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Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray, Examining Spontaneous Prayer

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The Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray, and Examining Spontaneous Prayer Dan and Melissa answer questions on the importance of saints in prayer life, teaching children to pray, and spontaneous prayer. They also discuss some important aspects of meditation as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the... Read More

Celebrating the Ruins of A King

August 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage

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Recently, on a trip to Jordan, I had the opportunity to visit Mukawir, the ruins of what was once called Machaerus, the mighty fortress where Herod Antipas imprisoned John the Baptist for about 2 years, then had him beheaded. Mukawir in the foreground with the Dead Sea in the distance There isn’t much to see at Mukawir but some ruins amidst the rocks and scattered bushes. Still, I highly recommend... Read More

Ein Kerem: Birthplace of John the Baptist

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Luke, Chapter 1 tells us the whole, exciting and miraculous story of the Birth of John the Baptist, which we celebrate today. First, we read of the announcement–by an angel, no less–of the very unexpected conception and later birth of the baby who would grow up to become John the Baptist. His parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, were older, you see, and had long given up hope of ever having... Read More

The Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St Joseph

March 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage

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The Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St Joseph In celebration of the debut of The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land on EWTN, I have been exploring sacred sites in that wonderful land. This month brings us two solemnities that are associated with pilgrimage sites within walking distance of each another: the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, falls on the 19th, while... Read More

The History and Ruins of Jerusalem’s Temple

February 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage

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With the debut of The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land on EWTN this month (see details below), I am exploring the sites in the Holy Land. This month, in honor of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, we’ll be looking at the history of Jerusalem’s temple and what remains of it today. Forty days after Jesus was born, the Holy Family travelled to Jerusalem, where they presented the baby to... Read More

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity and Shepherds’ Fields

January 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Since The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land will air on EWTN nightly from February 17-22, 6:30 pm/3 am EST, I thought I’d start exploring some sites in the Holy Land. What better place to begin than the beginning?! It’s still the season of Christmas, so today, liturgically, the Holy Family would still be resting in a manger in Bethlehem after Jesus’ birth.... 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

Introducing Diana von Glahn

September 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Pilgrimage

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Today, we are most excited to introduce Diana von Glahn. She is an author, writer, editor, host and, with her husband David, co-producer of the EWTN series “The Faithful Traveler.” She adds another dimension to our Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction site by expanding how we think about and practice our faith, particularly with regard to pilgrimages and to places that are dear to our Catholicism:... Read More

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