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The Children of Fatima

Looking for information about our Radio Encore Broadcast of Fatima – Discovering the Message of Mary?

Podcast Episode

This week’s virtual pilgrimage will be a unique one, join Renee Polka, a member of our Speaker Team, who will share with you the experience of Jacinta – 7 years old, her 9-year-old brother Francisco, and their 10-year-old cousin, Lucia. Three three shepherd children from Fatima, Portugal, witnessed the apparitions in the early 20th century.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • The children’s interactions with Our Lady
  • Visions which Our Lady revealed to the children and why?
  • Renee’s experience on her visit to Fatima, Portugal

Listen to this program on our podcast feeds starting Thursday, May. 12, on any of the following podcast services:

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Jewel for the Journey

“Putting up with any sacrifices that are asked of us in our day-to-day lives becomes a slow martyrdom which purifies us and raises us up to the level of the supernatural, through the encounter of our soul with God, in the atmosphere of the presence of the Most Holy Trinity within us. We have here an incomparable spiritual richness!” – Servant of God Lucia Santos


Guest Information

Renee Polka

Renee has a background in education, linguistics, and fundraising. She currently works in the non-profit sector raising funds for community health and wellness initiatives. In 2015, Renee attended the Theology of the Body Institute for the Head and Heart Immersion course with Christopher West, and has taken continuing education courses in theology with Father Nathan Cromly of the St. John Institute. She teaches CCD at St. Brigid Church, in San Antonio, TX.

 


A Closer Look at The Children of Fatima and The Mirace of the Sun:


Where is Fatima, Portugal?

Meet St. George

Have a Social with the Saints! Receive encouragement for your daily life as we meet & discuss St. George, an early Christian martyr who is the patron saint of soldiers, Boy Scouts, and more. His story can give us all encouragement to not be driven by fear.

Hear his story, and be inspired to know & love God and neighbor more.

How-To

1. Meet St. George – Video Teaser

2. Discussion
Listen as we learn about St. George and discuss how this role model can inspire us in daily life. Use the audio player below (or your favorite podcast app).

3. Live with Hope!
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Cost: Pilgrim Center of Hope is a non-profit evangelization ministry, sustained only by donations. While there is no required fee for attending, please consider donating a one-time gift or showing your support with a monthly donation. Every bit helps this mission of hope to continue. Thank you!


1. Meet St. George

2. Discussion

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3. Live with Hope!

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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


A Closer Look at San Salvador Cathedral:


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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Where is San Salvador Cathedral Located?

Image of San Salvador Cathedral Credit: CarlosCT86 CC BY-SA 4-0 via Wikimedia Commons

Meet St. Dominic Savio

Have a Social with the Saints! Receive encouragement for your daily life as we meet & discuss St. Dominic Savio, a student of St. John Bosco and a role model for people of all ages.

Hear his story, and be inspired to know & love God and neighbor more.

How-To

1. Meet St. Dominic Savio
At the time listed, watch the video below (or via our social media).

2. Discussion
Listen as we discuss how St. Dominic Savio can inspire us in daily life. Use the audio player below (or your favorite podcast app).

3. Live with Hope!
Download the pamphlet & quote cards below, and share with friends. Send us your feedback to join the conversation!

Miss the premiere time? All media will be available on-demand afterwards.

Cost: Pilgrim Center of Hope is a non-profit evangelization ministry, sustained only by donations. While there is no required fee for attending, please consider donating a one-time gift or showing your support with a monthly donation. Every bit helps this mission of hope to continue. Thank you!

Our thanks to the Rawicki family in honor of Deacon Luke Rawicki, for their sponsorship donation toward this Social with the Saints!


1. Meet St. Dominic Savio

2. Discussion

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3. Live with Hope!

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Meet St. Angela Merici

Have a Social with the Saints! Receive encouragement for your daily life as we meet & discuss St. Angela Merici, a champion of women and girls, who founded the Ursuline Sisters.

Hear her story, and be inspired to know & love God and neighbor more.

How-To

1. Meet St. Angela Merici
At the time listed, watch the video below (or via our social media).

2. Discussion
Listen as we discuss how St. Angela Merici can inspire us in daily life. Use the audio player below (or your favorite podcast app).

3. Live with Hope!
Download the pamphlet & quote cards below, and share with friends. Send us your feedback to join the conversation!

Miss the premiere time? All media will be available on-demand afterwards.

Cost: Pilgrim Center of Hope is a non-profit evangelization ministry, sustained only by donations. While there is no required fee for attending, please consider donating a one-time gift or showing your support with a monthly donation. Every bit helps this mission of hope to continue. Thank you!

Our thanks to Mary Jo Quinn for her sponsorship donation toward this Social with the Saints!


1. Meet St. Angela Merici

2. Discussion

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3. Live with Hope!

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My Friend Elizabeth

My friend Elizabeth was a wife, mother, widow, socialite, convert, educator, caregiver, and religious founder.  Let me tell you a little bit about Elizabeth.  She met and married William at the age of 19.  She was so in love with William, and he was so fond of her as well.  Both of them came from upstanding families and were well known in their community.  Their love for one another was admired by friends and family.  William and Elizabeth had five children.  When her husband had fallen ill, she became his caregiver.  She even went as far as moving him to a warmer climate due to his Tuberculosis.  On arriving at this new place, they (William, Elizabeth, and one of their daughter’s Ana) were quarantined because of William’s Tuberculosis.  During the time in quarantine, Elizabeth remained positive and upbeat despite their circumstance.  It was during this time that she learned about the Catholic faith.  She was born and raised Episcopalian.  While in quarantine she became closer to God reading the bible and praying with William.  Unfortunately, her husband died shortly after they were released from quarantine.  She was devastated because the love of her life was gone.  It was returning back to her hometown after the death of her husband that she converted to Catholicism.  After becoming Catholic all support was gone, most family and friends did not approve of her change in faith. Elizabeth didn’t let this bother her, she pressed forward and focused on her family.  She then started a Catholic school that was free and open to all with a focus on the poor.  Then later she started the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s.

Journeying With a Saint in the New Year

My friend Elizabeth is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Her feast day is celebrated on January 4th.  Can you believe she accomplished all of this before passing at the age of 47?  I don’t think I can accomplish as much as she did in my lifetime.  Everyone is unique and God’s plans for each and every one of us are different. I call St. Elizabeth Ann Seton one of my role models.  I often ask for her intercession.  I ask for her help in being more like her as a wife and mother.  Maybe you can seek out a Saint to call on for help this new year.  One thing I am going to try and do this new year that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton did, is getting closer to God.  Here are just a few goals I have written out that I plan on doing.  Perhaps, you too can make a list of goals to do this new year to draw closer to God as well.

  1. Confession. Go at least once a month.
  2. Mass on Sunday along with receiving the Eucharist and try going one day out of the week also.
  3. Adoration is my opportunity to sit and be still. Listen to what God has to tell me.
  4. Read the Bible. Wherever it opens to, read the scripture and reflect on it.

I’m sure if I at least try and reach any or all of these goals, God will welcome me wherever I am in my journey of life! One last thing I would like to share of my role model is a prayer that can be said daily at the start of the day:

O Father, the first rule of our dear Savior’s life was to do Your Will. Let His Will of the present moment be the first rule of our daily life and work, with no other desire but for its most full and complete accomplishment. Help us to follow it faithfully so that in doing what You wish, we will be pleasing to you. Amen.

Featured Image and Prayer captured from The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton official website.


Gloria Chapa-Solano Wife of 14 years, mom to a 9-year-old.  Always praying to the Holy Family for help and guidance on how to be a better wife and mother.  From Gloria, “Although I fail almost every day I am blessed with the Lord’s grace to wake up every day and try again.”

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

How a role-playing Mexican priest helped me learn to be myself

When my great-grandmother helped Fr. Miguel Pro escape from prison, I wonder what they said to each other.

She was an orphan of the Mexican revolution, and would bring him a disguise to slip past his captors, so that he could offer the sacraments for the faithful who lived nearby. Then, Father Pro would return to his prison cell as if nothing had happened.

Out of necessity in an anti-Catholic country, Father Pro was a master of disguises; you can find photos of these through a quick Internet search. He dressed as a mechanic to minister to cab & bus drivers; or as a farmer to go out to the rural areas. He was a beggar, an office worker… you name it!

True Identity

His truest identity was as a priest—someone who threw his entire self into God and who wanted to be a living image of Christ in the world.

However, the world didn’t allow him to live freely as a priest. He was hunted by the government day and night.

To live as his truest self, therefore, Father Pro chose to become so many other things; a miner, a mechanic, a wealthy gentleman…

One story recounts his conversation with Communists on a train, in which he jokingly claimed that he, too, was a socialist and a Communist. They all laughed together. Father Pro made such an impression on them that they offered him chocolates upon parting. Given the socio-political climate in Mexico at the time, this was no small accomplishment for a priest.

In each of these diverse circumstances, Father Pro strove to be Christ’s presence in that particular situation.

How To Live As Myself?

In our lives, perhaps there are many parts of our personality that never mix. When the barber inquires about my Sunday plans, do I reveal my devotion to God? Or, conversely, among my Church community, may I discuss the latest TV show I’ve been watching every weekend? Old classmates, sports buddies, neighbors, and family… can we consistently be the same person with them all?

I believe strongly that Miguel Pro would answer an enthusiastic, ¡Sí! to all of the above.

No matter what situation we’re in, each of us is only fully ourselves when we find our identity in Christ. Jesus is quoted in the Gospel according to John 10:10, “I came that they might have life and have it to the full.”

“Christ, … in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love, makes man fully manifest to himself and brings to light his exalted vocation.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1701)

To put it simply; when we encounter God’s love by getting to know Christ, we discover our ultimate purpose & calling. When we show God’s love by how we live, we are most fully alive. When we find our identity in Christ, we are most fully & authentically ourselves—no matter what!

Ready for Life

Father Pro was all about life. He had so profoundly found himself in Christ, that he was prepared for death… and eternal life. In his final days, he promised:

If I meet any long-faced saints there [in Heaven], I will cheer them up with a Mexican hat dance! – Fr. Miguel Agustín Pro

Even his final words were about life and Christ: ¡Viva Cristo Rey! “Long Live Christ the King!” he shouted, before the reigning powers’ firing squad silenced his mortal voice. (Now, his words echo into eternity… never to be silenced!)

May Christ the King never be silenced in us. May we embrace a daily effort to know Christ in Scripture, in prayer, and in the living witness of the Church. May we fully find ourselves in Christ, and in every situation may we live fully alive!


Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life.

Angela Sealana is Media Coordinator for Pilgrim Center of Hope, having served at the apostolate since 2010. She also serves on the PCH Speaker Team.

Emmitsburg, MD – National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

This week’s virtual pilgrimage will take us to the incredible National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD! In the first segment, our Media Coordinator, Angela Sealana, will welcome Robert Judge, Executive Director of the National Shrine! They will discuss what the Nation Shrine has to offer its community and all who visit. Mary Jane Fox & Eddie Reyes, a Pilgrim Center of Hope Staff Member and Pilgrimage Leader, will continue in our second segment, as we take a closer look at Mother Seaton, as she was often called. She is the first American-born citizen to be canonized. She also founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women established in the United States!

During our time together, our hosts will:

  • Take a closer look at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
  • Discuss what would a pilgrim anticipate seeing or experiencing in visiting the Shrine?
  • Share more about the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
  • Much More!

For more information on the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, click here.

Image courtesy National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. All rights reserved.


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Jewel for the Journey:

“Afflictions are the steps to heaven.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


A Closer Look at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton:


Where is the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton?

Philadelphia, PA – Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel

Come on an audio pilgrimage with Mary Jane Fox to the Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel! The shrine of this American saint is located in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, PA.

During our time together, we will learn:

  • About the life of St. Katharine Drexel
  • Her Religious Life and Canonization
  • Take a closer look at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
  • Much More!

For more information on the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, click here.

Image of Tomb captured from Saint Katharine Drexel Shrine Facebook Page


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Jewel for the Journey:

“Holiness consists in one thing: to do God’s will, as He wills it, because He wills it.” – St. Katharine Drexel


Saint Katharine Drexel Prayer:

Ever loving God, you called Saint Katharine Drexel
to teach the message of the Gospel and
to bring the life of the Eucharist to
the Black and Native American peoples.

By her prayers and example,
enable us to work for justice
among the poor and oppressed.
Draw us all into the Eucharistic community
of your Church, that we may be one in you.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen


Meet St. Katharine Drexel:


Where is the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul?

Avila, Spain – The Extraordinary Life of St. Teresa of Avila

Join Mary Jane Fox as she unpacks the extraordinary life of St. Teresa of Avila, the first woman to be honored as a Doctor of the Church! Her life is one that will undoubtedly leave you amazed and inspired! Did you know the Child Jesus appeared to her in her convent? An angel from Heaven appeared to her and she experienced a miraculous healing?

During this program, Mary Jane will also discuss:

  • A brief history of Avila, Spain.
  • Teresa’s quest to the land of Moors, to become a martyr at the age of 5 years old, along with her brother.
  • Her illness with Malaria.
  • Much more!

Want to take a deeper dive into the medieval city of Avila, Spain? Click here to listen to an archived episode of Journeys of Hope.


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Jewel for the Journey:

“Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything.” – St. Teresa of Avila


Prayer by St. Teresa:

Lord, grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by You,
always follow Your plans,
and perfectly accomplish Your Holy Will.
Grant that in all things,
great and small,
today and all the days of my life,
I may do whatever You require of me.
Help me respond to the slightest prompting of Your Grace,
so that I may be Your trustworthy instrument for Your honor.
May Your Will be done in time and in eternity by me,
in me, and through me. Amen.


A Closer Look at Avila, Spain:


Where is Avila, Spain?