New Testament
  • The history of the area where Christ was crucified, buried, and rose from the dead
  • A virtual tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which was built over these holy sites
  • Insights from 56 trips to this sacred destination in the Holy Land

Jewel for the Journey:
Only one secret: The closer we come to Jesus, the better we will know his thirst. – St. Mother Teresa

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