A Virtuous Walk

Searching for Truth and Wisdom? Take a stroll in Shullsburg, Wisconsin!

During the mid-1800s, Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, not only erected St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in this quaint, old lead-mining town, he also named the streets for godly virtues. For nearly 175 years, folks here have been walking down Faith, Peace, Pious, Justice, Goodness, and Friendship, not to mention Happy, Charity, and Mercy.

(Photo courtesy of http://www.experienceshullsburg.com)

Ironically (or maybe not), St. Matthew’s Catholic Church sits on Judgement Street (yes, “Judgement”)!

Shullsburg is one of more than 500 intriguing faith sites featured in Monuments, Marvels, and Miracles: A Traveler’s Guide to Catholic America, available from Our Sunday Visitor (https://www.orderosv.com/product/monuments-marvels-and-miracles-a-traveler-s-guide-to-catholic-america) and Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Monuments-Marvels-Miracles-Travelers-Catholic/dp/1681923394/ref=pd_ybh_a_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=BPNV7A4EQ124SFEEY96S).

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Copyright 2020 by Marion Amberg


A ‘Cent-sational’ Find

I’m an eagle eye for shiny pennies: I can spot them half a block away. I find so many pennies that I wrote a book about it (Penny Prayers: True Stories of Change — click the book tab above for details). But nothing tops my “penny-nomenal” find of a few weeks ago.

I was leaving a shopping center when I spied two pennies on the road in front of me. I looked in the rearview mirror: No cars behind me. I stopped my car, got out, and snatched up the pennies. Then I spotted some folded paper that cars had driven over. What’s this? Paper money! I swooped that up too. I turned around and saw another penny. Finders keepers.

When I got back to my car, I counted my loot: $63.03! “Cent-sational” — my biggest money find ever!

Found money isn’t mine, however. I donate my found money — coins and paper bills — to Pennies From Heaven (http://www.penniesfromheavenus.com), a ministry that feeds the world’s hungry with pennies and spare change. A few pennies for me is nothing, but in Africa they can buy 54 bananas. Imagine the mouths we could feed if we pooled together our pennies and loose change?

Now I’m dreaming of finding a $100 bill or two. Miracles happen! I’ll let you know when it does.

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