Monday, July 07, 2008

The Lives of John Paul II and Mother Teresa

At the beginning of our walk, we were told that John Paul II and Mother Theresa would be walking every step of the way with us. As we walk further and further along our route, I would have to confirm that as a true statement.

I was reflecting on the life of John Paul the other day …. And he lived quite the life! One of my favorite periods of his life though has to be his last few days. There is no one who lived out the Gospel in their last days like John Paul. It was such an inspiration to see a man to so boldly proclaim the Gospel of Life. His frail body was unable to speak and barely able to move yet he radiated the light of Christ. All of his writings were truly lived out in those last few days and it was a privilege to have been a witness to such heroic virtue.

Then there is Mother Theresa. I was once told a story about Mother’s final days. One of the sisters attempted to bring an air conditioner into her room to make her more comfortable. She immediately told her to take it out of the room. After the sister recovered from her shock, Mother Theresa said “I have never denied Jesus anything and I am not going to start now.” It is such a bold statement to be able to say that ‘I have never denied Jesus anything.’

These two give the Missionaries great hope for the spreading of the Theology of the Body and the reign of the Culture of Life. John Paul gives us great courage in truly living out the Gospel and Mother Theresa continually calls us to give all for the Lord.

I hope that each of you will continue to pray for us through the intercession of John Paul the Great and Mother Theresa!

--Jessica

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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.