The Passing of Pro-Life Youth
By Dave Andrusko
It came as no surprise that NRL News Today readers were deeply moved by the death of 20-year-old Andrew Moore, who was tragically killed July 20 during a cross-country pro-life walk.
Moore was a member of Crossroads, founded in 1995 by a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) “as a response to John Paul II’s call to the youth of the world to take an active role in the pro-life movement in order to establish a Culture of Life.”
The remaining three weeks of the walk will be carried out in his honor. Moore’s family will be flown up to Washington D.C. by Crossroads to attend the closing ceremonies, which will be a memorial for Moore. The ceremonies for Moore, who was a rising senior at Thomas Aquinas College, will begin with a Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
It is very much worth discussing for a moment the stirring tribute his dad, Joseph Moore, gave to Crossroads, reprinted at LifeSite News. There is much to ponder, beginning with Mr. Moore’s amazement that in a world that mocks the very idea of Truth, his son loved it, clung to it, even as he was mocked for praying for women who were entering abortion clinics.
“While he might have been naïve and simplistic about many things, his intellect, by another mysterious grace, was profound and mature far beyond his years. His love of Truth lead him to a love of God, to a love of neighbor, to Thomas Aquinas College – and to untold lonely hours spent in front of Planned Parenthood. And to the walk that resulted in his being taken from us.
That love also included “helping out at all the crisis pregnancy support groups in the area.”
When someone young dies, it is particularly hard on everyone. Last year, Jon Scharfenberger, a young man who had interned for National Right to Life, was killed in a tragic auto accident. Not only was Jon taken from us, the accident also claimed the lives of Kortney Blythe Gordon and her unborn baby Sophy. I did not know Kortney, but she and Jon were rising leaders and are sorely missed.
I thought of Jon and Kortney and Sophy when I read Mr. Moore’s remarkable tribute. I thought of all the wonderful young pro-life people it’s been my pleasure to meet over the years. I thought of my own four adult children, my daughter in law, and my granddaughter.
I will give them all an extra warm hug tonight.
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