In my short time with Crossroads I have been amazed at the way God has opened doors for us to spread the Gospel of Life. From speaking to the assistant to the Minister for Health, James Reilly, in his constituency office in Swords, Dublin, to meeting people on streets and engaging with their views on Abortion and to even meeting Cardinal of Ireland Sean Brady.
The Cardinal called Crossroads Ireland personally to arrange a meeting and it was indeed a special and joyous occasion for all of us. I believe our meeting occurred because of the intercession of one of the Cardinal’s predecessors, as Archbishop of Armagh, Saint Oliver Plunkett whose Feast day we had recently celebrated and whose relics we had seen that morning in Dundalk. On our arrival the Cardinal greeted us individually and had a beautiful supper prepared for us. He was anxious to know where we were all from and how we got involved in Crossroads and Pro life work. He told us a little about his life as a priest and Bishop with a particular highlight being the recent election of Pope Francis. We discussed the current proposed legislation to introduce Abortion into Ireland, the confusion among many people on the issue and the whole influence of the media on the debate.
The Cardinal remarked about the Pro life T shirts we wear and the whole charism of witnessing and praying on the streets of Ireland for a Culture of Life. He encouraged us in our mission and to be real witnesses to Christ - proclaiming the Gospel of Life with hearts full of love and compassion for those we meet. The Cardinal was certainly a Fatherly figure and a most generous host as after Supper he went out of his way to show us various Icons, pictures and photos of historical and spiritual significance. He said a beautiful final prayer invoking the Holy Spirit and Our Lady’s Intercession and gave us his blessing.
Our meeting with the Cardinal inspired us all and was a clear manifestation of how important the work of Crossroads is not only in Ireland but throughout the world!- Séan McGee, Co. Galway
I came to Ireland for a summer course but booked extra free time to see the country. When I heard from a friend about Crossroads I decided to join out of a sense of duty to the Pro-Life cause. It has been a wonderful experience and the best way to see a country. I have enjoyed walking around the country, seeing many beautiful things. I have met many inspiring people and one of the most enjoyable things has been meeting people excited by the Pro-Life cause here – people who go out of their way to show support in various ways. This experience has inspired me to a greater degree to work for the Pro-Life culture.
-Maxwell White, age 25, California, USAread more
When I was considering joining Crossroads I had no idea how busy the Walk would be. IN all fairness, this was a walk around Ireland, set out over four weeks – fairly straightforward, no?
I soon learned this was not the case! I was to join the Walk one week in, beginning in Cork. Midnight the night before I get a call that the team would be in Dublin (!) AND Belfast! Random, no? This was when I realized how topsy-turvy my time on Crossroads would be from one day to the next. At that stage we were unsure of where we would end up, where we would be staying, etc…we only knew where we would be walking that day.
As such, you could say that Crossroads is run on God’s Providence. It taught me, and no doubt the other walkers in some way or other, how to trust in God’s will. Nearly every morning we woke up and squeezed ourselves into cars with our minimal belongings and food, at times not knowing where we would stay that night, or where our next meal would come from. Yet God provided all the time, and the generosity we met was amazing! Thank God for all the priests, parishoners, and families who met us and welcomed us to their parishes and homes! Without them our mission could not have continued. I suppose it taught us a lot about ourselves individually – Crossroads is a slice of humble pie!
Through the 4:30am starts, the miles of walking, the pouring rain and the sunburn, the craic was mighty. I was literally bent over laughing so often throughout my time, and I met such amazing people, it really brought home to me the joys of life and how precious it is! It IS worth protecting!
One of the recent days that sticks out for me was when I sat into the car after walking my shift with another walker, and was told we would drive an hour and a half to meet Cardinal Sean Brady for tea! Amazing, right? Well I suppose when it’s the last thing you expect after walking 5 miles, it is pretty cool! Later that night I found myself at a happy and prayerful prayer meeting in Ardee (thank you, guys!). It was a pretty random evening all right.
I have been caught up in the Pro-Life movement here in Ireland for so long, it has been good to get away from it all and experience a stress-free, news-free, and internet-free world in the name of witnessing for life!
It works out grand in the end!
-Kathryn Freney, age 18, Co. Mayoread more
Hey guys So so far we’ve finished half of our journey, we landed in Ballyshannon this morning after an early sunrise shift. We’ve had amazing host families along the way who have done so much for us and our journey wouldn’t be possible without them. I’ve got a feeling that Angie and I have just got the new theme song for this years crossroads, “One for the Road” especially the Nathan Carter version. “We’re all having fun with friends and we dont want this time to end” this line pretty much sums up the fun we are having as a group together and I’ve already planned my trip to America next year!!!! Our group are totally looking forward to the rally for life in Donegal this Saturday. Its amazing the amount of hard work we see around the country as wee pass through all the towns, it gives us the motivation to continue walking when we see all the people working their very hardest trying to keep the culture of life in Ireland. and welcoming us into their homes for breakfasts, dinners and night stays.read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tara O’Donnell
June 14, 2013 E-Mail: Ireland@crossroadswalk.org
www.crossroadswalk.ie Phone: 0 87 141 1593
YOUTH BEGIN 3rd ANNUAL PRO-LIFE WALK AROUND IRELAND
DUBLIN, IRELAND – Young people from across Ireland and America have begun a 4-week long, 1,000 km pro-life walk around Ireland. The group, known as Crossroads, is bringing the pro-life message to cities and towns across Ireland. They began in Dublin on 10 June and will pass through Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Derry & Belfast before returning to Dublin on 6 July to attend the 7th Annual All-Ireland Rally for Life.
This is the 3rd annual Crossroads pro-life walk around Ireland – there are also 6 other Crossroads walks in America, Canada, Australia, and Spain made up of young volunteers from those countries. Together these young people hope to build a Culture of Life as they walk to defend innocent baby boys and girls in the womb.
Crossroads began in 1995 in answer to Blessed John Paul II’s call at the 1993 World Youth Day to the youth of the world to build the Culture of Life and be a “light to the world.”
The major sponsor for the 3rd Annual Crossroads Ireland walk is the office of Family & Life, based in Dublin. (Please visit www.familyandlife.org and www.prolife.ie for more information). “We are delighted to be the major sponsor for the 3rd Annual Crossroads walk for life in Ireland,” said Patrick Carr of Family & Life. “The pro-life witness of these brave young people on Crossroads is needed, especially with the government threatening to legalize abortion on demand in Ireland. We will do all we can to assist these young people to reach out to others to share the pro-life message.” Crossroads is also partnering with Youth Defence to reach out to other young people as they walk this summer.
During the week, the young volunteers walk an average of 20 kilometers each per day. On the weekends they pray at local abortion referral centers and speak at local churches. Throughout the walk, the Crossroads volunteers distribute pro-life information and wear t-shirts with “PRO-LIFE” in big bold letters on the front that can be seen from a distance.
“I am walking this summer to be a witness to my country and to let my fellow Irish know that the legalization of abortion will harm women and children and devastate lives” said Tara O’ Donnell of Co. Donegal, the team leader of this year’s walk. “We will spend the next four weeks walking and reaching out to thousands of people with the pro-life message. Let’s keep Ireland abortion free!”read more
Day 7 of the crossroads pro life walk, Its Sunday and we have made our way back to Dublin as we need to change our rental cars.
Tonight we’ve been staying with the O’Driscoll family of Glasnevin. After a few cups of tea and a bite to eat we spent the night playing a game called fishbowl, a game that seemed loosely similar to charades led to hours of fun. Basically, 2 teams of 3 people took turns picking pieces of paper out of a bowl and with the aid of clues and miming, the other two members of the team would have to guess what was written on the paper, This led to hilarious confusion; mixing up ‘Table top’ with ‘Tayto’ and ‘Enda Kenny’ with ‘Gollum’.
Its been a light hearted night of relaxation to put a fine close to the first week of crossroads. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the O’Driscoll family for their warm hospitality.