Be Ready For Anything
Mother Teresa once said, “The important thing is not to do a lot or to do everything. The important thing is to be ready for anything, at all times; to be convinced that when serving the poor, we really serve God.”
This summer we are attempting to serve the poorest of the poor: our unborn brothers and sisters. Some days are so busy it seems like we’re doing everything – walking, singing a Divine Mercy Chaplet, cooking, cleaning, going to Mass, praying four rosaries, encountering all types of people, and so on – but we’re really not.
The parishes we’ve been to for daily Mass have been wonderful. However, we’re always uncomfortable when a priest compares us to the saints in his homily. I can only speak for myself, but I’m no saint. I believe this comparison is drawn because people think what we are doing is radical. We’re walking across the entire US in one summer!
When you look at it in that light, of course what we’re doing seems crazy. But in reality, what we’re doing is simple. We just walk wearing t-shirts that say “Pro Life” and try to spread the love and compassion of Christ everywhere we go. We are not actually doing that much. Mother Teresa did a lot. Pope John Paul II did a lot. Saint Maximilian Kolbe gave up his life for another, following God’s will. All we’re doing is being ready to do whatever it is that God asks us to do. In the words my fellow walker Alex frequently uses, we “let go and let God.”
It is challenging to discern God’s voice in our fast-paced lives. It’s altogether too easy to get wrapped up in our own lives, in our selfish wishes and desires. Often this means our faith life flies out the window. What we used to recognize as sin and what formerly bothered us no longer affects us. We grow accustomed to our sin and become complacent.
This cannot be.
A blessing of being a Crossroad walker is that you have little to worry about. All your focus is on prayer and getting the miles in. This makes it easier to hear and see God at work in your life and the lives around you. When you stop focusing on doing everything and instead focus on God, His voice becomes clear. What exactly is it that God is calling you to? How are you supposed to evangelize and spread His love?
As the summer has progressed, the more I’ve come to realize that if things are going to change, it has to start with you – the people. Yes, we are doing our best to be catalysts through Crossroads, and I pray we succeed, but ultimately change will happen when all of us listen to God’s invitation for us to call for the protection of all life, from conception to natural death.
Please prayerfully consider how God is asking you to take part in the pro-life movement. Maybe you’re supposed to pray a daily rosary for the unborn or for healing for women who’ve had an abortion. Perhaps you’re supposed to focus on education and instilling morals and values in our children. Or maybe He wants you to start your parish’s involvement in 40 Days for Life or a similar program.
Listening to God’s voice is what brought me and my 11 fellow walkers here today. Even though I’m so happy to be with such amazing young people, we shouldn’t be here. There should be no Crossroads because there should be no need for it. If all of us really did listen to God and obey His will – which is love itself – there would be no need for a pro-life walk across the country.
Please pray for everyone to let go, let God, and be open to His will. Pray for an end to abortion, for women who’ve had an abortion, and for a change in our culture, that women no longer feel the need to get an abortion. I pray that we may imitate the saints by following His will, spreading His love, and after death we can spend eternity with Him in heaven.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
Sarah Oltjenbruns, Northern Walk ’13