Monday, June 02, 2008

Sarah Maple

Hello, my name is Sarah Maple and I am from Belmar, NJ. With one semester left, I hope to graduate from Drew University this coming December with degrees in Religious Studies and Ethics, and continue on to the Pope John Paul II Pontifical Institute of Family and Marriage Studies in DC. I’m excited to be spending time with the MoEs, whom I’ve known for about a year and a half through association with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Aside from being a student and an Associate of the CFR’s, I am also a volunteer at the Theology of the Body Institute, and hope to contribute my previous experiences to our formation process. While I won’t be with the Missionaries all summer, I am looking forward to my 21st birthday, when I’ll be present at Pope Benedict XVI’s closing World Youth Day Mass in Sydney on July 20th. I’m also excited and interested to see how Theology of the Body is presented to the youth and young adults at World Youth Day this year!

Within my travels and continued participation in the universal Church, I love observing how sexual ethics, sacred art, and today’s media reflect and impact common thoughts within our society and culture. I long to strengthen people’s understanding of the beauty within their own femininity and masculinity, and LOVE doing this through representations in Renaissance, Modern and Post-Modern art. I beg for your prayers, that I might be strengthened through Mary in understanding my own femininity, and prayers for Drew University’s Catholic Campus Ministry – and all Catholic University programs in distress- that they may be reformed through God’s grace to provide a better haven on the world’s most grueling spiritual battlegrounds.

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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.