Killing With Words
Rushad Thomas with the Central Walk chiming in here. So I’m like totally blown away by my experiences over the last four or five weeks on this walk. I started a journal at the beginning, but, as usual, I haven’t been very faithful to keeping it up. However, I do wish to provide a few reflections here about my experiences thus far on the Central Walk.
First of all, I have been positively amazed and humbled by the kindness, generosity, and faithfulness of the host families we’ve been privileged to stay with on the weekends. When I reflect upon the families we’ve seen I think of the words in Chapter 13, Verses 1-2 of the Epistle to the Hebrews: “Let the Charity of the Brotherhood abide in you, and hospitality do not forget: for by this some, being not aware of it, have entertained angels.” I have no illusions that we walkers are anywhere near the status of angels, but the hosts we’ve encountered have nonetheless made the words of Hebrews 13 their inspiration in welcoming us walkers, pilgrim strangers, into their homes and lives, and for that I am eternally grateful.
I am also often reminded of the deepest reality of what it is we’ve committed ourselves to this summer. Having been one of the night shift walkers for the last three weeks I sadly don’t have the opportunity to show off my PRO-LIFE t-shirt to passersby on the highway. However, I feel that the reason I’m walking is not primarily to get thumbs up or honks or what have you in support of the PRO-LIFE t-shirts. I am walking, first and foremost, as an act of penitence. The Abortion Holocaust has led to the slaughter of more than 50 million innocent children in the last nearly 40 years in America alone, and countless millions of children in the other countries that permit abortion as well. I am walking, in the spirit of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, ” to quench the infinite thirst of Jesus on the cross for love and souls” by “laboring for the salvation and sanctification of the poorest of the poor.” Reparation is my program.
I have said it many times in my talks at Masses in San Fran, Sacramento, Reno, Salt Lake, and Denver, and I will say it again here: abortion is an abomination, and this evil will not stand before the living God, and the only way this murderous blood lust will end is through prayer, sacrifice, repentance, penance, and reparation. I pray that the Blessed Mother will take the poor sacrifice of my summer and transform it into sweet wine for the chalice, that Our Lord who reigns victoriously from the Tree of Calvary will be satiated by my love. Let this be the calling of all Crossroads walkers. I’m Rushad Thomas, reporting from the Central Walk in Denver, Colorado.