Pilgrimages & Travel

The Black Madonna & the Priest in a Wheelchair

I’m writing from Czestochowa! Today, we prayed the Mass in the Basilica where the image of the Black Madonna is located. They usually rush you through, but we have an extra priest on our pilgrimage who is handicapped, and his wheelchair got stuck right at the...

It’s a Pilgrimage not a Vacation

I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to get the most out of this faith journey. How to go about it. How to open myself up to Jesus Christ. How to engage the faith like a saint. I mull it over. I’m not certain that is the right approach anymore. It seems more...

Behold! I am Doing a New Work!

I slept great on the plane. Who wouldn’t? I had three seats to myself, and I was trying a new thing this time. One Ambien tablet. It worked for a few of the pilgrims on my first trip to the Holy Land. And, it worked for me. But… I woke up before the pill had run its...

A Grace on the Mount of Beatitudes

Terry was sitting beside her husband at the outdoor Mass we attended on the Mount of Beatitudes. She leaned into Chris’ side and felt the joy of praying the Mass with him, the enormity of hearing the words of the divine liturgy on this mountain where Jesus Christ...

Advent in Bethlehem, Advent at Home

I have dipped my toes in the chaos of the Christmas-before-Advent scene. I’ve been to the mall once. I’ve landed on radio stations that play Christmas music around the clock – and quickly popped in my Rosary CD to escape the noise. I’ve seen enough of commercialized...

Miracles & Family Pilgrimages

I realized this morning, I must be somewhat of a cynic after all. I am not sure about you, but whenever I think of going on a pilgrimage, I think of retired people looking for something to do. I also have to admit that the very thought of the hectic schedules and the...

Dynamic Faith on the Move

Take thirty-seven days. Add close to 8,000 miles. Sprinkle in one very small car, a Catholic mom and her nineteen-year-old son and you have the recipe for something pretty amazing. In our case, all of these ingredients mixed perfectly when my youngest son Adam and I...

On a Double Decker Bus in Rome

The biggest influence on my Faith and prayer life has been a special priest I have known for almost 22 years. In these years of friendship, homilies and spiritual direction, I’ve picked up a pretty prominent theme from his teaching and from his example. I believe Fr...

Orvieto and The Feast of Corpus Christi

The town of Orvieto is an Etruscan city located in the scenic region of Umbria, between Firenze (Florence) and Roma (Rome). I first visited the medieval town of Orvieto in 2002, and again in 2006. It’s the eucharistic miracle which is preserved there that I want to...

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