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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

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¡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

I Was Born For You

November 8, 2015 by  
Filed under God's Will, Pilgrimage, Prayer, Teresa Tomeo

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

I Was Born For You Editor’s Note:  In anticipation of Avila Institute’s and Ave Maria Radio’s upcoming 2016 Easter Week pilgrimage to Spain, with Dan Burke and Teresa Tomeo, Teresa has graciously shared a reflection on St. Teresa of Avila, the saint she was named after, and St. Teresa’s prayer “I Was Born For You”. When most of us think of famous words written by mystic and Doctor of the... Read More

Who is St Januarius?

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

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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

How a Pilgrimage Answers the Need for Peace, Quiet, and Strength

September 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Pilgrimage

How a Pilgrimage Answers the Need for Peace, Quiet, and Strength

We live in a time where we are constantly assailed by noise and busy-ness. If we walk away from our computers, our phone begins to ring or buzz. We go out to eat and there are televisions on every wall. Exercise equipment in the gym is now equipped with TV as the pounding music rages from the cycling room. To keep our sanity and refresh our souls, sometimes we need longer periods of silence than we can find in Mass or daily prayer.... Read More

Why Are Pilgrimages Important?

September 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Pilgrimage

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Author’s Note: A few years ago, a reader wrote us and asked about why shrines and pilgrimages are important. Because I will be leading a pilgrimage in March 2016 together with Teresa Tomeo, I thought this was a timely topic to share again for those of you who may not have read it and who may wonder the same.  – Dan Our friends over at the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia have provided this answer for us: Dear... 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 this part of the world... Read More

Saint Maria Goretti

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

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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

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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 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

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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

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