Reflections on the March for Life

02-05-2017Parish LifeJennifer Prickel

Every year thousands of pilgrims gather and peacefully protest one of the greatest atrocities against humankind,abortion. Buses from churches, towns, and universities gather to not only ‘march for life’ but to pray and peacefullywitness to the dignity of every human person from conception to natural death. I was one of over 100 pilgrimswho traveled from St. Magdalen’s Church last Friday, January 29th to pray and to witness to the goodness of humanlife. We began the day prayerfully, attending Mass at 6amand then traveled by bus to our nation’s capital. We prayed the rosary on the way up to Washington and stopped at the Golden Corral for dinner to feast and debrief about what wehad experienced during the march.

Although it was a sacrifice to begin the day so early and endso late, near 10pm—it was also a profound privilege. Everyyear I have attended the march I have been struck by thesheer power of community. We can often feel isolated in ourconvictions, recognizing that many of the Church’s teachingsare not only challenging to modern man but also downright“threatening” to our false conception of freedom. To see somany young people boldly proclaiming their belief in thesacredness of life is heartening and a reminder that thoughTruth may often be out of fashion, it remains unchanged. TheMarch for Life is largely a gathering of the Christian faithful. Its purpose it to proclaim the reality that: life is sacred, that God has willed every life, and that every human person has apurpose. The March for Life is a testament to the reality thatGod loves us and desires to give us abundant life in Him.Life is not only sacred, it is a gift. Jesus once prayed,“Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am theyalso may be with me.”-John 17:24 The March for Life reminds each pilgrim that they are a gift to the world andevery human soul is in turn, also meant to be a gift for oneanother.