Urgent Prayer Request

A reader writes:

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our oldest son, Andrew, who was hit by a car and killed early this morning while walking in the Crossroads Walk for Life. He was dedicated to the pro life cause, and was doing this walk to both further this cause and to help discern a vocation to the priesthood. He was a student at Thomas Aquinas and would have turned 21 in a month. While we clearly don’t know each other, we had exchanged emails a couple times over the years in which I had passed on to you some of the amazing things this kid said – he was unique.

If there is any cause he would have willingly died for, defending life is it.

May he rest in peace.

Father, thank you for the gift of Andrew. Grant eternal life and rest to your beautiful child and give consolation, peace, strength and healing to all grieve for him and love him. Let this parting, which is only for a little while, issue in the work of your Spirit here on earth and in eternal joy on That Day when the Great Reunion comes. Mother Mary, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. And let the blood Andrew has shed this day be joined to the blood of Christ and all his holy martyrs to bring an end to the scourge of abortion. We ask all this through Christ our Lord.

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  • SO sorry for your loss. I will pray for Andrew, and especially for his family and friends.

  • We’ll pray for you during our family Rosary tonight.

  • Maggie Goff

    Rest in everlasting peace and joy with Our Lord, Andrew. Dear God, please grant peace and comfort to the loved ones of this young man.

  • I didn’t know Andrew, but I walked on Crossroads in 2003. The possibility of being struck by a car was always at the forefront of my mind. Every member of my walk knew it was a possibility, and we charged head on with the faith that God is the author of life and will take us when he’s ready.

    My prayers go out to his family.

  • IC

    I am so very sorry for this family’s loss. prayers–

  • A Random Friar

    May he rest in peace. Know of my prayers.

  • Requiescat in pace.

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    Requiescat in pace.

  • Rebecca Bessette

    I was in Kent’s (that was his nickname at school) class at Thomas Aquinas College. We had all of the same classes our freshman year. He was an amazingly insightful, intelligent, and humble contributor in and outside of class. I am in shock having heard such terrible news. I know I can speak in behalf of the entire TAC community when I say that he will be greatly and sincerely missed as a classmate, an example of great holiness, and a friend. May he rest in peace and may his dear family, who will grieve his loss more than we can know, be comforted by God’s loving embrace.

  • Michelle

    I, too, walked this same route in 2009 for Crossroads. This could have been me or anyone of my teammates. Andrew is truly a hero. He died in the battle of fighting for the dignity and sanctity of life. Let us follow in this warrior’s footsteps…

  • magdalene

    Good afternoon to all. Just in case it helps I am passing on to all at Crossroads these thoughts for your discernment. I am dedicated full time to Catholic pro life and pro family apostolic work for Spanish speaking countries. Early at dawn, around 3 AM eastern time today Friday 20 July 2012, I was working at my computer doing some of this work. I turned on EWTN Español at its website as I sometimes do in order to help me stay awake while I finish my work. The channel was transmitting a film, aired from 4:00 AM to 5:00 AM eastern time, made in Spain about young people who walked the Way of Santiago of Compostela (Saint James the Major and Apostle and Patron Saint of Spain) in order to discern their vocations. The main protagonist was a young man discerning the priesthood and who came accept his calling at the end of his walk. The film is titled The Way and is available in English. It is amazing that Andrew spoke of wanting to do this Crossroads walk to discern this call and precisely to get away from everything. That is exactly what the protagonist in the film stated. With these news of the death of Andrew, this prolife warrior and probably priest in his heart already, respectfully I cannot help but think if perhaps, unless you have already done so, included the Apostle Saint James the Major as one of the patron saints of Crossroads. Perhaps there could even be a Crossroads Way of Santiago of Compostela in Spain. And perhaps the family of Andrew may want to join you in memory of their son. And maybe this could also be a calling, unless you have already done so, of developing Crossroads International. I cannot help but think that maybe Andrew is calling you all to a deeper devotion to the Apostle Saint James and to call daily upon the intercession of this great saint, as well as of Andrew, now Servant of God. Thank you for your heroic work.

  • dpt

    Heard this on the new driving home today. My prayers to the family.

  • Andrew’s dad here. Thanks so much for all the prayers and good words.

    Here is an article in the Indy Star on Andrew’s death: http://tiny.cc/33vrhw

  • Glenn

    On a day filled with so much tragedy it’s difficult to hear of the loss of another brother in Christ. At a time like this, so many people are asking themselves “Why?”. Why would God permit evil to exist in this world? Why would God take a young man away who was making his every step a prayer in honor of the unborn? Why?

    All I can think of at a time like this is Jesus. I imagine that his Disciples all were asking themselves that question in the hours and days following the Crucifixion. Why? Why did this happen? How could this happen? We now know about the Resurrection. We now know what Jesus meant at the Last Supper. We know that a profound mystery was unfolding. The Disciples struggled to understand, as we struggle to understand. But they’re trust in Jesus ultimately was rewarded. Most of the Apostles suffered as Christ did. Most of them gave their lives for their faith, as a witness and a testimony to their faith in Jesus Christ.

    Andrew is no different. He gave his life while he was seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Knowing that, we can be assured that “all these other things will be added to him besides”…

    So I pray for Andrew, that he may receive his heavenly reward… and that his witness continues to inspire people to follow Christ where ever He leads them.

    … and I pray for you, his loved ones… his family and friends.

    May the peace and blessings of almighty God be with you always.


  • Sharon W.

    I’m so sorry to hear of this loss, following close on the heels of another similar one of a Franciscan Univ. student. I thought this article about him might bring some comfort: http://www.licatholic.org/node/3465
    May God hold both families close to His heart as they come to grips with their losses.

  • SandyE

    Andrew spoke at our parish church just last weekend about his pro life walk with Crossroads. We were so sorry to hear the news this morning of his passing away. He truly impressed us with his words; spoken so profoundly for a young man. His family must be very proud of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

  • Lynne

    I am so sorry for your loss. You don’t know me but I feel your unbelievable pain . I loss my first borm son at the ade of 3 fron rye syndrome . It hurts so much to loss a child , even though it’t been29 years , the pain gets less with time but never goes away altogether. I think of him most every day . May god be with you and try to get into a berirvement gro they say it helps .i just wish there was more groups in the 70’s when I lost my son . God be with you Lynne , Colorado springs co.

  • Sherri

    Lord Jesus please bring Justin a great job soon as his unemployment will run out soon. Please help Justin and I (Sherri) pay the debts we are in. Please send a quick financial blessing miracle, Dear Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Thy Will Be Done. Amen.