Friday, February 17, 2006

Encounter with a Bishop

Today I was at a vocations dinner at the Catholic Student Center on campus, and Theodore Cardinal McCarrick was the guest speaker. He celebrated Mass first, ate dinner with us (Missionary TJ Lee from CUA was present as well), and then answered a list of questions.

In between Mass and dinner, Fr. Byrne, our chaplain, mentioned the existence of the Missionaries of the Eucharist to the Cardinal. Being that I was helping to clean up after Mass, I went back to the sacristy. I spoke to the Cardinal for a few seconds about how our new organization wants to work with the bishops and clergy. To this he responded by giving me a hug. Great things come in little things.

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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.