I Went on the pilgrimage from St.Philip's in Hankinson to St. Peter and Paul in Mantador, ND yesterday (10.2 mi.). I walked the first two and one half miles alone but then a young couple joined me. We had a fine conversation and some prayer on the way. A pilgrimage is supposed to reveal something about God and something about ourselves if we are paying attention or listening. I learned about me, which to an extent I already knew, that when I say I will do something, I do it .... No wimping out here. HaHa ! The other thought that came to me was this; If I had not gone, I would not have been able to see and hear about how this couple lives their life in God's service the best they can with his help. I would not have been blessed by getting to know them better. Family life is certainly not easy, but it is clearly an example and reflection of the life and love of the Blessed Trinity as it is lived in our midst. Family life is under attack today; further, it is the bedrock upon which any stable society is built. As the family goes, so goes society.
Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful gift you gave us. Sts. Peter and Paul, whom we honor today and whose relics we venerated at the end of the pilgrimage yesterday, pray for us. Amen.
by Deacon Jim Hunt