Points to Remember

  1. Do not develop a “holier-than-thou” attitude. The Walk to Emmaus is only ONE OF MANY instruments of holiness.
  2. Do not bug people – especially clergy – to attend the Walk to Emmaus. This often creates the impression that the Walk to Emmaus is absolutely necessary for salvation. It is not.
  3. Do not compare the Walk to Emmaus with a retreat. They are TWO DIFFERENT instruments of renewal. They complement each other, but the Walk to Emmaus is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  4. Do not form a clique or special society among yourselves. This is not Christ-like and is repugnant to those who have not had the opportunity to attend the Walk to Emmaus or who are not interested.
  5. Do not act as though the Emmaus Community is a secret society. When people ask, tell them what the Walk to Emmaus is and what it meant to you.
  6. Offer your services, whatever they may be, to your pastor. Together with him/her and other parishioners you are the church in your area. You need the pastor and the pastor needs you to be involved in personal ministry. Do not be negatively critical of your pastor’s plans and programs. You may not have all the facts, and even if you do, you are not helping.
  7. When you wish to seek spiritual counsel or to talk over a matter with your pastor, be courteous and ask when it would be convenient for them to see you. The pastor is your servant, yes, but the pastor also has many other persons to serve. Do not think you are special because you have attended the Emmaus weekend.
  8. Make your weekly Emmaus group meeting and attend Emmaus community gatherings. Emmaus does not pretend to, nor is it able, to give a complete Christian formation in three days. If you think you have “arrived” after three days, you are wrong! You have just begun anew.
  9. The greatest testimony to the value of Emmaus is not your words, but your actions. Upon returning, go to your pastor and ask how you can serve Christ’s church more fully.