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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

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Bethany

Journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to this small town near Jerusalem where Jesus often stayed. Hear all about the home of Mary, Martha, & Lazarus. Located on the spot of present day Al-Eizariya (Place of Lazarus) in the West Bank, it is just south of the Mount of Olives, the place associated with the Ascension of our Lord.

Jewel for the Journey:
God sends us friends to be our firm support in the whirlpool of struggle.  In the company of friends we will find strength to attain our sublime ideal. 
– St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Mt. Sinai – Egypt

Travel with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to Mt. Sinai in Egypt. Aside from exploring this sacred destination, they will also discuss:

  • Catherine of Alexandria’s Connection to a monastery at the foot of the mountain
  • The Life of St. Catherine
  • The Message behind Catherine’s honesty and integrity in following Jesus Christ

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 Egypt

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The Shroud of Turin – A Journey Through the Centuries

Join Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they take an in-depth look at the Shroud of Turin, a 14-foot by 4-foot linen cloth venerated by millions of Christians, because it is believed to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

Considered one of the most sacred religious icons on Earth, the Shroud is the most studied, ancient cloth in history and in the world.

During this program, you will learn why the Shroud is so intensely debated, studied, and venerated. Other questions to be discussed:

  • Who is the man, whose image is imprinted on the Shroud?
  • What can we learn from the Shroud today?

Jewel for the Journey
This face has eyes that are closed, it is the face of one who is dead, and yet mysteriously he is watching us, and in silence he speaks to us. How is this possible?… It is because the Man of the Shroud invites us to climb the hill of Calvary, to look upon the wood of the Cross, and to immerse ourselves in the eloquent silence of love. – Pope Francis in Turin, Italy (2015)

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Nazareth – Hometown of Jesus

Come along with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they take a look at what was a small town in the region of Galilee in ancient Palestine. This journey is focused on Nazareth, the home of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. During this episode hear about:

  • What Nazareth was like at the time of Jesus
  • The site of the Annunciation
  • How the words of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary can still influence our lives today

Jewel for the Journey 
The hope of humanity was realized in the “yes” of the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of Hope. – Deacon Tom Fox

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The River Jordan – Site of the Baptism of Our Lord

Journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as travel to the sacred site at the Jordan River where Our Lord was baptized by John the Baptist. Hear about the history of the Site, learn more about the moment Jesus was baptized, and discover what this has to do with your baptism and your life as a Christian.

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

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Basilica of the Nativity – Bethlehem

Travel with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox 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. Also experience the Chapel of the Manger & the Altar of the Three Kings.

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

Nativity mural - Shepherd's Field - Holy Land

Shepherd’s Field – Holy Land

Travel with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the valley near Jerusalem where long ago, shepherds saw the Star of the Nativity.

It was here, while camping in grotto caves that the angels came and announced the birth of the Savior.  Hear a detailed description of this pilgrim destination and learn about the chapel dedicated to the shepherds.  We will also review what Scripture says about the shepherds.

Jewel for the Journey
God has, in fact, thought of us from eternity and has loved us as unique individuals.  He has called every one of us by name, as the Good Shepherd ‘calls His sheep by name.’  – John Paul II

Capernaum – the Town of Jesus

Come on a journey with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox to this town on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, which was at the center of Our Lord’s public ministry. This fishing port and market for merchants was also where St. Peter lived. It was also the town where Jesus invited Matthew the Tax Collector to “follow me.”

Experience the village where a number of the Apostles lived, where Jesus announced the Holy Eucharist, and where he healed and taught.

We will take you to Peter’s house, travel down the Via Maris, and go to the synagogue where Jesus went on the Sabbath day.

Jewel for the Journey

The more Christians immerse themselves in the circle of Christ’s light, the more capable they become of understanding and accompanying the path of every man and woman towards God. – Pope Francis

Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem

Come on a journey with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox to this ancient basilica, shared by many faiths. It encompasses the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, anointing, and burial, as well as many other ancient tombs and chapels.

Jewel for the Journey

Pope John Paul II during Mass in the Holy Sepulcher Church in 2000: “From this place, where the Resurrection was first made known to the women and then to the Apostles, I urge all the Church’s members to renew their obedience to the Lord’s command to take the Gospel to all the ends of the earth. At the dawn of a new Millennium, there is a great need to proclaim from the rooftops the Good News that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).”