The Pilgrim's Journey

His Writing was Bold, Just Like His Life

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: September 24th, 2020France, Saints

To see the handwriting of saint you admire – the way he wrote his a’s, the slant he used, the handwriting stroke, firm, or light – is a window into their humanity. These little gems of handwritten notes – rare nowadays in our fast-paced culture of emails, texts, and online messaging – are treasured heirlooms … Read More

Home is Where the Heart is

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: June 19th, 2020France, Spiritual Reflections

Did you know that some months of the year have different themes in the Catholic Church?  The traditional dedications for the months are: January – Holy Name of Jesus February – Holy Family March – St. Joseph April – Blessed Sacrament May – Blessed Mother June – Sacred Heart July – Precious Blood August – … Read More

This couple coined the term “Vocation Awareness”

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: July 13th, 2020France, Saints

It takes a family, and what a family this was! The marriage of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin led them to parent one saint, St. Therese of Lisieux; Leonie Martin, a Visitation nun on the path towards beatification; and three other daughters who became Carmelite nuns like St. Therese. “The holy spouses Louis Martin and … Read More

A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth – The Saints Who’ve Stood the Test of Time

Bri CampbellLast Updated: September 15th, 2020France, Italy, Marian Shrines of Europe, Medjugorje

What does “incorrupt” mean?The word “incorrupt” means “not having undergone decomposition, especially of a human body.” When a body is exhumed for examination and judged incorruptible, they are generally seen as a saint, although the state of incorruptibility no longer is counted as a miracle towards an individual’s cause for sainthood, as it was in … Read More

Saint John Eudes – The Pilgrim Who Didn’t Travel

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: July 13th, 2020France, Spiritual Reflections

Saint John Eudes was born on November 14, 1601 in Ri, France and died on August 19, 1680 in nearby Caen. The distance between his birthplace and the location of his death is less than 40 miles – not a significant distance for an earthly pilgrimage – but his vocation and spiritual legacy reach far … Read More

St. Dominic and the Origins of the Rosary

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: June 4th, 2019France, Italy, Spiritual Reflections

While some dispute the historical account of the presentation of the Rosary by Our Lady to St. Dominic, many theologians and Popes have upheld this understanding. History reveals that St. Dominic was the first to preach and teach the Rosary as a form of meditative prayer, and the first to see the benefits reaped from … Read More

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: June 21st, 2017France

In the late 17th century, Jesus appeared to a young nun, now St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, in the convent of the Visitation Sisters in Paray-le-Monial, France, to speak of his love for all people and to instruct her in the devotion to His Sacred Heart. He said to her, “My Divine Heart is so passionate … Read More

Our Lady of Lourdes, France

Lourdes – Miracle for Many

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Church News, France

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor peasant girl by the name of Bernadette Soubirous near the French village of Lourdes. The Blessed Mother then appeared 17 more times that year and on January 18th, 1862, the local bishop recognized the authenticity of the Apparitions, opening up the devotion to … Read More

St. James and the Camino de Santiago

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020France, Upcoming Pilgrimages

St. James, Pray for Us! The last two weeks in July, the city of Santiago de Compostela celebrates its biggest festival of the year: St. James Festival or the Apostle Festival (Festas do Apóstolo). St. James is the patron saint of Santiago de Compostela but also Galicia; which means St. James Day is also Galicia … Read More

Pilgrims Welcome

Richard SontagLast Updated: March 11th, 2016France, Marian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

The following message from Pope Francis addressed individuals at an international meeting of pilgrimage organizers and rectors of shrines. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! I cordially welcome all of you, workers of the pilgrimages to the shrines. Going on pilgrimage to the shrines is one of the People of God’s most eloquent expressions of … Read More

Bishop of Ars removes Blessed Sacrament from parishes amid string of break-ins,

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, France

(CNA).- Bishop Pascal Roland of Belley-Ars in France has ordered that the Blessed Sacrament be removed from all chapels and churches in the diocese following a wave of sacrileges that have taken place in recent days. After numerous tabernacles were profaned and consecrated hosts were stolen, Bishop Roland issued an ordinance instructing that “the Blessed … Read More