We traveled south to Sunburry, Ohio, today where Fr. Sizemore at St. John Neumann’s Church said that many people in today’s culture are not following God’s will. He said, for example, that many couples are intentionally choosing (through artificial contraception) to have, say, two children “…in order that they are able to maintain a certain lifestyle.” He said a saner orientation would be to be open to how many children God chooses for a family. After the Mass, I met an 82-year-old man who had a wooden walking stick with a bunch of names carved in it. I asked about the names and he said they were the names of his nine children. “Obviously you’d line up with Fr. Sizemore’s message,” I smiled… We then met with Chuck Mers in Westerville, Ohio. Chuck helped establish the organization: Cradling Christianity. Working in concert with the Franciscan Foundation, the organization is trying to help Christians — 80% of whom are dependent on humanitarian aid — stay in the Holy Land. Because of poverty and ongoing strife in general, many are fleeing the area. The group helps fund schools, a Family Center and other projects throughout the area. For more info on Cradling Christianity, call: 614-761-9854… We then went to a park in Westerville where our Sarah and Joseph got in a basketball game with a group of doctors who had a day off from the local hospital. One guy was actually wearing his green hospital pants while he played. Kind of a weird looking uniform… We then went to a Farmer’s Market in Westerville, where we talked with a couple Church of the Messiah members who said their pastor allows the Market in their parking lot because the essence of the Gospel is to be as engaged as possible with the community… Finally, we went to a high traffic area of Westerville in the early evening and held abortion protest signs. Note: Chuck Mers asked us today if we’d be able to count the seeds in an apple. We said yes. He then asked if we’d be able to count the apples that just one of the seeds would produce. We said no. His point was that when you plant a seed, you never know how many people are going to, in the long run, be influenced by it. Chuck’s license plate reads: “Trust 1.” That is, he’s trusting God to multiply the apples — so to speak.