A Walk for Life
I am only guessing that if you are reading this, you have heard about my upcoming three month pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome to fundraise for a pro-life cause.
The definition of a pilgrimage is “a journey made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion”. The definition of devotion is “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person or activity“.
I am walking 1,200 miles because of the love of my faith and the love of life and the people that are in it. As far as love for an activity goes, I can tell you from my experience of walking the Santiago pilgrimage that it was not easy. To top it all off it was only 800km!
The first stages of any life begin as a child in the womb. At these first stages we have no choice over what happens to us because we are not yet free to choose. We are too small to be able to do anything. That does not mean we are not important. I too began as a small child unable to control my life.
My parents had a choice and they chose life for not just two but all eleven of my siblings and I. How did we survive? It was very easy actually. We were not given a choice in the matters that most people find so important. We had to share rooms, friends, the dinner table, chores, clothes and many other things. Living a life so full of family forced me to see that it doesn’t matter how many material things you don’t have because there are so many people that you do have.
I have ultimately found that what is important in life are people in it. Material things come and go and on our death beds it will not matter how many things we have because they will not be able to fit in the coffin with us.
So, on my pilgrimage, I may not have all of the material things that I want or need but I will carry with me all of the intentions of the people that are praying and fighting for the lives of the unborn. All of the hardships that I will find will be offered up for the unborn because their lives and their families are the ones that truly matter.