Tuesday, January 02, 2007

"Thank you; you have no idea what I'm going through"

This past weekend a few of the Missionaries of the Eucharist traveled to the Big Apple for the celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (a.k.a. New Year's).

It was an amazing experience getting to build the community within the Missionaries that we've been working on for the past year, as well as getting to spend time praying with Msgr. Reilly and the CFR's.

But, one of the most expected events was on the way home, when Josh and I were going through a toll on the way home. As we've been doing for years now, we offered the gift of a Rosary to the toll worker. Her response: "Thank you; you have no idea what I'm going through." It was such an amazing thing, and yet so simple. We have no idea what was going on, but we do know that we made some sort of impact on the life of a wonderful person.

Not to mention, our host's basement flooded, and we got to hang out with a certain Melanie Anderson, the weekend was great. It seemed like we didn't do a lot of what we would normally do, but even in that, I think we did what the Lord was asking of us, and that is infinitely better.

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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.