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I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Professor, Fellow.

All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

2008 March For Life

The Washington DC March for Life was an uplifting and energizing experience for my daughter. She was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the event. The youth Mass and pro-life rally that preceded the March was amazing. They arrived three hours before the start of the Mass. It is a good thing too. By two hours prior to the start of the Mass the Verizon Center was filled to its 20,000 capacity and youth were being diverted to other local churches for Mass. She also had never seen so many Cardinals, bishops, priests, and seminarians in one place. It made quite an impression.

Her group was in the middle of the March. She said she couldn’t see either the beginning or the end of the marchers. There were just waves and waves of people.

The weather cooperated. It didn’t get near as cold as predicted and other than a short drizzle, no precipitation. The forecast had called for snow and sleet. About the time the March was ending my son told me to look outside. There was a beautiful rainbow arching across the sky. I guess it was also visible in Washington DC since Thomas Peters (aka American Papist) has a picture of it on his post. He probably has the best wrap up of the March for Life so go to his blog and take a look.

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The pro-life movement certainly made a statement with its very large and very youthful showing for the March for Life. Now comes the hard part. We need to harness the energy generated yesterday and keep praying for an end to abortion. We need to keep lobbying our elected leaders for legal changes. We need to keep reaching out to women who might contemplate abortion and show them they have a much better choice. We need to support crisis pregnancy centers with our time, talent, and treasure. We need to support efforts like the Paul Stefan Home for Unwed Mothers. We need to keep evangelizing that all life has dignity from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.


Anonymous said...

You should be very proud of your daughter. By the way, I'd be willing to lay odds that she'll break more than a few hearts in her day.

Christine Marie said...

I'm so glad that she was able to come today, and that the events made such an impact on her. We had such a great group this year, and I loved watching them just take it all in. It is humbling and beautiful to see the enthusiasm she and her peers (especially all 20,000 at the Verizon Center) have for God, the Church, and life. They are really going to turn things around in this country, I have great confidence in that.