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Viva Cristo Rey: Celebrating the Life Witness of Blessed Miguel Pro

November 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


¡Viva Cristo Rey! Viva Cristo Rey!* Yesterday was the Solemnity of Christ the King, properly known as the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Today, we honor Blessed Miguel Pro, a Catholic priest who was martyred during the persecutions of Catholics in Mexico during the Cristero War (1926-1929). The Feast of Christ the King day was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical Quas Primas, just... Read More

Who is St Januarius?

September 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage


Today is the feast of St Januarius, also known as San Gennaro.  The streets of Little Italy in New York City are filled with festival goers, eating Italian foods and all sorts of yummy things. Do you think if you stopped any one of these party-goers on the street and asked them who San Gennaro is and why a whole day is dedicated to his memory… would they know? Maybe. Maybe not. But hey! The Communion of Saints is... Read More

Celebrating the Ruins of A King

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


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 this part of the world... Read More

Saint Maria Goretti

July 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


When I was a young girl, my mother would often tell us stories of the saints. I loved it, and today’s saint, St. Maria Goretti, was one of my favorites. Photograph of St Maria Goretti, taken in 1902 Perhaps it was that she was young, like me, and I felt closer to her than the adult saints. Maybe it was that her holiness lies in her rejection of a premature sexuality, something I also understood. Whatever it was, this little... Read More

Ein Kerem: Birthplace of John the Baptist

June 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage, Shrine, Solemnity


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 a wee one of their own. But... Read More

Why We Need Lourdes

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Healing, Marriage, Mary, Pilgrimage


Why do we need Lourdes? Of all of the Marian shrines in the world, Notre Dame de Lourdes in France is most associated with healing. Bernadette Soubirous and the Lady On February 11, 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous went to Massabielle on the banks of the river and saw a lady dressed in white in a grotto. She saw her a few more times before the lady asked her to return every night for a fortnight, and Bernadette complied.... Read More

Philadelphia’s National Shrine: St John Nepomucene Neumann

January 5, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage, Shrine

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An actual photo of St John Nepomucene Neumann Today is the memorial of St John Nepomucene Neumann, Philadelphia’s fourth bishop and our country’s first male saint. In celebration of his memorial, I’d like to introduce you to the National Shrine of St John Nepomucene Neumann, one of Philadelphia’s five shrines, and one of my favorites (they’re on Facebook, too!). The Life of St John Nepomucene Neumann St.... Read More

Notre Dame de Paris

December 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Mary, Pilgrimage

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Notre Dame de Paris As the Liturgical Calendar brings us closer to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, I thought that I would introduce you all to one of the most beautiful and visited cathedrals dedicated to Our Lady, the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, literally translated as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Paris. I have been blessed to visit Paris twice in my life–once during law school when I lived in London for a... Read More

Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun

October 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Mary, Mary, Pilgrimage


FATIMA AND THE MIRACLE OF THE SUN Today is the 97th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, which occurred at Fatima in Portugal at the culmination of the Virgin Mary’s apparitions at the Cova da Iria to three little shepherd children–Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto. For those not familiar with the history of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, I encourage you to read a blog post I wrote about the... Read More

St Jerome and Bethlehem’s Church of St Catherine

September 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


ST JEROME AND BETHLEHEM’S CHURCH OF ST CATHERINE Did you know that St. Jerome is the patron saint of librarians and of translators? In Latin, his name is Hieronymus–which I love–and every September 30th, on the memorial of his death, translators around the world celebrate International Translation Day! How awesome is that? Today, I’d like to show you to the cave in Bethlehem when he spent the last thirty years of his life,... Read More

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