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Seven Life Lessons From Crossroads: Lesson Seven

July 14, 2018

The world is a much better place than you think it is.

 

If I were someone who just moved to the United States and could only judge it based upon what we see in the mainstream media, I would assume the United States is a dangerous, unfriendly, and godless place. How very wrong I would be.

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Thomas walked barefoot on a rainy Monday in Nebraska. Thank you everyone who stopped to check on us!

I have been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support our walk has received across the country. In Colorado we met Luke, a man who stopped us on the side of the road to thank us for what we were doing and offer us a place to stay at his house for the night. In Utah, Helen and I met a couple who pulled up next to us on the roadside and gave us ice cold water bottles. Thomas and I had five different vehicles stop to check on us as we walked through a cool, drizzly rain in Nebraska. 

Each weekend all summer and on the occasional weeknights we have a host family, the families have been gracious, attentive, and kind. We have been well fed (and beveraged – is that a word?), well entertained, and well loved. As you read in one of Helen’s previous posts, with a host family we went horseback riding. Our host families have also helped us go kayaking up and down a river, brought us to a museum, invited us to a young adult game night, lit a campfire so we could make s’mores, played board games with us, and more. We’ve had amazing conversations and felt so loved. Every time we’ve stayed with a family, it has given us much needed taste of home. Thank you so much to everyone who has hosted us!

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Thank you to all the Catholic parishes, families, and individuals who have helped us this summer!

The Catholic community support has been strong across the country. My Mass partners and I were treated to breakfast at three straight parishes after giving parish talks on weekends. In Denver, a few walkers met a man named Alan at a church who invited the entire team to a lake for a grill out, swimming, kayaking, and volleyball. Thank you Alan and family for such a fun afternoon! Thank you Father Tai, a priest in Utah who heard about our mission and insisted we stay at the rectory with him. He made us authentic Vietnamese food and served those of age homemade wine. Thank you to the elderly Catholic woman we met outside a Walmart who was nearly moved to tears as she spoke with us and was moved by our mission. Thank you to Greg and Marian in Missouri who saw us at a daily Mass and opened their home to us after hearing about our mission.

This post sounds like a post of thankfulness to the people we’ve met along this journey. It is also a post of thankfulness to God. Without Him, meeting these fine people and being able to safely witness to the dignity of life this summer would not be possible. I believe it is so easy to look at the world and our corrupt society and become disheartened. Walking Crossroads truly restores your faith in humanity. There are still good people in the world. God is alive and well in the hearts and minds of people across the country. He works through others. He works through the kindness of our host families and parishioners at the parishes we meet, through the words God intended us to hear spoken by a teammate, through the priests who say a special Mass just for us, and through the smiles of the children we meet in governor’s mansions, gas stations, and grocery stores.

The response from those we encounter on highways has been overwhelmingly positive.  I can count the number of times I’ve gotten the finger this summer on my hands, but I have gotten a thumbs up or happy honk more times than I can count. People have only ever pulled over to interview us, check that we are okay, or to thank us for our witness. The back of our t-shirts say “America is pro-life,” and it is true. We as a nation recognize that life is sacred and should be treated as such. This walk has renewed my hope for America’s future. Perhaps someday, through the grace of God, our culture of death will be transformed into a culture of life. Until the day that happens, I will pray, pray, and pray some more.

Thank you all for your support along our journey, and thanks be to God for allowing me to undertake the craziness and joy that is Crossroads a second time.

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A very special thank you to my 2018 Crossroads family (one member not pictured). You have made the journey a memorable and joyful one.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

For the last time, God bless,

Sarah, Central Walk 2018

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  1. July 14, 2018 1:47 pm

    I’ve loved this series and I looked forward to each lesson. Thank you very much!
    Marsha Hearn
    AKA Cliff Hearn’s mom. 😊

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