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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. dan

    "Faith without works is dead" This young man's faith is alive and recognized by God. "Now I Know" (Genesis 22-2)

    Faith is a gift from God but it is we that must accept and keep it alive by USE. (my belief)

    April 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Reality check

      it amazes the educated how you create such discussions of god, yet god was never around.. Just old primitive mans books concocted by the roman catholics.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Faith is a gift from God?

      Faith is simply believing without evidence. So your god is teaching you to accept everything you hear regardless of whether or not it's the truth or accurate? Way to remain oblivious to reality!

      April 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • ...

      @Reality check Haven't you made enough intolerant comments already? Get a life.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      dan,,,,,,,,,,,, ,.

      It is good to see someone else learning the Art of writing their ownliness views and perspectives! 🙂

      April 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  2. Shadow

    Anyone that mocks this man is an intolerant, faithless fool.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • jason s

      your an idiot.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Reality check

      faithless = sign of intelligence.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • jason s

      sorry that I dont believe in Santa either.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Princess

      Who are these people trying to convince? (Reality check; Joe B; Jason S; Jason B... we get it!!! You don't believe so stop posting and putting other people down!

      April 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Shadow

      I'm guessing you're one of these fools huh Jason. I'll pray for you because I see that your a massive troll. God bless you and have a nice day 🙂

      April 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • jason s

      man created god.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • jason s

      lol first off. This is the first time commenting on cnn. this isnt news, religion isnt news. god isnt news. so Why should I watch what I say? Secondly, please dont pray for me, your god is like santa clause, the more you believe the dumber you get.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Shadow,,,,,,,,,,,, ,.

      Don't give in to too much posts with these zealots! They thrive in hordes and will ever do so in order that they get their daily fixations of doom & gloom bitterances!

      April 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Shadow

      The more I believe the dumber I'll get? That's ironically an unintelligent thing to say coming from a non-believer. Please Jason, continue to spew you're ignorance; continue to arrogantly claim that there isn't anything beyond what our senses can't percieve. In the meantime I'll be praying for you.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • moonster

      Agreed.

      April 15, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • moonster

      Jason s are you sure about that? Believing that life came out from the void some idle Tuesday is much more unbelievable.

      April 15, 2012 at 1:06 am |
  3. Reality check

    some religious believe they never evolved, I'd have to agree. Wish they would though, and join the rest of civilized man.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • moonster

      you are a certified idiot full of spite. you are just another wall.

      April 15, 2012 at 1:08 am |
  4. Reality check

    people who place god, jesus or religion before their children, should be denied children.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Truth7

      You're like the har.lot who stands on the darkened strretcorner, just waiting to take people down to the depths of the pit.

      May God ransom you back.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • jason s

      no. he is living beyond restrains of false beliefs. your the idiot. the harlot. the slave. I am enjoying your post reality check.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Jason s nuzzles up to Reality check in needs of being nurtured and get a shot in the armpit for being such a nice guy! 🙂

      April 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • jason s

      thank you for proving a point

      April 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  5. Pipe-Dreamer

    Pipe-Dreamer's Philosophied Revelations
    (Updated with regularity)
    Brandon did write,"Definition of Science: Systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation. Some atheists raise the word "science" on a such a high pedestal that they make it into their own religion. I am a Christian, and I also am a firm supporter of scientific research for the benefit of mankind. Science is not some atheistic concept reserved only for "rational" thinkers. Science is a broad term used to describe things that we do everyday.
    Adjusting the temperature on your toaster to try to find the right setting for the perfectly cooked bagle? That's science.
    Experimenting with different types of gasoline to see which runs best in your car? That's science too.
    Moving a plant to a different part of the room to see if it will get more sunlight and thus grow better? That's science also.
    So atheists, stop trying to make science into your own religion or something that only non-religious people use. It is only a broad word describing things we do everyday.
    April 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm
    The "Way" I see this world's End is when the sun, our star goes Super-Nova and it expands and does envelope this earth with waves upon waves of heat, fire and brimestone! Could it happen today,,,, maybe tommorrow or next week, maybe next year but most likely a few hundred thousand years or even longer! Meanwhile We who are but lowlife slaves & will ever serve our slave-masteries in a never-ending cyclical of biased pretenses meant to hellishly bind-up the general masses of people for the sakes of the chosen richer than most!
    April 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm
    There is no difference between Christ's Timeline and Today's Time-periods. Only the names have changed! We today have slaves and we have masters of slaveries! Instead of having God-heads we once had Kings. Instead of Kings we now have Presidents and Prime Ministers. The proverbial clincher of today is we are Free to do and to choose what we are to do! Oh what a farce freedom is! Only the very arrogant and the very waakly minded dares not to so believe in such verbased thoughts!
    April 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    The "Way" I see this world's End is when the sun, our star goes Super-Nova and it expands and does envelope this earth with waves upon waves of heat, fire and brimestone! Could it happen today,,,, maybe tommorrow or next week, maybe next year but most likely a few hundred thousand years or even longer! Meanwhile We who are but lowlife slaves will serve our slave-masteries in a never-ending cyclical of biased pretenses meant to hell-bound-up the general masses of people for the skaes of the chosen richer than!
    April 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm
    God was and is and ever will be just a God! Call God whatever one wills and God will never be changed! Throw all the verbal excrements one wants at God and God will never be moved! Love God even just a smidgen and God will open His Kingodms' Heavenly Gates wide when your time comes to leave this world! Showing mercies to the weak in mind and poor in spirit and God will adorn you with much when your time here reaches its' end! To those who keep their earthly treasuries in great abundant measure, knows not God's Will and God will not receive them when their time comes for is it not written to give all you have to the very poorest and the most needy? It may well be said by many that, "whoever has the most toys wins" but I say to all, "There are far too few winners and way too many losers in Life, so be that which you adorn to and cling ever closely to your spirited heart-felt teachings no matter the cost for living here among our Life's Tree of Celestial Cosmologies!"
    April 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm
    Feedings from the fodders of incrementally positioned vanguards of the illusitories' ramparts does ever tender the makings of Life itself! Being nurtured by inclinations of Godliness will never truly quench the thirstiest of allotted sakes! So, 'Go placidly amid the noise and wastes while always remembering the peace one finds in ever finding a piece thereof!"
    April 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm
    God is no respecter of humanisms' umbrages be they spoken or written! God ever wills the people to make better their ownliness Life! God could ever care less if and/or when ONE turns their back on God! The Gospels themselves have become strewn with falsehoods and bitter tasting amalgamations of indifferings laments! Tiz nowadays way better for one to be at distance from any and all Godly writings! To keep safe inside one's heart-filled soul only the verses needed to find comfort and a way to get thru daily regards is all anyone can do! The challenge to Life is to live it and not fall from it!
    April 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    @Scott: wrote on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm stating, "he Gospel: Jesus gave up his life so his murderers might have life. Abortion: My life as I want it is more important than this helpless child's life."
    Women have misscarriages all the time and even have still-births. Societies need to allow people their due causes and reasonings for wanton abortions as the cases may be in the benefits of parental consternations relative to their life needs and wants.
    April 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm
    Mark wrote on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm, stating, "Concerning Pipe-Dreamer: I have a degree in Philosophy. This guy is confounding the language not to make a point, but to make an appearance. There really is nothing in the way of fact here; rather a series of statements, each contingent upon his beliefs, all taken from an objective source – the Bible. Beliefs never equal Truth."
    So says "Mark" who makes claims for being a "Philosophy" contender! The "degrees" in living one's Life dare seems to outweigh the papered assortments one does entangle upon! One might view Truth to be physically relative yet one may see Truth via Spiritual cunning! The Peabodies of dogmaticalisms' rendered paperworks are pee'd upon and ever thrown away afterwards!
    April 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    The "integration" principle does not make "integrity" resolutionary nor does it become a righteous and sole claiming of atheist wanna bes who know very much but despise things they do not cherish!
    April 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm
    Young and somewhat Faithless are the deniers who do embellish in their sins, the unleavened rights to scoff at and spit in the faces of those who "TRULY" do believe in an Afterlife! The names do all change yet the "game" remains ever the same! The dearly departed and deadened from Life's Faithfulness in God's Sons and Daughters wherein Christ Jesus is as their crowned King and our unwaivering Redeemer will forever in the humanists' wills be the saving graces of one's eternalness of Life unto death into Life upon death and ever onward thru the undulations of Time immemorial! Humaisms' of renditioned Godliness is being next to the Being we call our God!
    April 14, 2012 at 11:52 am
    I too can quote "Star Wars"! I do believe in the "Force" as coming from beings the Jedi called as being "midichlorians" which are beings that inhabit all of life's embodiments deeply upon the inside on a scale of such miniaturation we will never really set sight upon them! Such a Faith does not go against the Gospels' certaining verses that tend to embellish our bodies as being mere buildings wherein the Sons and Daughters of God are kempt or living out their Lives!
    April 14, 2012 at 11:32 am
    2 Timothy 2:15, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    TrueWordofGod wrote stating, "Don't diss Almighty God. People with real intellect, know there is a mighty, supernatural God who created the world, the universe and all its living creatures. One day all people will come to know that there is a loving and mighty God who demands your attention and worship. There is coming a time when it will be too late to take back stupid comments or your ignorance. This isn't ancient mythology, it's about a relationship with a real God. My prayer is people here would come to know almighty God and that he would capture their hearts."
    On April 14, 2012 at 11:16 am
    I was birthed by parents who never attended church while I was being raised. They, my parents were named Joseph and Mary. In thier lifetimes dad revealed to me that he believed in a supreme being but did not go so far to call such abeing as being God. I found my Faith upon God when I turned 33! In loving of Godly principalities I did nourish and revel in the Gospels yet in "rightly dividing the Word of Truth" I did find certain verses of scripture an undeniability and beyond mere christian's rationalisms and atheists cunnings! God was God and He is God and will forever be God, the only immortal Being, by God!
    April 14, 2012 at 11:18 am
    Many of you atheists seem to forget that God's Son Christ Jesus was sent to us in order to redeem all us humanists and give to us an abundancy of everlasting Life! Living eternally does not, I repeat, does not mean becoming immortal! It means one is to live and die and live and die according to God's King of His Sons and Daughters, Christ Jesus, our redeemer of living the Life in abundant measurements! Only fools do believe in immortalities and living forever on one dimensional plain of existence!
    April 14, 2012 at 11:00 am
    Just on the accounts of humanisms' history trees are ladled with the religious being ever so fearful of God's impending wrath should they investigate things does in no way or shape or formula make today's closeted christians alikened to their pruned branches being thown upon the dung heaps!
    April 14, 2012 at 10:30 am
    God has a long held tradition for all us humanists who do and whomever doesn't believe in Godly reconciliations! One part heads North while the other part heads South! We all do service the users and even the abusers of Godliness endeavorments. Love therefore, one's own rationales and keep safely tucked away one's simplest of Truths for fear of the dawdlers of bickering and condemnation! Their days are as but second-hand clothes to be handed down come their End of Life!
    April 14, 2012 at 9:46 am
    God the conceptualization was long before man became flesh and bones! For the concepts of Creation itself needed to be nourished! Easy are the deniers' ways but weighty are their yolks. Would any of us humanists truly give up your Life in order for all of mankind to be spared death's beds of sorrows and forlornments? The Love from God is not without His Wrath but the Love of Christ Jesus for all of Humanism is our redemptions' branches! Clamoring to throw pea-like pebbles and spit toward the very traditions of the Gospel Truth in salvations' benefisciaries is harmful to one's simplest ideologies and humane strengths!
    April 14, 2012 at 9:26 am
    1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

    Snoozie,,,, "freedom to work" you say? What about the freedom NOT to work? If one freely is unwilling to work then what are one's choices? I have deduced that "freedom to work" is but an outlandish and dastardly way to convince present day slaves to have choices as to which slave-master they hope to serve proudly or not.
    April 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm
    Catholocism is not worthy of even being considered a Christianizable religion for they hold back so much dough in their treasuries that one could with ease, feed many 3rd world countries for perhaps years if they were to "give up" their dough!
    April 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm
    Some, not many are child molesters. If one sees the clergy as a family would one not try to hide their family's dirty laundry from the neighbors? Because the clergy are devotionalists and dedicated to their Faith's inabilities to have sound reasoning skills does not make them all out to be evil sinners, but in harboring one's dirty laundry, the clergy needs to send it out to be cleansed, as in jail time.
    April 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm
    The religiously devoted are not "dumb", they are scared and they are not "ignorant", they need guidance to reconcile their lousy and immoral Life they have once led. They are scared and want to find reasons for changing their Life! God to them and myself is the answer to the many Acts and actions we all have done wrong in one's past. It isn't rocket science that one can learn to overcome their own rememberences if ills' wongdoings. They need a little push from people who are as a light and can be found a comforting flame of hope and inspiration to ever so slowly llead them to God and yes the King of all God's Sons and Daughters, our Redeemer Christ Jesus.
    April 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm
    Being of "pride" for getting or being laid is not for the faint of heart. In getting laid at such an early age in my or anyone's Life will eventually play in their Life's deck of cards and in dealing this deck one does ever come across the once were cards to ever be reminded of times' past. That's why I say and do regard myself as being but a lowly closeted Christian unworthy of being called a righteous man of 57 years and counting the days looking ever onward to my Life's End! If God and His Sons and yes, Daughters truly are a realism, then I will be given my justice accordingly for my deeds done here in this real of Celestial Cunning! If there is no God, then I will be none the wiser!
    April 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm
    It may one day be truth where the Mother of all Christendoms will bite the proverbial bullet! She will not, though go down without fighting and screaming and gouging the eyes out of many of her followers. Let's all get back to the basics. A horse to plough the fields with and a cow from which to husband with another's bull, some chickens and rabbits some pigs and goats. Ah for the good ol' days they will soon be a coming back! "Push the buttons you ingrates and let's get this show on the road again"!
    April 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm
    There is a time to hold onto and a time to let go of. There are times to remember and times to try and forget. Their are people who do scratch at and claw upon the words of others' faithed wordages. There are also people who stand by and listen and just plainly observe There are those who listen and observe justifiable people of pleasentries and others of ill will who might prey upon those who are unsheltered and in unleavened safe harborages. The young-in-heart's souls are spirited and weak in love knowledge and try unendingly searching the lands ever to seek loving from others away from their nest. Loving your children always is a test!
    April 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm
    One one wrote, "Religion offers the seductive simplicity of certainty, a temptation too strong for many to resist."
    April 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm
    The "trickery" of atheisms are their deluding others of weakened minds and fair gaminess in moments of despair. It is quite easy to see death as being one's end but such a death is of physical accords while the spiritual works of the Holy Ghost are an endless affair of God's whole-heartedness to give to beleivers another spirit-filled Life upon the inner-workings of the Micro-Chasms' unending places inwardly and not up in or even in the abovenss like many worshipper are led to beleive in their mind's eye. We are much more than a piece of flesh upon bones. We are of God and His whole families do live inside us! I Love in the joys of knowing God's few Truths He has let my mind's eyes see and I lay awake at nights ever dreamful of my next Life inside the kingdom Domain of God, the Heavens' Father and Creator of and of all Celestial manifestations! God's Will is ever to be done knowingly or unknwoingly for these are the choices one has. To believe or not to believe in God, the Father and His eons of Sons and Daughters and theirs and always on down the lines of each and every generation of His Godliness Kinds!
    April 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm
    Freedom? Is not Freedoms nothing more than laws meant to oblige one's tattering livelihoods? Who here can honestly say they are free? Do we not have obligations? Are we not obligated to work in order to gain sustanances for living? The curses of freedoms' laments weigh heavily upon those who gregariously plunder the needs of the many with undue justices! The poor of each and every nation or country find peace in their pittiful existence and their needs are few when compared to the needs of the most rich! "Give to the poor" is what the rich ever do deny and will never truly do! They are the true hypocrits of the Gospels!
    April 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm
    I was raised by parents who weren't one bit strict! In matters of Facts, they never did ever go to church! My very early years are but blurs and I remember bits and pieces, fragmented by time they were. I have no bitterness towards my parents. They were very kind and I do so cherish the moments we had together. May God grant them both their heavens' rewards for being the most gentle of parents toward brother and I!
    April 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    April 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Reality check

      report abuse on this one.. tell the guy to get his own blog. Hit 'Report abuse'

      April 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Brandon

      I think you got the wrong guy. The top comment I wrote on science was my first post on this blog. I guess theres some other guy running around with the same name as me, and I assure you we are different people.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Jake

      Holy War and Peace batman!

      April 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Brandon

      Honestly I'll say it's kind of weird that you've been keeping track of all this guy's posts, but that's my opinion.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  6. Spiritual

    When was the last time anyone went on a pilgramige in the United States? People treat God like a vending magine; drop one prayer in and get a prize and when he say's no, people just despise him for it. Sometimes a greater form of sacrifice is needed to get God's attention.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Reality check

      but there is no god. However, you'll be glad to know there are vending machines..

      April 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • jason s

      hahahah very nice reality check

      April 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • dan

      God cannot not say no. God's promise is that whatever we ask in prayer we will receive IF WE BELIEVE WE WILL RECEIVE IT. If God says no he is a liar and his promises cannot be believed.
      Unanswered prayer is the result of doubt. God never got the message because it was not clear. I am not sure you will do this because my pastor tells me you may say no. You can draw your own conclusions about the reason for that.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  7. moonster

    Awesome story – this man is the 1000th man like Kipling wrote about. May his sacrifice move heaven so that his friend may be cured.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Shayna

      Maybe he should ask why his friend is sick?

      April 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Right...so his long treacherous journey of appeasing his own need to say he did something when in reality he did nothing is going to convince your god to heal his friend? The only people who deserve credit if his friend survives are the professionals and scientists who have worked their a$$es off tirelessly studying and discovering the medicine that is going to potentially help. We know from the studies done that prayer is only a placebo but christards seem to enjoy that...they get to be lazy while believing falsely they are doing good.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • moonster

      Truthprevails – wake up! Who do you think gave scientists their brilliant mind? Who gives them the inspiration to heal – God works through people most of the time. Andrew did what he was compelled to do. He doesn't have a serum to help his friend but he can sacrifice his time and his comfort even his personal agendas to help out his friend.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  8. MANNYB

    Great, but wouldn't have done a heck of a lot more good if he had put all that energy into helping the needy? I could think of this fellow working in a soup kitchen or delivering food for Meals on Wheels. What doe walking barefoot for miles accomplish, other than more business for a podiatrist?
    Such sick behavior can be directly attributed to the sick, masochistic, pedophiles in the Catholic Church.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Truth7

      It is sad that you are so filled with hate. Get out of the darkness before it's too late.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Reality check

      churches tend to be dark, don't they???

      April 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Maani

      It says nothing about him walking barefoot. It merely says his feet were blistered and bloodied, which can happen even in sneakers. And why are you so negative? Who says he hasn't also or doesn't also help in concrete ways? What the heck do YOU do for people?

      April 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • dan

      He can do more to help the needy by bolstering his faith than in any other way. His sacrifice will bolster the faith of many. If we search for God we will find him. I hope you will someday do that.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  9. Reality check

    This is pure crazy stuff. Imagine if they helped the children rap-ed and s-od-om-iz-ed by cle-rgy. Oops, it's all about them, not those harmed. Make sure you watch these religious n-uts comments hating too.. as they deny healthcare. and as they cut school budgets.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • ...

      Religion has nothing to do with politics.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • jason s

      really? did you know you have to be affiliated with a religion to run for office or presidency? idiocy

      April 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • dan

      The clergy is not God and there are evil men in all walks of life and hard to filter them out.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  10. Uh............

    I liked the part of the story where his feet started to hurt so he hitched a ride in a car the rest of the way.
    What an inspiring testament to the human spirit and the power of his love for his friend.
    LOL!

    April 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Reality check

      they are full of themselves, aren't they..

      April 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  11. Believer

    Amen brother for doing something positive that demonstrated faith to others.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Reality check

      how about demanding the pope and vatican accountable for the worst crimes against children? The cover ups, denying children help.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • moonster

      hey Reality check have you paid any attention over the past decade the RC church has exposed, cleaned up and is trying to make amends for the crimes committed under their roofs. One could say the same for the boy scouts, other orgs where the same things happen. And from my standpoint it isn't justice people wants its the cash.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Reality check

      that's the lie they want you to hear.. Today they lobby to stop laws that would expose pedos. Cleaned up? Over 80% are around children today.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • moonster

      State your resources cuz your stat is a lie.

      April 15, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  12. Jeff

    For those of you who have no religious life or are agnostic, lay off those who are believers. Try being open minded, tolerant, and accepting.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • jason s

      like religious people are? you are some of the most fake, judgemental, ignorant people on this planet. you religion just tells you its ok.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Alex

      Couldn't agree more. I myself am an atheist and it really disgusts me how people who claim to preach tolerance are so full of hate for the religious. Live and let live, and practice what you preach.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • MsMello

      Thank you. As someone who is a believer, I would just add that it needs to go both ways. Why anyone gets upset over someone elses beliefs is beyond me. I do understand why anyone would become upset when being attacked.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • jason s

      thats ok. when you guys decide to kill agian for your "god" maybe youll realize your idiocy. then agian maybe not.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Maani

      Jason:

      You mean...unlike Lenin, Stalin and Mao, whose atheist and anti-theist policies – both direct and indirect – caused the deaths of over 100 milion people in just 75 years?

      You have an awful lot to learn about history if you think religion is the major cause of war and death...

      April 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • jason s

      your an idiot. seriously. believe in your "god" all you want, if that makes you feel better about yourself. I wont even get into the crusades, israel, salem witch trials... it goes on.. and on.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  13. Truth7

    If you want to know if God is real, just ask Him directly with an honest heart.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • jason s

      and there will be silence

      April 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • ...

      @jason b Get a life, intolerant moron.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • jason s

      hahah thats the thing. I have a life. I LIVE. I love. I do not restrict myself to beliefs that dont embrace life. you should do the same because this is all we got.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  14. Brandon

    Definition of Science: Systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.

    Some atheists raise the word "science" on a such a high pedestal that they make it into their own religion. I am a Christian, and I also am a firm supporter of scientific research for the benefit of mankind. Science is not some atheistic concept reserved only for "rational" thinkers. Science is a broad term used to describe things that we do everyday.

    Adjusting the temperature on your toaster to try to find the right setting for the perfectly cooked bagle? That's science.

    Experimenting with different types of gasoline to see which runs best in your car? That's science too.

    Moving a plant to a different part of the room to see if it will get more sunlight and thus grow better? That's science also.

    So atheists, stop trying to make science into your own religion or something that only non-religious people use. It is only a broad word describing things we do everyday.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Shadow

      lol, this is more rational than the things I hear some athiest say. Oh the irony

      April 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • jason s

      what are you, five?

      April 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      See mommie,,, Writing can be fun and even funnier!" (Keep it up Brandon!)

      April 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • dan

      Right on the money. Science affirms the genus of God by uncovering the way he has created all things.

      April 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  15. Joe B

    I bet he sobered up by the time he got there

    April 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  16. Joe B

    He must have been smoking the good stuff

    April 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • UhYeaOk

      All of your posts sound as if a 13 year old had written them.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  17. Princess

    Why do people have to be so judgemental of other people's actions? I commend this guy for following through on a belief that his actions would help his friend (even if there was no basis for what he was doing). He did something from the heart, didn't hurt anyone else in doing so, and you have nothing but unkind opinions and say he's an idiot. Maybe he did this on his vacation time, maybe he is studying or a positive contributing member of society, maybe this is for his own spiritual reasons – you don't know and don't assume you do. So many of you on this post are just astonishingly negative. I don't even believe in all religion but I can at least respect it, and other's beliefs as well. HUMANITY.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    April 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • JG

      Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish... An old saying that is very true.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • just sayin

      No it isn't. But thanks for playing. God bless

      April 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Truth7

      JG – and when a man finds God, he realizes the fish only filled his belly.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  19. Religion

    Breaking CNN news: Stoned frat boy takes long walk.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Reality check

      not that's more realistic.. religion is a delusion.

      April 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  20. Change

    It is nice to know that people can look beyond religion and look at the bigger picture.

    April 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
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