Pro-life news

Pro-life news

As advertised earlier on this site, the Crossroads walkers will be in town (Shreveport) on July 6th-8th, and will attend a sidewalk counselor training session held at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Bossier City.  The event starts Friday, July 6 at 5:30-9 at the church, then continues Saturday morning at 9am at the HopeIronic name Medical Center on the NW corner of Kings and Centenary.  (Please don’t park in the parking lot.  We’d hate to have to bail you out.  Park instead in the neighborhood behind the abortion center.) The special guest counseling trainer will be Joanne Underwood, Director of Convert-to-Life/Sidewalk Counseling Ministry of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee in Dallas, Texas.  Ms. Underwood will instruct attendees on the Msgr. Reilly method of sidewalk counseling, including: How to respond if approached by a client at the abortion center. How to create a prayerful presence and implement effective sidewalk counseling techniques. How to maintain a peaceful, non-threatening atmosphere How to convert the mother’s heart and thereby save the life of the child     Suggested donation is $10, dinner is included. Flyer below....
Miracle at Mile Marker 7

Miracle at Mile Marker 7

A few weeks ago, I struggled with the my faith that God wasn’t working miracles with the same frequency and public effect as when Jesus walked the earth.  When you read the Gospels, Jesus 33 years spans enough pages to read through in a couple of weeks.  The authors of the Gospels also didn’t record the mundane, but the magnificent.  Since then, I’ve spent some time trying to recollect miraculous events in my own life.  Earlier this week, I was reading through my Crossroads journal and came across an event about which I had completely forgotten. One Saturday, we stood outside an abortion center and prayed.  A car approached, and the woman driving stopped in the driveway to hear what we had to say.  (I’ll call her “Maria”)  I asked Maria why she came to the center that day, and if she knew they performed abortions.  Maria said she believed she was pregnant and “needed” a morning after pill.  I explained that it is possible for the morning after pill to cause an abortion, and that God has a plan for that baby.  Maria willingly accepted my offer of the information pamphlet about the stages of life in the womb.  I asked if she was Catholic, to which she replied in the affirmative, so I offered her my rosary.  She said she couldn’t possibly take my rosary as it was very beautiful, so I offered to let her borrow it until she was finished insideThis is a very successful technique for sidewalk counseling. That way regardless of the outcome, you still have an opportunity to counsel the mother either...
The Walk

The Walk

My brother, Andrew, asked me to write about the actual walking part of Crossroads. Here’s how it works: 1)  12-ish college students with an RV and a “support vehicle.” 2)  Divide the walkers into a day shift and a night shift. 3)  While day shift walks, night shift sleeps, and vice-verse. 4)  During a shift, the support vehicle drops off two walkers, then drives ahead 5 miles.  Once the walkers reach the support vehicle, the next two walkers take a turn and the others rest. 5)  With the exception of weekends, there are at least two walkers walking at any given point throughout the day and/or night. All in all, each walker walks approximately 30 miles per day, 1600 miles over the course of the summer. Now that the logistics are out of the way, I’d like to share some of my experiences from my walk. We started our walk in 2003 by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.  The weather was misty, windy, and cold.  After crossing the bridge, the weather cleared and warmed.  I walked on the night shift that night with my new friend, Joey.  We walked together for several miles that night.  A few days later, we reached the Lake Tahoe area, commonly referred to as “bear country”.  My faith was strongest on those nights in bear country when I could barely see anything other than the road. Nevada was my favorite state.  The mountains on the border with California reflected the sun’s golden rays like giant bells ringing in the morning.  We walked along Highway 50, the Loneliest Road in the World.  I loved walking...
One more step: A Crossroads Journal Part 1

One more step: A Crossroads Journal Part 1

Last week I wrote about Crossroads Pro-life Walk Across America.  Each week I’ll post more about the experiences of the walkers in past years, including some of my own experiences. This week I’d like to offer a piece by Kathlene Gorman, a sophomore at Auburn University, who walked on the Northern route in 2011 and will walk on the Southern route this summer. Last Spring, I made the craziest decision of my life- to walk across the United States wearing a shirt that had PRO LIFE in obscenely large letters on the front. That same decision was also the best, most rewarding one I’ve ever made. I found out about Crossroads at a national Students for Life conference in Washington, D.C. my Senior year of high school. My youth group had made the trek to the nation’s capital from Alabama to participate in the March for Life, and a group of my friends ended up heading over to the conference to hear various speakers, learn about more Pro-Life organizations, and potentially get some free stuff. I never imagined that I would leave wanting to actually be involved with them, but that’s what happened. A little over a year after that conference, I found myself on a plane to Seattle with my roommate, who God compelled to walk also. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. At first, everything was kind of surreal. I was with a group of people that I had never met, knowing that we would be living together for the next three months. I spoke at a parish promoting this organization that I...
San Francisco to D.C. – Walking for the Right to Life

San Francisco to D.C. – Walking for the Right to Life

“The secret to walking across the country is to do it one step at a time.” ~Unknown In the summer of 2002, I attended a pro-life youth conference in New Orleans.  A group of young adults with “pro-life” printed on their t-shirts attended and spoke about their walk across the United States.  I pledged that I would spend the next summer walking with the Crossroads Pro-Life Walk Across America.  May 2003, I bought a one way ticket on a Greyhound bus for a 30 hour trip from Dallas to Arlington, VA.  After two days of orientation, our group of walkers drove an RV from Virginia to San Francisco to begin the greatest adventure of our young lives. The purpose of the Crossroads walk is to offer every step as prayer and mortification for the protection of dignity and sanctity of all human life, from the moment of conception to natural death.  Crossroads also seeks to educate and encourage people to become more actively pro-life. During my trip, I encountered thousands of people, most of whom were pro-life.  We spoke at churches, visited youth groups, recruited young adults along the way, prayed at abortion centers, saved a few babies (that we know of), and formed lifelong friendships. The biggest hurdle to overcome is that everything happens in God’s time.  Various things broke, walkers got sick or injured, and many times we ran out of money and didn’t know from where our next meal would come.  Many times we didn’t know where we would lay our heads.  Every single time it appeared as though we would go without, God sent help at the...