The Crusader #328 - Sept-Oct 2018

Bulletin of the Eucharistic Crusade for Children in Australia

Dear Crusaders and Friends,

          Please forgive me for apparently shirking my duty. I normally send you a magazine every month, but this magazine will count for both September and October. I decided that since nobody cares about turning in their treasure sheets, that they probably don’t care about getting a magazine every month. I have decided to imitate the laziness of the majority of you and only do my duty half the time.

          No! Of course that is not the real reason for a combining the September and October issues. The real reason is that I am about to go on a long pilgrimage. I am going to walk to the tomb of St. James the Greater, brother of St. John the Apostle. St. James is buried in the town of Compostela in Spain.

          No silly, I am not going to walk from Australia. I can’t walk on water like our Lord did. No, I will fly to Singapore, London, Paris, and Biarritz before taking a bus to St. Jean Pied-de-Port. It is in the town of St. Jean Pied-de-Port that I will start walking.

          And what a walk, nearly 800 kilometres and only 30 days to do it. I do hope that you will pray for me to succeed in this pilgrimage. I will certainly be praying for all of you during the entire 30 days and especially at the tomb of St. James.

          I bet you can guess what I will be asking God and St. James to give you. That is correct. I will ask God and St. James to give you the virtues of fortitude and perseverance in order to perform the seemingly impossible duty of the treasure sheet that you have taken upon yourselves as Crusaders of the Eucharist.

          Many thanks to the faithful 40 who always turn in their treasure sheets. May your fortitude and perseverance inspire many more to imitate you.

Yours in Jesus & Mary,
Fr. Benjamin Campbell