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Seven Life Lessons From Crossroads: Lesson Six

July 13, 2018
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This is the first group photo the central walk took together after I arrived. Say hello to “America’s Loneliest Road” along the desert in Nevada.

 

Humans are made to be in community with others.

 

This statement may seem obvious, but it is something I’ve developed a newfound appreciation for over the summer. In college, I had a strong, devout Catholic community who encouraged me to grow in my relationship with God and learn more about my faith. After graduating a few years ago, I have yet to become a part of another strong and young faith community. That is, until I again walked on Crossroads.

Imagine being part of a group of mostly the same-aged young adults united in faith and a common mission to witness to the dignity of life. We are from states across the country. We went to both Catholic and public high schools and colleges. We grew up doing everything from surfing to sledding to detasseling corn. Despite our diverse backgrounds, my central walk members have meshed and formed a tight knit faith community.

As someone who attended public school at every grade level, I greatly appreciate when I am able to pick up Catholic nuggets from those who went to a Catholic school. Upon hearing others on my walk discussing religious books they’ve enjoyed, I’ve written those down in a note on my phone. I’ve already ordered five books and hope to acquire more down the road. God works and communicates through other people, and there have been many of His messages conveyed through my fellow walkers this summer. As shared in a previous blog post, there is so much to learn when you listen! 

 

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At a private abortion clinic in Reno, Nevada, the central walk joined a local pro-life group in praying a rosary. 

Praying together has been a huge blessing. Each day on Crossroads you pray morning prayer together with your walking shift and then night prayer together as an entire team. There’s just something special about praying together communally. Did you know that when you pray a rosary together as a group, the graces are shared among all those praying? I learned this from one of my fellow walkers. So if you are like a sleep deprived Crossroads walker who is walking and not quite as focused as he/she should be (that’s never happened to me before… right?), the graces gained by those more awake, focused, and meditative will be shared with all praying.

 

 

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Finding notes like this in the support van is one of the many reasons I love my team. Thanks for the laugh, Jim!

And through the sleep deprivation, the learning from each other, the discussions, and the prayers, we’ve managed to just have fun together. Our walk leader bleeds Nebraska Cornhusker red blood, so anonymous members of the team took it upon themselves to plaster over 20 of the state rival Iowa Hawkeye logos across the RV, in the fridge, the shoe bin, the baby shoes above the door, and even in his sleeping bag. I think there might still be one on a window of the RV, and these went up over a month ago.

 

When we were in Lincoln, NE, we spent hours scouring the town in an attempt to find Scott Frost Nebraska t-shirts for the new Nebraska fans on the team. I’m not sure which was funnier – that we never did find the Scott Frost t-shirts or that a Connecticut native bought Husker merchandise for basically everyone he knows. He is now more emotionally invested in Nebraska than I am, and I’ve been a Nebraskan my entire life.

 

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Central crew, we Nebraskans would love to see you if you’re in the area. You know you’ll miss the good life!

Even though I will likely never see some of these entertaining, dedicated, and devout central walkers again, I love them dearly and know I will continue to think of and pray for them all of my life. Just like my northern walk team from 2013, I am blessed to have known these young men and women and to have them shape my life.

 

People are meant to live and work together. So if you see Catholics who aren’t going to church or are not involved in parish activities, invite them to go with you to Mass or to help with a church event. Keep inviting them. Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know very well. Cherish the time you spend with your friends and family, and always pray. You never know what difference you are making. Your actions could be the only Bible some people will ever read.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

God bless,

Sarah, Central Walk 2018

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