Saturday, January 20, 2007

"See you at the March for Life"

This Monday, over a hundred thousand people will participate in the annual March for Life downtown. It really is a great day for all who attend, whether it's with the 20,000+ teens at the Verizon Center for Mass and a rally, or with the huge crowd at the March itself. It began the year after abortion was legalized in this country (Jan. 22, 1973), and continues on or about the tragic anniversary each year. Here is a column written by my good friend, Msgr. Thomas Wells, about the March titled, "The March for Life - Why I Go" (1995):


"From a political or purely human point of view, the past year was both very good and very bad for the pro-life movement in the United States. Even though it has not been too widely reported, the recent elections brought dozens of new pro-life senators and members of Congress to Washington and, most wonderfully, not one pro-life national legislator or governor lost in the entire country. The bad news, of course, involved the murders by two fanatics at abortion clinics in Florida and Boston. While both killers seem to be somehwat unbalanced, their crimes remind us of the danger of violence begetting violence and that we cannot assume that hating the sin but not the sinner is always easy to do.

Monday's Right to Life March, then, will be held in an atmosphere that is hopeful and sober. Hopefuly because, against all that media wisdom had told us, the Amercian people seem to be saying something important about the value of human life; but there is a sadness as we reflect that some who may have marched with us in earlier years have resorted to evil comparable to that which we protest.

Such reflections aside, the March for Life is one of my favorite events of the year. Of course, I know how important it is that the pro-life community demonstrate against what is the great evil in our society. I truly believe that any complaint by this country against supposed abortion rights abuses in other nations smacks of hypocritical cynicism as long as we as a nation allow - even encourage - the killing of the unborn. To be honest, though, I have to confess that these reasons of high principle are probably not the main reasons I go year after year to the March.

Do you remember reading about the joyful and enthusiastic crowd that greeted the Pope in Denver? That is the same type of people that come each year, from all over this country and Canada, to the March. It is wonderful to get off our convenient subway and to run into high school students from Scranton, young families from the South and members of parishes who have been on buses for twenty-four straight hours from God-knows-where in the Mid-West and who get back on these buses immediately after the March to return home. Frankly, it is also a wonderful time to see people from this area whom I have known over the years from previous parishes; people who are, really, the heart of the Catholic communities from which they come.

Yes, I go to the Right to Life March to protest abortion; of course, I do. However, I go primarily for myself. I need the encouragement and hope, the joy and the laughs that come from spending and afternoon with people of faith who love life at every stage and who, quite simply, want the unborn to have the same chance to love and live as they have had. See you at the March for Life".

20 Comments:

At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fr. Greg[


Maybe you could give a talk at the parish (for anyone intrested) on chastity. It isnt talked about much.

 
At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

Anon;

Hmmm.... good idea.

 
At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah... good idea....

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

Just a wee bit toooo far for me to come. But on Monday I will be tramping in the hills and through a river. Which is all a celebration of life in its own way!

 
At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

Kiwi

if you get the plane ticket I have a sofa...

 
At 8:56 PM, Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

kat....even with the plane tickets... the journey would be so long I wouldn't be there by Monday. Mind you, your Monday will happen when we are nearly into Tuesday here....

 
At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

I am sure FG wouldnt be able to get a talk on chastity together and advertized by monday....

 
At 1:35 AM, Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

No... it was the March I was thinking of. But it is 18 hours in the air, three flights, plus stopover times from where I am to Washington. Long way away! I had a friend who left from Auckland (NZ) once though, and because of the dateline, arrived in Vancouver before she left home;-)

 
At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiwi,

I would love to go to New Zealand and Australia but I have heard the flight is hedious and this blogger has trouble sitting still during her hour in adoration!

 
At 7:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kat,

I am both a little sad and very excited! I am diabetic and I got a report back from my doctor that says I have to give up even the little amount of sugar I eat, all pasta, juice, rice and some cereals because my blood sugar has been consistently through the roof. But if I watch my diet I won't have any complications so I am very grateful for that!

On a much happier note, I was talking on the phone with my best buddy and she lives near New Orleans and she is going to check out the safety there and "if" she thinks it is safe enough we will be going to our first Mardi Gras!!!!!!!!! This is going to be so GREAT! We are going to dress up and watch and dance in the parade. Keep your fingers crossed that this trip will materialize.

:0)

 
At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Kat said...

Kiwi;

Don't mind me I am just losing my mind...

 
At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Kat said...

Anon;

Mardi Gras isn't all its cracked up to be... Granted New Orleans needs the money but Mardi Gras is an overgrown frat party out of control...

 
At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kat,

Thanks for telling me I will let my friend know. We were laughing yesterday because neither of us drink and I said we will be the only sober ones there!

 
At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding that the embryonic stem cells are discarded (from different articles I have read) so if that is the case then why not have embryonic stem cell research? Millions of Americans can be helped from these cells.

 
At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelly,

Has your daughter dyed her hair a different color for the march tomorrow?

 
At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Kelly said...

Ha ha, last anon. Yes, of course she did! Think Snow White.....about that shade.

 
At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to cut my hair. Should I do rad? :0) Just because you are an old biddy doesn't mean you can't make a statement.

 
At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Kat said...

You could always go with the post chemo buzz cut (like I have)... LOL...It is finally all even and not patchy bald....

 
At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, don't even "joke" about that.

I am just glad you are okay.

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

I wouldn't have gotten through it without all the bad bald jokes... and they were BAD you can just ask FG... he got subjected to t he worst of them....

 

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