DaTechGuy in alabama with WQPH photos Part 1

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DaTechGuy in alabama with WQPH photos Part 1

[cap­tion id=“attachment_89218” align=“alignright” width=“150”]on the set ewtn on the set ewtn[/caption]My Trip to Alabama came about not so much as planned as requested. WQPH panned a pil­grim­age to Mother Angelica’s grave to com­mem­o­rate the nativ­ity of the blessed mother.

With money tight my plans were to give it a miss but Mary Ann Harold of WQPH needed some­one to shoot audio and inter­views and if you know MaryAnn you will know it’s impos­si­ble to say no to her when he is try­ing to win souls for the Lord. So through a com­bi­na­tion of per­mis­sion to get a week off from work a ride from my brother and an increase in credit card debt not nor­mally encour­aged in con­ser­v­a­tives I found myself at Logan Air­port at 2:45 AM on Mon­day morning.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_89205” align=“alignleft” width=“150”]airport decour air­port decour[/caption]

Our group of 30 boarded our flight with South­west on time (for the first time ever I was in the “A” group so I planted myself at the back of the plane mean­ing to get 45 min­utes of sleep on the flight to Bal­ti­more when the pilot announced that the plane had a fuel leak and we would be delayed as it was repaired and the required paper­work filled out. While this offered excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ties for sleep it meant we might not make our con­nect­ing flight in Bal­ti­more to Birm­ing­ham which would dis­rupt our entire sched­ule. This type of thing seems to hap­pen a lot on our pil­grim­ages almost as if some­thing objected to it.Da pilgrimage bus

Even­tu­ally while I slept the plane was repaired and all the paper­work filled out and when I woke up we were in the air prepar­ing to land in Bal­ti­more. We were very behind and I saw a lot of trou­ble get­ting our peo­ple and lug­gage to the next plane but South­west gave us a hand, decid­ing to use our cur­rent plane for the flight to Birm­ing­ham which quite erased the time we lost for the repairs.

After a short wait we were greeted by the large bus to for the 28 of us toward our des­ti­na­tions. We were in two groups. One opted to get more pri­vate accom­mo­da­tions at guest houses rentable near Mother Angelica’s monistaryOf of several guest houses near the shrine of the most blessed sacrament. where over the course of the year pil­grims who want a bit more pri­vacy but quick access to the shrine stay. We also dropped off a pair of priests at a spe­cial retreat cen­ter for priests at the shrine. Clergy are allowed to stay there free of charge on retreat to help them recharge for their 247 vocation.The retreat center

The rest of us con­tin­ued to Cull­man Alabama to St. Bernard Monastery and school were we had accom­mo­dates for three of the four nights of our stay. We were lucky to get that time as a group of dea­cons were com­ing to the St. Bernards for retreat that week but there were will­ing to shoe­horn us in to help us out. Yet another of the lit­tle things that went right when things seemed ready to go wrong.Brother Christopher. The plan was for mass at the Monastery fol­lowed by din­ner but even with the nap on the plane I needed to get a lit­tle shut eye but by the time I woke up mass was long over and I just made din­ner at the cafe­te­ria where the res­i­dent stu­dents (who had not arrived yet as it was labor day) nor­mally eatthe chapel at St Bernard Abbey

After din­ner we all pre­pared to crash. In the retreat build­ing there was plenty of reli­gious art and old books. I found a 115 year old vol­ume of Catholic clas­sics and read some Aquinas as I went to bed. It was going to be a very full next cou­ple of days.

The next morn­ing I walked to the Abbey church fig­ur­ing to catch morn­ing mass, but it turned out the monks had their mass at 5 PM so instead I prayed my morn­ing prayers before the blessed sacra­ment. Many of the monks were on retreat but I was able to get an inter­view with Fr Kevin McGrath who had been at the Abbey for almost my entire life and later with our bus dri­ver who owned the company

Lit­tle did we know that the curves on the road would not be the only ones fac­ing us and him.


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on the set ewtn
on the set ewtn
My Trip to Alabama came about not so much as planned as requested. WQPH panned a pilgrimage to Mother Angelica’s grave to commemorate the nativity of the blessed mother.

With money tight my plans were to give it a miss but Mary Ann Harold of WQPH needed someone to shoot audio and interviews and if you know MaryAnn you will know it’s impossible to say no to her when he is trying to win souls for the Lord. So through a combination of permission to get a week off from work a ride from my brother and an increase in credit card debt not normally encouraged in conservatives I found myself at Logan Airport at 2:45 AM on Monday morning.

airport decour
airport decour

Our group of 30 boarded our flight with Southwest on time (for the first time ever I was in the “A” group so I planted myself at the back of the plane meaning to get 45 minutes of sleep on the flight to Baltimore when the pilot announced that the plane had a fuel leak and we would be delayed as it was repaired and the required paperwork filled out. While this offered excellent opportunities for sleep it meant we might not make our connecting flight in Baltimore to Birmingham which would disrupt our entire schedule. This type of thing seems to happen a lot on our pilgrimages almost as if something objected to it.

Da pilgrimage bus
Da pilgrimage bus

Eventually while I slept the plane was repaired and all the paperwork filled out and when I woke up we were in the air preparing to land in Baltimore. We were very behind and I saw a lot of trouble getting our people and luggage to the next plane but Southwest gave us a hand, deciding to use our current plane for the flight to Birmingham which quite erased the time we lost for the repairs.

After a short wait we were greeted by the large bus to for the 28 of us toward our destinations. We were in two groups. One opted to get more private accommodations at guest houses rentable near Mother Angelica’s monistary

Of of several guest houses near the shrine of the most blessed sacrament.
One of several guest houses near the shrine of the most blessed sacrament.
where over the course of the year pilgrims who want a bit more privacy but quick access to the shrine stay. We also dropped off a pair of priests at a special retreat center for priests at the shrine. Clergy are allowed to stay there free of charge on retreat to help them recharge for their 24/7 vocation.
The retreat center
The retreat center

The rest of us continued to Cullman Alabama to St. Bernard Monastery and school were we had accommodates for three of the four nights of our stay. We were lucky to get that time as a group of deacons were coming to the St. Bernards for retreat that week but there were willing to shoehorn us in to help us out. Yet another of the little things that went right when things seemed ready to go wrong.

Brother Christopher
Brother Christopher
. The plan was for mass at the Monastery followed by dinner but even with the nap on the plane I needed to get a little shut eye but by the time I woke up mass was long over and I just made dinner at the cafeteria where the resident students (who had not arrived yet as it was labor day) normally eat
the chapel at St Bernard Abbey
the chapel at St Bernard Abbey

After dinner we all prepared to crash. In the retreat building there was plenty of religious art and old books. I found a 115 year old volume of Catholic classics and read some Aquinas as I went to bed. It was going to be a very full next couple of days.

The next morning I walked to the Abbey church figuring to catch morning mass, but it turned out the monks had their mass at 5 PM so instead I prayed my morning prayers before the blessed sacrament. Many of the monks were on retreat but I was able to get an interview with Fr Kevin McGrath who had been at the Abbey for almost my entire life and later with our bus driver who owned the company

Little did we know that the curves on the road would not be the only ones facing us and him.


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