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Mount Tabor and the Church of the Transfiguration (Feast of the Transfiguration)

August 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Featured, Pilgrimage

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In honor of the Feast of the Transfiguration today, let’s visit Mount Tabor and the Church of the Transfiguration in Galilee, Israel. Jesus’ Transfiguration occurs shortly before He enters Jerusalem to begin his Passion, and is encountered in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. On this occasion, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up Mount Tabor, at the north-east corner of the Jezreel Valley.... Read More

Jerusalem’s Church of St Anne (Memorial of Sts Joachim and Anne)

July 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Featured, Pilgrimage

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It’s been a few months since I last wrote. Those who saw me recently on EWTN’s Life on the Rock or who read my blog know that my husband David suffered a heart attack on Mother’s Day, just nine days before we were supposed to fly to the Holy Land to document Pope Francis’ Holy Land pilgrimage. He’s fine, thank God, and is recuperating well, but it did throw our lives into disarray, and my... Read More

Pilgrimage: Camino Primitivo to Santiago de Compostela

July 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, Pilgrimage

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Editor’s Note:  Dr. Anthony Lilles recently made a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the place, where tradition holds, St. James the Apostle, whose feast the Church celebrates on July 25th, is buried.  In this post, Dr. Lilles reflects on his journey, and on pilgrimage in particular. On Corpus Christi, Father Piotr Mozdyniewicz and I said goodbye to the pilgrims who journeyed with... Read More

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre

April 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Featured, Pilgrimage

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With the beginning of Holy Week, we all turn our attention to Jesus’ Passion. In Jerusalem, the events of this week are commemorated throughout the Old City. Today, we’re going to explore the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built atop Calvary and Jesus’ tomb. For a great online virtual tour, check out this amazing site. The exterior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is unremarkable except in... Read More

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine in Colorado (November 13 Memorial)

November 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage

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Today Catholics celebrate St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, patron saint of immigrants and the first citizen of the United States to be canonized.* The story of her life is long and filled with amazing accomplishments, all in the service of God. I’ll cover some basics, but check out these books for a thorough look. The life of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini is a perfect example of how God uses the weak to... Read More

The Church Where Jesus Was Crucified

October 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Events, Pilgrimage

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More than a decade ago I received a gift that left an indelible mark on by soul, a trip to the Holy Land. One of the most memorable of my encounters was at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is built on the mount where our blessed Lord was crucified. As I entered into the huge and holy structure on a weekday afternoon the Church was abuzz with tourists. They scurried all around the place like... Read More

Why I Go on Pilgrimage (and Why You Should, Too!)

September 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage

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For me, pilgrimage has always meant coming home to a place where I am loved. You know that feeling of security you get with family, knowing that even though they know all your crazy quirks, they love you anyway? That’s pilgrimage. Finding refuge in a chapel, away from life’s insecurities. Seeking understanding and familiarity in a foreign country, where I don’t speak the language. Resting in... Read More

Sea of Terror and Redemption

August 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Pilgrimage

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The Sea of Galilee is an imposing body of water. Coupled with the reality of what happened on its shores, and on the surface of its depths, it is a place that echoes stories of faith and lives transformed.  This transformation has come by way of many profound encounters designed by our great God to draw the hearts of his disciples to a faith that would set the world ablaze. The impact of coming to... Read More

Pilgrimage of Faith & Christianity’s Unvanquished Hope

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I recently accompanied a group of pilgrims from the Tatra Mountains of Poland to Warsaw for the Year of Faith.   Twenty years ago, the Pilgrim Pope came to celebrate World Youth Day in Denver and spent time in prayer in a retreat center, high up in the Rocky Mountains.  We decided that we would go to the mountains of Blessed John Paul II to pray and to thank God for the graces of those days and... Read More

What is with this shrine and pilgrimage thing? Is this really important to my faith?

February 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Pilgrimage, Shrine

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Our friends over at the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia have provided this answer for us: Dear CSD, I am a recent convert and I don’t understand the whole “shrine” thing. What makes a shrine a shrine? Why do Catholics go to these places? Why should I care? Oh, one more thing, the “pilgrimage” thing I guess is also tied to shrines. What about that? Well, lets begin... Read More