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How I Met My Mother

Bri CampbellLast Updated: October 9th, 2020Spiritual Reflections

Growing up Catholic, I remember disliking the great task that was praying the rosary. In my grade school days, every day of October was increasingly tiresome as each year my class would daily pray a rosary during this month dedicated to it. My mind would wander, my mouth would yawn, my attention span was totally … Read More

Medjugorje and Life Coaching

Jennie GuinnLast Updated: October 2nd, 2020Medjugorje, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

For the past three years as fall approached, I found myself eagerly awaiting a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. The visits to the small village in Bosnia-Herzegovina completely changed my life. Amid the chaos and confusion going on now in the world with the pandemic, social unrest and the upcoming election, I find myself yearning for Medjugorje. … Read More

His Writing was Bold, Just Like His Life

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: January 21st, 2021France, Saints

To see the handwriting of saint you admire – the way he wrote his a’s, the slant he used, the handwriting stroke, firm, or light – is a window into their humanity. These little gems of handwritten notes – rare nowadays in our fast-paced culture of emails, texts, and online messaging – are treasured heirlooms … Read More

Recalling the Medieval in Montana

Krista BehringerLast Updated: September 17th, 2020Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

Along with many others in the world today, my travel plans this summer were affected by disappointing cancellations, postponements, forbidden border crossings, and destination changes.  My husband and I were initially looking forward to accompanying his parents to the Holy Land this June, a first-time pilgrimage for all of us.  We were counting our daily … Read More

Finding Jesus in the Wild West

Bri CampbellLast Updated: September 11th, 2020Holy Land, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

In late 2019, I had booked and planned a trip to Poland and Germany for May of 2020 with a fellow coworker here at Tekton Ministries. We were going to explore the homeland of St. John Paul II and then end our pilgrimage with a quick stop in Germany, where we were going to attend … Read More

The Goodness of God’s Answers

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: August 26th, 2020Italy, Saints, Spiritual Reflections

Have you ever prayed fervently for something to happen only to have the exact opposite thing occur? And you couldn’t understand why in the moment, but later on it became really clear? If so, you are in good company!  St. Monica, like most mothers, worried about her son, the future St. Augustine, and the state of his soul. When … Read More

For the Love of Cherries

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: August 25th, 2020Saints

St. Gregory the Great – Pope Gregory I – shaped the papacy and reformed the liturgy in such a stunning way that it made him one of the greatest popes in history. His influence has had a permanent effect on the Catholic Church.   Here are just a few highlights of this great pope:  He wrote more than 850 letters.  He wrote an extensive commentary … Read More

How to Make the Virgin Mary Queen of your Life

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Saints, Spiritual Reflections

Crowning Mary with a garland of flowers while singing songs and celebrating a special Mass was a favorite tradition in my Catholic school.  It’s from this simple act repeated every year for 12 years that made Mary queen of my heart. Mary’s queenship is a direct result of the doctrine of her Assumption, naturally flowing to when she was crowned Queen of Heaven.   … Read More

Saints along the St. Lawrence

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: August 13th, 2020Canada, Featured Pilgrimages, Saints

The Gulf of St. Lawrence was named after the saint we celebrated earlier this week by the French explorer Jacques Cartier as he first sailed into the gulf on August 10, 1535, the feast of the martyr St. Lawrence of Rome. It is fitting then, to explore today some of the other saints now connected … Read More

Living Life on the Mountaintop

Bri CampbellLast Updated: August 6th, 2020Pilgrims' Stories, Saints, Spiritual Reflections

After five too many months of being stuck in my Indianapolis home for a series of quarantines, curfews, and stay-at-home orders, I most excitedly hopped a plane and made my way to the great state of Colorado. This summer has been a rough one. I found myself surprised when I learned of kids starting school … Read More

Prayer of Examen

Prayer of Examen

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: September 15th, 2020Saints, Spiritual Reflections

St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose feast day we celebrate on July 31st, has gifted the church with a unique expression of spirituality. His Spiritual Exercises are integral in the lives of the members of the Society of Jesus, more commonly called the Jesuits, which he founded in 1540. Though few others are able to participate … Read More

Do you know the way (to Santiago)?

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: July 23rd, 2020Camino de Santiago, Ebooks, Pilgrims' Stories, Saints

It’s a long-running joke in my family to respond to a question of how to get somewhere with “Oh, you can’t get there from here. You have to go somewhere else to start.”  It seems like an odd comment – and not very helpful – but in the pilgrimage world, it is not uncommon to … Read More

Resting in Mary’s Mantle

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 16th, 2020Holy Land, Saints

What do St. Edith Stein, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. John of the Cross all have in common? Apart from residing in Eternal Paradise together, these three saints lived their lives in the Carmelite order, leaving the world behind to live in a community devoted to prayer, contemplation, and being in union with the … Read More

What You Should Know about St. Benedict’s Medal

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 15th, 2020Italy, Saints

July 11th is the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, a first century saint whose works still have an effect on the world today. Born in 480 into a life of wealth and nobility, Benedict left it all behind at the age of 20. Studying in Rome, he was not pleased with his life there … Read More

The Two Freedoms

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 1st, 2020Spiritual Reflections

The month of July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus – a devotion that has existed within the Church since the 16th century. July also happens to be a big month for the United States, the month in which the most uniquely American holiday occurs – Independence Day, or the Fourth of … Read More