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Basilica of St. Paul Outside of the Walls – Rome, Italy

Take a virtual trip to the Eternal City of Rome with Mary Jane Fox & Robert Rodriguez, as they explore the second largest basilica outside of St. Peter’s – the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.  It is one of the five major basilicas in Rome and houses the Tomb of St. Paul!

During this pilgrimage journey, you will discover more about:

  • the Basilica’s architecture & Sacred Art
  • What is to be found at the Tomb of St. Paul
  • The Life of St. Paul, the greatest of the early Christian missionaries
  • The ancient wooden crucifix that spoke to St. Bridget of Sweden
  • The famous “15 Prayers of St. Bridget”

Jewel for the Journey:
You cannot be a conscious Christian without St. Paul. He translated the teachings of Christ into a doctrinal structure that, even with the additions of a vast number of thinkers, theologians and pastors, has resisted and still exists after two thousand years.  – Pope Francis

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St. Anthony de Padua – Portugal & Italy

Join Angela Sealana and Debbie Garza – a pilgrimage group leader for Pilgrim Center of Hope – as they spiritually travel to some of the sites related to St. Anthony de Padua, the patron saint of San Antonio, known for his powerful preaching.

During this program:

  • Learn about the places of St. Anthony’s birth and spiritual formation.
  • Discover how St. Anthony impacted the world through his ministry as a Franciscan.
  • Talk about St. Anthony’s relevance for us today and our everyday spiritual journey.

Jewel for the Journey:
The spirit of humility is sweeter than honey, and those who nourish themselves with this honey produce sweet fruit.  – St. Anthony of Padua

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Basilica of the Sacred Heart – Paris

Journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox as they travel to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paris, also known as Sacre-Coeur Basilica. Located atop the hill of Montmartre – the Mount of Martyrs, the Basilica is a popular place of pilgrimage. During this episode you will also learn about:

  • All aspects of the Romano-Byzantine-style Basilica
  • The history of the Basilica’s perpetual Adoration of the Holy Eucharist since 1885
  • St. Denis, the first Bishop & Martyr of Paris
  • Why today the Basilica remains a place of continuous spiritual life

Jewel for the Journey
Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart and begin again with joy. – St. Teresa of Calcutta

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The Catacombs of St. Callixtus – Rome, Italy

Take a virtual journey with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to an underground cemetery with origins that go back to the second century. During this episode of Journeys of Hope, you will discover:

  • the history of these catacombs
  • who is buried here
  • the symbolism of the sacred art on many tombs
  • what does this place mean to our faith today

Jewel for the Journey:
Start being brave about everything. Drive out darkness and spread light. Don’t look at your weaknesses. Realize instead that in Christ Crucified you can do everything.  – St. Catherine of Siena

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St Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica – Rome

During this program, your spiritual guides Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox will address three key points:

  • Why is St. Peter Basilica considered one of the most important churches in Roman Catholicism? (chair of St. Peter)
  • Does this Basilica have the Chair of St. Peter?
  • What is its significance for me today?  (Chair of the Pope – authority of the Church, which comes from Christ)

Jewel for the Journey:
And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is…There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him. – Benedict XVI

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St. Patrick’s Purgatory – Lough Derg, Ireland

What do St. Patrick and purgatory have to do with each other?

Learn the answer and come along with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox for a journey to Europe’s oldest pilgrimage destination. Find out about the famous three-day pilgrimage, which involves going barefoot the entire time, regardless of the weather or terrain.

The “Purgatory Island” experience is known as the most challenging pilgrimage in the Christian world.

Patrick’s Purgatory (Lough Derg, Ireland): 
www.loughderg.org

Suggested Reading:

  • Faustina’s Prayer Book for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by Susan Tassone
  • Prayers, Promises and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by Susan Tassone
  • A Pocket Guide to Purgatory by Patrick Madrid

Monte Sant’ Angelo – One of Italy’s Holiest Places

Come along with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to St. Michael’s Cave, located on the eastern coast of Italy. It was here that St. Michael the Archangel appeared to the bishop of the diocese three times. The Foxes will tell you about how St. Michael consecrated the cave, saying men’s sins would be pardoned here.

Hear about how the cave was often visited by St. Padre Pio. It was also a favorite destination of other saints and several Popes. You will also find out about how the Monte Sant’ Angelo was first discovered by a nobleman in search of a lost prized bull in the year 490.

Prayer to St. Michael

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Official Site of the St. Michael Sanctuary – https://www.santuariosanmichele.it/?lang=en

Assisi, Italy – Birthplace of St. Francis & St. Clare

Mary Jane Fox and Robert Rodriguez invite you to travel to Assisi, Italy in the beautiful Umbrian countryside. Visit the site where millions visit today, drawn by extraordinary Franciscan spirituality.

Meet the young Francesco Bernadone, and his friend Chiara Offreduccio, and be transported to their hometown, to the cross where Francis heard Jesus call him to rebuild the Church, the Hermitage of St. Francis, and the resting places of Francis and Clare.

Prayer from Francis’ Canticle of the Sun

Most high, all powerful, all good Lord!
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.

To You, alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all Your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and You give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of You, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens You have made them bright, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
and clouds and storms, and all the weather,
through which You give Your creatures sustenance.

Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of You;
through those who endure sickness and trial.

Happy those who endure in peace,
for by You, Most High, they will be crowned.

Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks,
and serve Him with great humility.

Recommended Reading

  • Light in the Dark Ages: The Friendship of Francis and Clare of Assisi by Jon Sweeney
  • St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton
  • St. Clare of Assisi by Sister Chiara Augusta Lainati