Fighting Irish and the Passion of Jesus

Trip Start Jun 12, 2013
Trip End Aug 01, 2013

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

I didn't sleep too well for some reason last night, but I was up and ready at 7am for another full day of excitement.

We washed the sheets on the upstairs bedroom and remade the bed so we could leave the Lake house hoping we may be invited back some day.

As we started off to South Bend we stopped in Elkheart, again at Cracker Barrel for breakfast. It was only about a 45 min drive to Noter Dame.  We got there only a few minutes after the tour left, so we browsed through the bookstore/gift shop.  I found a couple of things I wanted and a little something we promised for Mike Kilgannon.  After our shopping was through we decided to walk around the campus a bit.  I read that there are times in which the Cathedral cannot be viewed because of services.  We decided to go check it out to see if we could manage to get a peek inside.  To our surprise a daily mass had just begun.  So we stayed for the service.  Typical mass but what an impressive church to be celebrating the Eucharist in.  After wards we went back to the visitor’s center to wait for the next tour which was only hour away. 

Molly our tour guide for the day was not from Noter Dame, or was she a Catholic.  Her knowledge of the campus was ok, but not what I was expecting.  I was disappointed and wish we didn’t wait the several hours for the tour but went on to our next stop.

The Shrine of Christ’s Passion.  Most of today’s pictures are of this 1 mile walk in the footsteps of Jesus done in life size bronze statues.  It sure didn’t seem like a mile walk when I was done. 

The Shrine of Christ’s Passion is an interactive half-mile winding pathway that begins with the Last Supper and Garden of Gethsemane. You then journey through the Passion of Christ as depicted in the Stations of the Cross.  The Journey consists of 40 life size bronze statues with each setting having a listening station featuring the voice of veteran broadcaster Bill Kurtis. Push the button to hear a description of the scene along with a meditation.  Background music plays throughout your journey on 180 speakers along a pathway illuminated for early evening use.  Over 1000 trees and bushes were planted on the site to give you a true feeling like you were actually there.  More than 3000 yards of stamped concrete were poured for the walkway for ease of moving from one station to another.  80 semis of boulders were trucked in from central Wisconsin and placed strategically around to complete the settings.

I was told that there are over 50 volunteers on staff for tour assistance like the lady who greeted us as we walked in the main door, and the other gal who walked us to the Last Supper to be sure the prior guests have moved on so groups do not interfere with one another. This shrine was started back in 2001.

We continued on, but ran into some road construction that delayed us about 45 minutes.  We had originally planned to stop in Springfield IL for the night, but only made it as far as Bloomington, IL.  So we’ll get an early start in the morning and be in Springfield by the time the Lincoln Library and museum open for business tomorrow.

May God bless all my blog readers and the nice friendly people at the Passion of Christ Shrine.

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