Monday, January 26, 2009

March for Life Reflections

By Scott R. Wilkins

The annual March for Life has come and gone and I find myself in a pensive mood. It's always encouraging to see the thousands of fellow marchers and to reunite with old friends. But despite the hugs and warm handshakes, the march was punctuated by eerie silences. While the day was warmer than I'd anticipated, there was a chill at this year's March for Life that nothing at all to do with the weather. The stately buildings of the capitol--so recently christened with the ticker tape of the Presidential Inauguration--loomed oppressively from every side, each columned edifice a reminder that our prayers should be well seasoned with a sense of urgency. We marked the anniversary of an unfortunate court decision by rallying in Washington; Our president marked it by overturning the Mexico City policy, extending the reach of the Culture of Death. But dire as the situation may seem, we retain our hope and we redouble our efforts, confident in the power of our God.

The Culture of Death often feels like a fortified city. But imposing and unassailable as it may seem, we have only to look to Jericho to see that walled defenses crumble when the prayers of the faithful and the will of the Lord march against them. So while the mood of this year's march was perhaps more somber than year's past, the overwhelming number of walkers encouraged me. I bumped into many friends and benefactors from all across the country who are united in a common prayer. In that great column of people I even saw some members of Congress who, like modern-day Rahabs, support our cause from inside the establishment.

Our enemies look at our efforts and mock us. They sit at ease behind walls that have grown tall and imposing from decades of judicial precedent and cultural accumulation. The ask us how we can hope to prevail against such an entrenched ideology of hedonism and extreme personal entitlement. We answer as we always have--we trust in the Lord of Hosts and in His kingdom which will outlive every empire. We pray for our country, for our culture, and for our government and even if all three seem antagonistic, we know that if Christ is for us, who can be against us?

Choose Life!

Dear Friends,

Thank you all who attended the March for Life 2009! Seeing so many people gathered together to celebrate life and make reparation for the sin of abortion, truly made my heart melt. While marching up to the Supreme Court and seeing so many people, my heart was moved to say to the Lord, "Lord, here is your people that wants to thank You for your gift of life."

Stay tuned for some more info about the Missionaries at the March for Life!

Also the MoEs made it on the Dominican blog! Check it out!

http://www.dominicanfriars.org/2009/01/23/missionaries-of-the-eucharist-meet-at-march-for-life/

Peace and Joy my family in Christ!
David Sao
www.theMoes.us

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

March for Life 2009 update!

Dear Missionaries,

I hope you all are very excited about the this years March for Life! Below you will find 2 sections. 1) What to bring. 2) Itinerary. I am very excited to share with you all our final itinerary for this Wednesday and Thursday. You'll see that on the itinerary, that there are things without times, I ask you to all just go with the flow and be docile to the Holy Spirit.

Please read carefully and if you have any questions please me at DavidSao@themoes.us or call me.


1)
What to bring:
- Food from Wednesday night to Friday morning will be provided and donations are appreciated but not required but if you are staying until Sunday please bring money for some food.
- Sleeping Bag
- toiletries
- $5 dollars for a Metrocard for the 2 days.
- Warm clothing. (remember to bring your MoE sweatshirts. If you don't have one please email me your size)
- Pocket full of sunshine
- Brievary
- Rosary
- Snacks


2)
The finalized itinerary is:

Wednesday:
(email me for address)
(Please be there between 3-4pm)
If you can't make it by 4 please meet us at the Shrine
- 4pm: Leave for the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Dinner on the road to the Shrine
- 7pm: Pro-Life Vigil Mass celebrated by Cardinal Rigali of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- After Mass back to College park.
- Sleep

Thursday: March for Life!
- 5:45am Leave for the Verizon Center
- 10 am: Mass with Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl with bishops and priests from around the nation
- After Mass attend the March for Life!
- After the March, Vespers and Dinner.
- Of Course, some more community time.

Peace and Joy!
David Sao
davidsao@theMoes.us
www.TheMoes.us

Friday, January 16, 2009

The March for Life 2009

Dear Missionaries,

It is with great joy that I'd like to fill you all in on what the Missionaries of the Eucharist are planning for the March For Life this year.

Wednesday:
(Please arrive around Early evening)
(Location in College Park, MD, TBD)
- Vespers & Dinner
- Community Time!
Thursday: March for Life!
- Early Morning to Verizon Center for Youth Rally and Mass
- Attend the March for Life!
- After the March, Vespers and Dinner.
- Of Course, some more community time.
- Discuss the future of the Missionaries of the Eucharist.


We'd love for you to come out and join us. Your presence is what will make a difference. It's what will change the world. To get involved, by walking, praying, or supporting us in some other way, simply just let me know, as soon as possible, so we can arrange housing and food and then show up. Email me at DaveSao[at]gmail.com. Please if you are attending the March for Life with the Missionaries of the Eucharist, please inform how long with you be with us and if you need housing. More info is to come!

I apologize that it's taken us so long to get this information out. It's been a crazy past few months, but we're ready to go.

I pray that the Lord has blessed you and your family this past Christmas season, and may he continue to bless you in the months to come.

In Christ Jesus,

David Aloysius Sao
Summer Walk 2007
www.MissionariesoftheEucharist.com
www.theMoes.us

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.