Friday, June 08, 2007

Fr. Leo mentions the Missionaries

Fr. Leo Patalinghug, host of the upcoming PBS show, Grace Before Meals, mentioned us in a recent email blast:

"Okay, now that I’m off my soapbox, I’ll tell you about my first edifying experience. I was privileged to “train” a group of young adults (ages ranged from 19-24) who ill walk from the state of Maine to the nation’s capital this summer. They call themselves The Missionaries of the Eucharist. In the estimated nine weeks of “pilgrimage,” they will literally “walk the talk” by evangelizing the towns, homes, and church communities who will welcome them. They desire to spread a positive message about relationships and a healthier understanding of human love, which is captured in a teaching called “Theology of the Body.” This teaching came from the late and beloved Pope John Paul II. It challenges the pop culture view of destructive choices, especially in matters of human love and human life. The Pope’s insight clarifies how a “free love without responsibility mentality” has actually enslaved our culture, not freed it. This pop culture notion does very little to build up anything because it forgets that conjugal love is a Gift – not a right!

"This group also wanted to learn more about how to strengthen family dynamics through the family meal. They will be hosted by families along the way and want to take advantage of that community–building opportunity. I would like to think they came to the right place. They arrived on Saturday afternoon after a long ride from the DC area. I intuitively recognized their fatigue and hunger, and offered to share my thoughts with them around a meal. It’s so much more effective to form the mind and soul when the body is refreshed and nourished. The “Grace Before Meals” theme carried through to our conversation and prayer during their training session. It was an edifying experience! My dear Missionaries of the Eucharist, may God be with you every step of the way."

- from the Grace Before Meals email blast, June 6, 2007

Thanks so much, Fr. Leo!

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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.