Friday, August 01, 2008

And then there were three ... more ...

As I sit here, I find myself attempting to rival our Blogmaster’s wit and coming up hopelessly short. Instead I shall try to soften your hearts with gushy talk of feelings and friendships made. I, Mark, write this now to represent the three Leopolds who have only recently joined this walk, though I hope and encourage Joe to share his thoughts here as well, all the while actively discouraging Faith in everything.

I first learned of the MoE walk two weeks ago when my brother Joe asked me if I’d like to join him, because he suspected the company he would be forced to keep would be somewhat sedate for his tastes, a suspicion I shared…until I got here. I have participated in the past in a number of Catholic events and groups and have found them largely to be made up of people who I don’t find myself entirely comfortable around. Apparently unmasked cynicism and caustic sarcasm are not only lost on the members of these groups, but can be quite offensive to them as well. In the MoE’s however, I find myself at M-O-ease (thanks Faith). There is a camaraderie and fellowship like nothing I have known outside that time I watched The Fellowship of the Rings. Jessica is great, always patient and a good leader and she has a wondrous flowing beard…just like Gandalf. Scott is funny…he makes us laugh and he loudly praises our hackish puns and he carries a giant axe (that’s right I’m making a LOTR metaphor, bear with me), just like Gimli. Andi is kind and adventurous…and short, which makes her Pippin and her best friend and confidant is the effervescent and loyal Meredith who we’ve all taken to calling Merry(just me really, but I like to think it’ll catch on). Becca, ever watchful and agile and good at walking on snow is naturally Legolas while Zack, our stalwart defender and silent guardian is Strider…also cause he has ridiculously long legs. Monica just joined us yesterday so she’ll start off as Sam…sorry Monica gotta pay you dues sister.
Well my shift is starting now, so I’ll be sure to blog a little bit more when I get the time.

Pace,

Mark and Faith!!!!!!!!!

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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.