You formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb. (Psalms 139:13)
I was blessed to attend the annual March for Life for the first time on Friday, January 19, 2018. I honestly cannot recall a moment in my life when I have not been ardently Pro-Life. As a young man, it was clear to me that the irreparable harm caused by the flawed judgement of the Supreme Court decision in the case of Roe vs Wade would be felt for centuries to come.
The damaging downstream effect of the loss of over 59,000,000 lives in the United States of America is beyond comprehension. Worldwide, according to statistics gathered by the World Health Organization, that loss is conservatively in excess of 1,300,000,000. Yes, that is 1.3 billion or approximately 43,000,000 aborted children per year worldwide. Keep in mind that number does not include the many countries who do not report their abortion numbers.
Support of abortion indicates a profound flaw in the judgement of any person that supports, what is in effect, the killing of an innocent defenseless unborn child. This support goes against the natural instinct of a mother to love her child and a father to protect his child. The evidence of this flawed judgement is why the Pro-Life position is typically this first thought for many as we cast our votes for individuals running for political office. A Pro-Life voter often recognizes that the flawed judgement represented by supporting abortion will also be reflected in a continuous series of flawed decisions by the same elected officials as they implement policies to govern the citizenry.
One of the numerous results of 45 years of aborting our children has manifested itself in the callousness of society that persists when children are absent. We, as a society, are robbed of the joy and pure love that children bring into the world. A darkness has descended on society to fill the void left by the the absence of the joy that was once brought about by the laughter of a child or the cry of an infant.
“A world without children is a world without joy.”
All that stated, the annual March For Life is much more than a “political” or anti-abortion march that members of the liberal media would lead the public to believe. For the vast majority of participants it has become an annual religious pilgrimage to honor the unborn and those that stand for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The March includes prayer vigils, young men and women signing beautiful religious hymns sounding like choirs of angels, large contingents of marchers praying rosaries and countless other activities that lift the soul as you walk shoulder to shoulder with thousands of like minded devotees. Most who participate in the March, leave profoundly moved and uplifted by the witness of people from all races, walks of life and faiths, including a large representation of secular marchers.
The failure of all major media outlets, save EWTN, to cover the March year after year may cause many to ask the question: “Why keep marching year after year?” The answer comes in this year’s theme, “Love Saves Lives.”
It was profoundly moving to witness firsthand an overwhelming sense of love at this year’s March. The atmosphere at the March was filled with a love for motherhood, a love for unborn children, a love for mankind, a love for those with an opposing view and a love for each other.
This witness of love is the foundation from which we will build hope for the future.
It is no small coincidence that Love (Charity) and Hope are two of the three theological virtues from which all other virtues grow. These two virtues, along with the virtue of Faith, could be seen in abundance throughout the March. What gave me pause and a greatest sense of hope was the source of this Faith, Hope and Love. The marchers, whose average age was between 16 and 25, brought a sense of urgency and vitality to the cause of Life that I had not witnessed in the past. In the bold witness of young people who were generations younger than myself, there was no anger, no hate, no vulgarity, no vitriol spewed at those they disagreed with only joy, love, kindness and most of all hope.
The young men and women whom we marched and traveled with throughout the week set a new high bar. For myself, these young people have set an example of what it means to live fully a life of virtue for the world to witness.
One particular incident in my personal experience will stay with me as long as my memory will last. As we approached our position at the start of the March, I saw a young woman holding a sign with a picture of a beautiful child on it and an inscription. The sign read, “My child was conceived in rape and his life is worth living!” As I was reading the sign, the mother locked eyes with me. I froze for a second not sure what to do next, God, however, knew exactly what He wanted and pressed on my heart what to do, “Love!” I approached her without saying a word, spontaneously she hugged me. Not a simple passing hug, the tight hug of a generous loving soul. With tears in her eyes, she looked at me and simply said, “God Bless you!” I replied, “Thank you and God Bless you too!” Walking away I thought to myself, ‘Love does indeed save lives. This mother’s example of pure unconditional love is what saves lives.’
It is abundantly clear that mothers need love and support, not abortion.
The March For Life is about Love and Hope. Love for all humanity from conception until natural death and a Hope that springs eternal from that same Love.
Thankfully, I now include myself in the multitudes that leave the March for Life with great hope for the future of our country and the world.
God is good!
JMJ, Pray for us!