Friday, July 15, 2011

Strangers in a Foreign Land

As with other MoEs, carrying a crucifix on the side of the highway has given me a new perspective on the world.   My first realization was how counter-cultural our Catholic faith is.  Carrying the crucifix and praying, actions completely normal within our small group, is undoubtedly an oddity or even an annoyance to many of the cars passing by.  I feel as if we are activists of a certain kind.  However, instead of primarily focusing on bringing about a change in the near future we are focusing on a past event, namely, the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.  The image on the cross does not fit in with popular understandings of the how the world works  such as consumerism, egoism and hedonism.  The horrific image of Jesus being crucified stands in stark contrast to the often beautiful landscapes we pass by.  In my mind, the MoEs are truly strangers in a foreign land, as all Christians ought to be.


1 comment:

Kathy G said...

JMJ + You are all in my prayers as you continue your journey as witnesses on the roads and by-ways...but also as you journey into individual lives and hearts along your paths. I thank God that He sent you to the small town of Graniteville. Thank you for inviting me to join in evening and morning prayer, and I continue to chant my prayers. May God be with you. The Peace of Christ, Kathy G

Who we are?

Every summer we, the Missionaries of the Eucharist, are walking from Lewiston, Maine to Washington, DC to proclaim the beauty of the Catholic faith to everyone we meet, specifically through the Theology of the Body.

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.