Friday, August 25, 2006

Incredible Opportunity

This past Wednesday, God offered an incredible opportunity to witness to the Culture of Life and the teachings of the Theology of the Body by leading my friend Shannon and me right past a porn shop.

The two of us were hungry after a day of planning
youth ministry and wanted to find a local dive where we could eat. (We have quite an entertaining tradition of tracking down the most bizarre eateries around.) After some searching and a few U-turns, we found the "Pollo Loco" (Spanish for Crazy Chicken), and pulled into its almost vacant parking lot. There was a large shop with blackened windows next to the restaurant, and noticing the signs for the different media- videos, magazines,
etc.-for seemingly cheap prices, I peeked in the
opened door. I didn't see a lot- just the covers of two videos-but it was enough to understand what the place really was-a pornography shop. I found myself saddened by the grotesque pictures I saw of women overtly exposing themselves, knowing how much it destroyed their true dignity.

After our (very interesting) meal, Shannon and I decided that we should say a few prayers in front of the shop. Both she and I could sense the evil of the place, just being so near to the shop. We went in front of Late Night Video and said the St. Michael prayer, as well as prayers to Our Blessed Mother. Then we blessed the outside door with holy water (people on the other side must have been very puzzled), hung a rosary from the door handle, and left some Missionaries of the Eucharist literature on a ledge nearby. We left with somewhat heavy hearts as we saw more men pull up to the place.

However, as we were pulling away in our cars, two men exited from the shop. One was wearing a T-shirt with a picture of a bikini clad women on it. Both looked sad, their shoulders sagging as they walked. We noticed that one of the men picked up the Missionaries literature, which made us hopeful. Then something beautiful happened. Shannon parked her car behind their big white van and approached them. One of the men saw her and gave her a double-take, even though she wasn't aware of it. I think he thought she was coming over to give her a piece of her mind, since they undoubtedly had seen us from inside the store, placing the rosary and brochures there.

However, Shannon, just extended her hand with a gift
of a rosary she had found for the young man, and said, "Sir, would you like a rosary? He looked at her with surprise and quietly said, "Yes," and took it. Shannon got back in her car and we both drove away, knowing that Mary only needs the smallest "in" to overwhelm the someone with her love and bring them to her son. Prayerfully, we hope that this small act will indeed lead to the seeking of true love found in Our Lord, through Our Blessed Mother.

I am writing this so that many may join in our prayers
to first and foremost spread the Theology of the
Body, but also more specifically, to end all
pornography and close Late Night Video, the porn shop
in Woodbridge, VA.

Please join in our efforts!!! May God Bless all who
seek the truth, may He bless the Missionaries of the
Eucharist, and may Our Blessed Mother help us to understand what true love truly is!


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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.