Friday, June 6


Our team made it through the Sierra Nevada mountains by the end of last week and then drove back into Sacramento for the weekend. After being cramped all week in an RV with eight other people I found it particularly nice to stay the weekend at Rose of Lima parish. We were given use of one of the buildings next to the church which used to be an orphanage. All the girls camped in the larger of several rooms on the second floor which boasted a beautiful set of stained glass windows. Saturday night I opened one of the windows to check out an accident across the street - A car had crashed into the thrift store and the whole street was full of fire-engines and police cars.

Saturday morning we prayed for about an hour outside a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic. It is hard to describe the intensity of standing in one place, praying near a building where babies are murdered - and that is what it is and you almost feel you can see through the bricks to what is going on inside. It is so different for me than when I just prayed at home for an end to abortion.

Sunday I was stationed at St. Stephen's Fraternity Parish in Sacramento to share with the parishoners what we are doing on Crossroads. It had been quite awhile since I had been to a Tridentine mass and what a beautiful mass it was! I realized how much I had missed it. I met many wonderful families that reminded me even more how much I miss my family too.

Monday we were on the road again and we have spent this whole past week walking across the Nevada desert. I was stationed on night crew and so the whole week was spent in peaceful darkness out under the stars. Well at least the last few nights were. The first night the clouds covered everything in complete darkness and it was rather depressing but the next several nights made up for it. There is nothing to compare to praying the rosary while walking down a dessert road at night without another living thing (besides your walking companion and the support vehicle a few miles ahead) for hundreds of miles around, underneath a glorious night sky with no other lights to diminish the brightness of the stars of the Milky Way. The stars formed what looked like a cloud stretching from one end of the night sky to the other like a rainbow. It was amazing to say the least. As of this morning we had made it just outside of Eureka NV (about half-way across the state). And now we are back in Reno for the weekend. Tomorrow we will pray outside of the abortion clinic and Sunday we will speak after several masses.

Please keep us in your prayers.


matt_law24 said...

Hello Michaela,

This is Matthew Lawrence from Reno, Nevada. Pro-life walk at Dave's house?

I wanted to thank you for your kindness in giving me your scapular. I am so blessed to have received such a personal possession from you. It really meant a lot to me.

I wish there was a way I could repay you for your kindness. I want you too know, I will cherish it forever and wear it always. It will be my protection in the seminary and in my vocation.

I will keep you in my prayers while in the seminary and that God blesses you on this walk for life.

Thank you once again and God Bless!!!!!

Matthew Lawrence

arlawless said...

Thank you for your updates, Michaela. They're wonderful to read. What an awesome thing you're doing. It sounds like quite an experience!

Thanks for staying with us a few weeks ago. It was great to catch up. Next time we'll have to have a longer visit!

As always, you're in our prayers.

The SD Lawlesses

mystical_rose84 said...

Thanks Matt, It was great to meet you and your wonderful community in Reno. You and the other wonderful seminarians in my life will be always in my prayers - God is raising up great saints within our generation to combat the culture of death. And how awesome that we can help each other in such a powerful way through prayer. From myself and all the other walkers on Crossroads : God bless you and keep you always.

mystical_rose84 said...

Aunt Molly! I sooo enjoyed my visit, though you are right - it was not nearly long enough. Next time I will stay longer ;-)