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shaped through (God) and for (God),” she said.
Sister Boushey also mentioned the women who have
suffered the trauma of abortion and said there should be
“rejoicing in the Church for those who have repented.”
For Moses, his talk at the Cathedral was the last in a se-
ries of talks he gave along with Garcia and Father James
Harris, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Alice,
as they traveled to the parishes and small missions along
the route of their pilgrimage.
The group began their journey at the Tomb of the
Unborn Children at the Catholic Cemetery in Laredo, and
then proceeded across the city to Blessed Sacrament
Parish, where Msgr. James Tamayo, episcopal vicar for
the Western Vicariate, blessed them and sent them forth on
Garcia and his fellow walkers said they were touched by
the warm receptions they received in the small communi-
ties they passed through. Their stops included the towns of
Bruni, Oilton, Hebbronville, Falfurrias, Riviera, Vattman,
Kingsville and Robstown.
Moses, Garcia and Father Harris brought life-affirming
messages to the people who came for the evening meetings
in the various parishes and missions.
Garcia told members of St. Anthony’s Parish in Rob-
stown to become “like brothers and sisters in Christ.” He
said that his fellow travelers had become like a family to
him as they walked, sang, prayed and attended Mass
together on the road each day, celebrated by Father Harris.
He said that respecting life covers a broader range than
the issue of abortion. “I do not believe in the execution of
another person,” he said. “Will we defend life some days
and not others?”
Moses thanked the members of St. Anthony’s for meet-
ing the walkers at the outskirts of the city, an experience
the group also witnessed in the other towns. He especially
thanked the children of St. Anthony’s School for the
beautiful pro-life posters they made in anticipation of the
Father Harris also directed his message to the students
and told them, “God made children to be heroes...When
you grow up, you will be the Church.”
He assured them, “God will show you what you need to
know to be close to Jesus.”
By the time the walkers and their support team reached
Robstown they were weary but hopeful with their destina-
tion only a day away. Although hot days and hard pave-
ment had taken their toll on the bodies of the walkers, their
spirits were still high.
Transitional Deacon Peter Fremont-Smilh of the Soci-
ety of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity reflected on his
journey at the end of the walk and said, “What Our Lady
has done in this pilgrimage is call some of her children...to
bring a consciousness to people that babies are being
killed. Now that the awareness has come it has to grow.”
Bishop Rene H. Gracida walks with children of the
diocese and members of the Knights of Columbus
during the Oct. 13 pro-life march in Corpus Christi.
This year’s city-wide march was the second one led
by the bishop.
STC photos by Luz Loza and Fernando Gallardo
The walkers who took part in the 175-mile pilgrimage across the diocese spend a
moment in prayer before entering the town of Riviera. The walkers said they were
touched by the generosity of the people in the towns they traveled through.
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