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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

The Church Where Jesus Was Crucified

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

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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

Our friends over at the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia have provided this answer for us: Q: 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? A: Well, lets... Read More