Friday, April 28, 2006

To the Windy City

Jessica Newman and Patrick Yungwirth started driving last night to get to Chicago for this weekend's National Forum on the Theology of the Body.

Keep them in your prayers. Updates to come soon. Here is a link to the event.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The SD Plan

It was truly my honor to be on the front lines and to help in SD in all the capacities that I could. The Lord seems to be calling together His assembly of faithful who are executing His Plan to protect His babies. In the end, it really is all His Plan. We work, and hopefully co-operate with that- but before any of us begin it is all about recognizing the face we are His servants, not our own.
This summer, as many of you know, I will be spreading the message "real love rejects abortion" with 11 other great friends. We will be blessed to be trained for nearly 2 weeks from legends like Monsignor Reily and Christopher West. This effort and endeavor is a huge undertaking. As huge as it is, it is where I specifically and the Missionaries of the Eucharist have been called. We hope that you will all continue to pray for us, as we will continue to pray for the strength of those pro-lifers in South Dakota that are participating in the referendum.
On the flip side, there are many wonderful people who are pitching in to help in South Dakota. If you would like to find out how you can help, please visit www.SDabortionban.org and find out how to get active!


Special Treat


A special treat for all those who will be participating the the Missionaries of the Eucharist Orientation this May; Mr. Christopher West has agreed to do two days of training! Praise the Lord!!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Real Women's Voices

Hopefully, we'll have some of the ladyfolk at the Real Women's Voices day in DC because Brownback just announced that he'd be there:

Senator Sam Brownback Will Speak to REAL Women Citizen Lobbyists!

Dear Friend,

I want to share some exciting news. Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) will be speaking to the citizen women lobbyists of REAL Women's Voices on April 26th!

<http://www.realwomensvoices.org/>Please register right away! I want you to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to hear Senator Brownback share his thoughts with pro-life women who want to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill!

Senator Brownback has been a tireless advocate for the unborn. In particular, he is the lead sponsor of the Human Cloning Ban, (S.658), one of the bills that women will promote in their lobbying appointments with their Senators!

The abortion lobby continues to peddle the myth that all women are "Pro-Choice" despite the fact that poll after poll shows that Americans - including women - are more pro-life than "pro-choice." Now it's time to
set the country straight - and more importantly set the United States Senate straight! Abortion is harmful to women and children.

Come hear Senator Sam Brownback and join your voices with pro-life women from across the country! <http://www.realwomensvoices.org/> REGISTER HERE!

The all-day event costs just $25 to participate or $5 for students and will include:

Breakfast and training session, including lobbying materials

Lobbying (we will set up meetings with your Senators' offices)

Reception on Capitol Hill with Pro-Life Members of Congress and leaders of the participating organizations

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

WE'RE GONNA DO IT ALL!


Miles of the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota landscape flew by. Our "quick" jaunt across the country has treated us well, as we have stopped in Saint Louis and Omaha to catch up with friends.

The Flanagan family was kind enough to host us for Easter in Saint Louis. After several hours of driving [on the wrong road ... just ask Shannon about how 70 and 80 are the same highway] we arrived at our destination in time to drink a glass of wine and get a good night's sleep in order to go to Mass at the Cathedral in St. Louis.

A note about the Cathedral .... it has the most mosaics in one place in the entire world. Pretty rockin' for the Risen Savior! Mass was, of course, beautiful and we had the opportunity to look around after Mass and drink in the full beauty of the Cathedral. We were also able to look at some of the older collections that the Cathedral had on hand. Overall, it was a spiritually uplifting experience for all involved.

p to the s ... WELCOME HOME ALL YOU CONVERTS, IT WAS GREAT TO RECEIVE WITH YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!

We headed home to hang out with Shannon's eleven nieces and nephews [all under the age of six] and ate enough food to feed a small army. After playing and eating, it was time for the only thing left to do to complete our day. Siesta! Oh, it was glorious!

Ted Drewe's finished out the day ... that is some really thick ice cream. We finished up a bit of work and headed off to bed to prepare for the ten hour drive out to Sioux Falls the next day.

Easter Monday came and went ... we drove from St. Louis to Sioux Falls, meeting the Lee family along the way for a delicious buffet Italian lunch. Many thanks for a delicious meal!

Finally, we arrived in Sioux Falls, took a quick tour and headed north to Brookings where South Dakota State University [and our hosts] reside. We rented a movie and finished up some work to prepare for Tuesday's activities.

Tuesday morning Wendy, Patrick and I headed over to the Union to book a table for the day and got to work. After talking with hundreds of students on campus during the day, the Campaign for Healthy Families showed up and began to collect petition votes for the referendum. It quickly became evident the huge forces arrayed against South Dakota in their quest to protect babies in the womb. Please continue to pray for their efforts and strength as they daily battle to protect the most innocent in their state.

Until tomorrow ... pax vobiscum.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Back to the Front Lines

Pray for us as we take another week to travel to South Dakota in order to help local pro-lifers defend mothers and their babies from Planned Parenthood and the millions of dollars they are pumping into the state in hopes of killing children again.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Pictures with the Bishop

Here are the two pictures of Lacy and I with Bishop Holley. Pray for us as I am serving Mass tonight that he is celebrating, and Lacy is being an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at the Catholic Student Center at UMD, 7:00 PM. (If you look hard enough, the pictures are different.)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Next stop, New Jersey


We are off to witness to youth in New Jersey. Say a prayer for all those involved.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Prepare for the resurrection

Right now I'm in the Newman Center on campus and getting ready for a quick nap. After visiting several parishes today to get the word out about the rally tomorrow, I'll be resting a bit to prepare to go out with my hosts tonight. I'll post more later about the awesome priests in the Sioux Fall diocese.

Today South Dakota ... Tomorrow the World!


Planned Parenthood ... the gates of Hell will not prevail. The Missionaries of the Eucharist are here to raze these gates asunder! We are renewed with the goodness of this world, the goodness of life- and it is worth fighting for!

After meeting with some more Jacks for Life this morning for Liturgy of the Hours, we were off to the big city. Sioux Falls, a city of 150, 000, is prime to explode on the pro-life scene as the forefront for the most decisive battle in the history of humanity. We were able to meet with several new contacts this morning but we were most impressed with a young businessman in the Sioux Falls area who took us out to lunch.

Over lunch, he described several past political campaigns that would be perfect to imitate, to bring the pro-lifers in the South Dakota area to a full mutiny against Planned Parenthood's skewing of the human person. I'm incredibly impressed with the kindness, yet determination, the pro-lifers in South Dakota show and especailly our host in his direct and straightforawrd analysis of his own, and the pro-life movement's, faults.

On that note, as well, I believe that it is incredibly important to show South Dakotans the importance of their fights and their efforts. To rally around these pro-life groups is essential for all pro-life groups, no matter the budget, status or creed. An organization that considers itself pro-life should be focused in some way on trying to assist those states that are supporting abortion bans. Being that South Dakota has already passed such a ban we should be prepared for the fight that is before our very eyes.

As we meet more and more of our contacts, I have come to the realization that this is the moment to strike against the powers of evil ... if we are willing to do our jobs correctly. Abortion stills happens because we in the pro-life movement are not doing our jobs well enough. I do not do my job well enough. I think that it is time for us to re-evaluate our goals as a movement to see who is willing to sacrifice for that which is never easy. We must ask ourselves ... are we willing to take up our crosses and follow Christ to victory?

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.