"Big Four" Highlights


 

We March for Life!

Annual gathering in the nation’s capital shows our commitment

By Brian Caulfield, FFG Editor

From across the United States and beyond, pro-lifers of all ages will gather in Washington, D.C., to witness to the value and dignity of preborn babies and the injustice of abortion, and to defend the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.

The 44th March for Life, on Friday, Jan. 27, is an annual gathering of America’s longest-running grassroots movement. We rally and pray against abortion and other attacks on innocent human life, and uphold the values of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” upon which our republic was founded.

The theme for the march this year is “The Power of One.” It highlights the influence one person can have in protecting the most innocent and vulnerable among us from abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide and other unjust attacks on human life. One caring and compassionate word to a pregnant friend or relative could turn her away from abortion. One image of an ultrasound could change a mind from “pro-choice” to pro-life. A visit to a suffering sick person could give him hope and dispel thoughts of suicide. One hand held to another could give strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless.

There are millions of such “ones” all across America, as the pro-life movement keeps growing as the civil rights cause of our time. Our work will continue until justice is served through the laws of our nation.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, the night before the March for Life, many thousands of those "ones" will gather in solidarity at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, “America’s Church,” to attend Mass offered by a gathering of the nation’s cardinals, bishops and priests – so many clergy members that it takes 30 minutes for the opening procession to wind down the main aisle.

The enormous basilica will be filled many times beyond its seating capacity of 5,000, as pro-lifers (most of them young people) cram every side chapel and shrine spot, both in the great Upper Church and the lower Crypt Church.

This is U.S. Catholicism at its best and brightest!

I have attended the Mass and the march many times in the past, and have met thousands of good-natured, large-heartened men and women, and beautiful young families, who come from all 50 states. They show the face of the pro-life movement as thoughtful, determined, joyful and loving. They give hope bordering on certainty that one day soon the pro-abortion Roe vs. Wade decision will be overturned and a culture of life will be built in this country, with liberty and justice for all, born and unborn.

We march confident in our cause, imploring God’s strength, guidance and blessing upon us and our nation.