Tuesday, July 14, 2009

President Towey

When President Towey was an aid for a senator he had the opportunity to meet Mother Teresa. This encounter, a moment when President Towey experienced the Providence of God, brought about a conversion in President Towey’s heart. In meeting Mother Teresa he encountered poverty, which caused him to step outside his comfort zone. President Towey came to understand that “[the Lord’s] sheep have become food for every wild beast, for lack of a shepherd; because [His] shepherds did not look after [His} sheep, but pastured themselves and did not pasture [His] sheep;” (Ezk 34:8). Poverty helped President Towey develop his spiritual integrity. Because of her motherly spirit Mother chose him to be her lawyer. This relationship allowed President Towey and Mother to grow very close. He was one of those who remained with her at her deathbed.

I found it very inspiring that President Towey intimately knows a saint, and that Mother Teresa fostered his vocation. She encouraged him to go on a discernment retreat for Missionaries of Charity Fathers. This helped him develop his vocation of being a father and husband. It was truly special to witness a man who knew Mother in her physical life and now knows her spiritually in heaven.

It was an inspiration for my spiritual foundation of the priesthood to be able to preach, pray and die at the time the Lord wills. Mother had the best spiritual director, the Lord himself. Her life is an inspiration to have an intimate relationship with Jesus.

EL FIN

Pax,
Nick Lensing

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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.