When All the Candles Go Out: Our Family’s Lourdes Lesson

Erin McCole CuppMarian Shrines of Europe, Pilgrims' Stories

By Erin McCole Cupp “You’re going to Lourdes? Oh, the Candlelight Rosary Procession—it’s so beautiful! You’ll love it.” I heard this from many corners as we prepared for our family’s pilgrimage. As the summer approached, our family read books about Lourdes, poured over the Lourdes website, and watched videos and documentaries. I remember the five … Read More

3 Things You Must Do Before You Make a Pilgrimage:
A Spiritual Preparation Guide

Erin McCole CuppCamino de Santiago, Marian Shrines of Europe

So, you’ve decided to make a pilgrimage. You’ve registered, purchased insurance, and obtained the right travel documents … but there’s so much more to a pilgrimage than the practicalities of travel! You’re not just going on a vacation. You’re putting yourself in God’s hands in a very special way, asking Him to show you what … Read More

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

Brianna CampbellFrance, 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

The Ice Bath That’s Truly Healing

Brianna CampbellMarian Shrines of Europe

With any pilgrimage that you may embark on, there are plenty of ways to be immersed into a spiritual experience. You may be able to touch a relic, visit a place where Jesus may have walked, or come within feet of the Holy Father during a Wednesday Audience. But at Lourdes, the everyday pilgrim not only has the option to be immersed spiritually, but also physically, when they partake in the ritual of bathing at St. Bernadette’s Grotto.

Pilgrims Experience at Fatima

Andrea JoinesMarian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections

Thousands of people travel to Fatima each year. During this, the 100th anniversary year, this number is expected to increase. Tekton Ministries has been coordinating pilgrimages to this venerated site for over 20 years. Some pilgrims have shared their experiences via video interviews, survey responses, Facebook posts, or written reflections. Below are some collected from … Read More

How the Church Determines a True Marian Apparition

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

fatima

The Vatican’s “Norms regarding the manner of proceedings in the discernment of presumed apparitions or revelations” were approved by Pope Paul VI in 1978. An official English translation was released in 2011. Like with Fatima, responsibility for determining an apparition’s veracity lies with the local bishop, according to the norms established by the Vatican Congregation … Read More

Pope’s Pilgrimage to Fatima

Andrea JoinesMarian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

Our Lady of Fatima

Every year, thousands of pilgrims visit the central Portuguese town of Fatima, where three young shepherd children were visited six time by the Blessed Mother in 1917. These numbers are expected to swell during this, the centennial year of these apparitions. One of these pilgrims will be Pope Francis, himself, who will arrive in Fatima … Read More