Wednesday, July 30, 2008
But let's catch up: After NYC we traveled to the Jersey City-Elizabeth-Newark metropolitan conglomerate. Zack joined up with us and invited us over to the Emmaus House (the discernment house where he's been living) and we had lunch and Jessica tormented the house dog with her interpretive dancing. It was there that we met a seminarian from the DC area who was painting a mural of the Holy Trinity in the Emmaus House Chapel. He was a swell guy.
As we walked through the section of city known as "The Six Most Dangerous Blocks in America," we had pedestrians and motorists stop to ask us if we knew where we were. The area was full of drug traffickers and prostitutes, but we were warmly received by many of these "dangerous people."
On Wednesday we got to see MoE alumna Sr. Lauren (who walked last year). She is in a Dominican cloister in Summit and she was able to visit with us for a couple of hours. She introduced us to the only male aspirant that the order has... Fred the Dog. He was a very energetic pup and I'm glad that the Novitiate's prayers for a dog were answered.
We handed out many rosaries (especially in Trenton). We brought with us about 3,000 rosaries this summer and we've already run out!
On Friday we stayed with Jessica's relatives outside of Philly. We played volleyball, ate burgers, and chatted with the guys who founded The King's Men. It was very restful.
Over the weekend we joined up with the guys from the Immaculate Conception discernment house in Philadelphia and the members of Generation Life. Together we prayed in front of a local abortion mill and then spent a few hours doing street evangelism in the Love Park in Center City Philadelphia. We met a lot of interesting people. One lady originally waved us aside and yelled for us to move out of her way, but after a heartfelt chat with a Missionary (and after the Missionary literally gave her the sandals off her feet) this woman hugged her for so long that we wondered if we'd melt together into Siamese twins.
We stayed at the Immaculate Conception house over the weekend and were reunited with Fr Boniface and Dave Sao. It was also nice, for me, to see the guys of IC again and to check on the garden I helped plant on the day before I headed down to DC for training (the tomatoes are going to be huge!). I feel like we ate about 78 delicious meals that weekend, with our friend Taryn dishing up most of them (she's an excellent cook and I think she should be the official MoE chef).
On Sunday we went to evening mass at St John the Evangelist and then had a Caribbean Barbeque with the "locals." The parish seems to be about 75% young adults... it was very inspiring to be among them. It was also inspiring to watch MoEs who'd been walking since Maine dominate the limbo competition.
On Monday we started walking again and stayed the night with a family who had a six-day old baby girl. She. was. precious. We also exhausted out host's four young sons (I learned to never challenge any of these ladies to a wrestling contest!). On Tuesday we walked to Bear (and were joined by Joe and Mark Leopold). And now, dear friends, I am off to eat some of that bacon I've told you so much about.
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.