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The Final Steps

August 6, 2019

Greetings everyone,

This week has been an emotional week for everyone. Our hearts are ready for home, but not ready to leave this new found family. I’ll admit it’s difficult to stay in that mission mindset, but I know these east coast states deserve our very best, just like every other state we’ve walked through.

It’s been crazy to see these strangers slowly become brothers and sisters. It seems just like yesterday that I was crying in the chapel to Jesus, telling him I did not want to do crossroads. (I know I was not the only one who did that) I’m so glad though, that despite the tears and the fear, we all said yes to that call.

Crossroads has forever changed our lives. Going into it, I thought it was just going to be us making all these sacrifices for the unborn, but it was that and so much more. I found that the more we suffered, the greater the graces. I found so much joy in suffering that sometimes I would totally forget about it. We had injuries, we had illness, we had hardships, we watched women walk into clinics, but through it all I’ve never felt so united with Christ.

As we all start to say our sad goodbyes I just keep thinking, wow I’ve only known them for 12 weeks. To think that most abortions happen in first 6-12 weeks blows my mind because so much can happen in that short period of time. Especially if you approach it all with a love and respect for life.

I wish I could put into words what this walk has done for us all, but I can’t. I feel closer to God then ever before, and so much more passionately pro life.

To my fellow walkers:

read John 14:1-18

Thank you for your yes. Thank you for your love and sacrifice. Thank you for letting me serve you and thank you for serving me. Thank you for laughing, crying, praying, walking, and being in the silence with me. Thank you for sitting at the foot of the cross. Thank you for being a witness to the way, the truth, and the life. God has a great plan for each and every one of you. He’s working in your heart, if only you continue to give him that yes. This is not the end, but rather a new beginning. Take this flame which you have received, and light this whole world on fire. Set it ablaze, and know it was born of the same fire, same light, that which is of Christ. There’s nothing you can’t do, and know that wherever you are I’ll be praying for you. Do not let you yourselves be overcome, but let yourself be out done by His great love. Forever in unity, even though we part, because we are united by the same bread, one communion, one body, one heart. I love you all with all my heart, and the good Lord loves you infinitely more. I’ll never forget you all, and the sweet times we had. Thank you for walking across God’s country and assuring me it’s bound to be pro life again. This truly is one country under God, that strives to have liberty and justice for all.

Thy will be done, my Creator is never done.

Every last step, for the memory and witness to the unborn.

Glory, glory, King Most Holy.

Weave for me a crown of thorns,

Save the lives of thee unborn.

Lord I beg of thee, take me instead.

St. Maximillian Kolbe, pray for us.

Our Lady Guadalupe, Pray for us.

Forever your sister in Christ,

Mikayla Olson, Southern walk 2019.792F244A-E0C0-4D85-A88C-8D737356ECFF.jpeg

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Beth Tarantino permalink
    August 6, 2019 4:38 pm

    God Bless you all for the sacrifice of Walking for Life all summer. You are Ambassadors for those of us who joined you in prayer during these weeks.
    May you know God’s Abundant Love, Mercy and Joy everyday of your lives!

  2. Fr. Dwight Hoeberechts, OMI permalink
    August 6, 2019 4:48 pm

    That was a beautiful reflection of your Crossroads Pro-Life experience this summer. Thank You for saying yes to the Lord Jesus to be Witnesses for Life.
    Sincerely in Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate,
    Fr. Dwight Hoeberechts, OMI
    2009 Crossroads Pro-Life Southern Walk Alumni

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