Tag Archive for: Pilgrimage Saints

Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral – New York, NY

This week, our journey takes us to The Big Apple! Come on a journey with our Media Production Assistant, Jason Nunez, as we spiritually travel to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This is not the St. Patrick’s Cathedral you may be thinking about. The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral is one of the most historic churches in the United States.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Learn about the history of The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral and the cemetery located on its grounds.
  • Hear about the life of Bishop Joseph John Hughes.
  • And what lies beneath this pilgrim destination?

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:

Here’s to a long life and a merry one. – St. Patrick


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San Salvador Cathedral & St. Oscar Romero – El Salvador

Come on a journey with Angela Sealana to El Salvador! Explore the San Salvador Cathedral and come to know more about St. Oscar Romero, the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador! To help guide us on our spiritual pilgrimage is Fr. Richard Samour, Pastor of St. Clare Catholic Church in San Antonio, TX.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • What is the Cathedral of El Salvador like, and what is its place in world history?
  • Why is the life of St. Oscar Romero so meaningful in world history, and why do people of many backgrounds revere him?
  • What does St. Romero’s life teach us about living as believers in today’s world?
  • Much more!

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


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Guest Information

Fr. Richard Samour

Pastor of St. Clare Catholic Church in San Antonio, TX. He is a native of El Salvador and was baptized by St. Oscar Romero. Fr. Samour served as a member of a delegation organized by the San Salvadoran archdiocese that was present at the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero in Vatican City on October 14, 2018. Oscar  Romero’s life and teachings were instrumental in Samour’s personal faith journey.

 

 


Jewel for the Journey

God’s best microphone is Christ, and Christ’s best microphone is the Church, and the Church is all of you. – St. Oscar Romero


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Quotations from Archbishop Romero’s Homilies highlighted by Fr. Samour

“It is very easy to be a servant of the word without disturbing the world: a very spiritualized word, a word without any commitment to history, a word that can sound in any part of the world because it belongs to no part of the world. A word like that creates no problems. What starts conflicts and persecutions, what marks the genuine church, is the word that, burning like the word of the prophets, proclaims and accuses … This is the hard service of the word. But God’s Spirit goes with the prophet, with the preacher, for he is Christ, who keeps on proclaiming his reign to the people of all times.”

Sermon I: +”Live simply and justly in solidarity with the poor and marginalized and be a good neighbor. Make no war on them, rather, be one with them in spirit, truth, and love.”

Sermon II: +”Hear the truth when it is spoken to you. Discern the signs of the times and speak truth –to power, to the people, and to the Church.”

Sermon III: +”Make injustice visible –witness, remember, teach, proclaim, tell. Light candles, do not curse the darkness.”

Sermon IV: +”Protect the poor and powerless–listen, learn, educate, organize, empower participation, and respect life from the moment of conception to the time of natural death.”

Sermon V: +”Work for reconciliation with truth, evangelism, catechesis, orthopraxis. Sermon VI: +Celebrate life, goodness, beauty, virtue, responsibility, and joy. Practice peace, non-violence, servant leadership, harmony, community, voluntary cooperation, and the proper stewardship of God’s creation. Pray without ceasing.”

Sermon VII: +” Ensure fair distribution, subsidiarity, economic opportunity, justice, and food security for everyone everywhere.”


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ENCORE: St. Patrick’s Purgatory, Ireland

Take a spiritual journey with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox to St. Patrick’s Purgatory in Lough Derg, Ireland. Today, it is Europe’s oldest pilgrimage destination offering peace and tranquility. Over the last 1500 years, pilgrims have been coming here from throughout Europe for this extraordinary spiritual experience.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • What do St. Patrick and purgatory have to do with each other?
  • Who would visit such an Island named Purgatory?
  • What if people I know don’t believe in Purgatory –what do I say?
  • Much, much more!

Image Credit: PthirlbyCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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Jewel For The Journey:

By Christ’s Passion, our weakness was cured. By His Resurrection death was conquered. Still, we have to be sorrowful for the world, as well as joyful in the Lord, sorrowful in penance, joyful in gratitude. – St. Ambrose of Milan


The Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great for the Souls in Purgatory:

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home, and within my family.
Amen.


Payer for the Souls in Purgatory:

Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord, may their souls and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Amen.


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Where is the St. Patrick’s Purgatory Located?

Journey to St. Peter’s Basilica – An Introduction

It’s time to add another stamp to your spiritual passport! Come along with Mary Jane Fox and her guest, Ester Scoditti (licensed professional guide in Rome) to St. Peter’s Basilica! This holy site is the most iconic landmark for pilgrims visiting Rome.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Why is it called “St. Peter’s”?
  • St. Peter’s Tomb Chapel, Pieta, John Paul II’s tomb, Main Altar Area.
  • What can pilgrims experience here?
  • 2025 Jubilee Year, “Pilgrims of hope.”
  • Much More!

Click here for Vatican News about Jubilee Year 2025.


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Jewel for the Journey

Hope to the end! (1 Peter 1:13)


Guest Information

Ester Scoditti

Ester is an archaeologist who has worked on projects in Italy, France and England. She graduated in Classics and Archaeology at Rome’s Sapienza’s University, where she continued in post graduate studies in medieval archaeology. With academic publications in Italy, Britain and the U.S.A., she has taught for John Cabot and Torvergata Universities in Rome. Ester Scoditti has been a tour guide there since appointed to the task by the Archaeological Superintendence of Rome in 1979, and she has written well known guidebooks on the Roman Forum, St Peter’s and the Vatican’s Extraordinary Jubilee. Ester is beloved by her colleagues for her unfailing kindness and her extraordinary generosity in sharing her otherworldly knowledge of the ins and outs of the Byzantine tour regulations in Rome!

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Where is St. Peter’s Basilica Located?

Our Mother of Africa Chapel – Washington, D.C.

Join Angela Sealana as she embarks on this week’s spiritual pilgrimage, to the beautiful & highly symbolic Our Mother of Africa Chapel, which is located in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. Along our journey, meet an African-born saint, St. Josephine Bakhita!

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Traditions and cultures of Africa that are part of our faith tradition.
  • Learn how all of us find healing and hope today
  • Reflect on the life of St. Josephine Bakhita, a remarkable woman who can teach us lessons for daily life in perseverance, faith, hope, and radical forgiveness.
  • Much more!

Image of Our Mother of African Chapel captured from National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception official website


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Jewel for the Journey

The whole of my life has been God’s gift. – St. Josephine Bakhita


A Closer Look at the Our Mother of Africa Chapel:

Click here to take a Virtual Tour of the Our Mother of Africa Chapel, courtesy of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception official website.


Where is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception?

With St. John Bosco to Our Lady, Help of Christians – Turin, Italy

We will dive into the life & spirituality of perhaps one of the most influential saints in modern times, as we take an audio pilgrimage with St. John Bosco to the Basilica of Our Lady, Help of Christians in Turin, Italy. Come along with host Angela Sealana as we hear stories about Don Bosco, patron saint of magicians & youth, from guest Salesian Sister Guadalupe Medina, FMA.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • St. John Bosco, patron saint of magicians, students & laborers 
  • The Basilica he built in Turin, Italy
  • Why the Virgin Mary is called “Help of Christians”
  • How Don Bosco can give us hope & courage in daily life

Photo of Basilica of Our Lady, Help of Christians courtesy of Franco56CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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Jewel for the Journey

Walk with your feet on earth, but in your heart be in heaven. – St. John Bosco


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Where is the Basilica of Our Lady, Help of Christians?

Journey with Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus

Looking for information about our Radio Encore Broadcast of Nazareth & St. Joseph?

Podcast Episode

This week’s virtual pilgrimage with Mary Jane Fox takes us on a journey with St. Joseph, chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus.

During this program, Mary Jane will discuss:

  • What we know about Joseph from Scripture
  • How the Church has directed us to Joseph
  • How Joseph is a role model for everyone
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey

“I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to the glorious St Joseph, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I do not remember that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant.” – St. Teresa of Avila


Prayer: Memorare to St. Joseph

Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession were left unassisted.Full of confidence in your power I fly unto you and beg your protection.Despise not O Guardian of the Redeemer my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen.

National Shrine of Divine Mercy – Stockbridge, MA

Come on a journey with Angela Sealana to The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA! To help guide us on our spiritual pilgrimage is the rector of the shrine, Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC.

During this spiritual pilgrimage, we will:

  • Address the question of God’s mercy; Does God really forgive me? Why do we often struggle with forgiveness and our relationship with God, and how can we embrace God’s mercy for us and for others?
  • Hear the amazing story of how the message of God’s mercy was given to us in modern times through a very special diary, and the miraculous journey of how it made its way from Poland during World War II all the way to Massachusetts!
  • Learn how the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy came to be established, what it’s like, and what pilgrims can experience there.

For more information on The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, click here to visit their website.

Featured Images captured from the Official Facebook Page for The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy.


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Jewel for the Journey:

ABCs of Divine Mercy: Ask for Mercy, Be Merciful, and Completely trust in Jesus.


A Closer Look at The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy:

Image courtesy of The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy. All rights reserved.


Where is The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy?

Journey to the Holy Land with St. Angela Merici

Join Mary Jane Fox and Nan Balfour, as they guide us through a pilgrimage to the Holy Land unlike the ones of today; but like the ones, many faithful pilgrims took in the middle ages! Our journey will be with a woman who lived during the same time as St. Ignatius of Loyola. She was born in Italy in the late 15th century, and her name is Angela Merici. This woman, now a canonized saint, was an incredibly strong woman of faith and courage. St. Angela Merici is the founder of the Order of Nuns called the Ursulines and made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land as well.

During our journey, you will:

  • Learn about the life of St. Angela Merici
  • Discover what the pilgrimage experience was like during St. Angela’s time.
  • Gain some insight into discerning God’s Will through the example of St. Angela Merici
  • … much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Do not lose heart, even if you should discover that you lack qualities necessary for the work to which you are called. He who called you will not desert you, but the moment you are in need he will stretch out his saving hand.” – St. Angela Merici


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Where is the Holy Land?

Assisi, Italy – A Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Bl. Carlo Acutis

Come on a journey with Angela Sealana and Jason Nunez as they spiritually travel to the Church of Saint Mary Major Assisi, Italy. Inside one of the oldest churches in Assisi, is the Shrine of the Stripping. This site recalls the incredible act of St. Frances renounced his patrimony, including his clothing, in the bishop’s residence in the presence of his father. This is also the final resting place of Bl. Carlo Acutis. He was only 15 years old when he passed in a hospital in Monza, Italy, in 2006, offering all his sufferings for the Church and for the Pope.

During this program:

  • Learn about the life of Bl. Carlo Acutis and the legacy he has left for the world.
  • Discover the significance behind The Shrine of the Stripping and why Bl. Carlo’s tomb is located there.
  • Take away some lessons of how Bl. Carlo lived his life.
  • Much more!

Images captured from the Official website for the Carlo Acutis Association and the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis.

Click here to view a live stream of the Tomb of Bl Carlo Acutis
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Jewel for the Journey:

“All people are born as originals, but many die as photocopies.” – Pope Francis, quote of Carlo Acutis as highlighted in Christus Vivit


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Quotes from Bl. Carlo Acutis:

  • “The Eucharist is the highway to heaven.”
  • “Our soul is like a hot air balloon. If by chance there is a mortal sin, the soul falls to the ground. Confession is like the fire underneath the balloon enabling the soul to rise again. . . It is important to go to confession often.”
  • “Continuously ask your guardian angel for help. Your guardian angel has to become your best friend.”
  • “All people are born as originals but many die as photocopies.”
  • “Find God and you will find the meaning of your life”.
  • “Conversion is nothing more than moving your gaze from the bottom up, a simple movement of the eyes is enough”.
  • “Only those who do God’s will be truly free”.
  • “The true disciple of Jesus Christ is he who in everything tries to imitate him and to do God’s will”.
  • “Why do humans care so much about the beauty of their body and then don’t care about the beauty of their soul?”
  • “What will truly make us beautiful in God’s eyes will be only the way we loved him and how we loved our brothers.”
  • “A life is truly beautiful only if we come to love God above all else, our neighbor as ourselves”.

The Tomb of Bl. Carlo Acutis:

Images captured from the official website of the Carlo Acutis Association and the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis


Where is the Church of Saint Mary Major Assisi, Italy?