"L" Stations of the Cross: A spiritual adventure on the CTA

We’ve written about folks riding ever “L” rail line through every station.

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.


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  • The Baha'i temple is in Wilmette, not Evanston.

  • In reply to JWirtz79:

    So Wilmette got dissed twice in one day. Bill and the 11 other Murrays and Dr. Ben Emanuel will both get you. Apparently, Ben has the fire power.

    Let's see, the Linden station is across the street from the Baha'i Temple and the 421-423 buses stop there. So the contest for today is to determine in which municipality the station is located.

  • In reply to jack:

    According to its own web site, the Baha'i Temple is in Wilmette.


    However, the organization also has a national office located on Central Street in Evanston.


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  • Yesterday I posted (twice) that according to the Baha'i Temple's own web site, it is in Wilmette.

    But the organization also has a business office on Central Street in Evanston.

    I included links in my previous attempts. Maybe that was the problem.

    Also, Wordpress scolds that I am posting too quickly and should slow down. Stupid bot.

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    However, the post didn't say that they visited the headquarters, but the Temple.

    In fact, I doubt that anyone who wasn't a Baha'i would even think of the world headquarters.

    And, as Kevin pointed out, it was the links, except it takes two to be put into the netherland. And I don't mean Holland.

  • In reply to jack:

    True, Jack, but sometimes when people surf for information or fact-checking (if they even bother), they may not pay close attention to what they find, or ask such questions as "is the world headquarters a different thing from the Temple?"

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    It is possible that he took the trip and didn't know in which municipality he was, so he looked something up on the Internet. He might have also reflected on the stations of the cross wherever he was, but I'm pretty sure that the Baha'i Temple has about as much to do with that as the Mosque in Bridgeview.*

    But if you are implying fact checking, maybe the author should have done it properly.
    *If you really want to go "off the tracks," the Pita Inn in Glenview has murals of the Via Delorosa and Great Moments in Palestinian History in the entrance foyer. I'm not kidding. So, he should have stopped there.

  • Sorry CC.For some reason comments with links require me to approve them, and I didn't get a chance to do that until today.

  • No prob, Kevin. It was a holiday, after all! Appreciate the explanation. Sorry for the duplicate posts and extra work.

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