Man plans cross-country run to encourage prayer

Here’s an unusual story about a man with a mission — and, hopefully, strong ankles.

From CNA:

A Catholic man is running across America and praying the whole way. Despite the difficulties he has faced, he says he wants to use his talents to serve God and to help those he prays for.

Jeff Grabosky, 27, plans to begin his 3,700-mile run in Oceanside, California on Jan. 20 and end in Long Island’s Smith Point in New York City on May 26.

The primary mission of his run is to encourage prayer in America and across the world. He is taking prayer requests and praying a decade of the Rosary for each intention during his run.

Grabosky’s faith has helped him survive some “very difficult times,” he told CNA in a Jan. 17 interview. A week after his mother died from cancer in 2006, his wife told him that she was leaving him.

“I was left living out of my car for two months,” he said. “It took everything I had just to make it to the end of each day, as it felt the world around me was crashing down. The one consistent thing in my life was prayer as I constantly asked God for his help. As difficult as things were, I trusted that the Lord would help pull me through and that He had a plan.”

Grabosky’s “long road back” included setbacks like a collapsed lung and a week-long stay in intensive care. But his faith in God “only became stronger” because of what he experienced.

Now he wants to inspire others to pursue their dreams “even if this world thinks that it may be out of the ordinary or even impossible.”

Check out the rest. And visit  Jeff’s blog for more.

  • Appalachian Prof

    A great story. But as a Long Islander, I’m obliged to point out that Smith Point Park is in Suffolk County, Long Island, not in the city. It’s a fabulous beach. Just a tiny quibble! Nevertheless, very inspiring!


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