Nearing the conclusion of their journeys across the country, participants in the annual Crossroads walk continue to share a message about the value of human life.
In the debate over abortion rights, many are keeping a close watch over Supreme Court Justice Nominee Judge John Roberts. However, some 40 plus college students have decided to take matters into their own hands and join in on a 3,000-mile trek across America to spread a pro-life message not only about abortion, but about the sanctity of all stages of life.
In May, the 11th consecutive summer walk was launched, with groups beginning their journeys in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Each group will conclude their walk on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building on August 6. Afterwards, they will travel to Cologne, Germany, to attend the World Youth Day.
During the week, the students spend most of their time walking. On the weekends, they visit churches and local groups to share their message. This summer, they will meet with an estimated 250,000 people in churches alone.
James Nolan, President of Crossroads, commented, Whatever the outcome of judicial proceedings, we still have to continue with the work of changing the culture.
Even if Roe were overturned and abortion outlawed tomorrow, that would not mean that every child was loved, every life valued. The Pro Life message does not limit us to opposition to abortion, said Nolan.
Currently, the groups are in New York City, New York, Atlanta, Georgia, and Columbus, Ohio. On Monday, they have several events planned, including a meeting with Priests for Life Father Frank Pavone, a television appearance on EWTN with Father Benedict Groeschel, and even a meeting with the United Nations, where they will be welcomed by the World Youth Alliance.
Throughout their 3-month journeys, the walkers will have covered 9,500 miles through 31 states, allowing them to meet millions of people. They have had to endure difficulties along the way, including all sorts of weather as they walk through the states.
Despite the hardships, the participants continue with the passion to spread their message about the sanctity of life. As National Director of Crossroads, Martha Nolan, said, This is part of the struggle and the sacrifice. In the end, its all well worth it.