Friday, July 13, 2007

Into the depths of Christ's love

In the past I have often wondered about how many of the saints contemplated
the Passion of Our Lord and found such peace in their meditation. For me it
was often difficult to reflect on His suffering, to witness in my mind the effect
of my sins upon my Lord; it brought upon me both a feeling of guilt and of great
sorrow. I believe this was good in so much as it would cause me to flee from sin
that I might not hurt His Sacred Heart.

But I have perhaps discovered, or rather learned, a deeper meaning
behind such contemplation. This is found in the mystery of Christ's
great love revealed to us in every moment of His agony and death. It is
this love which gave Him the strength to say "Not my will be done but
Yours" and to die for those who sin against Him. It is this love which
was written upon His naked back by the scourge of the whip.
He spoke of it in His heart as His persecutors humiliated and uttered
insults against Him. This great love fell to the ground in drops of
blood and quenched the earth as the crown of thorns burrowed into His
Sacred Head. It gave Him the strength to pick up the cross and
patiently bear the weight of our sins. He would not let go of this love
even as His clothes were torn from His flesh, for it was stronger than
the nails that wounded His hands and His feet. It is this very love that
enabled Him to forgive His persecutors and to give to them His own
beloved Mother. And it is this love which flowed from His side as He
was pierced by the sword. It first came from the water that surrounded
the core of His heart, His last defense. This water poured forth from
His body that it might fill our empty souls and cleanse them by its
saving grace. The sword then struck the very heart of Jesus as He gave
to us His entire self. His blood flowed down into our souls that He
might inebriate us, that He might sanctify us. Our Lord said to us
"There is no greater love then this, to lay down one's life for a
friend." This act of love He began before He even reached calvary and
this act of love He completed as He spoke the words "Father into your
hands I commend My spirit." It is this love which He desires to give
to you and it is in this that one finds a more profound meaning in
contemplating the suffering and death of Our Lord.

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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.