“Behold I am with you always, even to the close of the age.”

Matthew 28:20

Jesus promised that He would never abandon His people; He promised that He would remain until the end of time. Jesus walked the earth over 2000 years ago, yet He is still present and active in the lives of His people. He is with them. However, recognizing God’s presence in our world today takes a ‘trained eye’ and an act of faith. Jesus can most readily be recognized through the witness of Christian people, people who acknowledge and testify to the power and presence of God in their lives. The ‘Encounter with Christ’ stories help to highlight how God is working in the lives of the people in the parish of St. Magdalen’s Church. These stories are meant to help those who read them to more easily recognize God’s presence in their own lives. God wants to be known by you and to work in your life—invite Him to do so.

We are the Pro-Life Generation

07-02-2017Encountering ChristJulia Wierzbicki

The Diocese of Metuchen sponsors a pro-life videocontest annually, invitinghigh school students tocarefully consider a particular pro-life theme.This year’s video themewas the “Power of One”and what one person cando to impact the Pro-Life fight. My youth group director Michele Beckman, knowing that Ihad participated in video contest before, mentioned the opportunity to me. I decided to give it a go and see what happened.

Reflecting on my past experiences, I hadn't done anything major in the Pro-Life community. I was not part of a Pro -Life club at my school (mostly because we did not have one). I had participated in the community, sure, but nothing groundbreaking and that was not really something I could make an interesting video on. Looking back to the theme of the contest for inspiration, I remembered the countless times I was questioned for my Pro-Life beliefs at school and the arguments that been started against me because of it. It was not a happy story, but it was the truth. And the truth was what I decided to tell. I made the video very personal, speaking directly to the camera about my experiences as a Pro-Life Catholic in high school. I also wrote a piano song I titled "Those Lost in Battle," to reflect on the unborn lost as our war against abortion rages on, while I spoke.

Months later, I received an email stating that I was a finalist! My parents and I were ecstatic at getting the chance to go to the diocese. When I got there, they informed me that I was the first applicant ever from a public school. The crowd gave me a standing ovation after my video was shown, something they did not do for any of the others finalists. Although I did not win the contest, I still view the experience as a positive one. God gave me a little push to give a witness to the movement and what came asa result is something I will never forget.

As time goes on, the Pro-Life fight does not get any easier. We need people to make a stand and be proud of what they believe. It is crucial that we come together and remember why we fight. I am going to leave you with the same words I ended my video with: "We are the Pro-Life Generation. If we don't standfor what we believe in, then no one will."