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Speaking with Our Steps

May 28, 2012

Snakes, good friends, miles, gallons of water, road, cops, rain, desert, car horns, granola, mountains, prayer. The past week has consisted of these and not much else.  Let me walk you through a simple day:

Rise at 6:00 to pack up my stuff an clean the RV.  At 6:50, run a final check and make sure that all the hatches are closed and locked.  At 7, drive the RV to the designated Church for daily Mass.  Mass at 8, followed by a quick breakfast and morning prayer with the whole group.  9:00, pack up the support van and leave for the last checkpoint.  9:30AM, begin walking.  We walk all day, praying Rosaries and eating ham sammiches, until about 7PM, when we meet the RV for dinner and evening prayer.  By 8:30, the other group is in the van and on the way to walk throughout the night.  After the night shift leaves, we clean the RV, do the dishes, and hopefully get to bed by 11 at the latest.  Repeat.

Here we are in Steven’s Pass, elevation 4100 feet.

This past week has been incredible.  Never in my life have I so intimately shared in the Passion of Christ.  There are several kinds of battle that we undergo.  First, we are physically taxed with walking.  I have walked up 3000 feet in elevation through the pouring rain; I already have blisters on top of blisters; I have never been more knowledgable of how to care for my feet.  When each step sends a burst of pain through my leg, I find myself meditating on the Passion more often than not, uniting my suffering to His infinitely more painful sacrifice of the body.

Second, we are spiritually taxed.  I have never prayed more in my entire life than I do on this walk.  We say a rosary every 5 miles, sometimes sooner.  We go to Mass every day and pray morning and evening prayer in common.  And I have the chance to continually offer my suffering up for the conversion of souls with regards to life issues.  All this opportunity for prayer makes me a prime target for spiritual attack.  Your continued prayers are much appreciated.

Third, we are emotionally attacked.  As we push forward, there are many who consider it necessary to inform us as to their opinion of our pilgrimage.  I have seen more middle fingers in the past week than I ever have in my life.  I have begun to share in the pain that Christ felt while on the road to Calvary.  There he was, offering his own body for the forgiveness of sins, and the very people for whom he was sacrificing rebuked and reviled him.  He was doing something good and holy, and they yelled at him and mocked him.  How must this have hurt his heart?  Now, I have begun to understand this pain.

But no matter how many blisters, fingers, or raindrops come my way, I will not lose sight of my cross.  I will follow in the footsteps of Christ. He will be my guide, and he alone will give me hope.

God bless, and thank you for reading!

Josh Bathon
Northern Walk ’12

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. snails permalink
    May 30, 2012 11:50 pm

    praying for you Josh!! thank-you for your witness!! Don’t let those middle fingers get you down, my dad always told me, “if someone give you the middle finger they are really just showing their IQ score.” maybe that will give you a laugh the next time it happens.

  2. Host Family for Northern Walkers in Philly (Jersey side of Philly) permalink
    May 31, 2012 6:48 am

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Josh that was awesome. You are in our daily prayers along with all the other walkers.
    He has mercy on those who fear him
    in every generation.

    “He has shown the strength of his arm,
    He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
    He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
    and has lifted up the lowly.
    He has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich He has sent away empty.
    He has come to the help of his servant Israel
    for He has remembered his promise of mercy,
    the promise He made to our fathers,
    to Abraham and His children for ever.”

  3. Vanda S. Lattie permalink
    June 1, 2012 4:48 pm

    Love reading your blogs….You all are so amazing. We are praying for all of you daily and wish you the best of luck this summer on this amazing journey…God Bless all of You…..

  4. Californians permalink
    June 4, 2012 3:45 pm

    You’re always in our thoughts and prayers. Keep the faith and it will give you strength. (Love you Stephanie!) You are all sending a wonderful message, do not be swayed by the non-believers. Uncle Tony and Family

  5. Gloria M. Culy permalink
    June 5, 2012 10:40 pm

    You guys and gals are doing great! Keep up the good fight! You are truly walking in our Lords passion. Whenever people have given me the finger at abortion sites I usually thank our Lord for allowing me to be a part of his suffering 🙂 what a blessing to be given that gift. Keep up the good fight:) you know we are on the winning side! The devil has already lost! We are with you in prayers walkers!
    God’s peace be with you all! Sister in Christ, Gloria

  6. John R. Kleb permalink
    June 8, 2012 8:23 am

    Josh,
    Your witness of our faith has touched my heart, if we truly want to see our Lords face we must walk in his steps, and you are doing just that. Just remember that when people give you the finger or as I like to say “The #1 salute” that in my eyes, you and the rest of your team are #1 in my book, and you are the same in the eyes of the Lord. ” Remember I am with you always” Don`t let those jabs by the Evil One ever tempt you to do something you will regret, let them be an affirmation of just how important what you are doing, is. You all remain in my prayers!!!
    John R. Kleb

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