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!
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.