I’m soaring above the United States right now, reveling in the wonders of modern technology and experiencing in-flight WiFi for the very first time. Whereas long flights used to give me a chance to catch up on praying, reading, or sleeping, now I’m finding myself working.
It’s almost impossible to be disconnected these days. Sometimes I love to see that my Blackberry is devoid of service, but it is getting increasingly difficult to stray far enough off the beaten path to enjoy such peace and isolation from the modern world. Now, for better or worse, I find myself connected to the Internet in a jet some 30,000 feet above the earth. At least it gives me a chance to send out this update.
My last blog post was about my upcoming trip to Brazil. It was an absolutely amazing adventure, and I met some wonderful Brazilian people that I hope to stay in contact with for the rest of my life. One highlight was celebrating Mass with the bishop of Rio de Janeiro in the small chapel that’s located just below “Cristo,” the statue of Jesus that towers above a mountain known as Corcovado. We were there on the 80th anniversary of that magnificent statue. Another highlight was celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Aparacida with hundreds of thousands of Brazilians. More on this later.
Right now I’m heading home from a double-showing of my new film, If Only We Had Listened, in Antioch, California, near San Francisco. I presented the film in the historic, beautifully-restored El Campanil Theater and answered questions from the audience while standing on a stage that I was later told had once been graced by the likes of Bob Hope and dozens of other famous entertainers. The response to the film was wonderful and very encouraging. Please consider helping Immaculee and I promote the film and spread the message of Kibeho in advance of the upcoming 30th anniversary of the apparitions: November 28, 2011. Anyone can host a screening at a church or theater, and we can help you. Here’s some more information.
Thank you for reading, and God bless.