"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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