The Pilgrim's Journey

Resting in Mary’s Mantle

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 16th, 2020Holy Land, Saints

What do St. Edith Stein, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. John of the Cross all have in common? Apart from residing in Eternal Paradise together, these three saints lived their lives in the Carmelite order, leaving the world behind to live in a community devoted to prayer, contemplation, and being in union with the … Read More

The Renaissance Man Cave Revisited

Bri CampbellLast Updated: June 2nd, 2020Holy Land, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

It can be hard to reflect on an experience that you’ve never had before. Shortly after I began my employment at Tekton, I was tasked with writing a reflection on the Upper Room. Having never set foot in the same country as the Upper Room, I scoured the Internet for all the info it had … Read More

The Best of All Holy Weeks

Bri CampbellLast Updated: April 2nd, 2020Domestic Church, Holy Land, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

“Holy Week and Easter will never be the same.” This is the comment we get most abundantly from our pilgrims upon their return from the Holy Land. It comes in through our surveys so often that you would think they all copied one another’s responses – cutting and pasting the same thing over and over … Read More

In the Footsteps of Our Blessed Mother

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: December 19th, 2019Holy Land, Marian Shrines of Europe, Medjugorje, Saints

In the St. Wenceslas tale that is told around this time of year, we see a king’s mercy and compassion. Good King Wenceslas, who has had songs and story books made of his life, set out one winter’s night with his squire to take food and firewood to his poor subjects. The snow was deep, … Read More

I am Peter, Flawed & Faithful

Mel UllrichLast Updated: August 6th, 2019Holy Land

I’ve often heard, “We are all called to be holy.” But until lately, I saw holiness as a synonym for moral goodness. I recently learned, though, that the Hebrew translation means to be “set apart” from the world for God’s purpose. Peter, John, and James were certainly “set apart” when they accompanied Jesus to the … Read More

The Journey to Christmas

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 2nd, 2019Holy Land, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

It was late when my plane touched down in Tel Aviv, but after years of anticipation, I had finally made it – I was in the land of Jesus and the Gospels! It was dark as our bus worked its way through the hill country of Israel on its way to our first stop: Bethlehem. … Read More

Once a Pilgrim, Ordinary Time is Never Ordinary Again

Melvin UllrichLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Holy Land, Spiritual Reflections

Every pilgrim knows that once you’ve been to the Holy Land, “Ordinary Time” is never ordinary again. You can’t walk in the footsteps of Our Lord and not be affected when you hear the Gospel message. Ordinary Time, which begins this Sunday, is not called so because it is “not interesting.” The phrase is derived … Read More

From the Nativity to Calvary: Mary’s Faithful Journey

Melvin UllrichLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Holy Land, Spiritual Reflections

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled. So, all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of … Read More

St. John the Baptist: Cousin, Outcast, Commencer

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Holy Land

The Man A distant cousin of Jesus, John makes his first appearance in the Gospels when the angel Gabriel first announces his conception to Elizabeth and Zechariah, an aging couple who had previously been unable to bear children. Overcome with disbelief at the angel’s message, Zechariah voiced his skepticism and was instantly stricken with muteness, … Read More

Simon “The Rock” Peter – The Stones that Symbolize the First Papacy

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 10th, 2020Holy Land

Found in Tabgha along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, not far from where the multiplication of the loaves and fishes took place, is a quaint Roman Catholic Church made of gray stone. It’s quite simple, with a single column that is topped off by a bell and crucifix, and a few windows peppering the outside walls. Its red roof stands out amongst the greenery that surrounds it. This is the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, a site that commemorates the event that started a papal lineage that spans 265 successors.

The Upper Room: More Than Just a Renaissance Man Cave

Bri CampbellLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Holy Land, Spiritual Reflections

When the Upper Room is mentioned, the first thing that might come to mind is Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. In his version it’s a room with a high ceiling, big enough to accommodate a table for thirteen diners (perhaps even more if they didn’t all have to sit on the same side of the … Read More

Rejoicing in the Church Where Jesus Wept

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: January 16th, 2018Holy Land, Spiritual Reflections

As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They … Read More

What These College Students Did During Their Holy Land Pilgrimage Might Surprise You

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Holy Land, New Evangelization

If you were blessed to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, what would you want to do, and where would you want to go? How would you walk in the footsteps of Christ? Perhaps, you’d like to stand beside the River Jordan and gather water from the river where John baptized Christ. Maybe you’d … Read More