|Legionary brothers in Washington DC|
By Brother Joseph
airport a few days ago I saw a billboard that
said, “Speak out for those who have no voice.”
I would have expected
to see that text accompanied by a photo of an
unborn baby. Instead, the photo was of a
“How long will people look at a few barely significant
shrubs and miss the forest?” It is a
good thing to protect endangered animals out in the wild. But no one is more endangered these days
than a baby in the womb.
And the value of a
human life is infinite.
Thirty-nine years of pain from legalized abortion have not deterred
those Americans who are convinced of the supreme value of
life. No amount of pouring rain could stop
the thousands of pro-lifers who marched through the nation’s capital
on Monday (January 23, 2012) in a crowd estimated to
be the largest-to-date of Roe v. Wade protesters, according to
we attended the Vigil Mass (the evening of January 22,
2012) in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception, it felt like a scene from the Vatican. Several cardinals and bishops concelebrated, along with hundreds
of priests. Hundreds of seminarians from all over
the country also processed in, wearing cassock and surplice. In all, the pilgrims numbered more than 20,000.
After getting “half” a
good night’s sleep, the Catholics -- and especially young Catholics
-- filled the Verizon Center and the DC Armory (two
stadiums full) for a youth rally and Mass.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo left the Catholic
youth on fire with enthusiasm as Mass ended around midday.
Then it was time
for the rally at the National Mall. John
Boehner, Speaker of the House, and Congressman Chris Smith were
among those who addressed the crowd. And when
the time was ripe, pro-lifers with signs and banners flooded
the streets from the Mall over to the US Supreme
Court Building. Here post-abortive women gave their conversion
While the March for Life itself might not change too
many hearts, the event surely invigorates pro-lifers for the rough
journey ahead and keeps us motivated in one of the
thickest battles of our culture war. Although the percentage of
pro-life Americans is on the rise, the fight is far
calendars for next year’s March -- Friday, January 25, 2013.