Friday, May 19, 2006

Intro for Joshua Guenther

My name is Joshua Guenther. I just finished my sophomore year at the University of Maryland, so I suppose that I am currently a Junior. I am a revert to true Catholicism I guess you would say. I spent High School telling my parents that going to Mass was stupid and that it was ridiculous that they make me go. I suppose I thought that I was an "atheist" or an "agnostic", I don't know...but I thought I was really smart.

My plan was totally not to find Christ at college, but nonetheless, I went off to college at Penn State and I somehow fell in with the Catholic crowd (Praise God!) and had a serious conversion. I got involved with the Pro-life group and experienced probably the truest and most meaningful frindships I had ever had. For financial reasons, I transferred to UMD this year (PSU was out of state). The first semester I didn't get involved with the Catholic community, which was very challenging. But the second semester, through the infinite mercy of God, I got involved with the Catholic Students' Center, met great people, and recommitted myself to the Eucharist and confession.

At the urgings of Jess and others, I was asked if I wanted to walk. I considered it, and decided not to, and was fairly confident in my decision, but God has others plans (Praise God!). Amazingly, the Lord has given me the grace to desire to follow Him this summer and the privilege to spread such and amazing, joyful message! I have not been on a walk such as this, but man am I excited!!

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” --St. Francis of Assisi

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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.