Todd’s Sabbatical Adventure- Week 4, Onto St. John’s Abbey

I try to get an early start every morning, to beat the traffic and the wind.  The first photo is of a farm near Hinckley, where I spent Tuesday night.  The next is from a farm near Mora. I don’t know if you can see them, but there are multiple newborn calves in the picture. Then, I had no idea at the Mississippi ran through St. Cloud, in the middle of the state. What a surprise!

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The Word is Near You

Homily preached by the Rev. James La Macchia
Trinity Parish of Newton Centre
May 28, 2017
The Seventh Sunday of Easter – Year A

Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

My Friends:

resurrectionWe last encountered this morning’s mysterious “two men in white” at Jesus’ empty tomb, in the eerie half-light of early Easter morning, as the myrrh-bearing women made their way there to anoint Jesus’ hastily buried corpse.  There, the two men posed a question to Jesus’ distraught and grieving disciples:  “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.  Remember how he told you, while he was in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.  And they remembered his words, according to Saint Luke’s Gospel, and returning from the tomb they told this to the Eleven and to all the rest.” Continue reading

Todd’s Sabbatical Adventure- Week 3, Back in the States!

Last Known Location: Grand Portage, Minnesota

Week 3 Progress

I left Thunder Bay, Ontario, this morning, Thursday, and I am now back in the States. Getting closer to DeLuth! Reminder: because I have arrived two weeks earlier than expected, I’m going onto St. John’s, Collegeville, to take a retreat at the Benedictine monastery there. Internet service here on the North Shore of Minnesota is inconsistent. If you don’t hear from me for a few days, that’s why. Continue reading

Todd’s Sabbatical Adventure- Week 3, Wednesday

I arrived safely in Thunder Bay this afternoon. Tomorrow, Thursday, I will return to the US at Grand Marais, in northern Minnesota. Here are some photos from yesterday, May 24. They are of Nipigon Bay, on the north side of Lake Superior.  It was my most challenging day of cycling so far, in terms of hills.  But it was also very beautiful.

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Todd’s Sabbatical Adventure- Week 3, Tuesday

Here is both sunrise and sunset from my campsite at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park, on the north shore of Lake superior.  Beautiful!  I have no photos from yesterday, Monday, because we were socked in with fog. Today I am on to Nipigon, and then Thunder Bay, and then, on Thursday, back into United States.

I am way ahead of schedule – My son does not fly into Duluth until June 11 – so I’ve just made plans to continue cycling down to Collegeville, Minnesota, where there is a Benedictine monastery where I will make a retreat for several days.