Saint John Eudes – The Pilgrim Who Didn’t Travel

Richard SontagFrance, Spiritual Reflections

Saint John Eudes was born on November 14, 1601 in Ri, France and died on August 19, 1680 in nearby Caen. The distance between his birthplace and the location of his death is less than 40 miles – not a significant distance for an earthly pilgrimage – but his vocation and spiritual legacy reach far beyond the physical confines of … Read More

St. Dominic and the Origins of the Rosary

Richard SontagFrance, Italy, Spiritual Reflections

While some dispute the historical account of the presentation of the Rosary by Our Lady to St. Dominic, many theologians and Popes have upheld this understanding. History reveals that St. Dominic was the first to preach and teach the Rosary as a form of meditative prayer, and the first to see the benefits reaped from meditation upon its mysteries. In … Read More

Hidden Spiritual Gem in Rome Reminds Us to Embrace Our Crosses

Richard SontagItaly, Spiritual Reflections

Near the catacombs in Rome, walking along the Appian Way, you’re likely to stumble upon a hidden spiritual gem – the Chiesa del Domine Quo Vadis, or the Church of “Lord, Where Are You Going?”. While the architecture is relatively unassuming, the message: “Lord, where are you going?” speaks loud and clear to those who enter through the doors and … Read More

St. Maria Goretti – Example of Mercy and Love

Richard SontagItaly, Spiritual Reflections

In the eyes of the world, Maria Goretti was unremarkable. Young, poor, and uneducated, she could not even read or write. Yet, her heroic purity and forgiving spirit have made her great in the eyes of God and the Church. Maria was born on the eastern side of Italy, but her family moved to a home near the small seaside … Read More

Pilgrims Experience at Fatima

Andrea JoinesMarian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections

Thousands of people travel to Fatima each year. During this, the 100th anniversary year, this number is expected to increase. Tekton Ministries has been coordinating pilgrimages to this venerated site for over 20 years. Some pilgrims have shared their experiences via video interviews, survey responses, Facebook posts, or written reflections. Below are some collected from pilgrims who travelled to Fatima … Read More

Easter Treats Around the World

Richard SontagChurch News, Spiritual Reflections

Hot Cross Buns

Every year throughout the world, different cultures carryout out various Easter food traditions to help in celebrating the resurrection of our Lord. Each custom or tradition symbolizes some form of the joy of Easter Sunday. For example, the three braids of the tsoureki symbolize the Trinity. What are some of your family’s Easter food traditions? Easter Butter Lamb Easter Butter … Read More

March 19th, We Celebrate St. Joseph

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections

St. Joseph

March 19th is the Feast of St. Joseph, the spouse of Mary and foster father of Jesus. This falls on the calendar just seven days before the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, which commemorates the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary announcing that she is to give birth to the Messiah.  St. Joseph was born in Bethlehem and worked … Read More

Burying the Alleluia

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections

The penitential season of Lent officially begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 1 this year. However, throughout the centuries, a pre-Lenten season has been celebrated in various cultures and with various traditions. Many are familiar with the names of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) or Carnival and the revelry associated with this pre-Lenten period. Far fewer are familiar with … Read More

What is the indulgence associated with Fatima?

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections


The actual 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal is not officially until the 13th of each month May-Oct of this year, but celebrations began November 27th, 2016 when Pope Francis announced an opportunity to obtain a special plenary indulgence during this celebratory occasion. Now through November 26th, Catholics around the world can obtain a … Read More

Feast of the Holy Family

Richard SontagPope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

As the Feast of the Holy Family is approaching on December 30th, let us reflect on Pope Francis’ Homily from the Feast of the Holy Family in 2015: The biblical readings which we just heard presented us with the image of two families on pilgrimage to the house of God. Elkanah and Hannah bring their son Samuel to the Temple … Read More