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A Pilgrimage Through the Liturgical Year

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: March 24th, 2022Spiritual Reflections

This Sunday, we will celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.  It is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time, as well as the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Next week is Catholic New Year – the first Sunday of Advent. For over 2000 years, the Church has been refining and reforming the liturgical calendar.  … Read More

A Prayer for Times of Need

Bri CampbellLast Updated: March 24th, 2022Saints

Today is the feast of St. Martin of Tours, an early saint from the fourth century. After experiencing a conversion to Christianity at the age of 10, Martin became a steadfast follower of Christ. Upon turning 15, he had to report for duty in the Roman army, where he was eventually stationed in France. As … Read More

Remembering Those We’ve Lost

Bri CampbellLast Updated: March 24th, 2022Featured Pilgrimages

In the first two days of November, the Church celebrates the faithful that have gone before us with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. On the latter, we join together to pray for the souls in purgatory, that they may be fully purified and welcomed into their heavenly home by our Lord and His … Read More

Double the Celebration

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: March 24th, 2022Saints

I love my birthday. Not for any presents or cake, but more for the celebration. Getting together with friends, unexpected phone calls and texts, and all the freebies from restaurants. Free coffee from one place and free pastry from the place next door – birthday breakfast! Office party – birthday lunch! Last summer, we went … Read More

Pray Like St. John Paul II Today

Bri CampbellLast Updated: March 24th, 2022Saints

“We can pray perfectly when we are out in the mountains  or on a lake and we feel at one with nature. Nature speaks for us or rather speaks to us. We pray perfectly” One of the more commonly known things about St. John Paul II is that he flourished in the outdoors. From the early … Read More

The Saints in our Lives

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: March 24th, 2022Saints, Spiritual Reflections

Throughout the early 80s, at the Saturday evening vigil Mass, an older couple always sat in the front pew on the right side of the aisle.  Each week they watched as, across the way, a young mother brought her preschool son to Mass, teaching him the ways of the faith and showing him the love … Read More

Build My Church

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: December 14th, 2021Saints

As we celebrate the feast of St. Francis this week, many will recall the vision he had from Jesus on the cross in the Church of San Damiano telling him to “Rebuild My Church.”  St. Francis took this literally, and began to rebuild the small church where he was praying, but then later realized it … Read More

Receiving Roses and Rest

Bri CampbellLast Updated: October 7th, 2021Saints, Spiritual Reflections

Tomorrow is the first of October, the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux. As one of Catholicism’s most popular saints, it should come as no surprise that her novena is also one that is frequently prayed and whose answers are most eagerly awaited for. Most commonly, those that pray this novena expect St. Therese to … Read More

A Saint’s Saintly Friend

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: October 7th, 2021Italy, Saints

In recent years, San Giovanni Rotondo, home of St. Padre Pio, receives millions of visitors annually.  During his lifetime, he personally received hundreds of thousands of penitent sinners and heard their confessions, with the goal of converting them further to Christ.  However, with some visitors from Naples, he had an odd response to them coming to see him. “Why do you … Read More

Would Jesus Get a Tattoo?

Bri CampbellLast Updated: March 24th, 2022Holy Land

There’s a lot to-do about tattoos. Should you get them, should you not; will you like them later in life, will you not; does the Church approve of them, does she not; would Jesus get a tattoo? At the turn of the 20th century, tattoos as we know them today made their way into the … Read More

Holy Name Holy Places

Bri CampbellLast Updated: September 23rd, 2021Featured Pilgrimages, France, Holy Land, Ireland, Italy, Marian Shrines of Europe

This week, we celebrated the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and this Sunday, we look forward to commemorating the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary. With only four days separating these two feasts, Our Lady is brought to the forefront of our days during this time. During pilgrimage, our hearts are also drawn … Read More

One Month, Seven Sorrows

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: September 9th, 2021Saints, Spiritual Reflections

The month of September brings us numerous feasts and commemorations, including the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15. In addition, traditionally, the entirety of the month is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. These seven sorrows from various points in the life of the Blessed Mother are as follows: Prophecy of … Read More

The Lingering Spirit of St. Louis

Bri CampbellLast Updated: September 9th, 2021France, Saints

The name “St. Louis” is a midwestern staple. Known by most in the region as Missouri’s most popular city, it also lays claim to several other namesakes. Whether it’s the St. Louis Cardinals, the Spirit of St. Louis, or perhaps a rousing rendition of “Meet Me in St. Louis,” this name has a solid grasp … Read More

Saints’ Best Friend

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Uncategorized

For nearly 400 years, pilgrims and other travelers received help high up in the Alpine region of the Great St. Bernard Pass from a dog breed of the same name.  Originally guard dogs for the monks and visitors of the Hospice of St. Bernard, over time, these dogs were specially bred as mountain rescue dogs. … Read More

Saints who were Grandparents

Bri CampbellLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Uncategorized

On Sunday, July 25th, the Church celebrated the first ever World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, which will now be celebrated every fourth Sunday of July. Fittingly, this inaugural celebration took place the day before the feast of the perhaps the most well-known grandparents: St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of Mary and grandparents … Read More