For the past 20 years, some wonderful young college students have been participating in “Crossroads Walk,” dedicating the 3 months of their summer vacation to trek each year across the nation on behalf of life.
The walk started in 1995 when 15 Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH) students took up then-Pope John Paul II’s challenge to you to spread the gospel of life. Those 15 students now number several hundred thousand and their 1 annual walk has grown into 3. Beginning in May and ending in August, participants trek from Seattle, San Francisco, and San Jose-Los Angeles, crossing 36 states before reaching their destination: Washington, DC. Each group covers anywhere from 10k-15k miles. Weekends feature the groups praying, providing counselling in front of abortion clinics, and speaking at local churches.
No doubt about it, Crossroads is a pro-life “civil rights” organization whose members seek to protect the civil right of the “right to life.”
Catch a glimpse of Crossroads Walk 2014:
Rooting their purpose in the Gospel of Life, Crossroads isn’t narrowly anti-abortion, good as that is, but pro-life—standing up for the value and dignity of each person without exception, from conception until natural death. The goal is simple: To convert people to the pro-life cause. To communicate that message, its t-shits are emblazoned with “Pro-Life” which can be read from one-quarter mile away.
And, their work doesn’t end when the walks conclude. Members have adopted Down syndrome babies, engaged in national pro-life efforts, and have engaged politically. Their efforts are having a global impact as Crossroads Walk has expanded internationally, conducting walks in Ireland, Australia, and Canada.
As school starts this fall, don’t be dissuaded by the media’s portrayal of young college students. The media isn’t covering those who participated in Crossroads Walk, have converted people to the Gospel of Life, and are raising the standard on campus for their peers.
It’s too bad these students aren’t being given attention by the media. After all, as Aristotle taught, virtue is very attractive and is the force bonding friends and, ultimately, a virtuous society, in filial love. This is authentic Catholic social justice aimed at true “hope and change.”
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