Sunday, July 25, 2010
Believe in Love
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
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.