For May’s adventure the Trailmen from St. Joseph took to their feet to enjoy God’s creation. After a Trailman led prayer and recitation of the Oath we discussed safety and the concept of TREAD lighty. It’s great to see the boys remembering discussions from our meetings and implementing them in life. We always tie what we are doing with the Oath and virtures/character development. The boys know the oath and understood that we were being good stewards of God’s creation (because we had a troop trach bag to clean up anything we saw) and treating others as we wanted to be treated (because we were going to say hello to others and be courteous). This year the Troop flag was carried, in turns, by the front Trailman with the others following.
We had extended an invitation to the Seminarian at Mt. Angel, and were happy to meet them there. Several of the Trailmen discerne a possible vocation to the priesthood, so it’s nice from them to meet young men furhter along the road to their vocation. Since it was noon we all prayed the Angelus, an ancient prayer taken from the Gospel of Luke 1:26 to 38.
℣. The Angel of the LORD declared unto Mary,
℟. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
℣. Behold the handmaid of the LORD.
℟. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
℣. And the Word was made flesh.
℟. And dwelt among us.
℣. Pray for us, O’ Holy Mother of God.
℟. That we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray,
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O LORD, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord.
℣. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy spirit .
℟. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end Amen.
One unremarked quality of Traillife is the fellowship the men enjoy. During the hike the the Dad’s were able to get to know one another better, talk about the new babies being born, how to raise sons, and discuss their vocations as husbands and fathers. All the while tending to minor scrapes and bruises, reminding the boys to hydrate, and making sure the front and back of the lines were visible. Men do need to have these opportunities to build communion, and there is no better way then with their boys.
The boys did a great job of TREADing lightly. For the most part they stayed on the Trails. The boys not only picked up after themselves, but many times picked up empty bottles, cans, and trash on the trail left by less discerning hikers. Each stranger was greeting by many a boy’s cheerful hello! They couldn’t help but smile and respond to the infectious joy. Trail Life is fairly new to Oregon, so it was surprising to get many comments from other hikers that they were glad to see Trail Life. It helped having our flag in front, and more and more of the boys having uniforms!