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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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soundoff (843 Responses)
  1. Pipe-Dreamer

    Poultry are humanistic revelries' suggestive concerns! Short snippets mostly! God was and God is and will ever be God! No matter one's cunningness of deniabilities, God will ever be on your side!

    April 15, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Pipe dreamer...it is sad that a human intellect is so wasted on dreams of gods...your view of humanity cannot be healthy, or constructive.

      April 15, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      EvolvedDNA,,,,,,,,,,,, ,.

      The "end of the line" fanaticisms of the many who declares one to be unhealthy for thought progressives, such do ever try to shut the gates! To Hell with those who make ridiculing accusations against that which I profess and do outwardly proclaim! 🙁 🙂 🙁

      April 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Pipe dreamer.. your view of humanity is still appalling....cloaking your dislike of humanity and love of the afterlife in ancient monastic verbiage does not make it sweeter.

      April 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  2. Voice of Reason

    You ask us to read the bible and we do. Then you tell us we don't understand it but we do. You tell us to have an open mind and we do.
    We ask you to read the theory of evolution and you won't. We tell you that you can't understand until you read it but you won't. We ask you to have an open mind but you won't.

    April 15, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      They tell us there is no God and in so doing they rent with little pittances their stolen words! God does care not for anyone in their mindly ways! God is above the resoluted natures of humanisms candor! We are symbiotically nurtured renagades who stole the cart away from its' owner! Spitting upon God and He will not be moved! Cursing God and He will not rise up! Show God your ways and truths and God will open wide His heavenly gates! To Love God and Fear His Wraths are as it ought be!

      April 15, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      @Pipe-Dreamer

      I take it you didn't swallow the fuses.

      April 15, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Pipe dreamer as per my post above.. your view of humanity is not healthy, and has most likely been tainted by years of being told things you have been unable, or not allowed to question.

      April 15, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  3. VERY TRUE!

    God doesn't exist...ONLY in the heart of non-believers.

    April 15, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      What an insightful statement!

      April 15, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • TRUERdnTRUE

      Nope, Non-believers don't have a heart.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • I thought jesus was white

      and the easter bunny too.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Majority always WINS

      Yes, only for the second-class minority whose number is immaterial, thus insignificant.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      VERY TRUE!

      God doesn't exist...

      April 15, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  4. Pipe-Dreamer

    Of Rockiness are the sterilzed wants and ravings of bittered people's fruits! Yong is their trees and loftless their idiocies' repentedness!

    April 15, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  5. raising christian children

    First you must begin by sp-an-ki-ng your child. (Yes, sp-an-k-in-g is far easier than sitting down with them teaching respect, and having lots of kids just takes time, but forget that for a moment.) You need to rob your childs spirit and sp-an-k-in-gs does just that.

    April 15, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • raising christian children

      After all, they need to identify with you, sp-an-k-in-g is good trauma. Next, bring them to church where they hear words like 's-i-n', reducing them is important. You must make them unworthy, less a person. And that must follow with a group singing and ch-an-ting (Hitler knew that.) There you have it, proper brainwashing begins here. Good luck now.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      How about being beaten with wooden rosary beads by an old woman that wears a penguin outfit that never had s*ex in her life.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  6. Voice of Reason

    At the end of the day, the ill and dying man is suffering. The hike nor the prayers did absolutely nothing for him, in fact it seems the man got worse. Maybe we should think about the suffering and dying a lot more and actually help them end their lives in a dignified manner but religion will not allow it.
    This kid should have raised some money to buy a bag of heroin and gave it to his dying friend. It would have been a lot more effective than sleeping with a bunch of delusional women.

    April 15, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Were not people born from their parents' lusts after fleshly things? Does one not tender to one' s lustlessness ideals? Good heavens No! It seems way too easy to wantonly do things of immoral values then to create and establish one their ownliness Acts in righteousness accords! Humanisms are mankinds' creations, not Gods! The jungled gymnasiums most humanists take high flying rationalisms do openly abort their oneness with God! For as humanists flock together en mass, their individual cunning becomes alikened to hypnotic suggestives from braggerville central!

      April 15, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      @Pipe-Dreamer

      Got cyanide?

      April 15, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Sorry VoR,,,,,,,,, I only have fuses! 🙂 🙁 🙂

      April 15, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      @Pipe-Dreamer
      Sorry VoR,,,,,,,,, I only have fuses

      Then why don't you swallow a handful?

      April 15, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      VoR,,,,,, ,,,,,, ,.
      Who is it for one to declare to another the "unhealthiness" of dramatizing one's ownliness ideals? Do such people have "doctorates" or anything alkened to being a shrinking violet?

      April 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  7. portland tony

    If this young man found enlightenment by his journey, so be it. All life's experience allows us to grow. Isn't that what our time on earth is for? ( Better than watching it on "reality" TV)

    April 15, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  8. Voice of Reason

    Hey religious people! Do you really want to do something good for mankind? Open your minds to other possibilities and insights on the existence of life. Once you have filled yourself with real information it will be then that you can make a choice, a rational choice.
    Some claim that atheists are hateful, vile and perpetuate false claims while in reality we are just mirroring your sentiments. By doing so it is with hope that the believers would stop and give pause to the "why" we appear so hateful. Personally, I can except ignorance, an act of not knowing, but when reality is dismissed that ignorance becomes plain stupid and frankly, dangerous.

    April 15, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Whine of Treason

      You can do more good if you would STFU!

      April 15, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      You came-up with a cool name but you are still a stupid mo*ther f*ucker

      April 15, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Majority always WINS

      You can kiss my ASS....

      April 15, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  9. AGuest9

    It's sad that most of the hateful comments on these boards (this article is only one example) come from people who claim to model their lives after their "savior".

    April 15, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  10. wow

    Here's the catholic church.. Catholic bishop Dolan called children victims of abuse pros-t-tiutes, publicly. Following that, the pope promoted him to cardinal. The catholics praise this guy.

    April 15, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      business as usual.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • AGuest9

      Pretty standard fare.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • cbus

      Can you provide a link or other support for that statement? I'm looking for it online, but haven't been able to find it.

      April 15, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  11. Bootyfunk

    @Richard
    we're haters? LOL.

    Richard
    truly, if you die today, the world will be a better place, allow me to suggest hanging. asssshole.

    Richard
    he did what he wanted hurt no one doing it, why are you losers denigrating what he did. Why don't you haters all suicide and make the world a better place.

    you sound like you're made of hate.

    April 15, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • Those used guys.

      Bootyfunk
      Do you find it intresting that the Richards of the world resort to hate speach when they do not have a logical answer when someone challenges their fairy tale god....LOL.

      I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians.
      Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
      ...MOHANDAS GANDHI...

      Richard you are a very dsiturbed person, help is available. Love and peace, may no harm come to you or yours.

      RAmen..blessings from the FSM, a truly forgiving God.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      it's easier for Richard to be a brain-washed zombie than to take responsibility for well-thought out points. jesus would be proud.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Plants

      Atheists can't be brainwashed, because...they have nothing to be washed. But they are zombies eating to have something to be washed of.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  12. wow

    the catholic medical cure for the blag plague was to flog oneself. Look at me suffer, god. They thought their friendly god got mad and was punishing them, I repent. Oops, that didn't work. Thankfully a logically minded person stepped in and said, clean up the filth in the town since that's where the bacteria is coming from.

    April 15, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      christianity is a death cult. if you suffer and bleed, that's somehow a good thing. sick.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  13. NJBob

    What a waste of effort! What a tragic waste of time. Couldn't he have channeled his energy into something that would have actually benefited someone?

    April 15, 2012 at 8:34 am |
    • Richard

      It is boneheads like you that make the earth a little less pleasant to life on.

      April 15, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • wow

      funny how the christians all back this lunatic as if they suffered too.. yet they ignore the children so-d-om-ized and the worst crimes of cover ups and say the bad guys did it. Those children suffered far more than this guy. And the destruction continues as the catholic church lobbies to stop laws that would expose the truth, yet the truth is the greatest healer. Proof that religion knows nothing of honesty and truth.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      christians hate facts. facts make you think - the church can't have that.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @Richard: Its people like you that make other christians look bad. If there are more of you out there and we know there are, it is a pleasure not to be part of your group of mentally inept humans.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  14. MB

    Good for you kid! What an inspiration you!
    Especially to us who want to live free with our freedom when the rest of the world is trying to convert us!
    The angels praised and danced this day!

    April 15, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      If you're following a god that threatens you with burning eternally for not believing in it, then you really are not living freely.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  15. Laura

    This is a really heartwarming, and you know why? Because no one in the story is trying to preach to me or tell me what I should think, not the young man or the nuns. I like that he went in search of religion, it didn't come pounding on his door. A lot of organized religions could learn a lot from this article.

    April 15, 2012 at 8:13 am |
  16. Those used guys.

    A BS story, so here is my BS translation.

    Andrew maybe a little, lets call it, slow.
    1. Getting spiritually inspired by CNN, when did they hire Rush Limbaugh.....
    2. Taking a break from college, equals flunking out.....
    3. Being up at 5AM in a frat house and probably disturbing a lot of hungover frat brothers, they will probably tell you or demand that you take a walk....
    4. Sometimes it was hard to think, he said, if you are doing something so stupid why even try....
    5. Was not able to tell his friend, using a telephone is a very simple skill that almost anyone, but Andrew, can master....
    6. The Catholic bishops just recently announced a propaganda campaign, a little short on cash flow, no doubt, so could stories like this be the first of many, lets hope not.....

    RAmen...the FSM will accept all of you into Pastafarinism...try us for thirty days, even Andrew...if you do not wish to convert you can always go back to mumbling over your beads and throwing your hard earned money on the plate.

    April 15, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • Those used guys.

      Bootyfunk
      I committed the sin of misspelling Pastafarianism in my rant, the prophet Bobby Henderson would not be amused. I am taking a hint from your post and am going to self-flagalate with a wet noodle as an act of contrition. We are after all the most peaceful of religions.
      RAmen.

      April 15, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Richard

      truly, if you die today, the world will be a better place, allow me to suggest hanging. asssshole.

      April 15, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Those used guys.

      Richard
      According to your beliefs suicide is a sin and I would end up in your fairy tale HELL. I would not mind so much if it was not already full of assorted inquisitors, shaman, priests, bishops, cardinals, popes, saints, women abusers(rapists), pedophiles and a few bad nuns, with that kind of compayt it really would be HELL.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  17. peace

    Religious or not...we all seek happiness, if this journey made him happy and at peace good for him . If we can find happiness and peace within ourselves we can in return bring happiness to others. Its all about kindness and compassion no matter what your beliefs are.

    April 15, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      and if he flogged the skin off his back in the name of the Lord and said it made him happy, would you support that too? that people are taught suffering and pain brings you closer to god shows how mentally disturbing christianity is. it's bad to hurt yourself. period.

      April 15, 2012 at 7:56 am |
    • MB

      I am happy for this guy.
      He did what was right for him and not what other people think is right for him.

      Ahem.....no names mentioned, but most of the haters in this post.
      Stop trying to convert everyone who has a faith into a communist.

      April 15, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      as soon as you stop knocking on my door with a fist full of pamphlets and no frontal lobe.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      MB: Too lazy to care what the truth is!

      April 15, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  18. Reality

    ONLY FOR THE NEWCOMERS:------–>>>>>>>>>>

    JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

    Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694.

    Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Many contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher/magic man would do or say?

    Bottom line: The topic fellow simply wasted his time. He should have spent the time studying!!

    April 15, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • Richard

      he did what he wanted hurt no one doing it, why are you losers denigrating what he did. Why don't you haters all suicide and make the world a better place.

      April 15, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @Richard: You're rather ignorant and immoral!! Wishing death upon anyone is inhumane...think we'll just call you Zimmerman from now on you hateful fool.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  19. Me

    I love my Grandpa, I'm kind of following the same path he is. He wrote for a Catholic magazine and then went on to write and edit for Baseball Digest. Im hopefully soon going, not write but photograph with an organization called Athletes in Action. Exciting.

    April 15, 2012 at 7:37 am |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    April 15, 2012 at 7:17 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      type above. it's supposed to read:
      Atheism is healthy for children and other living things.

      instead of getting on your knees to pray, go outside and make a difference. you'll do a lot more good with your hands if they aren't clasped together in submission.

      April 15, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • Gesus

      The problem with religion is that it is run by people ....I applaud this young man's journey.

      April 15, 2012 at 7:56 am |
    • MB

      Especially for those that believe : )
      To each his own. If you do not have a belief, don't knock someone else down for it.
      Communist.
      That's what the rest of you are.

      Face it, that's real talk. I don't want to hear you preach about not having a faith no more than you want to hear me preach about mine. This is MY Passion. This is this boy's Passion and what he felt he needed to do.

      April 15, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • MB

      Looks as though HUMANS have done SO MUCH good over the past couple of hundred years.
      Look at this earth, and the people.
      We are nothing but trash.

      April 15, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @MB: Nice image you have of your fellow man-not! You are one delusional individual, too afraid of living in accordance with the 21st century and instead you choose to live in accordance with 2000 year old unchanging stories written by man, inspired by man to control people. A book written over the course of 400 years by 40 different men who a) never met god and b) never met each other. Faith is belief without evidence.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      life expectancy and quality of life have increased dramatically with science. check your facts before you spout off. i guess you'd rather be back in biblical days when you could own slaves and beat your wife?

      and stop saying communist. lol. you sound dumb. i'm a humanist. compare humanism and christianity - i challenge you. humanism offers a much better guide to good living than that disgusting book you revere. for one thing, nothing in humanism says to kill anyone - too bad christianity can't say the same. kill g.a.y.s, non-virgin wives and disobedient children.

      and i believe blogs are here for discussion. don't want to discuss it? dont' log onto the website. but that's the usual strategy isn't it? censor what you don't like and can't argue effectively against. by the way, i'm pretty sure it isn't atheists waking me up in the morning knocking on my door trying to shove personal beliefs down other people's throats... derp!

      if you cult members would leave us alone and leave religion out of politics, we'd gladly leave you alone. i'd fight to the death for your right to believe in an imaginary friend - but don't bring that lunacy over to my house.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:18 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!!!. . .

      April 16, 2012 at 11:25 am |
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