Thursday, May 11, 2006
Intro for Jessica Newman
My name is Jessica Newman and I am a Philosophy major at the University of Maryland at College Park. Edith Stein once said that "the nation doesn't simply need what we have. It needs what we are." I believe that this mentality sums up the Missionaries spirituality. To radiate the joy and the peace of the Risen Lord, we must first fall deeply in love with He who shed blood for our sake. We must take jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to the streets, to people who have never know the love found on the altar.
My story is about the opposite of most people. Where most people go to college and lose there faith, I had to go there to find it. My first year at Maryland was a rough one but untold graces abounded in my life, especially after returning to confession. [I highly recommend it to EVERYONE] In my first semester, i was searching for something to do with my life and unknown to me I was actually searching for Christ and His Church. In October 2004, I stumbled across pictures of aborted babies and was appaled. In fifteen minutes I had decided that ending abortion would be my life's work and little did I know it would lead me back to Rome. As they say, the pro-life movement is the gateway drug to Catholicism.
Over the next seven months, God grace abounded and I returned to confession, daily Mass, the Roasary and most importantly THE ANGELUS! I participated in a pro-life missionary walk from San Diego to Sacramento and made a pilgrimage to Rome to see the Holy Father. These short months transformed my life forever and I became even more dedicated to spreading the glories of the Church.
It happens in every generation ... God calls average men and women to holiness. And they fall in love, over and over, generation after generation. We are just average college students that have been called, fallen in love with Jesus in the Blessed sacrament and feel that this love must be shared. Drawn in by the Mass, by Our Lady, by the sixth commandment, by incense, by the Scriptures and by the claim that we belong to the One Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Faith preached by Jesus Himself. I have been priveledged to be called to such a holy group of men and women and I pray that I will not let Our Lord down.
So in conclusion, I am the behind the scenes coordinator type of person. I do all that stuff that needs to get finished but doesn't always have a description. Mary is my role model and I like to keep it that way. Pray for us to Our Lady of Sorrows, because she's got the hook-ups with Our Savior. Pax.
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.