Friday, June 13, 2008
The Agony of De Feet
Over the weekend we dropped by a local abortion clinic to spend time in prayer with the other volunteers and then we met up with some fellow Missionaries of the Eucharist before spending the afternoon with our pal John DeChiaro in Brooklyn. It was a great weekend.
As I write this, we are on our fourth day of walking. If you saw us after our first day, you’d think that you’d wandered onto the set of a cheap zombie movie. We stumbled. We shuffled. We moaned. Nobody tried to eat any brains, but for a while there I thought they were hungry enough to make the attempt!
One day I, Scott, had heat exhaustion and spent an interesting evening chatting from the only part of the room which did not spin—the floor. And, lucky me, I have won the blister contest. Thankfully Maggie, our trained blister expert, has been patiently attending to our feet… forcing us to bathe them in weird brownish liquids and offering us tubes of ointments and magic elixirs.
But this week as we’ve developed blisters (and then blisters on top of blisters), we’ve been thankful to offer up our bodies and our pains to Christ our Savior. It is helpful to bear in mind that though it may be painful to carry the processional cross, our discomfort is nothing compared to Calvary.
Who we are?
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.