Wednesday, June 23, 2010
National Divine Mercy Shrine
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!
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.