Monday, June 05, 2006

Satan is trixy

Many of you know that I am staying behind this summer to work on the website, upload pics, video, podcasts, send out letters, press releases and bills.

If you know that, you probably also know this is a big cross for me. Like a deer that yearns for running streams, so I yearn to serve the Lord on the streets! But alas! Like those photocopied cartoons we often see in our uncles bathroom, "the job is not finished until the paperwork is done."

A preface to this whole saga goes like this: Premise #1: Satan hates humans, especially those humans who reject him and love God. Premise #2: Satan will do anything he can (and has been given power to do by God) in order to tear us away from our Lord. Premise #3: [now this is a new one that I find interesting] Satan has a harder time attacking us directly since we are made in the image and likeness of God. So, he goes after the things we use in order to get to us. Primarily, he uses technology to separate us from God.

Now, this is not, by any means, a fundamentalist protestant condemnation of technology. The Church maintains that all the technology is morally neutral, but has the potential to be a great good or a great evil. We can see how is it used for evil by t he fact that the US brings in over 80 BILLION dollars every year from internet pornography. A positive would be films like the Passion of the Christ that has lead to countless conversions and re-conversions. In fact, the Second Vatican Council gave us an order to go out and baptize all the media in order to preach the gospel more effectively.

That is why there is such a stress in the Missionaries of the Eucharist to use techology to communicate our message. We will try to have a video entry, a blog entry, a podcast, and pictures put up on the site on a daily basis. We already have people comment to us about how touched they are about our simple witness. Over 70,000 people visited our site in the month of May. Nearly 200 people have signed up for our podcast, which was only launched about 2 weeks ago.

All this is leading up to say, Satan obviously does not like what we are doing. To prove it, he is attacking us through our techology. The most egregious thing the Trixy Father of Lies did was catch our motherboard on fire. No reason. There was plenty of room left, plenty of memory, it was not being over-used too much. The techy person from India [whom I spend 4+ hours on the phone with] was flabber-ghasted. Another thing he did was cancel all our cell phone numbers. Now, that is not too bad. We can just go and get new ones. The rub is that we had all our literature and business cards printed with those numbers. We don't have the time or the money to re-print.

However, there are two key points that we do well to keep in mind. Points that I forgot. One, Satan has no authority to act on his own. All power is from God. God grants permission, or allowance, for Satan to try to do his best, knowing all the while that His Grace is infinitely stronger than the demons tricks. Second, like any good father, the Lord wants His children to call on Him in time of need. When being attacked, the answer if prayer, faithfulness and perserverance.

Instead of this making me stronger, I gave into my temper. In fact, it was blind to my rage that I stayed home rather than going to a very good friends wedding. I retreated from the very things that would bring me out of my furry. I became apathetic spiritually, emotionally and physically lethargic .

In truth, what drove me out of it was a good hearty confession. The power of the Sacraments is amazing! God wishes to do great things through the sacraments He gave us. It was like the scales of my heart fell off and the joy of the Lord came in like a good bottle of wine.

Only by the grace of God, working especially through His Sacraments, and also in all the friends He has given me (both on earth and in heaven), am I able to keep up the good fight of Faith.

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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.