News flash: [ooh! I like the italic 'flash!'] After 11:30 p.m. tonight, I will no longer have Internet access, and will, therefore, not be able to update this blog, until about 1:00-3:00 on Tuesday (after the March, I'll be jumping on the bus and driving home for 18 hours... at least...). Please pray for a safe return trip for all marchers! I will finish off the website while on the bus so I can simply post everything right when I return. Good night!
Sorry I haven't blogged at all until now, but I've been doing many different things today and haven't had the time...
I woke up around 8:30 a.m., had breakfast, then left for Mass at the National Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (link to pictures below), and went from there to many other activities. The group of seminarians I was with took a tour of a theological seminary building on the Catholic University of America campus, led by David Skillman. We then travelled via the Metro to our hotel for a refreshing break, and hopped onto the Metro again. After much debate, we decided to go to the Natural History Museam (about 1/2 mile from our hotel), and to the art museum from there. We dined at Johnny Rocket's in the Pentagon City Mall, and finally returned back to our hotel room (where I am now!).
After a some interesting experiences on the final six hours of driving (more on that later...), we arrived at our hotel around 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). The hotel is a very nice four-star, with plenty of room in the lobby, convention halls, and rooms (in fact, this is the hotel I lodged in three years ago!).
More about the road: Many prayers were said for our safe passage, and none were wasted. Because of a 4"-6" snowfall (with more falling while we were driving), the roads were quite treacherous, especially for many two-wheel-drive cars (which seemed to be plentiful today). Many times we would be glancing out the window watching a car go wily-nily through lanes of traffic, coming within a foot or two of hitting the bus -- luckily we saw no accidents, and most people regained control of their cars.
Please continue praying for safe passage for those who are still on the road, and for a safe return trip!
It's 10:22 a.m. Eastern Time right now, and I'm finally getting a little bored (thus I have taken out my laptop and am blogging again. I tried reading Augustine's On Free Choice and the Will, but after about ten pages, my brain was a little too tired to comprehend all the data in the pages (that's what happens when you've been on a bus for fourteen hours with many talkative high-schoolers (and seminarians!), with little sleep).
It's been snowing much harder now; a large storm has found it's way to the roads we are driving on (supposedly there are 6-8" of snow in some Midwestern locales!). I have said a prayer for our caravan's continued safety, and I hope all the rest of the pro-lifers are having a safe journey as well.
I'm working on posting more pictures from today (Saturday), but don't have very many so far. I do have a picture of the heavy snow that has been falling around where we are (somewhere in Pennsylvania):
Hello everyone! Right now, I'm on the road somewhere in Ohio (even though I am posting the entry on Saturday afternoon in D.C.), and there are about two inches of snow on the ground. I slept for about five and one-half hours, but can't seem to fall asleep anymore (I'm not too fond of sleeping on buses...). Right now, it's 6:00 a.m. St. Louis time, 7:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C. -- the sun is not yet up in either place!
Here's the bus I'm traveling on:
Our bus prayed evening prayer and a rosary, watched American Idol (the St. Louis audition show - ick!), screened Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, then prayed night prayer and proceeded to take a stab at sleeping. After four bus-riding 18-hour trips, you'd think I'd have it nailed... but, no, I was aching quite a bit when I arose; these seats aren't the most comfortable in the world ;-) .
Well, folks, this is it (for 24 hours or so...)!
In 30 minutes, I'll be sardine-wiched into a bus for the annual trek to the March For Life. During the bus ride, I'll be saying Evening, Night, and Morning Prayers, saying the rosary, praying, reading, and setting up some pages for pictures on my CGC website. Please visit often, as I'll be updating my blog and my pictures daily (the hotel in D.C. has free WiFi :-).
I also ask that you pray for all those participating in this year's March. Many people will be on the road for more than 15 hours, trekking through snow, ice, rain, and even sunlight! Please pray for safe passage, everyone's health, and, most of all, for the unborn who we hope to help by marching for life!
God Bless :-)