Last May, CCI director Dan Cheely called, and it was urgent.

Last May, CCI director Dan Cheely called, and it was urgent. “Grab your Rosary, Karl, we’re going on a Rosary pilgrimage for Our Lady.” I reminded Dan that we were in the financial district of Chicago, and besides, wouldn’t our families wonder where we were when we didn’t come home? “No, we’re not going to Lourdes” said Dan. (Darn, I thought) “We’re all taking the subway up to St. John Cantius. I figure we do one decade on the way, two inside, and one on the way back. Meet me outside my office at noon.” Click. So I did. We prayed the Joyful Mysteries walking to the train, and on the way to church. Father Phillips (caught totally off-guard by 12 well dressed lunch hour pilgrims) let us in, and kneeling before Our Lady’s side altar we said the Sorrowful and Luminous Mysteries. Then, we took the train back and said the Glorious Mysteries. A pilgrimage doesn’t have to be days and weeks. It can be for as little as an hour, but in that time, a lot of prayer can be accomplished by a focused group of Rosary-toting traditional Catholics, no matter where you are. So saddle up pilgrims. Grab your Rosary, and hit the streets, while there’s still daylight burnin’.