Saturday, June 12, 2010
We're in Vermont
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!
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.