The Eternal Word TV Network-EWTN!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
Trip End May 16, 2008

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I could say that I had a vision and God lead me to this place. Maybe in some way he did. I'm sure my mom would say that he did. God does have a purpose for all of us. How does this place fit into the grand scheme of things?
It's no secret that I've been planning on heading to Nashville. My plans changed and  the route I decided to take ended up taking me through Birmingham, Alabama. Last Saturday I get an email from my mom saying that if I'm passing by  Birmingham that maybe I should stop in and see a TV studio. I'm not too sure how much research my mom did to see where EWTN was in relationship to the roads I could potentially take from Florida to Tennessee. Before the email I had already mapped out the route I was going to take. Birmingham is about the halfway point on the Interstate that had a campground listed in the Motor Association Camp book. There are no KOAs in Alabama.
This is another one of those coincidences...somebody mentioning something just when it fits into my plans.
I did some research on EWTN and figured out that they do a tour at 2h30 every day. That meant I would have to leave Pensacola quite early to get there in time. I was on the road by 7 am. Something I haven't done since the first week of the Journey 4 months ago. Oh! Looks like I'm past the halfway point of my Journey.
About the Eternal World TV Network:
"In the early 1960s, Mother M. Angelica, a Poor Clare nun, cloistered and dedicated to the perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, fulfilling a promise made to our Lord, founded Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Irondale, Alabama, in the Deep South. In one of her early evangelizing efforts Mother Angelica began writing "mini-books", short teachings on a variety of religious themes. As the popularity of these "mini-books" grew, her nuns obtained a printing press and started duplicating and distributing them worldwide.
Soon, Mother began receiving requests for speaking engagements, evolving into a video series of her talks taped at a local Birmingham television station. The Poor Clare nun, who knew little of the world of technology and communication, then built her own TV studio on monastery property in Irondale, which today is home to Eternal Word Television Network. What began 24 years ago as a garage-turned-TV-studio is now a state of the art audiovisual complex funded totally by gifts from individuals and groups and visited annually by thousands of pilgrims.
EWTN Global Catholic Network airs family and religious programming from a Catholic point of view in English and Spanish. Providing more than 80% original programming, EWTN offers inspiring talk shows, entertaining children's animation, exclusive teaching series, live coverage of Church events, and thought-provoking documentaries.
Beyond the broadcast vision, however, first and foremost, the spiritual heart of the EWTN mission is to bring the Eternal Word of Jesus Christ to all. The religious centers of the network are visited daily by pilgrims who travel to Irondale to worship in the chapel or visit the breathtakingly beautiful Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. Visitors of all faiths are invited to "come away by yourself to a quiet place, and rest awhile" (Mark 6:31) and to pray before the Most Blessed Sacrament, adored and loved perpetually by the cloistered nuns now living at Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Hanceville or by the faithful in Irondale.
Without making plans for the future, Mother Angelica, relying completely on Divine Providence, believes in going "where God opens the door." It is that deep and constant faith in the Lord, which has called Mother Angelica to act on God's invitation to do the impossible, through Him, who accomplishes the miraculous.
When Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was launched on August 15, 1981, many felt there would be little demand for a Catholic network. Now, in its 26th year, EWTN has become the largest religious media network in the world, transmitting programming 24 hours a day to more than 123 million homes in 140 countries and  territories on more than 4,800 cable systems, wireless cable, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), low power TV and individual satellite users".
I was drooling during this tour. They have the most modern TV and Radio equipment available that they purchase with the donations they receive. Mother Angelica's motto is "Only the Best for God!". If I would have continued taking my Audio-Visual Technician courses twenty-five years ago I could have been working on this stuff today.
This evening I went back for the taping of one of their shows. I was in the audience. My mom will let me know if I made it to Global TV.
Now why am I here? I've been avoiding discussing religion for the main reason that my mother is a very devout Catholic, I no longer am, and my mom doesn't like it when I talk about her. Well, she doesn't like it when I post what she writes   here. So maybe she'll be OK with it if she's part of my blog comments. In the past she's been trying to convince me to watch this TV channel to receive more information about the Catholic faith that might make me return. Religion is part of my Journey. It's taken me here. Tomorrow on the way to Nashville I'll be making a stop at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. My mother never mentioned that I could make a stop there. I found out about it when I did my internet search. I haven't finished reading The History of God. I'll get around to it. It's all part of the big picture.
I'll let you all know more about my faith once I'm in Nashville trying to stay warm. It's suppose to go down to -11 on Thursday night. The high on Thursday is suppose to be -2. That's OK, it's not a travel day so the furnace in the trailer should keep things from freezing.
I saw tiny snowmen along the highway today. They had a bit of snow here on the weekend and somebody stopped along the highway to make snowmen.
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Joan Diaz on

I have 7 children only one has come back to the Church. I am very grateful for that. All have been baptized and all but one confirmed. Somewhere along the way we lost our way. I have never lost my faith but I have made many mistakes. I am trying to atone for all my mistakes and very grateful to be forgiven. I now pray for all my children. They are good and kind and loving but don;t seem to be ready to come back to the church. I will continue to pray for them and ask prayers from you also. The Lord has done many wonderful things for me and i am eternally grateful. If you would let me know where and how I can contribute to the network, I will be glad to. I have very little money but would try to give something. Thank you for all you do, sincerely, Joan

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