Special prayers today for all the Run for Nuns runners who are participating in today’s Pittsburgh Marathon! The group includes 10 seminarians, deacons, and priests from the Diocese of Pittsburgh who are running to help pay off college loans for Alicia, Emily, and three other young who want to enter religious life as quickly as possible. Alicia and Emily are also running Pittsburgh today, and Emily recently had this beautiful reflection on her blog:
… lately the Cross has been extremely present to my mind and in my heart. I feel that I have been given opportunities in the past few weeks to really see some of what I will be giving up when I enter —- constant, easy access to my family and friends, lots of good clean fun, and the good feeling that I am doing normal, respectable work that I can easily explain to others. However, even as I am feeling these losses, I feel that I can say with Paul, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered [will suffer] the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him.”Godspeed and many blessings to Emily and all her fellow Pittsburgh runners!
(PS: It’s not too late to donate to the Run for Nuns cause!)
UPDATE: A great stoy on the Run for Nuns from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is available here.
SECOND UPDATE: Alicia has her race report here. Please pray for William, a seminarian who injured his foot during the race.