But it is surely no surprise to anyone that our family, I, we, are pro-life.
We are Catholic.
The Catholic Church has made it’s position on the spectrum of life issues very clear, very simple: All life is sacred. Period. Beginning to end. No matter what, where, who.
And before you get started….I am quite clear on all the facets of this issue, and have worked through different things and thoughts about it all over the years.
But finally and fully, as a Catholic who has discovered the deep beauty and richness in the faith, I realized it IS simple. And for me, though I spent years having long and important discussions on all the angles of this and these issues, finally it hit home in the most visceral way possible.
This is why I am pro-life.
Look, really look, at these faces.
How can I not be?
And while the actual March for Life happens today, the more, the most, important event (some might argue this point, but I would disagree) happened last night: the annual Vigil and Mass for Life.
In the packed Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, with Bishops and religious and just regular folks from all over (thousands upon thousands), all jam packed in to pray.
They wait for hours (often 4-6) before the Mass even begins, just to make sure they have a spot. They pray, they talk and then, they pray in community: the Mass. Even with that long wait, the enthusiasm is not dimmed. (And, frankly, I believe this is the most powerful method of change. Marching is good, graphic gruesome pics are off-putting and are not, but prayer is best. It works. Coming together in force to pray….priceless.)
There is also a Youth Rally and Mass for Life the next morning (today) the day of the March. Here’s a snip from last year. Our Lady of Guadalupe, protector of the unborn, pray for us.
And, if you can’t make it in person, your voice can still be heard...this site has a way to “be there” virtually, with an avatar even (how hip), and march in solidarity. (thanks Shannon!)