Saturday, August 07, 2010
Thank you Jason for all of your hard work and for helping to spread the Good News of Christ Jesus and His Church on Earth!
Click here for the schedule for the CT channel, and to find a station near you!
Friday, August 06, 2010
Praise God for giving us Dee and Nick as our walk leaders this summer! Here they are beaming with joy at the doors of the Shrine. They truely were gifts to us and lead us with such love and sacrifice. Please pray that our Lord pours out His grace in abundance into their hearts.
AVE MARIA!!! Our journey to the Shrine ended yesterday with our walk into DC! It was such a time of grace and joy for the missionaries to finally walk up the steps to our Lady's Shrine and to greet our Eucharistic Lord with all of our excitement and thanksgiving. Thank you for all of your prayers for us this summer. Thank you so everyone who has supported us along the way. Thanks to our parents and families for allowing us to make a gift of ourselves this summer on the walk. Thank you to our patrons: Our Lady full of Grace, St. Joseph, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Therese, and Ven. John Paul II... and thanks to Bl. Teresa of Calcutta for always interceding for us. Jesus, most of all, we thank You, we praise You, we love You.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
I am currently lying on Lacy Howard's living room floor in College Park, MD. Tomorrow, the missionaries (along with brand new walker Kevin Leopold and last year's leaders Scott Wilkins and Dave Sao) will approach the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC and finish our walk!!! Please pray for us and our final 4 miles!
Friday, July 30, 2010
+ On Tuesday July 27th, Nia and I walked through the streets of Philadelphia and God truly did amazing things in the people we met and most especially in us. This is a video about that great day!
God Bless you and your families and may Our Lady lead you
In Jesus through Mary,
Thursday, July 29, 2010
This summer's missionaries are blessed to be the Prayer Team at the first Theology of the Body Congress. During the different conferences throughout the 3 days of the congress, we have been interceeding for the speakers and those in attendance. We will blog on Saturday, and share with you all the grace of how the Lord lead us to this congress.
Venerable John Paul II, pray for us!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Cardinal O'Connor said, “God wants to reach out to others through your hands, God wants to speak to others through your lips, and God wants others to look into your eyes and see Him. Give God permission.” Every day of this walk, this is what we try to do. Little and weak as we are, our Lord can do so much with our yes. Here is our little magnificat...
We were on a one-mile shift in CT, and we sat down on a rock outside of a Mobil gas station waiting for the others to pick us up. An older man named Benny came out and meant to walk right past us but he stopped in his tracks when his eyes met the cross. (We carry a processional crucifix) He just looked at the cross with such awe for what felt like minutes. We were all silent just gazing at the cross and then Benny, around 45, said "when I look at the cross I see how much He loves us." He asked what we were doing and after we explained our mission he was so filled with joy and kept smiling and saying "God BLESS you God BLESS you!" He was so encouraging to us and Caroline said, "Thank you so much Benny, it means a lot! Please pray for us because at times it gets really hard." Benny said, "When I see the cross I remember how much Jesus suffered for me. He really loves us." After pausing for a moment, with tears in his eyes Benny looked again at the cross and said, "I had a really hard time this morning. I didn't want to wake up. I didn't want to be alive. This morning was not a good morning, I was going to commit suicide, I was going to kill myself, end my life. But I look at this cross and I see how much He loves us. Your walk is not in vain. At church when I was younger we used to sing a song, 'If I walk all day and all night, travel many miles, if I help one soul my journey would not be in vain." Over and over he kept telling us, "Your walk is not in vain! Even if you don't meet anyone else, you have helped me. Thank you thank you so much. Your walk is not in vain..." After praying with Benny and giving him the rosary and the Divine Mercy image we shared a big hug and parted ways.
How great is God's Love! He, God of the universe, in His infinite humility and love, used us to show Benny how much He loves him. We were the pencils and God the Divine writer. Praise Him for this miracle.
Blessed Mother Teresa said, "Let's believe in God's love, and let's be faithful to him. If you look at the cross, you will see his head lowered to kiss you. You will see his arms stretched out to embrace you. You will see his heart open to welcome you. Don't be afraid. He loves us, and he wants us to love one another. He loves us in spite of how poor and sinful we are. His love is true, and we should believe in his love. If we truly believe, it will not be hard for us to identify with the poor, even the poor in our own homes."
No matter what life brings you, keep your eyes on the cross. Keep your eyes on Jesus, your Savior. He is the answer to every struggle, every hardship, every trial.
We are very grateful to God for this experience and may it renew in each of our hearts a love for Our Crucified Lord Who is truly risen from the dead and is very much alive!
Thank you for all your prayers, God Bless you!
In Jesus through Mary,
Erin and Caroline
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
+ In the Diary of St. Faustina Jesus told her “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and then throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish" (Diary, 48).
"By means of this Image I shall be granting many graces,
so let every soul have access to it" (Diary, 570).
As Missionaries of the Eucharist we chant the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3pm in honor of Jesus' death and have an hour of silent prayer.
Monday, July 19, 2010
I met Juan while walking through Jamaica Plains, MA south of Boston. He was blown away by the beauty of the Rosary, and promised me he would pray one every night before he went to bed if I prayed one every night before I go to bed. We talked for 45 minutes about life, the Church and Mary. I think about my new faithful friend everyday and I can't wait to meet at the gates of heaven.
Monday, July 12, 2010
+ Glory to God! On Saturday July 10th the MoE's were so blessed to be present at the ordination of Father Jim McCormack, MIC to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood at Saint Patrick's Church in Burlington, CT. This picture was taken right after we received his first blessing, what a grace! We were blessed to meet the Marians while studying at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. where their house of formation is. They are so generous to CUA students, inviting us to adoration and even taking us to Divine Mercy Sunday in Stockbridge, Mass. Brother Rich Mary pictured between Fr. Bob and John is the one who really reached out to us and also organized the trip to Stockbridge twice! Fr. Bob is pictured next to Dee and John is a postulant with the Marians entering the novitiate on August 15th. Thanks so much to the Marians for letting us come on this special day. Please keep this truly awesome religious order in your prayers, especially Fr. Jim :). If you would like to learn more about the Marians go to www.marian.org and a wonderful website about Divine Mercy is www.thedivinemercy.org
God Bless you and thank you for all your prayers for us,
In Jesus through Mary
Erin and Caroline
Friday, July 09, 2010
“Peace begins with a smile” – Blessed Mother Teresa. These words have always stuck with me. How much a smile can do. Nia, Dee and I were talking with a Mexican family outside their apartments and were giving them the gift of a rosary when Junior runs around the corner and says, “Are they free?” -in his little Hispanic accent and he was so EXCITED and we gave him one and he ran inside and then ran back out for another for his mom and then he ran inside and gave it to her and then he ran back out to get one for his sister and then he and his sister Marci came back out and we were there talking and enjoying one another’s company for at least ½ hour, Praise God. And Junior is just a bundle of energy at nine years old and he grabbed the flag and I said that is holy and so he stood near the street held it proudly and waved it and I said !Vive la Iglesia Catolica! He was so dear that Dee whipped out her camera and right before she got the shot Junior noticed and closed his mouth. He knew his teeth weren’t perfect so he did not want to smile. He has such a beautiful smile and Dee with her hilariousness got him to smile. How much good a smile brings to the world. There is a story, a man was walking to the bridge to jump off it and he passed someone who smiled at him, someone recognized that he is a human being with dignity and he chose life. Next time you see someone, especially someone who is lonely, try smiling at them. “A smile is the beginning of love”. In her acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize in ‘79, Blessed Mother Teresa said, “Love begins at home. It isn’t how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do that really counts, for His love is infinite.” Mother Teresa talks about knowing the poor. You don’t need to go to Calcutta to help the poor, first recognize the poor in your own homes, in your own families, is there someone who feels very lonely, unloved or unwanted?- this is real poverty she says, the poverty of the West. She continues on to tell those at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, “I want you to go and find the poor in your homes. Above all your love has to start there. I want you to be the good news to those around you. I want you to be concerned about your neighbor. Do you know who your neighbor is? Who are your neighbors?” Everything for Mother Teresa, everything, is prayer. In fact she confessed, “My secret is I pray”. “Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of Himself”, God is love. She repeats, “Remember where your love starts: in the home … But I think that if you look inside your own homes, you may notice how hard it is for you to smile at one another sometimes! And yet smiling is the beginning of love. Let’s be willing to smile at one another. Yes, a smile is the beginning of love. And once we begin to love one another, the desire to do something more naturally follows.” She concludes her acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize with a challenge, “Let’s concentrate on a worthwhile goal: that no child be unwanted, that no person go unloved. And let’s not stop smiling at whomever we meet, especially when it is hard to smile. I’ll never forget some time ago when around fourteen professors from different universities in the United States came to visit one of our homes in Calcutta. … One of them asked me, ‘Mother tell us something that we can remember.’ I told them, ‘Smile at each other. Take some time for each other in your families. Smile.’ Then one of them asked me, ‘Are you married?’ I said, ‘Yes and sometimes I find it very difficult to smile at Jesus because he can be so demanding. It’s true. But that is where you can see love best. When it is most demanding and you give cheerfully in spite of that, that is love at its best.”
Blessed Mother Teresa thank God for your life, please intercede for us all, that we may receive God’s love with a pure heart and be given the courage to love one another as Jesus loves us and to smile with a smile radiant with joy! Pray that prayer and love and peace may grow in each of our families and bring great joy and glory to God. Amen. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for us!
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
As a generous benefactor donated us some ice cold drinks from Dunkin Donuts, we met these beautiful Catholic women! Regina, Schola and Oche prayed over us and asked the Holy Spirit to continue to bless us along our way. Thank you ladies for sharing your joy with us!
Monday, June 28, 2010
-dee & meghan
ps- if you two are reading this, those frappes were wicked awesome :)
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Peace be with you! We were blessed to stay last night at the National Divine Mercy shrine in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Two years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Divine Mercy shrine in Poland. It was there that the Lord began working on my heart, softening it to be able to receive the Lord's love and mercy. I was in awe of all the miracles represented by the medallions and jewels covering the walls of the chapel in Poland, especially in a country where religion had been oppressed for so long. It was a huge gift to return to a shrine devoted to our Lord's mercy two years later and realize how much the Lord has done in my life since chanting the Divine mercy chaplet with the Sisters.
Within the first two hours of arriving at the shrine we went to Mass, had adoration and benediction, and went to confession. The Lord took us in immediately and purified us so we should be even more open to the mercy he longs to give all of us. I was the only one of the MOEs who had never been to the shrine before; we spent the evening talking with the Marians over supper at their house and back at the JPII guest house where we stayed.
Deacon Michael Gaitley spent the evening with us telling stories. I could write for hours about what he said, but I will narrow it down to one thought: bringing the True Presence to those we meet on the streets. We are Missionaries of the Eucharist; the Eucharist is Jesus' body, blood, soul, and divinity, his true presence. When talking with people we should not go in with an agenda other than to simply love them and bring them the true presence of Christ which is love itself. This merciful love is far more powerful in converting hearts than anything else we can do. We must love and trust the Lord to do all else.
Jesu ufam Tobie!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Nick took the wheel during our ascent, masterfully guiding the Dodge minivan and seven passengers around hairpin turns and hills that seemed more appropriate for skiing than driving. We reached the lookout point on the side of the road and all tumbled out, anticipating the view that had been hidden behind rows of trees. When the foliage gave way to sky the view was astounding. The mountains were laid out before us, looking more like rumpled felt than tree covered earth.
The Padre Pio tote bag with our breveries was retrieved from the van, pages flipped to Friday Morning Prayer, week III, and the invititory rang out over the mountains and Carthusian monastery below us. We chanted the same liturgy as people all over the world, the same psalms that we have done in cities, homes, roadsides, and now a mountain top.
The closing prayer was said, we asked the Lord's blessing to be on us for the day, and began our descent. Along the road there are rest stops to pull over and let the vehicles cool off. Unfortunately we were a little too hard on the van coming down and arrived back at the bookstore with smoking breaks and the scent of burning rubber. I have been assured this is just the beginning of car troubles, and that the MOE vans are notorious for breaking, so we continue on our journey with the protection of our guardian angels.
Christ is with us wherever we go. We carry his Eucharistic presence within us every day, but he carries us through every step we take. It is he who directs our paths to all those we meet; it is he who gives us the strength to continue putting one foot in front of the other. And above all, it is he who gives us the love for the
work we do.
Now that our 2nd week of walking is wrapping up, its been really cool to just be in awe of all that the Lord has been doing! We have meet amazing people... so many beautiful parishes and host families, so many excited car drivers who are generous with their honks, and so many people just thirsting for the Gospel. On one shift this week we meet 2 amazing guys. The first was a man who was totally in love with Jesus and His Word but was struggling to find the one true Church. What a joy it was for us to share our Catholic faith with him. He loved St. Francis and what do you know, we had one random St. Francis prayer card in our bag. The next guy we meet was 25 and has never heard of our Lord. Telling him about Jesus and how He died for us and wants us with Him in heaven was the biggest gift of the walk so far. He was so open and held on to his rosary as we walked away. Im just so in awe of how crazy it is that Our Lord allows us to be His hands and feet and bring people closer to His Sacred Heart. In reality, we really didn't do much at all. There are so many links in the chain of this walk and we are just the end of it! So many people have been working for months to get us here, so so many benefactors and people who support us, our families for letting us leave home for the summer, our directors and leaders who have put in so much work that we will never know about. Being a Missionary of the Eucharist is really a huge gift. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us with your prayers and generous donations. Know that we pray for you everyday and could not do this without your support. God is so good. Sometimes that's the only thing that makes sense on this walk. His goodness to us is just beyond comprehension. Like a kind woman told me after Mass, "Thank you so much for telling people about Jesus. People just don't know Him..." and so they don't love Him. As I walk I just continue to remind myself what St. Teresa of the Andes says... "its all about falling in love with Jesus" and bringing His love to others.
Thanks for reading our blog! God bless you!
In the Immaculate Heart,
Meghan, Dee and Caroline will be living together next semester with their friend Anne during their senior year at Franciscan University. Here they are in their natural habitat: naptime. Notice the cups of coffee at their heads, made by their generous fellow walkers.
Here we all are in front of the Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, Canada. We had a beautiful retreat with Saint Joseph and Blessed Andre. Being able to spend the day partly on our own, then together as our MOE family with one of our patrons, Saint Joseph, was a great blessing.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
We ended our first week of walking in the mountains of Vermont. It was our first day of real hills, up and up and up. One of the stretches we walked went up for almost five miles! The Lord is so good to us though, at the top of that incline there was a clearing in the trees that opened up to show the valley and mountain ridges behind that. The trial we endured walking up the mountain was so generously rewarded by that view.
This picture was taken at the end of our walking day. We drove back here to the lake to pray evening prayer. The water was completely still, except for the tiniest ripples made by dragonflies dipping their feet in to cool off. Meghan and I decided to toss stones in; the ripples they caused seemed to never end. The stillness and quiet of the water was sweet relief from trucks whizzing by. It make me think of Elijah on the mountain: he did not find God in the thunder or wind or fire, but in the tiniest whispering. This stillness, the peace and joy of a soul as calm as the water in the lake, is what we have found in Christ, and it is here we can greet him with joy. Peace be with you!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Here we are with Theology of the Body speaker Damon Owens! Damon was kind enough to donate his day to training our missionaries on the teachings of Venerable John Paul II's Theology of the Body. We learned how important our encounters as human beings are and how we communicate with eachother and the Trinity through Communion. From this TOB day, the Lord gave me a special grace to understand a little bit more (I'm learning more and more each day of the walk) the importance of being a Missionary of the Eucharist and really our whole charism. We are able to receive God's total gift of Self, Jesus Christ, each time we come to the table of the Lord. Not because of anything on our part, but because of His LOVE for us! And it is through that Love, where Life itself exists. It is our role as MOEs to bring that message of Life and Love to the streets, because the Eucharist efficaciously unites us to the will of the Father, who IS Love. And the only thing we can do after receiving this Heavenly Food is Love. Love the ones we meet on the side of the road, Love the homeless who need an ear to listen, Love the other walker that is just so hard to love sometimes, and learn how to Love more deeply the Risen Christ and bring the Love of the Cross to those people we meet.
Keep checking back! It is very hard to get internet here on the walk route, but whenever we do come across internet access, you can expect many many posts at once!
Peace be with you,
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
This is our spiritual director Father Boniface Hicks, OSB, blessing our vehicles before we begin our journey! After departing from Saint Vincent's Monastery in LaTrobe, we drove to Brooklyn, NY to visit Msgr. Reilly and the Helpers of God's Precious Infants. Please pray for Father Boniface and Msgr. Reilly during this special Year of the Priests.
Monday, June 07, 2010
Erin Dunne, Nick Lensing, Molly Lillis, Meghan Sabo, Caroline Savoie and myself (we will post bio videos when we have access to the internet on our computer!) arrived this evening in Lewiston, Maine to begin our walk tomorrow morning. We had a week of blessings and opportunities to grow in knowledge of our Catholic Faith, community life, and eachother.
I should get some rest before our first day of walking tomorrow morning; but rest assured of plenty of posts when we aquire better internet.
Please keep us and all of the people we will meet in your prayers!
United through the Eucharist,
Monday, January 25, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
We would like to invite you to join the Missionaries of the Eucharist for the March for Life this year!
The March for Life is Friday, January 22, 2010.
If you would like to join us for this please contact us at missionariesoftheeucharist [at] gmail [dot] com.
On Saturday January 23, we are excited to be doing a 7 church tour.
7 Church Walk -- We will be walking through southern D.C., following the Archdiocese's 7 Church Walk. While walking, we are hoping to pray the rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Litany to St. Joseph, have a Holy Hour and evangelize by passing out rosaries.
Mary Mother of God
Please contact us if you would like to walk through DC with us.
Who we are?
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.