My junior year of high school at St Joe’s introduced to me for the very first time, the March for Life, where 45 or so teenagers and a handful of adults took a coach bus that left the school at midnight to travel down to Washington DC and participate in the largest annual protest in the country; it was an unexpected trip to our nation’s capital during a school day that opened my eyes to the reality that there can be so much unity, love, and beauty in addressing what some consider to be the most divisive issue in our country today. Year after year, the shock wave of over 250,000 people gathered together to march on Washington, effectively shutting down all of the government buildings in the area, not only sheds a powerful light on the reality of what abortion truly is, but it unites an often polarized people for just one day. Young and old, rich and poor, east coast and mid-west, and so on and so forth, all gathered for a singular purpose: to ensure the safety and survival of the pre-born.
After having attended my 10th trip down to Washington DC for the March for Life, I look back and think, has anything changed…have these marches changed anything? The honest answer is, I do not know if they have changed policy or have moved the minds of our nation’s leaders, but I do know they often have a much more profound effect; this beautiful exercise of our constitutional right more importantly moves the hearts of each and every single person with the courage to attend because it brings people together to encounter the truth that issues that have been hijacked by political parties and campaigns are not a matter of mere arbitrary rules and regulations, but that they effect real people. When watching two people argue over the moral, physical, and spiritual effects of abortion, the argument often finds itself in the realm of theory, but not at the March. Complex moral issues seem to fall apart when staring into the eyes of they who have suffered.
Saint Mother Theresa once wrote that, “if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” In a culture that claims to be more connected because of social media, nothing compares to true face-to-face interactions which is why I am asking each and every one of you who find yourself reading this to consider either going to the March for Life yourself or allowing and encouraging your daughter or son to attend. The March for Life will take place on Friday, January 24; the bus will leave from St Joe’s at midnight and return around 10pm on Friday. An email was sent out to the student body by Mr. Smith with a google form link for sign up. I have also linked a short YouTube video put out by Real Life Catholic that illustrates exactly what goes on at the March and how it is so heavily championed by the young generations, giving hope for the future. Our school motto is “privilege and responsibility” and being privileged enough to be born into this world demands that we live out our responsibility of ensuring that so many babies have that same right. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact me directly either through my school email address or by phone call. God Bless and please be assured of my continued prayers for your discernment.
In Christ & Mary,