The Catechism of the Catholic Church proclaims that the holy Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life (CCC 1324)." As our name implies, the Missionaries of the Eucharist have great devotion to our Eucharistic Lord. Like our Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, we seek to become living tabernacles of Christ. Our mission--our charism--is to daily live out the Annunciation and the Visitation.
After our Blessed Mother received Christ into her body, her immediate response was to travel to her cousin Elizabeth. There, in the presence of our Lord in his first tabernacle, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. As Missionaries of the Eucharist we begin each day receiving the Lord into our own bodies at mass and then we, too, make haste to share our Eucharistic joy with others.
In a very real sense, every believer is called to be a missionary of the Eucharist. Our organization lives out this call in a very concrete way. We spend each summer walking from Maine to Washington DC, interacting with strangers we meet along the way. 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.
Our daily schedule is a schedule of prayer. We chant the Divine Office, we attend mass daily, we pray the rosary (once per hour for every hour that we walk), we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and we live in community. We are not, however, a religious order and while many of our alumni have gone on to enter the seminary or religious life, our constant interaction with pious host families has been a living reminder of the beauty of sacramental marriage. The Missionaries of the Eucharist reflect aspects of the charism of the Dominicans, the Benedictines, and the Franciscans while also proclaiming the beauty of the married vocation.
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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.