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Crossroads 2014 Central Walkers Participate in a ‘Turn Around’

A ‘Turn Around’ is the Saving of a Baby from Abortion.
God does the Saving, but He Uses His People to Do It.

“These Students Walking Across the Country to Share the Pro-Life Message Save a Baby From Abortion”

by Cortney O’Brien | Washington, DC | | 7/14/2014

After months of studying and cramming, most college students spend their summers going to the beach, taking road trips, or catching up on naps. But, for the young adults who take part in Crossroads Walk, vacations are dedicated to marching for unborn babies. James Nolan is the current president of Crossroads and he is ecstatic that the pro-life organization is entering its 20th year. He shared their backstory with Townhall Magazine.

“We started in 1995. Some students from Franciscan University in Steuben- ville, Ohio got together after St. John Paul II challenged the world to spread the gospel of life. They decided to take that call, literally. For some of them, that was their primary goal.”

crossroadsFifteen of those inspired young people started a walk from San Francisco to the nation’s capital. Now, 15 has become several hundred thousand, and one walk has expanded to three. Every May through August, participants lead pro-life pilgrimages from Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, passing through 36 states before all ending in Washington, D.C. Dozens of colleges throughout the country take part in these lifesaving events and Nolan estimates that each group covers about 10,000-15,000 miles. But, they don’t just do it for the exercise. On weekends, the groups pray and counsel in front of abortion clinics and speak at churches.

Nolan deems it important to combat the culture of death, which he says is becoming prevalent in Western society. But, he is still hopeful based on some promising statistics.

“One thing we like to say, is there’s a big increase in support for pro-life issues. Polls over the last few years are indicating that the majority of Americans are pro-life, over 50 per- cent. We’ve been seeing that trend. Now, we run into very little resistance. We have an overwhelming amount of support.”

Nolan insists this is significant, for his groups are “not shy” about where they stand on the abortion issue.

“If you see the t-shirts, they say in huge letters that cover your entire chest: ‘Pro-Life.’ People can see it from like a quarter of a mile away. It’s hard to miss.”

He then stressed what he considers Crossroads’ ultimate identity.

“We’re not an anti-abortion organization, we’re a pro-life organization. There’s a big distinction. Because if you’re pro- life, you’re for the culture of life, standing up for the value and dignity of each person without exceptions, from the beginning all the way until their actual death. We’re seeing the culture of death beginning to wane, but breathing its last heavy breath coming out more in the open as the desperation sets in.”

That’s where Crossroads comes in. Nolan explained how the organization is helping to bring more people into the pro-life movement.

“We’ve seen amazing conversions on the issue of life, some almost instantaneous. Especially because it’s young people, it’s very attractive. Even pro-choice people are intrigued, drawn in by it. After that, you see a change of mind, they’re able to look at the issue differently.”

He then shared a couple of moving examples to prove how these walks are working in action.

“We were walking in the middle of a desert and a vehicle drove out of nowhere in Nevada. No gas station in 50 miles either direction. The mother was taking her daughter to Los Angeles for an abortion. They saw us walking with the pro-life t-shirts. They pulled over and asked what we were doing. After a half hour discussion, they changed their mind.”

The Crossroads president revealed another encouraging testimony from someone who approached the pro-life walkers after a church service.

“He said the day before he had been driving a relative to get an abortion and saw us praying in front of [the] clinic. He said they couldn’t go in. They changed their mind and decided to go to the hospital and get an ultrasound. They found out she was pregnant with twins.”

Nolan assured Townhall that the pro-life efforts of Crossroads participants don’t end when the walks do.

“We have a lot of people we know, one of our former staff members adopted two or three Down syndrome babies, just to bring awareness to that and to protect these children, let people know that they’re wanted. A lot of former walkers move on to other pro-life efforts, such as in politics.”

The organization also conducts walks in Ireland, Australia, and Canada. So, you could say they are literally walking across the globe to save precious children from the horrors of abortion. Crossroads offers young people the opportunity to make much more of an impact than just spending their summers on the couch. Who needs to save energy when you can save lives?

Crossroads 2014 Central Walk Addresses Presentation Parish

CrossroadsJune 1, 2014 —Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parishioner and Crossroads 2014 Central Walk participant, Molly Sheahan, addressed the 10:30AM Mass on Sunday, June 1, with the following requests:

  1. Keep Crossroads in your prayers.
  2. Live out the Pro-Life call in our everyday lives and relationships.
  3. Consider financially supporting Crossroads.

Please donate to Crossroads.

Pope Francis’ message to 40 Days for Life UK: Vatican ‘greatly appreciates’ your pro-life work ^ | Tue May 20, 2014 | Hilary White

Pope Francis has expressed his public support for the peaceful pro-life ministry of 40 Days for Life. In a letter sent through his Secretariat of State, the pope said he “greatly appreciates the dedicated work” that the group, which leads people to pray in front of abortion facilities, has undertaken “to promote respect for the lives of all unborn children.”

“His Holiness assures you of his prayerful support for you, your colleagues and all those whose prayer, fasting and sacrifices are saving countless lives and giving glory to God,” the letter says.

The organizers of one of the most successful pro-life campaigns in the world were thrilled to receive a letter of encouragement from Pope Francis this week. Robert Colquhoun, the director of 40 Days for Life London also told LifeSiteNews of a letter of encouragement from Cardinal Renato Martino, the Vatican’s now-retired delegate to the United Nations.

PopeFrancisLetterFor40DaysForLife2014-650px_645_859“We are really honored and blessed to receive positive messages of support and encouragement from both Pope Francis and Cardinal Martino,” Colquhoun said.

The pope’s letter, dated May 7 from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, reads in full:

The Holy Father has received your letter of 12 March last and he has asked me to thank you. He greatly appreciates the dedicated work that you and everyone involved in “40 Days for Life” are engaged in to promote respect for the lives of all unborn children.

His Holiness assures you of his prayerful support for you, your colleagues and all those whose prayer, fasting and sacrifices are saving countless lives and giving glory to God.

Commending you to the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Holy Father cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of joyful perseverance in the Lord. Continue reading

Catholics help save pro-life Evangelical woman’s baby

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Tim Palmquist

sidewalkPrayerShe was a longtime member of a pro-life Evangelical church, having heard her pastors preach against abortion many times. She had also been a client of a local pro-life pregnancy center, benefiting from their services with her previous pregnancies. But this pregnancy was different for “Opal.” In the midst of divorce proceedings, Opal discovered that she was pregnant — and her husband is not the father. To make matters worse, she was having financial problems, only being able to find occasional work as a substitute teacher.

frontLinesShe was too embarrassed to tell her pastor or her friends at the pro-life pregnancy center about the pregnancy. So she made an appointment for an abortion, knowing that by doing so she was planning to kill her own child.

When she arrived at Bakersfield’s FPA abortion chamber on Monday morning, she saw a group of Catholics praying outside. For some of these Catholics, it was the very first time that they had prayed outside an abortion chamber, and now they were standing face to face with a woman whose baby was about to be killed. With tears in their eyes, these first-time vigil participants expressed their desire to help Opal find a job so that she can keep her baby. Continue reading