Fr. Pat Donoghue photo
Fr. Pat Donoghue on the trail.
Fr. Pat Donoghue photo
Fr. Pat Donoghue on the trail.
To the Catholic Sentinel:

After the story about me was printed, I flew to Burbank, got a ride from the airport to the trailhead and did 10 miles of hiking on the Pacific Coast Trail, all on Earth Day. While I hike I often think of different things, like how good my dinner will taste.

Something else I do while I hike is to pray using mantras.  The three most common mantras I use are: “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.  Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, today.”  “Jesus Christ, Son of God Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner.  Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me today.” 

And a third one I use is: “Mary Mother of God and my Mother, please pray for me, I’m a sinner. Mary Mother of God and my Mother, pray now and at the hour of my death.” 

I say them in cadence to the rhythm of my walk.  Sometimes I put the words to music and sing them.

Fr. Patrick Donoghue
Portland