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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

Medjugorje Welcomes Thousands of Youths

Ann VucicLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Uncategorized

“We have come here, to Medjugorje, to renew our faith in Jesus Christ.” Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, delivered these powerful words to over 50,000 young people from 54 countries. All were gathered in Medjugorje for the opening Mass of the 32nd annual … Read More

Mary Magdalene and her Red Egg

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: July 21st, 2021Greece 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

The One Who Places Things in Order

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

It was the late spring of 2007.  My car had just over 5,000 miles on it and I was in the midst of my first long solo road trip. In moving from Indiana to Maine for a summer job, I’d taken advantage of the time before my first day of work to visit my parents … Read More

The Saints in Our Lives

Bri CampbellLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Saints, Uncategorized

As time goes on, I’m constantly amazed at the connections, relationships, and opportunities that the Lord has made possible in my life. Reflecting on the past, it’s so easy to see where the Lord has answered my prayers and moved me along His path by simply putting people in my life. As you look throughout … Read More

Remember the Trails

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Camino de Santiago, Spiritual Reflections

A few days ago, a memory popped up on my phone. It was a picture of a small group of pilgrims, myself included, enjoying ice cream in a little shop on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, exactly eight years ago. That afternoon before enjoying our ice cream, we (a total of 49 of … Read More

One Star Reviews of our Favorite Sites

Bri CampbellLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Uncategorized

Traveling has been known to bring out the best, and the worst, in people. One of the perks of foreign exploration is the experience of the exotic and significant places that not only hold a place in history, but also play a role in the practice of the Catholic faith throughout time. While it’s important … Read More

Things St. Augustine Never Said

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Saints, Spiritual Reflections

St. Augustine was a man of many words. Five million, to be precise. At least, that is how many of his written words remain to this day. This includes books, letters, and sermons, and is not even the entirety of what Augustine created during his life. With all of these writings, there come some famous … Read More

Two Hearts to Love

Bri CampbellLast Updated: September 9th, 2021Saints, Spiritual Reflections

Humankind has an obsession with the heart. “But don’t tell my heart, my achy breaky heart…” “And my heart will go on and on…” “You’ll be in my heart…” “Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame…” “Don’t go breaking my heart…” “Listen to your heart…” Songs for ages have revolved around the heart – … Read More

Carrying Christ Within You

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Holy Land, Spiritual Reflections

When we celebrated the feast of the Visitation on Monday, we heard in the Gospel about Mary’s journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  After hearing news of her cousin’s pregnancy, Mary set off in haste to visit her relative. “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb,” and then she said, “Most … Read More