One week ago today, I was arriving in Washington D.C. with my group from the great state of Wisconsin to participate in the 41st. annual March for Life. It was a tremendous blessing and honor to again attend this event. As a Catholic Christian, I prayed for an end to the scourges of abortion, euthanasia and the countless other abuses of the human being’s right to life with dignity which the legalization Roe vs. Wade has facilitated. As an American Citizen, I exercised my right to“peaceably assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” guaranteed under the 1st. Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
The March for Life is far more than simply “another anti-abortion protest.” No, The March for Life is a “pilgrimage. “As we work to end the grave injustices of abortion, euthanasia and other infringements on the human being’s right to life with dignity, we realize that we are fighting an uphill battle and that we are pitted not only against other men, but against the very fallen angels and powers themselves. On the morning of the March, I attended Holy Mass celebrated in the Extraordinary Form. During his Homily, the priest drove home the point that if we are going to put an end to these evils, we must not lose sight of the goal. He reminded us that if we forget the fundamental significance of prayer and most especially the Holy Mass while on The March, then we simply become noisy, obnoxious protesters – ineffective in procuring lasting change. Thus, it is vital to the mission of The March to always maintain the sense of “pilgrimage” – with prayer as the life-blood and acts of charity as the fruit.
This is the second March for Life in a row in which I have participated. Although I attended nearly all of the same scheduled events in which I partook last year, I came back with a similar, but different and deeper impression of the overall experience of this “pilgrimage.”
After The March, the staff member in charge of development and outreach for Pro-Life Wisconsin asked me to do a little video interview. The question was: “Why do you march?” As I have spent the past week reflecting on the overall experience of this “pilgrimage,” I believe that my answer for the interview sums up the whole experience quite well.
“I came to be a “martyr” – in the original sense of the word. Our English word ‘martyr’ comes from the ancient Greek word ‘μαρτυρία (martyría)’ which translated means something to the effect of ‘witness or witnessing.’ I came to the March for Life to be a ‘witness’ to the sanctity of all human life – from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death – and to pray for a greater respect for life.”
I wish to sincerely thank everyone who joined us in pilgrimage at the March for Life. Thank you for standing up, standing out and being witnesses to the sanctity of life. May God bless us and hear our prayers for the end of abortion, euthanasia and every injustice which inhibits our brethren from living life with human dignity.
Everyone who is involved with the March for Life knows well that after the March ends, the “scavenger hunt” begins for any coverage that may have somehow been reported in American mainstream media outlets. It is sad that, in my humble opinion, one night at the Grammy Awards receives more attention by mainstream media outlets then the past 10 Marches put together. Conscious of this fact, I would like to share some of my photos. I hope that these photos give some sense of the “experience” to those who were unable to attend. Thank you for praying with us and for marching with us in spirit. To those naysayers who either claim that the Pro-Life movement is irrelevant to young people and dying or who wish to silence its message by refusing even to give it national, balanced and unbiased coverage – I hope these photos show that we are alive and well! Although we have one daunting battle ahead of us, Jesus Christ has already won the war through His Sacrifice on the Cross. Our final and sure victory will come at His appointed time!