Welcome to Catholic Travel Journal

Welcome to Catholic Travel Journal

In October of 2013 my wife, Paula, said that for our twentieth wedding anniversary she wanted to go with me on the annual pilgrimage to Chartres. This blog and weekly podcast (starting in mid-February) will be our record of preparing for and going on the trip as well as an exploration of Catholic travel destinations and ... Read More
 

Pilgrimage: Day 39: How are Those Resolutions Coming?

I just re-read my New Year’s Resolution post from a week ago. I had already forgotten some of them! The dangers of putting promises on public display! Well, resolutions do me no good without frequent review, so let’s get to it: 1. Save money monthly for Chartres. CHECK. I have a certain amount I am ... Read More
 
Pilgrimage: New Year’s Resolutions

Pilgrimage: New Year’s Resolutions

This isn’t anything new, since Ian & I resolved to go to Chartres back in November. But I found this web site: This is a fundraiser for the restoration of stained glass windows in bay 140 in Chartres Cathedral – to be completed in 2016! I wonder if they will be finished by Pentecost that ... Read More
 
Pilgrimage: Day 31: What is a Pilgrim?

Pilgrimage: Day 31: What is a Pilgrim?

pil·grim ˈpilgrəm noun 1. a person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons. synonyms: worshiper, devotee, believer How much meaning is in this simple definition! Are we not pilgrims all our lives, if we seek God? And isn’t our God good to want to be found? He hides Himself for our good, but ... Read More
 
Pilgrimage: Day 21: O Key of David!

Pilgrimage: Day 21: O Key of David!

December 20: Ember Friday In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago. This morning, we awoke to a cold, dark world outside. The fog was so thick that we could not see ... Read More
 

Pilgrimage: Day 20: O Root of Jesse!

December 19, 2013 I have been informed by several sources that there are only 5 shopping days until Christmas. Thankfully I do not have to go into that mad rush to grab the last Cabbage Patch doll (or whatever toy is absolutely indispensable this year), or fight for the last fondue pot (or whatever kitchen ... Read More
 

Pilgrimage: Day 19: O Adonai!

Ember Wednesday, December 18, 2013 I love the Ember Days, and wish more people knew what they were and could take advantage of the riches God has for us if we only ask for them! This morning I was blessed to be able to go to Mass at my parish. Fr. James Gordon, FSSP, said ... Read More
 

Pilgrimage: Day 18: O Wisdom!

Here is the second day of the O Antiphon Novena: December 17: O Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence! Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... Since yesterday I ... Read More
 

Pilgrimage: Day 17: O Antiphons Novena

This Novena, though it starts one day earlier than the O Antiphons, correlates with the O Antiphons in the titles used to address Jesus between the 17 th and the 24 the of December. It would, therefore, make a good Novena to pray when your family prays the O Antiphons. December 16: O Shepherd that ... Read More
 
Pilgrimage: Day 11: Happy Birthday to Me!

Pilgrimage: Day 11: Happy Birthday to Me!

Day 11: December 10, 2013: St. Melchiades, Pope and Martyr, pray for us! Today I turn 44! Ian is in Fort Collins at work, the kids are working on their school, and I am helping them while I get ready for a doctor’s appointment. I know it does not sound all that special or exciting, ... Read More