Thursday, July 31, 2008
My name is Rebecca (AKA- Rachel). I met up with the missionaries on 18th in Manhattan, NY. So just about 2wks and I LOVE it!!!!! If you believe in our Catholic moral values, enjoy spending time with awesome people, want to make an effect in our dying culture through evangelizing, and don’t mind praying a lot (which is actually totally AWESOME), then you should pray to see if God is calling you to become a Missionary of the Eucharist.
I grew up in New Hampshire right along their walking route and my family was a Host Family for them every year. And every year my family would join up with them through out the week they were near by. Ever since then, I wanted to be a part of the Missionaries. So I got a chance last yr to do a week n decided after that- if I ever got the chance again I would; hopefully for a whole summer. The whole summer didn't work out this year; but the time I have had has been an amazing experience.
I've grown very close to those around me 24/7 :) (I mean--- when you spend that much time with a person/persons you get to know them pretty well) It's great!
Walking along the streets in cities; has to be is my favorite part. We get a chance to talk to SO many people. Hand out hundreds of rosaries n pray with people. I wasn't sure how we'd be "welcomed" in the cities. As it turns out, it was much different from what i expected. The those whom I expected to be distant from our mission; I found to be some of the most open. At least they'd listened to what we had to say, n seemed to ponder it. At times, after having a discussion with some others; we would leave to hearing them discuss it among themselves. On many occasions I've had people open their life to me. It could be this person whom i just met not 2 min. ago. And here they are; telling me their story. Sharing their pain n suffering, their joy n happiness. All with what seems to be- a total stranger. But really we are not strangers at all; none of us are. We know one another through Christ; and in that- we connect. It really shows that approaching someone with love n compassion is the way to reach out to those in need. For God is LOVE! Christ is love Himself.
So if i may; I encourage you to let your heart be filled with the life of Christ. So when others look at you they may see Love himself in your eyes.
God Bless, Rebecca
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.