The canoeing routes taken by explorers Father Jacques Marquette, S.J., and Louis Joliet are of great significance for our area. What new world information could they bring to us today as we perhaps think we’ve so much known already by the internet and superhighways of life. Encountering the new in the old, the traditional in the fad, offer something of introspection as one goes where the waterway takes one’s craft, and impressions one gets from these two as viewed today in or out.
As a backdrop, in 1673 Father Marquette and Louis Joliet were the first Europeans to explore and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River. (Fr. Marquette lived his life in “New France” between 1566 till his death May 18, 1575, age 37). How interesting for all involved in this 21st century encounter– to empathize with people from another time, another land, to see one’s life as an adventure in self-rediscovery, to communicate a first time.
The LHI program of exploring both their and our waterways, and the views and perspectives presented from such varied positions, offers tools for assisting us on our personal journeys of life that the Mission’s life-bringing waters provide. How these two, sharing God and the River, met those they’d encountered along the way offers us new ways to explore ourselves.