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Catholics on Vacation

The summer season often finds kids (and sometimes adults) languishing in front of screens all day, but it doesn’t have to! Help your family grow in faith while having fun with these great tips from Richard Reyna and Rob & Camille DiMaio.

Create a passport with credits for visiting places named after Mary, Joseph, and other saints, performing an act of service, or performing a play with faith or morals at the center.

Create a roadtrip mix with favorite Catholic radio shows, books and pocasts for those long drives to the beach or relatives in other cities.

Research the namesakes of out-of-town parishes and talk about them before mass with your kids.

…and much more!

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Pilgrims carry the Cross along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem - January 2017

Stations of the Cross meditations by St. Alphonsus Liguori

These are the most widely-used meditations on the Way of the Cross that Jesus experienced during his Passion. They were written by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorist religious order.

Obtain

You may inquire about this prayer at your local Catholic bookstore, or acquire it from Pilgrim Center of Hope for a small donation 210-521-3377.

Our outdoor Stations of the Cross are available for families/groups who want to pray and have a picnic lunch; click here for more information.

Blood Brothers - Elias Chacour

Blood Brothers

“Blood Brothers” by Archbishop Elias Chacour (book)

As a child, Elias Chacour lived in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. The townspeople were proud of their ancient Christian heritage and lived at peace with their Jewish neighbors. But in 1948 and ’49 their idyllic lifestyle was swept away as tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed and nearly one million were forced into refugee camps. An exile in his native land, Elias began a years-long struggle with his love for the Jewish people and the world’s misunderstanding of his own people, the Palestinians. How was he to respond? He found his answer in the simple, haunting words of the Man of Galilee: “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

In Blood Brothers Chacour blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the birth of modern Israel. He touches on controversial questions such as: What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil in the Middle East? What does Bible prophecy really have to say? Can bitter enemies ever be reconciled? In a world of tension and terror, this book offers hope and insight that can help each of us learn to live at peace.

Originally published by Chosen Books in 1984 and now expanded with a new introduction by the author, a new foreword by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and a “Since Then” epilogue by writer David Hazard, this compelling book offers readers hope-filled insight into living at peace in the most volatile region of the world.

Purchase

You can obtain a copy of Blood Brothers through Pilgrim Center of Hope for a $10 donation.

Want to show your solidarity with Christians in the Middle East? Wearable Jerusalem Cross pins are available at the Pilgrim Center of Hope for a $5 donation. All proceeds will benefit the Church in the Middle East.

Contact us to obtain Blood Brothers or a Jerusalem Cross pin.