This is the generation that will abolish abortion

Crossroads Pro-life Missionary Killed – I am here in Indianapolis with the rest of the Crossroads missionary team

I was awoken this morning by a call from Jimmy Nolan, President of Crossroads Pro-life Walks with the news of an accident involving one of the pro-life missionaries. Andrew Moore, a twenty year old from California, was fatally hit by a car while walking across the United States as a witness to the sanctity of life. He was wearing his reflective vest and walking along a U.S. 40 near Stilesville, ID and was struck at about 5am Friday morning.

Stand True has worked closely with Crossroads over the years and our Stand True Mission Teams have even walked with them for short distances in the past. Crossroads walkers also visit us at the Priests for Life office in Staten Island every summer. When I got the call from Jimmy, I immediately hopped into the Stand True van and headed for Indianapolis to be with the team. The rest of the Crossroads team is at a host home right now, resting and preparing for a special Mass tonight. I will be here with the throughout the weekend and will host them when they reach the Dayton area in a few days.

Andrew Moore

I am asking that all Stand True and Priests for Life supporters please pray for Andrew’s family and for the rest of the Crossroads missionaries as they go through this difficult time. Most of the missionaries will continue the Crossroads mission beginning on Monday and will most definitely need our prayers. The walkers who I have talked to are determined to continue the mission as they know that is what Andrew would want.

Here is what Andrew said about joining the Crossroads team:

“I heard about Crossroads from Jason when he gave a talk at Thomas Aquinas College. I had already been involved in the pro-life movement for several years: when I am at home I pray in front of the local abortion mill almost every day, and try to speak to the people going in. Crossroads sounded like a good way to serve God and help His children. Having hardly ever left California and my sedate suburban life I was also interested in seeing the country, meeting new good people, and just doing something crazy! I have been considering a vocation to the priesthood for some time and Crossroads is a great way to work on my discernment: prayer, sacrifice, and separation from the distractions of the world.”

Here’s his profile on the Crossroadswalk.org website: (http://www.crossroadswalk.org/walkers/index.asp?id=293)

Victor Bermudez, Stand True Mission Team Leader and former Crossroads walker commented: ”

As a former crossroads walker, I implore you to pray and sacrifice for Andrew and his family. I know for me, Crossroads is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. Starting in mid-May, Andrew woke up every day with the millions of children whose lives have been taken by abortion on his mind, and in his heart. In his last moments on this earth, he was witnessing to America, that life is sacred, at all stages.

He truly died defending life. He died standing up for the pre-born children. He is a hero. I know the Lord has a plan for him, and has welcomed him into paradise with open arms.”

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life said:

“On behalf of our entire Priests for Life family, I want to express our sadness at Andrew’s death and our condolences to his family and to the whole Crossroads team. As we grieve, let’s also draw new strength from Andrew’s example, sacrificing time, energy, and comfort in order to awaken our nation about abortion.”

To send a message of support, prayer and encouragement to the Crossroads missionaries, leave a comment on this post and I will forward them all to the team.

35 Comments

  1. Posted July 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I believe this young man visited my church a month or two ago w/ a fellow crossroad friend and spoke after our mass. I pray for him and his family. May God welcome home this courageous young soul and may God ease the pain and burden his family is feeling.

  2. Erin Evans
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Just hug them for me I walked north in 07 I’ve never met this group but they are my extended family, let them know they are in my thoughts and prayers. I don’t know what I can do up here in Iowa besides pray but if there is anything email me and it’s done

  3. Linda
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry to hear about this brave young man’s passing. What a testimony he had for the Lord and for the life of the unborn. I will be praying for his Crossroads family, your team, as well as for his loved ones. May our Lord comfort and strengthen you all.

  4. Tony Pelletier
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    My prayers go to our dear Lord, through the intercession of His Blessed Mother, for Andrew, and for his family, his friends.

    Also, I was truly moved when reading the words Andrew wrote for his Crossroads profile.

  5. suzanne
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    I will pray for his family. What a wonderful young man. Life is precious; looks like he knew that. God Bless his soul and may the good Lord welcome him with open arms.

  6. Cynthia Walker
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    My daughter who is 20 is walking this year for Crossroads Canada. I heard about the shocking news from her about an hour ago. Know that all of us who are involved in Crossroads, one way or another is praying for the family of Andrew and all those who knew him.
    God bless you….

  7. Posted July 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    I have been moved to tears upon learning of this young man’s death. A member from one of the Cross Road’s teams just spoke at our parish Holy Souls in Little Rock a few weeks ago. May our Lord bless Andrew and his family during this time of transition. To our Lord goes all of the glory for the work Andrew has done in His name. My new pro-life friend in Christ, Andrew, please pray for us who will continue this right and just fight. Amen!

  8. brice
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    God bless Andrew, his family, and all of those who continue to walk for life. Thanks to the Crossroads team for your profound ministry.

    Grant me, O Lord, a steady hand and watchful eye. That no one shall be hurt as I pass by. You gave life, I pray no act of mine may take away or mar that gift of thine. Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear my company, from the evils of fire and all calamity. Teach me, to use my car for others need; Nor miss through love of undue speed The beauty of the world; that thus I may with joy and courtesy go on my way. St. Christopher, holy patron of travelers, protect me and lead me safely to my destiny. Amen.

  9. dylissaric
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    A Martyr

  10. Melissa
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    My prayers go out to the family of Andrew. He was a great servant for the lord. May the lord comfort the family.

  11. Posted July 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    my prayers to his family and my work on the abortion mill has not ended thankyou God for Angels like Andrew Moore .

  12. Wendy
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Praying for all involved. God keep you.

  13. aussie monica
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Very saddened to hear….praying

  14. Eli
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I walked the summer of 2009. My heart is broken to pieces over this news. Crossroads is a family and over the years, it has grown. We are a body of Christ. When one suffers, we all suffer. Andrew was truly a witness of life, of hope, and of a mission in need of defense. I know that Mary took him into her arms as he was praying the rosary and said “now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

  15. Stephen Sarro
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    My prayers go out for everyone involved, including those affected by this terrible loss, and those whom have been touched in some small or not so small way by Andrew’s testimony.
    - Stephen

  16. Tina Vasicek
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Andrew. My heart goes out to his family and friends. You are all in my prayers. And to the rest of you at Crossroads…..keep fighting the good fight! Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue on this journey.

  17. Posted July 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Stand strong and walk on guys. Andrew would have wanted that. Unlike the majority of those who consider themselves “pro-life,” you are literally walking the talk. Your sacrifice inspires us all to greater commitment to our cause of abolishing abortion. Godspeed.

    P.S. I am fortunate enough to share this glorious martyr’s name. Just to avoid any confusion.

  18. Ryan
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    My family, as well as all the other sidewalk counselors here in Chicago are praying for Andrews family as well as for the safety of the rest of the Crossroads team. Thank you all for the dedication you have to walk across our great nation spreading the truth about abortion. And thank you Bryan, for being there with this fantastic ministry when they needed you. We will continue praying until I know the rest of the team has made it safely to Washington.

  19. Posted July 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Godspeed young man. The rest of you keep on going and making a difference. This generation will see abortion end.

  20. Posted July 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    This is tragic. Absolutely awful. Prayers and heartache pour from me for the family. Stand up in honour of this soldier of the innocent.

  21. Monica
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Every time I hear of the death of a good anf faithful person, as Andrew was, I immediately think of Bl. Newman’s words which offer great consolation:

    “Christ went to intercede with the Father: we do not know, we may not boldly speculate,—yet, it may be, that saints departed intercede, unknown to us, for the victory of the Truth upon earth; and their prayers above may be as really indispensable conditions of that victory, as the labours of those who remain among us. They are taken away for some purpose surely: their gifts are not lost to us; their soaring minds, the fire of their contemplations, the sanctity of their desires, the vigour of their faith, the sweetness and gentleness of their affections, were not given without an object. Yea, doubtless, they are keeping up the perpetual chant in the shrine above, praying and praising God day and night in His Temple, like Moses upon the Mount, while Joshua and his host fight with Amalek. Can they be allotted greater blessedness, than to have a station after the pattern of that Saviour who has departed hence? [...] This is a thought which is particularly soothing as regards the loss of friends; or of especially gifted men, who seem in their day the earthly support of the Church. For what we know, their removal hence is as necessary for the furtherance of the very objects we have at heart, as was the departure of our Saviour.”

    To all Andrew’s friends doing the Pro-life Crossroads walk, I’d like to say: “Duc in altum” and “Do not be afraid”. Keep walking, the Lord is with you. The unborn count on you at every step of the way. Andrew has not left you, you carry him in your hearts!

  22. Rachel
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I am so saddened to hear this, but my heart can be glad knowing he rests in the Lord’s arms now. I will keep all of those involved in my prayers, my heart goes out to you.

  23. Posted July 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    My heart leapt into my throat when I first saw this horrible news. My nephew is on the Crossroads walk in Canada, which I have been following, and all those kids have brought their convictions to life, sacrificing themselves to save others. We are praying for Andrew and his family, and his Crossroads family. God Bless you and give you courage.

  24. Posted July 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Our family’s prayers continue to go out to Andrew, his family, and the entire Crossroads family. As an abortion survivor, I look upon Andrew’s life and his passion for showing the truth about the atrocity of abortion to the world with the utmost respect and admiration. It is truly lives like Andrew’s who have made a difference in lives like mine and other survivors around the world….Ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the name of life and love. On behalf of all of the survivors associated with The Abortion Survivors Network, thank you, Brother in Christ, for all that you did, and the ultimate sacrifice that you made. You and all of the Crossroad missionaries are true heroes.

  25. bethany lewis
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Crossroads walkers. I am praying for your safety as you do the work of the Lord. The pain of living with knowing that I aborted my son, Andrew, is a lifetime of regret and shame. It is breaking my heart that your friend, Andrew, was killed. He was an innocent child of God just as all aborted babies are. Please know that your courage to walk for life and to be counter cultural is amazing and important! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for standing for life…although God has forgiven me, the pain and regreat never disappear. God bless all of you!

  26. Marlene
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Andrew is a martyr for life. The Almighty Father pours His graces on us all through the seeds of the martyrs. Thank you Andrew for showing the Christian Way of Life. You and your family are in my prayers and I hope that you will keep us in your prayers.

  27. Cindy Adams
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Almighty Father, eternal God, hear our prayers for Your son Andrew whom You have called from this life to Yourself. Grant him light, happiness, and peace. Let him pass in safety through the gates of death, and live forever with all Your saints in the light You promised to Abraham and to all his descendants in faith. Guard him from all harm and on that great day of resurrection and reward raise him up with all Your saints. Pardon his sins and give him eternal life in Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  28. Larissa
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    May God be with you. Trust in Him and He will be there for you.

  29. Marie Gebhart
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Crossroads was suppose to visit my parish today. So sad. I hv a bumper ssticker from Crossroads that looks perfect after 4 yrs, whereas other kinds of bumper stickers have peeled off. Anyway, prayers go out to you’all!

  30. Alena
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    What an inspiration. I will be praying for Andrew and his family, as well as for Crossroads. I know that Andrew must be in Heaven praying for the unborn and all those who work to end abortion.

  31. Julie
    Posted July 23, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Andrew, for being a witness to life in such a selfless, generous way. Your soul, your family and your fellow Crossroads missionaries are in my prayers.

  32. Posted July 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Praying for you all! May God be with you and give you strength to continue this walk and this fight for the sanctity of Life!

  33. Jeannette
    Posted July 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    God bless as you journey on to our nations Capitol praying as you go. Andrew is with you in spirit. I hope to see you when you reach Dayton.

  34. Len Beckman
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    My son Nathan recently graduated from Andrew’s school, Thomas Aquinas College in CA and told me about him being a classmate. Two other crosswalkers, Mike and Devaney Pendleton told their mom of their sorrow. On a day which began with such carnage from the Darkest Knight’s actions in Aurora, Andrew was sharing the Light of Christ on an early morning Indiana highway. As Catholics understand martyr, it means witness, so often evidenced by the loss of one’s life for the Gospel. Andrew was “martyred” just as much as Peter on the upside down cross, St. Lawrence on the barbeque, St. Joan d’ Arc at the stake, Thomas More standing up for the sanctity of true marriage, for his faith; St. Maria Goretti for her chastity. There are poignant moments in the struggle for life over these four decades. Dr. Nathanson’s heart change after 60,000 abortions and Silent Scream; Jane Roe/Norma McCorvey’s conversion, the unquavering light shown on the most evil $2 Quadrillion corp, Planned Parenthood, in history; so many more. This is another one; Andrew’s light is not snuffed out, it pierces the darkest reaches of the diabolical culture of death, never to dim or go out. Andrew Moore is indeed a hero for the defenseless unborn and his/her desperate mother. Thomas Aquinas College did not lose a student; he just graduated a bit early on an accelerated course to the heavenlies. God’s eternal peace to you, Andrew and our prayers to your family. Len Beckman

  35. Laurie Stadler
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    I am the mother of a crossroads walker and I am very humbled by the sacrifice these young adults are willing to make. Every night, we pray for the safety of the walkers. My heart broke when I heard the tragic news about Andrew. We had the privilege of hosting the central walkers in our home as they passed through our community. What a joy and inspiration they all were. Andrew was a sweet gentle spirit, extremely intelligent and devoted to the pro-life cause. I will never forget our brief but memorable encounter. I believe that Andrew’s work on earth was complete and as his spirit passed through the gates of heaven he was greeted by our Lord, “Welcome home good and faithful servant.” His parents are truly amazing people to have raised such a courageous young man. I read the article posted by Andrew’s father only a few short days after Andrew’s death and I was deeply moved by his charity and courage. It is not too difficult to see why Andrew was such a courageous young man. My prayers for the walkers continue but now I add Andrew, his family and the driver of the vehicle may the peace of Christ carry you through this time of trial. God bless all of you!

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