Last week, several of our students traveled with the New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministries to take part in the annual national March for Life in Washington, D.C. The four-day trip included many activities, including a liturgy at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, rallies featuring several speakers including Vice President Mike Pence and the march through the capital. Here are reflections from two students who attended:
First March for Life experience is eye opening
By senior Caitlyn Freville
My first experience with March for Life was incredible, to say the least. I didn’t realize how many thousands of people would be there at the walk, sharing the same beliefs and passion for life as me. From any religion, race or age, people were there marching peacefully alongside one another. It was very enlightening because in the news nowadays it seems like every time there’s a protest, a riot is always involved. During the March for Life, there was nothing but love in everyone’s hearts and a desire to not only help one another but also to prevent inhumane acts. We weren’t only walking for the unborn, we were walking for all of the living. From the rallies beforehand to the actual march itself, I felt that it was such a moving experience for me, and I believe it opened my eyes and the eyes of everyone around me. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience I believe everyone should have. I will definitely be going again if I get the chance.
Peaceful demonstration is witness for all
By junior Ethan Furnish
The theme for the 2017 March for Life was “the power of one.” However, we didn’t have to worry about ‘one,’ as more than 800,000 people attended the march. As someone who considers myself pro-life, I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to stand up for my beliefs in such a meaningful way.
There was no shortage of events. We visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, attended two rallies, and spent time in fellowship with the group exploring Washington D.C. None, however, were as meaningful as the march itself; the very purpose of the excursion.
Powerful is an understatement. Life is God’s greatest gift to us, so seeing such a diverse group of people stand up for and defend it is amazing in its own right. Timothy 3:2 talks about having the courage to march when others want to retreat. This courage was undeniably on display at the march. The peaceful demonstration ends on the steps of the United States Supreme Court, reminding us of the Roe v. Wade verdict decided there 44 years prior.
Being surrounded by others who are passionately pro-life has helped me to further embrace my position. This was my second pilgrimage, and, while I am grateful for the opportunity and enjoyed the trip, hopefully this was my last [need to protest the Supreme Court’s ruling], as we continue to pray for the dignity and legal protection of all human life from conception to natural death.