I'm so glad my first moe southwest grill experience was with my walkers. thanks to our generous benefactor, Mrs. Savoie, we all ate here tonight!
Happy Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul!
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,
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.