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Schoenstatt Shrine & May Blossoms

In this week’s spiritual pilgrimage, join Angela Sealana as she leads us on a journey to a very special Marian shrine; the original located in Schoenstatt, Germany; and identical shrines located throughout the world!

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Be taken on a journey through the story of the founding of Schoenstatt, one of the first Marian movements of the 20thcentury that survived World War I and even the concentration camps of WWII
  • You’ll hear a description of the Schoenstatt Shrine, and learn about the meaning behind each carefully selected element
  • And discover a special, simple spiritual practice that your whole family can follow called May Blossoms which can not only improve your family life but also your personal lives.

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Dian Coleman in memory of Ronald Coleman, who made this podcast episode possible.


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Jewel for the Journey:

“Our mates must be able to sense our Catholicism through our whole being. Every action must bear the stamp of belonging to God…” – Servant of God Josef Engling


A Closer Look at the Schoenstatt Shrine & May Blossoms:


Get More Out of Your Journey with This Suggested Reading:

Blog: A Simple Way to Boost Your Spiritual Life –Advice from a Young Soldier

Find books about Schoenstatt through your local Schoenstatt Shrine. Locate the nearest Schoenstatt Shrine here

May Blossoms, written by the Schoenstatt Junior Sodality, 1916


Map of Schoenstatt Shrines:

St. Gerard Church – San Antonio

Listen along with Angela Sealana as she leads you on an audio pilgrimage to the first church dedicated to St. Gerard Majella in the United States, located in San Antonio. Her family has had connections to this parish for generations.

During our journey, you will:

  • Enjoy an audio walk-through of the church building
  • Hear about its unique story of founding, and over 100 years of history
  • Learn about its namesake, Gerardo Maiella (Gerard Majella)
  • …and much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“It is possible to live always in serenity, knowing well that in God’s plan lies our happiness and fulfillment.” – St. Gerard Majella


A Look inside St. Gerard Catholic Church:


Where is the St. Gerard Catholic Church?

Assumption Chapel at St. Mary’s University – San Antonio, TX

Join Angela Sealana and Robert Rodriguez for a local pilgrim journey to Assumption Chapel, an integral part of the history of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Aside from learning about the architecture and sacred art within this sacred space, you will also learn about:

  • The Marianist presence in the Archdiocese of San Antonio
  • Marianist founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade
  • The practical lessons to be gleaned from their spirituality

Jewel for the Journey:
Do not neglect prayer, however busy you may be.  Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

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Mission San Juan Capistrano – San Antonio, TX

In honor of the Feast of St. John of Capistrano, 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 treatise Mirror of the Clergy by Saint John of Capistrano

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St. Pope John Paul II 1987 Visit – San Antonio, TX

Join Robert Rodriguez & Angela Sealana along with special guest JPII San Antonio Visit Project Manager Robert Aguirre as they re-visit and relive the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II to the Alamo City.

During this program not only will we review the historic visit of John Paul – known as the Pilgrim Pope – to San Antonio, but we will also:

  • Take an intimate look at the only visit by a Pope to San Antonio
  • Share news about our first Pilgrimage to Poland, Vienna & Prague
  • Talk about the Papacy and legacy of Pope John Paul II

Jewel for the Journey:

This land is a crossroads, standing at the border of two great nations, and experiencing both the enrichment and the complications which arise from this circumstance. You are thus a symbol and a kind of laboratory testing America’s commitment to her founding moral principles and human values.
– St. Pope John Paul II (excerpt from homily – Mass for the faithful of San Antonio, Sunday, September 13, 1987)

Read the article Reflections of a Papal Usher now.

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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)

Immaculate Heart of Mary – San Antonio, TX

Join Angela Sealana & Robert Rodriguez for a virtual visit to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in San Antonio. Discover the beauty and significance of one of Texas’ 20 painted churches. During this program you will also learn about:

  • The Claretian Order and what prompted them to establish this church
  • The Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and how to unite your heart to hers
  • St. Anthony Mary Claret, his life as an example for all Catholics

Jewel for the Journey:
Christian perfection consists in three things: praying heroically, working heroically, and suffering heroically.
– St. Anthony Mary Claret

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St. Joseph’s Catholic Church – San Antonio, TX

Come along with Robert Rodriguez and Angela Sealana to the first Catholic church in San Antonio built specifically to serve a burgeoning German community in 1871. This program will:

  • Explore the history of St. Joseph’s parish
  • Look at the Gothic Revival design, reminiscent of the grand cathedrals of Europe
  • Talk about why the parish is a testament to the resolve and devotion of the people it continues to serve.

Jewel for the Journey:
We have close to us as much as Joseph had at Nazareth; we have our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, but our poor eyes fail to see Him. Let us once become interior souls and we shall immediately see. In no better way can we enter into the Heart of our Lord than through Saint Joseph. Jesus and Mary are eager to pay the debts which they owe him for his devoted care of them, and their greatest pleasure is to fulfill his least desire. Let him, then, lead you by hand into the interior sanctuary of the Eucharistic Jesus.  – St. Peter Julian Eymard

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San Fernando Cathedral – Heart of San Antonio

Join Angela Sealana and Robert Rodriguez for a virtual pilgrim journey to what is considered the heart of San Antonio – San Fernando Cathedral, the nation’s oldest continuously operating cathedral and the oldest church structure in Texas. The Cathedral is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During this program we will talk about:

  • The origins of what was first a small village church
  • The various changes to the building and its architecture over the years
  • The religious and spiritual significance of this historic place

Jewel for the Journey:
Let us remember the past with gratitude , live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence. – St. Pope John Paul II

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