We feel so blessed to have been able to go on a pilgrimage to Rome during Lent with the whole family. This was a trip that was not planned at all. Last year when we made our pilgrimage to Lourdes, we had some problems with our airline tickets. We prayed about it and after much effort we were surprised when the airline gave us credits to travel again, so we picked Rome.
On our first day in Rome, we went to the Vatican. It was a rainy morning, but as soon as we reached St. Peter’s Basilica, the rain stopped and the sky turned blue. It turned out to be a wonderful day, we went to Mass at the Vatican, and prayed at the tomb of St. Peter and St. John Paul II.
Also, on the first day of our pilgrimage in Rome, we noticed that there were many homeless brothers and sisters. We felt really bad because we did not have anything with us to give them on that day. When we first started doing the “Gift of Hope” bags, we thought of doing it in every place we traveled to, but when planning our pilgrimage to Rome, we did not have a clear idea if we were going to do the “Gift of Hope” project. However, the idea became clear the first day in Rome, on our way to the Vatican, where we encountered several homeless people.
We thought to ourselves like St. Mother Teresa said,
"Each one of them is Jesus in disguise."
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Our second day in Rome, we went to the famous Spanish steps and the Trevi Fountain. On our way there, we stopped at every church we saw. The Churches in Rome are magnificent, their decorations, architectures, and painting are exceptional. We prayed for everyone we knew at the churches we went to. Most of the churches were playing soft instrumental music which helped us to pray even more. It felt like you were in heaven, at least how we imagined it.
Our Third day in Rome, we went to the Colosseum,
where we remembered all of our brothers and sisters
who were martyred for their faith.
Later, we visited Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
Day 4th in Rome: We visited Castle de Santo Angelo and St John Paul II's Foundation in the Vatican. At the foundation, we met a very nice lady who told us about her work with the foundation. The foundation had previously contacted us regarding our St. John Paul doll, they wanted to buy one. so we decided to donate the one we had brought with us. It was a blessed meeting. We felt that we got more than what we gave, the lady gave us second class relics of St. John Paul II and rosaries for the whole family.
We also visited the Vatican Museum
Our Final day in Rome, we went back to the Vatican were we went to Confession and Mass
May God bless you all, you are in our daily prayers.
The Kiczek Family
Paul, Apostle of Christ movie is the story of two great men, who gave their lives for Christ and their faith. Luke, played by Jim Caviezel, a disciple and physician, risks his life to venture into the city of Rome to visit Paul, played by James Faulkner, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell.
I was able to attend a pre-screening of the movie on February 13th at a theater near me with my daughter Ashley. It is a powerful movie with a relevant message for our troubled times. After leaving the theater, I felt encouraged to continue to walk closer to the Lord, this movie deepened my faith. It is a story of courage, faith, hope, but above all it is a story of love. Love is the way to heal a broken world and the only thing stronger than evil.
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Paul, Apostle of Christ will be in a theaters near you starting on March 23rd, don't miss the opportunity to go and see it. It is a great film to watch with your Parish, friends, and family. Also, your support of this wonderful movie will send a message to Hollywood and the world that more of these faith-filled movies need to be made! For more information about the movie go to:
God bless you and I pray that they movie will inspire you as much as it has inspired me.
Your Sister in Christ,
Our prayers were finally answered after praying for nine years to be able to go to Lourdes. We wanted to go to the place where Our Blessed Mother Mary appeared to St. Bernadette mainly for physical healing in our family. It was not an easy trip, we had many difficulties getting there, the evil one tried to do everything he could to stop us from going. Because of this, we knew that we had made the right decision. Our first day in Lourdes was a rainy one, not just a little rain, heavy rain and wind all day. As we entered the grounds our umbrellas were destroyed, this did not bother us. We felt a great peace as we entered the grotto and prayed for all of the intentions we carried in our heart and for the healing of our family members.
After praying at the grotto we headed straight to the baths where we prayed the Holy Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy while we waited. There were so many people praying joyfully, waiting to be bathed in Lourdes' miraculous healing waters. There was a sign on the wall before the entrance of the bath, written in many different language saying, "Drink and Wash in the Spring."
After the bath, I felt a great peace and joy in my heart, a peace that I have never felt before, a feeling that was also shared by the members of my family. Later that day, we went to Mass and did the Rosary procession in the evening. With a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes leading the way, we began with thousands of people praying together with lighted candles.
The next day, we did the Stations of the Cross and Eucharistic Procession and Adoration.
We also visited the house where St. Bernadette lived.
Lourdes is a beacon of hope for all of us!
Our Lady Lourdes pray for us!
St. Bernadette pray for us!
God bless you!
Just Love Prints, the name says it all! The prints are just beautiful and the quotes are great inspirations. The inspirational quotes usually come from the saints and the Holy Bible. These prints make great gifts for any occasion and they can be given to anyone. My favorite print is the one below. St. Joan of Arc is one of my favorite saints and the quote is also my favorite quote from St. Joan of Arc. This is the print I received from Just Love Prints and they look even better in person and the packaging was definitely done with love.
The watercolor paintings on the prints are just stunning; my daughter loves to paint with watercolor and when she saw the prints, she just loved the watercolor flowers especially in the “Wonderfully Made” Scripture Verse - Psalm 139:14 print.
These prints are great way to evangelize and even plant a seed of faith in someone. It is also a great gift to give to someone who is devoted to a special saint, like St. Joan of Arc, imagine giving them their favorite quote in a beautiful creative print. I want to give one to a spiritual sister, whom I have been sharing bible verses with, the beautiful print with the Bible quote “For God so loved the world that he gave, His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” –John 3:16 for Christmas. The prints are also very affordable and will make great Christmas gifts.
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God bless you,
Prayer is a powerful way to ask for Our Lord’s help, especially for healing. Our Lord Himself said “ask, and you shall receive” (John 16:24). I know what is to be sick and I also know what is to have someone that you loved suffering from an illness, it is not easy, this is why I want to help you pray for healing either for you, a family member, or a friend. Also, I want to ask you to pray for all the prayers requested below, I think that your requests become that much more powerful when others are praying for you as well. It is a truly a great form of charity to pray for others, especially for those most in need! As Pope Gregory the Great once wrote “He causes his prayers to be of more avail to himself who offers them also for others.”
Put all your trust only in God, and remember with God all things are possible. Please leave your prayer request in the comment section and I promise to pray for them.
Esmeralda is the author of "The Adoption Movement: Saving Souls through Jesus Christ" which involves the spiritual adoption of anyone who touches your heart. She is also a social media expert and blogger and co-owner of Dolls from Heaven, Editor in Chief of My Catholic Family Magazine.