On Good Friday we tell you about Aiden Gillespie, who rode the entire system as a “spiritual adventure”:
First, I got off the train at numerous spots throughout the city in order to reflect on the Stations of the Cross at various neighborhood churches. These ranged from the Baha’i Temple in Evanston to St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pilsen. I listened to a set of reflections provided by the Jesuits as I walked to each church.
Second, I think that there’s a certain beauty in the symphony of people moving through the city. To be silent and reflective as one moves through this cacophonous landscape is oddly calming. Last year, as I moved swiftly throughout the city I had the chance to observe all the little complexities that I might have overlooked had I simply been rushing to work or some other errand. The city, as O. Henry writes, has a “composite vocal message of massed humanity” — and I think the journey helped me get attuned to that voice.
Talk about doing the Lord’s work.