Day 9

Good ride today. Rode 55 miles. Woke up missing the family this morning. Started to feel better after an hour.  About that time I checked my email and a parishioner from SVdP, Stephen Keating, said that he prayed for me that morning during mass. Thank you Stephen and all of you that have been sending prayers my way. The cold weather showed up, which actually made it nice riding weather. However, the wind made it challenging.  I thought wind basically blows in one direction. But I could swear that within minutes it changed from a headwind to a tail wind to a cross wind to an underneath wind and an over the top 360 wind. Crazy winds. Met several people today and shared with them the persecution in the Middle East.  Met a young man named Collin who recently graduated from college and was also on a long journey until he severely sprained his ankle and it became too painful to pedal.  He's taking the train home to Wisconsin. He went to a Catholic High School.  We talked about religious freedom and the ability we have to attend mass freely. I really enjoyed talking with him. I saw the Ten Commandments posted on a sign as I rode into Libby, MT  (Yes, I am in Montana) and I thought to myself, "Now that's the best way to live. Universal truth for everyone."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI boldly maintains, "The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness." We are all called to look beyond ourselves to God first, then to our fellow man and his needs. We are called to magnanimity, greatness of soul-to accomplish great things for the glory of God.

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Today's Route: Bonners Ferry, ID to Libby, MT