Saturday, June 09, 2007

May I be your feet Lord?



Howdy All, my name is David Aloysius Sao and I am a student at The Pennsylvania State University (GO STATE!) studying Psychology, I am 22 years old (23 during the walk) and originally from Philadelphia, PA.

Growing up in a non-practicing Buddhist family, I dappled in many different religions and occults until settling on the thought there was and is no God. During elementary and middle school, I had a lot of discipline and academic problems in the public school system, so my parents sent me to Cardinal Dougherty Roman Catholic High School. Through the guidance of our School Minister there, a retreat called Kairos, my community work with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the grace of God, I came home to the Church. On Easter Vigil, March 30, 2002, at St Helena’s Roman Catholic Church, I received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion. (Praise God!)

After high school I attended Penn State University. At Penn State God truly blessed be with an AMAZING Catholic community where I was able to grow in my faith and closer to the Lord. From there I was able to discover a desire of my heart, which I have been discerning with my spiritual director, which is to respond to a vocation to Priesthood in the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

I have the honor and privilege this summer to be walking with the Missionaries of the Eucharist. The Lord works in very mysterious ways. It was mid-January and my life was very hectic due to many things I had absolutely no control over. During that time my response was a good one, I wanted to be radical in my love for the Lord through the Catholic Church. I realize that the March for Life was coming up quickly and I wanted to do more but I didn’t know how. This would have been the 9th year attending the March for Life, and for the last two years I have been able to spend the whole weekend in DC attending Youth Rally’s and the Vigil for Life. The week before the March I received an email form the Missionaries of the Eucharist. The Missionaries were planning to walk from Baltimore to Washington DC, a 40 mile journey. Without much detail, I asked my spiritual director if I can do this and with a good ahead. I emailed the Missionaries back asking for more details and by the providence of God, I received an email back from JOSH GUENTHER! Josh had gone to Penn State for a semester and now he was one of the leaders of Missionaries at the University of Maryland. So I packed by bags the next day and headed down to Washington to join the Missionaries. It was one of the most powerful things I have ever done.

So here I am, telling you what God has done. Please pray for my this summer that I can constantly prepare my heart for the Lord and I will keep you in my prayer and heart. If you have any prayer request, do not hesitate to email and you can check out website . May you find rest and joy with Jesus in the womb of our Lady.

God bless,

1 comment:

Lindsay said...

That is a great example of literally following the Lord where he calls you to go. :)

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.