Foot soldiers for life

| July 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

Young adults on Crossroads Walk bring their passion to the Twin Cities

From left, Hannah DeRocher, Elizabeth Greve and Taryn Posch lead a group of walkers in Jordan taking part in the Crossroads Walk. DeRocher and Greve are among 12 young adults from various U.S. cities making their way across the country to raise awareness of the need to protect the sanctity of all human life. Posch, who attends Chesterton Academy in Edina, joined in the walk locally, and her family hosted the 12 during their stay in the Twin Cities. Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit

From left, Hannah DeRocher, Elizabeth Greve and Taryn Posch lead a group of walkers in Jordan taking part in the Crossroads Walk. DeRocher and Greve are among 12 young adults from various U.S. cities making their way across the country to raise awareness of the need to protect the sanctity of all human life. Posch, who attends Chesterton Academy in Edina, joined in the walk locally, and her family hosted the 12 during their stay in the Twin Cities. Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit

For four hectic days over the final weekend in June, the Posch house in Edina had the look of a college dormitory.

“A sea of airbeds and sleeping bags” is how one of the family’s five daughters put it.

That daughter, Brianna, who just graduated from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and had come home for the summer, joined three of her sisters in giving up their bedrooms and sleeping on the floor for four nights.

Why? To make room for 12 passionate young adults making their way across the country on foot to raise awareness for the sanctity of life.

On June 27, the Crossroads Walk came to the Twin Cities, with a dozen travelers staying at the Posch house and delivering their pro-life message to Catholics and others in the metro area.

Headed to D.C.

They are making their way from Seattle to Washington, D.C. for a national pro-life rally Aug. 10. They will be joined there by two other groups of 12 who currently are walking across the country on routes farther south. They take turns hitting the pavement wearing white T-shirts with the words “PRO LIFE” in large, blue letters on the front.

“We’ve got sleeping bags and bodies and mattresses all over the floor and it’s wonderful,” said Cathy Posch, a member of Holy Family in St. Louis Park who quickly stepped forward to be a host when she heard the group was coming through the Twin Cities. “The more the merrier. We’re together for night prayer and are privileged enough to share our faith together. It’s an honor and a great joy.”

Cathy has a daughter, Taryn, who is attending Chesterton Academy in Edina. When Cathy learned from another daughter studying at Ave Maria University in Florida that the group was coming, she went to Chesterton administrators to rally the school’s support. She stepped forward to host, then she and Taryn met the group at St. John the Baptist in Jordan on June 28.

The walkers were greeted by the pastor, Father Timothy Yanta, and some of them also spoke at weekend Masses to raise awareness and money for their journey. They did the same thing at St. Olaf in Minneapolis, Maternity of Mary in St. Paul and Our Lady of the Prairie in Belle Plaine.

Taryn, who will be a sophomore at Chesterton in the fall, noted that the school’s insignia contains the Latin words, “Cultura Vitae,” which translates to “Culture of Life.” She knows that, if G.K. Chesterton were alive today, he would applaud the efforts of these countercultural young adults.

“A famous quote of Chesterton is, ‘A dead thing goes with the stream. But, only a living thing can go against it.’” Taryn said. “I think they’re great witnesses to that quote.”

Halfway there

The leader of the group, Tyler Cutrer of Dallas, decided to go just two weeks before the trip began in May. He talked to another walker, Elizabeth Greve of Cincinnati, who got him “warmed up to the idea.” Then, the same evening as his conversation with Greve, more fuel was added to the fire.

“A friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a year, who did a walk last year, walked in the door that same evening”?Cutrer said. “And, the first thing he started talking about was Crossroads. And, I knew it was just too big of a coincidence for me to pass up on. So, I joined up on a whim two weeks before the walk started and decided to do it.”

The group is about halfway through its 3,500-mile journey, and also about halfway to the fundraising goal of $100,000, which will be used to cover the expenses of the three walks. Young adults 18 and older are eligible, with exceptions made for 17-year-olds with their parents’ written permission.

One of those exceptions was granted to Lindsay Miller of Muenster, Texas, who went as a 17-year-old last year and is back again this year. She recently graduated from high school and is enjoying her second cross-country, pro-life trip.

“I just felt it was something I was called to do,” said Miller, who chose to go on this walk rather than one going through her home state. “Last year was tough, but I just felt like God called me to come back.?I don’t know why, but it was a good decision. It’s great.”

She has a twin sister, Sarah, who is doing a similar walk in Ireland, and her parents are hosting some of the walkers on a route that goes through Texas. Sarah and Lindsay did the walk together last year.

The odds seem good that a member of the Posch family will someday do the walk. A?weekend with the 12, which also included taking part in a rally at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, has left a impression on mother and daughters alike.

“We’ll see what God has in mind,”?Taryn said, when asked if she might participate someday. “I definitely feel the urge to do something more. It’s really inspiring to me [to watch and join the walkers in the Twin Cities].”

Said Cathy: “Individually, we’re a coal just barely burning. It’s when we group together with other coals that a fire ignites, and from that becomes a passionate fire for truth. And then, you’re able to light other fires as they pass by and are near you. That’s what these young people have done, giving up their summer like this. Together, they become this fire, this light for Christ and light for the sanctity of human life that inspires others.”

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  • Stephanie K. Anderson

    Awesome!