The Pilgrim's Journey

A Week Full of Easters

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: May 13th, 2021Italy, Spiritual Reflections

He is Risen. He is Risen indeed! This week we celebrate the Octave of Easter – 8 days of feasting and rejoicing. Each of these days is treated as another Easter Sunday. At daily Mass, everyone proclaims the Gloria and Alleluia, as on other solemnities. No fasting is allowed, and the usual practice of abstaining … Read More

Called to Serve in Every Vocation

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: March 29th, 2021Italy, Saints

But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the … Read More

La Via Francigena

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: February 3rd, 2021Camino de Santiago, France, Italy

Travel blogging has become quite popular in recent years. A quick internet search for any destination will result in numerous pages where people have recorded their activities, costs, insights, and recommendations. However, it isn’t a completely novel activity, but merely a modern adaptation of a centuries-old pastime. Travelers throughout the ages have preserved records of … Read More

Saint Agnes had a Little Lamb

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: January 22nd, 2021Italy, Saints

On many Sundays, we hear the name Agnes proclaimed during the Eucharistic prayer after the Consecration. But who was this saint, and what does she have to do with one of the longest Catholic pilgrimage routes in the world?

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

Baptism, the Living Water, and the Fountains of Rome

John TuttleLast Updated: July 10th, 2020Italy, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

Close to three years ago, I had the blessed opportunity to visit Rome, Italy. I, along with many extended family members, flew in to give our support to a cousin of mine (now a priest) whose ordination to the diaconate was held in St. Peter’s Basilica. The trip served not only to show our love … Read More

A Feast, A Chair, and A Man

Bri CampbellLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Italy, Saints

A hop, jump, and skip away, across the pond, through the massive doors of St. Peter’s Basilica, past the behemoth main altar, and just below the famous stained-glass window of the Holy Spirit, resides an enormous work of bronze created by the great Baroque artist Bernini. Grand in scale and precise in details, the sculptor … Read More

Let Living Waters Flow

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: November 7th, 2019Italy

Entering St John Lateran in Rome is a homecoming for Catholics. It’s also a witness to the seeds of faith planted by the blood of martyrs. Standing atop the monumental church are statues of the apostles holding the instruments used in their martyrdom. They seem more like pillars holding up the Church, showing us the … Read More

St. Alphonsus Liguori’s Main Rule: Pray Always!

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: June 29th, 2020Italy, Saints

It’s fitting that the Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Rome holds the sacred icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. St. Alphonsus wrote The Glories of Mary, one of the most used books of devotion to the Virgin Mary. In Rome, the church that houses his tomb, is a beautiful chapel that holds the … Read More

The Holy Eucharist Never Stops Inspiring

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: June 18th, 2019Italy

A Basilian monk, who had doubted the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist, was celebrating Mass, and at the consecration, saw that the Host had changed into flesh. The wine had changed into blood; clotting and coagulating into five clots of differing sizes. His doubt led to the first recorded Eucharistic Miracle, making … Read More

This Powerhouse of a Saint Finds more than Lost Items

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: August 12th, 2020Italy, Saints

The back of the envelope had the initials S.A.G. with a cross on each side. Inside, was some money and the sender –a wise mother– had invoked St. Anthony of Padua to make sure it got to her daughter who was overseas. This was before cellphones, computers, and automatic transfers. It was just the 1980s, … 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.” What is an incorrupt saint? In the realm of Catholicism, an incorrupt saint is one whose body experiences little, no, or delayed decomposition after death. It is believed that divine intervention has allowed a number of human bodies to … Read More