The Pilgrim's Journey

The Journey to Christmas

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: July 2nd, 2019Holy Land, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

It was late when my plane touched down in Tel Aviv, but after years of anticipation, I had finally made it – I was in the land of Jesus and the Gospels! It was dark as our bus worked its way through the hill country of Israel on its way to our first stop: Bethlehem. … Read More

When Mary Visits

Susan SkinnerLast Updated: May 28th, 2019Marian Shrines of Europe, Medjugorje, Spiritual Reflections

The Old Testament shows the prefigurement of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. In 2 Samuel, Uzzah is struck dead for touching the ark of the covenant and David feels unworthy to bring the ark to Jerusalem. So, David takes the ark to the house of Obed-Edom where the ark remained for three months. While … Read More

Moses: Pilgrimage to the Promised Land

Mary UllrichLast Updated: April 30th, 2019Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

excerpted from “Great Pilgrims of the Old Testament” Many years after the death of Joseph, the new kings had no appreciation of how Joseph had saved Egypt from the great famine. The Hebrew people had become so numerous, that the pharaoh began to fear them and decreed that all male Hebrew babies must be drowned … 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

Why do the Five Stones Challenge for Lent?

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: February 28th, 2019Medjugorje, Spiritual Reflections

It was about this time last year that I really started getting interested in Medjugorje. At that point, I had been working for Tekton about seven months. We had a few pilgrimages come and go to Medjugorje, and I had heard scattered conversations and stories around the office about Medjugorje, but did I really know … Read More

Three Essential Elements of Adoration

Mary UllrichLast Updated: February 14th, 2019Medjugorje, Spiritual Reflections

Every day in Medjugorje, seven to ten thousand people kneel together in Eucharistic Adoration. So, Fr. Leon Pereira, the chaplain to English-speaking pilgrims in Medjugorje, knows a thing or two about Adoration. Here are what he calls the three essential elements of Adoration: Fr. Leon believes that Adoration is one of greatest fruits of Medjugorje. … 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

Once a Pilgrim, Ordinary Time is Never Ordinary Again

Mary UllrichLast Updated: January 7th, 2019Holy Land, Spiritual Reflections

Every pilgrim knows that once you’ve been to the Holy Land, “Ordinary Time” is never ordinary again. You can’t walk in the footsteps of Our Lord and not be affected when you hear the Gospel message. Ordinary Time, which begins this Sunday, is not called so because it is “not interesting.” The phrase is derived … Read More

5 Points to Ponder About the 3 Magi

Mary UllrichLast Updated: December 28th, 2018Spiritual Reflections

Ask anyone about the Magi, also known as the Three Kings or Three Wise Men, and the first thing that typically comes to mind is either a familiar Christmas tune or the gifts they brought the Christ Child. The fact is, we don’t know a lot about them. They are mentioned only in the Gospel … Read More

5 Ways to Keep the Spirit of Pilgrimage Alive When You Return

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: August 14th, 2018Pilgrims' Stories, Priests, Spiritual Reflections

Pilgrimage changes people. It enriches their lives, brings them closer to each other, and – most importantly – closer to God. When they return home, it’s with a renewed sense of self, a renewed purpose, and a strong desire to grow Christ’s kingdom in their own communities. Having experienced God in such a profound and … Read More

An Easter Egg Hunt for the Fruits of Lent

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: April 16th, 2018Spiritual Reflections

Christ is risen, Hallelujah! The forty days are over and we can finally rejoice! The Lord is so good, and in his goodness he desires to draw us nearer to him throughout the season of Lent. While we may have felt inconvenienced and slighted by the “sacrifices” that we decided to take on, we need to realize that God is calling on us to recognize that the things of this world are nothing compared to him, his awesome love, and the kingdom that he has waiting for us.