The Pilgrim's Journey

A Holy Man and His Holier Mother

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: August 15th, 2019Poland, Saints

August 14 marks the feast of a saint whose lifetime is not far removed from our own. Born in 1894, small Rajmund would soon grow up to be St. Maximilian Kolbe – Franciscan, radio host, monastery founder, newspaper publisher, and most famously, victim of the Auschwitz death camp. As a young man, St. Maximilian Kolbe … Read More

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

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: July 29th, 2019Italy, 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

St. James of the Starry Field

Susan SkinnerLast Updated: July 25th, 2019Camino de Santiago, Saints

After pondering about the Way of St. James for several months, I thought maybe I was to take a pilgrimage to Spain, that beautiful trip of the mind and heart to the shrine of St. James of Compostela. But through prayer, it seems my “way” for now is to read the book of James in … Read More

Mary Magdalene and her Red Egg

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: July 17th, 2019Holy Land, Saints

We all know the awe-inspiring story of Mary Magdalene, the first person Christ appeared to after his Resurrection. She was a true saint of hope running to tell the Apostles she had seen the Lord. They didn’t believe her until they ran to the tomb themselves. The unbelief of the Apostles steeled her for a … Read More

This Powerhouse of a Saint Finds more than Lost Items

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: June 13th, 2019Italy, 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

50 Ways to Call Your Mother

Mary UllrichLast Updated: May 8th, 2019Marian Shrines of Europe, Saints

The “Litany of Loreto” is a powerful prayer composed in the Middle Ages and embraced by pilgrims at the Marian Shrine in Loreto, Italy, where tradition claims the original house of the Virgin Mary was transported. For centuries, the shrine has attracted pilgrims from all over the world. As a result, many of these pilgrims … Read More

Our Best Tour Guide is Found in Heaven

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: March 19th, 2019Saints, Spiritual Reflections

The life of St. Joseph must have been extremely interesting. In the words of St. John Paul the Great, “Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.” And from the viewpoint of St. Joseph, his life was quite literally an adventure with Christ. From being visited by angels in his sleep, to caring for a pregnant … Read More

Pizza Sticks and Parish Priests

Mary UllrichLast Updated: January 31st, 2019Priests, Saints, Spiritual Reflections

My youngest son was a picky eater. I packed his lunch almost every day until he was in the 8th grade. Then, they began selling “Bosco Sticks” in his school’s cafeteria. He couldn’t get enough of them. When I asked him why they were called “Bosco” sticks, he had no idea. Here’s what we discovered … Read More