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!

Friday, June 30, 2017

"Will you trust me?"

When I first sensed the call to #ReparationRide, I thought that the timing and route of the ride would be determined simply by circumstance:

First, Christopher was already planning a bicycle pilgrimage from Holy Hill to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe between June 12th and June 18th.  I knew that this would allow us to bike together and not place any added stress on him to bike the distance twice; and...

Second, after last year's "Bike for Marriage," I knew that we needed to maintain that route and the dates of travel, allowing us to again arrive at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help by June 26th (the anniversary of the Supreme Court's tragic decision with regards to marriage in our country).

That left only one leg of the journey to plan.  It seemed to make the most sense that I start biking at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help and complete that initial, 130-mile stretch before joining Christopher.  In that way, we could end the pilgrimage together.

As it turned out, God had another reason for the route to be what it would soon be.

On the morning of June 8, 2017, I biked out to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help from my place of lodging on the east side of Green Bay.

I left my bike in front of the visitors' center and walked inside to see what is a new addition to the Shrine (for me).  On the wall, I found a copy of Bishop David Ricken's Decree on the Authenticity of the Apparitions of 1859.  These words (excerpts from Our Lady's words to Sr. Adele) seemed to jump out at me...
I am the Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners and I wish you to do the same... Go and fear nothing, I will help you.
These words of Our Lady really are timeless.  In that moment, they spoke to my heart and I knew the reason I must depart from this holy place and that it would be my mission to pray for the conversion of sinners and to return here.

As I knelt to pray the Rosary in the chapel of the apparition, I sensed a confirmation of the mission I was about to undertake and, in my heart, heard this question:
Will you trust me?
I knew that, for me, that would be the greatest act of reparation... to truly TRUST God in the days ahead.

I had planned to get on the road after Mass and a light lunch, but again God had other plans and I was humbled to begin receiving prayer requests right there at the Shrine.

After sitting down to eat lunch and gather my thoughts a bit, one of the Fathers of Mercy blessed me and my bike and the journey began...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mission Complete!

We made it...

our arrival @ the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
June 26, 2017

God be praised!!

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!

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