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The Top 7 Books About Pilgrimage

Mel UllrichLast Updated: December 31st, 2019Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

Pilgrimage brings faith, hope, and joy into our lives. Whether you’re planning a pilgrimage yourself or want to read about the experience of others on their sacred journeys, here are some great books that our staff recommends. 1. Hiking the Camino—500 miles with Jesus by Father Dave Pivonka. You can hike the Camino through France … Read More

The Hope We Need

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: November 20th, 2019Saints

The Virgin Mary has been honored with many titles by the Church over the centuries. One of my favorites is Our Lady of Hope. This title reminds me of her Presentation in the Temple that we celebrate on Nov. 21. From the beginning of her life, Our Lady was a vivid representation of hope. Tradition … Read More

The many ways to celebrate St. Martin of Tours

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: November 12th, 2019Saints

If there is one saint that has captured the Catholic imagination, it is St. Martin of Tours.  He is celebrated in so many various countries in the greatest variety of ways that it is hard not to get excited about this saint! His feast is even given a special name: Martinmas. In Europe, people eat … Read More

Let Living Waters Flow

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: November 7th, 2019Italy

Entering St John Lateran in Rome is a homecoming for Catholics. It’s also a witness to the seeds of faith planted by the blood of martyrs. Standing atop the monumental church are statues of the apostles holding the instruments used in their martyrdom. They seem more like pillars holding up the Church, showing us the … Read More

A Pilgrim’s Path to Benedictine College

John TuttleLast Updated: November 4th, 2019Pilgrims' Stories

Life is interesting. Mine has been blessed with opportunity, something I sometimes take for granted and even neglect at times. As a cradle Catholic, I have been blessed with a strong network of family and friends who share my faith and have helped to nurture it. My mom is a cradle Catholic. My dad is … Read More

The Ultimate Interview: 1-on-1 with the Mother of God

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Poland, Saints

St. Luke is a man after my own heart. He had the privilege of interviewing the Virgin Mary and thoughtfully recounting what she told him about her life with Jesus. As a journalist, this makes my heart want to sing. Any interview would pale in comparison to interviewing the Queen of Heaven. And that’s what … Read More

A Holy Man and His Holier Mother

Bri CampbellLast Updated: August 15th, 2019Poland, Saints

August 14 marks the feast of a saint whose lifetime is not far removed from our own. Born in 1894, small Rajmund would soon grow up to be St. Maximilian Kolbe – Franciscan, radio host, monastery founder, newspaper publisher, and most famously, victim of the Auschwitz death camp. As a young man, St. Maximilian Kolbe … Read More

I am Peter, Flawed & Faithful

Mel UllrichLast Updated: August 6th, 2019Holy Land

I’ve often heard, “We are all called to be holy.” But until lately, I saw holiness as a synonym for moral goodness. I recently learned, though, that the Hebrew translation means to be “set apart” from the world for God’s purpose. Peter, John, and James were certainly “set apart” when they accompanied Jesus to the … Read More

St. Alphonsus Liguori’s Main Rule: Pray Always!

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: June 29th, 2020Italy, Saints

It’s fitting that the Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Rome holds the sacred icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. St. Alphonsus wrote The Glories of Mary, one of the most used books of devotion to the Virgin Mary. In Rome, the church that houses his tomb, is a beautiful chapel that holds the … Read More

St. James of the Starry Field

Susan SkinnerLast Updated: July 25th, 2019Camino de Santiago, Saints

After pondering about the Way of St. James for several months, I thought maybe I was to take a pilgrimage to Spain, that beautiful trip of the mind and heart to the shrine of St. James of Compostela. But through prayer, it seems my “way” for now is to read the book of James in … Read More

Mary Magdalene and her Red Egg

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: June 18th, 2020Greece and Turkey, Holy Land, Saints

We all know the awe-inspiring story of Mary Magdalene, the first person Christ appeared to after his Resurrection. She was a true saint of hope running to tell the Apostles she had seen the Lord. They didn’t believe her until they ran to the tomb themselves. The unbelief of the Apostles steeled her for a … Read More

This couple coined the term “Vocation Awareness”

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: July 13th, 2020France, Saints

It takes a family, and what a family this was! The marriage of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin led them to parent one saint, St. Therese of Lisieux; Leonie Martin, a Visitation nun on the path towards beatification; and three other daughters who became Carmelite nuns like St. Therese. “The holy spouses Louis Martin and … Read More