Friday, June 13, 2008
This is my Bio...It only took me 3 weeks to write it!
While living in New York City I have met many new wonderful friends, including the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. I began volunteering with the Friars and joined the Associate community. It is a community of lay people who take promises of poverty, chasity and obedience according to their stage of life. Other promises made include attending daily mass, praying the liturgy of the hours, monthly confession, and we all get together and stay in the dormitory the first weekend of each month. It was through the associates that I met some of the Missionaries of the Eucharist!
Then, when I was supposed to be writing my Neurology paper at the end of the spring semester, I instead spent most of my time searching the internet as to what I should do with my summer. Unexpectedly I came across the Missionaries website through a link on a friends facebook page and decided that it would be awesome if I joined the group for the summer. Everything happened so fast, one week I didn't know where I was going to be living for the summer, then within 2 weeks I had plane tickets to DC to meet with the Missionaries. (I have to thank my parents for making it possible for me to be with the Missionaries for the summer!!)
I don't really know why I am here, or why my heart felt so much joy at the thought of joining the Missionaries, but that is how I ended up here. During the next couple months I hope to learn the important lessons that God desires for me to learn this summer, and to help people along the way.
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.