Friday, January 13, 2006

briefly, on Christ in the Church

I've been Protestant for 20 years. Now, coming into the fullness of Truth, I wonder at how Protestantism has survived so long as it has. It truly is a marvel, but I suspect that very shortly now those who do not come back into the Church will continue to shatter. And as anything that continues to break into smaller and smaller pieces, it eventually becomes a dust so fine and spread so thin that one hardly recognizes it as present, much less as a recognizable body. I imagine I could have predicted the rapid development of individual denominations from the Protestant Deformation, but not necessarily based on faulty theology. Had they all agreed on the same false beliefs, I rather think the outcome would have been very similar because, very simply, they lacked Christ. I can be at home in any Catholic church for the same reason that I cannot be so comfortable in a Protestant church. The Eucharist is Christ. Without that presence, where would we be? In New York, each of the churches we entered had the same sort of homeyness about them. You can't find that within denominations.
Thus our missions rises and falls on our devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament. That, anyway, is what I took out of our trip to the city. Wherever we go crusading, wherever we see an opportunity to wage war on Hell, our strength will always be close at hand, offering us peace. The Church is one unified; Christ truly is with us.

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Who we are?

Every summer we, the Missionaries of the Eucharist, are walking from Lewiston, Maine to Washington, DC to proclaim the beauty of the Catholic faith to everyone we meet, specifically through the Theology of the Body.

Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.

We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.