Just when you think you know it all…

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Just when I think I know it all, something happens that makes me realize that, in fact, I know very little.     It happened to me last night.  Over a delicious rib-eye dinner with a priest-friend, he began to tell me about the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupré.  The more he described its … Read More

Assisi-bound!

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Pope Francis is headed to his namesake’s hometown. When? Why, the patron’s feast day of course- October 4, 2013.   Announcing earlier this month that he would like to make a pilgrimage to Sicily in September, now the Holy Father would like to make a pilgrimage to Assisi.  (My guess is he’ll do both on … Read More

“Oh no pro nobis” – Kid singing Ave Maria

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While viewing Google+ posts, I came across this video posted by Michael Sestak.  He titles it, “Little Child Sings ‘Ave Maria’ for a Pilgrimage”.  He was quick to joke about the pronunciation of “Ora pro nobis” as “Oh No pro nobis”. Cute video.  I like that he’s got it down for whenever he makes his … Read More

Cross landing: 63 days remaining until WYD ’13

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Cross landing: 63 days remaining until WYD ’13. In this photo from CNS/Reuters found on catholicnews.com, sailors from the Brazilian Navy deliver the World Youth Day cross to a representative group of young Catholics who will continue the global procession that has carried this crossIt has taken part in WYD in Paris (1997), Rome (2000), … Read More

September pilgrimage for Pope?

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The Pope is planning a pilgrimage.  Are you?The Vatican Today (news.va) reported, “At the end of today’s general audience, the Pope, addressing a group of pilgrims from the Italian island of Sardinia, announced that he would like to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria that is located in the Sardinian city of Cagliari.” … Read More

Come Holy Spirit!

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This has got to be one of the best pictures of our Holy Father yet.   Come, Holy Spirit! Pilgrimage to Rome, tektonministries.org

La Virgencita, Patroness of the Americas

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Mexico City can be an intimidating to fly into.  It’s not like San Diego when you are still flying but you’re able to see people at work through their office windows… above you.  Or like Washington D.C. when your ears pop and you transition from horizontal to vertical to horizontal within thirty seconds.  What makes … Read More

You do the witnessing

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CNS reports that Canada’s Pro-Life movement is growing as 20-25k people peacefully marched to Parliment Hill in Ottawa, the nation’s capitol.  Zenit reports that the same is true in Italy as 40k marched peacefully through Rome in support of life.  These pilgrims were surprised when another pilgrim, dressed in all white, drove up in his popemobile to … Read More

Actually, it was 802 saints canonized- the largest ever

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I thought John Paul II was making a big splash when he canonized 120 Chinese martyrs.  But who in the world is going to be strong enough to carry the Martyrologium Romanum (Roman Martyrology, the book of officially canonized Catholic saints) after this past Sunday?  Pope Francis canonized the largest number of men/women in the Church’s history … Read More

St. Francis & the birds…ugh

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  I never got the thing with St. Francis and the birds.  I mean, I know he preached to the birds but that was only once, maybe twice, according to solid, academic, biographical resources on the saint’s life.  Why are the birds such continuous companions to St. Francis art work? Even Friars themselves joke of … Read More

Present in every space and time

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Guest what Pope Francis said recently concerning the Ascension… Dear brothers and sisters, the Ascension does not point to Jesus’ absence, but tells us that he is alive in our midst in a new way. He is no longer in a specific place in the world as he was before the Ascension. He is now … Read More

Custom-fit Pilgrimages from Blessed John XXIII to St. Faustina

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It’s no secret that priests of different generations might not be of the same mind on all issues ecclessial.  That’s true of their particular interests and devotions as well.  Recently Tekton began brainstorming ideas of pilgrimages that can serve priests of different generations.  Some priests may be interested in visiting the tomb of Blessed John XXIII … Read More

Two days and counting

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Fr. Peter Vasko, OFM, and pilgrims depart for the Holy Land in less than two days.  JFK Airport will serve as the launch pad for yet another pilgrimage to the Holy Land. To the 25+ pilgrims, Fr. Vasko will share his wealth of experience and knowledge of the land God chose to redeem mankind.   … Read More

Young Tekton Pilgrims Headed to World Youth Day

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Recently, The Catholic Moment, the diocesan newspaper for the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana carried a story by Catholic News Service talking about Pope Francis’ trip to Brazil in July.  Some may say, “Brazil?!? Why is he going to Brazil?”  Well, if you didn’t know, you do now.  Three little words with a huge meaning- World.  Youth. … Read More