To be a Divine Will Missionary of Mercy Street Walker is to strive to do the following each day (as much as the duties of State in Life permit):
- Attend Mass with great devotion at a Church in the midst of a city with a significant population of poor people.
- When the Mass is ended — immediately after making your silent thanksgiving (but do not rush this thanksgiving; linger on it as long as you please, for these are the most important prayers of your day) and praying the DWMoM prayer — embark upon your walk through the poorest streets of the city wearing your Divine Mercy pin and holding your Rosary beads. Your walk should ideally be long enough to accommodate at least one Divine Mercy Chaplet and one 5-decade Rosary.
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- Any Divine Mercy button will suffice; so long as it bears one of the Church approved Divine Mercy Images along with the words “Jesus, I Trust in You.” Try to make sure it is large enough so that people can easily recognize it and venerate it even if they are simply passing by.
- As you walk through these destitute streets, remain as recollected as possible in prayer and adoration of our Eucharistic Lord, and simply offer eye contact to whomever accepts it. Whenever eye-contact is made, just say “God bless you,” or other words as the Holy Spirit directs. Be sure to maintain a demeanor that is open and not in the least rushed, thereby giving the impression of being open to talk with anyone who would like to talk with you; especially as you pass by groups of people.
- But even if no conversation follows, trust that this small encounter is sufficient for God to work all of the conversion He desires through it, especially considering the intentions you offered to Him in the DWMoM prayer before your walk.
- If conversation follows, simply offer it to Jesus and Mary, be at peace, and speak whatever words the Spirit gives you — but do more listening than speaking. Let your focus be on humbly exalting the Divine Mercy, and encouraging trust in this Mercy. The DWMoM approach is not to proselytize, moralize, or impose, but to listen and to offer a few pieces of holy inspiration. At the end of the conversation, leave the person with an evangelization card if he or she will take it.
- If asked for money (it is important to have none on you), simply respond “I do not have any money to give you, but could I give you what I do have?” and hand him or her an evangelization card, and remain willing to engage in whatever conversation follows
It is important to be well dressed in formal attire for the mission walks. This is first and foremost called for because of the respect due to Holy Mass, but it is also important so that those to whom we minister know that we take this seriously; more seriously than a job interview, which no one would go to informally. Being formally dressed also draws attention to you; which is certainly not the end we desire in itself, but it does help us to make eye contact with people on the streets, which serves as a very important connection. Formal dress is so rare on these streets that this will truly serve almost as a type of religious habit.
- A formal hat with a brim on it is very helpful. It is important to, as much as possible, remain in a state of recollection and prayer. In this regard, it is helpful to say your prayers with head tilted slightly down; this allows the brim of the hat to block most of your face from oncoming pedestrian traffic until the opportune time (several steps away from them) when you can lift your head up, make eye contact, and offer your “God bless you.”
- This approach is also more inviting for veneration of the Divine Mercy Image you are wearing; oncoming pedestrians are much more likely to gaze upon it if doing so is less awkward; as it is when they do not have to wonder if you are watching them looking at your button
- Ideally the Church you attend Mass in will itself be situated in, or very close to, the areas of poverty you will be walking through; this way you can embark upon your walk directly from Mass, without driving in-between distracting you from your adoration. If this is not an option, though, simply attend Mass anywhere you can and drive to a poor area immediately after.
- Be strategic with where you walk and spend your time. Especially good places to pass by and if possible stop at are busy bus stops; lines of people waiting outside of soup kitchens, County Social Services, and Courts; and other places where the poor often gather. To get a good idea of where to do your walks, seek out the “red” zones (high crime) based upon a crime map service, such as Trulia’s. Obviously being a DWMoM is not the safest thing you can do — following God’s will never is. But that does not mean prudence is thrown out the window: be sure to only go out in broad daylight, and stay on nice open streets. But when actually approaching a situation that tempts you to fear — such as when a formidable looking group of people are walking towards you, going in the opposite direction on the sidewalk, then you must not mistake this temptation with a call to prudence. Do not look back once you have set your hand to the plow; simply remind yourself that nothing but God’s will can happen, say “Jesus I trust in You. Thy Will be done.” And approach them as you would a small child. Smile, and say God Bless you. You will be very pleasantly surprised almost every time.
- Women who feel called to be Divine Will Missionaries of Mercy must be particularly prudent. While going out in twos is always a great idea, it is utterly necessary for women. If a woman wants to go out by herself any particular day on her missionary walk, then she should restrict it to only very busy streets during the most safe hours of the day.