The Pilgrim's Journey

Finding Mashed Potatoes & Turkey in Rome

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: November 24th, 2020Italy, Spiritual Reflections

When my husband and I got married we were blessed to meet the now-Saint John Paul II in person. I wore my wedding dress and Pope John Paul II made the Sign of the Cross over us, took our hands in his, and gave us a nod. It will forever be seared in our memory … Read More

The Goodness of God’s Answers

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: August 26th, 2020Italy, Saints, Spiritual Reflections

Have you ever prayed fervently for something to happen only to have the exact opposite thing occur? And you couldn’t understand why in the moment, but later on it became really clear? If so, you are in good company! St. Monica, like most mothers, worried about her son, the future St. Augustine, and the state of his soul. When … Read More

What You Should Know about St. Benedict’s Medal

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 15th, 2020Italy, Saints

July 11th is the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, a first century saint whose works still have an effect on the world today. Born in 480 into a life of wealth and nobility, Benedict left it all behind at the age of 20. Studying in Rome, he was not pleased with his life there … Read More

Living a Life Surrounded by the Eucharist

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 15th, 2020Featured Pilgrimages, Italy, Spiritual Reflections

This year, I’ve been particularly noticing the great amount of celebrations within the Church calendar, especially those since Holy Week. I don’t know if it’s just a special quirk of extra attentiveness, or if the tumultuous events that have filled 2020 so far have kept me looking out for the hidden brightness in our world … Read More

This Holy Site Takes Catholic Aerobics to a Whole New Level

Bri CampbellLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Italy, Pilgrims' Stories

It was a hot spring day in Rome as we exited the cool marble interior of the massive Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. As we gathered together around our tour guide, Irene, her voice came through our whisper headsets, stating that our next destination was the Holy Stairs, right across the street.“What are those?” a … Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Subiaco, Italy

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: December 14th, 2017Italy

This coming spring, one of our pilgrimage groups will visit Subiaco, Italy. While this small town is often overlooked as a pilgrimage destination, it is well worth the short hour’s drive from Rome to see several historical and spiritual treasures. Sacro Speco Nestled in the hillside above the peaceful town, you’ll find Sacro Speco – … Read More

The Rosary: Prayer of Power and Consequence

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Italy, Spiritual Reflections

The Rosary has a long and rich history. While it’s origins are often disputed, one thing those who pray the Rosary can agree with is this: it is a prayer of great power and consequence. From turning the winds to bring about victory in battle, to turning a satanist into a saint, this prayer of … Read More