Day 6

Saturday, August 19

Lafayette to Battle Ground – 15.6 miles

High of 83° and Mostly Cloudy

The crucible of western expansion: We head into downtown Lafayette, then venture off-road back in time along the Wabash Heritage Trail. The route follows the river from downtown Lafayette north to Battlefield Memorial Park. We’ve reached the midpoint of the Notre Dame Trail as the day concludes at the site of the Battle of Tippecanoe. We celebrate mass and eat lunch on the historic battlefield site that is defined by extreme tumult, bloodshed, and cultural tension as the United States’ expansion displaced an ancient Native American civilization and prompted war once again against the British in 1812.


View Fr. David Eliaona’s reflection on Joy

As I Begin This Day

“Joy is not the same as happiness. Happiness is the result of external circumstances. Joy is the experience of knowing that we are unconditionally loved and that nothing—sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death—can take that love away. Joy is essential to the spiritual life. It does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God.”

Adapted from The Heart of Henri Nouwen: His Words of Blessing,
edited by Rebecca Laird and Michael J. Christensen

"You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." -- Psalm 16:11

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Mass for Mary, Seat of Wisdom Homily offered by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Author: Notre Dame Trail

Opening of the Academic Year Mass in Celebration of Notre Dame's 175th Anniversary On November 26, 1842, Fr. Sorin and a few companions arrived in South Bend after an over-250 mile trek from Vincennes. He had good reason to rest after the long trip, but he insisted on making the three-mile walk to campus that very day. He arrived here, as you walkers arrived today, and was overwhelmed with the beauty of the campus that, unlike today, was covered in fresh snow.…

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"Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of God ought have great joy." -- St. Philip Neri
Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus


God of unconditional love, You sent Your Son to be my companion on the journey. Help me to accept your unconditional love for me and to choose to live in the joy of your love each day. Amen.

Notre Dame, Our Mother,

Questions for Reflection

  • How have you experienced the joy of unconditional love in your life?
  • What makes it difficult to choose to live with joy in your everyday life?
  • As I begin my pilgrimage today, this is my intention:

Gospel of the Day

13 Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 After he placed his hands on them, he went away.

MATTHEW 19:13-15

"Joy is the experience of knowing that we are unconditionally loved and that nothing can take that love away." -- The Heart of Henri Nouwen

The Journey

Map of trail from Vincennes to Notre Dame

August 13-26, 2017

In the tradition of Father Sorin’s inspirational journey and intrepid spirit—our Notre Dame spirit—we will retrace his journey from Vincennes to Notre Dame. We will travel those miles in a collective renewal of our determination, to rededicate ourselves to Notre Dame’s mission to seek God, study the world, and serve humanity—to boldly lead the way into the new chapters of our story.

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