The Pilgrim's Journey

St. Dominic and the Origins of the Rosary

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: June 4th, 2019France, Italy, Spiritual Reflections

While some dispute the historical account of the presentation of the Rosary by Our Lady to St. Dominic, many theologians and Popes have upheld this understanding. History reveals that St. Dominic was the first to preach and teach the Rosary as a form of meditative prayer, and the first to see the benefits reaped from … Read More

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How the Church Determines a True Marian Apparition

Richard SontagLast Updated: April 19th, 2017Marian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

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

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity: Mothers and Martyrs

Project ManagerLast Updated: June 4th, 2019Church News

March 7 – Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicity Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia – all names we hear in the Canon of the Mass. All martyrs of the early church. But who are these women and why are they so important that they are the few mentioned by name during the Holy … Read More

Chair of Saint Peter

Richard SontagLast Updated: February 15th, 2017Uncategorized

The feast of the Chair of Saint Peter is on February 22nd. On this feast, do we really celebrate a piece of furniture? In short, no. This feast actually commemorates the office of the bishop of Rome and the fact that Jesus Christ chose Peter to “sit” in his place as the visible head of … Read More

Pope’s February Video

Richard SontagLast Updated: February 16th, 2017Pope Francis

Pope Francis speaks to us once again about not forgetting any of our brothers or sisters. May we all join together to meet each person right where they are.

Lets Celebrate Jesus’ Early Life

Richard SontagLast Updated: January 16th, 2017Holy Land, Uncategorized

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple on February 2nd celebrates an early episode in the life of Jesus. It falls between the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25th, and the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter on February 22nd. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Presentation of Jesus in … Read More

Feast of the Holy Family

Richard SontagLast Updated: December 14th, 2016Pope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

As the Feast of the Holy Family is approaching on December 30th, let us reflect on Pope Francis’ Homily from the Feast of the Holy Family in 2015: The biblical readings which we just heard presented us with the image of two families on pilgrimage to the house of God. Elkanah and Hannah bring their … Read More

Fatima 100th Anniversary Indulgence

Richard SontagLast Updated: December 1st, 2016Marian Shrines of Europe, Upcoming Pilgrimages

For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017. The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained to CNA that the … Read More

The Church of Saints

Richard SontagLast Updated: October 14th, 2016Spiritual Reflections

Our God is the God of the living, and who is more alive than those who have completed this earthly journey and are now with Him in Heaven? Jesus said, “As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, … Read More

The restoration of the Santa Maria Antiqua

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 8th, 2016Uncategorized

( Aleteia ) For 1200 years the Roman Forum thrived as the legislative, religious and administrative nerve center of Rome. From the little kingdom founded in 753 BC to the SPQR of the Roman Republic to the mighty Empire, the little open area grew from marketplace to city center to hub of the world. But … Read More

Why we need the Holy Spirit

Richard SontagLast Updated: May 18th, 2016Spiritual Reflections, Uncategorized

(Aleteia) What is the most unlikely gift you have received? I have a friend who received a set of salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a maid and a butler. When you used them, they played the classic Elvis Presley song, “Love Me Tender.” I’m thinking of uncalled-for gifts because on Sunday we … Read More

Get to Know Your Guardian Angel

Richard SontagLast Updated: May 10th, 2016Spiritual Reflections

(By Trish Stukbauer) As Catholics, we are blessed to share a rich and vibrant prayer heritage that has accumulated over literally thousands of years. Over time, many of these prayers have been sadly neglected or just not taught – and as a result, not said – as often as they once were. One of these … Read More