Unlikely spiritual pilgrim walks 70 miles from frat house to shrine
Though he's not Catholic, Andrew Domini walked for two days to reach a Catholic shrine in Indiana.
April 14th, 2012
01:10 AM ET

Unlikely spiritual pilgrim walks 70 miles from frat house to shrine

By Jen Christensen, CNN

Andrew Domini’s feet were blistered and bloodied. He could barely walk by the time he finally made it to a pink marble church and crawled the last 90 feet to a quiet shrine tucked into the corner.

As he paused a couple of weeks ago in front of the wooden coffin that held the remains of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and prayed, the 19-year-old said he finally felt at peace.

Domini had walked nearly 70 miles, becoming an unlikely spiritual pilgrim. But the religious shrine wasn’t in Rome, Jerusalem or some other officially holy city. It was in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

And Domini’s spiritual quest had begun in the most modern of ways: flipping channels on the couch.

“I was watching ‘Law and Order’ reruns one Sunday, but there was a commercial,” Domini said. “So I grabbed the remote and landed on CNN, and there was this sister talking about this saint and what she meant to her.”

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“There was this regular kind of guy with eye problems who prayed to Mother Guerin and was cured - that made me stop,” Domini said. “By the end of the program I knew exactly what I needed to do.”

An aging friend of Domini’s who lives nearby in Crawfordsville, Indiana, had been diagnosed with stage IV cancer six months earlier.

“He wasn’t doing well, and he’s the kind of guy who gives so much and doesn’t expect anything in return,” Domini said. “I wanted to do something for him.”

Without telling his friend, Domini - who isn’t Catholic and said he has tried out different churches but considers himself more spiritual than religious - said he decided to take a long walk in search of spiritual assistance.

The TV program that had caught Domini’s attention was "CNN Presents," which aired the story of Mother Theodore Guerin, who arrived from France with a small group of religious sisters in what was then hostile anti-Catholic territory in Indiana in 1840.

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Bringing almost nothing with them, the sisters quickly built a community that would improve the lives of hundreds of Hoosiers. Guerin built eight schools, three orphanages and founded the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

Today, the congregation includes more than 350 women who educate and care for thousands all over the world.

After nearly 100 years of trying, the sisters finally got the Vatican to recognize Guerin as a saint - the Roman Catholic Church’s highest honor - in 2006.

“I wasn’t even raised Catholic,” Domini said. “But after seeing the show and after hearing about her journey here and what she did, I knew I had to go.”

Domini, who is taking a break from his second year at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, could have driven but said he “wanted to walk.”

“I wanted it to be a sacrifice,” he said.

So walk he did. After mapping out his journey online, he threw a candy bar, a lighter (he couldn't find a flashlight), change of shirt and socks and some money into his backpack.

He left his Wabash College fraternity house around 5 a.m., walking without headphones or company and trying to think only of his friend.

“I wasn’t lonely at all. I was actually fascinated by how things kept working out,” Domini said. “I trusted in providence like Mother Guerin talked about.”

The first day he made it some 30 miles, walking along highways and country roads.

The trek was mostly quiet and uneventful, though a state trooper stopped Domini about 15 miles outside of town. Domini gave the officer his name and explained his pilgrimage, and the trooper sent him on his way, with encouragement.

“The only real hazard was the trucks,” Domini said. “They would come so close I would have to jump off into the grass, and they were so loud sometimes it was hard to think.”

It was also hard to find lodging that first night. “I asked for sanctuary at a couple of churches, but they told me they couldn’t do that,” Domini said.

Eventually he found a couch at a student union building in Greencastle. After security asked him to leave, he tried a park bench and then a couch inside an abandoned bank building.

The next day, he walked 12 more miles. By that time his feet were blistered and bleeding.

But a couple saw him on the side of the road and asked if he needed a ride. They happened to be heading in his direction and dropped him just outside Terre Haute. He went about 10 miles in the car before walking the last couple of miles to St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

“As I stepped on the grounds, it all felt so peaceful,” he said.

After praying at the shrine for his friend, he visited the Sisters of Providence’s welcome center, watching a video about the Saint Mother Theodore’s life.

The small museum is filled with earthly reminders of Guerin’s humanity: her tiny shoes, a sewing basket, her wooden writing desk.

Domini was particularly taken with a quote of Guerin’s: “What have we to do in order to become saints? Nothing more than we do every day. Only do it for the love of God.”

At the museum, Sister Jan Craven, who now runs the shrine, approached Domini.

“I swooped him under my wing to find out what brought him here,” Craven said.

Since CNN’s program on Mother Guerin ran last month, Craven said her workload has tripled as she’s received hundreds of calls, e-mails and letters. One couple from New England made a detour on their drive home from Florida.

“Another lady from Vegas called and asked me to send her everything I’ve got on Mother Theodore,” Craven said.

Craven said that many of Guerin’s new fans ask for help for sick friends, for lost jobs, for peace. Like Domini, many aren’t Catholic.

“I tell them I don’t think God is Catholic, and they look at me like I’m nuts,” Craven said. “God is much bigger than any one religion.”

When Craven asked Domini if he had anything to eat, he told her he’d been fasting. She took him to the dining hall to eat with the sisters and offered him a room in the men’s wing of the facility.

“I warned him he was going to be doted on by a lot of grandma-types,” Craven said.

Domini spent two days with the sisters, who told him about what Saint Guerin had meant to them and about their service.

“We’ve been told by a lot of people that when they come onto the grounds, they feel a real sense of peace that we are this oasis in this modern jungle,” Craven said. “We feel this, but because we live here sometimes we need a reminder. Andrew did just that.”

At the end of his stay, the sisters gave Domini some books, prayer cards and notes and asked him to come back soon.

Domini hadn’t been able to tell his friend, Fred Lewis, about his walk until Thursday. Lewis, in his 60s, had been too ill to receive visitors but was well enough Thursday to drive to see Domini after reading about his pilgrimage in a local newspaper.

Lewis still looked unwell, Domini said, but he thinks the trek was nonetheless worthwhile.

“I’ve been inspired,” Domini said. “I trusted in Providence to get me through this just like (Mother Guerin) did with her journey.

“We are here to make the world a better place,” he said, “just like the sisters do every day.”

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  1. Those used guys.

    Only tell part of the story. He was sustained at the shrine by spaghetti and meat balls, a staple of the sisters. As a frat guy he probably would have liked to quaff that down with a cold beer but the sisters are only into elderberry wine, a pity. He states that he is more spiritual than religious something a pirate can relate too. So the story may at first glance seem to be a Catholic inspired pilgrimage, but those of us that know we can see that Andrew was touched by his noodly appendage.

    RAmen....blessings frm the FSM...may HE also touch you...Peace.

    April 15, 2012 at 7:07 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      i, too, have been touched by his noodley appendage.


      April 15, 2012 at 7:20 am |
  2. seriousfugu

    You all need to get a life – haven't you anything better to do than waste your time with idiots?

    April 15, 2012 at 6:58 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      we're trying to help them. living in a cult is unhealthy.

      April 15, 2012 at 7:05 am |
  3. Laurence Ringo

    Wow.I am always amused at how almost anything even remotely religious or spiritual brings out the most vile,most toxic,most viciously vitriolic comments among these bloggers,as though someone had let loose an army of pyschotic sociopaths!!What's wrong with you people? I'm willing to bet that most of you don't even know any genuine,loving,compassionate and caring people of faith,or,if you do,you're too cowardly to tell them how you feel to their faces;no,it's easier to hide behind a silly fake name and spew your venom,you hypocrites!!What a sadly pathetic bunch of whiners;its all too easy to see what part you're playing in making our world a better place:nothing!!! And for the record,as a lay theologion of some 25 years standing,I can attest to this as fact:For you atheists who like to brag about knowing more about the Bible than the average Christian,that is the biggest load of hooey I read on this blog!You may think you can read it better,and some of you can,but trying to score pseudo-intellectual"points"and knowing Scripture are two vastly different things,and frankly,most of you just sound asinine(especially the so-called ex-christians),and you need to stop displaying to the world how profoundly ignorant you really are.And again for the record:to think of yourself as an"ex-christian"is a Biblical absurdity;it's the equivalence of calling yourself an ex-human.Genuine Christians know that,so whoever you supposedly ex-christians are,trust me-you never were-Peace & Love In Christ!

    April 15, 2012 at 6:20 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      so if there was a cult that said to KILL g.a.y.s, non-virgin brides and disobedient children, wouldn't you fight against it? what if it taught bad information, that some magic sky-deity conjured up the universe? or that the earth was flat (or more modernly, evolution is wrong)? what if this cult taught fear and guilt? what if this cult got to skip out on paying taxes? what if this cult protected child molesters within its ranks? would you fight against it?

      i just described the cult of christianity. you can't see why atheists don't like christianity? read your bible. it's full of heinous stories of your "compassionate" god murdering people. why does study after study show that atheists know more about the bible? cause it's true! we're making an informed decision. unlike you. you believe what you were force fed as a child. try thinking for yourself. i dare you.

      April 15, 2012 at 6:31 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      "lay theologion"

      That says it all! You lie to people! There is no scientific evidence to back you!
      As for Atheists knowing the buybull better...idiot, of course we do...it's what made us non-believers! We don't believe in child abuse that your book teaches; we don't believe in oppression of women or gays; we don't believe in animal sacrifice to appease a god; we don't believe that woman who is ra.ped should be forced to marry her rap.ist; we know that a flood as ma.ssive as the one in the book is impossible; we know that human's did not come from an act of incest (ie; Adam and Eve & the children); we know how to think for ourselves and do not need a book to tell us how to do so; we know that heaven and hell can not be proven to exist; we know that the earth is billions of years old; we know that studies have proven prayer does not work. We know that christards use the threat of hell as a way of fear mongering! Fortunately we grew up and learned to think for ourselves.

      April 15, 2012 at 6:31 am |
  4. Brian

    CNN....Really? This is the most frivolous story that you could have published. These people aren't doing anything to help those are in need.

    April 15, 2012 at 4:59 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      LOL @ use of the word "Hero" in this story. ummmm.... what did he do that was heroic? seriously... i have a friend that ran a 100 mile marathon. he did it much faster than this guy and went farther. how come there's no story about him? oh, cause CNN doesn't know anything about journalism anymore. they love to kiss the religious nutjobs' @sses. there's no other news worthy stories out there? i suspect there are.

      CNN = fail.

      April 15, 2012 at 6:18 am |
  5. pointer

    Maybe he just wanted to visit a nunnery.

    April 15, 2012 at 4:29 am |
  6. doctore0

    Silly story

    April 15, 2012 at 4:29 am |
  7. anon

    i lol at all the enlightened people who don't believe in God, but still roam the religion.blogs.cnn I hope you find whatever you are looking for...

    in the Bible, Herod arrested John the Baptist because he didn't like what he was saying, but while John was in prison, Herod would come down to listen to him. that's what you kinda-trolls remind me of

    April 15, 2012 at 3:29 am |
    • reason

      Atheists and other non-religious people are trying to make the world a better place by waking people up. If in your heart you want to better understand where they are coming from watch this video:


      April 15, 2012 at 3:40 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      and you remind me of the church arresting Galileo and other free thinkers, imprisoning them because they spoke truth. try thinking for yourself. you won't regret it.

      April 15, 2012 at 6:15 am |
  8. sparky

    this is not a good thing, it's sad that someone can be so lonely that they are driven to this & it's scary how religions can make people do nutty things and wrap up the insanity in a pretty package

    April 15, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • jaguis

      "my heart is restless til it rests in God" I believe that there is a hole in everyone's hearts that cries out to be united with God. this guy sought to fill that hole.

      and there is a benefit to a self-sacrificial act, for one it makes you less selfish

      April 15, 2012 at 3:33 am |
    • Cold Splash

      There is no such thing as a completely selfless act.
      You cannot avoid having some sort of selfish reason(s) at the bottom of any motive unless you are severely brain damaged.
      Human beings are individuals. We are mere animals with distorted instincts.
      To do something for another is selfish, not self-less. Not completely.

      And anything delusional, like religion, enlarges the disconnect between intent, motive, and action.
      This guy wasted his time quite selfishly, doing something irrational in the hope that it would magically heal his friend or make him feel better about his friend being sick. He wanted to keep his friend alive because he didn't want to lose his friend.
      That's selfish as hell.
      I'm not saying it's all that bad, just that you cannot put this guy on some kind of pedestal for doing something irrational and selfish that he also wanted to selfishly glorify himself by letting everyone know what he had done. There is no god to glorify here. Just his delusions, your delusions, and your shared irrational disconnect with your intent, motives, and actions that did nothing to the stage 4 cancer, nothing magic to anything or anyone, but only served to reinforce some other delusional people into thinking he did something worthwhile instead of nearly killing himself with his stupidity in chasing some wild delusional idea that going to all that trouble and pain made a single thing different using magic. It didn't.

      April 15, 2012 at 4:02 am |
  9. Richard

    Hey, do the miles add up to 70?

    Day 1 – 30 miles
    Day 2 – 12 miles
    Day 3 – 10 miles by car, 2 miles by foot
    54 miles.

    April 15, 2012 at 2:02 am |
    • Cold Splash

      That's not the only thing that doesn't add up with his story. This is a desperate bid on the part of the Catholics to take attention away from all the child-molesters and their supporters and enablers and protectors.

      When a filthy disgusting group of people suddenly start advertising how they are wonderful holy people who are supposedly only out to help everyone, while behind the scenes they are still up to all the most disgusting things, I know they are frauds in every sense of the word and would prefer to see them given life sentences in prison for their crimes against humanity instead of having to see these propaganda b.s. articles written by shameless sympathizers and such every so often.
      Either the money is too good to pass up for CNN, or someone is using CNN as their personal tool for their distorted misinformation campaign – commanded, no doubt, from the "vatican" itself.
      Some people have no shame, no sympathy, no empathy, and were they given brain scans would show themselves to be no better than any serial killer physically, mentally, and spiritually.
      This article is sort of like reading an article by a serial killer / child ra.pist / murderer in that it completely ignores the actual position, motives, and actions of the Catholic Church.
      To give any countenance to the Catholic religion after having been shown to be so bereft of anything resembling "good" or "holiness" or "honesty" or "ethics" or shame, is to support the evil things they do by covering them up and clearly attempting to distract the public from the truly vile and disgusting state of the Catholic religion and its leadership and doctrine.
      That's why Santorum would never have gotten my vote. That's why I welcome any news of criminal prosecution of any Catholic whatsoever.
      Some guy walking 54 miles is a publicity stunt, a delusional psychotic episode, and just one more reason to raze the vatican and seize all Catholic Church assets in the world. Or we could do the Muslims first. Or both at the same time. I'm not picky.

      April 15, 2012 at 4:20 am |
  10. Gary

    The old testament expired the day Jesus died on the cross. Pay no attention to that collection of nothings except as a record of births.

    April 15, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • YeahItsMe72

      Don't just stop with the old testament. Jesus is the reimagining of the Egyption god Horus. The new testament wasn't even a new story at the time it was voted on and put together.

      April 15, 2012 at 2:17 am |
    • reason

      Gary, so the Ten Commandments get tossed out also?

      April 15, 2012 at 3:44 am |
    • Tesla


      ummm... yeah. if people actually look into what it means to be christian, the 10 commandments go out the window to be replaced by the teachings of jesus. and truly, you can boil 1-3 and 4-10 into two ideals that jesus preached all the time:
      1. Love thy God.
      2. Love thy neighbor.

      i'm ok with any outlook on life (atheist, christian, voodoo, etc) as long as it focuses on the betterment of society in some way. there are great and amazing people of every group (Stephen Hawking, Pope John Paul II, Marie Laveau), and every group has monsters that claim to be part of it (Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler, Franciois Duvalier). admonish the evil, but don't throw the whole thing out because of a misguided few.

      April 15, 2012 at 5:40 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      and what about jesus teaching that slaves should obey their masters? yeah, he's a great guide for morals:

      Luke 12:37-38
      37 "Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.
      38 "Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.”

      April 15, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      i challenge you to take a look at Humanism.

      i challenge you to compare the ethics of Humanism with the morals of the bible. keep in mind the bible says to kill g.a.y.s. Leviticus 20:13, i believe. how can you say christianity is compassionate when the rule book gives a command to murder innocent people? also says to kill non-virgin brides and disobedient children. compare Humanism and Christianity. tell me which will make a better person. i say this in all seriousness. compare the two.

      April 15, 2012 at 6:35 am |
  11. Dave

    my saint is better than your saint. Actually yours is a heretic and anyone that follows him should be flayed alive. I'll come for you in the morning.

    April 15, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  12. Bootyfunk

    "“I wanted it to be a sacrifice,” he said."

    this says something about the nutty, self-hating philosophy taught by the christian cults. some how, hurting yourself is a good thing. if only he had thought to bring a leather whip so he could flog himself the whole way. the more blood the more god would love him...?

    April 15, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      The "picking apart" bombastings of your uncleanliness desires; awes and ooohss only the shallow minds and weakened in spirt!

      April 15, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • Michael

      No surprise, you are totally missing the point. However, one day, you and all other non believers will get it. Some may even wake up before it is too late. Just like the lost child…

      April 15, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      yes, we know, christians think normal s.exual desire is evil. in fact, anything enjoyable is baaaaaaad. what sheep. think for yourself. try it, just once.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      michael, leave the cult. stop being a sheep and use your brain. all cult members say that - "you just don't understand." lol. nuts.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • Michael

      And by the way, similar to many, I believe in God. I pray that one day you will too. Just try it so your road of emptiness would be filled. You might be enjoying your so called “fun” and self worshipping. However, ask yourself, have you truly ever reached happiness and peace of mind?

      April 15, 2012 at 12:51 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      one of the happiest days in my life was when i left the cult of christianity and started thinking for myself. i know, chrstians like to think atheists are all miserable. lol. untrue. it's liberating not to have big brother watching all the time. realize you don't need the bible for good living. in fact, the bible is a disgusting guide for good living. the bible says to KILL g.a.y.s, non virgin brides and disobedient children. if you want a much better ethical system for living a good life, try Humanism. i know you just can't stand thinking of an atheist as happy... lol.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:56 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Bootyfunk wrote on Sunday April 15, 2012 at 12:42 am stating, "yes, we know, christians think normal s.exual desire is evil. in fact, anything enjoyable is baaaaaaad. what sheep. think for yourself. try it, just once."

      Who the Hell is this "we" you so contritely want to admonish with and for? Why couldn't you just say "Yes, I know christians blah blah blah!

      April 15, 2012 at 1:03 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      you don't know what the word "we" means? it means there are a lot of atheists that hold the opinion i gave. try to make something out of nothing much? i want to say good try, but it really wasn't.

      April 15, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • Michael

      The bible teaches us to love each other and to be forgiving. The bible does not teach hate and killing. Why don’t you give it a sincere try and read it instead of misquoting?
      I don’t belong to a Christian colt or anything as such. I am simply a believer that prays for a stronger faith. I pray sincerely for everyone to include gays. I pray for us all to stop offending our creator.
      And about self hating: I love who I am as long as my faith is strong, and I pray for forgiveness when it weakens.

      April 15, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      i just love having to teach christians what their own rule book says. just shows what every study shows: atheists know more about the bible than christains. derp!

      Leviticus 20:13
      If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

      want to say you're wrong now? you called me a liar. want to apologize? the bible is disgusting.

      i can look up where it says to stone disobedient children to death (with the help of the whole town) and where it says to kill non-virgin brides, but maybe it would be a good homework assignment for you. why don't you go ahead and read the book you supposedly lead your life by.

      April 15, 2012 at 1:37 am |
    • Michael

      Have you ever heard of the New Testament? Have you ever read the teaching of Jesus? Have you ever read about the one with no sins to cast the first stone?

      April 15, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Michael,,,,,,,,,,,, ,.

      You wrote a mouthful of strawberries! I just love strawberries! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      April 15, 2012 at 1:46 am |
    • Michael

      Who doesn't?

      April 15, 2012 at 1:50 am |
    • Ting

      Have you ever read about the one with no sins to cast the first stone?

      Michael, did you know that parable was inserted into the Bible about 1,000 years after Jesus died? Amazing isn't it? I guess God forgot to put it into the original.

      April 15, 2012 at 3:02 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      yes, i've heard of the teaching of jesus. he said some great things about love. though love thy neighbor, in context, meant love thy fellow jew - your neighbors - not everyone else. in fact, jesus was xenophobic:

      • Jesus didn’t like foreigners. A Canaanite woman wants Jesus to heal her sick daughter. Jesus tells his disciples he only heals Jews. He calls the woman a dog and won’t heal her daughter until she agrees that she’s a dog. What a jerk.
      Mathew 15:21-28
      21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
      22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
      23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
      24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
      25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
      26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
      27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
      28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

      here's another gem, jesus approves of slavery:
      Luke 12:37-38 (New American Standard Bible)
      37 "Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.
      38 "Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.”

      • Jesus doesn’t let a man bury his father or another man say goodbye to his family, but says that preaching the gospel immediately is more important. Sounds like Jesus needs a lesson in compassion.
      Luke 9:59-62 (King James Version)
      59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
      60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
      61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
      62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

      and more of "nice guy" jesus:
      • Jesus tells us straight out his 2nd coming is about violence, not peace. Oh, and he’s here to make family members hate each other.
      Mathew 10:34-36
      34 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
      35 "For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
      36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household."

      yeah, all new testament. look them up. still think he's the awesome guy you were taught he was?

      April 15, 2012 at 6:22 am |
    • epo

      Congrats Bootyfunk. 5 out of 5 for reading skills. Unfortunately 0 out of 5 for comprehension. You assume to much and try to interpret it with your own twisted views. Those passages are simple to understand with a little bible knowledge, Unfortunately Atheists read the scriptures not looking for true meaning.

      April 15, 2012 at 6:33 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      please make more excuses. jesus didn't approve of slavery? come on, read what it says. jesus didn't make that woman call her people dogs before he would heal her daughter? he did.

      stop making excuses. realize the bible is a terrible guide for living a good life. christians hate when you point out evil in their "good" book.

      April 15, 2012 at 6:38 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      christians always resort to ad hominem attacks instead of dealing with the argument. go ahead and go through my list and enlighten me.

      April 15, 2012 at 6:39 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      explain this:
      25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
      26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
      please, i can't wait. tell me what it means. lol.

      April 15, 2012 at 6:42 am |
    • epo

      To explain briefly – At that time, dogs were seen as ceremoniously unclean, scavengers, animals with repulsive habits, etc. In an illustrative sense, Jesus referred to the woman as a dog because Phoenicians practiced unclean, repulsive things. In Matthew 7:6 Jesus was talking about people who have no appreciation for spiritual things as dogs. By this woman's persistence she showed her faith and appreciation of spiritual things so Jesus helped her daughter.

      April 15, 2012 at 7:08 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      that's a cute explanation:
      "Phoenicians practiced unclean, repulsive things"
      that's exactly what prejudice people say about other people. describing everyone in the race as unclean? what a bigot. you just made my point. lol. that's like someone saying black people as a whole are this way or that. or mexican or chinese or whatever. when you group a whole race together as unclean and repulsive, you ARE prejudiced. just like jesus was. only a nutjob would try to justify calling a race of people dogs. good try though. read the passage again. is it right to throw scraps to dogs? and you're seriously trying to say that's not a disgusting, prejudiced and demeaning comment?

      April 15, 2012 at 7:18 am |
    • epo

      Slaves were a fact of life in Bible times, like having a job is today. There was laws to protect slaves, including them earning their freedom after serving faithfully for a period of time. Many times people chose to remain slaves because of the love they had for their master. It was much different than the thought of slaves today. To explain that passage slaves kept watch during the night for thieves. Second watch (9pm-midnight), third watch (midnight-3am) were tough to stay awake for many times. When the master sees them alert at this tough time, he rewards his slaves by serving them a meal. This was another illustration. The idea behind it was that loyal, faithful followers who stay alert (keep serving God) even into the early hours of morning (what seems like a prolonged period of time) will be rewarded by their Master (God).

      April 15, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      more excuses. wouldn't you think with god being omniscient and all, and slavery being arguably the most evil inst.itution in humanity, god would have told his followers that slavery is wrong? not in ambiguous terms but straight out that slavery is wrong? instead, there are rules for selling your daughter into slavery in the bible. not one time is there a word against slavery in the bible. strange.

      April 15, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      yes, slaves were a fact back then. which goes to show that the bible was written by men. just men. no all-loving god. just men. if there was a god, and he was good, he wouldn't have gotten that wrong.

      and it's hilarious when christians try to makes slavery into something pleasant. slaves liked being slaves? are you crazy? there was never a golden age of slavery. slaves have always been beaten, abused and r.aped by their masters. but not THESE slaves, right? you just don't want to accept the truth, do you? by the way, the bible also gives rules for how to beat your slaves.

      the idea of that passage is to tell slaves to obey their masters. nothing more.

      April 15, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB) When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property.

      sound like they were treated well? if you can physically beat someone, they are not a servant - they are a slave.

      but please, try to defend slavery more.

      April 15, 2012 at 7:54 am |
  13. agnostic

    i dont believe in god but for someone to knock this kid for doing sucha noble deed is ridiculous. i read some nasty comments. your parents and grand parents would be ashamed of you for saying bad things about that man. good for him, the world needs a light. all we read about, an for most all you wanna read about is drama, hate, murder, terrible things. you feed on negativety so you critisize. i applaud domini, a silent hero. awesome job whoever reported this one. nice to read something positive, even if im not religious.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      silent hero? lol. what did he do that was heroic, exactly? i have a friend that did a 100 mile marathon. and much faster than this guy. how come there's no story about him?

      April 15, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • porter

      Noble deed? What did he do that was so noble? He walked somewhere. Silent hero? Given that he is being interviewed for this story, I don't think he quite qualifies as silent. And certainly not heroic. Words either have meaning or they don't.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      agnostic,, ,, ,, ,, ,, ,, ,.

      It is truly of no needing accordances' helms' bearings if one does or doesn't nelieve in God. If one has led a most viruous life free of excessive baggages and doesn't believe in God, they may well be pleasently surprised when after they die, they wind up smack in front of God himself honoring you for being a righteous person in this world! As for the contrite and spiefully religious there shoes I would fear to be in when found guilty of not honoring God's baseline commandments to the Nth degree!

      April 15, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      how petty is god that it's a crime not to get on your knees and kiss his @ss. that's what dictators do. god, the divine dictator.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • logan5

      How is this weak minded moron heroic?? He made a 70 mile pilgrimage, on foot, to the shrine of a corrupt religious organization that defends and protects pedophiles. Heroic....LOL you are out of your mind.

      April 15, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • Opine

      Well put.

      April 15, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • joe

      As Christ said, 'through their sufferings they will win'. Christ himself took the cross to his glory. The world will never understand this. Especially some people.. until God's fury touch down their doorsteps. As said in the bible, dont take the mercy of God for granted.. it may not last for ever. Remember Jesus's words- I will be mercy until your end of life and then I will be JUSTICE..

      April 15, 2012 at 2:26 am |
    • adam

      Praying is literally the LEAST you can do.

      April 15, 2012 at 3:27 am |
    • Keyboard Warriors Unite

      I can't help but laugh when there is a religious article and all the Atheist Keyboard Warriors swarm in with their opinions! If there's an article on a topic I don't believe in or doesn't interest me, I just don't read it. Most normal people do that. Atheists hate preachers but in turn preach their beliefs just as strongly.

      April 15, 2012 at 6:25 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      obviously you must not realize that CNN puts atheists articles into the belief area of their website. and look at an atheist article. really think they're aren't full of christians commenting? lol. you don't like other people expressing their opinions, do you?

      April 15, 2012 at 6:47 am |
  14. Pipe-Dreamer

    Ashrakay wrote to me on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm stating,"@Pipe-Dreamer, Yes, I've seen your off-handed comparison remark comparing atheists and "GBLT'ers" It was nonsensical then and nonsensical now. You still do not have proof or evidence of the invisible being you have conversations in your head with. Also, you disregard the fact that many of us, including myself were once just as delusional as you. We believed the same nonsense you believed in, professed it, preached, witnessed about it, and depended on it. If you want to know TRUE grace and TRUE freedom, it will come when you finally know yourself. You never can as long as you continue to look outside of yourself to the typical illusory stories you tell yourself to make yourself feel better. Freedom awaits you.

    God needs not humanisms nor humanists for him to be! Who do you think is in charge of conceptualisms? The energizer bunny? The quarks and gluons? Perhaps the electrons and protons? I stand in awe in front of those who know and yet don't know the whole of Truth!!!!

    Here's a weenie of science for ya! Long ago in the ancient timeperiods of Greek and Roman civilizations, there were these Theological Philosophers who made stories as to just exactly what was the smallest things and their roles in the meanings of Life. In their still known to us writings they did write that the smallest things known were the "elemental gods". Todays scientists do scoff at such an idea and they have renamed an old fling to call these "elemental gods as being atoms putting to bed the ancient Theological philosophers' understandings. So much for pragmatisms' lamentations!

    Another tid-bit to ponder upon is the exact size of this "Celestial Cosmos we find ourselves living within. Just how big is it really? Do you agree with our sciences' rather mundane stand that the universe is all there is out there? If you do then you get the booby prize! This Celestial Cosmos is riddled with way more than just our knowable to us universe! The actual size and immensity of the Celestial Cosmos is beyond thye perceptions of many science ladled folks!

    Another diddy to feast upon is called "Fractal Cosmology" Ever heard about it? Probably not so here is the main jist of it! Fractal Cosmology deals with the very real possibiliy that there are places where there are universes within universes. These places where there are "inner-universes" must and I dare say again, must be sheltered from the outward universes blasts of stellar radiation. What a better place to hide Micro-universes than within all forms of living bodies! Here's the clincher! All Life Forms and Life Formations are all made up of cellularized universes that are living places for the elemental gods' ever so smalled living generations of inward living life forms and life formations! Many verses of the KJVB does back up this diddy of thoughts!

    Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is INSIDE you.

    1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building

    Though they have eyes they cannot hear what's written! And though they have teeth they cannot bite into the revelations!

    April 15, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      uh oh, pipe dreamer climbed over the wall again. send the men in the white truck to pick him up. pipe dreamer, there's a nice padded cell for you back at the asylum. there'll be cookies if you come quietly...

      April 15, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      "Who do you think is in charge of conceptualisms? The energizer bunny?"

      at least he's real.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • LookAndSEE

      The Bible compares stars to sand on the sea shore.
      See Geneses 22:17 and Hebrews 11:12
      Which is innumerable.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      LookAndSEE,,,, ,,,, ,, ,, ,.

      I take it you may somewhat understand my Revelations?

      April 15, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      the bible also says there was an earth before there was a sun. derp!

      April 15, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      pipe dreamer, no one can understand your insane ramblings. koo-koo!

      April 15, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Chirp chirp chirping away! Lovely little birdies all! May they get fed regularly and burped there-afterwards!

      April 15, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • logan5

      That's right pipe dreamer, keep chirpin and keep burpin LOL

      April 15, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • epo

      I'd love to stick up for Pipe Dreamer against Atheists... but I have no idea what he/she is trying to say! LOL

      April 15, 2012 at 6:43 am |
    • SciGuy

      LookAndSee: the sand on the seashore is not innumerable. It's not even countably infinite. It is finite.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  15. Josue

    that sister should have kept her mouth shut.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:06 am |
  16. nate

    How selfish do you have to be to play on another's grief so? "I did it to heal my friend, which didn't work, but I- Me, Myself, I- feel so much better now..."

    April 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  17. Brian

    What an inspiration! Whether or not his friend recovers, I am sure God will remember this noble deed and reward both of them in Heaven.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • wow

      so a super god remembers.. how human. <– proof man created god.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      yes, god loves it when people punish and hurt themselves. halleluiah!!!

      April 15, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  18. Colin

    This was the sort of thing David Koresh and Jim Jones used to do. Poor simpleton, I hope he gets the help he needs.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  19. BillBones

    “I’ve been inspired,” Domini said. “I trusted in Providence to get me through this just like (Mother Guerin) did with her journey"."

    Fine. But it seems his trust was misplaced. As the article says, a couple picked him up and "He went about 10 miles in the car before walking the last couple of miles to St. Mary-of-the-Woods". He didn't even make 70 miles. Serious hikers do such distances over two or three days all the time.

    It also seems his friend will still die. So, the net out is sore, blistered feet, a failed pilgrimage and a (still) terminally ill friend.

    Where was his "all loving" sky-fairy? When will we mature as a species and stop thinking the Universe was designed for us and that we can control natural events by rain dances, pilgrimages or prayers?

    April 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • wow

      I hope he gets a good psychotherapist.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • SciGuy

      You may believe in an "all loving sky fairy" Bill. I believe in almighty God, the eternal self-existent one who created all things, including you, for his own glory.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • wow

      a magical god with all the power, yet can't make himself visible? Something's wrong with your logic.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • nate

      For his own glory? It is fathering a child to worship you. How asinine. Listen to yourself. Think more, fear less.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • SciGuy

      Nate, read the scripture more, examine yourself more, fear God, there may yet be hope. No doubt hundreds of folks on the Ti.tanic had no fear, but they should have.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • SciGuy

      Wow: God has made himself visible many times. The last time he did, we nailed him to a tree.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
    • wow

      sci.. too funny. Religion sure makes up a bunch.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      Fear. Fear is the opposite of love, not hate. and that's one of the biggest pillars of christianity. Fear, Guilt and Ignorance. those are the pillars that hold up the farce called religion.

      and if anyone was nailed to a tree, it wasn't god, it was a human. a cult leader. not sure what makes him so special. lots of other people suffered much, much worse than him. if he even existed...

      April 15, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • SciGuy

      Bootyfunk: is there some logical or physical law that precludes God being nailed to a tree?

      Jesus suffered more than any man before or since, for a few reasons. The main one being that he, the only perfect, sinless man that ever existed, was forsaken by the Father with whom he'd known nothing but blissful communion. The second one being the reason for this forsaking–all the sins of all his people were laid upon him who'd never once sinned. No one, not one, has ever suffered anything remotely approaching his suffering. Your statements reveal your utter ignorance concerning Jesus and the gospel. Read the scriptures, search them, and their is yet hope for you.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  20. Knowledge is power, I need knowledge

    does god have a beer belly? Does anyone know?

    April 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      and a red nose. what a boozer!

      April 15, 2012 at 12:47 am |
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