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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.”

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (843 Responses)
  1. Victor

    For those who believe, no words are necessary; for those who don’t believe, no words are possible. These words are ascribed to St. Ignatius of Loyola who considered himself a pilgrim. They express my sentiment, as well, having made numerous pilgrimages (e.g. Lourdes, Fatima, Santiago de Compostella et al.).

    April 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  2. Dr. No Nothing

    When the Patient is healed from his ill.ness

    Religious: Thanks to God's Help
    Doctor: Nope! Thanks to Medicines and Expertise.

    When the patient su.ccu.mb to the il.lness

    Religious: God's will
    Doctor: Yes, it is.

    April 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  3. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????D F*UCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  4. Trancend

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Trancend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ will result in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Currently.... your constructing your own path that suits your sin lifestyle.

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find a truth you can take with you in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life. You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf, the greatest minds knowledge fate or are eventually plagerzed, your good deeds are forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated, your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over .
    Trancend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Relise your a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent....

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth.

    Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment. You don't get what you want you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Down is up. Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.

    Your all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  5. WASP

    all the religious debate aside, i do have to admire this young man's devotion to walk all the way to the place he wished to worship. i'm atheist and it shows that not all american youths are without the ability to commit to a task they set out to accomplish. i hope he sought medical attemtion for his feet. if infection sets in his wounds they could be amputated.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things .

    April 18, 2012 at 6:23 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 18, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  7. VERY TRUE!

    Atheists think that they are winning a debate through slinging insults and mocks. On the other hand, Religious think they can depend their belief using a book from people who don't believe it.

    And while each party are claiming victory, CNN is enjoying the needed hits.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • jorgath

      This.

      April 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  8. Ryan M.

    Good to see all the anti-theists here today, scrutinizing all beliefs except their own. What a wonderful example to the world, oh peaceful ones.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      You assumption that atheists haven't scrutinized their own beliefs is rather arrogant, don't you think?

      I am a naturalist who believes that there is no existence save that which we experience directly (ie: no spiritual realm). I am also a rational anarchist who knows that concepts such as ‘state’ and ‘society’ and ‘government’ have no existence save as physically exemplified in the acts of self-responsible individuals.
      I hold that it is impossible to shift, share, or distribute blame . . . as blame, guilt, responsibility etc. are matters taking place inside human beings singly and nowhere else. Therefore, we should be rational and realize that not everyone will share the same evaluations of good and evil. We must try to live perfectly in an imperfect world, aware that our efforts will be less than perfect while trying to remain undismayed by self knowledge of failure.
      In the end, the definition of Christian is to live your life in the image of Jesus Christ. Faith in miracles, divinity, resurrections, and other fantastical flourishes isn't required to live a life of pacifism, charity and humility.

      April 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      I don't actually have any beliefs, well not any religious ones. I too, take offense that you infer that those of us who are atheists have never taken the effort to scrutinize what we once believed, quite the opposite, actually. Have you ever taken the time to sit down and without open prejudice, had a conversation with an atheist? Probably not.

      April 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      Many atheists and other non-believers arrive at where they are through a LONG process of scrutinizing their beliefs, a process that it unending.

      April 18, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • KofC

      There is no point in this discussion, these kinds of back and forth hatred between believers and non-believers is what Evil strives for, chaos, more hatred, and lies. i just want all to remember that God loves all, whether you believe in him or not.

      June 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  9. Margo Van Vorst

    It doesn't surprise me that people who don't fill their lives with something good can only find bad things to say. I, for one, am impressed that this young man even attempted this, and I applaud him for "getting up off his butt" and doing something that he will remember all of his life. Maybe this was a step for him in the right direction to find purpose in his life. None of you can or should judge him. Imagine what a delight he brought to the Sisters- certainly made their day. I say keep following your heart, you never know where it will take you.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  10. jimtanker

    That's it? 70 miles? What a wuss. There are people who walk the Apilachian Trail, 2200 miles, every year. They do it in as little as 4 months. This guy needs to put down the X-box and get some exersice.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • Ashley

      He did it for a friend... that is the feat. If your argument is that he ONLY walked 70 miles, which is a long ways for those of us who don't do that everyday (none of us). The real feat was dedicating the walk and journey for his friend. If anything, appreciate that. This is not an article on physical fitness levels of collegiate students in America, but FAITH.

      "Faith is not believing what you see, but seeing what you believe"-Saint Augustine

      April 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • CindyLewis

      Based on the story, it appears he only walked 42 miles (30 miles on day 1 and 12 the next day, when the couple drove him the remaining 10 miles, which doesn't add up to 70 miles. Maybe he's thinking KMs?). I don't see why this is newsworthy, other than he set off ill-prepared and experienced no real harm. There are plenty of pilgrims here and abroad...and walking 100KM is not a big deal (I walked a bit more on the Camino de Santiago in Spain...and hope to do a full camino someday).

      April 20, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    April 17, 2012 at 7:32 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 17, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  12. cccp21

    Hello fellow free thinkers and unbeleivers, we need your help defeating the Republicans and keeping Religion and other nonsense out of schools and Govevernment. Please go to http://www.cpusa.org/ and see what you can do to help us this fall. Your help is needed, never has the situation been so dire as it is now. Thank you.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:39 am |
    • just sayin

      To turn America around seek out a platform that will return prayer to schools. God bless

      April 17, 2012 at 7:31 am |
  13. huskiemom

    I like this story! And this kid found out how and why pilgrims do what they do. I hope he does find his place in the spiritual world, and without knowing it, he lived Christlike.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Frank Bund

      He didn't actually walk a full 70 miles. If you had read the fucking story, you'd see that he cheated and took a ride from some idiots that fell for his garbage sob story. Too bad this loser cock mongrel didn't get mowed down by one of the trucks he was whining about.

      April 17, 2012 at 2:24 am |
  14. 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 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  15. Morgan

    I like this story. Even if his neighbor doesn't make it, the kid took time out to dedicate himself to a positive cause, and grow a little as a human being. Prayer is simply putting positive intention out there; there's nothing wrong with spending a moment doing that, even if you don't believe in the supernatural whatsoever. - An Atheist

    April 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Frank Bund

      One can never trust an anonymous quote.

      April 17, 2012 at 2:27 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      setting intentions and affirmations are simply putting positive intention out there; prayer is believing you are talking to a magic friend in the sky that doesn't exit. and there's a lot of religious baggage with prayer, too. it's not healthy.

      April 17, 2012 at 2:37 am |
    • Ashley

      Morgan, Thank you... 🙂

      I am religious and I do appreciate what you have said, I used to not be whatsoever and things have changed me for the better, But in my opinion you do not need to belong to one faith, just live justly and have faith..which is what this man is striving for. God bless all of you

      April 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    April 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • 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 1:28 pm |
    • just sayin

      Surely Yes it do. God bless

      April 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      @Jesus Prayer doesn't work? The author Christenson disagrees. “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.”

      April 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Javier

      Some people are soooooooooooooooooooooo gullible.

      April 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Jesus

      "@Jesus Prayer doesn't work? The author Christenson disagrees. “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.”"

      More desperation, keep proving my post is correct.

      April 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Science saves

      Jesus kills

      April 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Sasha

      Studies have shown that prayer has beneficial effects. Those who are named Saints in the modern era have performed miracles that have been proven; many of these miracles are related to medical problems, instances in which a person was healed and remained well for many years after, with no medical reason for that change.

      Regarding the parents who prayed rather than taking medical action, their child died and they're jailed? First, healing only happens if He wills it; second, parents have an obligation to obtain medical treatment for minor children. Adults are free to reject medical treatment for themselves.

      April 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Frank Bund

      god doesn't exist.

      You're welcome for this remarkable insight.

      April 17, 2012 at 2:29 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      @catholic engineer
      it's easy to fake blindness or being crippled. you know what you can't fake? amputations. how come god never heals amputees?

      there's an easy answer: he doesn't heal anyone, all divine healing is fake.

      April 17, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • just sayin

      Since you do not have knowledge of every amputee you cannot with certainty declare that God does not regenerate amputees. Your opinion is based on your preconceived prejudice and hate of God. Truth be told you do not know. God bless

      April 17, 2012 at 7:28 am |
  17. catholic engineer

    The article states "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." People love to point out how the church won't "get with the times" (as though human nature has improved!). In the face of the contraception mandate, the church will not change. Thus, things such as what these nuns accomplished will decline. History will lay the decline of the vast network of Catholic social service at the feet of Our Current President.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • JT

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

      "educate and care for" should read "indoctrinate and convert", which is the main goal.

      April 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      @JT When someone from Communist North Korea defects to the US, accepts our creeds, and becomes a citizen you would probably call it "naturalization". When the church teaches and baptizes, you name it "indoctrinate and convert". Very selective application of language, wouldn't you say?

      April 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Frank Bund

      catholic, you're an idiot.

      Please stop trying to justify the existence of your dead cult. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. Now kindly eat a hot bucket of ron jeremy's feces.

      April 17, 2012 at 2:31 am |
  18. Rainer Braendlein

    Reality

    • The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution. Then there are words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument. And there is also "r-a-pe", “a-pe” and “gra-pe”, "s-ex", and "hom-ose-xual". You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, I typically add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".

    • Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.

    Sum Dude routinely updates the list of forbidden words/fragments.

    Two of the most filtered words are those containing the fragments "t-it" and "c-um". To quickly check your comments for these fragments, click on "Edit" on the Tool Bar and then "Find" on the menu. Add a fragment (without hyphens) one at a time in the "Find" slot and the offending fragment will be highlighted in your comments before you hit the Post button. Hyphenate the fragment(s) and then hit Post. And remember more than one full web address will also gain a "Waiting for Moderation".

    And said moderators still have not solved the chronological placement of comments once the number of comments gets above about 100. They recently have taken to dividing the comments in batches of 50 or so, for some strange reason. Maybe they did this to solve the chronology problem only to make comment reviews beyond the tedious.
    Zeb’s alphabetical listing

    o “bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN "awaiting moderation" filter:
    Many, if not most, are buried within other words, so use your imagination.
    You can use dashes, spaces, or other characters to modify the "offending" letter combinations.
    ––
    ar-se.....as in Car-se, etc.
    ba-stard
    co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, lubco-ck, etc.
    co-on.....as in rac-oon, coc-oon, etc.
    cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, etc.
    cu-nt.....as in Scu-ntthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
    do-uche
    ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
    ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, etc.
    fu-ck......!
    ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
    ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
    jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
    ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
    ji-sm
    koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
    nip-ple
    pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
    pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
    ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
    se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
    sh-@t.....but shat is okay – don't use the @ symbol there.
    sh-it
    sl-ut
    sn-atch
    sp-ic.....as in disp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
    ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
    tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
    va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
    who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
    wt-f....also!!!!!!!

    There are more, some of them considered "racist", so do not assume that this list is complete.
    -–
    Allowed words / not blocked at all:
    anal
    anus
    ass
    boob
    crap
    damn
    execute
    hell
    kill
    masturbation
    murder
    penis
    pubic
    raping (ra-pe is not ok)
    shat (sh-@t is not ok)
    sphincter
    testes
    testicles

    The CNN / WordPress filter also filters your EMAIL address and NAME as well – so you might want to check those

    April 16, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Frank Bund

      HOLY COCK JUICE

      April 17, 2012 at 2:32 am |
  19. Rainer Braendlein

    Bigotry (a real load for the mankind)

    All false religions are bigoted. The members of false religions, at least those of them, which take seriously their religion, love only members of their own religion or people, which they want to convert.

    This nasty behaviour you find among Catholics, Muslims, Anabaptists, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, false Protestants, etc..

    The problem is that the false religions see Grace as their PROPERTY. As soon as you have joined their religion you participate in infinite Grace, which dispenses you from correct behaviour in daily life.

    Let us take the Islam as an example:

    Sura Al-Fatiha (Sura 1):

    1 In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
    2 Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,
    3 The Beneficent, the Merciful.
    4 Master of the Day of Judgment,
    5 Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.
    6 Show us the straight path,
    7 The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.

    The first Sura sounds even Christian (Allah is called merciful), but let us consider that this is not the only Sura of the Koran.

    The whole context of the Koran makes it clear that the first Sura is related only to Muslim believers. Allah is merciful and gracious only towards Muslims or people, which want to convert to Islam.

    This bigotry could be endured, if Islam would mean love and righteousness in daily life (a true Christian shall be full of love and righteousness to everybody independent from belief, color, nationality, status, etc. in daily life). Regretably a good Muslim is yet a Muslim, which keeps the 5 pillars of Islam, independent from practical love and righteousness:

    – Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad;
    – Establishment of the daily prayers;
    – Concern for and almsgiving to the needy;
    – Self-purification through fasting; and
    – The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.

    The 5 pillars of Islam have not much to do with rightousness, excepted almsgiving (whereby, I would like to know, if a Muslim would give alms to a poor Christian, or if he would regard his poverty as a curse of Allah?).

    The mean trick of all these is that you become a participant of grace yet by keeping the 5 pillars, independent from your daily behaviour. You may think like this (if you are a Muslim): I have tried to convert my workmate to Islam, but he refuses. He is now under the wrath of Allah, who will throw him into hell finally. Why should I love this nasty disbeliever, which is not loved by Allah? Why should I give him any good hints and advices? Why should I talk with him? Why should I be concerned about his security? Why should I help him, if he is in need? Allah doesn't love this infidel individual, hence I am allowed to hate him too.

    The same att-itude have got Catholics, Anabaptist, Mormons, etc..

    They keep certain rituals of their believe and by that they are participants of infinite Grace, which allows them to treat their infidel fellow human beings, which they regard as disbelievers, very ill. They feel not obliged to show love and rightousness to their fellow human beings.

    How works a true Christian, in contrast:

    A Christian knows that at Judgement Day he will get judget according to his works. Only if he has lived a life of love and rightousness he will finally enter heaven. A Christian loves everybody, independent form belief, color, nationality, status, etc.. He loves people, even if they are no Christians and even if they don't want to become Christians. A true Christian doesn't regard God's Grace as his property, but shares it with his fellow human beings. The Christian sees always himself as that one, who is required by God to behave correctly. A Christian oversees the sins of his fellow human beings and behaves friendly and kindly despite their sins (of course, if people harm one another, the Christian has to intervene and to stop the wrongdoer).

    Yet a true Christians will hold on to the truth and confess it to everybody:

    The gospel: God, the Father, delivered God, the Son, for our sins and raised him from the dead for our justification.

    The man, who believes that and gets baptized (or remembers his infant baptism), will receive the power of the Holy Spirit to love his fellow human beings and to behave righteous.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  20. I'm The Best!

    It is amazing he walked that far. And as in walked that far I mean walked until his feet hurt really bad then got a ride for the rest of the trip. His trek has done two things. Help delude himself into thinking he has now helped his friend, and help prove his isn't real, I.e. his friend didn't show any signs of improvement. But rest assured, if there is any improvement it will be attributed to this, and not all the work the doctors and scientists have put in.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      "his isn't real" should be "god isn't real".
      Autocorrect on my phone is not always my friend.

      April 16, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Obviously, you were using that vacuum tubes computers.

      April 16, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • Lion

      You can miss the point of prayer. God wants us to love each other and loose ourselves in the service of others. When we're in the service of others, we are only in the service of God, it is said. Do you ever think that prayer might help the physicians do a better job rather than "faith healing?"

      April 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Frank Bund

      No. It's the other way around. The work of the doctors is often attributed to prayer, and not the years of hard work and dedication put in by the doctors.

      It's like when some asshole at church stands up to give a testimony about how god gave him a car. No... god didn't give you a thing. You got a job, you worked, and then you purchased the car with money. Some magical fairy princess in the sky had nothing to do with it. But these idiots keep claiming god gave them everything. Nope.

      It's chilly in here. I think I'll go find a couple bibles to get my fireplace going.

      April 17, 2012 at 2:37 am |
    • Ashley

      You are all basing this on belief... faith. Thats exactly what the article is about... A faith to you that God does not exist..but a Faith to him that maybe their is a possibility. Even if their is no God would you deny this boy the good feeling that he has tried? that he has gone to everyone he can for help. Human desire and will are strong things that is why we all are commenting so fervently on this article. That if his friend knows what he did for him maybe that gives him hope that will make him live a couple more months than he originally had. And prayer alone is healthy. Millons of studies show this, and prayer is simply an emptying of yourself, discussing with yourself how you can better who you are, even if you arent religious you know this to be true. This man has done something extraordinary for his friend and if God takes the credit for his friends healing than sobeit, because most doctors will offer the credit to God if the youg man doesnt himself. Those who save lives believe, those who try to destroy them are trying to believe. Just try faith. and you never know you may get lucky and actually see that God is with you everyday.. its not necessarily a bad thing to have 🙂

      April 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
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