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What are we doing here?

May 29, 2011

 

We are finishing week one and this has already been an incredible journey. So far, we’ve walked past Sacramento from San Francisco and in the one week we have walked, we’ve grown tremendously in both our spiritual lives and our calf muscles. Before walking, we start every morning with mass, morning prayer, and some breakfast.

The walkers split up into two shifts: the day shift, and the night shift. The day shift begins right after breakfast and we’re off walking. We take turns walking, shooting for anywhere between 30 to 40 miles by the end of the shift. We walk until dinner time (around eight) and head back to meet up with the rest of the group. We then eat dinner, say evening prayer, and then say goodbye to the night shift as they start walking until mass starts the next morning. It is such a blessing, as we have the pleasure of witnessing to so many people on the way and spreading the gospel of life wherever we walk.

Not only is the walk a beautiful sight and very physically challenging, it is also a spiritual journey, and we pray constantly with the understanding that Jesus told us to take up our cross and follow him. So where are we walking this summer? Not only are we walking to our nation’s capitol, but we’re on our way to Calvary. We are on our way to be there with Jesus as He suffers for us. We will walk with him in prayer seeking the opportunity to participate in his saving plan of salvation. We will face adversities, and the devil will do everything he can to stop us. He’s going to have his hands full trying to break us down anyway he can, and when you have a group of eleven young adults squeezing in an RV for three months he will have plenty of opportunities to do so. Therefore we must keep the words of Saint Paul in mind as we head into spiritual battle every day.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”

Ephesians 6:10-18

This weekend we will be speaking at churches and praying at an abortion clinic. Not only can we be there in hopes of saving lives and souls, but we are also there to stand at the side of God’s children in their last moments. We are there to let them die with dignity having someone there fighting for their life as they are brought to death. We do this because no child of the Lord should have to die alone. We are there to do as Mary and John did when Jesus was taken to his death. We will be there, in peace and prayer, spreading love where ever we are. Crossroads is not a comfortable vacation across America, and we have the blisters to prove it. Rather it’s pilgrimage, taken in response to the words of Blessed John Paul II when he urged us not to be afraid to take the gospel of life to the streets. I am looking forward to every second of our journey and can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us. We are on a mission this summer, and we appreciate all the prayers and support we get, as we will lift high the banner of the cross and we walk the country, building a culture of life.

Yours In Christ,

Victor Bermudez

Central Walk – 2011

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Nick Doyle permalink
    June 4, 2011 4:40 pm

    Hey guys! Keep it up! This was me a year ago wondering, “What on earth am I doing here? This seems so ridiculous.” Just so you know, it is. But sometimes we need to do the ridiculous to accomplish the miraculous! I’ll be praying for you every step of the way (Get it? Every step! HA. I know…it was subtle…).

    In Him,
    Nick Doyle
    Central Walk ’10

  2. Fr. Dwight Hoeberechts, OMI permalink
    June 4, 2011 4:43 pm

    I will continue to pray for all of you on the Central Walk as I offer my Rosary intention for your Witness for Life as you walk across America. I was a pilgrim on the Southern Walk in the Summer of 2009, and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. May God Bless all of you on a daily basis. Please keep these updates coming so we all can know about your experience. Have a great weekend!

  3. Betty Feldman permalink
    June 6, 2011 12:39 am

    Hi Everyone: I think I finally found the right page to comment. I’ve been praying for all of you and I ask God to dress you in His armor everyday. I thank you for your love and the sacrafice you are enduring for the sake of God’s precious little ones, our smallest brothers and sisters. They will know that they are not alone or unloved. What you do for them you do for Him. I can’t wait to meet you all when you get here to Colorado. God Bless You. Laura’s Mom

  4. pro lifer for life permalink
    June 6, 2011 3:27 am

    God Bless Crossroads and all you do! And what a beautiful point of view on praying outside abortion clinics.
    thankyou!

  5. Mike Moroz permalink
    June 8, 2011 2:40 pm

    I’m the caretaker for the Catholic Radio Station in Terre Haute, IN (WHOJ, 91.9 FM). We are part of Covenant Network in St Louis, MO( http://www.covenantnet.net/ ). We would like to do an interview with the Central Walkers again as we have every year since 2007.
    Msgr Larry Moran (faithful priest for 59+ years) will be the host. We do 1/2-hour interviews and will surely end up doing more than one. We record off-air & then edit for later airing. Our studio is in St Patrick rectory (2nd Floor) in Terre Haute, at 19th St & Poplar – about 5 blocks South of your route thru Terre Haute on US40 (Wabash Ave)
    Please let me know if you would be available for the interview and I’m sure we can work out a day & time to accommodate. In years past there have been some problems getting in touch with the group after I contacted the ‘home office’, so I’ll try both ways this year.I see you’re scheduled to be in Terre Haute Wed July 20. A 1:45 PM ET recording time would probably work if it fits your schedule.
    Ad Jesum per Mariam

    Mike Moroz

    812/466-5856

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