The Eternal Word TV Network-EWTN!
Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
150Trip End May 16, 2008
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It's no secret that I've been planning on heading to Nashville. My plans changed and the route I decided to take ended up taking me through Birmingham, Alabama. Last Saturday I get an email from my mom saying that if I'm passing by Birmingham that maybe I should stop in and see a TV studio. I'm not too sure how much research my mom did to see where EWTN was in relationship to the roads I could potentially take from Florida to Tennessee. Before the email I had already mapped out the route I was going to take. Birmingham is about the halfway point on the Interstate that had a campground listed in the Motor Association Camp book. There are no KOAs in Alabama
This is another one of those coincidences...somebody mentioning something just when it fits into my plans.
I did some research on EWTN and figured out that they do a tour at 2h30 every day. That meant I would have to leave Pensacola quite early to get there in time. I was on the road by 7 am. Something I haven't done since the first week of the Journey 4 months ago. Oh! Looks like I'm past the halfway point of my Journey.
About the Eternal World TV Network:
"In the early 1960s, Mother M. Angelica, a Poor Clare nun, cloistered and dedicated to the perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, fulfilling a promise made to our Lord, founded Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Irondale, Alabama, in the Deep South. In one of her early evangelizing efforts Mother Angelica began writing "mini-books", short teachings on a variety of religious themes. As the popularity of these "mini-books" grew, her nuns obtained a printing press and started duplicating and distributing them worldwide.
Soon, Mother began receiving requests for speaking engagements, evolving into a video series of her talks taped at a local Birmingham television station
EWTN Global Catholic Network airs family and religious programming from a Catholic point of view in English and Spanish. Providing more than 80% original programming, EWTN offers inspiring talk shows, entertaining children's animation, exclusive teaching series, live coverage of Church events, and thought-provoking documentaries.
Beyond the broadcast vision, however, first and foremost, the spiritual heart of the EWTN mission is to bring the Eternal Word of Jesus Christ to all. The religious centers of the network are visited daily by pilgrims who travel to Irondale to worship in the chapel or visit the breathtakingly beautiful Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. Visitors of all faiths are invited to "come away by yourself to a quiet place, and rest awhile" (Mark 6:31) and to pray before the Most Blessed Sacrament, adored and loved perpetually by the cloistered nuns now living at Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Hanceville or by the faithful in Irondale.
Without making plans for the future, Mother Angelica, relying completely on Divine Providence, believes in going "where God opens the door." It is that deep and constant faith in the Lord, which has called Mother Angelica to act on God's invitation to do the impossible, through Him, who accomplishes the miraculous.
When Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was launched on August 15, 1981, many felt there would be little demand for a Catholic network
I was drooling during this tour. They have the most modern TV and Radio equipment available that they purchase with the donations they receive. Mother Angelica's motto is "Only the Best for God!". If I would have continued taking my Audio-Visual Technician courses twenty-five years ago I could have been working on this stuff today.
This evening I went back for the taping of one of their shows. I was in the audience. My mom will let me know if I made it to Global TV.
Now why am I here? I've been avoiding discussing religion for the main reason that my mother is a very devout Catholic, I no longer am, and my mom doesn't like it when I talk about her. Well, she doesn't like it when I post what she writes here. So maybe she'll be OK with it if she's part of my blog comments. In the past she's been trying to convince me to watch this TV channel to receive more information about the Catholic faith that might make me return
I'll let you all know more about my faith once I'm in Nashville trying to stay warm. It's suppose to go down to -11 on Thursday night. The high on Thursday is suppose to be -2. That's OK, it's not a travel day so the furnace in the trailer should keep things from freezing.
I saw tiny snowmen along the highway today. They had a bit of snow here on the weekend and somebody stopped along the highway to make snowmen.