What are we doing here?
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.”
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,
Central Walk – 2011