Friday, March 31, 2006

THE JACKS FOR LIFE RULE THE SCHOOL!

Last night I arrived at the Pius XII Newman Center after flying across the flatness of Minnesota! We received a proper Catholic greeting and met with several students in the center. We then met Fr. Paul, an awesome priest that has really revitalized the Catholic center here, for a quick meeting.

Then the best part of the evening [not really, but kind of] CHINESE FOOD! We went out with Wendy and Lance, our hosts, to talk about the new abortion ban and some politics just to make sure we were up to speed about the happenings in South Dakota.

After stuffing our faces -- Chinese food, always the same, always good -- we headed back over to the Newman Center to "Cheese, Pie and Ask a Priest!" Yes, they like cheese here. And they make it themselves! [diary production is one of Wendy's majors] Fr. Paul answered all of the questions sent to him very well and overall, it was a good Catechism review.

I received some sanctifying graces by going to confession and spoke with some awesome Catholics. Patrick, who knows Tony Martinez from NET, was very interrested in possibly joing us on our walk. His job after graduation doesn't start until late August ... coincedence? I think not. Overall, everyone was very supportive of our efforts and I really enjoyed talking with them about what we were up to.

I'm currently waiting for my ride [impatiently] into Sioux Falls, SD so that I can meet with a few contacts that we've made in the area. We'll probably head to the mill on Saturday and do some evangelization on Saturday afternoon. Until then though ... I'm outta here!

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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.