Tuesday, June 03, 2008
One week down
On Wednesday we volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity in Washington DC. We had an amazing time gardening, mopping, hand-washing laundry and learning how to live out Christian charity in the midst of great need. The lessons we learned about the dignity of the human person were excellent preparation for the next stage of our training.
On Thursday we ventured into the Amish countryside to meet Christopher West at the Black Rock Retreat Center in southern Lancaster County, PA. In an intensive day of lecture, Christopher gave a brief synopsis of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and then offered insight on how these teachings might be lived out within our community and with those we meet on the walk.
One very profound element of our training has been the great gift of loving families. We’ve been warmly invited into several homes and we’ve witnessed, firsthand, that special bond of intimacy which is so precious and so central to what we are all about.
And here, at Saint Vincent’s, we are experiencing the familial warmth, hospitality, and love of these wonderful Benedictines. From letting us sleep on the floors of their offices to volunteering their time to provide training lectures, these beautiful men have been a great blessing to us.
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.