Thursday, May 25, 2006

Introduction for Maeve O'Doherty

Hello! I do believe I have not formally introduced myself thus I have come to share with you a little about my background. This fall I will be a junior philosophy major attending the Catholic University of America. I am pretty much obsessed with Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and Augustine. I pretty much despise the philosophy of Hume and all of skepiticism. My birthday is one the feast day ofone of my favorite saints and my confirmation saint, St. Therese of Liseux. I love the Redskins and playing soccer though not in the same way as I love my friends and my God (*please see Pope Benedict's first encyclical Deus Caritas Est). I am also starting to get into a little bit of Ultimate frisbee.

Now to get to the good stuff. So I was reading some of the blogs and I thought to myself well my story isn't as amazing as a lot of the other missionaries. I was baptized Catholic, raised Catholic, have been Catholic and will always be Catholic. However after further contemplation I realized how blessed I really am. The very gift of my life is a testament to God's power and love and on top of that He has graced me with the beautiful faith of Catholicism! When I reflect on the various circumstances of my life that have led me to where I am now I am awe-stricken as to how much God has given me. One of these life changing experiences came with my decision to go to the Catholic University. I always knew in my heart that this is where I was supposed to be but it took a bit for me to accept it. Since then God has done wondrous things for me. Then was my decision to go on a retreat given by Msgr. Reilly. Again I knew God was calling me to go but it took until two days before we were to leave for me to accept His grace. This was pretty much one of the greatest turning points in my life. With regards to the pro-life movement I had been living a life of notional knowledge. I knew that abortion is wrong but I was doing little about it. During the retreat Msgr. Reilly inspired me to be filled with what he calls experiential knowledge- actively fighting against the culture of death and defending the gospel of life. I realize that we are all called to take part in this struggle as best we can. After that retreat I became a passionate pro-lifer. Through my participation in pro-life activities, such as praying outside of the abortion mills, God has not only been able to work through me but He has also helped me to grow immensly in my faith. Let my soul sing His praises! There are so many other blessings and experiences God has bestowed upon me but it would pretty much take forever for me to tell you, I could pretty much go on forever. One of His most recent gifts is allowing me to serve Him on this mission. So please pray that He will work through me if He so desires, to spread the message of love and life! May He shower His blessings upon you and draw you into closer union with Him.

In Christ through Mary.

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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.