Thursday, May 04, 2006

And so it begins...

Things now seem to be falling in place. We're confirming housing for the summer. We're setting up speaking engagments. We're fine tuning our training. We're solidifying the last of the walkers. We're experiencing huge challenges that can be nothing less than the work of the devil. Through it all, we know that we're doing what the Lord is calling us to at this point.

The good and the bad...all have helped us to see that the Lord is rejoicing at our mission and that Pope Servant of God John Paul the Great and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta are smiling down upon us. And all the while the evil one wants to make sure that we fail. Making things go to the last minute, making our van almost break down the day we flew into Denver to pick it up.

But, through it all we keep praying. Feel free to join us in our Novena to the Infant of Prague as we continue to prepare for the walk and pray for tax exempt status to come before the walk begins. The Novena starts today, and I'll be sure to post the prayers each day (unless it's the same each day, and then I'll be sure to let the world know). Some days, they might not be posted until the evening. If you'd like to get them by e-mail, go to www.ServantsoftheSorrowfulMother.org, and pledge your prayers. That way they can be e-mailed to you daily.

Here's day 1:

O Jesus, Who hast said,
ask and you shall receive,
seek and you shall find,
knock and it shall be opened to you,
through the intercession of Mary,
Thy Most Holy Mother,
I knock, I seek,
I ask that my prayer be granted.

(Make your request - that we may get tax exempt status before the walk begins)

O Jesus, Who hast said,
all that you ask of the Father in My Name,
He will grant you through the intercession of Mary.
Thy Most Holy Mother.
I humbly and urgently ask Thy Father
in Thy Name that my prayer be granted.

(Make your request - that we may get tax exempt status before the walk begins)

O Jesus, Who hast said,
"Heaven and earth shall pass away
but My word shall not pass",
through the intercession of Mary,
Thy Most Holy Mother,
I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.

(Make your request - that we may get tax exempt status before the walk begins)

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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.