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The Critters are just flying to these lovely destinations!
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The final stop on our tour is the Notre-Dame-du-Cap Shrine (Our Lady of the Cape) in de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, Canada. This is a place of prayer and meditation.

Located on the shore of St. Lawrence River, the Shrine offers a peace and serenity seldom found. Today, the beautiful grounds continue to radiate Marian devotion begun by earlier generations. We hope your experience will fill you both spiritually and culturally. This Marian Shrine, the Canadian National Shrine to Our Blessed Mother, has been entrusted to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate's care since 1902.

From the shrine’s rector, Father Yoland Ouellet, OMI: “Look with love on the banks of the great river…” These words taken from a song of old, addressed to Our-Lady of the Cape, are always suitable for grasping the greatness of the Sanctuary of Our-Lady of the Cape. The majestic St-Lawrence river from which was born the whole history of the Sanctuary is talking to us about the wealth of the grace of God offered within this blessed place since its establishment by the Jesuits in 1651. Through this powerful waterway came the missionaries who were going to bless that land with the blood of the martyrs. On that river, finally, an ice bridge obtained through the prayer of the rosary, in the spring of 1879, showed the sign that the Virgin wished to see a Shrine be erected among us. A bridge could then signify that Mary herself serves as a footbridge between all of us and the Lord in order to gain many favors for us.

“The Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape does represent such a place where rivers of living water are flowing, gushing from the Heart of God, particularly since the consecration of the small historical church, under the gaze of Mary, on June 22 1888. The magnificent basilica which is standing up today is recalling that prophecy of the Temple from which waters will flow in order to cleanse and bring fertility to the land! The Saint-Mary lake and the small spring that is gushing forth within the beautiful gardens are talking to us about psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd: in meadows of green grass, he lets me lie, to the waters of repose, he revives my soul!”

“At last, within the small “historical chapel” where so many Eucharists have been celebrated since 1721, we do find the place where we feel in an inexpressible way that presence of a Mother who was already given to us at the foot of the cross. Full with goodness and compassion, valiant in her intercession of which she has so often given the proof, from generation to generation, here, on the banks of the great river!

“During the pilgrimage season, the Shrine of Our-Lady of the Cape becomes the small “Canadian Lourdes”, with its candlelights procession, particularly, during which our love for Mary is sung and celebrated. At the end of the day, we are invited to deposit, before leaving the place, the whole burden of our lives and our preoccupations, within her heart full of understanding.

“It’s up to you to discover this blessed place, so rich with graces, that ground of Mary that is leading to the rivers of fresh waters gushing forth from the Heart of her Son. It’s enough to stand there some day, letting oneself be caught by the mystery, in order to understand… like we would do it in other shrines of the world dedicated to the Mother of the Lord!”

For more information, visit:

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We have traveled over 3000 miles and have reached Washington, DC, home of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

This is the second stop on our tour. The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America, and is one of the ten largest churches in the world.

Fulfilling its mission, the Basilica is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation.

Designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage, the Basilica is the United States’ preeminent Marian shrine, dedicated to the patroness of the United States—the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. It is oftentimes affectionately referred to as America’s Catholic Church.

Visited by Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, and Mother Teresa, among others, the Basilica, though distinctly American, rivals the great sanctuaries of Europe and the world.

Byzantine-Romanesque in style, its massive, one-of-a-kind superstructure is home to over 70 chapels and oratories that relate to the peoples, cultures and traditions that are the fabric of the Catholic faith and the mosaic of our great nation. The Basilica also houses the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art on earth.

Open 365 days a year, the Basilica is host to nearly one million visitors annually, attracting pilgrims and tourists alike from across the country and around the world.

For more information, visit: www.nationalshrine.com/site/c.osJRKV
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4EVERNESS - I didn't notice that button to post links for AGES after I started on sparks.

Jane - emoticon Doh! Of course! Sorry for adding to the confusion!

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Sorry again, but willl steps count the same way? Sorry again, just don't want to mess things up
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Thank you for clarifying about the non conversion. And so sorry, I didn't notice the 'add a link' button.....oops....

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Will steps count the same way? Sorry again, just don't want to mess things up emoticon

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emoticon Thanks for clearing that up!! I like keeping it simple!!

So let's all keep moving!

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Thanks to all of you for your comments and questions!

Please try to post all links using the "add a link" function above the message box.

Please see the tracking post for the challenge to see how we will progress from place to place.

No complicated conversions necessary! ANY fitness minutes (cardio, strength training, stretching) count as miles on our trip. So if you did 20 minutes of fitness today, you would count that as 20 miles on our trip.

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You didn't need to worry about me. But thank you both very much I love them emoticon

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Thank you! That one worked for me. I hope it works for Snowyoga too.

I love the fall pic - beautiful!

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You can do step conversions (weird thinking about parents and churches) by length of your regular stride for 'actual' distances...)

Okay, for those not on FB... http://www.snows.org/DevotionalAreas.aspx?
path=root/english/devareas/guadalupe (at the bottom are little arrows that will take you on a tour kind of ...This is a little more time consuming and burdensome, but I think well worth it...) I preset this one to Our Lady of Guadalupe...Hope it works...... emoticon

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Oh sorry.

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Sorry that's ok I tried and can't get it emoticon But thanks again emoticon

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Thanks for the tip, Marge!

I am off to check. I figured I wouldn't be able to see, so didn't try.

I got them!

I tried to post a "clickable" link, but it didn't work.

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I am not on Facebook, but I was able to see the pictures (They are beautiful!)

I just did a copy/paste. (I use Chrome)

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I am, Do I just put this whole thing in, or what? Sorry, but thanks again emoticon

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I think you probably have to be on facebook to get the pics?

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Hi everyone emoticon Wanted to ask 4Everness how does this work? I couldn't get it ( https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.
582498248441305.1073741826.32369337) I would love to see the pictures And will we be able to do the count with steps? emoticon

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Thanks for posting our new challenge, Jane! It looks fabulous!

Good question, Marge!

Jane, and the other leaders, how shall we deal with minutes to miles conversion? There are a couple of ways to do it.

We could say that every known mile = 1 mile (for example if we know we've run 5 miles or walked 2 miles, etc.).

We could use a straight time to mile conversion - (for example say every 15 [or 20 or 30 minutes, whatever we decide] minutes of exercise = 1 mile, even if it might not technically equal that). For instance: 20 minutes aerobics or raking or jumping or dancing = 1 mile

We could also use a converter site on line to convert steps on a pedometer to miles:
www.walk4life.com/customerservice/fo
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Jane, Leah, Jocelyn, what do you all think? Maybe we should have a mini-saprkmail about it?

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You might enjoy some of these photos from Our Lady of the Snows, in Belleville, Illinois...I'm sure nothing like others of such renown..but very near and dear to my heart.... https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.
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One grotto is taken after Lourdes
another is a garden for Our Lady of Guadalupe
And I am uncertain, but I believe that the upward spiral in chrome, more or less represents the double helix of dna in man's striving ever toward heaven..but I grin thinking of the color..almost as if silver of betrayal?

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I'm in! emoticon

Like Snowyoga, I only wish we could really visit those shrines!!

Here in Honduras we have great devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and our neighborhood church is Our Lady of Guadalupe!

One question though - how do our fitness minutes convert to miles?

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Sounds like fun. A great way to get my steps in with my pedometer.

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I don't understand the conversion of fitness minutes to miles......


but I'm in.

Edited by: 4EVERNESS at: 5/1/2013 (14:49)
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Agree!

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Very clever!

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emoticon SNOWYOGA! And congratulations on being our very first challenge participant!

Let's use this thread to join the challenge and comment on it. Questions are also welcome here. And, if you know anything about the shrines we are visiting, wish to share information, pray, or post related links, please do so here.

I've created a tracking thread for our minutes and mileage.

Edited by: JCEDIT89 at: 5/2/2013 (00:34)
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Wow first I hope that it's ok to post her? But this is my first, but it sounds like fun. The only thing that would be better if we could really go! Thanks again emoticon

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Our tour begins at Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, Mexico. In Spanish, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. This is a major Catholic shrine in the outskirts of Mexico City. In 1999, the Shrine became the most-visited Catholic shrine in the world.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is an aspect of the Virgin Mary who appeared to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an Aztec convert to Roman Catholicism, in 1531. According to the traditional account, Juan Diego was walking between his village and Mexico City on December 12, 1531 when Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared, speaking to him in his native Nahuatl language. She told him to build a church at the site.

When Juan Diego spoke to the Spanish bishop, the bishop did not believe him, asking for a miraculous sign to prove his vision’s authenticity. The Virgin appeared to Juan Diego again and, although it was winter, to him to gather flowers. Miraculously, Spanish roses bloomed right at his feet.

When Juan Diego presented these to the bishop, the roses fell from his apron (the Tilma) and an icon of the Virgin was miraculously imprinted on the cloth. The bishop ordered a church built at once, dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe has proved extremely popular in Mexico ever since. Spanish missionaries used the story of her appearance to help convert millions of indigenous people in what had been the Aztec Empire.

For more information, visit:
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If you have visited this shrine, please tell us here!

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Our challenge for the month of May will combine faith and fitness as we virtually journey to three Marian shrines in North America. We’ll travel as a team to learn more about Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City; the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC; and Our Lady of the Cape in Madeleine, Quebec, Canada.

We’ll use our fitness minutes as mileage to travel. We’ll start in Mexico City and travel north to Washington, DC, before moving on to Quebec, where we’ll finish our pilgrimage, by May 31.

We’ll be covering about 3096 miles (4983 kilometers), so we’ll need everyone’s fitness minutes posted in the tracking thread to progress from place to place.

If you’ve ever done one of SP’s 5% challenges, you may be familiar with our method of travel and tracking. If not, it’s easy to learn.

I’ve set up a tracking thread so that we can all post our progress in the same place.

In this thread, we’ll learn more about each shrine and note points of interest. Those of us who have visited these shrines are welcome to share their personal insights.


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