Tuesday, April 18, 2006
WE'RE GONNA DO IT ALL!
Miles of the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota landscape flew by. Our "quick" jaunt across the country has treated us well, as we have stopped in Saint Louis and Omaha to catch up with friends.
The Flanagan family was kind enough to host us for Easter in Saint Louis. After several hours of driving [on the wrong road ... just ask Shannon about how 70 and 80 are the same highway] we arrived at our destination in time to drink a glass of wine and get a good night's sleep in order to go to Mass at the Cathedral in St. Louis.
A note about the Cathedral .... it has the most mosaics in one place in the entire world. Pretty rockin' for the Risen Savior! Mass was, of course, beautiful and we had the opportunity to look around after Mass and drink in the full beauty of the Cathedral. We were also able to look at some of the older collections that the Cathedral had on hand. Overall, it was a spiritually uplifting experience for all involved.
p to the s ... WELCOME HOME ALL YOU CONVERTS, IT WAS GREAT TO RECEIVE WITH YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!
We headed home to hang out with Shannon's eleven nieces and nephews [all under the age of six] and ate enough food to feed a small army. After playing and eating, it was time for the only thing left to do to complete our day. Siesta! Oh, it was glorious!
Ted Drewe's finished out the day ... that is some really thick ice cream. We finished up a bit of work and headed off to bed to prepare for the ten hour drive out to Sioux Falls the next day.
Easter Monday came and went ... we drove from St. Louis to Sioux Falls, meeting the Lee family along the way for a delicious buffet Italian lunch. Many thanks for a delicious meal!
Finally, we arrived in Sioux Falls, took a quick tour and headed north to Brookings where South Dakota State University [and our hosts] reside. We rented a movie and finished up some work to prepare for Tuesday's activities.
Tuesday morning Wendy, Patrick and I headed over to the Union to book a table for the day and got to work. After talking with hundreds of students on campus during the day, the Campaign for Healthy Families showed up and began to collect petition votes for the referendum. It quickly became evident the huge forces arrayed against South Dakota in their quest to protect babies in the womb. Please continue to pray for their efforts and strength as they daily battle to protect the most innocent in their state.
Until tomorrow ... pax vobiscum.
Who we are?
Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.
We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.