Monday, July 27, 2009

To All the MoEs Who've Walked Before

This post is a shout-out to all the MoEs who have walked before us.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the MoEs have lots of customs and traditions. Some are profound and some are silly. On The Walk, I discovered that many of them are multi-layered in their wisdom:

  • Observing an hour of silence daily and a longer period on Fridays provides an opportunity for personal prayer and contemplation - but it also provides a welcome (even necessary!) respite for people who are living with constant noise and zero privacy.

  • Praying the rosary on every walking shift sanctifies each step and sends thousands of prayers heavenward over the course of The Walk. It also provides a pleasant walking cadence and makes hot shifts, rainy shifts, and last-shift-of-the-day shifts pass more quickly.

  • Chanting the Office in men's and women's choirs proclaims the complementarity of the sexes - and it also sounds really neat.

  • Having extensive and expandable car prayers gives us a chance to pray together in a relaxed and unhurried manner. Having a simple and reverent Grace Before Meals prevents MoE mutiny at mealtimes. :o)

So, to all the MoEs who developed these and other MoE customs - thank you! You are wise indeed.

Peace and Good!


Phil said...

Thank you for keeping the traditions going! I don't know if you know how encouraging it is for all of us veteran walkers.

Joel Haubenreich said...


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.