Greetings from Southern Walk 2K15!
This week we are passing through the remainder of Texas and into Louisiana; we are expecting to walk with a few kids from Lifeteen later this week –our second event with Lifeteeners — and then we will be in Shreveport and New Orleans, LA. All of us have a heart for the youth, and want to share the joy of the gospel with our young brothers and sisters in Christ. Please continue to pray that we are able to hear God’s voice and act accordingly.
The topic of this blog regards Southern’s Walk decision to consecrate our walk to the Blessed Virgin. We thought that perhaps we’d do an easier version, Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory (more contemporary) and decided to do that version if we were able to find the book during the weekend. Since 33 Days to Morning Glory didn’t appear until several days after the start of the consecration, we are doing a consecration that is several hundred years old, St. Louis de Montfort’s Way of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. The readings from the Bible and suggestions of St. Louis de Montfort focus on letting go of the spirit of the world, and modeling the virtues of our Lady. After struggling in prayer these 33 days, we will fully give ourselves to Jesus through Mary on July 16th, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The consecration has given a beautiful and prayerful spirit to the walk. When we started the consecration, no one had left from sickness, and the reality of the cross we are carrying all the way to DC hadn’t quite settled in yet. Now, several new people have been welcomed to Southern Walk 2015, and we are wrestling with how to love one another while letting go of the spirit of the world. We have chosen one of the virtues of the Divine Mother – her lively faith, her blind obedience, her continual mental prayer, her mortification in all things, her surpassing purity, her ardent charity, her heroic patience, her angelic sweetness, and her divine wisdom to imitate during this time. We’ve also given up something — much like a Lenten sacrifice– as a tribute to the Virgin Mary, and how much we depend on God’s mercy is shining through these sacrifices. “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
This group has grown together in charity. The love everyone has for one another continues to grow as we continue to encourage and get to know one another. We have a few battle wounds, some tears and disappointments, but we are all in good cheer and thankful for the kindness and generosity of others. I’m convinced I’ve met some saints on this walk – from host families to those I’m walking with. We couldn’t ask for a greater gift than a encounter with Christ in every person we meet.