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Mary’s House – Ephesus, Turkey

Travel with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the home of the Blessed Virgin Mary located in Ephesus, Turkey. Find out how the remains of the house were discovered towards the end of the 19th century and why over 1 million people visit every year. It is believed that St. John the Disciple brought Mary here after leaving Jerusalem to avoid persecution.

Learn from St. John the Evangelist, Blessed Catherine Anne Emmerich, and the last several popes about the importance of spending more time with Mary.

Jewel for the Journey:
Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence. – St. Francis de Sales

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Mary’s House in Ephesus

Statue of Mary by her home in Ephesus

Ancient ruins at Ephesus

Main episode image credit: Winstonza / CC BY-SA

Monastery Santa Maria de Guadalupe – Extremadura, Spain

Join Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox for a virtual pilgrimage to the region of Extremadura in southwestern Spain. Their journey will take you to the 13th century Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, located in the world famous small town of Guadalupe.

The Monastery is home to a revered statue of the Black Madonna, as well as to many important relics and works of sacred art. Aside from touring this impressive holy site, you will also discover the Monastery’s connection to the Spanish Conquest, the expulsion of the Muslims, and to Queen Isabella & King Ferdinand, and Christopher Columbus.

Jewel for the Journey:
“In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear.”
–Saint Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church

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Basilica St. Mary Major – Rome, Italy

Come on a spiritual pilgrimage with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, located in the Eternal City of Rome. Not only is this one of the four great ancient basilicas of Rome, but it is the largest and oldest church there dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Aside from learning all about the Basilica’s fine artwork and architectural wonders, you will also discover more about Mary, the Mother of God and why she is venerated.

Jewel for the Journey:
Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.
St. Maximillian Kolbe

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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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Visit PilgrimCenterofHope.org for more information.

Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar – Zaragosa, Spain

Take a virtual pilgrimage with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the oldest church in the world devoted to the Virgin Mary. While here you will learn about:

  • How St. James the Apostle brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ here
  • The connection between James & John (the “sons of thunder”) and the Virgin Mary
  • All the Saints who venerated this shrine
  • The statue of Our Lady of the Pillar & the Pillar of Jasper

Jewel for the Journey:
In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear. – St. Therese of Lisieux

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Photo by Jiuguang Wang (Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0)

Our Lady of Montserrat – Barcelona, Spain

Journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they visit a spectacular church and monastery built atop a mountaintop in Barcelona, Spain.

The place is Montserrat, and the church is home to a miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Montserrat.

The statue dates back to at least the twelfth century. St. Ignatius Loyola made an annual pilgrimage to Montserrat as have millions of pilgrims over the years.

Jewel for the Journey
He who carries God in his heart bears heaven with him wherever he goes. – St. Ignatius Loyola

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Photo by KristiNihi: “Our Lady of Montserrat, Patroness of Catalunya” (Flickr.com) Creative Commons-Attribution license.

Rue du Bac, Paris – Shrine of the Miraculous Medal

Take a spirit-filled trip with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to 140 Rue du Bac in the heart of Paris, the address of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.  It was in this chapel in 1830 that the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure. This is where Our Lady instructed Catherine to have a medal struck after the model image that was presented to her.

Find out why the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal is such a sacred place and also discover what St. Catherine saw during the Marian apparitions that led to the creation of the Miraculous Medal.

Request A Medal
If you would like a complimentary Miraculous Medal, please stop by the Pilgrim Center of Hope, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.

Official website of the shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Paris:
https://www.chapellenotredamedelamedaillemiraculeuse.com/langues/english/

An Invitation
If you would like to have this presentation given to your parish church, or organization, please contact us at (210) 521-3377 to schedule an Evening or Morning with Mary.

Lourdes, France – Site of Marian Apparitions

Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox invite you to travel to Lourdes, in Western France. Visit the site where Mary, the Mother of God, revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception to St. Bernadette.

Meet the young visionary, Bernadette Soubirous and be transported to her home, to the Grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to her, and to the healing baths that the Lady revealed to Bernadette.

Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortess of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Look upon me with mercy. When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. My loving Mother, obtain my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity.    Amen.

Lourdes Grotto Live Webcam
https://www.directfromlourdes.com/lourdes_live_tv

Jewel for the Journey

Her motherhood, which began in Nazareth and was lived most intensely in Jerusalem at the foot of the Cross, will be felt during this year as a loving and urgent invitation addressed to all the children of God, so that they will return to the house of the Father when they hear her maternal voice: Do whatever He tells you. – Pope St. John Paul II

Fatima – Discovering the Message of Mary

Come on a journey with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox to Fatima, a town in Portugal marked by the apparitions of Mary the Mother of God to three young children in the early 20th Century. Discover Fatima, the heart of Portugal, located between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean.

Learn about the historical moments that occurred in 1916 & 1917. Apparitions of the Angel and of Mary, the Mother of God, have impacted the lives of millions throughout the years and to this today.

The Foxes will transport you to the Cova da Iria, where Holy Mary revealed herself as Our Lady of the Rosary and also gave the children the Fatima Prayer. You will also hear about the miracle of the sun, and how these occurrences influenced world events.

Jewel for the Journey

There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.   The Rosary … sustains and increases our faith.” Sister Lucia of Fatima