Special Issue - Prayer

Walking the road that leads to God

by Marc and Julie Anderson

NORTONVILLE — There is only one road that leads from Linda Funk’s home where she has lived since her marriage in 1968 into the town of Nortonville.

And she walks it just about every day.

“It depends, of course,” she hedges.

“Not in the winter if the weather’s bad,” she admits. “If I put on plenty of clothes, I might go.”

The road Funk refers to is the county line road running on the boundary of Atchison and Jefferson counties. It leads directly from her home right into town and right smack up to St. Joseph Church.

She routinely stops in to spend time in adoration before the Eucharist, partly due to the sage advice she once received.

“Whenever you go by a church, stop in and make a visit. And then when you die, God won’t ask, ‘Who is it?’” she said.

Her practice of praying the rosary, Funk said, began in earnest almost immediately after the 9/11 attacks nearly 15 years ago. Then her son Anthony encouraged her to join the Legion of Mary.

“I’ve been with it ever since,” she said.

Her daily prayers begin with the rosary and then go on to include the Memorare, an act of contrition, the guardian angel prayer and others.

By the time she gets done with those, it’s time to move into a conversation with God and all of the angels and saints.

But Funk knows not everybody is ready for all that.

So she advises folks to keep it small at first.

“Start slowly, a little every day,” Funk said. “Pretty soon, it’s constant.”

And then, she said with a laugh, “God says, ‘Oh, it’s her again.’”

About the author

Marc & Julie Anderson

Freelancers Marc and Julie Anderson are long-time contributors to the Leaven. Married in 1996, for several years the high school sweethearts edited The Crown, the former newspaper of Christ the King Parish in Topeka which Julie has attended since its founding in 1977. In 2000, the Leaven offered the couple their first assignment. Since then, the Andersons’ work has also been featured in a variety of other Catholic and prolife media outlets. The couple has received numerous journalism awards from the Knights of Columbus, National Right to Life and the Catholic Press Association including three for their work on “Think It’s Not Happening Near You? Think Again,” a piece about human trafficking. A lifelong Catholic, Julie graduated from Most Pure Heart of Mary Grade School and Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka. Marc was received into the Catholic Church in 1993 at St. Paul Parish – Newman Center at Wichita State University. The two hold degrees from Washburn University in Topeka. Their only son, William James, was stillborn in 1997.

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