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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

How a Pilgrimage to My Ancestors’ Homeland Restored My Faith

Erin McCole CuppLast Updated: March 12th, 2019Ireland, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections, Upcoming Pilgrimages

My adult faith had never been lower than the first time I set my big, wide Irish feet on actual Irish soil. My beloved grandmother had passed away a few months before the trip. I’d inherited her rosary, the one on which each bead represented to her one member of her family of nine children … Read More

Three Essential Elements of Adoration

Melvin 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

Packing Like a True Pilgrim

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: February 12th, 2019Pilgrims' Stories, Upcoming Pilgrimages

When preparing for a pilgrimage, packing your bag for the journey ahead can err on the side of intimidating. If you are an experienced traveler, you may be in possession of that special grace that allows you to perform this task with ease. If this your first rodeo however, don’t worry, I’m here to help. … Read More

Pizza Sticks and Parish Priests

Melvin 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

5 Ways to Make Your Pilgrimage an Act of Faith

Erin McCole CuppLast Updated: January 23rd, 2019Pilgrims' Stories

A dear friend and I were talking about our upcoming summer travels.  She was taking a mission trip to Africa.  I was traveling to the decidedly first-world locations of England, France and Ireland. “It’s a pilgrimage,” I explained, “like an old-fashioned, medieval pilgrimage—but, well, with planes.” She gave me a very gracious but confused smile, … Read More

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

Erin McCole CuppLast Updated: January 15th, 2019Marian 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

5 Points to Ponder About the 3 Magi

Melvin 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