Thursday, July 28, 2011
While our society seems to promote learning, exploring, education, and interaction with new ideas and people different than ourselves,so many people seem offended by the very concept of Evangelization. It seems that learning is fine as long as I decide what I will learn, and I seek it out, and I ask for it. But if you offer to share some life-changing Truth with me, the very best that you have found, this is offensive? As Pope Benedict reminds us in his latest encyclical Caritas en Veritate, to proclaim and share the Truth is an act of Charity. If we truly care about each other we should all be sharing us much truth as we can!
The other day myself and another missionary were invited into a bar by a woman who was standing outside as we were walking along the road... somewhere in Massachussets. She said she wanted us to meet her friend. Her friend was about to undergo a surgery and she asked us for prayers. We were happy to pray for her. She also said that it had been a while since she had been to church. We told her that we found it worth going to be with Christ ... and she saw it was worth it to us to be walking in the 100-plus degree heat that day to put ourselves out there to share this truth. In return, she shared with us the best truths she knew in life. One of these truths was that friends, such as her friend who invited us inside, are true gifts from God. I could see by their love, a beautiful love between friends, that they knew and lived this truth. Friends are a gift from God. I needed to hear that. Later that day I took some time to reflect on how much God has loved me by providing me with good friends throughout my life. I am glad she really shared that from her heart.
Humility is to acknowledge the truth. The truth is that every Christian has a Truth worth sharing and that Truth is Christ. It is also true that all of us are still learning and growing, we are all undergoing a constant process of conversion toward Christ daily in our lives, and we all need to be evangelized by Christ and others each day. We must constantly evangelize and be evangelized by each other! Everyone has something to offer us as we travel the pilgrim trail of life. We love Christ by loving each person we encounter and Christ has something for us in every person as well. I have been blessed by those who have evangelized me by their words and actions this summer and it offends me none to admit that! Someone once said that to be a missionary is simply to be one beggar sharing with another where to get bread. We are all beggars before God. As I sit a block away from the Basilica of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Boston writing this blog, I am reminded of the homeless man Richie who taught me this lesson at this spot 2 years ago on the walk that summer. Yes, yes. I was familiar with the theological concept, I had read the life of St. Francis, who lived the lesson, several times, but God knew that I needed Richie to teach me this lesson: Man can only receive heaven as a beggar. That day, after he led us into the church and he prayed, he only asked me one question. I shared the bread I had. Then, seeing him ask for God's forgiveness, desiring to amend his life, and then rejoicing in God's goodness, he was my teacher, he was my example, and that day he fed me with the bread of life, the Truth, which he had just realized himself. He was homeless, but he found the Treasure, and he shared it with me. God uses us to feed one another with food and truth. He multiplies the loaves. We all need God's help. We all need His grace. Admit it, share the bread of Truth you have, and don't be afraid to accept and even ask for bread from others. To share the Truth you have is not pride, it is humility, and it is love. God help us not to be afraid to share but to have the courage to love one another!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Due to a series of events the walk will be ending in Boston this summer - God has different plans for every group of walkers. This week, therefore, will be our last. Stay tuned for more posts to come throughout our last week of traveling!
peace and blessings!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Blessed John Paul II's Theology of the Body has really had an impact on me as an artist. Pope John Paul II really emphasizes in his teaching that the person, made in the image of God, is revealed through the body and therefore the human body communicates into the visible world the mystery of God more powerfully than anything else in the created order. In his General Audience of February 20th he stated that:
The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God, and thus be a sign of it.
Along these lines, in his Letter to Artists Pope John Paul II writes that "Art must make perceptible, and as far as possible attractive, the world of the spirit, of the invisible, of God."
For this reason I feel it my responsibility and privilege as an artist to go deeper into the mystery of the human person, whose spiritual mystery is expressed visibly through the body. For going deeper into the subject of the mystery of the human person one reflects on the mystery of God.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
The Lord has been so generous to us with wonderful people who teach us how to live the Catholic faith, great food, an abundance of funds, and the perfect amount of available showers to keep us humble :).
More blogs will be coming soon along with a video to introduce all of our walkers! God bless you all and please keep praying for us!
in Jesus and Mary,
Friday, July 15, 2011
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.