Wednesday, January 11, 2006
St. Vinnie's Finger
On Sunday night, the night of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, we were blessed to be able to head to St. Vincent's Parish in Manhattan. The church was absolutely beautiful escaping the wreckovation that occurred in the 70s of America's Catholic churches, and as we were praying, a Dominican friar came by to prepare for the upcoming Mass, and so I approached him and stated that we were a group of college kids doing pro-life work in NYC for the weekend and were wondering if we could venerate the relic of St. Vincent's finger. See, this parish is one of three in the world where there is a piece of his pointing finger. While he was alive, he would preach the homilies, and while he was doing that, he would point at random people in the congregation, and having the gift of reading souls, would specifically chastise a mortal sin that they had recently committed. His gifts led to the sanctification of souls of all those who heard him. It only seemed to be an appropriate addition to our weekend. We went out trying to help people understand just how beautiful they are in the eyes of God. And if they are so beautiful, then they should treat themselves and others that way too. We shouldn't sell out to the popular culture, but rather we should work to have a perfect understanding of the great gift that it means to be human.
Who we are?
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.