Sunday, June 10, 2007

My name is Pat (but not for long)

That time has come once again. The summer has come, and I’m here to offer my summer, or at least what I can, to do the work of God in the Northeast. My name is Patrick Yungwirth, and this summer, I’m giving up all my time till the end of June to spread the Theology of the Body in the Northeast.

The walk has started, but things are a little different. Firstly, as last year’s walk leader, I’m coming along as a regular walker. Being that I’m leaving half way through, and the Lord has called Josh to lead, I’m stepping back and allowing the Lord to work for the future of the organization in the here and now; and it’s really exciting!

Getting to meet the walkers and training with them has been wonderful. With our intellectual and spiritual formation coming to an end, we’re praying that the Lord will give us the grace to get through the summer. And as long as we allow Him to work in our lives, then we’ll be sure to receive the grace He desires to bestow upon us. How wonderful will this all be, if we simply allow ourselves to become like clay in the Potter’s Hands!

So in light of us getting to know each other, why not share ourselves with the world? Thus, in an effort to allow those praying for us to know more about whom they are praying for, here’s a little about me (you should check out the rest of the walkers entries to learn more about them).

I grew up in a Catholic family, and when I was young my mother passed away, and my dad remarried a widow with five kids of her own. So now, my family is nine kids (four of them married including my sister who is married to Jesus – she’s a Benedictine). I have five nieces outside the womb, and a nephew inside the womb (he’s due in July so please pray for my sister’s pregnancy). I was always involved in the youth group in middle school and high school, and when I got to college, I started looking for some group to find myself. It took a year, but I soon found many friends at the Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland.

During the winter break of my sophomore year, I picked up a copy of St. Augustine’s Confessions in an effort to get ahead for the spring semester, and by the time I had finished it, I had no idea why I had never read anything as beautiful before! It was amazing, and since I had previously hated reading, this was an amazing experience in my spiritual life. I soon after picked up my new copy of the Theology of the Body (it’s kind of weird to think that my second book after my intellectual conversion was the Theology of the Body). During the spring semester, I just began reading and reading and soaking everything I could up. The writings of the saints are so beautiful for they reveal the profundity of God’s awesomeness. How could I not want to read them?! They were exciting. They were fun. They were beautiful. They gave stories and accounts of the great glories of God, and they showed peace and joy of heart. They showed everything that we look for in life. What’s the meaning of life? Look to the writings of the Scriptures and the saints, and I guarantee that you won’t miss it!

I was so impressed with these beautiful writings that I naturally wanted to share them with the world. I found about this thing called the Crusade For Life, and so naturally, I thought this would be a good way to share the beauty of the faith as well as the idea that life is precious from the moment of conception to natural death. They were going to spend the summer walking from Maine to Washington, DC, and so I joined them. Two summers later, I found myself doing the same walk, only this time I was leading the walk, and it was for a new organization called the Missionaries of the Eucharist, which sought to spread the beauty of the Catholic faith and especially the teachings of the Theology of the Body. So here we are again, walking from Maine to DC spreading the beautiful teachings of Holy Mother Church!

This summer, my path will be a little different however. Being that I’m entering the Dominicans this July (my novitiate begins on July 6, so please pray for me; also, I’ll tell more about my discernment in another post), I have to leave the walk early for the first time in four summers. Pray for me and the walkers as we begin to open ourselves up to the Lord and find ourselves learning from His Sacred Heart. Pray that we might be like libation flowing from our Lord’s Heart into the world.

In Christ and St. Dominic,

Patrick

2 comments:

Lindsay said...

I can't shake the feeling that someday people will say, "Oh, yeah, Lindsay went to college with St. Fill-in-the-Blank." Of course, I have to think of it exactly like that, because I don't know what your name will be. :) Praying for you triple!

Angela said...

I'll pray for you, brother. I know how discernment can 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.