An Arduous Journey
Initially when we planned to attend the World Meeting of Families, we intended to take our time
getting up to Pennsylvania, but then we were asked to speak at a parish event in the Austin area related to the World Meeting of Families. How could we resist? So we said yes, then the date got changed from Friday evening to Saturday evening. We still had enough time, but just barely. So we drove all night, twice. My 17 year old daughter even drove for a few hours during the day on Sunday so I could write my first article on our Pilgrimage. I can’t say that I have ever driven “straight through”, we have come close, but ended up sleeping for 4-5 hours because I just couldn’t do it and neither could anyone else. But this time we did it, through a team effort, we drove all night on Sunday and made it to Philadelphia on Monday around 1pm, which provided us enough time to pick up our registration materials the day before the conference. The lines were not long at all and we were able to get our kids checked in to the youth program also. We made such good time that we even had a snack near the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
Get Behind Me Satan
Our trip was not without some trouble, when we got home from the talk at the local parish, we went to gather our last remaining items and depart, but I when I attempted to attach the U-Haul Trailer to our RV I discovered that the trailer lights were not working. It was a problem with the RV, so I an hour later after a bit of cleaning, the system was once again functional. This certainly made for a much later departure than expected.
At our first fuel stop around the Dallas area, I needed to also top off our propane tank, and I met a very nice gentleman who happily filled it up and even offered me a discounted rate if I paid the bill in cash outside with him. I politely declined and paid the full charge at the cash register. He asked where our final destination was, and I told him we were going to see the Pope. Hopefully he now knows that Christians know our Ten Commandments.
Perseverance Pays Off
We drove all night, through some pretty intense rain, through some substantial road constructions and with a bunch of 18 wheelers, but we made it through safely. The kids were fantastic, and kept themselves occupied with games and some electronics. I even talked one of my kids into leading morning prayer for me as I drove on Sunday and Monday mornings. All in all we had a very successful trip up and everyone is very excited about being here and what God has in store for us. We are carrying some prayers with us on this pilgrimage, some for our own family, some for others who have asked for our prayers, if you have any special intentions you can leave them here in the comments (anonymously or not). We will be happy to remember your needs along with ours.