The Pilgrim's Journey

Recalling the Medieval in Montana

Krista BehringerLast Updated: September 17th, 2020Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

Along with many others in the world today, my travel plans this summer were affected by disappointing cancellations, postponements, forbidden border crossings, and destination changes.  My husband and I were initially looking forward to accompanying his parents to the Holy Land this June, a first-time pilgrimage for all of us.  We were counting our daily … 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

How to Make the Virgin Mary Queen of your Life

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Saints, Spiritual Reflections

Crowning Mary with a garland of flowers while singing songs and celebrating a special Mass was a favorite tradition in my Catholic school. It’s from this simple act repeated every year for 12 years that made Mary queen of my heart. Mary’s queenship is a direct result of the doctrine of her Assumption, naturally flowing to when she was crowned Queen of Heaven. … Read More

Living Life on the Mountaintop

Bri CampbellLast Updated: August 6th, 2020Pilgrims' Stories, Saints, Spiritual Reflections

After five too many months of being stuck in my Indianapolis home for a series of quarantines, curfews, and stay-at-home orders, I most excitedly hopped a plane and made my way to the great state of Colorado. This summer has been a rough one. I found myself surprised when I learned of kids starting school … Read More

Prayer of Examen

Prayer of Examen

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: September 15th, 2020Saints, Spiritual Reflections

St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose feast day we celebrate on July 31st, has gifted the church with a unique expression of spirituality. His Spiritual Exercises are integral in the lives of the members of the Society of Jesus, more commonly called the Jesuits, which he founded in 1540. Though few others are able to participate … Read More

The Two Freedoms

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 1st, 2020Spiritual Reflections

The month of July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus – a devotion that has existed within the Church since the 16th century. July also happens to be a big month for the United States, the month in which the most uniquely American holiday occurs – Independence Day, or the Fourth of … Read More

Be a Living Sanctuary

Susan SkinnerLast Updated: June 25th, 2020Medjugorje, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

“If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15 I made my first pilgrimage ever in September, 2018 to Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is a place of alleged apparitions … Read More

Home is Where the Heart is

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: June 19th, 2020France, Spiritual Reflections

Did you know that some months of the year have different themes in the Catholic Church?  The traditional dedications for the months are: January – Holy Name of Jesus February – Holy Family March – St. Joseph April – Blessed Sacrament May – Blessed Mother June – Sacred Heart July – Precious Blood August – … 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

What is a Novena and Where did it Begin?

Tekton MinistriesLast Updated: May 21st, 2020Spiritual Reflections

Novena: a form of worship consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days (Oxford dictionary) From the Latin novem, meaning nine Upon the death of a Pope, a nine-day period of mourning is observed.  We last saw this in 2005, whereupon the death of (now Saint) Pope John Paul II, his papal funeral … Read More

Family Time with Fulton Sheen

Bri CampbellLast Updated: May 7th, 2020Domestic Church, Ebooks, Saints, Spiritual Reflections

This article is an excerpt from our new eBook Homes, Hobbies, & Holiness: Living with the Saints in your Domestic Church. “What is the difference between work and play? Work has a purpose, play has none, but there must be time in life for purposeless things, even foolishness.” Venerable Fulton Sheen The first time I came … Read More