Saturday, July 04, 2009

Training Week, or, Why I love the Guenthers

Scott here, reporting on training week and how awesome Josh and Jessica Guenther are. We spent the better part of training week at the St Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and it was a WILD success. One of the main reasons for this, of course, is because our "homebase" (aka The Guenthers) were doing behind the scenes tasks and showering us in prayers.

Only a few weeks back, several of us had the joy of attending Jess and Josh's nuptial mass. It was the best wedding I've been to. Hands down. To see them, post-Honeymoon, in their new home was a particular joy for me... and not merely because they now boast a pirate-themed bathroom (though that was a big part of it).

Having been Walkers par excellence, the Guenthers knew exactly how to host us in style. My fellow MoEs and I feasted on veggies (an often rare commodity on the Walk) and were serenaded with the constant chorus of my favorite song, "Who's Ready for More Coffee." But as beautiful as it was to be guests in their marital home and as wonderful as the flow of vittles was, one of my personal highlights was to hear the presentations they gave.

Josh spoke with us about the history of the Liturgy of the Hours, an aspect of the Missionaries that helps anchor each day of our walk. He then gave us a chanting tutorial--a real treat since his Voice Major past make him an awesome chanter--and he even taught us a new chant tone!

Jessica spoke on how the Missionaries live out the Theology of the Body in the practical aspects of our summer days. It. was. awesome. It was a masterful speech on how our wounded culture skews our perception of what it means to be male and female, properly understood, and how we Missionaries can show gifts of love to one another in simple yet profound ways. The first week of the walk has been very smooth and I credit Jessica's lecture for most of that smoothness.

So in a nutshell, the Guenthers are awesome and you should love them. You should also visit their pirate bathroom. Yar.

Scott "The Leader" Wilkins

PS. Be on the lookout for future posts (from more than just my bearded perspective). Internet is as rare as dry socks on a rainy Walk day in New Hampshire... so there will be some lag in actually posting stuff.

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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.