Monday, August 29, 2011

Crossroads walk in Ireland "A huge success"

We have now received a report from the Crossroads team which walked around Ireland in late July and early August.

One of the walkers Rachael Sweeney writes ;
Our walk was a huge success and we thank you all for your prayers that helped so much! Along the way we were able to witness to 1000′s of people along the road, in parishes and doing outreach and street contact!

We met some very inspirational and loving people, prayed around this beautiful Isle as we walked, saw AT LEAST 40 shades of green, and had a lot of laughs throughout the journey!

Thankfully we were able to attend daily mass, which as you know yourself is a great way to start the day! After paving our way down to Cork, and up the West we reached the hills of Donegal, were a number of the walkers were from. From there we walked through Northern Ireland and back down until we reached Dublin again.

The walk was completed officially in Dublin on Saturday the 13th of August. We prayed outside the IFPA for an hour (an organisation which refers Irish women for abortions in England.) Then we took part in a Pro Life Street session in Dublin with Youth Defense, informing people on the beauty of life and the destruction of abortion. It was a great way to finish the walk.

I thank God for Ireland’s pro-life stance and I pray it will continue to stay that way. I thank God for the many people who pray to keep abortion out of Ireland, pray for mothers considering abortion, and pray for those who are pro-choice. I thank God for all of you who are actively involved in this LIFE SAVING movement.

Everyone has an obligation to be at the service of life... Together we all sense our duty to preach

the Gospel of life, to celebrate it in the Liturgy and in our whole existence, and to serve it with the various programmes and structures which support and promote life. -Blessed JP II.

The Crossroads Pro Life walk around Ireland has planted many seeds, and is a sign of hope for the future generations to come. I will leave you with this appeal from our late Holy Father and I pray that you will be courageous in answering the call

“To all the members of the Church, the people of life and for life, I make this most urgent appeal, that together we may offer this world of ours new signs of hope, and work to ensure that justice and solidarity will increase and that a new culture of human life will be affirmed, for the building of an authentic civilization of truth and love.”