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A Crossroads Video and Pro-Life’s Necessary Positive Premise

June 17, 2012

So, over the past few weeks, we’ve shot a lot of footage, and now, after staying up till 5am for a few nights, I edited together all the footage for this video. ENJOY!

It’s been an intense few weeks, with a lot of joy and pain.

One of my friends was talking to her friend, Sebastian, and he said that you can’t be Pro-Life unless you are happy. Meaning that unless you find life joyful, unless you live life as such, you cannot be Pro-Life without being contradictory.

In Spe Salvi, Pope Benedict XVI quotes Bakhita, an African slave girl who eventually became a nun, “I am definitively loved and whatever happens to me – I am awaited by this Love. And so my life is good.” He later says “The liberation that she had received through her encounter with the God of Jesus Christ, she felt she had to extend it, it had to be handed on to others.” Her encounter with a Person led her to share this love.

The Pro-Life movement has to have the utmost and final concern for the people involved. Any movement, any protest, has to be rooted in a positive premise. And that premise for the Pro-Life movement is the love we experience in encountering another human being.

Fr. Carron said in 2009, “What we are is clearly disclosed in the relationship with the person we love. Nothing wakes us more than this; nothing makes us more aware of our need for happiness that constitutes us than the person we love. His or her presence is such a great good that makes us realize how deep and true this desire is: an infinite desire.” Our experience of love awakens us to life’s drama, and our Christian hope give us a hope for this infinite’s fulfillment.

Thus, our impetus towards involvement in the Pro-Life movement has to come from our joy resulting from our experience in order for it to be constructive.

After all, we’re trying to stop destruction, aren’t we? It doesn’t seem like the best tool to do that is anger, even righteous anger. Crossroads can be that loving witness!

Peter Atkinson
Northern Walk ’12

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Philly Host Family permalink
    June 18, 2012 8:07 am

    Awesome video footage. God gave you a great talent in organizing all that footage with the music choices. Through all the fun we saw in the video, the suffering you are going through was also present. The happiness of a cool stream to soak your sore tired feet and shin splints. Being in pain and away from the comforts of home, you are reflecting your image of God. God is love and community through the Holy Spirit. You are all made in that image. Thank you for staying up and putting this together. Now you know we expect another one in about 3 -4 weeks. LOL

    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

  2. June 18, 2012 1:27 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Even my baby and toddler loved it! My husband and I met on the very first Canadian walk. We are HUGE fans and love seeing this stuff! Keep up the good work and never lose hope!

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