Still "Alive in HOPE!"

For those who've known this blog for years, know that I am still "Alive in HOPE!" Still looking at life through the eyes of faith and finding HOPE in a "hopeless" world... The only difference is that I now feel called to do so from the back of a bicycle on a 500+ mile pilgrimage; to share a message of hope from Our Lady of Fatima!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Marian Center for Peace

After racing to stay ahead of a severe thunderstorm today, we were blessed to arrive early in Wisconsin Rapids, where we are staying over tonight.

I LOVE how God works!  😃  First, He brought us in ahead of the storm.  (The leading edge caught up with me just as I entered Nekoosa, but had dissipated a great deal by that time.)  Then, He used our early arrival to allow us time for Adoration!

I was able to carry your intentions to Jesus at this beautiful, little chapel (the Marian Center for Peace)!

I so wish that I could post more here on this blog, but it has been easier (while on the trail) to interact with our Facebook community page.  You can find pictures, comments and even live-stream videos there.  When I am home and have access to my laptop computer once again, I will try to share more of the stories and pictures from the pilgrimage here.  I thank you for your patience with me as Iearn to surf the social media.

Your prayers are a source of great strength and support for us as we continue our eastward journey.

May you be BLESSED!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pilgrim Image

I am praying for your intentions tonight before the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe (a life-sized scan that has been touched to the tilma of Saint Juan Diego)!  She is traveling with us on this second leg of the journey.  I SO wish I could post a picture of the image here, but am still having some technical issues, so I'll post a picture of her on our facebook page.  May you be blessed!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Day 1

The #ReparationRide has officially begun!

Aaaand...  My phone won't let me load the app I need to post pictures to this site.  (Do you remember my saying how I miss my laptop? 😉)

God be praised!  He is granting many opportunities to offer things up in reparation.

I've always said that you know something grace-filled is about to happen when things begin to go wrong.

As I rode the first 10 miles south of The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, I encountered the strongest headwind I have yet  encountered on my bike.  It didn't seem to matter which direction I turned.  Coincidence??  I think not, but..

God is good.

One pedal stroke at a time.  Mile by (slow) mile.  He gave me the strength to push through and not give in to discouragement!  He even helped me to actually hear the Divine Mercy Chaplet through the sound of the wind.

Wouldn't you know it?  The wind finally died down shortly after the Chaplet ended and I was able to regain a decent pace.  THAT was His Divine Mercy (in my life, at that moment, anyway)!

An unexpected road closure ("water over the roadway" sign) and stretch  of gravel road; steep hill and a little rain...  Here I am.  Having carried your prayer intentions through it all, I've made it safely to my first overnight.  (God be praised!)  I will carry them on tomorrow.

Good night and thank you for your prayers!

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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